Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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1,205 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 53
Gots: 155 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of flyingpig
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop (£3.00):
Clear amber with a creamy looking head that is very slightly off-white & holds really well.

Fresh & lively with lots of orange & strong citrus, some yeast & lemon follow. Definitely Belgian influenced with nice hops & good bitterness. Nice & complex with some coriander & various fruits such as apricot & peach plus some tropical fruits.

Plenty of citrus & tropical fruits, namely the orange with a bitter backing & some peaches & plum. Faint malts & some hops feature with Belgian influenced yeast making a cameo along with further tropical fruits.

Smooth & medium with solid bitterness & an excellent mouthfeel with some sweetness. Balance is good with a citrus tang in there too. Lively with medium carbonation & it proved a very easy one to drink.

An incredibly good beer, plenty of bitterness & citrus flavours with a solid tropical fruit backing that was great. This one is a much try from Clown Shoes, I'm already looking forward to picking it up again sometime soon if I can.

Photo of shand
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

Now that's a good looking tramp stamp! It pours out a hazy golden color with two fingers of head that settles down to half a finger of persistent head. Lacing is nice. The aroma is great, there's a very solid citrus hoppiness up front, with some nice banana, spice, and yeast notes imparted. The taste on this is excellent, and what I imagine in my head when I hear Belgian IPA. The Belgian influence doesn't get out of hand, the aggressive hopping is really the star of the show here. The Belgian part comes in on the finish, pairing superbly with the bittering hops and citrus rind to create something more refreshing than the average IPA.

The mouthfeel is great, with a brisk amount of carbonation and a thirst-quenching mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good, this is a fairly easy drinker. Overall, this is easily the best Belgian IPA I've had. Most of the "Belgian IPAs" I've had let the Belgian part far outweigh the IPA part, to the point where they might as well just be a Tripel. This one's different, and amazing. Highly recommended.

Photo of BenjieK
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Canary square in JP.

A: Bright orange with amber and gold notes. Big fluffy head. Great lace.

S: Bready, orange peel, citrus, and really, really hoppy. hard to imagine a beer smelling much better.

T: Orange peel, mild hops, complex flavors from the yeast. a really complex and well balanced beer.

M: Well carbonated and creamy, with a little linering bitterness on the tongue.

D: You really don't taste the 7% at all.

Photo of wburch1967
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber date February 2011.

Great label!

Appearance is orange, hazy, with a thick cap that leaves rings of lace. It smells of oranges and fresh bread. The taste is very complex, with orange rind, bitter hops, barely noticeable alcohol, and a juicy citrus finish. This beer is terrific.

Photo of jakorpi
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like hops and you like the aromatic, citrus, and spice character of Belgian ales, then you'll absolutely like this one.

The color is light amber with a light head and just enough smooth carbonation. The nose is very fragrant with grapefruit, cloves, and hops. Tasted about a week after bottling, the beer has a really fresh and lively character. On the palate, it starts off light and finishes strong, beginning with orange and grapefruit and transitioning into a bitter finish that grows stronger as the aromatics slowly fade.

This would be great beer for a variety of foods like clams, mussels, shrimp, and lobster, as well as poultry, grilled vegetables, and cheese such as manchego, or gruyere.

What makes this beer a stand-out is its balance of light/heavy and bright/dark flavors. There are a lot of craft beers out there that taste like the brewer wanted to see how much of all kinds of flavors could be packed into the bottle. In other words, if a little is good, more is is better. By contrast, Tramp Stamp has power, but is light on its feet and almost elegant, allowing your palate to taste the subtleties rather than being overwhelmed by heaviness.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another one i have been trying to track down forever. i opened this one up with dinner and split it with my father in law.

nice hazy orange color on the pour with a small, minimal head that did not produce much at all in the way of lacing. nice carbonation could be seen throughout the session.

aroma is loaded with light citrus and fruity tones that are layered on a lightly spice belgian yeast. really quite nice and very light and clean. crisp and clean taste here as each sip seemed to play off the one before it, again very well done and i was more then pleased with this. light orange, pineapple and tangerine all came together quite well and the light feel and smooth, medium dry finish sealed the deal.

overall a more then solid offering here and something i grately look forward to be able to try again.

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another very impressive effort by Clown Shoes, now one of my favorite breweries. The beer is orange with a big thick head. The smell is yeast, citrus, and hops, my god it smells good! The taste was a balance of sweet and bitter hops with a gorgeous backbone of oranges and soft malts. Super duper drinkable!

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Newburyport St Trattoria. Had a few pints in fact. Nicebheadbon this beer with a mild lacing. Had a mild floral smell with hints of caramel. Surprised by how much I liked this beer. It has a great balance of malt with a great blast of hops. Not overwhelming, just balanced. Healthy carbonation throughout made it a quality drink throughout. Very good beer

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4.55/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pured into a glass that's a cross between a tulip and pilsner style.

Poured a vibrant amber in color with golden hues. Head is frothy in texture and nicely caps the beer until the end. Good lacing.

Aroma is of a clean, vibrant hop medley. A faint orange citrus note is present as well a noticeable yeastiness.

I tasted a fresh (almost wet-like freshness) burst of hops at first, followed quickly by citrus flavors of orange and even a little lemon. Semi sweet malt flavor provides a backbone to the hops. Hop bitternesss takes over on the finish, but doesn't overpower.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly crisp and nicely carbonated for my tastes. Drinkability gets 2 thumbs up - it's inviting to sip over and over again, but the bitterness in the back demands slower enjoyment.

I had been trying some new brews this week, and the last few were let downs for me. Thankfully, this one pressed the reset button nicely. Very enjoyable, and great quality. I'll definitely seek it out again.

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4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into tulip. The first thing I noticed was the glowing color. Wow this is a good looking beer. Can definitely smell the citrus and some pine.
Now for the good part. This is by far one of the better Belgian IPA's that I have tried. Great balance between all the flavors. The incredible flavor makes the mouthfeel very enjoyable. Extremely easy to drink.
Overall I will now seek this beer out as much as I can. It is now one of my favorites. I highly recommend.

Photo of CaptainAM
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 2011. The beer is a bright amber with tinges of orange. Gorgeous tan head sat for a while on top of my glass and left rings of spidery lace. The smell is bananas, bubble gum, citrus, hoppy, hoppy and bready, yeast. The taste is much of the same. Very impressive beer. Highly reccomend.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a deep gold with orange highlights and a big light khaki head that drops slowly leaving some lace.

Aromas of grapefruit, light citrus, light malt, caramel.

Flavors of citrus, grapefruit, pears, underripe green grapes, fruity esters from the yeast. kumquats. Medium finish, with grapefruit, and green grape skins in the linger.

Mouthfeel is medium, light bitter puckering. Mouthcoating bitterness that isn't overdone.

Overall a very nice belgian IPA. Not overpowering bitterness, almost in balance, with complementary fruity esters from the yeast.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.