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Tramp Stamp - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,004 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 45
Gots: 100 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 01-15-2011)
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-03-2012 02:12:28 | More by jlogan7
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Berman's in Lexington over the weekend.
Thanks Greg!

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The color is a hazy copper with a good amount of carbonation and a finger of foamy white head and some thin lacing on the glass.

The smell is Belgian candy sugar in aroma. Some nice malty aroma is there with some sweetness giving a citrus flavor that is deep and complex. There is a touch of strawberry and so sugary taffy.

The taste is has a sweetness that hits the tongue and then washes over a bit. There is a bitterness that seems to bring a candy like sweetness with it, hitting at the same time, it's hard to gauge which way the flavor is going. Bitter hops, then sugary sweetness and back again, there is a great bitter flavor that reminds me of La Fin Du Monde. I am intrigued with flavors of figs, dried bananas and a touch of Clementine.

The feel of this beer is complex but medium is size, the scope is not too big to handle but is well layered for most beer enthusiast tastes. It has a smooth finish that is quite refreshing going down.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 05:20:24 | More by Duhast500
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-18-2012 05:24:48 | More by NOLANDMAN
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tapman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper and light orange where the light hits the edge of the glass. Head is the epitome of rocky and is colored a light nougat, standing at 2 1/2 fingers. Body is opaque and contains active yeast. Super!

Big, spicy hop aromas that have an almost mushroomy musk to them, though with a citrus kick. It doesn't smell like mushrooms, that's just the only other way to describe that particular aroma besides earthy, which I use too much. Chamomile tea with peaches and ginger make the rest of the nose for me.

Alcohol kind of hits you up front, but at the same time you get almost ripe mango and and green apple pastry. Bitterness is moderate-strong and mostly sticks to the palate in the finish; not too bitter up front. A little bubble gum in the middle with a hint of resinous pine.

Bubbly and not very dry. Not thick, either.

I could stand more yeast byproducts. This brew with a LaChouffe strain would be remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:21:32 | More by tapman
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-06-2011 16:07:04 | More by kjkinsey
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Automator

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-23-2013 11:27:33 | More by Automator
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s35keith

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-20-2013 04:23:56 | More by s35keith
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Hawoh

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-02-2012 18:11:55 | More by Hawoh
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-02-2012 16:16:15 | More by rowingbrewer
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-30-2012 01:38:32 | More by AJD1201
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-18-2011 22:21:14 | More by Gatordaddy
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CP20

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-20-2012 04:39:36 | More by CP20
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-26-2011 17:27:32 | More by brendaniel
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Boverhof3

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-03-2013 00:21:50 | More by Boverhof3
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Lookjoesays

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

10-23-2012 02:23:21 | More by Lookjoesays
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-25-2011 04:29:03 | More by barnzy78
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Beers9beers

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-06-2013 23:56:04 | More by Beers9beers
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JCarey

Delaware

4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just wanted to say that I really wish that people who didn't like Belgians or people who are new age American hopheads would stop down rating good beers.

This is a fantastic Belgian style IPA, and isn't meant to be overbearingly bitter.

Hop off the hop bandwagon.

This beer is a sub 4 or high 3 review at least.

As far as I can tell, this is the same yeast as the Muffin Top, with a slightly downgraded grain bill. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:54:28 | More by JCarey
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admiral

Australia

4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant beer which shows everything that is great about craft beer

A blast of strong-sweet-spicy-orange-citrus-marmalade goodness in both aroma and taste

along with above, Belgian yeast/pale ale flavours come through strongly with pepper and a nice subtle malt flavour to balance it all out

delicious aroma and taste: highly recommended (surprised that it isn't currently rated above 90?)

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:31:07 | More by admiral
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 3/19/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, floral hops, bananas, citrus, caramelized malts and some spices.

T: The taste starts bready with a strong Belgian yeast flavor and a hearty malt character. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in followed by complementary flavors of bananas, citrus and a touch of spices creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty with good complexity, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better Belgian IPA's that I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 16:10:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Kendo

New York

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orange with a 1-finger off-white head.

S: Pleasant, but not overly strong: citrus and tropical fruit with a touch of yeasty esters - bubblegum and a touch of ripe bananas.

T: This is how a Belgian IPA should taste - there's bready malt, Belgian yeast characteristics and then a nice hoppy finish. Plus a nice fizzy mouthfeel. . . . Bready, even biscuity malt foundation. Banana and clove-like yeast. Finishes with ripe fruit - apricot and a good citrus bitterness, which lingers on the palate into the aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy/fizzy feel, call it medium in heft.

O: A real nice beer. Tempted to give it a "5" overall, but it's not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 00:01:44 | More by Kendo
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BeerPhan86

New York

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of Clown Shoes before but their styles definitely caught my eye on a recent trip to the beer store. If this one's good I'm definitely going back for the double and single black IPAs that they make.

A - This one pours a deep hazy orange, almost light brown color with a big two finger foamy cream colored head. Excellent retention on the head with extremely sticky lacing.

S - Very pungent citrus hops in the nose - I'm getting Columbus and tons of Amarillo - followed by a huge sweet malty character. Lots of Belgian yeast as well with hints of banana and clove.

T - Initially a huge whallop of grapefruit and pear hops. More of a bitter hop profile than I was expecting from the nose, but there is plenty of citrus there as well. There is noticeable pear in the taste and some banana from the Chambly yeast - which also adds in flavors one would expect from a good Saison. Finishes dry, earthy, and a bit boozy.

M - Medium bodied and very wet. Sharp and crisp with plenty of carbonation. Not very oily and sticky on the lips.

O - Overall, one of the better Belgian IPAs I have had. I will definitely be seeking out more offerings from these guys. Well worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:10:28 | More by BeerPhan86
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harlanhu28

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from total wine!

Pours a orangish amber color with a off-white head with great head retention and lacing.

The aroma is great. There is whif of malt, a lot of citrus orange peel and citrus hop with some a hint of Belgian yeast.

The taste like the smell is very good. The taste starts out with a lot of citrus flavor of Orange with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

End result is tramp stamp is a really solid beer that is worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 16:21:43 | More by harlanhu28
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Mosley1212

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured a dark, burnt orange color with lots of light shining through. Heavy sea foam head about 2" thick. Very little retention throughout the brew.

S--Belgian yeast, malt, grapefruit, and fresh cut grass. This has a very strong nose. Very good.

T--Sweet Belgian yeasty flavor. Then comes the puckering citrus of the grapefruit and lemon peel. Finishes with the typical IPA bitterness. This is a balanced, complex beer.

M--Medium bodied. Very little carbonation. The taste lingers in the mouth after the beer is drank.

O--This is a complex brew. One thing I have noticed after trying two Clown Shoes beers--they really nail the smell of the beer and the taste. Both of the ones I have tried have wonderful noses and heavy flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:27:40 | More by Mosley1212
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bostonbottles

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber bottle

This beer has a darkish almost burnt orange color when poured into a pint glass, with a large off-cream head to it. The smell is heavy on the citrus with a cloudy unfiltered component to the beer. Taste-wise, the orange peel is very prominent and fills the mouth along with a very bold hoppyness that pinches your tongue and then the malt flavoring lingers onto the next sip. This is one of the best summer-esque belgian pale ales that I've had the privilege to taste and share with others. Overall, it was a very crisp and refreshing beer with a great label. Rock on Clown Shoes .

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 22:39:11 | More by bostonbottles
Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
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