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Tramp Stamp | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewandbbq on 01-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Like the tattoos it's named for, Tramp Stamp is oddly alluring -- pour it into a tulip and prepare to be not-so-subtly seduced by the slightly hazy, rusty honey-colored brew. Topped with a large head of khaki, the beer's a looker.

The aroma is equally captivating. Pungent American hops --Columbus, Amarillo, and Centennial in particular -- lend notes of pine and citrus that blend with bright orange peel. Belgian Chambly yeast adds a subtle fruity pear note that blends perfectly with the citrus and contrasts the background of lightly toasted biscuits glazed with honey. This is how a Belgian IPA should smell.

In the flavor, the substantial bitterness of pithy citrus peel gives way to crisp cracker malt. The Belgian yeast, fairly light in the aroma, lends an even softer touch here, but pops up a bit amidst the fumes that dance in the mouth between sips. Some floral, potpourri-like notes shake their hips in the background before the dry, clean finish turns off the music.

Clown Shoes did a great job parsing out the flavors in this Belgian-tinged IPA. It's easy to let a product's "controversial" branding affect your judgment, but clearer heads can look past the marketing. Immature names and labels should not offend; bad beer should. What's inside the bottle is much more important than what's on it -- and in that regard, Clown Shoes has nothing to worry about.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Clown Shoes offering...and it didn't disappoint. Split a 22 oz. bomber with my friend over a Tombstone pizza while watching the Steelers-Eagels preseason game. I hadn't read the description of the beer on here or on the bottle prior to drinking this. It poured a beautiful, largely translucent/opaque orange with a decent head, accompanied by an abundance of lacing that has some real staying power. Beautiful beautiful hop aroma on the approach. When I got my first taste, the first thing I though was "Saison with a strong hop profile." Well, it's not a saison, but the hops are front and center. Wonderful citrusy, piney, grapefruity taste, with a nice light mouthfeel. I love this beer. I'm glad I was able to procure some of this in a couple trades. Wish it was distributed to Philly. Get some if you can. Solid beer.

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Photo of ggilman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottled in May of 2011, poured into a tulip glass vigorously.

Healthy tight foamy white belgian looking head, honey amber body. Spicy hops and yeast in the nose. Super sharply crisp carbonation along with an instant hit of pine sap bitterness. Resinous oils, slick light bodied. Pine & herbal domination, along with a nice crisp mouthfeel. 7% comes through. One of the best belgian-styled IPA's I've had.

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Photo of bashiba
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an light clear brown color with a big sticky head and some nice lacing.

The smell is full of funky yeasty belgian notes and light citrus hops, almost a bit to funky and wet basementy.

The flavor is very hop centric with big lemony and juniper hop flavors coming to the forefront with light sweet orange and mango notes slowly coming through with hints of lightly sweet malts and the spicy belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a long resiny finish.

Overall its ok, nothing I would run out and get again, but not bad either.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color with a big cream-colored foam head. Good gobs of lace. Some haze, but some bubbles. Very pretty beer.

Citric/orange rind notes. Some sour/tart stone fruit, yeast, malt. A whiff of hop, but not overdone.

Hop forward, but not overdone. Citric rind, Sweet and tart malt notes, some husk bitterness that is a nice touch with the hop bitterness. Finishes bitter, but not overdone. Great balance.

Medium to fuller bodied with a little prickly carbonation.

Very nice. Where the beer is strong, it works very well. A bit more alcohol punch would have been good, but it is not enough to get upset about. In fact, there is nothing about this beer or brewer to get upset about.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with tons of foamy whte head. Looks typical of a Belgian beer. Smells yeasty and subtly hoppy. Leaves something to be desired. Tastes great. Lote of hops, floral yeasts, a solidnbut subtle malt backbone. Well carbonated. Overall a verybsolid representation of the style anid much better than I anticipated

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Photo of ottovon
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a beautiful amber, orange color, with a white head that left just a coating on the tap.

S: a nice aroma. some nice belgiany yeast, orange, citrusy hops. i also, get some nice peach and melon flavors. there is some caramel and toffee aromas. i also get a bit of clove.

T: starts out a with a little sweetness, and then quite bitter. there is nice melon and citrusy hops, and some caramel malt. there is also the classic belgian yeast flavor, and a bit of spice. some white pepper, and orange peel.

M: medium-thin body with good amounts of carb. some hop resin coats the mouth.

O: this is a good beer, that i will buy again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Jeff!

A: The pour is a hazy orange color with a rather tall white head.

S: There is a mild spice and yeast note to the aroma which indicates the beer's "Belgian-ness". It's got plenty of sweet and fruity hops, particularly notes of pineapple, peaches, and a little citrus. Some sweet bread and toffee are there, too.

T: A bit heavy on the bread, toffee, and spice notes to be a solid IPA. But, there is a decent bitterness of pine. A bit of citrus fruit and citrus peel, but the flavor is not near as fruity as nose was.

M: Medium in body body and carbonation.

O: Although Belgian IPAs tend to be a bit weak, I thought this was a pretty good example. It didn't blow me away, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle dated May 2011 into a tulip glass.

An absolutely gorgeous orange right out of the bottle just like the label color. Light yellow hues on the edges, with rising yellow carbonation. Creamy of whitehead with minor like clumpiness, and soap like bubbles.

Aromatic oranges and candied like sugars on the bouquet. Sweet yeast profile and juicy bold nose, wonderful. Hope taste measures up!

Taste is a little unexpected but still solid. Hot bitterness mixed with light orange juice pleasures in the mid palate. Texture finishes slightly hot with a little bit of dry pine feeling. Double IPA like texture with some dense malt and high alcohol.

Overall pretty solid no complaints here. I could use a hint of sweet in this just a tad. Otherwise it is a great beer, like a mix of double ipa and other Belgian styles.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange/copper color with a mild cloudiness. Short and bubbly off-white head with lots and lots of lacing.

S: Bananas, grapefruits, sugared plums and oranges; Citrusy upfront. Belgian yeasts with a pleasant malt character. Soft notes of barley, caramel and spices.

T/M: Big belgian yeast, smooth citrus and extra smooth caramel malted and malted barley on the initial sip. All the fruits in the nose are clearly present in the taste: bananas, grapefruit, sugared plums and oranges. Balanced amount of fresh hops and alcohol. Tangy, sweet and fruity with a great medium-sized malt body. Medium to high carbonation.

D: Very smooth. Rich, but not too complex. Easy drink overall.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger head of off-white foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and yeasty. A mild funkiness in the nose too.

T - It tasted yeasty and fruity with a spicy bitter bite. It had a sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sharp, dry finish.

O - This is a really good Belgian IPA. I'm glad I got my hands on this one from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of jsanford
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split 5 ways with some friends. Poured into a sample shaker glass.

Poured a cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. Nose lacks a lot of complexity, I'm mainly smelling some sweet candi sugar, bubblegum, and grapefruit hops. Flavors follow the nose closely, it's a fairly typical Belgian IPA, just with a rather pronounced grapefruit hop flavor. Nothing too special. Moderately creamy mouth-feel, with crisp carbonation and a moderately dry finish. Not a bad brew overall, but not something I find particularly memorable. I do like the label though ;)

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange-amber into a pint glass. Creamy white head forms to a nice two fingers in size. Good retention and spotty lace.

S- Very nice straight up citrus hop feel, bouquet of orange and lemon. Slight Belgian yeast spice and bread.

T- Again, a nice citrus, grapefruit presence up front with some good additions. More hop notes of floral, pine and earth. Nice Belgian yeast spice, coriander, clove and bread.

MF- Creamy moderately thick ale. High carbonation gives it a nice silky, foamy feel. Slight bitterness finishes it off.

Really nice citrus flavors going on and just enough Belgisn yeast influence. Clown Shoes knows how it's done.

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Photo of shand
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of bigjerk89
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have had in a LONG time!
I loved everything about this beer. The name, label art, smell, taste, everything. A perfect mix of American Ipa and Belgian. Can't say enough about this beer. I will definetly be heading back to the store to stock up on more Tramp Stamp!

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Two fingered head, orangish/red hue, Clumpy lacing and very nice head retention.

S- Spices/fruity.

T- Starts off with the spice then quickly to a citrus (think oranges) backed hop assault. Quite a bit more complex than i was expecting. Well hidden alcohol.

M- Tiny bubbly carbonation on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- I split this bomber but would've had no problem taking down it in it's entirety, quite drinkable. Every sip left my mouth watering for more. Highly recommended if you like your Belgian yeast/citrus hops combos.

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Photo of fdkayti
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, the color of orange marmalade with a fluffy head that's dissipating into nice craters. Lacing is there.

S- Weird, smells like orange marmalade, too. Well, orange marmalade that is hop spicy. Sweet bread and wheaty notes come through for me.

T- Belgian yeast, citrus, hops, in that order. Pretty sweet but a good tangy bite at the end. The bitterness sticks around.

MF- is great. Creamy and well-carbonated, a real gem to drink. Seems almost heavy (which I LIKE) for the style, but what do I really know? Burstin' bubbles!

O/D- I like it, what a tasty treat. This beer satisfies in a way that one hasn't in awhile. Try it. Or try it again.

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Photo of elephantrider
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pretty cloudy. Orangish brown with a white head

S: Tripel and hefeweizen characteristics. Grassy hops with candy sweetness. Needs more hops in the nose in my opinion.

T: Hefe and Tripel flavor with clove, banana, and yeast. Pine, citrus and grassy hops come next. Finishes dry and kinda sweet.

M: Dry and medium bodied

O: Good beer overall. The Belgian portion is more pronounced than the American IPA part.

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Photo of Lightbearer2012
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bomber because of the recommendation from my man Dwayne at Total Wine and because of the novelty of the name and bottle art. First Clown Shoes offering poured out of a 1 pt 6 oz bomber into a stemless wine glass. Bottled 06/20/11 so pretty fresh.

Appearance- Gorgeous, hazy amber color with a handsome head and nice lacing.

Smell- some malt and yeast followed by hops. Nice and fairly sweet aroma. Orange and a little clove.

Taste- well, this beer has a lot going on in the taste department. I love it because I am a huge ipa fan and although the Belgian influence is there, I found this to be on the hoppy and bitter side which I love. The yeast is there but not overpowering and the malt helps but is failing to establish itself. The orange peel is very prevalent.

Mouthfeel- this looked a lot more carbonated than it is. I would classify it as light and as it warms becomes silky smooth.

Overall- I like the Belgium beers but I love Ipa's and this to me is a great representation of the styles. Cool bottle art and at $5.99 a bomber this was a steal. Glad I tried it and will buy again. My first Clown Shoes did not let me down.

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Photo of Flanco
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was caught off guard by what I felt was a sharp first sip from this big bottle, that I have to admit, I was lured into buying because of the brewery name, the brew name and the graphics.

By the time I finished the second glass full from the bottle, I had become of fan. I'll be back for another bottle, well prepared for the first shocking sip.

Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp is
All right after you get through
The first nasty bite.

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Photo of CSQ1111
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label might get your attention, but it's what's inside that will really get you going.

I had read about Clown Shoes brews (Clementine & Hoppy Feet) in B.A. Magazine and was anxious to try one of their offerings.

Being a Hophead and a HUGE fan of American IPA's, I thought why not give this Belgian Style IPA a try.

From the smell to the first sip, I thought WOW what a GREAT beer.

The Belgian yeast stands out, but compliments the other flavors very well.

If you're a Hophead looking for something different, give the Tramp Stamp a try.

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Photo of belgiumFan1
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loved this one.

Poured from 22oz bomber.

A: lovely fire amber color with off-white fluffy head.

S: exceptional mix of fresh hops - I am a sucker for fresh Amarillo and Columbus. It is really is evident here and the yeast + a little warmth of the alcohol adds up to a nice level of complexity to the nose.

T: Exceptionally smooth. I find the taste similar to Nugget Nectar but a bit smoother.

O: Highly recommended this one!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: lovely amber glow with nice white fulffy head rentention

smell: sublte citrus/piney hops aromas

taste: dang... freaking hoppy bitter ale, but balanced malt backbone. great ctirus flavor mixed with some earhty belgoan yeast, lovely...

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: This beer is badass!

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Photo of WojoVT
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming from a bomber with an interesting label, Tramp Stamp pours a deep gold to almost an orange color. It gives (i mean has) nice head with nice lacing around my pint glass. Moderately carbonated.

To the nose you get the fruity / spicy hints coming from its Belgian White side with a nice, not overpowering hoppiness from the IPA.

Once Tramp Stamp hits your mouth you can really get a full sense of the hops from the IPA style. It has a nice bitterness to it complemented well by it's Belgian counterpart. It is a sweeter IPA but not overly malty like some of the DIPA's can be.

Tramp Stamp has a nice body, not too thin, but not to thick. Enough said...

Much to my surprise I really enjoyed Tramp Stamp. Though I usually prefer IPA's and DIPA's with 80 + IBU's, Tramp Stamp is a great mix between two great styles.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic. There is some malt, a lot of citrus (orange peel and citrusy hops) with some hints of Belgian yeast and spices.

T- The taste like the aroma is very good. The taste starts out with a lot of citrus flavors (most notably orange peel) with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

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

D- Overall, tramp stamp is a really solid beer that is worth picking up. Recommended!

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.