Tramp Stamp
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IPA - Belgian
3.8 | pDev: 12.11%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken in December 2013: Pours an opaque pale amber producing 2+ fingers of an off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice chunky coating of lace. Aroma is a heady hop presence of orange, lemon/lime zest & resinous pine, with some herbal/floral notes, spice, yeasty fruit esters in a malty background of pie crust, bread & biscuit. Taste is resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine & pineapple hop hints, cloves, spice, alcohol, biscuit malts, with a sweet (fruit & honey) undertone. The finish rapidly drops this sweetness & transitions more to pine resin & bitter grapefruit with the bitter becoming dominant in the tropical fruit/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, peppery but smooth & silky on the tongue with the light but lasting astringency the aftertaste.

Mar 08, 2017
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dalizzie from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from glass bottle dated from mid-January.

(L) The color is cloudy burnt amber. Good head retention and nice lacing. (A) Smell is hoppy, pine and citrus. (T) Taste follows aroma but more of a bite. Mango finish. (F) Medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth.

Usually prefer other style IPAs but this was a solid Belgium. Also wonder if date affected taste.

Jun 12, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This Belgian IPA pours a slightly opaque, orange color with a medium to thin white head that leaves a nice lacing. The smell is hoppy pine and a little orange. I’ve kind of been into Belgian IPAs lately and some that I’ve tried I’ve found to be better than the sum of their parts. I’ve never tried this brewery, but I thought I would give it a go. The taste isn’t as complex as some of the style that I’ve tried. It tastes of orange, faint yeasty malts, and a generous amount of hops that leaves a bitter aftertaste. This is more an IPA than a Belgian. Besides the orange there isn’t really anything that separates this from a normal IPA and really just a fairly average one at that. Not bad by any measure, but not the best example of the style that I’ve tried either. Stone Cali-Belgique and Green Flash Le Freak are much better for example.

Jun 08, 2016
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought 12oz bottle from Bev Mart.
Cloudy orange amber color
Fruity smell
Smooth taste with tastes of orange
Medium mouth feel
Overall a good beer that I wish was cheaper in price

Jan 19, 2016
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Raime from Greenland

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp

Only ever had one other brew outta these guys ( Undead Party crasher ) and it was quite phenomenal. I found a single of this at my local bottle shop and I immediately thought somebody leaked a picture of your wifes ass to be put on a beer bottle but I was wrong since this one actually has a touch of definition though flat. Let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle poured at a moderate pace into a dimpled pint glass. Beer pours that trademark Californian sunset through the cloudburst type of orange that you come to expect out of most ipas these days. For being our of Massachusetts they sure got the Best Coast vibe down with the looks. The head is a complete monster, firming quickly like a mountain range of gargantuan proportions and dying down into pits amongst craters. Be careful pouring this guy, those mountains wish to form quickly and without forgiveness. Carbonation is as high as snoop dog. Lacing is sticky like the load of unborn children I left on your girlfriends stomach.

Smell - Melon. Melon. Melon. This beer smells like a fucking melon. With! Small hits of the expected yeast and a shake of pepper amongst the nostrils though without the sneezing. More melon. A few more melons. And last but not least,some melon. It uh..smells like melon is the main point I'm trying to get across here. Some citrus too.

Taste - Well would you believe it if I told you this beer has the most melon forward flavor I have ever come across in any beer in the history of my roughly five year craft beer drinking career? ( Damn I can rhyme! MC Tyler coming to a bar near you! ). In all seriousness, melon is truly dominant though it is met in a portion by the Belgian yeast that is very heavy though clean and prevelant without going barnyard. That pepper spice is nice for rounding things out. But still, more melon than a citra hopped melon pale ale I had a few weeks back.

Feel - The body on this brew lived up to my exact expectations given the flavor profile. Body is quite large and heavy like a reticulated python slithering across your shoulders. Moderate level of cream despite a thick cap which should make it heavy feeling though the carbonation is quite high meaning it cuts through that jazz. Yeast takes a dominance as it sits about 65/35 over the melon with some subtle mustard seed. Beer swallows between easy and moderate with a lingering fruity Belgian aspect.

Overall - Surely the best Belgian style ipa I have ever had and what makes this even better is the brew was bottled in September ( didn't see that until I was nearly done with the beer ). Clearly anything made Belgian can hold up longer than your American standard without a doubt. Maybe even got better with age, what the hell would I know. As always, try it out and come to your own conclusions .

Jan 09, 2016
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Brad_Ford from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Tulip Glass from bottle on 12/4/2015. Bright orange color transitioning to golden brown near the top with thick, bubbly white head

S: Very strong of yeast with a bouquet of citrus encircling, orange and melons

T: Slightly bitter hops and yeast dominate the profile, hint of grapefruit, orange and melons, caramel malt finish

F: Medium mouthfeel, thicker than most American IPA's

O: It looks quite delicious but there is still some work to do to balance out the flavor profile. The yeast and hop character greatly outweigh the citrus and other intended flavors. Overall, good solid beer. I quite like this more than a standard American IPA.

Dec 05, 2015
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frasergrove from California

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised to see this was a Belgian IPA...very little hints of Belgian yeast character. Aroma and flavor were full forward IPA (and enjoyable at that), lacking the peppery and fruity esters common with Belgian yeast. A very enjoyable IPA, Belgian or not!

Nov 14, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very effervescent amber/orange with a thumb of pearl white head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Pears, grassiness, white grapes

T: Pears, grassiness, cloves, a little grapefruit pith up front. Cloves & estery flavors dominate as this warms, some white pepper, some green apple & some dryness. Finishes with phenols, pears, & little boozey warmth

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, decent balance

Drinks fairly easy for the style &ABV, true to style

Nov 01, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy brown with burnt orange hues along the sides of the glass. Slim finger of white foamy head dissipated within less than a half a minute. Light semi-sticky lacing dug in and around the glass modestly, eventually slides down the glass.
The smell started off with some orange, clementine, some light melon all combining in a semi-sweet almost sugary sort of way. Light biscuits touch in the background.
The taste was a combination of the previously mentioned flavors and bringing in a light spice in and around absorbing some of the sweetness. There's a faint sweet melon aftertaste and a semi-dry sweet finish.
The mouthfeel had the spicy character absorbing the sweetness in and around my tongue. Nice sharpness from the citrus qualities lay down in an acidic texture on my tongue. Subdued bitterness still hits.
Overall, this was a really nice Belgian IPA that I would have again.

Oct 25, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Murky orange brown color. Two fingers of off-white frothy head. Retention is about average and ample lacing is left.

3.5 S: Like many CS beers, there's a lot of yeastiness in the nose. Candied orange is very potent, this is one of the sugary-est noses I've smelled. Lemon, melon, and honeydew follow. Very faint spiciness. Bready/biscuit malts.

3.5 T: Bready yeastiness. Less sugary than the nose, but still some. Again lots of orange with minor levels of the other fruits above. Lots of breadiness, lots and lots of breadiness.

3.0 M: Heavier medium body. Moderate carbonation. Fairly chewy. Lacking the spritziness that I like in Belgians.

2.75 D: Smells pretty good, but too much yeastiness and breadiness. CS needs to filter some of their beers.

Oct 04, 2015
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 23rd March 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy dark amber orange colour with a thick almost two finger off white head that has great retention and leaves thick foamy lacing.

Aroma: First thing that comes to mind is Tropicana orange juice. It is strong orange juice with hints of caramel malts, citrus orange zest, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste: Citrus orange peel hits you upfront followed by grapefruit, pine, caramel malts and some kind of funk (in a good way).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high tingly carbonation.

Overall: Admittedly, this is my first Belgian IPA, and its interesting and decent, but there is just way too much orange in this for me.

Oct 02, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with moderate haziness. It started with a massive head off off white and calmed to a dollop with a fingernail around the rim. Aroma is more citrus and blends well with the fruity Belgian yeast. The flavor isa muddled blend of citrus hops and the slightly sour vinous Belgian yeast flavor. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

Aug 01, 2015
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great nose on this beer. A super orangey/citrus/sweet caramel aroma. The taste follows the nose well with some orangey/orange rind/pineyness with sweet caramel malts. It has a very distinct taste to it which I enjoy. Definitely an IPA worth checking out.......

Jul 27, 2015
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had never heard of Clown Shoes before so when it was recommended to me, I was excited to pick up some of their Tramp Stamp variety. It has an even 7% ABV and is a Belgian IPA available all year.

Look-It pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color that has nice trails of carbonation that are easily discernible. The head comes in thick and full and very foamy with an off-white color. The yeast component is probably to blame for the texture of this beer’s head. It leaves a continuous foamy white lacing on the glass that reeks of yeast contributions.

Smell-It has a noticeable yeast and toasty smell with some melon, citrus, and slight lemon. The malts come in strong and with a sweet brandy wine, grassy, and pine flavors abound.

Taste-It has a nice lemon and citrus flavor inscribed in a caramel, brandy wine malt backbone. The grassy and yeast notes are still noticeable and it has a peppery, bubblegum zing that is just discernible. The malts have a toasted cracker flavor that is just discernible above the high carbonation and citrus hoppiness. I also get some apricot overtones that make this a very unique Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel-I get a citrus-based astringency and a light or medium-bodied fullness with high carbonation and a noticeable bite from the alcohol. The malts do not produce any excessive sweetness, but just enough to compete with the intense carbonation zing and the malt bite from the alcohol.

Overall-I enjoyed this brew. It was sufficiently unique to set it apart from other IPAs and Belgian Ales. There were many aspects that made this beer extraordinary and unique. The funny thing is that the burps that this beer produces taste just like the citrus hops and cracker malts! I do get a zestiness on the tongue from the high carbonation content which is very pleasant. Never before have I tried a Belgian IPA with such a variety of flavors and mouthfeels! Enjoy! Thanks Clown Shoes! You are now a major competitor with giant brewers such as Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Left Hand Brewers, and Lagunitas!

Jul 24, 2015
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle this was quite a lot over-carbonated, but the head and body was very nice to look at so I still rated it quite high. Smell is a very nice blend of Belgian spice/yeast and citrus hops. Taste is extremely flavorful, sweet, hoppy, and very smooth and clean finish with only a touch of mild bitter finish. Nice malt balance as well. I'm really enjoying this one, and it may be my favorite Belgian IPA I've sampled to date.

Jun 29, 2015
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username from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/29/2015

Nice color. Head had some attractive, rocky, froth. Laces more than I'm used to seeing. Yeasty layer got suspended under head layer which looked quite nice in the Dogfish IPA glass. As yeast dissipates the clarity becomes gradually hazy from clear.

Not as odoriferous as I'd hope. Mild to moderate funky smell. A little diesel-y and sweet floral-pine. Usual breakdown/degradation characteristics of a few months old IPA. Slight 'bucket-o-fake-fishing-worms' smell buried deep.

Tastes a little piney, but primarily of bitter hop with a slight 'Belgian' after-taste that's rather persistent.

Feel is fine. Moderate to light. A little drying.

Overall, had a nice taste/departure from conventional IPA with the slight Belgian skew. Perhaps not as intense as other BIPAs however.

Jun 21, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle
L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 1” sudsy cream colored foam collar that lightly laces the glass.
S: Toast, fruit and melon, slight yeast.
T: Melon flavors dominate with a hint of citrus and stone fruit and a little Belgian yeast action.
F: Medium carbonation, soft in the mouth, creamy, medium body.
O: A good, easy to drink beer. The hop character overpowers the Belgian yeasts some what.

Jun 19, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Beligian style IPA? Up there with Rayon Verte.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a tenacious head; that never stops capping the body, with plenty of stickage and like a Belgian, lots of lace.

S: Ample and refreshing. Loads of citrus w lemon and yeast prominent.

T: Starts as follow of aroma with tangerine and lemon flavors leading with a nice chalky backdrop that balances the sweet malt. Spicy, peppery Belgian yeast in the finish, without the cloying banana bubblegum that I can live without. Delish!

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation, and lots of tingle.

O: Hoppy Belgique. I'd take this with Rayon Verte as a more affordable American version of Belgians. A fruit sauce nature, almost a mix of apple and apricot. Very lovely and sensuous.

May 11, 2015
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unklemike from New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unusual smell and taste That maybe a beer nerd/ expert would know where it comes from. To me the smell reminds me of liverwurst or pate. Taste has a orange peel up front with a subtle mild piney finish.

May 10, 2015
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ta_hagen from Minnesota

4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is definitely a Belgium IPA. It has orange peel, grapefruit, grassy, piney, and very little sweetness that usually comes with Belgian yeast. A worth a try if you like IPA's.

May 06, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Quick review. Very unimpressed, from the gimmicky artwork down to the crap execution of the style. Don't know what kind of hops went into this, but when married to Belgian yeast the product is really lacking. Mouthfeel is even a bit off to me, grainy. Maybe I got a funky bottle, but somehow I doubt it.

Apr 26, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden yellow with a slight orange/copper hue and very bubbly white foam.

Grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, pine, and sweet bready malt notes.

Flavor is definitely where this begins to fall off. Orange peel, grapefruit, grassy, piney, and very little sweetness that usually comes with Belgian yeast.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, astringent, citrus bitterness.

Overall, looks nice and smells okay, but flavor and mouthfeel just didn't do anything for me. Aside from the amount of carbonation, there is little else to consider this a Belgian, no sweetness and no softness usually accompanying the use of Belgian yeast.

Feb 28, 2015
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tramp Stamp has a glimmering look of golden copper, topped with a tall, fizzy white head. A deliciously sweet aroma delights my nose with apricot, grapefruit, and honeysuckle aspects to it. The flavor ultimately boils down to exactly what it sets out to achieve: an accessible and harmonious marriage of an American IPA and a Belgian Golden Ale. I never thought it could be possible to make hallmarks of a Belgian beer for the general beer lover. I have always imagined myself as unique in falling in love with strong flavors of Belgian yeast and fruit esters as a gateway to good beer. It seems like an acquired taste, second to the more approachable IPAs. But this beer combines the two effortlessly, and it goes down nice and easy. I see this as being a huge hit at bars and parties for all demographics in the beer world!

Feb 18, 2015
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Snodman from West Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – It's a toasted orange colored beer, topped with a somewhat sturdy head, which leaves creamy lacing around the glass

Smell - A resin aroma at first, one which slowly opens towards a note of funk, grapefruit, and vague spice

Taste - mild pine, leaves, grass , and grapefruit peels

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied

Overall- there's a hint of unpleasantness in its flavor profile that keeps me from loving it. A good IPA and shall be purchased again.

Feb 14, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach, pear and apple esters meld with tangerine and grapefruit to form the aroma, with Belgian yeast must and floral notes accenting. Resiny hops and phenolic clove notes emerge. Becomes reminiscent of sweet tarts.

Flavor reveals peach undertones initially, with tangerine and grapefruit tartness leading to a confectioners sugar sweetness and pear mid palate that fades to a bitter, lightly resiny finish.

Very complex brew. This bottle is about 6 months old, but still has great hop presence.

Jan 25, 2015
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