Tramp Stamp
Clown Shoes

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Style:
Belgian IPA
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.11%
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
1,384
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  58
Gots
  234
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by Doug6322:
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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Photo of hopphead31415
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of flyingpig
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with tangerine hues and a frothy two finger white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spots of soapy lacing left behind.  

Spicy hop aroma with dank oily resins and earthy pine needle along with some sweet malt, citrus fruit and alcohol.  Hints of candy sugar, grains of oaradise, grapefruit and orange peel.  Belgian characteristics blend well with American ipa notes.

Medium bodied with a strong dry hop presence up front that lingers throughout into a bone dry finish.  Lots of sticky, earthy pine flavor providing a decent amount of bitterness that is countered by the estery yeast and citrus fruit notes.  Hints of pepper and coriander along with mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel.  Sweetness balanced out dry/bitter notes nicely.  Subtle alcohol in the finish.  Malt backbone is faint letting hops and Belgian yeast shine.  Pretty quaffable with decently masked ABV.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.32/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of CMB2012
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, "bottled the end of April 2011." Served in a 6oz tasting snifter.

A- Pours orange and copper at the center, with some gold around the edges. Very slight haze, mostly translucent. Not much head with a decent pour, what I get is white as cotton and settles to a nice bubbly collar.

S- Funky hops, banana bubble gum, orange, peppery spice and some esters. There is a resinous pine quality to the aroma as well as some caramel/candied sugar notes. The smell is pretty appealing. After the beer warms some I get a much more balanced herbal, mint, orange thing going on. There is arguably some grapefruit in there as well, but very strong and juicy orange aroma.

T- The yeast is the star of the show in this beer. It is difficult to describe, but plays a role in every stage of flavor. Starts off by toying with the malts, giving the beer an almost wheat-like feel. Afterwards I get some earth and pine hop flavors, and the brew finishes out semi-dry and bitter. Flavor lingers a little. Note: after some time drinking the aftertaste of this beer is reminiscent of orange flavored chocolate.

M- Not a ton of carbonation, but what's available are some very tight, tiny bubbles. This gives the beer some scrubbing power with a medium-light body. I assume the Chambly yeast strain is where the astringency is coming from. The latter is not completely overpowering and adds some sticky and resinous qualities, but can be a bit cloying as well.

O- This is a pretty solid beer (my first Clown Shoes experience). I don't know if I'll grab another anytime soon as I have other favorites in the same category, but I am kind of curious to see how this would age, considering the prominent yeast character.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1384 ratings