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Tramp Stamp | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

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 angusblackheart
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/2011

Tramp Stamp just put Clown Shoes at the top of MA breweries for me.

A deep orange body. Big white cap that fell pretty quick and left nice lace.

The taste is a wonderful blend of a hoppy Alpha hops American IPA and a yeasty Belgian style IPA. I tatse a range of flavors from bread dough to kiwi!! Fantastic.

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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 ambluhm
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is sitting DIRECTLY in my wheelhouse!

This beer pours a gorgeous copper-reddish color with a slight haze to it. The head is a taupe-colored mess of goodness. I had to put my finger into it when I saw it and taste the foam and it was yummmmy.

The aroma, for me, is probably it's most stunning asset. Beautiful citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, and blood oranges come through in wonderful fashion. A hint of pine and mint are mingled in there, with a touch of caramelized sugar to round it out.

The mouthfeel was rockin' as well. The fruits that are in the nose hit me almost instantly with a great fresh acidity and balance. Then a strong, but beautiful bitterness came in just in time (Like I said, "in my wheelhouse").

This is most definitely a beer that I will purchase again. It is something that instantly struck me as perfect for Asian cuisine and I will be making that pairing very soon. Cheers!

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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 flyingpig
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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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 ta_hagen
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of jakorpi
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

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Photo of jbertsch
4.55/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of biglobo8971
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of CaptainAM
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of JCarey
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of admiral
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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?)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
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