Tramp Stamp | Clown Shoes

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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 StHopNick
2.76/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A weak Belgian beginning to the taste followed by an unbalanced tart/bitter after taste. The smell was pretty faint and didn't really help the beer much. The mouthfeel was probably the strongest feature of this beer but thats only if you can ignore the aftertaste. Maybe a Belgian IPA just isn't for me...

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Photo of santomark
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark gold/orange color. Mild white head, slow retention.

S - Bready, mild hoppy, a bit citrusy.

T - I was expecting more of a Belgian style to this, I was really expecting this to give off that classic coriander and orange bursts of freshness; however, this was not even close. Very subtle notes of fruitiness. Nice breadiness. The finish is very good, it has this bite that for some unexplained reason will leave you wanting another sip.

M - For such a light bodied beer, it is abnormally carbonated, it has enough to leave that coke on a warm day feeling. Finishes dry leaving you wanting to have another sip.

O - I think brews like this are a great advance in perfecting the Belgian-IPA's; however, this beer was confusing. The Belgian and IPA styles were not harmonically blended. This brew seemed to be working against itself rather than harmoniously working together. It was mild on the hops, the Belgian style, the everything. All in all, it definitely is an average beer to me.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a clear copper colour with almost no head that remains as a film

S - Piney hop

T - Hops and malts, not much Belgian here

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - This is not a BIPA for me. The style should have far more candied sugar, and Belgian yeast qualities and be balanced. This is a hop driven beer that could pass for an APA or IPA. The original style was developed by Belgian breweries and was distinctly different to traditional IPA's. Nonetheless a very nice beer in its own right. Had to mark down because of the style.

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Photo of GrayHam
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark orange/amber and very murky. Head quickly dissipates and medium amounts of lacing.

S: Tropical fruits dominate - mango and pineapple mostly. Lots of sweet malt characteristics too.

T: Very sweet up front. Too much so. And then there is a lingering bitterness. Unbalanced.

M: Pretty thick and syrupy. Medium carbonation.

O: Smells nice, but that's about it. No more for me.

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Photo of joehiatt
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Gorgeous burnt orange colors, creamy white head

S - I have a cold, hard to tell, but not too powerful aroma. Some muted stonefruit aroma and dates

T - Good. Not as bitter as some members of the style, like Houblon Chouffe. Some of the complexity more associated with Belgian pale ales, ie Bruges Zot

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice extra from sgoro.

Pours slightly hazy, golden orange. Small bit of white foam that dissipates quickly, leaving some patches on top.

Belgian yeast adds some spicy notes and the hops are on the fruity side. A bit of alcohol comes through as well.

Taste does not do much for me, has a lot more malt sweetness than I would have expected, and the hops seem to be overpowered. A bit of alcohol, and an almost cardboard (oxidized?) flavor in the finish? Not my favorite of this style.

Not very much carbonation and a bit of alcohol here, too. I would prefer more of the typical Belgian effervescence.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a medium copper color bordering on light brown. Yellowish head forms with a good retention.

Aroma is heavy handed with citrus and floral hop notes but there is a bit of wheat and sweet grains that hint at Belgian style ale.
In the taste, strong Belgian yeast flavor with a banana and bubblegum edge. There is a wealth if earthy hop bitterness that stick out clearly from the musty, sweet Belgian stylings. Just a bit of pine and bitterness come out in the finish.

Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Lots of flavor to the beer, and could pose a challenge to ipa drinkers not fond of Belgian styles. Overall this was an interesting beer, but probably towards the average range for the style.

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Photo of ms11781
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in the middle of February 2011 per the label. 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, murky orangish rust color. The cloudy/murky aspect looks like when the bottom of a beer that is bottle conditioned or has heavy sediment is poured into the glass accidentally and produces a cloudiness that eventually subsides as the sediment settles to the bottom. I am waiting for the clouds to part but I guess that's not going to happen here. There is a thin off white cap of foam that leaves the slightest amount of wispy lacing.

Some spicy and hop characters hit the nose first. A peppery character with some light, fruity hops come across along with some Belgian yeast and what seems like some caramel malt or something of the like.

The taste follows along with the nose. The spicy characters are much stronger here than in the nose. A peppery flavor and some clove stand out above pretty much everything else. The Belgian yeast is here as is some fruity hop character. The fruity hops have to fight their way through to be tasted but there is some hop bitterness that comes in towards the finish and is much more noticeable.

Medium bodied with carbonation on the higher end of medium. The spiciness is a bit harsh on the palette and gets worse as the beer warms. There is a bitterness at the finish that lingers a bit but after the harsh spicy characters it seems that the beer would be better served if something mellowed the spice out before the bitter finish.

Overall, this one has all the characteristics of a Belgian IPA but they seem to be out of whack. The hops are a bit weak and really don't mesh well when the do come through. The spice characteristics are a bit strong - not overwhelming but they take over at times when they are probably best served as complimentary flavors. This is a beer that wants to be could and probably can be with a little tweaking but the flavors are just a bit off right now.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark orange/amber color with a one fingered creamy head and minimal carbonation.

S - Earthy, pungent and grassy with a barely detectable citrus hop aroma. Light pine and caramel malt also show up in the nose.

T - Grassy, earthy, caramel, and borderline cardboard tasting (sorry to say).

M - Thin and crisp.

O - Not doing it for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a deep hazy orange color with a white head on top. The retention is thin but the lacing looks really nice. The smell of the beer is a bit earthy, some subtle latex aromas as well. The taste has more of a latex flavor, earthy malt comes through pretty strong, there is a subtle orange flavor as well. The mouthfeel is carbonated and smooth. Overall it's a little disappointing, it had potential but it just doesn't hit the right notes.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of Jammies
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a deep orange with about an inch of foam. Retention is good.

S - sweet and slightly citrusy

T - not too bad. Slightly hoppy. Flavor is good and well balanced

M - Hoppiniess lingers slightly

O - Ehh, not a great beer, but decent. Doesn't really "wow" me.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a bomber into an oversized mug.

Wow, I have high hopes for this brew from the look. A gorgeous cloudy amber-orange. Looks like something you could chew. I love when beers look like this.

Smell has a touch of clove, but it's mostly just plain Belgian-yeasty. Decent and inoffensive.

Taste is mostly Belgian yeast, which is your standard spicy, clovey-type flavor. Which is not my bag, but is fairly clean and nice. However, there's nothing else going on. This should have been labeled a Belgian Ale at best, because I'm not exactly sure what the hops are doing here to make this an IPA. Gets decent grades, however, because it's a nice representation of Belgian flavors, without too many bells and whistles to get in the way.

Mouthfeel matches the look; dense and almost-creamy. I wish there were more flavors and more complexity here, because this mouthfeel would present them well.

Drinkability is OK. I almost gave up on my bomber at one point, but the warming mellowed everything out to just plain OK, and I managed to finish. Decent, unspectacular offering from a cutting-edge brewery.

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Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston TX

A: Pours an opaque, hazed orange. Unattractive murky, and dirty. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace.
S: Mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruits right up front in the nose. Very hop forward juicy aromas.
T: Again, the tropical fruits are up front and center. Mango and pineapple juice. Big bitterness takes over with a lingering spicy phenolic flavor. The bitterness continues to build as this warms, and over powers everything.
M/D: A medium body with very high carbonation. Almost to high. Prickly bubbles on the tongue. Not hard the drink. The alcohol is well hidden, but the building bitterness makes this more of a one and done for me.

Decent and enjoyable for the most part. It just did not do it for me for what ever reason. I think it is a combination of the really unattractive look and the bitterness that continues to build with each sip.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.69/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into Duvel snifter
Aroma of piney hops – smells like a pale ale
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, quickly diminishing to ragged 2 mm layer
Lacing spotty; small islands of small to medium bubbles
Body dark orange, cloudy
Flavor – Begins very hoppy and muddled, no distinct fruity flavors; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl. Ends with a little astringency.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

This tastes like an IPA, but calling it a “Belgium” anything is quite a stretch. It looks OK, smells like an IPA, and tastes like one too. I don’t pick up any yeast phenolics or spicyness.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Pours a clear, bright copper orange with a dense cream colored head, with long lasting retention and thick clumps of lace. Bitter floral and pine nose, Belgian yeast, bready and orange. Very sweet flavor of orange juice, bubblegum, lemon, pine bitterness, bready malt and buttery. Not quite a Belgian or an IPA or a Belgian IPA. Not bad, just generic.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 8/11 (this month!)

Appearance: Very hazy amber glass sports a thin off white head that gives pretty good lace, almost tide marks.

Smell: Piney hops, slightly worty malt base, bit of a peachy air.

Taste: Really pretty balanced, hop bitterness wins out in the long finish but hard to place this in the IPA category, but I could see the hop-phobic Belgians thinking this was hoppy. Not getting a lot of Belgian flavor out of this, a little peppery finish but I think that's more the hops than the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Bit oily, low carbonation, medium light body, dry finish.

Overall: I confess I've never been a fan of Belgian IPAs, Love IPA, Love Belgian beers, but the style always seems contrived to me, more marketing than substance. I'll finish the bomber without any drama, but don't think I'll be back for another.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice dark orange with a bright tope head, good lace... very orange nose especially for a Belgian, in the middle is alcohol, a little yeast, and some pine, smells pretty good, not a Belgian nose though... the taste is not good, there’s all the yeast I was expecting, basically Belgian yeast and chemical resin mixed together, right components just tastes terrible

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a hazy burnt orange with a foamy off-white head that receded quite a bit, and left some streaky lacing on the glass. Bready aroma, Belgian yeast, malty, with traces of indistinct fruit esters. Taste followed the aroma with a decent kick of bready yeast, citrus zest, peach and pear, a bit rubbery, with notes of peppery spice, tree sap, and floral hops. Medium body, a bit chewy, decent overall, though I prefer this style to be a bit lighter in body with a crisper hop profile. But that's just me.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Tramp Stamp has a dark orange look to it with some amber thrown in as well. A small amount of white stuff with minor stick. Smell is of grassy hops, fruity esters, some Belgian yeast and trace pine. This is a hop forward Belgian IPA with the Belgian yeast taking a backseat. The hop comes off grassy, bitter and floral, with small fruity taste in the middle followed by some sweet malts. Kind of all over the place for me. Feel is a bold medium with a nice ample carb. Not my favorite Belgian IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chad for sharing this one. Served in a Jester King snifter. Bottle is from January.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a thin collar and a few hazy wisps on top, along with some splotches of lace. Largely transparent orange-golden body.

S - Light tropical hop character, peppery Belgian yeast, bready malts and light alcohol.

T - Taste is surprisingly bland, and the hop flavor seems to have dissipated in the past 3 months. Malt-heavy Saison character with peppery Belgian yeast, and a unpleasant papery finish that gets worse as it warms up. Medium-high bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium, sticky, body. Lower carbonation, light alcohol warmth, and a dry finish. Seems light it could use more spritz for the style.

D - This is pretty mediocre. It's largely inoffensive, other than the strange finish, but it's not something I'd want to try again unless it was fresh off the line or on-tap somewhere.

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Photo of jamescain
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DeathbySexyBT for sharing this one. Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Golden-orange with an off white head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: I don't know if it was old or not, but it just didn't give me the aroma I was hoping for. There was not much Belgian characteristic, other then some spices. The hops seemed muddled and it was difficult to pull out distinguishing aromas.

Taste: Slightly yeasty and citrusy with hints of orange and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I don't think I would seek this one out. Maybe if I found out it was an old bottle I would try a fresh one, but I honestly wasn't that impressed.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a stange. Thanks to readbaron for picking this up.

Appearance: Out of the bottle, this pours a cloudy amber brown, with burnt orange edges. A frothy off-white head displays good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of candi sugar, weak Belgian spicy yeast, and citrusy hops.

Taste: My palate is almost overwhelmed with the burst of candi sugar sweetness up front. The yeast strain is fairly weak, which fails to provide much of the spiciness that I generally like in Belgians and BIPA's, and it also prevents a smooth transition from the sweet maltiness up front to the hop presence. The hop presence adds a strong bitterness, but the flavor is somewhat hidden. Grapefruit and orange rind are the most noticeable flavors. The bitterness grows sip after sip - there is never that palate 'reset' that makes Belgian IPA's so clean and interesting. The lingering bitter aftertaste detracts from the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Mainly due to the intense sweetness and light, creamy carbonation, the body feels fuller than medium, despite being only 7%. More crisp carbonation might help to remove those pesky hop oils off the tongue and create more balance in the flavor.

Overall: This is a style I really enjoy for the balance and juxtaposition of flavors, but this really just came up short for me.

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