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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good example of the style, and very drinkable. Well balanced between the significant and tasty orange citrus Simcoe hops and the witbier yeastiness clinging in the secondary. Elevated bitterness by the two C-hops. Cloudy orangey body with lasting quarter inch of head. Thanks Dr. Jay for including this among five Clown Shoes intro package. 650 ml. bottle with a PG picture.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a hazy crimson with golden hues body.

S: fruits include banana, tangerine and mango. Mild spices, corriander and light belgian yeast.

T: very hoppy, especially in the finish with mostly medicinal, pine and strong grass hop notes. Mild citrus, honey, malts and earthy notes up front but these don't last long.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A lot hoppier than I like my belgian IPAs. This takes away from the complexity as the hops sort of run together in the middle and finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/20/13.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and spice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of citrus zest and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the yeast and spice presence is pretty intense in this one.

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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 metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark orange in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of mangoes and orange citrus along with notes of spices. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers throughout the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the hops, the beer is very well balanced so that the bitterness and citrusy flavors are not overpowering.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, a part of some fairly dear 4-packs now available up here in Alberta's suds suppin' jurisdiction. I like how this brewer's names for their offerings don't have much at all to do with the style at hand.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves some layered bike chain lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of earthy, acrid yeast, orange and grapefruit citrus cream, pine resin, bready caramel malt, further muddled tropical fruit, and a touch of metallic alcohol. The taste is more testy and spicy yeast up front, which do well enough to meld into the citrus/pine hop scouts, with a hefty grainy, bready, and slightly doughy caramel malt, the same late-arriving tropical fruitiness as in the aroma, and a well-tethered perfumed booziness.

The carbonation is fairly fizzy at first, and broadly frothy overall, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth, but for some tacky yeast and astringent hop esters mucking things up. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy malt carrying through on its initial promise, while the yeast and bitter hops put it in cruise, just looking to enjoy the ride.

A pleasant enough Belgian IPA, the yeast and the sassy west coast IPA-worthy hops both clashing and working together at different times in the life cycle of this brew. Uselessly provocative name aside, I gotta say I kinda liked this one, insomuch as this continues to be one of my least favourite styles.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a most impressive head; plenty of stickage and a nice pattern of Belgian lace

Smell: Loads of citrus in the aroma, with tangerine and lemon prominent

Taste: Doughy flavors in a backdrop for the hops to strut their stuff and strut it, they do, as you would expect from a Clown Shoes beer; tangerine and lemon flavors predominate with an aspirin element appearing, after the swallow; while there is a bit of spicey, peppery Belgian yeast character that appears in the finish, it does not play as big a role in the profile as it does in other beers of the style

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice beer and quite enjoyable to drink; while the hops are great, I would have preferred to see the yeast play a slightly bigger role

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: end of April 2011.

Glowing hazy orange, some initial white foam and delicate lacing in the glass. Retention is average, the foam soon breaks and forms a wispy skim across the surface. Last pour is a bit murky with the extra yeast sediment, the empty bottle is dark with yeast at the bottom.

Citrus and floral aromas, hoppy and resiny, orange peel, banana and clove yeast esters. As it warms the Belgian yeast becomes more prominent and the hops take a backseat.

Flavors of earthy bitter hops, resiny orange peel citrus, leafy green herbals. Yeast lends some spicy phenolic Belgian character, and there's some sweet toasted grain in the middle. Dry bitter aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, and pretty easy drinking, though I find myself slowing down with it halfway through. Pretty good, i'd drink this again.

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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 superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, unreadable bottle date code. Pours very hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, banana, clove, pepper, floral, light pine, caramel, biscuit, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA! All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, copper brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace on the glass.

S - A spicy aroma of pepper and clove with some grassy hops and a bit of toffee.

T - Dry, toasty malt up front with some lemon and pepper. Hop character comes out in the middle with notes of pine and grapefruit pith. Finishes with more lemon peel, pith grapefruit, and clove as well as a harsh and fairly strong level of bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a weird one, the Belgian characteristics are kind of weak, but the are present in sufficient quantity to really screw with the hop profile. The yeast flavors are harsh and excessively phenolic which only serves to highlight the harshness of the hops and really clashes with the pine and grapefruit notes. To me, this is a perfect example of why so many people seem to dislike Belgian IPAs, no thought put into how the hops and yeast work together and an apparent lack of understanding of how to deal with Belgian yeast. You shouldn't try brewing a Belgian IPA unless you are already capable of brewing a very good tripel.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a rich copper color with a fluffy white head that was gone pretty quickly,with a longer lasting head I would have gave it a higher score,I really like the color and clarity to the beer.Bigtime Amarillo hop aromas,sharp and citric they really burst out at ya,light phenols and even lighter bready malt round out the aroma profile.The yeast plays a bigger role on the palate,spiced and warming the phenols overshadow the citric hops a little but its still quite good.Another good offering I have tried from Clown Shoes,and the write up on the label is spot on.

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

Pours a creamy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace wroth very slight lacing, over semi clear copper honey color.

Nose has some light Belgian malts, semi sweet light frit and citrus from the Belgian yeast, light zest, light candi start sweetness and hint of booze, light fruity and aromatic hop.

Taste starts with a light spicy and citrus hop, light fruits and some orange peel zest, light fruity Belgian yeast flavors, light sweet Belgian malts, hint of candi sugar and touch of booze following, finish gets a little astringent as the hops get fairly bitter and rind tasting, lingering citrus and light candi sugar and malt, fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb and hint if warming booze.

Overall not bad, the finish with the astringency gets a bit overbearing, decent flavors, bit too much on the sweetness and overall gravity I think.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 29 April 2013, this 12 oz bottle was poured into a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Body is hazy, orange-brown in color with a small head that soon reduces to little more than a ring. Lacing is on the light side. Some sediment coats the bottom of the bottle even after a full pour.

Smell: Hops are prominent and contribute both herbal and citrus qualities, but some Belgian yeast and a solid bready malt base are also apparent.

Taste: Lower end of the hoppy spectrum for an IPA. Fruity, but towards the lower end of the fruity spectrum for a BPA, and less fruity than the aroma suggests. Nutty; mildly bitter; a trace of yeasty funk. Well integrated and balanced yet has moderately high complexity.

Feel: Medium-light bodied with crisp moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: Should appeal to anyone who likes the idea of a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale.

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

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation along the sides of the glass. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a skin with a thick patch and thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a pretty intense aroma of citrus hops - orange and just a hint of mango.

T: The taste of the beer really follows the smell - some very light malt presence with very light hints of spices and a huge presence of citrus hops (both orange and mango). The is some bitterness that is present through most of the mouthful and lingers in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and quite easy to drink. I have had this beer a couple of times now, both on tap and in bottles, and I would likely get this one again. I really like the balance to this beer, especially in the flavor.

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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 mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Robust hoppy amber ale with a touch of Belgian flavors.

Nice big nose of flowery, spicy hops. Really bitter aftertaste. More of an American than Belgian IPA in that regard. Fruity malt with a lot of resiny tastes. Quite rich and full of perfumey, flower flavors.

I don't find this very drinkable. It starts out pretty well, but they bitter profile is just too overwhelming to the other flavors. If you like the hoppier end of the Belgian-influenced styles, this is one to try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottled: 9/11 - We Will Never Forget.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazed, light orange-gold body with a tall, foaming, near-white head. A streak of lace here and there as we go along.

Smell: A goof sniff of a tangerine peel from the pith side, some doughy, bready malts, an expressive but not overbearing yeast, pepper, orchard fruit, and a nearby, airborne spritz of cheap ladies perfume.

Taste: Bready, but also a strong sense of yeast-ridden dough followed by a small portion of treacle for an upfront sweetness (though, it picks up some grainy hints as it warms and as the unyielding, accumulative bitterness begins to override the initial sweetness). Then, pithy citrus, both lemon and tangerine from the Amarillo with a sprinkling of coarse ground black pepper. Robustly bitter. Perfumy, resinous hops later on and holding strong until the dry, pithy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit oily, but also a bit sticky.

Overall: A fairly competent Belgian IPA.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a deep amber, almost caramel color with a foamy, frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma mixes a juicy, American hop flavor with some coriander and orange citrus and a bit of a Belgian yeast spice. Some malty sweetness mixed in almost gives it a candied fruit like flavor.

The taste shows even more of the candied fruit flavor to it. I get the hoppiness coming out at first, but the sweet, sugary and citrusy spice are the main flavors from that point on. It feels very juicy in the finish with some of the Belgian yeast spice coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an interesting and decent beer, but the candied, sugary flavor was a little too dominating for me. Things just didn't come together as well as I hoped for it. it was still a pretty flavorful and decent beer overall though.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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

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

Very impressive, thick head which collapses with a golfball shaped dome. Slight chill haze to the warmly amber brew. Decent amount of ring lace and other spots.

Strong pine hoppiness to the nose. There's a mildly sweet citrus element to the aroma. Unlike most Belgians, I cannot smell any yeastiness. Low malt base.

True yeast flavors are right up front on the initial taste. I cannot really detect any malt because the strong bittering (peppery) hop. The body is as one would expect, with a higher-than-average carbonation level. In summary, a decent cross between an American IPA and a Belgian one.

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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 TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Finally trying out these new-to-us Clown Shows brews. This one pours a cloudy tawny topped by a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises orange zest, very light leek, clove, banana, ruby red grapefruit, cantaloupe, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of orange rind, lemon peel, light pine, black pepper, banana, honeydew, and white bread. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation, an almost grainy feel, and an almost dry finish. Overall, a very nice BIPA. My only complaint is that it seems a bit too light and fluffy, but it is damn good beyond that.

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