Tramp Stamp | Clown Shoes

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Tramp StampTramp Stamp

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 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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
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