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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewandbbq on 01-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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338
Ratings:
1,381
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
24.68%
 
 
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Photo of leaddog
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a amber copper with three fingers of foamy white head that leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, belgian yeast (hint of clove), orange peel, bready caramel malts, peppery aromas

Taste - Nice punch from the citrus and piney hops then goes into the belgian yeast, orange peel, pepper, pine resin, grapefruit, and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops along with the yeast.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian IPA on all fronts. The only minor knock would be to increase the belgian yeast taste (clove, banana) but that is a very minor adjustment needed in this one. I look forward to trying more of these guys offerings.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's 12 ounces of beer to drink before I decide to get dinner started. On to the beer:

It's a toasted orange colored beer, topped with a somewhat sturdy head, which leaves creamy lacing around the glass. A dry aroma at first, one which slowly opens towards a note of funk, pineapple, and vague spice.

Tramp Stamp is surprisingly dry for an American-made, Belgian-style IPA. Usually this style involves throwing a bunch of hops in with a beer fermented with Belgian yeast. This is closer to the more traditional Belgian-style IPA. The beer starts dry with a kiss of grass. Still dry all around with notes of white pepper, funk, and a note of orange. It's not very bitter, and the beer has a medium body with a somewhat smooth feel.

This will get my appetite going later tonight.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a pale amber color with an off white head. The smell is full of hops in front but with some sweet fruits and spices like banana and clove on the end. The taste was very nice with a lot of citrus and grass flavors up front from the hops and a very clean finish from the malt on the finish. Not bad and not too expensive, I'll probably be picking this one up again.

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Photo of illpass78
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep orange with a one-finger eggshell head. Better than average carbonation. Leaves waves of lacing behind on the glass.

Aroma: This beer has a somewhat earthy smell with notes of funk and citrus.

Taste: Fairly complex beer, this. Notes of pine, grapefruit and earthiness, and that funky note in the nose translates to the palate. Pretty big malt presence. Some lemon and pepper round things out. The funky note dominates more and more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not a light, summery beer.

Overall: This beer is well crafted, but there's a hint of unpleasantness in its flavor profile that keeps me from loving it. It has a lot going on, but it's not all perfectly executed. A nice beer, but a slightly imperfect one.

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Photo of tone77
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, some spices. Taste is hops, spices, citrus, some resin, balanced and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%

Single bottle from a 4-pack poured into a tulip glass. A rather dark cloudy ruddy orange amber with a finger or so of white foamy head. Darker than its double IPA stablemate Galactica but similar in the pungent hops department. Aroma and palate redolent with orange and lemon rind/juice, menthol cough candy, fennel seed/licorice cake, dry dusty burlap sack, turmeric, green bananas, pumpkin, fresh cut grass, yeasty vitamin tablet, and dandelion. I must say, this is one of those brews that truly strikes the balance between American hops and Belgian funk ... The Belgian yeast is aggressive but the hops keep pace admirably. Very dry, bitter, earthy, and spicy, equal parts apothecary's cabinet and citrus orchard. Finishes with ample pine resin like a strong American IPA. Moderate of body and quite highly carbonated, which is maybe not a selling point. Regardless, I am converted. Could be my favorite Clown Shoes to date.

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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 alphagnome
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep orange body, very muddy quality. Pillowy head on pour, but fades to nothing in time. No lacing but great legs.

Aroma:
Fairly tame. Light pine and hits of citrus blanket a malty backbone. A pleasant yeast character. Cola. I also get the occasional, odd ball coriander note.

Taste:
Malt forward but plenty of hops to be had from there on out. Rich caramel malts trick your taste buds into letting down their guard before a generous amount of hops have the weak screaming "uncle!" Earthy and spicy, the hop profile is big here. Grapefruit, light pine, and bit of pepper make each sip a slightly different experience. A bit of booze on the tail.

Mouthfeel:
Gobs of carbonation and a medium-bodied. Finish is far from clean and pretty dry, reducing the possibility of this one as a good summer brew.

Overall:
Definitely a solid brew, but not my favorite from Clown Shoes. Well worth grabbing, but don't expect a light or refreshing brew as this is far from it.

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Photo of crbnfbr
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange color. Some lacing lingers around the glass. A little head that quickly fades to leave bubbles around the edge of the glass the whole way down. S: Citrus like smell. I get a slight sour smell almost hidden. T: Slight grapefruit. Not too bitter for an ipa. Get a little of that Belgian yeast taste, enough to let you know it's there, but not overpowering. Tastes like it smells. M: A slight spice feel to it. Little bit of sour near the end that lingers on the tongue. On the dry side. O: Not bad at all. This style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Worth a sixer for sure, interesting name and label.

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Photo of mthomp081
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - really nice amber color, great foamy head with pretty solid lacing around the glass

S - citrus, hops, zesty, malt, oranges, mangoes

T - taste is very similar to the smell. lots of hops, orange zest, citrus mangoes, good amount of malt

M - medium bodied, some carbonation, really nice on the palette

O - really nice beer here, you have a fantastic balance of hops and orange-citrus zest, some malt characters, but a solid offering for a Belgian IPA. Not too sweet but not too bitter either, this is a solid beer.

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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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp has a thick, cream-colored head, a hazy, bubbly, orange appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet citrus and white bread, and the flavor is of bitter, crushed pineapple, sweet bread, and maybe even some bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp finishes puckering and relatively easy drinking. No alcohol detected.

RJT

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Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a. a burnt orange color with little to no head on a pour in a tulip glass. Light, spotty lacing.

s. Citrus on the nose. Maybe some coriander, but not overwhelming, malt, yeast.

t. The citrus shines through. It seems like this could be a white ale. Similar profile.

m. A bit gritty.

o. Very good beer from a very good brewer. Wow factor was missing so I could not move into the outstanding range, but I would revisit this beer.

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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 LovingCup
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Artwork: A+

Appearance: Looks like an effin' sunset. Or an orange. Lots of microscopic bubbles. Nice.

Smell: Juicy fruit. Sweet like candy. Blends the floral, wet, juicy, fruity, hoppy bit with the belgian yeast sugar candied sweetness business.

Taste: Kinda takes a nosedive here, imho. Both the appearance and aroma of this beer heightened the anticipation up to this point, but something about the taste was not agreeable with me. It wasn't awful, it just wasn't particularly enjoyable for me at the moment. It's tart. Bitter. I detect nuances of aspirin like qualities. It kind of leaves a nasty, lingering aftertaste. These qualities>any redeeming qualities.

Overall: I'll have to try more Belgian IPA's. Maybe I don't like the style? But North Coast "Pranqster" is a go to beer for me, and that's a Belgian strong ale. According to my review score and memory I gave Ale Asylum Bedlam! a better rating. I'm glad I tried this one out, but I'm glad it was a single. Not awful, but not my thing. Don't see myself seeking this one out. This was my first from Clown Shoes. This was a miss for me but I'll give them a couple more shots. That pecan pie bomber sure sounds enticing.

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Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy head, dimples deeply in a few spots, pretty much bone white, tight weave overall with good retention, the lacing comes in thick stripes, tends to move like flexible metal mesh. Bright, vibrant orange colored liquid, inclines more to red-brown than yellow, very clear and crisp looking, you see a fat bubble here or there. From a distance the nose is powerfully floral yet as you get closer more dominance in the well cooked bread dough, herbaceousness, sharper spices and pepper, moderate pine sap and likewise the peach, nectarine scents are quiet, takes a little opening up but there is a decent bubblegum component. Medium-bodied plus, foams up some in the mouth, carbonation big rather than prickly. As a result, it sits there and slowly percolates rather than flows. Spicy attack, ginger, cardamom, caraway then spiced orange peel, not getting a consistent yeast presence. Here too the peach, apricot, pear, apple flavors have minimal thrust, ending up in a drier texture. The bitterness not fully to be pinned on the herbaceousness, more like sour grains. Pine more present, the bubblegum to banana notes mostly retronasal than perceived as flavor. It’s actually pretty good and can easily be understood as a smashup of two styles.

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Photo of rypkr
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - extremely hazy amber/muddy orange. Almost zero light comes through a 12 oz pint glass. 1/2 inch finger frothy white head with medium-aggressive pour.

S - the smell is great. Very fresh floral scents with a sweet lingering aspect.

T - first impression was its very dry. Nothing exceptional and nothing awful. Malt is present but isn't entwined with the imminent IPA characteristics.

M - dry, thin, and average carbonation.

O - with craft beer so prominent and progressive today, this is nothing short of average at best. Small chance I'd buy it again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week in Totowa as a single bottle, wondering if a beer of this name could be taken seriously. This leaned more toward the American side of "Belgian IPA" as the hop profile and taste of this beer seemed more at home than something that would be brewed overseas. There was enough cloudiness and funk in this to give it a Belgian profile but in the end, the hops and mouthfeel of this beer reminded me of a Pale Ale more than anything else.

This was brewed on 1/29 of this year and it showed when I poured it out, as there was a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that took a while to swirl out. The hue was a cloudy apricot with a mild head that held its own before settling down and just a hint of lacing could be seen as I worked my way through this. Some sugar, yeast, and lemon in the nose as the mouthfeel was quite juicy to this. Faint hints of tangerine and tropical fruits in the taste and not a lot of carbonation to wash everything down. The yeast was the most noticeable aspect of the body but that gave way to the fruity notes and a bit of the hops in the back, which lingered for quite a while after each sip.

So did the booze, although I couldn't taste it. This felt stronger than it was in actuality, which was a testament to the "IPA" in this beer. While not the best example of a Belgian IPA, there was enough t like here and the body was more than sufficient to tie everything in together. While not memorable, this had the staying power of a tramp stamp without the accompanying tackiness. Worth a go once for anyone who likes this style or a hoppy beer that has the characteristics of a Belgian Pale Ale or IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On the slightly American side of Belgian IPA, this tramp puts out pretty good. It has a bit of extra robustness that American style ones do, but not quite as much so as the pure bred ones.

It pours a bit dark and has moderately thin head and lace. The aroma is a little weak for the style but very appetizing. The taste is pretty bitingly hoppy, with a bunch of malts and Belgian yeasts showing off. It really is a nice mix if a bit on the over the top side.

The aftertaste is also robust - you don't forget it too soon. Overall it is a good effort from the clown people.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: pours a hazy deep orange-amber in colour with a small white head that drops to a thick ring. Not much lacing, but it does look inviting.

Aroma: plenty of citrus hops here, with grapefruit, lemon and tangerine taking the fore. Some bread malts and yeast behind.

Taste: again big citrus notes with some lovely Belgian yeasts and more of those bready malts. The yeasts and the lemon behind make for a wonderful addition to the normal AIPA - I think I could get used to Belgian / American IPAs.

Aftertaste: the flavours all linger through - a lovely drop.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate but spritzy carbonation. Carries those flavours through well without overdoing it.

Overall: definitely the best Belgian India Pale Ale I have had to date. Fantastically complex and less awkward than some others. Another well done to Clown Shoes. Great pricing too, particularly for a high ABV import.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tramp Stamp by Clown Shoes
poured from a bottle into a 12 oz. mug

reviewed 4/8/14

P-:colorful and catchy label with a women's exposed low back tattoo. 4.0

A- : hazy orange with a thin tan head and some lacing 3.75

S- : hops, wheat and mild citrus 3.75

T-: grains and an odd bitterness, hop notes 3.5

M- : good body and clean finish 3.5

D-: grows on you as you go 3.5

O-: not sure some really good elements but something keeping it all from coming together 3.5

Bought as part of a Belgian IPA tasting, may or may not buy again. Was great for my tasting because it definitely has a unique spin
-J

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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 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 tmm313
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Super cloudy dark amber body. You can really see the yeast in there. Nice 1 finger head and lacing.

S- Grapefruit, orange, banana, some floral, and caramel.

T- Mainly grapefruit, orange, pine, and peppery spice. Sometimes the banana really pops out.

M- Medium thick body. Oily with nice carbonation.

O- I'm a fan of Belgian IPAs, and this one didn't disappoint. Sure I've had a few that were better, but I've also had much worse. I would definitely have again.

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,381 ratings.
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