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 glass_house
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Hazy amber-orange with two fingers of white head that maintains a nice collar with some sticky lacing. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit, mango, and some tangy lemongrass.

Body is almost medium at first, but finishes a bit watery. The lively carbonation lends some support, but the texture seems somewhat lacking for a 7% IPA. The taste is a lot like the nose--heavy on citrus and tropical fruits, with a mild pine bitterness toward the end. Not much here makes me think of a "Belgian" IPA. More like a citrusy west coast IPA with a mild peppery spice.

Overall it's ok. The flavors work well enough and I feel like it would be a good choice poolside on a hot day. However, the disappointing mouthfeel means I'll most likely bypass it more often than not.

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Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper orange in color with a deep haze that lifted a bit as this warmed. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Belgian yeast, caramel malt, tropical citrus and pineapple aromas. Medium bodied feel up front with tight aggressive carbonation through the middle and a thinner, slick, oily feel at the end. Spicy belgian yeast and caramel malt flavors up front with light tropical hop flavors through the middle. Finished with a malty and herbal, citrussy hoppiness. An easy drinking belgian ipa with well balanced flavors without much intensity. 

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Photo of dstanmyer
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice easy drinking Belgian IPA. Not overwhelming or too intense but definitely plenty of Belgian characteristics and hoppiness present. Attractive orange-amber hue but below average head and lacing on my pour. Not quite as full or complex as could be, but a tasty beer I'd drink again!

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Photo of da_beers
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy, deep orange with three fingers of bubbly white head. Good lacing.

S-bready malts of the bat. Not a lot of hops in there to be honest. Some citrus.

T-starts out with a flattish malt note, followed up by a bitter hop bite. This one seems like its missing some depth. Not overly impressed with this.

M-medium body. Good drinkablilty as far as that goes, but just not thrilled with it enough to have multiples.

O-underwhelmed unfortunately. Want to try other Clown Shoes, this left a little disappointed.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-bready malt, light pine, little grapefruit, light slight

T-toasted malt, light grapefruit, orange, caramel, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate. Ad onion! smooth

O-nice example of a Belgian IPA, nice flavor

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy dark gold color with a large white head that lingers and leaves a good lacing
S-Spice with a hop smell coming in strong with a malt backdrop coming in
T-spice is strong in the first part of the taste then comes the strong hop kick that almost took all the spice away, but then here comes the spice back
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-This beer was good, but the spice and hop kick was too strong for me to give this a better grade

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Amber tan/brown with a yellow tint. Minor 1/4 inch head, some decent sticky lacing.

Smell - Belgian yeasts, hops, spices, some orange, lemon, a little funky/farmhouse aroma rounded out with beady notes.

Taste - First sip starts out with sour Belgian yeasts, grapes, orange and lemon. Hops are muted under the sweet and fruity flavors, and added spices. Very floral and grassy funk in each sip. In the finish I got a very mild hop bite.

Motuhfeel - Very sweet with a mix of sugars and spices on the tongue. Palate gets funky sour notes, some sweet fruits. Aftertaste is dry, soured and sweet.

Overall - A decent offering. Wish it had more bitter hop notes then being as sweet as it is. Its easy to drink but not something id want to have all the time. Worth a drink.

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Photo of seydou
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle a nice ambery tan, cloudy with a gradient. Hoppy smell is big and pleasant. Tastes clean! Not overly bitter, not filling. Floral, bright, and hoppy. Very drinkable -- could easily be a session for me. Pairs well with bar food. Worst part is the bottle design!

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Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - pours up a hazy orange color with a two finger off white head, awesome retention and awesome lacing.

S - sort of one dimensional smell. Mostly oranges with a hint of lemon.

T - dry and yeasty with a grapefruit and oranges presence and a nice bitter finish. fairly well balanced.

M - full with lots of carbonation.

O - fairly decent. Clown Shoes usually comes up with some winners.

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Photo of BB1313
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/12/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark burnt orange; fluffy white head that slowly fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of bubblegum and sweet marmalade. Some malts. Very subtle hints of stick grapefruit. The flavors have a ton of hop bitterness. Some hop flavor, but not a ton. Lots of yeast. Sweet fruits. Lots of pine needles. Some orange zest. Subtle hints of grapefruit. There's also a good amount of black pepper. Slightly spicy. Flavors are sharp and crisp. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; active carbonation. It's a nice beer to relax with.

This is a Belgian IPA that is on par with most American interpretations. It's straight forward and well crafted. They nailed the bitterness.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My pour yields a finger of off white head over a light orange body. It dissipates quickly. The beer looks like it wants to lace up, but can't quite get it.

Mmmm, yeast, wheat and grassy hops make for a pleasant smell.

Grassy and gardeny with a pine edge. Bitter, yet clean. The yeast really fleshes out the flavor. As it warms a bit I pick up just the faintest traces of banana and a bitter orange.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

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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 patpbr
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy reddish hue with a small head.
S - Hints of belgian yeast and some hops
T - Subtle, with fruity flavors, not to hoppy. Sweet with belgian yeast and banana.
M - Medium body and dry finish that has a bit of spice.
O - Interesting style that is worth trying.

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

Soft red-orange amber with a deeper hue. I wish I could've collected more head, but it looks to-style.

Soft tropical fruitiness with a fuzzy peach skin note that I like. Clementine, nectarine, and ruby red grapefruit. Juicy with some tannic acidity. Very fruity with hops and yeast. Nice and crisp with a light pomme note. Great IPA note, no matter the particular sub-style.

Very tangy with familiar American hopping (Cascade?). Tropical notes of guava and nectarine. Maybe, starfruit. All with a tangy tangerine note. Musty Belgian yeast strain is contained by bitter hoppiness and floral textures. Tangy middle. Affirmed bitter outro.

Slightly grainy texture to the body. Carbonation is pretty big. Not a winner in this department.

Very good Belgian IPA that I could easily enjoy again and again.

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Photo of brurevu
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: The beer poured an opaque orange that persisted throughout my tasting. The aroma had the signature Belgian yeasts with a bit of hop which is true to the style. The taste started with the sweet Belgian flavors that gave way to the bitter hops on the back end with a nice creamy mouthfeel. It was a great beer that was true to the style and was a great introduction to Clown Shoes. I will definitely be trying more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hops and caramel nose, flavor is a balance of pine hops and caramel, some bitterness at finish. $2.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a short off white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: heavy Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pine hops, floral, caramel

T: heavy bitter pine resin mixed with yeasty notes, finish is dry and heavy hops

M: medium bodied with higher carbonation

O: very bitter hop flavors, little malt sweetness to back it up

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

Poured into glass from bottle. Cool label.

Poured with small head, white with thin lacing. Appeared dark amber-gold, slightly cloudy.

I felt the aroma was fantastic - orange citrus, some malts and hops.

Taste was great - definitely could taste the fruits and spices, hops present a bit but not as much as expected, and sweeter then I expected. matched the aroma quite well.

Mouth feel was a bit thin I thought, but did not bitter. High on carbonation side.

This was an easy f=drinking Belgian IPA, but not what I would expect out of that style of beer. I would drink again.

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

$2.29 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. brewed with "Soft but complex malts, Chambly yeast, sweet orange peel, Columbus, Amarillo, and Centennial hops"

Pours out to a slightly cloudy delicate pale golden, forming a growing spongy bone white head with superior retention and lacing, thanks in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs or so. Bottle conditioned, highly flocculant layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. The nose is all about the skunky weed. Lots of MJ on top of that distinct Chambly belgian yeast strain. No orange peel or coriander noted in the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, very light bodied despite the 7%. Taste opens with the skunky hops front and center, followed by a yeasty tartness. Again, no orange peel or coriander in flavor. Some suggestions of fruit from the yeast. A little bit of hot asphalt/burnt rubber towards the finish. Finishes dry (light bodied) but not astringent (hops). Bitterness is mild to moderate. Clean finish in the mouthfeel.

This is a decent beer, but when it comes to these belgian style american brewed hybrid wit/ipa's, I keep wanting more orange and coriander. Cleanly brewed with no off-flavors and pretty well balanced though. Well brewed.

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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 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 Lemke10
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very intrigued by the description of "Belgian-style IPA." This pours a golden amber color with a foamy beige head. There is a mixture of citrus and hops in the aroma. The taste starts out as a yeasty/banana Belgian ale but finishes with that classic IPA bitterness. Very interesting and well made.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Cloudy orange pour with four fingers bubbly white head that reduced to one inch and maintained.

S. malt forward, hoppy, orange peel, brown sugar.

T. Belgian yeast, strong bread flavor, crackers, bitter and dry finish.

O. Solid and fits the style well. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of nsheehan
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tramp Stamp
Clown Shoes
12oz to libbey Belgian
7% ABV
Belgian-style IPA
Bottled on 03/08/2013, bought ~4/3/2013

A – Translucent, tiny bit clear. Not hazy, just absorptive. Burnt orangey-copper. Low head, dissipated kind of quickly.

S – A bready, woody, sweetness from the Belgian yeast and sugar (assuming Belgian sugar). Some plum and pepper. Wet grass and nip of pine with citrus. Slight buttery popcorn smell (diacetyl). Smells awesome though. Has both Belgian ale and IPA smells distinct and balanced.

T – Get a little bit of the buttery popcorn, kind of muddled. No clear Belgian or IPA flavors on first two sips. A tiny bit of Belgian bready sweetness, with strong wet grass and weak plum. Pretty woody, wet grassy; no citrus til the aftertaste.

M – Light-medium bodied, dry finish. Soft, a little tingly, slightly cozy.

D – Was stoked on the smell but the taste didn’t hold up. Going to let it warm for 10 more minutes.

Let it warm 10 minutes.
S – Butter, wood, wet grass, a tiny bit of bready sweetness and lemon zest.
T – Taste follows smell now. Still not very Belgiany and no pine.
M – Softer, a little thicker- medium bodied now.
D – Overall loved the smell, but the taste never lived up to what I whiffed… so the beer whiffed. It’s good but not excellent.
3.75, 4.5, 3.75, 4, 3.75.

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