Tramp Stamp | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewandbbq on 01-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Newburyport St Trattoria. Had a few pints in fact. Nicebheadbon this beer with a mild lacing. Had a mild floral smell with hints of caramel. Surprised by how much I liked this beer. It has a great balance of malt with a great blast of hops. Not overwhelming, just balanced. Healthy carbonation throughout made it a quality drink throughout. Very good beer

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Photo of msondel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Rustic amber body with some toasty copper highlight thrown about. The whole thing is a bit muddle, though it allows quite a bit of light to shine through, albeit highly obscured. Not much of a head, surprisingly for a Belgian IPA, really, rather there's only a wispy white skin that traverses the top of the beer and bunches up a little bit at the border.

It's hard to pull much out of the aroma at first, because it's unfortunately underwhelming. I thought maybe it was a bit too cold, which I'm sure it was, but even warmth didn't hand over the amplification that I was expecting. Lightly hopped (for an IPA especially) with very timid notes of citrus and mild grass and herbs. Yeast is more prominent in the form of faintly sweet esters and a finishing waft of bubblegum.

The taste is a bit better, at least in terms of sheer force. Lightly bitter on the back and sides of the tongue with each sip, as the tide of mild pine, leaves, and grapefruit peels rolls in. The hops seem to open up a little more on the palate, as does the malt bill; some toasted and buttered bready malts counter the hops with a pinch of mid-palate sweetness.

Yeast flavors remain tame until most of the finish, where some banana esters, very, very faint spice, and a bit more bubblegum finally peek their heads above the water. Bitterness is still present on the back of the tongue by the time you've swallowed, but it's a pretty mild and low bitterness overall, more akin to regular pale ale levels of IBU. The body's a bit thicker than you'd expect, which is actually a good thing; good carbonation and a smooth, sharp mouth feel.

Nothing off-putting or offensive with this one, but it's largely forgettable. There's just not a whole lot going on, and there's nothing really new or exciting happening. It's easy enough to drink, but whenever you're in the position to purchase this, there's likely something equally or more enjoyable that will be available as well. No real redeeming qualities, but not bad by any means.

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Photo of EricVincentt
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jersh67
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Looked outstanding, almost clear copper body with 3/4' white medium head. Lots of carbonation going on. Not much lacing, but head did retain reasonably well.

Smell was sweet, floral, and yeasty.

Taste was decent, floral and yeast came through very well, quite refreshing.

Mouth was a bit on the thin side

Overall, a pretty decent offering from Clown Shoes. Not something I would rush to the store for, but certainly would not turn down if offered.

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Photo of hooliasimons
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of beersvh23
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Boverhof3
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this on National IPA day,
I poured this it has a burnted orange color body with a small white funky head that lays down quickly to a thin lace. The aroma has a some pine hops notes to it but not much else.
The taste is sweet upfront followed by some bubble gum and yeast notes and finishing off with a nice pine on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very nice smooth, leaves a little aftertaste on the tongue. Overall this is a really good beer and show off the style quite well.

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Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Barhite
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Maineraidah
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MaxT
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of trebbates
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp a couple days ago for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. Clown Shoes just entered the Michigan market and since this beer caught my eye I decided that this would be the first one I would try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I'm sure it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label and name is a little cheesy, but it doesn't look bad and it's certainty eye catching. It poured an orange/amber color that took on more of a darker amber/burnt orange color with a finger and half worth of very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, i have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium bitterness followed by some pretty noticeable Belgian yeast aroma that has a real light funk aroma in the background that shows up just enough and it works well with some bubble gum Belgian yeast aromas. Up next comes a nice fruity hop aroma, there's a nice mixture of citrus and tropical fruit aromas with no one fruit sticking out most, they blend together to make a great fruity hop aroma that works well with the yeast. Towards the end I get some sweet malts and a slight earthy aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the Belgian yeast worked nicely with the fruity hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of Belgian yeast, there's some typical banana and bubblegum flavors with a nice light funky flavor in the background that makes for some nice complexity. Up next comes the hops which have an even amount of floral, citrus and piney hop flavors that work nicely but a little more citrus flavors wouldn't hurt. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness followed by a Belgian yeast and piney hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer I thought the balance of hops and Belgian yeast were pretty good.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little refreshing, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had enough Belgian yeast aspects and hoppy aspects to represent the style nicely, and I thought the slight bit of funk in the yeast worked really well and it helped make this beer a little unique. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not filling, a little refreshing, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a couple of these especially on a nice summer day. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance they were both pretty good with the aroma being my favorite. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hop profile in the aroma wasn't more similar to the taste. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for this style, it does a good job of representing the style and I enjoyed it, I would recommend to anyone who likes Belgian IPA's. All in all I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it made for a good first impression of Clown Shoes, it was just an all around nice beer and I will for sure be checking out more of their beers, good job guys this is a pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 TreyIsWilson
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes - Tramp Stamp, poured into a pint glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy hazy amber brown with a good sized soapy head that retains slightly. Lacing galore.

Smell - Brett funky blast, some sweet malt, piney hops.

Taste - Malt, then brett to the chin, then pine hop bitterness to the teeth. Not as subtle as others of this style, not as smooth, a bit over punchy.

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter on the back of the tonue, brettanomyces sour as well, puckering. Drinkability is just OK, booziness is low but that doesn't give you any reason to enjoy this brew.

Overall - This is just OK, I get what they were trying to do but it tries too hard like InBev or something, I dunno. Not my cup of tea, a far cry from a masterpiece and not much testament to the Belgian style. Thumbs down, would NOT recommend. Unbalanced as hell.

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Photo of Rohkey
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 64.6% out of 100 with 1,384 ratings
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