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

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Added by brewandbbq on 01-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got to love it. The name is testament to a time-honored American tradition, and the chick actually has a beer bottle tattoo popping over those low-rise jeans! I'm keeping the bottle. Nice rich amber appearance, great head retention. Pretty good yeasty citrus smell. The taste is good too; once you get past the stinging hops, which try to overpower things a little, there is a nice undercurrent of flavors normally associated with a wheat beer - banana, clove, yeast, etc. On account of this, it feels and tastes great in the mouth, but once you down it, the hops come back with a vengeance. Nevertheless, I enjoy and recommend this - look forward to trying more Clown Shoes stuff.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head which dissipated quicker than average. Absolutely lovely orange apricot color held up to the light. Smell of hops and citrus. Taste has a hint of orange peel and lots of hop bitterness. Moderate body build to it, and a moderate length finish. So let's see, "Belgian IPA"? Yep, Belgian body and finish, and IPA hoppiness. But I'd call it good but not great. I don't think these were the same hops in a lot of other IPAs I've liked.

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

Pours a cloudy, bright orange with a thick white head that laces.

Smells of peppery Belgian yeasty with earthy undertones and some floral hop notes. Really nice aroma for what it is.

Taste is up front pepper/spice with some hop character that fades into a spicy and bitter finish with some lingering fruity/ester notes. It's a bit simple but quite nice. The hop character is on the spice side and well underplayed. *As it warms I get a lot more DMS/corn taste than I noticed up front, which is not pleasant.

Lighter body with a medium/high carbonation level makes it easy to drink though it is a bit thin in the middle.

This has an overriding pepper and Belgian yeast character with just subtle earthy hop notes and some fruity esters. There isn't much to gripe about here even if it's fairly straightforward...well done overall.

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

On tap at the Irish Pol the other night.

TS pours an orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The is attractive enough, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit with some light dry citrus and leafy tobacco. On the palate, the tropical fruit is fairly prominent, but the hoppy bitterness dries out the sweetness on the finish, and enhances the beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, dry, bitter finish.

Hmmmm... an interesting IPA, although I can't say I ever really warmed to it. Probably would not order again.

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

A cloudy orange-colored beer with a frothy white head. Retention and lacing are both good. Hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit and orange up front, followed by a more traditionally Belgian smell of yeast and spices; fruity and somewhat sweet and malty.

The taste falls more on the Belgian side than on the IPA side; much of the hops of the aroma, even on this very fresh bottle, seem to disappear or at least are overwhelmed by the fruity esters and generally yeasty spiciness. Nice enough flavor but perhaps I am not all that enamored of this hybrid style; you miss the best of both worlds rather than truly experience them. The citric hoppiness experienced in the aroma fails to materialize in any significant way and there’s a bit of a lack of depth on the Belgian side of the coin apart from an overall yeasty flavor. A bit sweet and the alcohol is a bit evident as well.

Mouthfeel is fine, medium-high carbonation with a fairly crisp finish, fairly refreshing although perhaps a bit boozy overall. This isn’t a bad beer at all; just not a favorite of mine. If the idea of mixing an IPA and a BSPA together appeals to you it’s certainly worth giving it a shot.

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

Bright tangerine with creamy off-white head that leaves nice lace. Fresh OJ hop nose with a bit of wax.
Apricot jam, giant S-54 yeast hit, bitter orange rind hops.
Aspirin and medicinal finish and zesty linger. Lt-medium, crisp, soft, dry.

Too heavy on the yeast for a big iodine hit. Light and easy otherwise – in fact, more like an APA.

Yet to be impressed by Clown Shoes.

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

Sample: On-Tap 2012

A: Light orange in color, minimal internal carbonation, nice lacing but not head, decently hazy

S: Not incredibly fragrant, light citrus with some nutty elements, some sweetness, mild coriander, almost carrot-like

T: Moderate flavor, some citrus/tropical fruit flavor, definite coriander and clear carrot notes (a bit strange), traces of nutmeg, nice balance, certainly unique

M: Pretty smooth, a bit rough around the edges, though, mild citrus aftertaste and only slightly drying on the palate

O: A bit of a strange ipa, pretty refreshing and flavorful, interesting and worth a try

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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 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 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 OldIronLungs
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a Clown Shoes pint glass, decent head that falls to a quarter finger of white that doesn't seem to be leaving. Nice amber orange color.

Nose is citrus hops with some light Belgian yeast clove/banana.

Nice medium/thick body and lighter carbonation, lightly sweet malts and perhaps some orange, but definitely Belgian yeasts and none of the 7%. Very clean finish with minimal lingering bitterness.

Very drinkable, very pleasant - I think this is a solid example of the style. I haven't given this brewery the props it deserves. I mean it's hard to take Clown Shoes seriously but I'd be happy to drink this one again though wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Damian
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at the Sunset Grill & Tap, Allston, MA
Served in a cervoise

The beer poured a slightly hazed, crimson-amber color with a one-finger head of off-white foam. Thin sheets of sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Citrusy hops came through strong in the nose. The hops were very potent initially but they seemed to trail off a bit as the beer warmed. Notes of orange peel, grapefruit, peaches and mango were quite apparent. A dry, powdery yeastiness was also detectible.

The taste was super hoppy and bitter from start to finish. Citrusy, West Coast-style hops dominated. Grapefruit peel was most noticeable. A biscuity malt presence was discernible but it made little headway in this hop-centric brew. Pine sap appeared in the pithy and dry finish.

The body was super plush and creamy with a fine bubbled, zippy effervescence. Super smooth and pillowy on the palate.

Drinkability was where this beer seemed to falter. Belgian IPAs are typically a nice marriage of phenolic, powdery yeastiness and slight candi sweetness (the Belgian part) and crisp, grassy, noble hops (the IPA part). This beer however reminded me more of dry, bitter, West Coast-style IPA. I really would have liked to see more of that typical Belgian character come through.

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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 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 SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with a solid 2" head of light tan creamy bubbles. The head was solid for about 45 seconds and the lazily started to fade into the beer. There are tons of bubbles rising, so they don't let the head go too far. Once you drink the beer, there is quite a bit of lace left on the glass.

Aroma: Initially you get lots of American hops along with some Belgian yeast characteristics, but the hops are king so far. There is a mild phenolic that must be from the yeast that is a little bit of an odd player with the American hops. As the beer is warming, the alcohol is starting to become noticeable and is mixing with the subtlety of the yeast to give a mildly spicy impression.

Taste: The flavor pretty much follows the aroma in that the hops are king. The hops greet you in the beginning as an IPA should, and they pretty much stick with you the whole time leading to a mildly, but decidedly bitter finish. The body is medium to light with the beer being well attenuated. The carbonation is high, but this is a good thing for this "created" style. Subsequent sips are less dry on the back of the throat, but still the hops are a force to be reckoned with in this beer.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, especially for an IPA. I personally don't get a monstrous Belgian yeast character so it is a little disappointing in that respect because you could almost call it a bottle-conditioned IPA and I would think the same of it. If you are a hop-head, you will love this. If Belgian Pales are your thing, this may be a bit to "American" for your taste.

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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 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 socon67
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: Reviewed from 5oz sample

A - Pour is orange\amber with a thin white foam. Clear, and with minimal lacing.

S - Some residual smell of belgian yeast, and a biscuitlike scent. Also notes of flowers.

T - Initial sip has a slight honey sweetness. Other flavors are a tartness of citrus, and a crisp hoppy bite.

M - Robust, medium bodied, and a refreshing taste. Certianly quenches your thirst.

O - A solid belgian style, but didn't stand out as something I should try again. Not as jaw dropping as other Clown Shoes beers.

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

Bought 12oz bottle from Bev Mart.
Cloudy orange amber color
Fruity smell
Smooth taste with tastes of orange
Medium mouth feel
Overall a good beer that I wish was cheaper in price

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Photo of username
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/29/2015

Nice color. Head had some attractive, rocky, froth. Laces more than I'm used to seeing. Yeasty layer got suspended under head layer which looked quite nice in the Dogfish IPA glass. As yeast dissipates the clarity becomes gradually hazy from clear.

Not as odoriferous as I'd hope. Mild to moderate funky smell. A little diesel-y and sweet floral-pine. Usual breakdown/degradation characteristics of a few months old IPA. Slight 'bucket-o-fake-fishing-worms' smell buried deep.

Tastes a little piney, but primarily of bitter hop with a slight 'Belgian' after-taste that's rather persistent.

Feel is fine. Moderate to light. A little drying.

Overall, had a nice taste/departure from conventional IPA with the slight Belgian skew. Perhaps not as intense as other BIPAs however.

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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 MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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 cetainly would not turn down if offered.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/11. Had this once before and liked it, looked forward to another...

Head is dirty white and super-creamy, leaving a lot of lace on the glass in a variety of interesting designs. Color is burnt orange/copper.

Aroma is quite good, except I'm not getting much "Belgian" here. There's a lack of Belgian-esque yeast here. Very much more a west coast IPA sort of vibe: pithy citrus peel; intensely herbal; hops almost pot-like. A bit of toffee/caramel maltiness providing some foundation.

Taste doesn't bring in the Belgian further, as I'd hoped it might. There's maybe a hint of candi sugar trying to push through the hop dominance, but it's hard to really believe any kind of authentic Belgian yeast was used here. The label notes that "Chambly yeast" was used, and okay, but it's not really showing through strongly enough. But it still tastes quite nice, especially the orange/lemon and bitter citrus rind that the hops impart. And that bitterness rides through into the finish. Beer is fairly dry but there is a nice grassy/green/bitter snap and bite to it before fading. Generously carbonated but not overdone, and even offers a nice smooth ride.

Pretty obvious why this one could've been better: more Belgian yeast character! They advertise it as a Belgian IPA, yet the "Belgian" part seems lacking. But as an IPA, especially one modeled on the southern California variety, hey, it's great!

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers worth of lush fluffy virginal white head comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to an uneven splotchy veil of lacing and a thick collar... The color is a very light bronze... Mostly still with just a couple of stray streaks of carbonation... Gobs of chunky lacing cling to the glass...

S - Pleasing scents great the nose... Orange zest... Sweet oranges... A pleasant mix of hops... A light caramel base lies beneath the surface... A very subtle mix of rye and spice is present as well...

T - The flavors that materialize on the palate don't quite nearly the complexity or pleasantness of the aroma... The hops are at the forefront, but are fairly understated... Some light pale malts... The rest of the components of the aroma are missing in action... No orange... No strong malt base... No spice or rye subtleties... A bit of a let down...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation is light and almost non existent... Goes down very easily, almost too easily... Not bad, but doesn't really add much to the equation...

D - A promising Belgian IPA to start with nice appearance and aroma before quickly turning average at best... The flavor and mouthfeel prove to be a bit of a let down... The overall result is an average at best ale that I would neither recommend nor seek out again, though I wouldn't turn it down if offered again... Like an actual tramp, try to enjoy once and then kick it to the curb...

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