Tramp Stamp | Clown Shoes

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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:
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Added by brewandbbq on 01-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,384
Reviews:
339
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.08%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
236
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3
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Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, it doesn't hurt that this has one of the best labels I've ever seen. Just fantastic.

There is a 3 finger foamy off white head that forms and shows decent retention. The beer is a slightly cloudy amber color with some orange notes. Some sticky lacing remains.

Aroma is a mix of citrus hops, spices and yeast notes. Almost smells like Tang. (not a negative) Definitely get orange citrus notes here. This is the first indication of the flavor to come. Yeast is pretty prevalent.

Nice little beer here. Citrus peel off the bat, hop bitterness, back to some orange and then the yeast notes. There is a moment near the end where you can detect the abv with a hint of the flavor of alcohol. Vanishes with more pithy citrus peel and hop bitterness. Since I enjoy orange citrus fruits I am intrigued by this. The yeast flavor is certainly center stage and this melds with all the other flavor notes.

Almost a powdery feel to the beer. Pretty dry and almost crisp. Very delicate and appropriate carbonation.

This beer grew on me as I worked through the glass. Another nice effort by Clown Shoes.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle date of 03/08/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge six finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging around the glass.

Smell: A bright and zesty aroma of spicy yeast, fruits, and hops. Belgian yeast with candied sugar, funk, clove, and lots of pepper esters. Citrus hops with good hints of orange peel, grapefruit, apricot, mango, lemon zest, and pineapple. Also some floral, grassy, and piney hop hints. Soft bready malts with hints of wheat, grains, caramel, biscuit, and cracker. Also some hints of honey and banana fruit. Really solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a spicy and fruity Belgian tinged IPA taste. Belgian yeast with some funk, clove, and a big taste of pepper. Some banana esters. Hops with notes of citrus orange, mango, grapefruit, apricot, lemon zest, and pineapple. Some floral hops and grass along with a slight presence of pine. Sweet candied sugar and honey notes. Soft malt backing with notes of biscuit, wheat, caramel, grains, and cracker. A nice balance between the hops and spicy and sweet notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Belgian IPA style. Solid use of spicy yeast and hops with a good balance.

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Photo of sergio1va
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creative label and name brings attention to this beer.
Pours to a dark orange color with a small foam head.
Beer is cloudy with little to no carbonation.

Smells of flowers and citrus on the nose, gives hints of a wheat aroma.

Taste starts off with a slight bitter grapefruit, followed by a malty back end.
Mouthfeel tends to end with a slight dryness but with a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall a great tasting beer with layers of recognizable characteristics and without the "over the top" hoppiness that makes you want to switch to another beer.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vegasrob
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle dated May 2011 into a tulip glass.

An absolutely gorgeous orange right out of the bottle just like the label color. Light yellow hues on the edges, with rising yellow carbonation. Creamy of whitehead with minor like clumpiness, and soap like bubbles.

Aromatic oranges and candied like sugars on the bouquet. Sweet yeast profile and juicy bold nose, wonderful. Hope taste measures up!

Taste is a little unexpected but still solid. Hot bitterness mixed with light orange juice pleasures in the mid palate. Texture finishes slightly hot with a little bit of dry pine feeling. Double IPA like texture with some dense malt and high alcohol.

Overall pretty solid no complaints here. I could use a hint of sweet in this just a tad. Otherwise it is a great beer, like a mix of double ipa and other Belgian styles.

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Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. Bottled on 6/20/11 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange caramel color with a 2-3 finger frothy off-white head. Excellent head retention. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus, pine and just a hint of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Pine and bitter citrus up front followed by a touch of typical Belgian yeast notes in the middle before ending with more bitter citrus and a little bit of bready malt at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter. I don't know if the hops have faded in under 3 months (probably), but I didn't get the sweetness I had hoped for from the aroma. It was a very bitter beer for me, but I still liked the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. A single bomber will go down pretty easily.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Despite all the controversy surrounding this beer (and other Clown Shoes releases), this one lives up to the hype. I'd recommend this one, especially to hopheads.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale, Carapils, and crystal malts. The hop aroma is excellent. It has a nice mix of piney and citrus hops along with a dry and fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It's smooth going down with a good deal of bitterness. The malts provide adequate balance and complexity. The yeast esters are present and add a nice dry finish with a some added fruitiness. There is a touch of orange peel character as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed Belgian style IPA. It's complex and easy drinking.

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Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky reddish brown with diminutive orange hues at the light. The off-white head looms large and fades with the patience of a Saint. Wide sheets of lace are left behind.

Earthy, oily hops strike the nose, followed by a slight fruitiness, some herbal notes, sweet butterscotch candy notes and distant roasted grain. The big sweet malts are perfectly balanced with more big hops, but leave plenty of room for some subtle citrus notes (orange and grapefruit), a slight sour twang, some phenols and pine.

Medium mouth-feel and creamy through and through. Despite the boldness of each individual note, this one is a full on drinker due to the consummate fusion of all its elements.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Now this is much more in tune with my preferences than Muffin Top was. It's a straightforward Belgian IPA with good sweetness-bitter-yeast phenol three way balance right in my personal sweet spot. If anything, I'm only really disappointed by the slight lightness of body, and I'm being rather nitpicky about that. The head could also be a bit more stable. But it's got a great sense of just the right amount of herbal / pine / citrus hopping and phenols to accent a nice bready caramel malt into something better than most of the usual domestically produced BIPAs for sale in my local market. Absolutely no boozey burn, either. Check this one out if you can.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPeterson17
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: lovely amber glow with nice white fulffy head rentention

smell: sublte citrus/piney hops aromas

taste: dang... freaking hoppy bitter ale, but balanced malt backbone. great ctirus flavor mixed with some earhty belgoan yeast, lovely...

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: This beer is badass!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled in May 2012.

A - Pours hazy orange with a ruby hue. One finger of off-white head remains for a while and leaves good lacing.

S - Floral hops, corriander, belgian yeast, citrus. Typical for the style. Bonus points in appearance for the label

T - Starts off with cloves and herbs. Lemon peel is next, followed by some floral hops that make for a bitter, dry finish. Very refreshing.

M - Very effervescent with a medium body. Mouthfeel is fitting for the style.

O - This one had all the components I look for in a Belgian IPA. Great blend of Belgian flavors and hops make for a great summer beer. At $5 a bomber, this is one I will definitely get again.

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Photo of Lucoli
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a short wispy head. Spots of lace develop.

Smell: yeast, fruit sweetness, and some spiciness create a pleasant nose.

Taste: bready malt with some caramel, spicy yeast, black pepper, fruit sweetness, and a decent balanacing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the spicy flavors linger in the mouth.

Overall: very easy to consume this one, as it refreshes and quenches one's thirst. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear orange colour with a half inch cap of fine beige foam. Sticky, spotty lace, good head retention. Nice aroma, fruity and bready, orange and citrus, banana, hint of bubblegum and cloves. Sturdy bitterness was backed up by bready and toasty malt, some sugary sweetness, citrus and spice. Light alcohol notes were apparent in the finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, light dryness, nice texture. I liked this one.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a bright golden orange in color with yellow highlights and a finger worth of fluffy head that left plenty of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I actually like the hop profile considering it is a belgian style IPA but also had good citrus notes, a little bready maltiness that brought out a little sweetness, hints of yeast, grains and grapefruit character.

T: the orange peel twang was more pronounced on the palate alongside a good hoppy profile consisting of resinous, grassy and piney traits, bready malty sweetness, grapefruit which added to the nitterness factor and a touch of sweet yeast.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a hoppy, citrusy, mildly sweet, slightly toasty, piney, semi bitter and crisp finish.

O: honestly have to say that it is one of my favorite belgian style IPA of all time. I have not ran into one that had a hop profile like this brew.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Some head fades fast, leaving good lacing throughout. Super-cloudy; opaque. Honey-brown. Nice-looking.

S: Really hoppy. Lots of pine. I really like it. One-dimensional, but so good!

T: Grapefruit. Hops. Vague malts amidst sour citrus. Very drying aftertaste; deceptively hoppy.

M: Good, dry, substantial, tangy, and moreish.

O: I really enjoyed Tramp Stamp, as I have most Belgian IPAs. Though not excellent, still recommended. I would have again.

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Photo of Kettle1
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with "bottled the first week of January 2011" clearly on the label. BIG props for the bottling date and being on the shelves within a week of bottling!

Pours hazy, dark copper and an inch-plus head of beige. Moderate amounts of roped lacing throughout the glass as well as a partial skim coat.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of pungent phenols, apricot, pine, candied grapefruit, and tangerine. Sweet malt in the back with hefty tropical fruit, pine, cloves and bubblegum up front.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. A bit leafy and resinous.

Juicy, plump citrus nails the palate followed quickly by a jack-hammer bitterness. Pine sap, grapefruit pith, tangerine rind, and apricot pits. Cotton candy studded with orange Jolly Ranchers ride atop a somewhat coarse, sustaining bitterness.

Finishes with bitter clove dust, warming alcohol, pine resin and shades of Grand Marnier.

This is one serious Belgian IPA. Dial back the bitterness, up the finishing hops, and you'de have a block buster.

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Photo of alexgash
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Bottled the end of April 2011.

Interesting label/name...Pours a slightly cloudy copper-orange. Finger of whisked, tight, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose overflows with a fine mix of hops and Belgian yeast. Floral, kind of minty hops and fruity, spicy yeast. Sugary, fruity malt notes are there too.

Lightly toasted, fruity malts up front. Herbal, minty hoppiness follows as the fruity malts become sweeter and spicier (thanks to the yeast?). Bitterness crescendos into the finish. Spicy fruit (almost tropical) sweetness lingers, in an otherwise bitter finish. Medium body. Almost syrupy feel. One of the better examples of this burgeoning style I have tried!

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Photo of ottovon
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a beautiful amber, orange color, with a white head that left just a coating on the tap.

S: a nice aroma. some nice belgiany yeast, orange, citrusy hops. i also, get some nice peach and melon flavors. there is some caramel and toffee aromas. i also get a bit of clove.

T: starts out a with a little sweetness, and then quite bitter. there is nice melon and citrusy hops, and some caramel malt. there is also the classic belgian yeast flavor, and a bit of spice. some white pepper, and orange peel.

M: medium-thin body with good amounts of carb. some hop resin coats the mouth.

O: this is a good beer, that i will buy again.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OCSA_1978
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,384 ratings.
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