Tramp Stamp | Clown Shoes

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Tramp StampTramp Stamp

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 Arithmeticus
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sacco's bowling in Somerville, MA

A: dark copper color; creamy but thin head, nice lacing; decent carb action
S: amazing aroma, bursting in hops; lingers long
T: very strong on all fronts: piney, bitter, malty, very intense; quite boozy; compares very nicely to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch

Yep, give this one a try--it's awesome

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden-orange pour with white clingy head - this is a good looking brew! Smells of citrus, pine, and some esters - mouth watering. Flavor is malt and biscuit with some of the citrusy hop, but not very bitter, almost sweet in a way. Smooth mouthfeel and clean finish - I’ll be buying more soon!

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Photo of harlanhu28
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from total wine!

Pours a orangish amber color with a off-white head with great head retention and lacing.

The aroma is great. There is whif of malt, a lot of citrus orange peel and citrus hop with some a hint of Belgian yeast.

The taste like the smell is very good. The taste starts out with a lot of citrus flavor of Orange with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

End result is tramp stamp is a really solid beer that is worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured a dark, burnt orange color with lots of light shining through. Heavy sea foam head about 2" thick. Very little retention throughout the brew.

S--Belgian yeast, malt, grapefruit, and fresh cut grass. This has a very strong nose. Very good.

T--Sweet Belgian yeasty flavor. Then comes the puckering citrus of the grapefruit and lemon peel. Finishes with the typical IPA bitterness. This is a balanced, complex beer.

M--Medium bodied. Very little carbonation. The taste lingers in the mouth after the beer is drank.

O--This is a complex brew. One thing I have noticed after trying two Clown Shoes beers--they really nail the smell of the beer and the taste. Both of the ones I have tried have wonderful noses and heavy flavor.

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Photo of blindho
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my second time enjoying this unique and delicious beer and it did not disappoint. The first time was at the tail end of a beer tasting so this allowed me to really savor the flavors on their own.

A: Pours a cloudy pale with shades of orange with a thin white head

S: Orange peel, Spice, and Belgian yeast waft from this unique gem

T: All the IPA hoppy bite I seek out with a variety of complex Belgian yeast, spice, piney, and orange flavors. The finish is dry with a hint of that orange peel which is present throughout the experience.

M: Smooth and silky mouth feel with perfectly balanced carbonation to round out this unique Belgian style.

O: I continue to be impressed with the unique and creative offerings from Clown Shoes. As a primarily IPA drinker, this style is a natural addition to my arsenal. I am normally weary of aggressive fruit flavors in my beer but Clown Shoes proves it can be an effective technique when balanced with enough hops, malts, and spices.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chambly yeast bottled 7/11

A: nice, clear, darker amber with reddish hues, good head
S: very strong fruity bubblegum, yeast
T: full taste - nice rounded beer with traditional Belgian fruity bubblegum yeast and nice bitter hop finish without being over the top like so many American beers
M: clean, crisp well-balanced

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Photo of bostonbottles
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber bottle

This beer has a darkish almost burnt orange color when poured into a pint glass, with a large off-cream head to it. The smell is heavy on the citrus with a cloudy unfiltered component to the beer. Taste-wise, the orange peel is very prominent and fills the mouth along with a very bold hoppyness that pinches your tongue and then the malt flavoring lingers onto the next sip. This is one of the best summer-esque belgian pale ales that I've had the privilege to taste and share with others. Overall, it was a very crisp and refreshing beer with a great label. Rock on Clown Shoes .

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Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with a slight haze. A massive head forms before slowly settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Very aromatic with citrus and spice. Actually can smell the orange peel beyond the hops and yeast qualities.

Amarillo hops and orange peel is a great combination so I wonder why more brewers do not use the combination. Plenty of citrus that I would say is a combination of grapefruit and orange. A lot of yeast flavors, and malt, to help balance. Moderately bitter with a dry, bitter finish.

Medium body with lively carbonation. Not overly carbonated but maybe could be improved if toned down a bit.

This beer showed some creativity and finesse with its execution. Really impressed with Clown Shoes with this beer. I will buy more of their expensive bottles if they are this good.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Maudite Tulip.

Appearance-Pretty dark orange with a two finger creamy white head. Retention is pretty good and lacing is very nice.

Smell-Wow. Different from the few other Belgian IPAs I've had. Juicy grapefruit, orange and lemon. The Belgian characteristics come out but this really shines as an IPA aroma. There are definitely some belgian yeast aromas once the beer cools down, but it lets the citrus really be the star.

Taste-Upfront It's pretty bland with some belgian yeasts, that spiciness. A little sweetness mid-palate and the finish is just a bitter grapefruit/orange rind. Finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, easy to drink with carbonation thats not over powering. Very nicely balanced.

Overall-Stone's Cali-Belguque is the only other Belgian IPA I can think of that I can get for this price, and I think this was a buck cheaper at 5.99. I enjoyed this beer more as well. I can see this beer being a go to beer for me, too bad no 6 packs.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a fluffy off white head. Lace is pleasing enough. Aroma brings bright citrues and bready belgian does the flavor. I love this style and the breweries that do it right. Clown shoes does this style right. This is in my personal Top 5, maybe Top 3 of Belgian IPAs. It has a nice balance of juicy, citric, fruity hops and doughy, bready belgian yeastiness. Nice little accent of belgian yeast spice as well. Nicely carbonated and medium-full body. 2nd beer from Clown Shoes. 2nd winner.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tramp Stamp has a glimmering look of golden copper, topped with a tall, fizzy white head. A deliciously sweet aroma delights my nose with apricot, grapefruit, and honeysuckle aspects to it. The flavor ultimately boils down to exactly what it sets out to achieve: an accessible and harmonious marriage of an American IPA and a Belgian Golden Ale. I never thought it could be possible to make hallmarks of a Belgian beer for the general beer lover. I have always imagined myself as unique in falling in love with strong flavors of Belgian yeast and fruit esters as a gateway to good beer. It seems like an acquired taste, second to the more approachable IPAs. But this beer combines the two effortlessly, and it goes down nice and easy. I see this as being a huge hit at bars and parties for all demographics in the beer world!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up the last time i was in chicagoland.

a - opened and filled my duvel taster tulip. very nice amber orange with a generous belgian frothy ipa head. very foamy and lots of lacing. visible carbonation...looking great.

s - some candied sugar and clove with a bit of bubblegum. subtle, but very nice.

t - very bubblegum again. really nice belgian ipa.

m - a bit thicker and syrupy compared to what i had expected, and somewhat heavy for the style, but an easy drinker.

o - overall rather impressed by this one. nice belgian ipa, a bit heavy and thick and syrupy for the style, but that doesn't seem to take much away from it. would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Raime
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp

Only ever had one other brew outta these guys ( Undead Party crasher ) and it was quite phenomenal. I found a single of this at my local bottle shop and I immediately thought somebody leaked a picture of your wifes ass to be put on a beer bottle but I was wrong since this one actually has a touch of definition though flat. Let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle poured at a moderate pace into a dimpled pint glass. Beer pours that trademark Californian sunset through the cloudburst type of orange that you come to expect out of most ipas these days. For being our of Massachusetts they sure got the Best Coast vibe down with the looks. The head is a complete monster, firming quickly like a mountain range of gargantuan proportions and dying down into pits amongst craters. Be careful pouring this guy, those mountains wish to form quickly and without forgiveness. Carbonation is as high as snoop dog. Lacing is sticky like the load of unborn children I left on your girlfriends stomach.

Smell - Melon. Melon. Melon. This beer smells like a fucking melon. With! Small hits of the expected yeast and a shake of pepper amongst the nostrils though without the sneezing. More melon. A few more melons. And last but not least,some melon. It uh..smells like melon is the main point I'm trying to get across here. Some citrus too.

Taste - Well would you believe it if I told you this beer has the most melon forward flavor I have ever come across in any beer in the history of my roughly five year craft beer drinking career? ( Damn I can rhyme! MC Tyler coming to a bar near you! ). In all seriousness, melon is truly dominant though it is met in a portion by the Belgian yeast that is very heavy though clean and prevelant without going barnyard. That pepper spice is nice for rounding things out. But still, more melon than a citra hopped melon pale ale I had a few weeks back.

Feel - The body on this brew lived up to my exact expectations given the flavor profile. Body is quite large and heavy like a reticulated python slithering across your shoulders. Moderate level of cream despite a thick cap which should make it heavy feeling though the carbonation is quite high meaning it cuts through that jazz. Yeast takes a dominance as it sits about 65/35 over the melon with some subtle mustard seed. Beer swallows between easy and moderate with a lingering fruity Belgian aspect.

Overall - Surely the best Belgian style ipa I have ever had and what makes this even better is the brew was bottled in September ( didn't see that until I was nearly done with the beer ). Clearly anything made Belgian can hold up longer than your American standard without a doubt. Maybe even got better with age, what the hell would I know. As always, try it out and come to your own conclusions .

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Photo of bylerteck
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hyped bottle from the beer guy at the Potsdam IGA.

A - Dark golden with a strong haze. Good carbonation. Two fingers of frothy white head. Good chunky rings of lace with good retention as well.

S- A nice orange with a little yeast, mustiness, noticeable resinous and citrusy hops. Very fresh orange zest kinda aroma. Nice.

T - Fairly hoppy with lot's of orange and yeast, a little musty again. Citrusy hop. Orange and musty notes come first then the hops punch hard.

M - Hops in the finish leave a nice bitterness. Nice tingly carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - A really nice Belgian IPA. Fruity, hoppy, and not too boozy. Well crafted and easy to drink. Really solid.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DNuggs for sending me this one.

Poured from bomber into Duvel Tulip - Bottled first week of January 2011.

A: Poured cloudy golden orange with two finger head that lowered into a thick lace with great webbing, lots of bubbles, Good looking Ipa.

S: Citrus with light hops and pine resin.

T: Bitter hops with light orange hints, decent malt backing , slight pine notes.

O: Overall this is a well put together Belgian Ipa, the flavors work well together. definitly would have this again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. Had only heard of this brewery before but wasn't in a hurry to try any of their beers until I found out they're a part of Total Wine's "Brewery Direct" deal where they get beers direct from the brewery, so there's a discounted price. Didn't know they were based out of Massachusetts, which is intriguing.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head that slowly drops down to an 1/8 inch head with good lacing retaining nicely, and has patchy foam patterns clustered on the surface.

S- Fresh hops that meld with the Belgian yeast character nicely and provide a sweetness that's very pleasant. Detecting a sort of astringency that could be the alcohol, the yeast or both.

T- I love this style. A nearly perfect mixture of the grassy, oily hop flavors with the strong, vibrant Belgian yeast flavors. The sweetness isn't as prevalent in the taste as the aroma but that's nothing to complain about. There are actually, in contrast, a lot of spice and black pepper notes. Multidimensional indeed. Has a metallic aftertaste that doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

M- Has a prickly feel that's common in BIPAs which is part of the reason I like them so much. Also has a buttery viscosity which is also a plus.

O- What an unexpectedly awesome beer! I must say that given the name of the brewery (goofy) and the name of the beer (gimmicky), I was expecting something not-so-good. But the BIPA is just about my favorite style and these guys just about nailed it. I look forward to trying more of their beer. Kudos.

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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 Liverpool08
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great beer. Aroma of hops and a hint of oranges. A great blend of clean crisp hoppy bitterness with an ever lingering sweet orange/lemon flavor. Each sip is a new taste. The bitterness just plays really well off of the citrus hints. Alchohol is hidden very well, and makes this a Very easy drinker. Plus at 5.99 a bomber its a great deal.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Clown Shoes offering...and it didn't disappoint. Split a 22 oz. bomber with my friend over a Tombstone pizza while watching the Steelers-Eagels preseason game. I hadn't read the description of the beer on here or on the bottle prior to drinking this. It poured a beautiful, largely translucent/opaque orange with a decent head, accompanied by an abundance of lacing that has some real staying power. Beautiful beautiful hop aroma on the approach. When I got my first taste, the first thing I though was "Saison with a strong hop profile." Well, it's not a saison, but the hops are front and center. Wonderful citrusy, piney, grapefruity taste, with a nice light mouthfeel. I love this beer. I'm glad I was able to procure some of this in a couple trades. Wish it was distributed to Philly. Get some if you can. Solid beer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Two fingered head, orangish/red hue, Clumpy lacing and very nice head retention.

S- Spices/fruity.

T- Starts off with the spice then quickly to a citrus (think oranges) backed hop assault. Quite a bit more complex than i was expecting. Well hidden alcohol.

M- Tiny bubbly carbonation on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- I split this bomber but would've had no problem taking down it in it's entirety, quite drinkable. Every sip left my mouth watering for more. Highly recommended if you like your Belgian yeast/citrus hops combos.

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Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Farmhouse in Burlington on 8/25/11.

Pours a beautiful amber color with a decent head into my glass. I just love the colors.

Aroma is of modest grapefruit from the hops followed by a wisp of buttery malt.

Taste? Lots of tart grapefruit that dominates the palate. Not malt-forward, which is nice when you just want to enjoy the hops.

There are more hops on the mouthfeel, though to a lesser extent.

Excellent choice for the hop lover.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken in December 2013: Pours an opaque pale amber producing 2+ fingers of an off-white, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice chunky coating of lace. Aroma is a heady hop presence of orange, lemon/lime zest & resinous pine, with some herbal/floral notes, spice, yeasty fruit esters in a malty background of pie crust, bread & biscuit. Taste is resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine & pineapple hop hints, cloves, spice, alcohol, biscuit malts, with a sweet (fruit & honey) undertone. The finish rapidly drops this sweetness & transitions more to pine resin & bitter grapefruit with the bitter becoming dominant in the tropical fruit/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, peppery but smooth & silky on the tongue with the light but lasting astringency the aftertaste.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with an off-white/orange tinge head; great lacing.

S: A nice citrusy nose with notes of other tropical fruits and banana. A lot of clove, yeast, Belgian sugar, and a hint of hops and light grainy malts. Some pepper in the backbround as well.

T: Taste like candy oranges. Great Belgian flavor in which the clove and tropical fruits really come out. The hops are more floral then bitter, and sweet pale malts balance it out. Finishes dry and spicy from the Belgian yeast.

M: Prickly texture; medium body; appropriate carbonation.

O: Really enjoyed this beer. Thanks Jared and Chad for suggesting it. I'm definitely going to get more and would recommend this to others. A must try.

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Photo of DavidST
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on 8/12. This pours a cloudy mid brown color with a mid-large off white head which leaves a lacing and keep a finger thick retention. The smells are nice, you get a load of pine and floral hops with a nice sweet caramel ending, a little funk and some other belgian yeast esters like banana and bubblegum. The feel is medium. The taste is excellent, a highly bitter load of hops but a little yeast esters and caramel to attempt to balance out.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a tan-straw color with a light amount of foam. There’s a grassy-piney hop aroma and flavor to it. The grassy piney hop flavor comes across sharp as knives (or tattoo needles?)—in my notes I wrote sharp three times—but it’s matched by a floral hoppiness from the Belgian yeasty esters. This gives the flavor some fruit spiciness and a floral, hoppy, pungent flavor that finishes strong.

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,383 ratings.
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