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Tramp Stamp | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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1,379
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.08%
 
 
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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, $6.50 at Spirit Haus, Amherst, Ma.. "Bottled the first week of January, 2011" on the side of the label.

Pours lightly hazed dull tangarine amber, frothy medium tan head, shows good retention, thick sheeting, and ample lacing.

Orange peel, malt and resiny hops in the nose.

Citric notes abound. Pineapple, orange, candied fruits, malt support in the midsection and more citric hop bite all over the finish.

Well done, complex and simply delicious take on an exciting and pleasing style.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled the end of April 2011.

A: Pours a really murky dark amber color with tons of suspended sediment that left an oily slick all over the inside of the glass.

S: Hints of bitter citrus peel and boatloads of American hops get balance from unknown spices and a strong toasty/biscuity malt backbone.

T: See above with more of everything. The hops take on a seriously piney bent with an extremely generous helping of spices and clove.

M: Starts pretty full and juicy before getting extremely dry and prickly during the long middle and finish. Actually sizzles a bit in the mouth.

O: Another killer Clown Shoes beer! Excellent bitter/prickly spice, hops, and citrus peel blast. Niiiice!

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange-amber into a pint glass. Creamy white head forms to a nice two fingers in size. Good retention and spotty lace.

S- Very nice straight up citrus hop feel, bouquet of orange and lemon. Slight Belgian yeast spice and bread.

T- Again, a nice citrus, grapefruit presence up front with some good additions. More hop notes of floral, pine and earth. Nice Belgian yeast spice, coriander, clove and bread.

MF- Creamy moderately thick ale. High carbonation gives it a nice silky, foamy feel. Slight bitterness finishes it off.

Really nice citrus flavors going on and just enough Belgisn yeast influence. Clown Shoes knows how it's done.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with about 1 1/2 fingers of fluffy white head with good retention.

The scent is of citrus, mild hops, and biscuity malts.

The taste is of citrus; orange, grapefruit, and some lemon notes. Other tropical fruits are present also. Moderately bitter citrus hops and biscuty malt are also notable.

Medium body, smooth feel with a dry finish, moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a very good beer, the balance of sweetness and the bitterness of the hops is perfect. I would go for this again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When i poured it into my glass I got a nice tall head, thick and frothy with excellent head retention. The color was a rich amber that was clear and had desent carbonation.
The nose had an awesome hop bouquet, fresh with floral and piney notes.
The taste is fresh and clean with notes of piney hops some fruitness from yeasty esters.
The finish is semi dry and alittle bitter.
An excellent brew from start to finish. This brew had a hopper profile then what I was expecting which really suprised me. Very good.

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into pint glass.

A: Clear. Warm orange color. Thin white head but lots of lacing. Tons of visible carbonation. 4.

S: Pine. Floral. Citrus. Grass. 4.

T: Very nice. Moderate hops but well balanced. Mildly astringent alcohol on the back end provides a nice bite. Mild grapefruit in the finish as well. 4.5.

M: Initially creamy and then finishes crisp and dry with warming alcohol. 4.

O: Very good Belgian IPA from excellent local brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger head of off-white foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and yeasty. A mild funkiness in the nose too.

T - It tasted yeasty and fruity with a spicy bitter bite. It had a sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sharp, dry finish.

O - This is a really good Belgian IPA. I'm glad I got my hands on this one from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hey, man, if you are hung up on your Old Lady having or getting a tramp stamp of her own, perhaps you should hang up and pass her on. I dig chicks with tats and a pair of low-riders that emphasizes her wares is so much the better. I love a good fashion show with both of us getting as unclothed as possible to show off and see the ink. Tattooed people do it in color and redheaded, tattooed people are the most colorful of all.

From the bottle: "Like a stamp on a tramp, this brew is about not so subtle seduction. Soft but complex malts, Chambly yeast, sweet orange peel, Columbus, Amarillo, and Centennial hops have merged to create a bodacious Belgian-style IPA."

All right, I added a student this past week named "Tawny" and for now, she seems to be dominating my beers. This one looked like the top of a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone by the time that I was done. Tawny, rocky and with great retention, it really slowed me down. Fall, dang you! Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a bitter, citrusy mustiness, as though they had commingled all of the ingredients above so as not to overwhelm one or the other. I call it a) truth in advertising and b) just what I like. I am tiring of hearing people that do not like hoppy, bitter IPAs moan about the current dearth of malty beers. Yo, hops is what sells, currently! Move on. This was nice. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was superb. It had a tea-like characteristic that reminded me of orange pekoe. Orange and black powder, plus must. Wow. I remember my Pops' one-skillet Chun King meals with orange pekoe tea when I was a child and this really took me back. Man, but Pops could cook. I was totally inspired by him in high school and took four semesters of HomeEc (Foods). Finish was semi-dry, offset by the sweet orange peel and if you think that I could not perceive it, think again! I remember that one of the criteria for Overall asked if you got your $'s worth. In this case, for six bone for a bomber, the answer is "Hell, yeah!".

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle
L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 1” sudsy cream colored foam collar that lightly laces the glass.
S: Toast, fruit and melon, slight yeast.
T: Melon flavors dominate with a hint of citrus and stone fruit and a little Belgian yeast action.
F: Medium carbonation, soft in the mouth, creamy, medium body.
O: A good, easy to drink beer. The hop character overpowers the Belgian yeasts some what.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic. There is some malt, a lot of citrus (orange peel and citrusy hops) with some hints of Belgian yeast and spices.

T- The taste like the aroma is very good. The taste starts out with a lot of citrus flavors (most notably orange peel) with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

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

D- Overall, tramp stamp is a really solid beer that is worth picking up. Recommended!

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Photo of Flanco
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was caught off guard by what I felt was a sharp first sip from this big bottle, that I have to admit, I was lured into buying because of the brewery name, the brew name and the graphics.

By the time I finished the second glass full from the bottle, I had become of fan. I'll be back for another bottle, well prepared for the first shocking sip.

Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp is
All right after you get through
The first nasty bite.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 to tulip. No idea how old it is. Since I don't really get the pine notes others are getting, maybe a bit older.

A - Medium orange gold. Thick and enduring off-white head.

S - Initially spicy hop fading to floral sugar and orange. Smells... Belgian.

T - Starts to try to be sweet but gets quickly hijacked by a hefeweizenesque spice and by hops in the form of a mild earthiness that goes right up to the line of dryness and stops there. In the immediate aftertaste there's just a hint of something fruity sweet up front. A more traditional hop bitter tang is left behind on the back of the tongue, but at a pretty reasonable and subtle level.

M - Medium light and a nicely soft. Now that I read the label, it says "soft but complex malts" which sounds in line with my experience. Tiny bit of tongue tingle. The alcohol floats in a polite little cloud in the throat, not quite warm, but there.

O - How interesting and how well done. Just the qualities I'm looking for in my beer safari. This is a beer that manages to be complex in a subtle way and mild. Artfully crafted and tastefully restrained just enough to make you want to take another sip to chase those flavors. I might wish for a bit more oomph and robustness but then again, as it is it almost drinks more like a refreshing, soft, summertime saison than an IPA, not exactly in flavor but sort of in feel. You want to drink it in relaxy pints at an outdoor table on a sunny day in late spring or early summer. What an interesting beer! I'm on team Clown Shoes now and will explore the rest of the line.

This lovely lady deserves better than to be called Tramp Stamp. That's for trashy trendy dunces with poor judgment. This is the somewhat reserved, demure, alluring, feminine girl next door with enough mystery in her eyes to draw you in with a promise of untold depths. For that reason I hereby rename her Isabel. See to it, Clown Shoes.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tripel Karmeliet Glass
A ~ Deep ruby w/ a blonde highlight to it. White abundance of head with fine carbonation. Light lace. Clown Shoes are the kings of carb.

S ~ Sharp mango notes with sweetened grapefruit juice. Balanced yeast aromas with hints of gum, pear, & peach juice. Whiffs of Orange Hard Candy & Cotton Candy.

T ~ Grapefruit & Mango following through in a major way with BIG fresh resinous-sappy hop notes. Pineapple Rings! Yeast is fruity. Carmelized Banana, Orange Peel, & Sweet Breadiness Abound. Apple peel & coconut oil comes out upon warming (peculiar but great)

M ~ Perfectly balanced with with sharp citrus sensations throughout. Resinous & dry with some light heat. Muy Bueno.

D ~ Can't get enough really. Perfect balance. Never too phenolic. Ultimately it DOES lose flair on warming, but the hops still shine through in a wonderful way. A true Belgo interpretation of an American IPA with mild heat. Recommend for BIPA naysayers.

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Photo of CSQ1111
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label might get your attention, but it's what's inside that will really get you going.

I had read about Clown Shoes brews (Clementine & Hoppy Feet) in B.A. Magazine and was anxious to try one of their offerings.

Being a Hophead and a HUGE fan of American IPA's, I thought why not give this Belgian Style IPA a try.

From the smell to the first sip, I thought WOW what a GREAT beer.

The Belgian yeast stands out, but compliments the other flavors very well.

If you're a Hophead looking for something different, give the Tramp Stamp a try.

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Photo of Durge
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real cloudy tan amber color with a big fuzzy white cloud on top and thick chunky lacing. The aroma brings out a delicate clove/pine-lemon hop with a pleasant caramel malt base. The tongue gets a goodly dose of lemon clove and yeasty nutmeg spice. Really nice with a medium body and a fizzy fullness that goes down comfortably. Easy drinking with a very universally likeable clove hop blend. Nice job CS.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If this is anything like the last Clown Shoes beer I had (Hoppy Feet), then I’m about to be a very happy man.

Brewed almost five months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 11/06/12”). While this is not ideal for an IPA, anything Belgian should be able to handle the age – right?

A: Fizzy orange body, slightly hazy, with a picturesque head of eggshell foam two fingers high. Hilly retention and bubbly lacing inundates the top of the glass.

S: A powerful mix of dank American hops and Belgian spice, loaded on the front end with fresh mango, pineapple, and white wine grape aromas; deeper down is a piney hop tone, oily enough to stand out among the fruits. Sweet orange zest, rose, and peppery, mildly bready funk lie lightly on top of the nose to provide a perfume character to the finish – complex, inviting.

T: More IPA than Belgian-style, with first impressions leaning towards chewy caramel malt and layers of thick hops – tastes of sweet rolls and maple juxtapose with an herbal, earthy flavor of lemon peel, pine, and metals from the hops. Soon it moves to a character not unlike orange juice, with notes of ripe cherry mixed in, as well, tart and juicy in a way only fruit can provide. Once again from Clown Shoes, this is all natural and refreshing as ever. Finishes with just a little bit of dry, flowery yeast flavor and a touch of white pepper.

M: One of the most satisfyingly frothy beers I’ve tasted; something about the softness of the carbonation makes the bitters not as jarring, keeping this squarely in the plane of drinkable, almost sessionable.

O: Somebody put this in a six-pack! I’m in love. I haven’t had a brewery excite me this much since I started digging into Anchorage Brewing – and that’s saying a hell of a lot, believe me. The Blaecorn Unidragon in my fridge just keeps looking better and better…

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Photo of WojoVT
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming from a bomber with an interesting label, Tramp Stamp pours a deep gold to almost an orange color. It gives (i mean has) nice head with nice lacing around my pint glass. Moderately carbonated.

To the nose you get the fruity / spicy hints coming from its Belgian White side with a nice, not overpowering hoppiness from the IPA.

Once Tramp Stamp hits your mouth you can really get a full sense of the hops from the IPA style. It has a nice bitterness to it complemented well by it's Belgian counterpart. It is a sweeter IPA but not overly malty like some of the DIPA's can be.

Tramp Stamp has a nice body, not too thin, but not to thick. Enough said...

Much to my surprise I really enjoyed Tramp Stamp. Though I usually prefer IPA's and DIPA's with 80 + IBU's, Tramp Stamp is a great mix between two great styles.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was really happy to find this on cask at BBC in Walpole, of all places. Poured a gorgeous orange into a tulip with great, off-white head and fabulous sticky lacing. Very nice smell on this beer. Hoppy and orange with some yeasty-ness coming through the nose. Malty taste with a tart bitterness to balance it out. Orange peel is definitely present maybe even some tangerine?
Feels tart deliciously hoppy with all the flavors masking the 7%. This one actually caught me a little off guard. Overall a terrific brew.

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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Clown Shoes. The whole "I'm not going to purchase anymore Clown Shoes" thread sparked my interest. This bottle was picked up at the Binny's by Goose Island Clybourn early last week.

This one pours a nice honey gold in color with moderate turbidity and a light white lacing around my snifter. The nose is dominated by a nice Belgian yeast with sweet undertones, some citrus perhaps, and finishes with an ultimately light hop characteristic. It smells just like I like my Belgian IPAs. It tastes of sweet banana-esque yeast with a nice hoppy bitterness, accompanied by a moderate amount of spice. It has really nice flavor and is a lot more bitter and dry than I anticipated. It's right on point for how I like the style. It drinks pretty smoothly and is in between light and medium in body. Overall I'm a big fan of this one. It may have catapulted itself right behind Stone's Cali-Belgique to be one of my all-time top Belgian IPAs. Well done Clown Shoes.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottle date: mid-february 2011

pours a cloudy... kinda hard to pin that color down, actually... dark amber/burnt orange? we'll go with that. head is 1 and 1/2" creamy, beige toned. decent retention and very respectable lacing - slowly dissipates into a thin cap, collar around the glass. nose is great, offering a nice melange of fruitiness (citrus, a touch of banana); belgian yeast, spice, and secondary notes of hops and some malty characters.

flavor follows and exceeds the nose. more of a hoppy presence - citric (notably grapefruit) and some balancing bready malts - than i got in the aroma. lots of belgian yeast and spice notes pull through, with clove being a player. great rendition of a belgian IPA. color me impressed. creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

overall this one was a sleeper hit for me. i tend to overlook american takes on belgian styles as i typically find myself decidely underwhelmed. but this offering definitely holds its own.

originally reviewed: 03-29-2011

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Photo of BingDings
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden orange-brown color with upwards carbonation somewhat clinging to the sides of the glass. There is a firm one finger head frothy white in color.

Smell: The smell is spicy and piney with hints of citrus.

Taste: Citrusy hops and hints of fruit flavors with a mild bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: A very refreshing beer. It goes down easy and doesn't sit heavy in the stomach.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep burnt hazy orange color with a 1/2 inch of white head. Head recedes quickly leaving very minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is spicy belgian yeast, pale malts, and a good dose of grapefruit hop.

T: Taste is very hoppy - piney, earthy hop at the forefront before lending to slight pale malt and bready notes. A bit of mango, fruity flavoring before a hearty grapefruit hop bite to the finish. Minor spicing mingles with the grapefruit.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, dry body.

O: Goes down easy, quite tasty, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. Clown Shoes continues to bring it!

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tumbler.

A- Hazy orange/copper pour. Finger width creamy egg shell head. Lacing is good.

S- Orange peel right up front, grapefruit, mandarin oranges and a slight pine presence. Belgian yeast and a nice sweet biscuit aroma.

T- Oranges up front, bitter pine, sweet pineapple, mandarin and a bitter floral finish. Sweet biscuits in there somewhere to add to the sweetness.

M- Light to medium body. Good carbonation.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into my SA perfect pint glass, hazy orange pour, above average white head, light lacing. The arom has lots of citrus, good amount of pine. Very hoppy, lots of citrus, finishes pleasantly bitter. The body is medium, good carbonation. A very good IPA, nice blend of hops. The Belgian notes are kinda light, taste more like an IPA than a Belgian IPA

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottle date: mid-february 2011

pours a cloudy... kinda hard to pin that color down, actually... dark amber/burnt orange? we'll go with that. head is 1 and 1/2" creamy, beige toned. decent retention and very respectable lacing - slowly dissipates into a thin cap, collar around the glass.

nose is great, offering a nice melange of fruitiness (citrus, a touch of banana); belgian yeast, spice, and secondary notes of hops and some malty characters.

flavor follows and exceeds the nose. more of a hoppy presence - citric (notably grapefruit) and some balancing bready malts - than i got in the aroma. lots of belgian yeast and spice notes pull through, with clove being a player. great rendition of a belgian IPA. color me impressed.

creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

overall this one was a sleeper hit for me. i tend to overlook american takes on belgian styles as i typically find myself decidely underwhelmed. but this offering definitely holds its own.

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Tramp Stamp from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.
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