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 kitch
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 23rd March 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy dark amber orange colour with a thick almost two finger off white head that has great retention and leaves thick foamy lacing.

Aroma: First thing that comes to mind is Tropicana orange juice. It is strong orange juice with hints of caramel malts, citrus orange zest, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste: Citrus orange peel hits you upfront followed by grapefruit, pine, caramel malts and some kind of funk (in a good way).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high tingly carbonation.

Overall: Admittedly, this is my first Belgian IPA, and its interesting and decent, but there is just way too much orange in this for me.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with moderate haziness. It started with a massive head off off white and calmed to a dollop with a fingernail around the rim. Aroma is more citrus and blends well with the fruity Belgian yeast. The flavor isa muddled blend of citrus hops and the slightly sour vinous Belgian yeast flavor. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great nose on this beer. A super orangey/citrus/sweet caramel aroma. The taste follows the nose well with some orangey/orange rind/pineyness with sweet caramel malts. It has a very distinct taste to it which I enjoy. Definitely an IPA worth checking out.......

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had never heard of Clown Shoes before so when it was recommended to me, I was excited to pick up some of their Tramp Stamp variety. It has an even 7% ABV and is a Belgian IPA available all year.

Look-It pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color that has nice trails of carbonation that are easily discernible. The head comes in thick and full and very foamy with an off-white color. The yeast component is probably to blame for the texture of this beer’s head. It leaves a continuous foamy white lacing on the glass that reeks of yeast contributions.

Smell-It has a noticeable yeast and toasty smell with some melon, citrus, and slight lemon. The malts come in strong and with a sweet brandy wine, grassy, and pine flavors abound.

Taste-It has a nice lemon and citrus flavor inscribed in a caramel, brandy wine malt backbone. The grassy and yeast notes are still noticeable and it has a peppery, bubblegum zing that is just discernible. The malts have a toasted cracker flavor that is just discernible above the high carbonation and citrus hoppiness. I also get some apricot overtones that make this a very unique Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel-I get a citrus-based astringency and a light or medium-bodied fullness with high carbonation and a noticeable bite from the alcohol. The malts do not produce any excessive sweetness, but just enough to compete with the intense carbonation zing and the malt bite from the alcohol.

Overall-I enjoyed this brew. It was sufficiently unique to set it apart from other IPAs and Belgian Ales. There were many aspects that made this beer extraordinary and unique. The funny thing is that the burps that this beer produces taste just like the citrus hops and cracker malts! I do get a zestiness on the tongue from the high carbonation content which is very pleasant. Never before have I tried a Belgian IPA with such a variety of flavors and mouthfeels! Enjoy! Thanks Clown Shoes! You are now a major competitor with giant brewers such as Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Left Hand Brewers, and Lagunitas!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle this was quite a lot over-carbonated, but the head and body was very nice to look at so I still rated it quite high. Smell is a very nice blend of Belgian spice/yeast and citrus hops. Taste is extremely flavorful, sweet, hoppy, and very smooth and clean finish with only a touch of mild bitter finish. Nice malt balance as well. I'm really enjoying this one, and it may be my favorite Belgian IPA I've sampled to date.

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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 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 Act25
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Beligian style IPA? Up there with Rayon Verte.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a tenacious head; that never stops capping the body, with plenty of stickage and like a Belgian, lots of lace.

S: Ample and refreshing. Loads of citrus w lemon and yeast prominent.

T: Starts as follow of aroma with tangerine and lemon flavors leading with a nice chalky backdrop that balances the sweet malt. Spicy, peppery Belgian yeast in the finish, without the cloying banana bubblegum that I can live without. Delish!

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation, and lots of tingle.

O: Hoppy Belgique. I'd take this with Rayon Verte as a more affordable American version of Belgians. A fruit sauce nature, almost a mix of apple and apricot. Very lovely and sensuous.

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Photo of unklemike
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unusual smell and taste That maybe a beer nerd/ expert would know where it comes from. To me the smell reminds me of liverwurst or pate. Taste has a orange peel up front with a subtle mild piney finish.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is definitely a Belgium IPA. It has orange peel, grapefruit, grassy, piney, and very little sweetness that usually comes with Belgian yeast. A worth a try if you like IPA's.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Quick review. Very unimpressed, from the gimmicky artwork down to the crap execution of the style. Don't know what kind of hops went into this, but when married to Belgian yeast the product is really lacking. Mouthfeel is even a bit off to me, grainy. Maybe I got a funky bottle, but somehow I doubt it.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden yellow with a slight orange/copper hue and very bubbly white foam.

Grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, pine, and sweet bready malt notes.

Flavor is definitely where this begins to fall off. Orange peel, grapefruit, grassy, piney, and very little sweetness that usually comes with Belgian yeast.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, astringent, citrus bitterness.

Overall, looks nice and smells okay, but flavor and mouthfeel just didn't do anything for me. Aside from the amount of carbonation, there is little else to consider this a Belgian, no sweetness and no softness usually accompanying the use of Belgian yeast.

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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 Snodman
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – It's a toasted orange colored beer, topped with a somewhat sturdy head, which leaves creamy lacing around the glass

Smell - A resin aroma at first, one which slowly opens towards a note of funk, grapefruit, and vague spice

Taste - mild pine, leaves, grass , and grapefruit peels

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied

Overall- there's a hint of unpleasantness in its flavor profile that keeps me from loving it. A good IPA and shall be purchased again.

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach, pear and apple esters meld with tangerine and grapefruit to form the aroma, with Belgian yeast must and floral notes accenting. Resiny hops and phenolic clove notes emerge. Becomes reminiscent of sweet tarts.

Flavor reveals peach undertones initially, with tangerine and grapefruit tartness leading to a confectioners sugar sweetness and pear mid palate that fades to a bitter, lightly resiny finish.

Very complex brew. This bottle is about 6 months old, but still has great hop presence.

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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 leaddog
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a amber copper with three fingers of foamy white head that leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, belgian yeast (hint of clove), orange peel, bready caramel malts, peppery aromas

Taste - Nice punch from the citrus and piney hops then goes into the belgian yeast, orange peel, pepper, pine resin, grapefruit, and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops along with the yeast.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian IPA on all fronts. The only minor knock would be to increase the belgian yeast taste (clove, banana) but that is a very minor adjustment needed in this one. I look forward to trying more of these guys offerings.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's 12 ounces of beer to drink before I decide to get dinner started. On to the beer:

It's a toasted orange colored beer, topped with a somewhat sturdy head, which leaves creamy lacing around the glass. A dry aroma at first, one which slowly opens towards a note of funk, pineapple, and vague spice.

Tramp Stamp is surprisingly dry for an American-made, Belgian-style IPA. Usually this style involves throwing a bunch of hops in with a beer fermented with Belgian yeast. This is closer to the more traditional Belgian-style IPA. The beer starts dry with a kiss of grass. Still dry all around with notes of white pepper, funk, and a note of orange. It's not very bitter, and the beer has a medium body with a somewhat smooth feel.

This will get my appetite going later tonight.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a pale amber color with an off white head. The smell is full of hops in front but with some sweet fruits and spices like banana and clove on the end. The taste was very nice with a lot of citrus and grass flavors up front from the hops and a very clean finish from the malt on the finish. Not bad and not too expensive, I'll probably be picking this one up again.

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Photo of illpass78
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep orange with a one-finger eggshell head. Better than average carbonation. Leaves waves of lacing behind on the glass.

Aroma: This beer has a somewhat earthy smell with notes of funk and citrus.

Taste: Fairly complex beer, this. Notes of pine, grapefruit and earthiness, and that funky note in the nose translates to the palate. Pretty big malt presence. Some lemon and pepper round things out. The funky note dominates more and more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not a light, summery beer.

Overall: This beer is well crafted, but there's a hint of unpleasantness in its flavor profile that keeps me from loving it. It has a lot going on, but it's not all perfectly executed. A nice beer, but a slightly imperfect one.

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Photo of tone77
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, some spices. Taste is hops, spices, citrus, some resin, balanced and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%

Single bottle from a 4-pack poured into a tulip glass. A rather dark cloudy ruddy orange amber with a finger or so of white foamy head. Darker than its double IPA stablemate Galactica but similar in the pungent hops department. Aroma and palate redolent with orange and lemon rind/juice, menthol cough candy, fennel seed/licorice cake, dry dusty burlap sack, turmeric, green bananas, pumpkin, fresh cut grass, yeasty vitamin tablet, and dandelion. I must say, this is one of those brews that truly strikes the balance between American hops and Belgian funk ... The Belgian yeast is aggressive but the hops keep pace admirably. Very dry, bitter, earthy, and spicy, equal parts apothecary's cabinet and citrus orchard. Finishes with ample pine resin like a strong American IPA. Moderate of body and quite highly carbonated, which is maybe not a selling point. Regardless, I am converted. Could be my favorite Clown Shoes to date.

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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 alphagnome
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep orange body, very muddy quality. Pillowy head on pour, but fades to nothing in time. No lacing but great legs.

Fairly tame. Light pine and hits of citrus blanket a malty backbone. A pleasant yeast character. Cola. I also get the occasional, odd ball coriander note.

Malt forward but plenty of hops to be had from there on out. Rich caramel malts trick your taste buds into letting down their guard before a generous amount of hops have the weak screaming "uncle!" Earthy and spicy, the hop profile is big here. Grapefruit, light pine, and bit of pepper make each sip a slightly different experience. A bit of booze on the tail.

Gobs of carbonation and a medium-bodied. Finish is far from clean and pretty dry, reducing the possibility of this one as a good summer brew.

Definitely a solid brew, but not my favorite from Clown Shoes. Well worth grabbing, but don't expect a light or refreshing brew as this is far from it.

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Photo of crbnfbr
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange color. Some lacing lingers around the glass. A little head that quickly fades to leave bubbles around the edge of the glass the whole way down. S: Citrus like smell. I get a slight sour smell almost hidden. T: Slight grapefruit. Not too bitter for an ipa. Get a little of that Belgian yeast taste, enough to let you know it's there, but not overpowering. Tastes like it smells. M: A slight spice feel to it. Little bit of sour near the end that lingers on the tongue. On the dry side. O: Not bad at all. This style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Worth a sixer for sure, interesting name and label.

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