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Tramp Stamp

 Rating: 4.7

I’m down to my final Clown Shoes beer with this one and if the last three are anything to go by this should prove to be another great beer. This is the last of four from the brewery that I picked up through Brewdog’s online should earlier this year and it is the one from the brewery that I’ve most been looking forward to sampling; I could have picked it up late last year but I couldn’t justify spending almost £11 on a bomber sized bottle but thankfully this one worked out a bit more reasonable. The beer itself is a Belgian style IPA, a style that I’m not overly familiar with but one that I enjoy nonetheless and hopefully this one will be no exception. The beer was introduced in January 2011 as a year round offering from the brewery and thanks to the name it is probably their most well-known beer, that being said the label isn’t half bad either.
Tramp Stamp

Appearance (5/5): A medium amber in colour with a fairly clear body and an almost creamy looking head with a few bubbles appearing in it as well. The beer is quite still and the head is a slightly off-white one that seems to hold quite well over the opening couple of minutes with little movement.
Aroma (10/10): This one is very fresh and quite lively on the nose straight from the opening of the bottle, there is a lot of orange notes and some strong citrus as well. Some yeast starts to come through soon after this and possible some lemon too. This one definitely has a Belgian influence to it with hops coming through and with them some bitterness too. I really enjoyed the smell of this one, it grabbed my attention straight away and was surprisingly complex with some coriander and various fruits such as apricot and peach featuring alongside some sweetness and further tropical fruits.
Taste (10/10): This one picks up where the smell left off with plenty of citrus and tropical fruits coming through in the taste, namely the orange from the nose which again seems to dominate with a excellent bitter backing and some peaches and plum following on behind. The taste features some faint malts as well but the hops seem to be more pronounced and the Belgian influenced yeast making a cameo appearance here too with further tropical fruits finishing things off nicely.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and a solid bitterness throughout, this one has an excellent mouthfeel with some sweetness coming from the tropical fruits which strikes a good balance with the citrus tang. The beer seems lively with medium carbonation and it proved a very easy one to drink before being rounded off with a dry, bitter finish that was particularly enjoyable.

Overall (18/20): This one was an incredibly good beer from Clown Shoes, plenty of bitterness and citrus flavours with a solid tropical fruit backing that was great on the taste buds. I’m growing quite fond of the Belgian IPA style of beer after having a few that I’ve enjoyed over the years and this one is no exception with a good balance between the fruity flavours, the bitterness and the citrus that worked well to present an excellent beer from start to finish.

Brewed In: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States of America
Brewery: Clown Shoes Beer
First Brewed: 2011
Type: Belgian IPA
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £3.00

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