Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 619
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.91/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled last week of January 2011:

Out of a 22 ounce bomber and into a pint glass:

A: deep brown colored body with a light cream colored one finger head leaving some nice ringy lacing. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen

S: nuts and roasty chocolates with some slight caramels backing that up. A bit of brown sugar comes in with the hops telling you that this is a beer.

T: superb with a roasty, sweet, malty caramel, chocolate flavor. The nuttiness doesn't take any backseat as it powers through into the taste, everything is there.

M: medium but still well done between wet and dry on the tongue. It is very smooth and creamy, just like any Brown should be.

O: there is barely a single thing I can say that is bad on this, this is an exceptionally well done beer. I know I'm biased towards browns, but is this really this good? (851 characters)

Photo of cfergusn
4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: I like the look, dark and rich.. head was just perfect for this pour.
S: Oh, coffee and chocolate...
T: It was like drinking a light chocolate coffee, with hints of hops that sneak in at the end.
M: As you drink, it goes from smooth to a little bite, with full blends coming out as you swallow..
O: I am a lover of the darker ladies, so when one recommend this to me, I had to try. She was spot on, name says it all... My lady friend is now my Brown Angel... (461 characters)

Photo of BingDings
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice thick rich brown with a creamy and sturdy head that leaves behind some lacing.

Smell: The smell is a bit nutty with the thick rich scents of coffee and malt and almost reminds me of molasses.

Taste: The taste of this beer starts out with a hint of citrus and fruity notes which quickly become a malty roasted flavor. Upon swallowing, there are hoppy and bitter flavors that turn sweet at the last second of exhaling.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. It definitely has a smooth creamy feel as you swish it around a bit.

Overall: This beer is quite fantastic. The complex flavors and smells are blended together wonderfully and I will definitely be keeping this beer in mind this summer. (801 characters)

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is NOT your old school brown, but rather a sexy american interpretation.

22 oz bomber seriously sexy label.

A: Dark dark brown with hints of garnet red in the sunlight.

S: Smells really good with nutty malts upfront and a strong hop backbone thats rare with a brown ale. ( in other words smells AWESOME!)

T: The taste might possibly knock the socks right off of you, it has a brown ale taste up front but the amazing hops dominate the finish for a 1 of a kind taste.

M: The Mouthfeel is very pleasent as this brew quenches my thirst as well being somewhat dry. spot on carbonation as well.

D: I could drink this beer for many different occasions, an amazing brown ale indeed I highly recommend to anybody. (717 characters)

Photo of wburch1967
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have really enjoyed all of the clown shoes beer I have tried so far, as I have been making my way through the line up. The first two beers were abrasive, but in a good way. this one is just a bitter brown!

A deep dark mahogony is topped by a beutiful tan head that took forever to drop, leaving fin lace.
The smell is of chocolate, almonds, toast, and piney grapefruity hops. Complex. Awesome. The taste is even better, as I found those flavors mixed really well to make a very easy drinking beer coming in at 7%.

This is a great brown ale. Highly reccomended! (564 characters)

Photo of johntaylorpi
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very drinkable brown ale with rich coffee flavors. Floral nose works well. Perfect body that fits the heaviness. One finger width caramel colored head. Underrated imo and I love brown ales. (189 characters)

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited by so many great new locals. I loved hoppy feet and I enjoyed this more, need to try a bottle. Had on cask at Stoddard's. The appearance was murky and dark brown with spidery lacing hanging out on the side of the glass. The smell was a little subdued, but I got lots of coffee, chocolate, and some fresh hops. The taste was fantastic. Like a chocolate, coffee, toffee bar. Smooth, creamy, wondreful. If the river was Brown Angel, and I was a divin' duck... (471 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clown Shoes Brown Angel is a dim, reddish brown ale with a thick, bubbly, yellowish foam that lasts all night and leaves solid foam on the glass. It has a chocolate and coffee aroma with a good dose of citrus, grass and perfume. It's pretty full bodied, super silky and smooth. The finish is soft and delicate. It leaves the mouth feeling almost a little tingly, like after eating a mint. It has a nice, full, well-blended, well-balanced flavor. It's very chocolatey with some dark roast coffee. The hops provide just enough bitterness to zip the taste up and keep me coming back for another sip. It tastes a little wooden, but not resiny. There's a hint of lemon peel. There seems to be a hint of mint at the finish. Wow, I don't know if I've ever had a brown ale like this before. This is straight-up delicious. I can't put this beer down and when it's empty, I'm going to cry. (879 characters)

Photo of NateMac13
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great for a brown ale. Lots of flavor, great looking beer with a creamy head and awesome lacing. Mouthfeel is great. I know I rated this higher than others but compared to other brown ales out there I think this rating is justified. (232 characters)

Photo of BenjieK
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great brown ale from Clown Shoes!

A: Mahogany. Big fluffy head that goes down slowly and leaves sticky lace.

S: Nutty, dank, raosty hops and caramel. really complex.

T: Hoppier than the nose, but as it warmed a beautiful core of coffee and chocolate malt cmae though.

M: Well carbonated and creamy.

D: Drank two like nothing. great beer! (342 characters)

Photo of bens0n
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky golden brown color with a moderate amount of yellowy tan head.

On the nose I pick up on sweet and bready malts, its got a lovely toasty note that weaves its way into the rest of the thick aroma.

Flavor wise its more of the same, sweet bready and toasty malts. There is a very slight bitter hoppy note in the middle.

It has a crisp finish with a little more carbonation than I like, aftertaste is on the bitter side. (442 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Is this a typical brown ale? No. It is rather an extrapolation of the style. I must admit myself suspicious of the term 'double' applied to a brown ale, but this certainly justifies the term. It remains Brown Ale-like, and does not spread into the real of porter or strong ale. Nutty, malty, gorgeous. Yum. (306 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft to a pint glass this is a dark amber beer with a nice foamy beige head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with dried fruits. Taste is dry, a bit bitter hoppy, chocolate, toffee, and caramel flavors. Quite yummy american brown ale. (243 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany brown in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thick, dense, off-white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that leaves a ladder of sticky lacings on the glass. Roasted malt and powdery dark chocolate aromas with floral hop, nutty, and roasted coffee notes. Feel is on the heavier end. Big malty feel that's bolstered by rich, soft, carbonation from front to back. Roasted and dark caramel malt flavors up front. Dark chocolate and floral hop flavors build through the middle and transition to roasted coffee and pine hop bitterness to the end. Finished with dark roasted malt, earthy floral and pine hop bitterness. This takes a fairly unextraordinary style and reinvents into something worthwhile. Not the first time I've had this and not the last. Hope it gets switched to the 12oz format like other Clown Shoes offerings. (848 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Though I love brown ales, they often bore beer geeks due to their mildness and eagerness to be satisfactory to every beer drinker, instead of impressing a smaller niche of beer fans. This one has character and volume, can appeal to a wide variety of beer fans, while keeping its own unique identity.

Poured into a simple pint glass. Appropriately brown in color with an off-white head that leaves gorgeous lacing.

Gives off aromas of caramel malt, oats, and even coffee and chocolate believe it or not. Never experienced chocolate notes in a brown ale before. Capping off the malty, earthy notes are significant resinous, floral hops.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Herbal, earthy, citrusy hops interplay back and forth with sweet, nutty malts. There’s something here for everyone. The end finishes a little long with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost reminiscent of a powdery oatmeal stout.

I’ll say it again - I love this one - apparently more than the average reviewer here. It may be one of my stuck-on-an-island beers. It takes a style that can please a large amount of people and adds some excitement to the mix. Each layer of the flavor profile shines while balancing each other nicely. (1,239 characters)

Photo of abecall98
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for giving me the opportunity to try this beer. Very great asset to BA.

A - pours a very dark brown into my pint glass. Smalle white head that dissapeared pretty quickly. However, lacing still seems to last throughout the journy.

S - smell is sweet malt, with a slight hint of roast. It's pleasing, but lacking strength, I wish there was more head that provided to give more nose.

T - oh boy, this is good. Tastes like coffee, caramel, and malt. Such a full flavored brown ale. Chops come through deliciously after the malt. It's got a pleasing nutty aftertaste.

M - very smooth. Carbonation was perfect. The strong flavor lasts, the smoothness coats the mouth, and the mouthfeel is highly above what your average brown ale delivers.

D - for a brown ale, and a 7% one at that, this beer is amazingly drinkable. The flavors of the malt are rich and complex, and it keeps bringing me back.

O - this beer is beyond what I think of an average brown ale. It takes the drinkability of your brown ale, and adds in complexity, and layers of flavor. I would have this again in a heartbeat. (1,108 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful, dry roasted scent that screams Special Roast and crystal malts. It also has a mild hop aroma that melds nicely with the malts. It's bitter, but the aroma is malt forward. The taste is great as well! Wow, what a complex array of flavors. First, it has a very flavorful and complex malt bill that provides a good deal of roasted character. It's dry and bitter with a touch of nuttiness. It goes down with ease and finishes with a nice hop taste that's bitter, yet more complimentary. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous brown ale. It has great balance for such a complex beer.

Thanks to Clown Shoes for a "fresh" look at this wonderful beer. (851 characters)

Photo of HomebrewerBrian
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light Brown color with just a little tan head, and lacing. Looked like a hazier newcastle fresh from the pour.

Initial smell is very floral with a hint of toasted malt, biscuit. Though the hop presence definitely dominates the aroma of the malts in this one.

Things get interesting upon first sip. Despite smelling Floral, the beer tastes very earthy to me, with just enough floral to give the hop flavors a decent complexity that keeps me interested in the lingering flavors instead of just fading to an overpowering bitterness.

The initial malt flavors are similar to the smell but the consist of a subtle caramel sweetness that is pleasant and helps to balance out the strong hop profile. Though I do feel that there could be a little more malt backbone and sweetness to help keep the end result less hop dominant, and sit a little cleaner in the brown ale classification.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than average, but very much in line with what I want/expect out of a brown. Has a pleasant amount of body, and carbonation is good, on the drier side of normal browns. Drinkability of this for me is quite high.

Overall I think there is still some room to spruce up the prescence and contribution of the malt flavors that seem a little lost of lacking. Although, I enjoyed this 'Double-Brown' quite a bit, and could definitely see myself drinking more of these as the weather heats up. (1,409 characters)

Photo of mdr4669
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Sammy Smiths pint glass.

App: Deep and rich burgundy coloration with little head with nice and consistent lacing all the way around the glass.

Smell: Toast, chocolate, dark fruits make for a very complex initial scent that's all pulled together with a noticeable amount of citrus hops.

Taste: The label on the brew hits the nail on the head, it starts with a very nice citrus and pine hop flavor, and finishes with a fantastic bouquet of taste featuring florals, and like the scent toast and chocolate.

MF: This brew is balanced and consistent, the feel was the same from the fist sip to the last. Surprisingly light, yet complex.

OA: I enjoyed this one a lot, and can't wait to try more Clown Shoes Brews. (750 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber into the pint glass this is an opaque dark brown colored ale with a giant mound of root beer float tan head and plenty of lace remnants. The aroma is a very tasteful chocolate malt and fruit nougat with a minty, herbal accent. Add a touch of pine skunk and you have a classy nose hit. The flavor follows with a neat marriage of sweet chocolate malt and funky cabbage-pine hop bite. Really interesting and tasty with a creamy feel, medium bodied with subtle carbonation. The hops are very classy here, not smashmouth at all, sort of swampy-veggie, but a definite key to this wonderful flavor. Smooth, flavorful and different. Very nice. (651 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Wow, just wow. This brown ale has a MASSIVE head. I'm talking an easy 3 fingers. Slow to receed and when it does there is nice heavy lacing. Nice roasty brown colour pour.

S - Mild nutty malts with just a bit of chocolate. Not that pronounced though.

T - Initially some citrus/pine hops but then SLAM. Nutty roasty malts, with some nice chocolate tastes on the end. A bit of a stretch for a brown ale but this is quite tasty.

M - Smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation.

D - Really, really solid. Goes great with my steak. Very very drinkable. Easy to drink this whole bomber! (592 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; soft, dense, off white-brownish head that has great retention

S - caramel, nutty, faintly roasty

T - nutty, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasty, faintly citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really solid brown ale. It has great flavor and great drinkability. The malt character is spot on with just enough hop character for balance. I wish this came in six packs, I would buy them for sure. (455 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: March 2011

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, HUGE thick foamy/creamy three-finger plus light tan head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note going on, with some nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, little hop note, nice chocolate/toffee notes. Medium Body, nice little dry finish. This is one very tasty Brown Ale. Thanks Bill! (495 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours the darkest of browns with a full two fingers of a thick frothy khaki colored head. five minutes after the pour the head is down to a cap on the beer all the while leaving big lumps of lacing as it recedes. the nose and taste go hand in hand. both are big on roasted malts and cocoa. mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth flow to it, meaning it's not chewy or thin, it's just right. overall this is a really good brown that tastes more like a stout, swear i tasted coffee in this one. (491 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown beer with hints a red hues toward the bottom of the glass, the head is fairly thin (roughly one and a half fingers thick) and wanes considerably into a layer of bubbles and lacing. Medium carbonation and a slight haze fill the inner body of this beer. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, fig and raisins all fill your nostrils as you breathe in the sweet aromas emanating from the nectar of the gods. The mouth feel is rather light and dull, but the carbonation is very present. The flavor is mild overall, sweet, bitter when it hits the sides of your mouth and it fills your tongue with roasted coffee bean (mildly) roasted malts, very mild hops. The aftertaste lingers long after you swallow, it’s a bit harsh and slightly bitter and is dominated by roasted malts, brown sugar and mild hops. I think I just found my new favorite brown ale! (878 characters)

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.