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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010)
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pgreenx

Oregon

1/5  rDev -73.9%

12-27-2011 23:58:23 | More by pgreenx
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -47.8%

03-23-2013 18:19:17 | More by BGsWo22
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billshmeinke

California

2.17/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a murky brown. Poor head retention. The label is sexy looking...the beer is not.

Smells chalky and dry with bitter malt fragrance. Maybe a hint of chocolate. A touch of herbal leafiness. Smells pretty bad actually.

Tastes better than it smells, which is not saying much. Dry roasty maltiness. Some oats. Quite bitter. Kinda acrid and overly roasty.

Pretty awful. I had about 4oz. and I'm sure I don't want a single oz. more.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 21:29:11 | More by billshmeinke
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oline73

Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red when the light hits the bottle. There is a ton of tan head that stays around for quite a while. This one might be a bit over carbonated.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer considering the abv. Some mildly roasty malt, to be honest it's slightly soapy. Getting a real faint brown sugar smell.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. Some slightly roasty malt, no nutty or caramel note. The finish is bitter and there is some alcohol presence as well. Not my favorite of this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an extremely high amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very subpar brown ale. Over carbonated and no real malt presence. I will never have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 01:31:54 | More by oline73
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

04-06-2012 14:47:36 | More by GrindFatherBob
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womencantsail

California

2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this.

A: The beer pours a clear brown color with a tall tan colored head.

S: Smells strongly of burnt rubber. There's definitely some citrus character to it, so it seems at least a little bit hoppy. Maybe a bit of burnt bread. Just a really off, harsh aroma, though.

T: Doesn't taste very good either. Quite a bit of rubber on the flavor as well. Some toasted malt and charred malt. A little bit of booze. Maybe some earthy hop notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I hope that this beer isn't supposed to taste like this because it was just awful.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 04:44:39 | More by womencantsail
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beaverapproved

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

12-12-2013 02:14:07 | More by beaverapproved
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jwat

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

07-04-2012 15:49:50 | More by jwat
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

09-15-2012 22:53:44 | More by t0rin0
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legalpete19340

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured a nice dark brown into the glass. Thick head that diminished to respectable skim. Minor lacing.

S: I just dont get much. Some light pine, brownie and burnt bread. All very light.

T: Strong bitterness overwhelms a light burnt bread. Charred sugar and a piney finish.

M: Mild and medium.

O: The beer came across like a screeching bitter bomb with little roasted malt or other flavors. Felt unbalanced and over hopped. I cant say I will reach for another.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 20:19:10 | More by legalpete19340
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chim52chim

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

07-09-2013 13:05:27 | More by chim52chim
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TheYeagermeister

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--Dark, muddy brown with a seriously thick/creamy head. It floated on the top of the brew and would not dissolve.
S--Having a hard time smelling anything. Faint coffee and dark chocolate, some nutty, roasted malts.
T--Not like a typical brown. Overly hopped and it shows immediately. Bitter dark chocolate meets charcoal. Not really getting any of the caramel/toffee or nut backing you usually get from a good brown. Those brown malt flavors may be there...they try to come out but get slapped down by the hops. This is like drinking carbonated black coffee with overroasted beans, for the most part. Sulfur finish.
M--Creamy. Decent.
O--Disappointing. Lacks balance and not true to the style. Does get better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 02:44:43 | More by TheYeagermeister
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HBomb81

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clown Shoes finally arrived in some southern markets. I was able to pick up a variety of styles to sample. The first one I tried was the brown.

It has a dark, almost mahogany brown color with a very impressive head. Its scent was mild.

The the mouthfeel was a bit thin, considering the appearance.

The taste was very much in line with other brown ales without distinction. It has some coffee undertones.

This is a safe bet for browns, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 12:29:56 | More by HBomb81
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Bung

Michigan

2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Very dark brown pour, nice looking head of off white foam.

Aroma- Malty, molasses, some roast. Herbal hops in there as well.

Taste- There is some malt and caramel, but the roast kind of overpowers it. Almost ashy dry roast. Light herbal and pine hop sneaks in. Some dark chocolate and cocoa and more roast in the finish.

Would have liked just a little less carbonation and a little more body. Otherwise lighter side of mid and fairly easy to drink though very dry and burnt for a brown.

Was hoping billshmeinke was crazy, he's not. Starts out pretty good but fades from there.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:11:52 | More by Bung
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

as stated earlier it had a huge head due to over carbonation but did leave nice lacing

nose was different and i picked up carmelized sugar and an astringent note.

the taste followed with some nice sweet malts, chocolate powder and some resinous hops. the only thing that holds this beer to sub par for me was the astringent finish that mixed with a hop bite. not sure what is going on but it was not subtle and lingered.

mouth feel was solid and drinkability good.

overall not one I would get again but not a bad brown minus the astringency.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:26:49 | More by OatmattStout
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TheDinger

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass-

A- Soild brown with a hint of deep red. Nice 1+ finger of off white head and pretty decent lacing throughout.

S- This is where it started going downhill. A very burnt smell that was not pleasant on the nose. Wood and carmel notes at the end.

T- The burnt smell carried over into the taste. A bit too hoppy on the back end for me. A hint of alcohol on the tongue. Was missing a smooth quality to it. Would have liked some carmel/nut notes to tame the smell.

M- Good carbonation and a bit of silk. Some alcohol.

O- Just not a great Brown in my opinion. Too much burnt wood/fig smell and taste. Not smooth with the 7%. Not very flavorful or full. A bit hoppy and alcohol tasting. Probably my last Brown Angel-

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 16:43:42 | More by TheDinger
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Arbitrator

California

2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Gregg!

A: Pours a clear dark chestnut body, dark in larger quantities. Develops a finger of cream colored head. Great retention that leaves spots of lace.

S: Not a strong aroma at all. Some toast, caramel, and floral hops.

T: Tastes better than the nose, but the flavor is quite simple. It consists of bread/toast, caramel, some nuts. It has a hoppy, herbal finish that is interesting, but winds up getting tiring as I finish the glass. I expect something less dry from a brown ale, though the hoppiness is an interesting take.

M: It's viscous, but light in flavor. It has an herbal bitterness in the finish with some solvent.

D: I didn't care for it. Not a bad beer, but I was looking forward to the next one before I finished it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 06:20:56 | More by Arbitrator
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joehiatt

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 22oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.

A - Pours with a decent, though coarse, tan head. It dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a caramel colored beer. Its surprisingly reminiscent of more opaque Coke. There is a drawing of a mostly-naked gorgeous ... well, brown angel on the label. She's wearing clown shoes, which is a little odd.

S - The best quality of this beer. Complex, bready or toasty, some plum or toffee, chocolate and coffee. Minimal hop aroma. Comforting, this would be great in late fall.

T - More coffee and chocolate than in a classic brown. Some of the astringency normally associated with residual sugars of a porter or stout. Frankly, this beer is a lot like porter in a brown's body. "Double" brown doesn't really cover it.

M - Medium, average, nothing to write home about. A little light considering its a 7% beer. Heavy in the front of the mouth, but still goes down easy.

D - The beer isn't really for me. Aftertaste is an unpleasant combination of astringency and sweetness. However, it was smooth and had the low carbonation characteristic of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 18:24:29 | More by joehiatt
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Beezee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-21-2012 05:23:16 | More by Beezee
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seanh99

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-02-2012 16:55:46 | More by seanh99
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sammy806

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-29-2013 13:37:08 | More by sammy806
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BeerCigar

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-05-2012 18:58:58 | More by BeerCigar
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-25-2012 02:52:34 | More by pin
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DeSoto

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-18-2011 07:06:20 | More by DeSoto
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-15-2012 03:01:26 | More by JohnK17
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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.