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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 628
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 43
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
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 billshmeinke
2.16/5  rDev -44%
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.

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Photo of oline73
2.23/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.44/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

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Photo of legalpete19340
2.54/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of HBomb81
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of OatmattStout
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of TheDinger
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
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-

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of Bung
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown body with slight haze. Fluffy beige head leaves sporadic, droopy lace. On the nose I get light roast, some brown malts and a little sourness. Flavor is malt centric with caramel/roasted blend of flavors. Again, I perceive a little sourness, acidity... which is not very welcomed by me. Body is medium at best. LIghtly carbonated. Very average.

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Photo of joehiatt
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a massive head almost overflowing into a Massive Duvel tulip however there is not enough space for a decent pour in this glass. Pure head pure and simple here. Appears to have not been fully attenuated before bottling.

Aroma of malty resin, large pine hopping dose with some citrus and also plenty of molasses aroma.

Taste of strong caramel, brown malt, molasses, some cocoa.
Yea its a double brown ale, but really I think it was an under-attenuated mess that was bottled and then overcarbed in the bottle. I read in a different review that someone tasted unfermented wort flavors. I feel like I actually got a similar impression however I think it may be more with the molasses character and or this recipe used some Dry Malt Extract. In any case, I am not really impressed by this beer.

Light body, over carbonated, not great on flavor. There are better american browns out there.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a index finger width creamy head. Nice looking brew.

S-Real malty smell. Roasted nuts and heavy cream come to mind as well. Had to really reach to get the smell down, nothing really jumped out at me.

T-Roasted nuts and creamy taste. Mild hop character in the after taste.

M-Super thick, very chewy.

O-Overall I'm a tad disappointed. I've been dying to try this beer and didn't really live up to the hype for me. It's a good beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a rich dark mahogany. There are slight hues or dark reds through the beer and about two full fingers of light khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly leaving some big lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is roasted malt, seaweed, prunes, and booze. This beer might be a bit old, and it kinda smells that way. It's a weird mix of scents.

T: The initial hit is stale bread, roasted malt, a bit of sweetness, and a good amount of booze. It starts out ok, but I really lose it in the middle and the finish. I'm missing that familiar roast/nuttiness that brown ales are known for.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts and finish pretty dry. This might be caused by the higher ABV, but I'm not sure.

O: Not a fan of this beer. The flavors are just way off, and the higher alcohol level doesn't really help this brew out. I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. This one pours a muddied-water brown; looks like coca-cola. A massive caramel/mocha colored head quickly rises, and rises, and rises until it overflows the glass; holy carbonation. Pretty good lacing is left on the sides of the glass after the head finally dissolves.

Not a very good nose on this guy. I am missing the caramel, malt and nut aromas I want to have.The nose is the faintest roasted malts and a heavier amount of hops than I was expecting. A slight citrus/tangerine is picked up on from the hops I think.

Taste is slightly better than the nose indicates. There is some sweet malt evident, roasty, and again quite hoppy with a citrus profile.

This one has a medium body and ample carbonation. Dry and bitter on the finish. This is one brown ale that didn't really impress me; not bad but I probably will not be heading back for another one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Bottled 4/2011.

Pours a murky brown with an explosively large khaki head that eventually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and nutty aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation that is just too much. Overall, this is a pretty average beer as it stands and I think there may be a slight infection issue with the huge head and extreme carbonation that this particular bottle has.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown almost black with some ruby edges in the light, 2 finger off white creamy head on top, shows slight retention.

A - toasted malt, biscuty, a litte hops in the back, not a lot of sweetness i was expecting this aroma i can say is underwhelming for me.

T - a thin easy drinking brown ale, then out of nowhere you get kicked in the teeth by the hops, i guess that was their american twist on things, the toasted malt is abundant, a subtle burnt flavor, pecans here but i was wanting some pralines, not a lot of brown sugar which for some reason i was hoping for there are suggestions of some dark unsweet fruits...the hops in the end i guess improve the weak beer but if it was done better in the first place i wouldn't enjoy the hop profile of this one.

M - pretty thin ill give it just under medium bodied, carbonation is on point and this beer is very drinkable.

O - for the double brown ale label i was defintely expecting more than this...its not bad, i just had higher expectations and really wanted a sweeter beer and i usually don't want sweet, the only reason im finishing it is because i strained my neck working out and want to fall asleep quickly, anyway i would recommend this to few but to some....

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Photo of kemoarps
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium bodied chestnut, the minimal head lasts, however.
The nose surprised me, as it is dominated by the hops, with a roasty malt below.
The taste has much of the nose to it, as it was much hoppier than I expected. The toasty malts do come through in the middle, and a little bit of black coffee perhaps?
Has a chewier body to it than it looked like it would, and is well carbonated.
This, frankly, wasn't really what I was expecting. It's not a bad beer, it just wasn't what I was expecting. Even if it were available in my area (which it is not), I probably wouldn't get it again, but would certainly drink it if I happened to have it around. Check it out if you really want to, but no need to go out of your way.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug. Bottled March 2011. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for this.

4.5 A: Clear (I think) dark brown color. Initially three fingers of creamy beige head. The first two fingers falls at an average pace, while the last finger sticks around for a long time. Good amount of irregular lacing as well.

4.0 S: Quite interesting. This is the second brew I've ever had that reminded me of unfermented wort (the other was Brooklyn Local 1), though obviously not as sweet. Specifically, it smells like a well hopped wort. Beyond that initial impression, I'm picking up a solid amount of nuts and toffee with caramel underneath. Pithy toastiness, if that makes sense. Raw, resiny hops. I think the wort smell works pretty well with the style.

2.5 T: Unfortunately, the wort element is also in the taste and it doesn't work too well. My other gripe is that it's a bit too bitter for my tastes. The positive is that the nuttiness returns in a big way with toffee and caramel playing second fiddle. A good amount of toastiness with earthy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Bitter aftertaste.

3.0 D: Definitely a big of a strange brew. Not necessarily bad, but I'd really have to be in the mood for that worty taste for me to want to drink that. I usually get my fill of that, however, from sampling homebrew at various stages in the process.

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Photo of Bassmunky
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

First Beer I've had from Clown Shoes. Yes it made the trip out to Hawaii, so handling may have been a partial factor in this review.

The appearance is on point, a nice dark brown, with a slightly brown frothy head. The lacing was minimal but present.

Aroma was slightly toffee, almond like, dark chocolate.

The taste was slightly bitter upfront, almost too sharp for a brown ale, but when it warmed up the flavors rounded out a little better. The alcohol is definitely present. Sweet, chocolate and slightly nutty but not as creamy as I would have hoped. The beer flirts with a Belgian candy flavor much like a Trippel or even barley wine.

Overall average. It lacked some of the notes I typically associate with a brown ale.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As beautiful as can be, this is a very, very dark brown, deep and completely opaque. The head is incredibly fluffy and creamy, thick and stiff, dirty white, long lasting, and leaves gobs of lace on the sides of the glass. Beautiful in every way, as is the angel on the label (despite the clown shoes...but wait, that's damn funny, so, you know, keep 'em on, girl).

Darn. This has the overly-mineral (or metallic, if you like) kind of aroma found in some Belgian stouts, or big browns, and other kinds of beers here and there. I don't like it, but recognize it as something quite natural. Just not enough of the inherent sweetness of the malt coming through, and probably too much of the hops and whatever it is in the grains that makes this happen.

Ah, damn it now, the taste mimics the traits in the aroma. I do pick up a much nuttier framework, the tongue likes that, but geez, way too much mineral/metal happening here. Or something harsh, artificial, plastic-y. Even rubbery. And burnt, burnt, burnt. Husky nuttiness pushes through, trying to save the day, and that mineral element intersects with a more roasty/toasty flavor that helps keep things at least on a somewhat enjoyable level. Very much like heavily dark roasted coffee. Hops, citrus-y and bitter, come in as well but they probably could have been dialed down, as they add to the mineral character, rather than suppressing it. Hey, I love my metal, just not in my beer.

Feel is good, slick and buoyant of body, with just the right touch of carbonation where it tickles and feels soft at the same time.

With some warming, and with some effort, you can extract the nicer qualities of the malt (nutty, roasty) and live with the rest. But it's still pretty one-dimensional and not all that impressive. Sure looks good, though.

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Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky ruddy orange brown and somewhat opaque, with a nice deep color. Sticky collar of light tan foam that has great lasting power, with attractive lacing all the way down.

A little bit of chocolate malt, malted milk balls, earthy hops in the aroma. Served pretty cold, these aromas only came out after sitting for 10-15 minutes.

One dimensional bitterness, very little malt complexity at first. As it warms there's some vague coffee and burly dense malt flavors, pinned under a numbing layer of bitter pine sap. Specialty malt and an overload of bittering hops. It comes across as coarse and heavy handed. Medium to full bodied, ample carbonation. A bit too rough to want another.

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Photo of William85
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall, I found this beer to be only slightly better than average -- certainly better than say, Newcastle, but not as complex/interesting as I thought a 'double' brown ale from Clown Shoes would be (I'm still not sure what 'double' means in this context, aside from being a bit hoppier and having a marginally higher ABV than most browns).

Given that my favorite styles are DIPA, American Black, Barleywine and Imperial stout, it's possible that I am underrating this beer due to purely personal preferences. However, it also seemed to be significantly over-carbonated, resulting in a suboptimal mouthfeel.

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Photo of Robb_in_Austin
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aggressively poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a deep black but when held up to the light reveals a rich dark brown. A brief appearance of a wheat colored head was inviting.

S: typical brown ale; nutty, malty, hint of caramel. Do I detect some hops?

T: again, typical brown. Nutty, malty, perhaps a hint of roasted malts. A touch of hop spice.

M: this is the weak point for me. Very thin.

O: I had high hopes but the thin body does it in for me.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.