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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

534 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 33
Gots: 56 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.9%

pgreenx, Dec 27, 2011
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of billshmeinke
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.

billshmeinke, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

GrindFatherBob, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of DerekCarruth
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

DerekCarruth, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of beaverapproved
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

beaverapproved, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of jwat
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

jwat, Jul 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

AdmiralOzone, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of legalpete19340
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.

legalpete19340, May 20, 2011
Photo of chim52chim
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

chim52chim, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of TheYeagermeister
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.

TheYeagermeister, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of HBomb81
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.

HBomb81, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Bung
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.

Bung, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of OatmattStout
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.

OatmattStout, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of TheDinger
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-

TheDinger, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
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.

Arbitrator, May 08, 2010
Photo of joehiatt
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.

joehiatt, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Beezee, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of sammy806
3/5  rDev -21.7%

sammy806, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of BeerCigar
3/5  rDev -21.7%

BeerCigar, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -21.7%

pin, Jul 25, 2012
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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.