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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 654
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 97 | FT: 2
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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 Kdubzz
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip pint. I'm a big fan of Brown Ales so we'll see how this goes. Pours a deep brown color that shows a bit of ruby when held to the light. A little bit of a weak tanish head that dissipates rather quickly, but laces well. The nose is solid, but not too complex, malty and nutty. Heavy malts upfront on the taste, with a bit of a pecan sweetness. Sort of a peppery flavor as well that leads into a lingering hop bitterness, a delicious transition from sweet to bitter. Medium mouthfeel and the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.
Overall, it's quite good. I don't think I've ever had a Double Brown Ale before, and Clown Shoes does it right.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer poured with a brown-black appearance, thick lacing on the sides, and a thin head. Roasted malts, nuts, cocoa, toffee, sugar, and coffee filled my nose; a really full aroma set to this drink. Taste follows the nose with a generally sweet flavoring mostly geared toward a slightly grainy coffee, malt flavor. Creamy texture to this drink with subtle carbonation, which helped make this a very enjoyable brown ale. Overall, I enjoyed the appearance and mouthfeel of this beer the most.

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Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown topped with a firm tan froth, and she's a definite hotty. Faint nut and caramel to the nose. Taste of caramel up front with some toffee and nuttiness followed by a lingering hop finish. Light and mostly dry.

I'd take this Brown Angel dancing anytime.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid appearance, especially on the label ifyouknowutimean.gif.

Aroma was solidly malty, hoppy and nutty. Solid.

Taste was a bitter brown ale, well above average hopping. Nutty, coffee, caramel and toffee all taken from the malt roasting and interplay with the rest of the beer. I don't know why these all seem to be bomber only, in a 12oz pour it would be perfect, 22oz is a little tiresome to drink solo.

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Photo of do_ob
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip glass. Medium brown pour and a transluscent brown in the glass, when held to light. Giant, foamy tan head initially - lots of big bubbles, fizzed down to a lacing after a few minutes. A surprising amount of hops on the nose, along with vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt. Lots of a roasted malt on the taste with a ton of hops. This has all those traditional brown ale traits with a strong backing of bitterness and sweet fruit. Pretty weird beer, but not bad.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just like the description says, it is layers of delicious malt and roasted malt complemented by a variety of hops the give the beer a pleasant bittering taste and floral aroma. A very very well done brown ale. More complexity than your average brown.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent crimson/auburn with a finger of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Toasty, some grapefruit

T: Toastyness, grapefruit, bready sweetness, a little bite pineyness as well up front. As this warms, I pick a slight smokeyness, herbal & astringent & flinty hop bitterness & a little biscuitty malt & then more grapefruit, a little toffee as well, also pretty dry. Finishes with grapefruit, toastyness, & mineral dryness, plus a little pineyness

MF: Medium/chewy body with slight carbonation, Carbonation pick up as this warms, nice balace, body also thins out a little

A very solid & very drinkable American Brown; Clown Shoes continues to impress

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A dark caramel brown with a thick white head that continues to last while lacing the glass. At first you smell the typical malty scent of a brown ale but then followed quickly by the piney smell of hops. The beer is well balanced with the beginning of a toasty sweet malt flavor followed quickly with a nice balance with the piney hops.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing had a nice almost thick glaze of stringiness running around the glass.
The smell had a sweet nutty to brown sugar to toffee and a light coffee flavoring in front. Caramel malts and a light vanilla show some nice features backing up the aroma nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet with a nice roasty quality shining through on the nuts and toffee. A nice sweet to roasty aftertaste takes effect and slides into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionably sweet and roasty texture. Carbonation runs somewhat light.
Overall, to me, I think this is a wonderful interpretation of an English Brown ale with an ABV sitting just a bit higher than normal. I didn't get the normal amount of hops in this one to think it's an American styled one, but its still a nice beer all around.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've heard some say that this is an imperial brown ale, however, due to lack of research and actually the fact that imperial brown ale is not a true style, I stuck with a nonic pint glass for this.
The appearance was a dark ruddy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute.
The smell has all of the normal qualities of a great brown ale: light amount of cocoa, nuts, coffee, a little bit of earthiness and then for this beer, it takes in some raisins = nice! I like it.
The taste was mainly sweet with the cocoa and raisins blending nicely. Nuts roll into a sly little bit of toffee and blend with a mild doughy/breadiness. There's a nice rich sweet nutty to raisin aftertaste and it finishes a bit dry with the nuts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good stickiness from the sweeter components of this beer on my tongue. Carbonation seems to hit my tongue right.
Overall, imperial or not, this was an awesome offering by Clown Shoes, as I would love to have this again.

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Photo of L0ne
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick, fluffy, blonde/tan head that recedes to a permanant cap, and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is chocolate covered raisins and sweet, malty bread dough.

Taste is sweet, roasty, chocolate and nuts, with dried dark fruits and a pleasant bite of bitter citrus.

The head adds a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel and there's enough carbonation to prickle your tongue and liven things up.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks for sharing, Alan.

A: Deep brown with a billowy 4 finger head that wouldn't leave. The carbonation on this beauty was relentless.

S: Caramel, nuts, bready malt, cocoa, with a hint of citrus hops.

T: Sweet, robust, with toffee, coffee, malts, nuts and an unexpected finish of light bitterness.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Chewy, thick and lovely.

O: A terrific brown I'd love to hook up with again sometime.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too many brewers get the brown+hops thing right. This is pretty decent. Still prefer straight brown as the mix never feels quite right. Pours dark brown with clingy tan foam. Nice heavy malt aroma mixed with some fruitiness. Taste gets a little wonky with some grapefruit bitter on top of the malt backbone. Finish is pretty smooth, though somewhat dry. Not bad.

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Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy label, let’s see if it delivers.
Light brown color with a thick two finger beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with lots of cocoa and coconut, some citrusy and nuts.
Aroma was good, but not exceptional which made me caught off-guard for its flavor. It was delicious and unique with notes of pine, floral and citrus-grapefruit , toasted and roasted malts, cassis liquor from its blackcurrants, coconut, mild charcoal, nuts, black forest cake, powdered milk, spices and finishing with cocoa and mild tobacco. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Forty IBUs was the magic number for this beer.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Alcohol of 7% abv is completely absent.
This brew made my day. Flavorful (Double) Brown Ale with a character of its own and excellent complexity. I was actually trying to picture a better brown ale. Interesting that I noticed high ratings and very few outliners with very low ratings, probably driving this at sub-outstanding ratings (please reserve your evaluations to your mommy/daddy beers, not this sexy brown angel). Jokes apart, I also noticed improvement over time, so keep it as it is. Congrats!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate, roasted grains;

T: roasted grain and a hint of coffee up front; a touch of citrus and moderate bitterness come in at mid-palate; the bitterness lasts a long time;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: complex flavors; very enjoyable;

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Photo of justinp444
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brilliant mahogany, chestnut, 2” light tan tinted white foam cap dissipates to thick film, excellent lace. Smell: aniseed, thick dark bread, fruit cake, faint chocolate. Taste: Starts rich and malty and then dries out and gets espresso coffee astringent and lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with an astringent background that rises in the after taste. Medium carbonation to medium low – carbonation is very fine, very soft and very well done. Medium full body.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown producing 2 fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, tan head that leaves a nice sheet like coating of lace. Aroma is malt forward as expected with nice floral hop presence, dark, toasty bready malt, roast & nuts with bittersweet chocolate. Taste is deeply malty, toasted pumpernickel with roasted nuts, bittersweet chocolate & brown sugar hints with an unprecedented, brown ale hop bitterness. Finish is toasted maltiness, bittersweet in a wash of pepper. Afrertaste is an even more bitter version of the finish with a heavy taste of char. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, a little prickly, nicely thick & chewy but creamy. Totally out of character with brown ales due to the hoppy profile I feel it deserves a style designation all it\'s own. Touche\' Clown Shoes!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber. This double brown pours a rich dark Choco lately brown with a thick lightly tan head of foam and very nice alluring lacing. Nose of chocolate, rich dark coffee, sticky hops, and rich sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with malts fighting for dominance over sticky bittering hops. The little lady says it is reminiscent of some barely wines in hops profile and I agree. Finishes moderately roasted and bitter with coffee and chocolate flavors settling behind waves of bitter hops. Solid smooth carbonation makes for an excellent mouth feel. A good hoppy brown ale for the hop heads out there. Very nice.

Cheers!

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Photo of johntaylorpi
4.71/5  rDev +22%
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.

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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 Bunman3
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIcked up some Clown Shoes to commemorate the Patriots' Super Bowl win. Read into it what you want. This is a very tasty brown ale. It pours nicely with a frothy head that leaves no lacing. I didn't get much aroma from it - a bit of burnt sugar and faint hops. However, when this beer hits your taste buds, it comes into its own. There is plenty of chocolate and dark roast coffee, with a lovely hop finish. Carbonation is minimal, which lends an extra level of quaffability to this brew. I'll be seeking out more product from this brewery!

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Photo of tedvr
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really carbonated pour, dark brown with a nice creamy head. Mild coffee and chocolate smell. Taste of mild burnt coffee and chocolate with a malt background. Very balanced with a nice hop finish.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.