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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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very good

551 Ratings
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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 35
Gots: 58 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

PretzelsNBeer, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Beezee, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

muletrane, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

texasMade281, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SPRichard, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the fortune to try this one again. Original impression was way off base. Deep brown with a short creamy white head. Smells of light malts and subtle roastiness. Tastes like a proper full-bodied brown ale should. Many 'double' styles stray out of balance or from what makes the single version worth drinking. This just brings more of the good without the bad. As I finish the bottle, I am reminded of another quality brown ale, Surly Bender. Would definitely pick this up again.

First pour of the bomber is entirely head, which eventually settles to about 6oz of beer. Smells like an old musty basement, which isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on the style. Second pour is again over-carbonated. Overly gassy and stale aroma lead me to believe this bottle has seen better days. Oh, 'Brewed first week February 2011' on the label. Serves me right for grabbing the only bottle on the shelf.

Tastes like thin muddy water, not at all appealing. Virtually no carbonation left after the explosive head formation. I have enjoyed most of Clown Shoes' offerings and was disappointed in this offering. I can only assume that this bottle is off, and not a true representation. Nevertheless, its all Ive got to go on.

rab53, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +4.4%

zekeman17, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear solid brown color with a decent but smallish, tan colored head.

Aromnas begin with mild citrus, a little bit hoppy. As it warms you get more of the toasted bread, rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it.

The tastes begin with a mild burst of citrus hop bitterness that you typically don’t get in a Brown Ale, followed by sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet highlighted by toasted bready maltiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Nothing to exciting or compelling in the finish. Hop bitterness asserts itself more in the finish as it warms.

Overall this is a decent beer to find on tap at a bar/restaurant, as it's hop bitterness and medium malt flavors balance well with almost any traditional American mid-scale restaurant food. I have avoided this beer in the past as I typically do not enjoy hoppy brown or black ales, but this wasn't too bad, probably because I find hops are muted/fall off in keg/bar beer and because it paired well with the dinner. Not bad, worth a go over the traditional rubbish most restaurants have available.

claspada, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer is dark but not as blackout as a stout. Really a dark root beer color. Head was about a finger and mocha in color. Some decent lacing.

S - Smells like a sweet stout - milk chocolate and a little bitterness. Not very complex but nice.

T - An interesting mix of malts and chocolate. The chocolate hides the small amount of harsh hops which combine for a medium bitterness. There is also come coffee in there somewhere.

M - Some solid carbonation with medium body makes this decent. Nothing to write home about. Fits this beer well.

O - An interesting mix between a brown ale and stout. A little bitter for me, but overall quite nice. Goes down quite easily.

RuckusDu, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of BeerCigar
3/5  rDev -21.7%

BeerCigar, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Nothing springs to mind save "Brown Sugar" and "Jackie Brown"... Anyway, this stuff pours a sweet sienna topped by over a finger of mocha foam. The nose comprises toffee, brown sugar (nailed it!), light coffee, light cocoa, light tobacco, a touch of grass, and a kiss of cashew. The taste brings in more of the same, though the coffee is a bit more powerful, the cocoa is darker, and the grass has morphed into some earthy cilantro-like greens. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy feel. Overall, a very nice brown, something I could easily see reaching for again.

TMoney2591, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bluntedboywonder, Feb 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Archemedies, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

pwsoldier, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of tkelley
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a big old stein.

Tons of tannish foamy head that lasted for a looong time. Dark brown, murky body with some sediment at the bottom.

Smell hits you right away with hops. Really nice for a brown. Of course there are malt scents as well, especially after the initial shock of the hops wears off. Nice and roasty - coffee, chocolate roast.

Tastes really good. In addition to the upfront coffee malts and the underlying hops, there's a hearty nutty flavor. I think the nuts and the hops go well together. This brown ale has a lot of layers to it - like an ogre.

Kind of heavy, but that's to be expected. The flavors are so cool that I drank a lot of it pretty quickly, but I wouldn't want to drink a sixer of this or anything like that. A very well done beer though.


tkelley, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of server222
4/5  rDev +4.4%

server222, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown (shocking!) pour with a monstrous fluffy tan head atop it. Retention is phenomenal, there is an ever-present solid island of foam that won't go away. The lacing is equally incredible.

S: Very malty. Toffee, hazelnut and a bit of brown sugar. Some nice earthy presence as well.

T: As with the nose, lots of toffee and nuts. There is a decent amount of bitterness as well, a sort of earthy, almost coffee-like touch.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is about dead on as wel.

O: Good brown ale, definitely on the hoppy side of the spectrum. Some decent bitterness and not a lot of sweetness either. Solid example of the style.

Dope, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

MisterGrizz, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with just a tinge of copper hue once held up to the light. 1/2 finger of coffee head.

Smells of robust coffee and chocolate.

Flavor is of rich dark chocolate with some coffee ground undertones. Just a bit of earthy hops, but coffee is definitely the king here.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I do love the coffee. It's very robust and not subtle at all, but as a coffee fan it's a good thing. Drinkability is a tad low due to this, but having a glass was awesome.

jmarsh123, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BudandBeer, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of cfergusn
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
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...

cfergusn, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

sweisel80, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated May,2011 into a tulip.

Murky, milk chocolate brown with the most ridiculous 4-5+ finger, rocky light tan head that towered over the top of the glass. Extremely slow to recede with a ton of lacing and character throughout the glass.

The aromas in this beer are dominated by some roasted nuts, caramel malt, hints of chocolate and smoked tobacco. Hop presence is mild, but I may have let this one slide a little past its peak.

Taste is good, with all of the aromatic notes coming through, backed up by a fairly persistent hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is just a touch lacking. Felt like it needed to be just a little creamier. That said, it is on the high side of medium-bodied, adequate carbonation, and a little dry on the finish.

Overall very good. More hop character than a lot of brown ales, which I like.

bigbluebeerguy, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25cl->Trolls glass

A~ pours dark brown with an inch of cream colored head with decent lace. Head doesn't last, but settles into a collection of bubbles.

S~ Dusty chocolate, leather, & spent coffee grounds. Touch of sap & wood shavings.

T~ Dark malt lending notes of cocoa, red velvet cake, & baking chocolate. Large amount of resinous hops. Woody notes following through.

M~ There is a touch of an oxidized character on the bak of the throat, but for the most part this is simply a pleasantly hopped brown with a crispy finish.

D~ Hats off to Clown Shoes for producing beers that have yet to disappoint and are very creative. The artwork ain't too bad either. Try one out it's certainly worth the pricetag.

chocosushi, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

kspongeworthy, Jan 13, 2012
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.