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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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very good

528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of chocosushi
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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
Photo of kspongeworthy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kspongeworthy, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of bens0n
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky golden brown color with a moderate amount of yellowy tan head.

On the nose I pick up on sweet and bready malts, its got a lovely toasty note that weaves its way into the rest of the thick aroma.

Flavor wise its more of the same, sweet bready and toasty malts. There is a very slight bitter hoppy note in the middle.

It has a crisp finish with a little more carbonation than I like, aftertaste is on the bitter side.

bens0n, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kevgod, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Athletic lacey puffy velvety rocky crème foam over murky rouge-brown body. Cinnamon, brown sugar, toast, waxy yeast and Murphy’s oil soap on the nose.
Brown toast, chocolate, bark, slight citrus oil and some EKG woodiness for hops. Cinnamon end and spicy linger. Medium, creamy, and round.

With a 2/11 bottling date, I’d say the finishing hops (Columbus and Amarillo) are gone. Even still, it’s pretty simply constructed, though it is very creamy. Unimpressed, but prepared to give a Mulligan for this one.

StJamesGate, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a hazy/cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of malt, chocolate and that brown ale nuttiness.

T: Tasted of malt, hints of chocolate and coffee and the nutty quality every brown has. A pretty solid flavor, though I expected it to be slightly more robust than it was. Still, a tasty brew.

M: A fair amount if carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well made, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

rowingbrewer, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Thisisjosh
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Thisisjosh, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of pgreenx
1/5  rDev -73.8%

pgreenx, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of diamondc
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/11

A: Chestnut colored hue, light mocha colored head. Some decent lacing & head retention, too.

S: Cocoa powder, nutty, caramel, almost like a Little Debbie nutty bar.

T: Really hop forward for a brown ale. The malt is heavy on the toasted, almost charred side. Ends on a slightly astringent bitter orange peel note.

M/O: More chocolate/coffee notes come out while warming up balancing the hops. Nothing mind-blowing though. Pretty good brown ale, here.

diamondc, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +4.7%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +4.7%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woody aroma has hints of caramel and pear. It pours a dark chocolaty brown that lets daylight in only at the very edges. The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so be careful! Light tan head is quite thick, fine-bubbled, and persistent. Crisp flavor has caramel, malty and woody notes plus hints of fruit and yeast. Firm-bodied texture has a lively fizz that leaves a satisfying and tasty finish.

Cyberkedi, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Hawoh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hawoh, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Sinewave
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of HBomb81
2.8/5  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.

HBomb81, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev +4.7%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of angusblackheart
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/2011

I am a big Clown Shoes Fan. Not so much a brown fan, but I gave this a shot.

The beer is dark brown and has a big tan head. Leaves great lace and looks very inviting!

The smells is odd but also enticing, with coffee matls and piney hops mxing together.

The taste was a little more thin and roasted than I expected, btu was still solid.

Pretty good!

angusblackheart, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of kemoarps
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

kemoarps, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Ajlvt, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown color...translucent with a cloudy, hazy complexion. It's a very heady brew...towering and firm tan head. High carbonation, notable on inspection. The smell is hoppy, earthy, and malt-sugary, but a bit medicinal. Sweet taste...sugar, roasted malts, and moderate bitterness. Yeast...dark bread and dried fruit. Carbonation and sugary characteristics define the beer. Medium-to-full body, which is nicely contrasted with the carbonation. This is a middle-of-the-road brown ale.

Suds, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

freduardo, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of doof116
4/5  rDev +4.7%

doof116, Dec 11, 2011
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.