1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
Brown AngelBrown Angel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

558 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 558
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | 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)
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 558 | Reviews: 208 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and traces of lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of brown malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of brown malts and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness—more than you would expect from your typical brown ale.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has a nice strong taste and is rather drinkable.

Photo of danieelol
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Pours proper brown-red with decent head and lacing.

Nose is chicory, coffee, roast, chocolate, jelly beans. Loads of fruity hops and they play very well off its earthy qualities. Hoppy pine. Very full and rich. Definitely seems like there's spice in this.

Taste has more earthy qualities. Bitter from roast. Lots of coffee in here. Tiny bit of sweetness to balance, ultimately subsumed by roast and hop.

Mouthfeel is bitter, about medium body and carb.

Overall a fantastic and well-conceived beer.

Photo of Fubar1453
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with a huge, khaki colored head.

S: Roasted coffee chocolate and dark fruit.

T: Same as the nose, roasted coffee, chocolate and dark fruits, on the more bitter side of brown ales.

M: Creamy with pretty high carbonation.

O: A good brown, very complex but didn't blow me away.

Photo of seanh99
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown copper hue which leaves a three finger crater head and creamy lacing,the smell is dark fruit,molasses,brown sugar and burnt toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of brown sugar,raisins,molasses,coffee,figs and the finish is a tad bitter very simialar to the finish of a coffee and overall i like my brown ales and even though its not over the top all the ingredients work and i would drink again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – medium brown in color, kinda murky, with about two fingers’ worth of frothy light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – definitely more on the malty side, with a subtle hint at complexity, somewhat like a barleywine. This is probably from the variety of hops used, which actually aren’t quite that noticeable themselves.

Taste – the hops are definitely felt in the taste right from the off. There is a complexity to the taste, but not quite at the level of a barleywine ale. It’s more from the unique character that the mix of hops gives it. Aftertaste is a little on the roasted side.

Mouthfeel – well-balanced, but leans a little more on the creamier side.

Overall – pretty interesting brew to sample, and pleasing to the taste!

Photo of brutalist
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of muletrane
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of texasMade281
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of claspada
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of BeerCigar
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tkelley
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.


Photo of server222
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of MisterGrizz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.