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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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222 Reviews
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Reviews: 222
Hads: 628
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 42
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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 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.


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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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a mason jar mug. A dark reddish cloudy root beer brown with a light ring of beige bubbles rimming the glass. I don't mind the label either. Aroma of dark lightly roasted malts with some bitter baker's chocolate, sarsaparilla-like herbs and spices, cherry, brittle toffee, instant coffee crystals with whitener, and faint floral hops. I've seen better looking beers but the aroma is solid. I dig the notion of a "double brown" and this does deliver some rich nutty malts roughly congruent with the nose ... Plus some light molasses, raisin, malted milk candy and a wee bit of drupe fruit perhaps. Rather sweet up front but gets bitter during the tail end, albeit not harshly so. Floral hops combine with dark malts to yield a tobacco-like vibe, sweet pipe tobacco as opposed to cigar. Sturdy medium-heavy body with more carbonation than expected but this does not detract. Finish is bitter chocolate plus lightly resinous hops, which oddly enough works quite well. I am an inveterate Clown Shoes imbiber and this is an essential part of the canon. Hits most or all of the different dark malt notes without going overboard on the roasted elements like a stout might, and has a more hefty body and flavor than do lesser brown ales.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bomber poured into 16 oz snifter

A- Deep, deep brown with thin tan head, leave good lacing
S- Mid size roasted malt smell
T- Simple, but well done layer of roasted malt... not overly bitter or too sweet. Leans a bit to the sweet side, but well balanced.
M- Medium and easy to drink

O- Nice brown ale

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Photo of Theheroguy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet crystal malts

bakers chocolate


slightly tangy acid note very very slight almost vanishing


this forms head very easily you need to careful when pouring this. It is very unique amongst brown ales.

Hops are present but blend with the malt very well

floral qualities

approaching boozy

well carbonated but not ridiculously

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Photo of sheeley
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown with a great head and impressive look. Smell is, to me, the weakest aspect of this beer. Smells of caramel, hops, and light floral notes. The taste is quite nutty and warming, with a pleasant aftertaste. Overall, a very solid beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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

A: poured into a mug to a deep brown with a finger and a half of dense and soapy cream colored head
S: smells of roasted malt and slight hop bitterness with some notes of coffee
T: taste is toasted malt, coffee, faint caramel sweetness, light chocolate, and some hop bitterness to balance. Swallow brings more coffee, roasted malt, and hop bitterness
M: this beer is on the lighter side of medium with light carbonation and a slightly drying mouthfeel
O: Pretty solid beer with good flavors and plenty of hops to balance things out. I might pick up another bottle and see how it does after six months.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Brown and slightly see through.

S: Malt and hops is what I'm getting. Not much else.

T: I guess I wasn't in the mood for a brown ale, or maybe I just don't like this beer. I get brown sugar, malt, must, sweet chocolate, hops, and some graham cracker.

M: Medium with good carb.

O: Not the best by Clown Shoes. It could be the style, as I have not had it in a long while. I was disappointed.

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

22oz bottle. Sexy blaxploitation meets Catholic afterlife mockery - who could be offended by that, eh?

This beer pours a clear (I believe), rather dark red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and pretty bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent, broadly spanning webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly toasted, and subtly meaty biscuity caramel malt, softly dank piney and leafy forest floor detritus, overripe citrus rind, bar-top nut skins, and the faintest whiff of bittersweet cocoa. The taste is gritty bready, doughy, and dry biscuity caramel malt, muddled green flora notes, mildly spicy orange citrus, more pithy generic nuttiness, wet ash, and a suggestion of time spent hanging around a black coffee urn, one adjacent to the creamer station as well.

The carbonation is gently rendered, in a bit of playful, if somewhat obsequious frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight for something out of 'murica, plainly smooth, and well, well nothing. It finishes off-dry, the 'layers upon layers' of malt surely saving some for the end, amongst some lingering bitter coffee, chocolate, and still mixed-up pine and citrus hoppiness - oh, those crazeee kids!

American Brown Ale? Why the hell not, truth in advertising is not said nation's strong suit. Way more amber than brown, and with a few smoky and hoppy notions more aligned with the nascent Black Ale denomination, I'm at a virtual loss as to whether this one comes anywhere near the ballpark (talk like a native, they won't know!) of the purported style. Ok, on to my actual baggage-free impression - ummm, tastes good to me!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More people need to make good brown ale's in my opinion. I thought Brown Angel was great. The first beer from Clown Shoes I bought was this for nothing other than the artwork on the bottle but I became a big fan. The appearance is a dark brown with an off white head which sticks a bit to the side of the glass. The smell was very sweet with hints of chocolate and walnuts coming through. The taste was more subtle with roasted malt and barley coming through with a nice clean finish. The only thing I'm not a giant fan of is it's a little thin but easily overlooked. I love this beer because it's the beer that got me into Clown Shoes as a whole.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger and half of light tan head on a brown body.
The aroma is extra nutty, roasted and toasted malt and a touch of lemon.
The taste is a well rounded roasted malt and chocolate flavor. There's some mild bitterness in the middle to balance it out.
The texture is smooth and soft.
It tends towards the sweeter side, but it's really good.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Brown Angel has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a hazy, standard brown appearance, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of cream, deep-roasted barley malt, brown bread crust, and a slight maraschino cherry note. Taste is of all those things, with a notable alcohol pick-up and even stronger deep red cherry. Tea tannin shows itself, and a straight-forward bitterness is detected. Mouthfeel is heavy medium and somewhat slick, and Clown Shoes Brown Angel finishes wet, rich, a little boozy, interesting, and delicious. Overall, this is a must-buy beer!


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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.