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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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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 wburch1967
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have really enjoyed all of the clown shoes beer I have tried so far, as I have been making my way through the line up. The first two beers were abrasive, but in a good way. this one is just a bitter brown!

A deep dark mahogony is topped by a beutiful tan head that took forever to drop, leaving fin lace.
The smell is of chocolate, almonds, toast, and piney grapefruity hops. Complex. Awesome. The taste is even better, as I found those flavors mixed really well to make a very easy drinking beer coming in at 7%.

This is a great brown ale. Highly reccomended!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown body, 1 finger head,

S: roasted nut, caramel, hint of toffee, mild pine.

T: sweet nuts/toffee up front, firm malt, pine, bitter hoppy finish.

M: medium body, big carbonation, mild sticky finish.

D: Thrilled to try new breweries, I like this beer, don't love it. Worth trying. 1 bomber is enough for me.

This beer is like a Brown Ale meets an IPA.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. This one pours a muddied-water brown; looks like coca-cola. A massive caramel/mocha colored head quickly rises, and rises, and rises until it overflows the glass; holy carbonation. Pretty good lacing is left on the sides of the glass after the head finally dissolves.

Not a very good nose on this guy. I am missing the caramel, malt and nut aromas I want to have.The nose is the faintest roasted malts and a heavier amount of hops than I was expecting. A slight citrus/tangerine is picked up on from the hops I think.

Taste is slightly better than the nose indicates. There is some sweet malt evident, roasty, and again quite hoppy with a citrus profile.

This one has a medium body and ample carbonation. Dry and bitter on the finish. This is one brown ale that didn't really impress me; not bad but I probably will not be heading back for another one.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Holland pint glass.

Pours a very deep ruby, with a light tan head that does not last very long. Some lacing evident.

Aromas of chocolate malt, dusty, roasted grains, citrusy hops. Hints of coffee and orange.

Flavors of dark roasted malt, orange zest, hints of cocoa and coffee. Dusty graininess. A little over roasty for a brown ale, even a double brown. Finish is long with a roasty bitterness and orange.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a good level of carbonatioin.

Drinkability is good. But this is nothing like an american brown ale, more porterish. Too roasty for a brown.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz. bomber into DFH snifter.

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves slight lacing.

S: The smell has caramel malts and a nutty presence, which is followed by hoppy/floral notes and earthy hints.

T: The upfront taste has bready and malty characteristics, a bit nutty as well. This is followed by the hops, more prominent than the smell leads you to believe. Finish has more of the bready/malty tastes from upfront.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation. Very malty feel throughout.

D: Overall, this is not my favorite offering from Clown Shoes. Compared to other browns I've had, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown especially, it's no comparison. There is too much malty/bready flavor throughout, which isn't my favorite feature in beer. Good but not a must try.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One more courtesy of ShogoKawada who introduced me to this excellent brewery (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear auburn liquid with mahogany highlights. A very large scummy buff head recedes to a violent mottled landscape. Sticky three dimensional lacing. No legs.

Resinous herbaceous hops in the nose - followed by chocolate and caramel malt notes.

Dense bready malt evolves from heavily toasted (though not roasted) to nearly rye-like, to dough-like. Moderate bitterness comes on mid-palate with a wave of pine and hemp as well as the suggestion of cocoa nibs. Not particularly nutty. Hoppy floral/herbal finish with a bit more bread.

Creamy, a bit sticky, fairly heavy carbonation; it has a sort of oil/water feel to it, as if the individual elements of the beer aren't properly integrated (just in terms of mouthfeel) - odd.

A good example of the style, it's hop-forward nature distinguishes it as a decidedly American ale. There is a decent depth of malt, yet I'm wanting a bit more to balance the hops.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great brown ale from Clown Shoes!

A: Mahogany. Big fluffy head that goes down slowly and leaves sticky lace.

S: Nutty, dank, raosty hops and caramel. really complex.

T: Hoppier than the nose, but as it warmed a beautiful core of coffee and chocolate malt cmae though.

M: Well carbonated and creamy.

D: Drank two like nothing. great beer!

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, mahogany/brown color with a huge frothy head that goes nowhere. Fantastic lacing. Smells of slightly fruity malts, earthy hops, some citrus, slight caramel, subtle roast. Tastes involves some sweet, bready malts and nuttiness up front lending itself to a roasty middle with hints of chocolate and a spicy/herbal hop finish. A lot of subtle complexity going on here. Medium body and high carbonation. Very drinkable. One of the better brown ales I have had....a style that Im not very huge on.

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

I originally reviewed this beer but due to some unplanned carbonation issues, a new bottle was provided free of charge from Gregg Berman, thanks, I will review at this time.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with nice carbonation and a soft off white head of small / medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and head has decent retention. Already better than before.

The aroma has a mild sweetness to it followed by a mild roastiness, slight coffee. Smells good.

Beer has a medium body and the lead off is sweetness for sure. It is interesting overall, I'm pretty pleased with it. The finish is nice with mild bitterness from the grains, I'd have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle from Gregg Berman. Thanks a lot for replacing this!

A: The body is chestnut brown with gorgeous crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick and appears light tan or beige in color, with superb retention. As the head slowly recedes it absolutely coats the glass in a thick sheet of lacing. A remarkable appearance in all facets.

S: The aroma is a balance of malts and hops, with mild bitterness in the nose.

T: The taste is initially bready and malty, followed by a pleasant hop bitterness that gains presence near the finish. The beer is well balanced, and has more of a hop character than I am accustomed to in a brown ale. Well done.

M: I particularly enjoyed the feel of this beer. It was smooth on the palate, with alcohol content well disguised. Malt and light roast, followed by a tangy, bitter hop finish, and lingering aftertaste. Again, well done.

D: I would definitely drink this again. Thanks Gregg!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huhzubendah to providing this bottle.

Pours a moderately-dark brown chestnut color with a huge off-white head and gobs and gobs of lacing as it goes down my tulip. The nose is pretty good with a bit of citrus and roast as well as some other fruits. The flavor is about the same--some roast and a bit of malty sweetness as well as some orange and other citrus. The feel is somewhat bitter with a medium body. Pretty hoppy for a brown. I like it. Sort of reminds me of Short's Good Humans. Drinks pretty well. I would have this again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits, Sturbridge, MA. No freshness info I can see.

Pours darkest shades of brown, mocha head, frothy, going to meraingue, leaves all kinds of top to bottom lacing and a bug lump of froth in the middle of the glass. Nice looking brew.

Robust malty head, with a hint of dusty chocolate.

Nice brown, chocolate, dark malts, chalky drying hops. 7% no where to be found. Well done, very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of bum732
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Earthy cocoa, some citrus fruitiness, caramel undertones without being sweet, some fruity esters, pear mostly.

L: Dark amber brown, light tan head, bubbly. Great retention with great lacing.

T: Mango and orange like sweetness with some light caramel leads to some fruity bitterness. Followed quickly by some dry cocoa roastiness and maybe a touch of oak. Perhaps some diacetyl??

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Interesting take on a brown ale. I felt like the citrus clashed with the caramel in this example. Would have liked a bit more malt as the bitterness was a bit much.

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Photo of OatmattStout
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

as stated earlier it had a huge head due to over carbonation but did leave nice lacing

nose was different and i picked up carmelized sugar and an astringent note.

the taste followed with some nice sweet malts, chocolate powder and some resinous hops. the only thing that holds this beer to sub par for me was the astringent finish that mixed with a hop bite. not sure what is going on but it was not subtle and lingered.

mouth feel was solid and drinkability good.

overall not one I would get again but not a bad brown minus the astringency.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a nice deep mahogany brown with some thin off-white head. Nose is fairly closed, but has some nice dense caramel aromas, roasty grain, and some faint earthiness.

Palate is crisp and zippy with hops. Not a lot of bitterness, but more than your average Brown for sure. Deep caramel flavors wrapped tightly around a medium-body and some creamy carbonation. Finish is clean and smooth.

Notes: I dig it. I don't care for brown ales at all, but this one is damn fine. No strange over-roasted malt. Yeast is clean and unobtrusive.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two imperial pints. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Jayli for the hook-up!

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown with three fingers of fluffy, light khaki colored foam. Retention was excellent and a bunch of lace was left behind.

S: Roasted malt, pine, raisins, mint, citrus rind, and a fair amount of alcohol.

T: Just as above with some bakers chocolate, a bit of ground coffee, and big leafy hops.

M: Starts off sweet but quickly turns dry with a creeping astringency that resembles solvent alcohol.

D: Pretty nice. I liked the barely there undercurrent of dark fruit.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 27, 2010. The pour is an opaque brown with highlights of chestnut hue around the edges. The head is about a half-inch thick, tan, and silky. The aroma is fill of Mother Earth esters such as pine and nuts with a slight hoppiness up back. The body is full. The taste also brings out a pleasant earthiness with crystal malts and a good hopped ending. A very nice brown ale.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the most recent batch. Thanks Gregg!
Hazy brown with chestnut highlights. A thin, fine layer of beige foam coated the surface of the beer, while big soapy bubbles formed a thick collar. Good head retention, sticky lacing. Roasty aroma, malty with plenty of citrus character, kind of fruity, dry cocoa. Balanced flavour that walked a fine line between hops and malt. Sweet and juicy up front, partly from citrusy hops and partly from caramel maltiness. A bit drier mid-palate, chocolate and roast were more prominent, slightly nutty. It finished with some lingering bitterness, more hops, but a little thinner on the malt side. The texture was decent, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slight dryness from the dark malts. Pretty solid overall.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to clown shoes gregg for the opportunity to give the new batch a whirl. previously reviewed a bottle from the april '10 batch.

poured cold and farily aggressively from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a a fairly deep mahogany brown with a finger sized short lasting mocha head.

aroma is super nutty, chocolates and caramel.

caramel, toffees, dark chocolate, and brown sugars all up in the front. clearly diffferent hops balance in this batch with a very interesting, piney(?) hops in the wayback.

pretty smooth, mostly sweet, with a mildly hoppy bitter following. mildly carbonated - clearly the carbonation issue from the april batch has been remedied (!!)

drinkable - oh yeah - absolutely.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle from Clown Shoes to try. Amazing generosity from this brewery. 22oz bottle...

A: Super dark ruby color. Almost so deep red that it's burgundy purple color. Anice 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Smells of some earthy hop blended with some nice roasty chocolate. Almost a hint of peanut butter making it seem almost like a Kit Kat or something like that. Some hints of espresso with some licorice and raisin on the backend. I like this one here. Very good.

T: A nutty watery roastiness upfront. Not too bitter of a roastiness though. More of a quick roastiness that gets creamy quickly in the middle and on the backend. Some earthy flavors hidden in the backend. Good.

M: Full bodied with a heavy carbonation. Nice flavors left on the palate. Very good.

D: This goes down very easy. A good drinker. Very good.

All in all, this is my favorite brew from CS so far. If you like the roasty / chocolate characteristics of porters and stouts, then you will love this. Very surprised by this brew. I love it.

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

Picked up two bottles of Clown Shoes, and this was the first of the night. Shared with my wife as it was poured into stemmed glasses. Dark brown color with a fluffy tan head. Lots of lacing. Smell was very appealing, as it was spicy and bready and rum-like. Taste was awesome. Tons of malt on the palate. Just a hint of roasted coffee, but a lot of molasses and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was also superb, with a hearty body from the loads of malt. Really could drink this for a while, as its drinkability was not hindered at all by the 7%. I love how CS describes this beer as a double brown ale. To me, it was just doubly good.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich brown color that was lighter around the edges. It looked like dark maple syrup with a dense two finger tan head that hung around for the whole time and left nice lacing. Smelled nutty and coffee like with toasted malt with some brown sugar thrown in for good measure. Tasted lots of caramelized brown sugar and roasted coffee with some hazelnut notes. Decent hop bitterness and a little earthy, but mostly clean and sweet. Felt like a cask ale should; flat, creamy, viscous, and full-bodied. This was a great beer, especially on cask. I would have been more than happy to have sessioned these all night long.

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Photo of drewba
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerlover4ever (he barely logs onto BA, but he's getting a shoutout anyways, dammit!) for this fresh bottle!

A - medium brown color with a tan head that remains throughout. A couple fingers of real thin lacing is hanging out with me while I drink this.

S - Citrus, caramel, nuts, slight alcohol.

T - First taste was fridge temperature, all the flavors seemed muddled and the carbonation was killing me, so I let it warm up. At around 60 degrees, this was highly enjoyable. Some of the usual brown flavors are there - caramel, nuts, roastiness - then I'm hit with probably the most aggressive hop presence I've ever had in a brown ale. The hops add fantastic lemon and pine flavors which finishes up the overall flavor very nicely. I was hoping for a little extra sweetness here, any at all. Hardly any sweetness showed up at all, so if you're into a dry, hopped up brown, this is your beer.

M - Medium to thin bodied, carbonation is very nice when it warms up, though at fridge temp it was a bit overcarbed for me.

D - a bomber was easy to put away, and I would drink more if I had it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful, dry roasted scent that screams Special Roast and crystal malts. It also has a mild hop aroma that melds nicely with the malts. It's bitter, but the aroma is malt forward. The taste is great as well! Wow, what a complex array of flavors. First, it has a very flavorful and complex malt bill that provides a good deal of roasted character. It's dry and bitter with a touch of nuttiness. It goes down with ease and finishes with a nice hop taste that's bitter, yet more complimentary. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous brown ale. It has great balance for such a complex beer.

Thanks to Clown Shoes for a "fresh" look at this wonderful beer.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Though I love brown ales, they often bore beer geeks due to their mildness and eagerness to be satisfactory to every beer drinker, instead of impressing a smaller niche of beer fans. This one has character and volume, can appeal to a wide variety of beer fans, while keeping its own unique identity.

Poured into a simple pint glass. Appropriately brown in color with an off-white head that leaves gorgeous lacing.

Gives off aromas of caramel malt, oats, and even coffee and chocolate believe it or not. Never experienced chocolate notes in a brown ale before. Capping off the malty, earthy notes are significant resinous, floral hops.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Herbal, earthy, citrusy hops interplay back and forth with sweet, nutty malts. There’s something here for everyone. The end finishes a little long with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost reminiscent of a powdery oatmeal stout.

I’ll say it again - I love this one - apparently more than the average reviewer here. It may be one of my stuck-on-an-island beers. It takes a style that can please a large amount of people and adds some excitement to the mix. Each layer of the flavor profile shines while balancing each other nicely.

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