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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 38
Gots: 81 | 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:
Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010

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Ratings: 594 | Reviews: 217
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

very nice color of brown pour with a very foamy, slightly sticky froth on the sides and on top. slight chocolate aroma alongside some general hop and slight Band-Aid smell.
taste is generic. attempt to be a brown ale with hops being prevalent doesn't really go over well with me. others may like it, but this is much like a typical 'red' but colored brown. sweet up front, bitter at the end.
appearance is AWESOME. thick soap all the way down the sides is its very best quality! downhill from there, though. just average taste, nothing special. was really looking forward to a nice brown ale.
and what exactly is a "double brown ale"? a 'dubble'? extra hops?

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a Bottle of Clown Shoes Brown Angel a couple weeks ago for $6.49 at The lager Mill. So far I think Clown Shoes is a pretty solid brewery and after reading the description of this beer I thought it sounded like something I might like and I took a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, in typical Clown Shoes fashion it's edgy and eye catching I like it. It poured a pretty dark brown color that took on a slight mahogany hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thick and clumpy ring that stayed till the end and it left tons of stick lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the color, head, and lacing were all very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malt that imparts a brown bread, toasted malt, light biscuit, and a lighter caramel malt aroma that makes for a nice malt base. Up next comes a medium nutty aroma followed by a good amount of hops that impart a floral, earthy, and spicy hop aroma with all three aspects showing up equally. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I thought the balance was pretty good with neither the malts or the hops being too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a just the right amount of malts that impart a nice toasted malt and brown bread flavors with some light caramel malts and biscuit malts showing up in the background. Up next comes a slightly lighter nutty flavors that's followed by just enough hops that impart the same earthy, spicy, and floral aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time the earthy and spicy hops seem to stick out a little more than the floral hops. On the finish there's a light amount of bitterness that is almost bordering on being medium and it had a malty, nutty, and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, just like the aroma the balance was the star of the show and it really worked well with this beer.

M- Smooth, clean, fairly crisp, a little dry, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer, and very nice example of a hoppy brown ale, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style and it kind of reminded me of Short's Good Humans, which is a good thing. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not too filing and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I would have no problem drinking a bomber to myself and if I was really in the mood for this style I could see myself drinking a couple of bottles without getting tired of it. What I liked the most about this beer beer was the balance, it was pretty much prefect and no aspect was too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was that the nutty flavor didn't come through a little more, but it wasn't that big of a deal, but I think it would make it a slightly better beer. I would buy this beer again, It wouldn't be something I buy a lot of but having a bottle in the fridge for when I'm in the mood for a hoppy brown ale would be a good thing. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind their Brown Ales on the hoppier side. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just what I wanted it to be and I thought it was pretty enjoyable. Good job Clown Shoes, this beer was just what I needed, keep up the good work.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown almost a mahogany finished oak hue with a light beige head forming thick, head has speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has herbal and citric hop notes, with bready caramelized sugars, and mild yeast dough like character. Flavor upfront herbal, pine, and citric bitterness coats the palate and doesn't really let up much, big imperial brown ale for sure. A bit muddled especially as I poured the last of the beer in, this beer is dry and would benefit from a touch more malt base. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, well deserving dry finish from the boat loads of hops these guys threw into this brew. Overall I wanted it to love it since the label is top notch, but it's just okay for me this go around.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany brown in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thick, dense, off-white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that leaves a ladder of sticky lacings on the glass. Roasted malt and powdery dark chocolate aromas with floral hop, nutty, and roasted coffee notes. Feel is on the heavier end. Big malty feel that's bolstered by rich, soft, carbonation from front to back. Roasted and dark caramel malt flavors up front. Dark chocolate and floral hop flavors build through the middle and transition to roasted coffee and pine hop bitterness to the end. Finished with dark roasted malt, earthy floral and pine hop bitterness. This takes a fairly unextraordinary style and reinvents into something worthwhile. Not the first time I've had this and not the last. Hope it gets switched to the 12oz format like other Clown Shoes offerings.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/19/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, light coffee, floral, pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.