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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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225 Reviews
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Reviews: 225
Hads: 637
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 43
Gots: 93 | 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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Reviews: 225 | Hads: 637
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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Photo of admiral
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer that gives an interesting combination of malts and hops.

aroma: dark roasted malt dominates initially but then opens/warms up to reveal a more fruity-cocoa-yeast character with some creamy-vanilla-chocolate aromas coming through

taste: initially some dark roasted malt with light citrus and some porter like qualities. Has quite a strong hop presence with a distinct bitterness on back of palate and in aftertaste.

Aroma and taste improves as it opens/warms up to reveal a good combination of fruit (citrus - grapefruit predominately) and dark roast with some orange peel and slight chocolate and earthy notes.

Strong flavours that open up nicely - An enjoyable beer to have now and then.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown color with brown head.
Aroma: Malty, chocolate & coffee aroma.
Flavor: This beer has a rich malty, chocolate & coffee flavor, infused with a hint of sweetness, and a good hoppy finish. This beer is full bodied with good fuzzy carbonation.
Overall: This is a rich tasting brown ale. It has the flavor of a good stout with the body of an ale. In a blind tasting, it could pass for a medium bodied stout.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the second clown shoe I've drank out of and this one is way better, but I see a trend. It's a trend of very creative brewing. This is truly an American style - a bit over the top, mostly in bitterness. Yet this is totally drinkable.

It opens like a good brown (but really dark) and it pours with nice head and decent aroma.

The taste really gets your attention with an extra load of bitterness that really works. It actually is well balanced. The aftertaste is nice and you wish it would linger longer.

This is a very successful beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color. White head forms and leaves some lace. Aroma of nutty malts and floral hops. In the taste, caramel, nuts and chocolate with some piney, citrus hops. Toasted and balanced brown ale here. Medium bodied brew with an even carbonation. Overall, this is a high quality brown.

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Photo of Robb_in_Austin
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aggressively poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a deep black but when held up to the light reveals a rich dark brown. A brief appearance of a wheat colored head was inviting.

S: typical brown ale; nutty, malty, hint of caramel. Do I detect some hops?

T: again, typical brown. Nutty, malty, perhaps a hint of roasted malts. A touch of hop spice.

M: this is the weak point for me. Very thin.

O: I had high hopes but the thin body does it in for me.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My pour resulted in a finger of manilla folder colored head. The body is a nice rich brown with orange characteristics. Head has good retention and the beer laces up nicely.

It smells slightly nutty and deeply malty. Digging into the aromas awards me with more nuttiness, toffee and spice.

This beer is very malty up front, with a bit of toffee to round it out. Nuts are in the background, with a transition to a hopped spiciness. There is a bit of coffee on the swallow that really makes this a good one.

This beer has a light-medium body, probably due to seemingly heavy carbonation. It finishes with just a little film left on the front of the tongue.

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Photo of William85
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall, I found this beer to be only slightly better than average -- certainly better than say, Newcastle, but not as complex/interesting as I thought a 'double' brown ale from Clown Shoes would be (I'm still not sure what 'double' means in this context, aside from being a bit hoppier and having a marginally higher ABV than most browns).

Given that my favorite styles are DIPA, American Black, Barleywine and Imperial stout, it's possible that I am underrating this beer due to purely personal preferences. However, it also seemed to be significantly over-carbonated, resulting in a suboptimal mouthfeel.

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Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber body displaying a thick, creamy and sticky light tan head. Deep, rich malt nose; caramel, roasted nuts; touch of spicy hop scents. Strong roasted grain flavor; slight burnt undertone; some alcohol notes; decent hop bitterness at the finish. Solid medium body.

A rather good brown ale. The alcohol heat becomes increasingly more noticeable after a few sips and somewhat distracts from the malt and hop character, but by and large, it lives up to its “double” styling with big, bold flavors.

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Photo of acevenom
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. Pours opaque dark brown with a thick beige head that dissipates very slowly. There are lots of visible streaming bubbles that can be seen on the side of the glass. Lots of lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of brown malt, toffee, nuts, chocolate, and some floral hops hit the nose. The flavors do follow the nose. There's some mild toffee sweetness with some nuttiness and roastiness from the malts. I get some faint chocolate notes and plenty of back end bitterness from the hops. There are also some citrus notes. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The hops and malt roastiness remain in the aftertaste for a little while. This is a good beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque nature in the vessel with a frumpy khaki oatmeal textured like head of modest statue. Retention was worthy, as is the thin skim coating that enhances the vessel for lacing.

S: Nice brown malting upfront jumps up at you. Quick flash of flowery hops preceeds with a spicy kent finish on the nose. The hop boutique doesnt stick around with any longtivity, while the roasty and nutty nature of the malt soon rears its dominance in a heavy handed dose of aromatic display.

T: Spicy cola, nutty fresh roast depth is the first impression. Fresh wet coffee grains has a lingering effect and a dry touch on the finish. The hops are harder to pick up on then was with the nose. Some gentle spiciness rings through but it is surely the deep malt base that is to be appreciated here. The deeper into the drink the more prominent the wet coffee roast grounds appear lingering with some dry creamer notes after the swallow. Nice level of roasty bitterness.

M: The mouthful is creamy, roasty, nicely bitter,with a spicy coffee touch.

O: Oveall a hearty coffee roast, fresh, dark grounds, nicely bitter, with a deep nutty brown malt base is the highlights here. While i like the unique usage of the columbus and kent hops, they are but most only briefly appreciated on the nose and have little influence on the flavoring.But then again the malt should be the showcase in any brown especially a double one.

4 3.75 4 4 4

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

Appearance: Nearly black, slightly dark brown body with a one-finger copper/brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing. A very slight amount of light gets through.

Aroma: Nutty dark chocolate/coffee/toffee blasts the nose straightaway and strikes a perfect balance between the three main notes. I can't distinguish any sort of hop character, but I'm not complaining.

Taste: Delicious. The aforementioned triumvirate of dark chocolate/coffee/toffee hits you in sequential order, each of them permeated by a sweet caramel tinge that many others have noted. The nuttiness found in the aroma is present throughout the entire brew, and it reminds me of a pecan at times in the way it complements the overall creaminess of the beer. As the beer warms, a spicy hop presence becomes increasingly notable, much like the Tramp Stamp ale. Body is actually pretty light, and there's little to no carbonation to offer a bite on the tongue. Finishes incredibly smooth with a slightly "wet" mouthfeel; I could drink this all night.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Clown Shoes is dark ruby colored with a small bit of light at the bottom of the glass. It is crowned by a thin film of head; there is moderate lacing. The nose is potent with a miasma of toffee, cherry and caramel; the palate is infused with intense hits of fark chocolate, plum, licorice and a little pepper for a kick (with clown shoes, I would suspect.) There is a bitter finish at the end.

This one is a pleasant quaff, but nothing to overwhelm anyone. The labels are pretty cool, though. Gotta love the name at least.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.