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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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very good

526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 33
Gots: 55 | 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)
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Photo of oline73
2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red when the light hits the bottle. There is a ton of tan head that stays around for quite a while. This one might be a bit over carbonated.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer considering the abv. Some mildly roasty malt, to be honest it's slightly soapy. Getting a real faint brown sugar smell.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. Some slightly roasty malt, no nutty or caramel note. The finish is bitter and there is some alcohol presence as well. Not my favorite of this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an extremely high amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very subpar brown ale. Over carbonated and no real malt presence. I will never have this one again.

oline73, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 1/2012.

Appearance: Pours out a deep, dark medium-brown body beneath a tall, foaming, light tan-hued head.

Smell: A central deep breadiness, fairly toasty in the scent, streaked by hoppy notes of spice (white pepper), florals, and pithy tangerine peelings.

Taste: Bread, toasted grains sliding towards a roasty chicory-like taste given a thin layer of sprinkled toasted ground nuts. Near nil sweetness, though a very, very low hint of brown sugar that races by the tongue. A mix of florals and spice wrapped up in a big orange, tangerine-flavored bow. Moderate bitterness. Scant grassiness. Drying, bitterish, toasted finish with a light lingering hint of mint leaf.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: As expected, it was a hoppy brown.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of jkane
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jkane, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of bigdavid77433
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bigdavid77433, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of bkrbdan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bkrbdan, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

GrindFatherBob, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of TheYeagermeister
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--Dark, muddy brown with a seriously thick/creamy head. It floated on the top of the brew and would not dissolve.
S--Having a hard time smelling anything. Faint coffee and dark chocolate, some nutty, roasted malts.
T--Not like a typical brown. Overly hopped and it shows immediately. Bitter dark chocolate meets charcoal. Not really getting any of the caramel/toffee or nut backing you usually get from a good brown. Those brown malt flavors may be there...they try to come out but get slapped down by the hops. This is like drinking carbonated black coffee with overroasted beans, for the most part. Sulfur finish.
M--Creamy. Decent.
O--Disappointing. Lacks balance and not true to the style. Does get better as it warms.

TheYeagermeister, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of rhabdovirus
4/5  rDev +4.4%

rhabdovirus, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pamola, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -21.7%

JohnK17, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of AndyD
4.25/5  rDev +11%

AndyD, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good to see some more US breweries getting a showing in Australia. This one purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a solid and rather sensuously thick deep brown colour, quite dark and opaque in the deeper parts. Head is a fine topping of mocha-white, with some speckled lacing around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is fine, held beautifully by the body of the beer. Really looks good.

Nose is mild, nutty and slightly peppery, with a hop character that comes through as a point of clean, but direct sharpness. Husky grain, a bit of burned toast, and a hint of bittersweet chocolate come through, along with a dusty, dry note. It's almost as though it's going to get much of its bitterness from the grain, not the hops. Let's see.

Indeed, there are noticeable roasted characters on the palate, but the bitterness is clearly discernible as being hops—there's a sharp, clinging oily quality, but actually very little hop flavour besides the lupulin bitterness. This, however, mingles with the overtones of chocolate, brown sugar, and the spike of faint booziness to make it seem quite roasted and huskily bitter. Feel is smooth, but the sharpness and the surprisingly noticeable booziness tend to extenuate that a little.

Decent enough drop, but not particularly complex or full, and tending a little towards unbalanced. I've certainly had better American Browns, but this one does the job, if unimaginatively.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mdillon86, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/2012

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a tiny tan head

S: Nice and malty, slightly sweet, with notes of ground coffee and earthy hops

T: Follows the nose, malty with some coffee grinds and bitter earthy hops. Very well balanced. Little to no alcohol noticeable

M: On the fuller side of medium with moderate carbonation that helps to wash off any lingering bitterness from the hops

O: This is a solid brown ale that will appeal more to coffee drinkers because that is what the flavor is more geared towards. Nice price point and easy to drink

BEERMILER12, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Wizzman
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Wizzman, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear brown with hints of amber in color. The head on this beer is slightly smaller than average and reduces to practically nothing almost immediately. Head is a very light beige in color. No lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is very faint overall but I get some hints of roasted malts, coffee, and hints of chocolate.

T: This beer has a decent amount of bitterness to it with hints of coffee, some earthy flavors, and subtle hints of dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Pretty good for a brown ale but not as good as some of the other offerings from this brewery. I like the added hoppiness to the traditional brown ale flavor palette. I could and would drink a couple of these in a session.

dbrauneis, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

metter98, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of danieelol
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

danieelol, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Fubar1453
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Fubar1453, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of seanh99
3/5  rDev -21.7%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

ADZA, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Nerudamann, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of brutalist
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

brutalist, Feb 26, 2012
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.