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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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very good

493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | 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 srandycarter


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cola brown with an opaque light brown hughe. Only a ring for head. Some spot lace.

S - Light malt and somewhat briny.

T - Good malt base, small amount of heat, ends smacking good.

M - Medium body, good carb and balance. Like the clean finish.

D - Browns aren't my favorite, but this one is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:20:38 | More by srandycarter
Photo of corby112


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown color with golden orange edges and a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma that's slight roasty with a prominent chocolate presence.  There's also some caramel, toffee, toast and hazelnut.  In addition there is a strong floral hop character.  Slightly earthy and resinous with pine, buds and grass.  Nice.
Medium bodied with a blast of dry earthy hops which are slightly dry and bitter but not overpowering.  The floral hop flavor lingers over the sweet notes into a subtle dry finish.  Underneath there is a prominent silky malt character with lots of chocolate flavor.  Slightly roasted with caramel, toffee, toast and nut.  Pretty complex and decently balanced.  The hops could be toned down a bit so that the malt character can shine but other than that it's pretty good.  

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:56:34 | More by corby112
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed the first week of February, 2011 (I didn't see the date when I picked up the bottle)

A: Nice dark brownish red color with a sood white head.

S: Some roast, brown sugar, and hops. Really nice.

T: A nice mild roastiness up front without a lot of sweetness. Then comes an odd, unpleasant flavor I can't put my finger on--almost plastic--followed by bitter, earthy and piney hops. The hops and malt don't come together, and the hops take over at the end. The beer isn't unbalanced, though, it's just that the flavors don't come together enough for balance to be a relavant concept.

M: Thinner than I would have liked, especially given the abv.

O: I like a good hoppy brown ale more than most, but this one doesn't do it for me. And the flavor really doesn't justify the abv. Maybe I should try a fresher bottle, but at the bomber price I probably won't.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 00:26:48 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of socon67

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Note: Reviewed from 5oz sample

A - Pours dark brown with a serious foam head of cream color that retains well and gives nice lacing.

S - Scents of cocoa powder, caramel, and brown sugar. Getting a sweet tooth smelling this one.

T - Tastes like a candy store; chocolate, toffee, caramel, and a roasted burnt malt that gives a tiny bit of smoke to this.

M - Smooth as silk. This is a hearty brown ale that is so easy to drink and is gentle on the taste buds. Can easily kick back this on a cool evening.

O - Impressive brown ale that has a chocolatey taste. I like the dominant sweetness that makes this feel like a dessert beer. This is one angel that you want at arms reach at all times.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 20:54:46 | More by socon67
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As beautiful as can be, this is a very, very dark brown, deep and completely opaque. The head is incredibly fluffy and creamy, thick and stiff, dirty white, long lasting, and leaves gobs of lace on the sides of the glass. Beautiful in every way, as is the angel on the label (despite the clown shoes...but wait, that's damn funny, so, you know, keep 'em on, girl).

Darn. This has the overly-mineral (or metallic, if you like) kind of aroma found in some Belgian stouts, or big browns, and other kinds of beers here and there. I don't like it, but recognize it as something quite natural. Just not enough of the inherent sweetness of the malt coming through, and probably too much of the hops and whatever it is in the grains that makes this happen.

Ah, damn it now, the taste mimics the traits in the aroma. I do pick up a much nuttier framework, the tongue likes that, but geez, way too much mineral/metal happening here. Or something harsh, artificial, plastic-y. Even rubbery. And burnt, burnt, burnt. Husky nuttiness pushes through, trying to save the day, and that mineral element intersects with a more roasty/toasty flavor that helps keep things at least on a somewhat enjoyable level. Very much like heavily dark roasted coffee. Hops, citrus-y and bitter, come in as well but they probably could have been dialed down, as they add to the mineral character, rather than suppressing it. Hey, I love my metal, just not in my beer.

Feel is good, slick and buoyant of body, with just the right touch of carbonation where it tickles and feels soft at the same time.

With some warming, and with some effort, you can extract the nicer qualities of the malt (nutty, roasty) and live with the rest. But it's still pretty one-dimensional and not all that impressive. Sure looks good, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:37:00 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of grittybrews


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich brown with a finger of khaki head. Mild aroma with hints of coffee and caramel.

Ample carbonation and a full, creamy body. Nutty malt backbone with hints of brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and a nice hit of herbal hops on the finish.

Solid all-around brew. My first "double brown" -- I could get used to these.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:46:52 | More by grittybrews
Photo of TheDinger

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass-

A- Soild brown with a hint of deep red. Nice 1+ finger of off white head and pretty decent lacing throughout.

S- This is where it started going downhill. A very burnt smell that was not pleasant on the nose. Wood and carmel notes at the end.

T- The burnt smell carried over into the taste. A bit too hoppy on the back end for me. A hint of alcohol on the tongue. Was missing a smooth quality to it. Would have liked some carmel/nut notes to tame the smell.

M- Good carbonation and a bit of silk. Some alcohol.

O- Just not a great Brown in my opinion. Too much burnt wood/fig smell and taste. Not smooth with the 7%. Not very flavorful or full. A bit hoppy and alcohol tasting. Probably my last Brown Angel-

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 16:43:42 | More by TheDinger
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep brown color with a nice tannish head

S: Cocoa, nutty and burnt caramel

T: Taste starts with a cocoa/caramel note and then maple syrup and nuts. A bit of floral hops lends an awkwardness in this beer but not bad

M: Medium body, carries flavor very well, nice and sweet on the palate

O: Tasty, drinkable and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 16:03:16 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of HardTarget


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brown shows nice clarity, holds a fair head and leaves soapy lace. All good notes here.

Smell: Some earthy hops paired with a floral almost perfumed nose. Small malt notes peek though.

Taste: Clean profile, less of the yeasty notes I get from the other Clown Shoes. Very well balanced, tastes more like a brown than a "double" brown. Malt and hops almost cancel each other out and leave a very drinkable mild flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and dry, slightly oily finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice beer. No flaws, but a bit too neutral over all for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:22:47 | More by HardTarget
Photo of womencantsail


2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this.

A: The beer pours a clear brown color with a tall tan colored head.

S: Smells strongly of burnt rubber. There's definitely some citrus character to it, so it seems at least a little bit hoppy. Maybe a bit of burnt bread. Just a really off, harsh aroma, though.

T: Doesn't taste very good either. Quite a bit of rubber on the flavor as well. Some toasted malt and charred malt. A little bit of booze. Maybe some earthy hop notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I hope that this beer isn't supposed to taste like this because it was just awful.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 04:44:39 | More by womencantsail
Photo of PorterLambic


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown liquid with a fluffy, dark tan head above. Good retention and nice bit of lacing.
Smell is malt and hops in good balance with notes of raisin, wet cardboard with a hint of pepper.
Taste is hoppier than the smell with the malt eased back a notch but still quite noticeable. Notes of grapefruit and raisins mixed with apple and nutmeg(?). Hops is resinous instead of herbal. Balance is still pretty good but not as good in the nose. Faint presence of metal in the aftertaste.
Medium, almost full body with a restrained effervescence that presents mostly on the front half of the tongue. Smooth and easy to drink with just a touch of coating on the tongue and palate. The merest hint of warming at the back of the throat. This is a really good beer. I'd like to try others from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 00:22:08 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel malt with some hazelnut notes mixed in. There is also some alcohol present in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some nicely toasted malt and hazelnut notes, which are complimented by the toffee and caramel malt. There are no real hop notes present in the beer, which is all about the malt. Very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:41:47 | More by Mora2000
Photo of JayAre46


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown almost black with some ruby edges in the light, 2 finger off white creamy head on top, shows slight retention.

A - toasted malt, biscuty, a litte hops in the back, not a lot of sweetness i was expecting this aroma i can say is underwhelming for me.

T - a thin easy drinking brown ale, then out of nowhere you get kicked in the teeth by the hops, i guess that was their american twist on things, the toasted malt is abundant, a subtle burnt flavor, pecans here but i was wanting some pralines, not a lot of brown sugar which for some reason i was hoping for there are suggestions of some dark unsweet fruits...the hops in the end i guess improve the weak beer but if it was done better in the first place i wouldn't enjoy the hop profile of this one.

M - pretty thin ill give it just under medium bodied, carbonation is on point and this beer is very drinkable.

O - for the double brown ale label i was defintely expecting more than this...its not bad, i just had higher expectations and really wanted a sweeter beer and i usually don't want sweet, the only reason im finishing it is because i strained my neck working out and want to fall asleep quickly, anyway i would recommend this to few but to some....

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 03:05:16 | More by JayAre46
Photo of eclipse54


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you sir! Bottled in May, 2011 according to the bottle, and split into snifters to share with the better half.

Pours a very dark, hazy brown/mahogany color with about a centimeter of thin, bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. It does, however, leave a few small patches of bubbles on the side of the glass as lacing.

Smell is very good, with plenty of toasted malt, some toffee and caramel, and a surprising amount of floral and earthy hops. Notes of vanilla and faint almond are also present.

Taste follows through with plenty of the aforementioned flavors. First, a note of the floral hops, followed by toasted malt, toffee, caramel, and almond. It finishes with a second pass through the hops, emphasizing some of the more earthen notes and bringing out a touch of citrus as well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp on the tongue, perhaps slightly overcarbonated (which was surprising given the lack of head development), and it finishes very dry and sticky in the mouth. It makes you want another drink, but begs a glass of water to be had along side it.

Overall, it is a very flavorfull and drinkable brown ale that I would gladly have again, but it lacks some of the subtleties that would push it into the upper echelon of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:18:32 | More by eclipse54
Photo of BeardedRiker


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always good to see new beers come in and once I saw Clown Shoes beers I thought it'd be a good idea to pick one up. And what man wouldn't buy a beer with a lovely black female angel on it?

The head of the Brown Angel is a light brown color, bubbly, and has fair retention but bubbles away fairly quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown-ruby color.

My lack of smell info should be excused because I had a bit of a cold when I drank the beer. That being said, there was a lot of brown sugary sweetness, cinnamon, and a bit of roastiness.

The beer is very tasty. It has brown sugar and caramel sweetness, the malts are toasty, there's some nutty roastiness, and just a tad of hop bitterness. Not too complex but yummy.

Medium-low carbonation keeps the Brown Angel very smooth throughout and the sweetness makes it a bit syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 02:19:28 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of skibumma70


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass, it pours a deep brown with thick tan creamy head. Aroma is nutty and sweet, with a roasty nutty chocolate flavor. Not generally a fan of brown ales, this is very creamy, smooth and an easy drink. Taste is smoky, somewhat burnt nutty, malty flavor that is very smooth. One of the better brown ales I have tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:33:51 | More by skibumma70
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe that I picked this beer up at the Woodlands Spec's, but it may have been at Central Market. Regardless, I have been pretty happy with the beer from Clown Shoes so far, so let's give this one a shot:

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles on top that was quite active as I was pouring and faded quickly to a small ring where the beer meets the glass. When you hold the beer tipped to the light, you can see through the corner that the beer is pretty clear overall and has a defined brown (as opposed to Red) hue. There is a pretty decent amount of lace left on the glass after drinking, and it is a bit lighter color than the head itself, which is a little unusual to note.

Aroma: I initially got a pretty decent amount of American hops mixed with some defined dark caramel notes and some subtle toasty notes to accentuate the whole ensemble. There was also a chocolate malt presence that was obvious. As the beer has sat for a little bit, the dark caramel is moving more toward toffee, and there is a little bit of alcohol noticeable already as some spice.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. There is some hops up front and they challenge the malt a bit, but overall the profile is balanced pretty solidly toward the malt. There is some balance provided as much by the roast acidity and alcohol as from hops. The carbonation is a bit low, so the beer comes across a bit watery with regard to mouthfeel; however, there are a lot of residual sugars left in the beer, so it won't ever come across thin. The hops and roast acidity are getting more pronounced as the beer warms up, and the chocolate is definitely coming out more.

Opinion: This is a pretty well made beer overall. I personally like that the balance is biased toward the malt. The contribution from the dark malts is a bit strong, and maybe just increasing the carbonation would change that impression. I am going to hold out by saying that this is a pretty darn good American Brown Ale, and I would like to try it on tap where the carbonation would be a bit more controlled. Otherwise, I would recommend that you give this one a shot anyway.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:21:25 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of shand


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a muddy brown color with two fingers of thick, rocky head that quickly drops to a persistent cap. Lacing is good. The aroma is a bit muted, and pretty generically malty and roasty. The taste is of a big, balanced brown ale. A nice, slightly nutty maltiness runs the show, but is followed up by a significant hop presence. This too, gets mellowed out by a pretty strong roastiness, which rides all the way into the finish. The mouthfeel is solid, it's got a high level of carbonation and a body on the lighter side of medium. Drinkability is very good. Overall, a nice brown ale with a significant American influence from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 00:35:14 | More by shand
Photo of xnicknj


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks gill!

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a fluffy, voluminous tanned head. Copious amounts of patchy lacing all over the glass, cloudy film retains on top.

A tad sweet in the nose with brown sugar, plenty of nuttiness. Light hoppy notes. Plenty of toasty malt as well with a hint of caramel.

Toasted malt layers with plenty of nuts with hazelnut. Notes of brown sugar and caramel. Light warmth with a touch of cocoa. Bite of hoppy bitterness towards the finish, which is a little dry.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a little chewy and dry on the palate. Drinks pretty well, although I thought the nose was slightly muted - still a decent brown ale though.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 02:33:34 | More by xnicknj
Photo of FUNKPhD


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle
Bottled 08/2011

From notes:
Deep opaque brown with minimal head. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes like it smells with a slight booziness, adding a nice warmth to it.

A pretty solid beer for what it is: a brown ale. Nothing to get excited about, or write home about, but if you're looking for a brown ale, this is for sure a step up from Newcastle.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:37:04 | More by FUNKPhD
Photo of rinhaak


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a murky brown with a crazy out-of-control head. Lots of carbonation - perhaps too much.

The nose has aromas of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee - an appealing smell.

There is a general nuttiness to the flavor, with burnt coffee notes and a little maple. Quite rich.

Overall an adequate brown ale, but not one I would really ever go for again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 14:32:58 | More by rinhaak
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: March 2011

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, HUGE thick foamy/creamy three-finger plus light tan head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note going on, with some nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, little hop note, nice chocolate/toffee notes. Medium Body, nice little dry finish. This is one very tasty Brown Ale. Thanks Bill!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 23:27:00 | More by Wasatch
Photo of match1112


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours the darkest of browns with a full two fingers of a thick frothy khaki colored head. five minutes after the pour the head is down to a cap on the beer all the while leaving big lumps of lacing as it recedes. the nose and taste go hand in hand. both are big on roasted malts and cocoa. mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth flow to it, meaning it's not chewy or thin, it's just right. overall this is a really good brown that tastes more like a stout, swear i tasted coffee in this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:26:53 | More by match1112
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but translucent brown into my pint glass. What first appears as a bit of a 'soda head' recedes after a short while into a thin but frothy band. Some lacing.

The aroma is very curious but good. I say curious because this so called 'brown ale' has hints of a smoked beer, a stout, coffee bean and molasses.

The flavor is what I expected from the nose, except with a smacking of hops. This is quite interesting indeed. It truly is multi-layered in that my initial impression on the lips is that it is a stout, but the middle of the tasting experience so to speak is that of a refreshing ale, followed promptly by a hop bomb finish (its okay I love my hops)

Overall this is a complex and heavy beer, but as a fan of Belgian Quadruples, it is certainly something I can handle. Not for beer neophytes of course. I applaud the brewery for originality.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 04:09:42 | More by Neorebel
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clown Shoes Brown Angel is a dim, reddish brown ale with a thick, bubbly, yellowish foam that lasts all night and leaves solid foam on the glass. It has a chocolate and coffee aroma with a good dose of citrus, grass and perfume. It's pretty full bodied, super silky and smooth. The finish is soft and delicate. It leaves the mouth feeling almost a little tingly, like after eating a mint. It has a nice, full, well-blended, well-balanced flavor. It's very chocolatey with some dark roast coffee. The hops provide just enough bitterness to zip the taste up and keep me coming back for another sip. It tastes a little wooden, but not resiny. There's a hint of lemon peel. There seems to be a hint of mint at the finish. Wow, I don't know if I've ever had a brown ale like this before. This is straight-up delicious. I can't put this beer down and when it's empty, I'm going to cry.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 17:38:54 | More by yesyouam
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.