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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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524 Ratings
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Ratings: 524
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 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.

FUNKPhD, Sep 23, 2011
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.

rinhaak, Sep 21, 2011
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!

Wasatch, Sep 20, 2011
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.

match1112, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Neorebel
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.

Neorebel, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
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.

yesyouam, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark Brown,Red with 2 fingers of a mocha, bubbly head. Carbonation looks really nice, the head dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving some nice lacing around the sides of the glass

S: Mocha, coffee, chocolate, spices (peppery, floral notes), citrus notes, pretty complicated and I like it. There is a solvent like characteristic too

T: Huge chocolate notes, with some toffee and caramel backing it. Some bready malts are also there too. At The end of the tongue there is a pricklyness from the hops and a slight citrusy, grassy, floral presence from them. Really nice depth of flavor.

M: Medium bodied, with a lot of carbonation, it finishes pretty dry. The carbonation is really nice, and the tingle from it plays with the prickly hop bitterness really well.

O: Overall this is a really really nice beer, I would drink it again. not a typical brown ale, but pushes the limits of style guidelines and ended up really nice

fields336, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a burgundy tint and a decent brown head into my glass.

Hmm, roasted coffee? Cream? Interesting for the style. Molasses too. Not traditional brown ale aromas. Nutty too!

Ditto in the taste. It's like a hybrid of a brown ale and stout with a great emphasis on the malt. Rich, roasty and so forth.

Lingering sweet, roasty malt at the back. Interesting finish.

A brown ale dialed all the way up to 11? Check. Can't rate it as a traditional example though. Check it out anyway!

Brad007, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Agold
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours nutty brown with about a half inch of off white head which recedes leaving a thin layer. There is lots of very nice lacing. Very pretty beer. The aroma is nutty and mildly roasty. Pretty nice. There is also a mild floral hop aroma. There is a bit of coco and roast that comes through in the flavor along with a very nice pleasant roast nutty flavor. A bit of caramel sweetness comes along with it. Nice enjoyable brown ale. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Very nice enjoyable brown ale.

Agold, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky ruddy orange brown and somewhat opaque, with a nice deep color. Sticky collar of light tan foam that has great lasting power, with attractive lacing all the way down.

A little bit of chocolate malt, malted milk balls, earthy hops in the aroma. Served pretty cold, these aromas only came out after sitting for 10-15 minutes.

One dimensional bitterness, very little malt complexity at first. As it warms there's some vague coffee and burly dense malt flavors, pinned under a numbing layer of bitter pine sap. Specialty malt and an overload of bittering hops. It comes across as coarse and heavy handed. Medium to full bodied, ample carbonation. A bit too rough to want another.

emerge077, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with chestnut highlights and a tan foam head. Some lace.

Nice brown sugar, roasted malt, and nuttiness in the nose.

Like this one alot. Good caramel and brown sugar, some brown bread and a little nuttiness as the palate clears. Bitterness mingles in with the sweet and rich, and it works well.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Nice brown ale here. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Good balance. Worthy.

OtherShoe2, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of danmcg62
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a index finger width creamy head. Nice looking brew.

S-Real malty smell. Roasted nuts and heavy cream come to mind as well. Had to really reach to get the smell down, nothing really jumped out at me.

T-Roasted nuts and creamy taste. Mild hop character in the after taste.

M-Super thick, very chewy.

O-Overall I'm a tad disappointed. I've been dying to try this beer and didn't really live up to the hype for me. It's a good beer, but not a great one.

danmcg62, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of busternuggz
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Semi-clear brown with an orange tint when held to the light. Khaki head, 1/4-1/8" with pretty good retention. Leaves some persistent lacing.
Smell is hop dominant, orange/tangerine zest, some pine. A little bit of earthiness and some light floral scents.
The taste follows with hop forward notes, like orange oil & citrus zest, some dry pine sap. Long bitter, dry finish, bordering on unpleasant. A very small touch of caramel and cocoa if you look for it. If I tasted this blind I would've thought it was a pale ale, very little malt presence.
Nice texture, comes on thick and soft and ends light & dry.
I thought it was a decent beer but it wasn't a double brown ale, and didn't deliver the "layer upon layer" of malt the bottle talks about. Way too hopped out for me, but I guess a lot of people like that.

busternuggz, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, toffee, and some hops.

T- The taste is very malty up front with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid brown ale that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

cjgator3, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big off-white head that fades to a layering and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is cocoa, slight chocolate malts, and a bit of vanilla.

T: The taste is cocoa, sweet malts, and a bit of earthy hops on the finish. The aftertaste is a bit odd compared to some other Brown Ales I've had but it's not too bad.

M: The feel is on the thinner side of medium bodied but a bit overcarbonated.

O: This is a relatively unique Brown Ale with some nice qualities but it falls short of great in my opinion. I'm glad I got to try it but I wouldn't seek it out again. Thanks to Michael for the chance to try this one!

GregSVT, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ST: 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque cherry-wood brown with a thick finger-deep tan head that looks like a sponge. It has excellent retention and stays on top like a dollop of ice cream on a root beer float. It leaves long lacing streaks.

S: Coffee, nuts, slight smoke, grapefruit hops, and musty earth.

T: Lots of coffee, smoke, roasted malt, and nuts. Smoke, earth, and warming alcohol round out the finish.

M: Medium and dry but a bit watery.

O: Nice flavors, well balanced alcohol, and a wonderful head make this a very pleasant beer to try. It does feel a bit watery, and I wish it had a bit of a bigger body.

ianjsullivan, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

. Deep dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness

mikesgroove, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I specifically bought this due to the recent BS regarding the "sexist, racist" label. So, the old adage "there's no such thing as bad press" lives on.

Poured into a DFH glass a dark mahogany with a nice fluffy dark tan head that laces well.

Nose of dark sweet malts, lightly nutty with a layer of alcohol.

A sip is smooth and lightly carbonated - darker, subtly roasted malt flavor - rich but not sweet, a bit of pine/earthy hop presence sticks through the finish with a bit of warming alcohol.

Solid beer. I'm borderline offended by the "controversy" of late. It's a sexy brown-skinned woman with angel wings and clown shoes. How is that offensive? This is just beer, get real.

OldIronLungs, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of beergal88
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Great body, rich color. Three hues of brown caught my eye.

S-Strong malt. Nutty and spicy.

T-Delicious body. Hint of nut and spices coated my throat, yet it had a sweet finish. Perfect blend of hops; not to bitter or overpowering.

M- Smooth cool finish. Instant gratification upon the next sip.

O-I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer! Excellent appearance and great taste from first sip to finish.

I will definitly add this to my beer repitroire.

beergal88, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1st week Feb 2011

A - Deep brown, almost black, with bright ruby highlights when held to the light. Thin tan head with streaks of lace.

S - Bready malts, nutty, light chocolate, toasted bread with a nice balance of herbal hops and the lightest touch of amarillo.

T - Green herbal hops with a light touch of citrus, bready malts with nuts and some chocolate. More bready malts with biscuit and an herbal lingering finish.

M - Medium body and slightly watery.

D - Nicely balanced and tasty.

brewcrew76, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown body with a light tan head. Builds to a good size and has decent retention. Frothy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Nutty, slight roast and caramel malts are big with some raisin and dark fruit in the background.

T- Dark fruit is a bit stronger over a nice malt profile. Dark roast malt/cocoa is more noticeable and caramel and nutty malt is still big. Some residual sweetness.

MF- Silky feel to a thicker body with high carbonation. Slight roast and hop bitterness.

Nice use of malt in a good Brown Ale. Nothing really jumps out because balance is the key here.

cbutova, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a garnet glow to a deep brown body with a bubbly tan head that last a good bit and a few tiny bubbles at the base.

S- The green earthy full hops aroma has some pineapple weed hops that finish the aroma.

T- The spicy juicy green hops up front blend into a toasted malt flavor with a light roasted malt support. There is a nutty dry biscuit quality that comes through as the beer opens up. The finish is a brown malt and some herbaceous woody green hops that linger for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice Northwest coast hops up front with a good brown ale in there and some nice British hop character in the finish.

rhoadsrage, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, malts,

taste: roast, malts, nuts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very rich brown ale. went down nice and smooth and quite refreshing.

The cpj

THECPJ, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a massive head almost overflowing into a Massive Duvel tulip however there is not enough space for a decent pour in this glass. Pure head pure and simple here. Appears to have not been fully attenuated before bottling.

Aroma of malty resin, large pine hopping dose with some citrus and also plenty of molasses aroma.

Taste of strong caramel, brown malt, molasses, some cocoa.
Yea its a double brown ale, but really I think it was an under-attenuated mess that was bottled and then overcarbed in the bottle. I read in a different review that someone tasted unfermented wort flavors. I feel like I actually got a similar impression however I think it may be more with the molasses character and or this recipe used some Dry Malt Extract. In any case, I am not really impressed by this beer.

Light body, over carbonated, not great on flavor. There are better american browns out there.

alpinebryant, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug. Bottled March 2011. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for this.

4.5 A: Clear (I think) dark brown color. Initially three fingers of creamy beige head. The first two fingers falls at an average pace, while the last finger sticks around for a long time. Good amount of irregular lacing as well.

4.0 S: Quite interesting. This is the second brew I've ever had that reminded me of unfermented wort (the other was Brooklyn Local 1), though obviously not as sweet. Specifically, it smells like a well hopped wort. Beyond that initial impression, I'm picking up a solid amount of nuts and toffee with caramel underneath. Pithy toastiness, if that makes sense. Raw, resiny hops. I think the wort smell works pretty well with the style.

2.5 T: Unfortunately, the wort element is also in the taste and it doesn't work too well. My other gripe is that it's a bit too bitter for my tastes. The positive is that the nuttiness returns in a big way with toffee and caramel playing second fiddle. A good amount of toastiness with earthy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Bitter aftertaste.

3.0 D: Definitely a big of a strange brew. Not necessarily bad, but I'd really have to be in the mood for that worty taste for me to want to drink that. I usually get my fill of that, however, from sampling homebrew at various stages in the process.

DavoleBomb, Jun 05, 2011
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.