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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

504 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 52 | 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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cbutova

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:53:22 | More by cbutova
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 13:52:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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THECPJ

Delaware

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.

Cheers,
The cpj

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 20:12:04 | More by THECPJ
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 00:10:00 | More by alpinebryant
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:30:21 | More by DavoleBomb
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crewfan16

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pouring into a pint glass from a bomber labeled "bottled the middle of April 2011. purchased for $7ish at the local store

a-pours a dark, and slightly cloudy deep brown. at first glance, it sort of resembles a dark Belgian quad in color. nice thick head rises up and takes its time receeding

s-some sugary brown sugar and malt. a bit of hops as well

t-typical brown ale but bigger. some sweetness of a dark sugar. some fruit flavor, maybe a little raisin, definitely some hops there. something nutty as well, almond maybe. some roasted malt in there as well

m-just slightly too carbonated for me, but very drinkable. not a really heavy feel, but goes down smooth.

overall, I really enjoy this beer. this is my second try from this brewery and I havent disliked anything they do. I love brown ales, and this one just goes a bit bigger than most. Would definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 00:50:03 | More by crewfan16
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billab914

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a dark brown in color with a creamy, frothy, khaki colored head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows has a mix of sweeter, caramel and toffee like malts and darker, bitter-sweet chocolate, slightly roasted malts. I get a hint of coffee to it as well. It has a good dose of citrusy hops coming out in it as well, adding some bold grapefruit and floral notes to it.

The taste has a lot of caramel and toffee to it throughout the beer. Just a bit of the chocolate comes out in the finish. Again, there is a good amount of citrusy hoppiness to it as well. Pretty nice flavors overall, and they come together pretty nicely as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking and good tasting beer. The hoppiness mixed better than I expected with the big, malty, brown ale flavors. Pretty solid beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:59:12 | More by billab914
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legalpete19340

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured a nice dark brown into the glass. Thick head that diminished to respectable skim. Minor lacing.

S: I just dont get much. Some light pine, brownie and burnt bread. All very light.

T: Strong bitterness overwhelms a light burnt bread. Charred sugar and a piney finish.

M: Mild and medium.

O: The beer came across like a screeching bitter bomb with little roasted malt or other flavors. Felt unbalanced and over hopped. I cant say I will reach for another.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 20:19:10 | More by legalpete19340
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nasty31

Indiana

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

Bomber poured into a nonic

A- Very deep red with a brown tint to it. Big light fluffy head that hangs around for quiet a while. Head leaves pretty good lacing also.

S- Mostly a malty smell on this one for me. The hops sneak through a little. Some kind of hops with low acid. Smells sub par for your average brown.

T- I get a very heavy malt beginning with a nice bitter finishes. They did not overdue the hops on this one i think its a perfect balance. I do not like my browns very hoppy rather have a malty body.

M- Just like the other beers Ive had from Clown Shoes i think they over carbonate them. I mean its not a horrible over carbonation but its there definitely.

Overall good stab at and American Brown Ale. Would maybe seek this one out every so often, but not something im crazy over. Had no problem finishing the bomber myself.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 06:35:22 | More by nasty31
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/15/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops for the style, maple and nuts.

T: The taste starts with a mild burst of hops bitterness that you typically don’t get in a Brown Ale, followed by sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 18:05:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a pint glass...my friend brought this to a party along with a couple other beers from this brewery.

Nice frothy head over a reasonably pale brown body. Not straw, but not too dark for a brown ale. I kind of like that. It is supposed to be brown after all, not black.

Decent malt complexity in the smell with some good balancing hop notes. Not much yeast character, but that's ok for the style.

It's good on the tongue. Refreshing and not hard to finish at all. Good malt notes.

I like this beer and would recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 18:32:53 | More by chicagoabbot
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BingDings

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice thick rich brown with a creamy and sturdy head that leaves behind some lacing.

Smell: The smell is a bit nutty with the thick rich scents of coffee and malt and almost reminds me of molasses.

Taste: The taste of this beer starts out with a hint of citrus and fruity notes which quickly become a malty roasted flavor. Upon swallowing, there are hoppy and bitter flavors that turn sweet at the last second of exhaling.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. It definitely has a smooth creamy feel as you swish it around a bit.

Overall: This beer is quite fantastic. The complex flavors and smells are blended together wonderfully and I will definitely be keeping this beer in mind this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:40:15 | More by BingDings
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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

Dark brown translucent body with average head and spotty lacing.

It smells really hoppy for a brown. Pine is the most noticable. It's rounded w/ light coffee.

Coffee and nutty malts are complimented well with pine and earthy hops. It finishes with a respectable bitterness.

Crisp carbonation and a full, dry body.

It's an enjoyable take on a brown. The hops add a nice edge to style without compromising the standard.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:45:11 | More by Vonerichs
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mdr4669

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Sammy Smiths pint glass.

App: Deep and rich burgundy coloration with little head with nice and consistent lacing all the way around the glass.

Smell: Toast, chocolate, dark fruits make for a very complex initial scent that's all pulled together with a noticeable amount of citrus hops.

Taste: The label on the brew hits the nail on the head, it starts with a very nice citrus and pine hop flavor, and finishes with a fantastic bouquet of taste featuring florals, and like the scent toast and chocolate.

MF: This brew is balanced and consistent, the feel was the same from the fist sip to the last. Surprisingly light, yet complex.

OA: I enjoyed this one a lot, and can't wait to try more Clown Shoes Brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 17:23:38 | More by mdr4669
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gabedivision

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown mahogany with a thin white lace of head. The aromas of hops mixed big malt feel. Lightly roasted nuts, big caramel, chocolate, sour yeast, slight smokey scent blended in as well. Woody, nutty, and hoppy on the tongue. Strong malts, sweet fruits are also present. This feels watery in the mouth, light to medium bodied, sweet and bitter. This is a decent brown ale, everything seems to be blended well and comes out just right. Nothing in this beer screams out and takes a hold of me, but nevertheless a decent average brown.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 02:43:51 | More by gabedivision
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cola brown color with light brown head that retains through almost all 22 ounces.

The aroma is light brownie, medium roasted bread crust. Pumpernickel bread comes to mind with a little cream and coffee.

Great malty flavor wit a soft grainy texture, with a little creaminess too. Lots of roasted malts play well with the light creamy, grainy texture very well. Bread crust, dark muffins, light coffee, and mild coffee flavors as well. Pretty good beer worth picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 13:50:11 | More by scruffwhor
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argock

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dark mahogany brown with short cap of beige head with decent retention and some traces of lacing.

S: Woody, roasted malty aroma with earthy, herbal hops notes. Definitely favors malt but hops are not backing down.

T: Malt still carries the day, but hops are not lost. The maltiness is roasted, nutty, and earthy which matches well with the herbal slightly citrus hoppiness that finishes the beer. Solidly crafted. Alcohol is not completely hidden but isn't dominating at all.

M: Nice body with relatively low carbonation and woody, nutty malty aftertaste.

O: A solid American brown ale that verges on imperial per the ABV but is very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 02:32:42 | More by argock
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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

A 22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Bottled first week of February 2011.
Mahogany color. Thick, fluffy tan head. Some sticky lace.
Sweet, roasted malt aroma. Some herbal hops. A little peppery in the nose. Very pleasant aroma.
While the taste was very good, it didn't quite live up to what the aroma promised. Coffee, piney hops with a crisp ending.
Medium-bodied, very pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 21:30:48 | More by lordofthewiens
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light nut, flavor is roasted coffee. Decent brown. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 22:22:44 | More by jdhilt
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codsmith

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a nice creamy white foam head that sticks around throughout the beer and laces the sides of the glass nicely

S: Very nice aroma of rich malts with a great roast flavor that is somewhat sweet. The hops play very nicely with the malt and are very apparent, but stand behind the malt and don't over power the smell

T: Has a very nice roasted taste at the beginning, but switches to a hop bitterness in the middle and ends with a very nice smooth flavor at the end (somewhat like Bells Two Hearted). There is a roasted/bitter aftertaste left in your mouth when you are done

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Thicker than most browns, which is nice and gives it a better overall flavor

O: My first Clown Shoes brew and I'm pretty impressed. I will be telling people to try this one because its not your average lackluster brown ale that you will typically find in the market.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 22:54:52 | More by codsmith
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark Mocha pour into a tulip glass. Two finger tan head with very little retention or lacing.

S- Nice roasted wood and chestnut smell with a touch of pine. Gonna let it warm up for a bit and see if anything else opens up... Glad I waited almost 15 mins. Rich coffee and citrus really come alive as it warms up a bit!

T- Nice woody, malty notes. Burnt coffee and sugar. A nice bite of citrus from the hops. Kinda bright and floral... yet dark and smokey. The smokey malt and bright hops really help each other shine!

M- Not too thick as would be expected, but definately coats the tongue with bright hops and a nice malty backbone! Very pleasing finish.

O- Nothing fantastic here, but definately my favorite from this brewery thus far. I bet this would go well with some nice grilled ribs and creamy coleslaw... or just a nice fat bacon cheeseburger with grilled potato's. It gets much better as it warm up and comes alive! A damn fine beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 22:36:43 | More by Thickfreakness
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drinkiusmaximus

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice deep chocolatey brown tan two fingers head nice retention and lacing.

S-slight piney and floral hops almost masked by a nice toasted malt scent with a little caramel and nuttiness throw in.

T-floral bitterness smoothed out with toasted malts hints of hazelnut ash and chocolate.

M-medium bodied smooth slightly creamy goes down nice and lingers with some nice flavors.

D-very nice brown ale the best I have had so far. Clown Shoes is a very exciting brewery to me the have yet to disappoint.

Prost!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 02:46:40 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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rapidsequence

Virginia

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

22 oz bottle. $6.49 from Beer Run. Bottled March 2011, so pretty damn fresh.

Appearance: Dark brown in the glass and a deep ruby in bright light. Light brown head, good retention, lots of lacing in the tulip.

Smell: Citrus and green piney hops. Toast and lots of nice nutty aromas.

Taste: Up front there's the pretty substantial citrus and green hops flavors, followed by toasty malt and nutty flavors, as well as a little caramel. Some chocolate in the finish and a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: I don't know, somehow this beer has a slightly (just slightly) thin, watery feel. Carbonation is nice. A little resiny feel on the end.

Overall: I'm going to score the overall lower than any of the component scores, because the whole seems less than the sum of its parts. Its a nice, hop forward brown. The problem is that its not really hoppy enough (or maybe just not hopped in the right way) to be an "India brown ale," and too hoppy to be an excellent brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:35:27 | More by rapidsequence
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with about a finger of light brown head.

S - The alcohol is a little present, but there's also hints of brown sugar.

T - There's a lot of roasted malts and bitterness in the taste. It's fairly good, but there seems like there's something missing from it.

M - Slightly watery, not what I would hope for in a brown like this.

Overall, a pretty good beer, but it's just missing a certain something.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:03:16 | More by gdrydenc
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 3/20/11
*From notes

A: A good dark shade of rich brown. A .75 finger head and reasonable lacing dissapoint slightly (I have a feeling it was the glass, not the beer).

S: Traces of milk chocolate and a really bold layer of hops. The maltiness makes it's presence known.

T: Malty smoke and hops up front. Wow - I can't recall another brown that was so intensely hopped. Dark, buttered pumpernickel and cocoa nibs overwhelm on the finish.

M: Just killer. It's heavy, creamy and pretty close to perfect.

O: Another home run for Clown Shoes, as their Brown Angel is absolutely delicious. I typically find most brown ales to be boring. This, on the other hand, is not. It's complex, hoppy and something I look forward to returning to. Without question, this is one of the best browns I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 17:56:14 | More by Rhettroactive
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.