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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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222 Reviews
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Reviews: 222
Hads: 628
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 42
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

(Aged for 1 year)

Clear dark amber and brown with a big khaki colored head that lasts and lasts, eventually leaving sheets and irregular lines of lace down the glass. This appears much heavier and substantial than most browns. Very, very pretty.

Mild aroma of roast, bready, and mild caramel. There's very little hop presence, but that could be my fault for letting this one sit for as long as I did.

The flavor is very roasty, especially for the style. There's good amounts of bready and some toffee, but this is decidedly roasty for any beer, and especially for a brown ale.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, and a touch prickly.

Good, but I did this beer no service by sitting on it for a year.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown beer with hints a red hues toward the bottom of the glass, the head is fairly thin (roughly one and a half fingers thick) and wanes considerably into a layer of bubbles and lacing. Medium carbonation and a slight haze fill the inner body of this beer. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, fig and raisins all fill your nostrils as you breathe in the sweet aromas emanating from the nectar of the gods. The mouth feel is rather light and dull, but the carbonation is very present. The flavor is mild overall, sweet, bitter when it hits the sides of your mouth and it fills your tongue with roasted coffee bean (mildly) roasted malts, very mild hops. The aftertaste lingers long after you swallow, it’s a bit harsh and slightly bitter and is dominated by roasted malts, brown sugar and mild hops. I think I just found my new favorite brown ale!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 4/2012 on the side. Pours a dark, murky brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, earth, brown sugar, and a hint of citrus. Taste is mostly of caramel malts with floral hops at the end. Maybe some hints of chocolate. Silky mouthfeel. Tastes a bit boozier than I would have expected. Overall, one of the better Brown Ales out there. Well done.

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4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Reddish brown color, ruby to the light. Clear appearance. Beige, copious froth, lasting crown & rocky rings. Toasted malts, bitter cocoa & herbal touch to the nose. Crispy & malty upfront. Hints of chocolate & dark fruits in the middle. Subtle citric hues. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy & silky palate –underlying bitter river. Long bitter chocolate finish & roasted coffee grain aftertaste. Refreshing & flavorful.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; soft, dense, off white-brownish head that has great retention

S - caramel, nutty, faintly roasty

T - nutty, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasty, faintly citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really solid brown ale. It has great flavor and great drinkability. The malt character is spot on with just enough hop character for balance. I wish this came in six packs, I would buy them for sure.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.91/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled last week of January 2011:

Out of a 22 ounce bomber and into a pint glass:

A: deep brown colored body with a light cream colored one finger head leaving some nice ringy lacing. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen

S: nuts and roasty chocolates with some slight caramels backing that up. A bit of brown sugar comes in with the hops telling you that this is a beer.

T: superb with a roasty, sweet, malty caramel, chocolate flavor. The nuttiness doesn't take any backseat as it powers through into the taste, everything is there.

M: medium but still well done between wet and dry on the tongue. It is very smooth and creamy, just like any Brown should be.

O: there is barely a single thing I can say that is bad on this, this is an exceptionally well done beer. I know I'm biased towards browns, but is this really this good?

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, I'm giving it an extra .5 point on appearance because of the label. Damn, it looks so good. As a fellow fan of brown angels, this one really floated my boat, image wise. Aroma was nutty, and relatively hoppy for a brown ale for sure.

Plenty bitter taste via the hop delivery. Still picking up plenty in the nuttiness department as well. Decent enough malt bill for a brown ale, isn't super thin or thick, kind of in the goldilocks range, a little reminiscient of Mammoth's double nut, except hoppier. Usual toffee, nutty and caramel malt aspects to mention.

By the end of the 22oz, I was ready to change it up, but I think simply the notion that I was able to drink 22oz of any brown ale, kind of speaks for itself, as I fall into the typical, kinda "meh" on the brown ale style these days.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Bottled 4/2011.

Pours a murky brown with an explosively large khaki head that eventually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and nutty aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation that is just too much. Overall, this is a pretty average beer as it stands and I think there may be a slight infection issue with the huge head and extreme carbonation that this particular bottle has.

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

Appearance: deep dark brown. Nearly black but with some reddish highlights round the edges. Wisp of an off white head.
Smell: heavy malt typical of a brown. Pretty full hop presence too.
Taste: full malty brown with a slightly bitter finish.
Overall: not bad, not great. Can't help but compare to dfh Indian brown which is a go to brown for me.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep luscious brown color. Transparent but decently dark. Light cream colored head is of respectable stature. Head leaves plenty of lacing.

S-Nutty and roasty. Chocolate covered caramel and brown sugar. Love the nutty element. More than enough hops in the nose too. Plenty to like here.

T-This is a very flavorful Brown Ale. Roastiness is stressed. Cola aspects. Lingering nuttiness meshes very nicely with some bittering hop flavors. Powdered cocoa and brown sugar.

M-A big Brown Ale, but the body is lighter than I was expecting. Plenty of carbonation. Lightly drying on the palate.

O/D-An amped up Brown Ale. Several flavor components. I am starting to appreciate Brown Ales more and this is one of the better Browns I have come across. Plenty of flavor but still fairly light in body for a rather high ABV brew. Clown Shoes is very consistent with their offerings.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a rich dark mahogany. There are slight hues or dark reds through the beer and about two full fingers of light khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly leaving some big lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is roasted malt, seaweed, prunes, and booze. This beer might be a bit old, and it kinda smells that way. It's a weird mix of scents.

T: The initial hit is stale bread, roasted malt, a bit of sweetness, and a good amount of booze. It starts out ok, but I really lose it in the middle and the finish. I'm missing that familiar roast/nuttiness that brown ales are known for.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts and finish pretty dry. This might be caused by the higher ABV, but I'm not sure.

O: Not a fan of this beer. The flavors are just way off, and the higher alcohol level doesn't really help this brew out. I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a medium brown beer, huge ass head, i didnt pour too hard to induce it either.Smells very nice , has major porter scents to it, coffee,roasted scent. Tastes rather like a porter also, not that i care, its good.Semi sweet ,malty, hoppy. An ok beer as i get closer to finishing the bottle, im beginning to find it a bit average.

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Photo of oline73
2.23/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Fubar1453
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the fortune to try this one again. Original impression was way off base. Deep brown with a short creamy white head. Smells of light malts and subtle roastiness. Tastes like a proper full-bodied brown ale should. Many 'double' styles stray out of balance or from what makes the single version worth drinking. This just brings more of the good without the bad. As I finish the bottle, I am reminded of another quality brown ale, Surly Bender. Would definitely pick this up again.

First pour of the bomber is entirely head, which eventually settles to about 6oz of beer. Smells like an old musty basement, which isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on the style. Second pour is again over-carbonated. Overly gassy and stale aroma lead me to believe this bottle has seen better days. Oh, 'Brewed first week February 2011' on the label. Serves me right for grabbing the only bottle on the shelf.

Tastes like thin muddy water, not at all appealing. Virtually no carbonation left after the explosive head formation. I have enjoyed most of Clown Shoes' offerings and was disappointed in this offering. I can only assume that this bottle is off, and not a true representation. Nevertheless, its all Ive got to go on.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear solid brown color with a decent but smallish, tan colored head.

Aromnas begin with mild citrus, a little bit hoppy. As it warms you get more of the toasted bread, rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it.

The tastes begin with a mild burst of citrus hop 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 highlighted by toasted bready maltiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Nothing to exciting or compelling in the finish. Hop bitterness asserts itself more in the finish as it warms.

Overall this is a decent beer to find on tap at a bar/restaurant, as it's hop bitterness and medium malt flavors balance well with almost any traditional American mid-scale restaurant food. I have avoided this beer in the past as I typically do not enjoy hoppy brown or black ales, but this wasn't too bad, probably because I find hops are muted/fall off in keg/bar beer and because it paired well with the dinner. Not bad, worth a go over the traditional rubbish most restaurants have available.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.