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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 38
Gots: 81 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010

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Ratings: 594 | Reviews: 217
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.

Photo of fields336
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of Agold
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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.

Photo of danmcg62
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of busternuggz
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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.

Photo of GregSVT
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of beergal88
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of alpinebryant
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of crewfan16
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
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.

Photo of legalpete19340
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of nasty31
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.