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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 36
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010

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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.

Cheers,
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.

Photo of chicagoabbot
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.

Photo of BingDings
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
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.

Photo of mdr4669
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of gabedivision
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
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.

Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.