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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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536 Ratings
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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 34
Gots: 56 | 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 puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 27, 2010. The pour is an opaque brown with highlights of chestnut hue around the edges. The head is about a half-inch thick, tan, and silky. The aroma is fill of Mother Earth esters such as pine and nuts with a slight hoppiness up back. The body is full. The taste also brings out a pleasant earthiness with crystal malts and a good hopped ending. A very nice brown ale.

puboflyons, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the most recent batch. Thanks Gregg!
Hazy brown with chestnut highlights. A thin, fine layer of beige foam coated the surface of the beer, while big soapy bubbles formed a thick collar. Good head retention, sticky lacing. Roasty aroma, malty with plenty of citrus character, kind of fruity, dry cocoa. Balanced flavour that walked a fine line between hops and malt. Sweet and juicy up front, partly from citrusy hops and partly from caramel maltiness. A bit drier mid-palate, chocolate and roast were more prominent, slightly nutty. It finished with some lingering bitterness, more hops, but a little thinner on the malt side. The texture was decent, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slight dryness from the dark malts. Pretty solid overall.

DrJay, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to clown shoes gregg for the opportunity to give the new batch a whirl. previously reviewed a bottle from the april '10 batch.

poured cold and farily aggressively from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a a fairly deep mahogany brown with a finger sized short lasting mocha head.

aroma is super nutty, chocolates and caramel.

caramel, toffees, dark chocolate, and brown sugars all up in the front. clearly diffferent hops balance in this batch with a very interesting, piney(?) hops in the wayback.

pretty smooth, mostly sweet, with a mildly hoppy bitter following. mildly carbonated - clearly the carbonation issue from the april batch has been remedied (!!)

drinkable - oh yeah - absolutely.

robwestcott, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle from Clown Shoes to try. Amazing generosity from this brewery. 22oz bottle...

A: Super dark ruby color. Almost so deep red that it's burgundy purple color. Anice 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Smells of some earthy hop blended with some nice roasty chocolate. Almost a hint of peanut butter making it seem almost like a Kit Kat or something like that. Some hints of espresso with some licorice and raisin on the backend. I like this one here. Very good.

T: A nutty watery roastiness upfront. Not too bitter of a roastiness though. More of a quick roastiness that gets creamy quickly in the middle and on the backend. Some earthy flavors hidden in the backend. Good.

M: Full bodied with a heavy carbonation. Nice flavors left on the palate. Very good.

D: This goes down very easy. A good drinker. Very good.

All in all, this is my favorite brew from CS so far. If you like the roasty / chocolate characteristics of porters and stouts, then you will love this. Very surprised by this brew. I love it.

steve8robin, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two bottles of Clown Shoes, and this was the first of the night. Shared with my wife as it was poured into stemmed glasses. Dark brown color with a fluffy tan head. Lots of lacing. Smell was very appealing, as it was spicy and bready and rum-like. Taste was awesome. Tons of malt on the palate. Just a hint of roasted coffee, but a lot of molasses and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was also superb, with a hearty body from the loads of malt. Really could drink this for a while, as its drinkability was not hindered at all by the 7%. I love how CS describes this beer as a double brown ale. To me, it was just doubly good.

morebeergood, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of kbanks13
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich brown color that was lighter around the edges. It looked like dark maple syrup with a dense two finger tan head that hung around for the whole time and left nice lacing. Smelled nutty and coffee like with toasted malt with some brown sugar thrown in for good measure. Tasted lots of caramelized brown sugar and roasted coffee with some hazelnut notes. Decent hop bitterness and a little earthy, but mostly clean and sweet. Felt like a cask ale should; flat, creamy, viscous, and full-bodied. This was a great beer, especially on cask. I would have been more than happy to have sessioned these all night long.

kbanks13, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of drewba
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerlover4ever (he barely logs onto BA, but he's getting a shoutout anyways, dammit!) for this fresh bottle!

A - medium brown color with a tan head that remains throughout. A couple fingers of real thin lacing is hanging out with me while I drink this.

S - Citrus, caramel, nuts, slight alcohol.

T - First taste was fridge temperature, all the flavors seemed muddled and the carbonation was killing me, so I let it warm up. At around 60 degrees, this was highly enjoyable. Some of the usual brown flavors are there - caramel, nuts, roastiness - then I'm hit with probably the most aggressive hop presence I've ever had in a brown ale. The hops add fantastic lemon and pine flavors which finishes up the overall flavor very nicely. I was hoping for a little extra sweetness here, any at all. Hardly any sweetness showed up at all, so if you're into a dry, hopped up brown, this is your beer.

M - Medium to thin bodied, carbonation is very nice when it warms up, though at fridge temp it was a bit overcarbed for me.

D - a bomber was easy to put away, and I would drink more if I had it.

drewba, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful, dry roasted scent that screams Special Roast and crystal malts. It also has a mild hop aroma that melds nicely with the malts. It's bitter, but the aroma is malt forward. The taste is great as well! Wow, what a complex array of flavors. First, it has a very flavorful and complex malt bill that provides a good deal of roasted character. It's dry and bitter with a touch of nuttiness. It goes down with ease and finishes with a nice hop taste that's bitter, yet more complimentary. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous brown ale. It has great balance for such a complex beer.

Thanks to Clown Shoes for a "fresh" look at this wonderful beer.

WesWes, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Though I love brown ales, they often bore beer geeks due to their mildness and eagerness to be satisfactory to every beer drinker, instead of impressing a smaller niche of beer fans. This one has character and volume, can appeal to a wide variety of beer fans, while keeping its own unique identity.

Poured into a simple pint glass. Appropriately brown in color with an off-white head that leaves gorgeous lacing.

Gives off aromas of caramel malt, oats, and even coffee and chocolate believe it or not. Never experienced chocolate notes in a brown ale before. Capping off the malty, earthy notes are significant resinous, floral hops.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Herbal, earthy, citrusy hops interplay back and forth with sweet, nutty malts. There’s something here for everyone. The end finishes a little long with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost reminiscent of a powdery oatmeal stout.

I’ll say it again - I love this one - apparently more than the average reviewer here. It may be one of my stuck-on-an-island beers. It takes a style that can please a large amount of people and adds some excitement to the mix. Each layer of the flavor profile shines while balancing each other nicely.

jbertsch, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of muttyd
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying a new review format...

Deep brown/chestnut body with a thick tan foamy head. Big malty/nutty aroma immediately noticeably as I move in for a whiff. Hoppier than most brown ales I have come across. Malty, nutty and big flavors. Not overly/sugary sweet - very well balanced.

Can't seem to put this one down.

muttyd, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of ambluhm
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is dark brown with a thick 3 finger head. It lasts for quite a while and leaves a beautiful lace.

The nose of this beer shows citrus fruit and piney hops. There is a nice caramel malty sweetness to the nose as well. A hint of chocolate and coffee is also present.

The mouthfeel is very nice with a perfect balance between malty sweetness and the bitterness of the hops. A truly thirst quenching brew with nice carbonation and a definite sweetness on the tongue.

Overall, this is an awesome brown ale when your looking for something with a good amount of body and still a good amount of hops. The label is pretty cool to boot. I'll definitely pick this one up again, especially when the weather starts getting a bit cooler. Perfect for a cool night!

ambluhm, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Wow, just wow. This brown ale has a MASSIVE head. I'm talking an easy 3 fingers. Slow to receed and when it does there is nice heavy lacing. Nice roasty brown colour pour.

S - Mild nutty malts with just a bit of chocolate. Not that pronounced though.

T - Initially some citrus/pine hops but then SLAM. Nutty roasty malts, with some nice chocolate tastes on the end. A bit of a stretch for a brown ale but this is quite tasty.

M - Smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation.

D - Really, really solid. Goes great with my steak. Very very drinkable. Easy to drink this whole bomber!

rudzud, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Received this one as an extra from portia99. Thanks!

A - Brown body with an light tan head. This thing has a humongous head.

S - Sweet brown sugar and caramel mixed with citrus hops.

T - Similar to the nose minus the citrus hops. A light toasted malt flavor lingers after swallowing. Very sweet up front with a bit of piney bitterness at the end. Also a nice sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D - Pretty easy drinking solid overall brew. A tad too sweet for my tastes but I'm not the most familiar with the style. This is a good beer but not mind blowing. I'd drink this again but wouldn't go nuts seeking it out.

jpmclaug, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of thepeter
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown with a bumpy fluffy head that slims down to a film and leaves some decent lace but nothing too pretty. Smells nicely of pine, hops, and some pineapple sweetness and then later on the maltiness appears which was nice and created a better balance. The taste was a also nicely balanced between the hop/pine flavors and the nutty malty and hint of fruit flavor along with a dry wood flavor which I got more towards the end adn in the aftertaste. Very nice moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Really easy to drink and nice example of a style that is not overly popular.

thepeter, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely fits the definition of a big beer for me, dark brown color, strong amount of foam that is like a cappuccino, reduces to a small amount of covering lacing the top of the beer.

Strong beer all around, taste wise, consistency, and alcohol-wise.

This is like other brown ales I've had but hopped up on steroids. It's good though, strong malts resonate throughout, has almost a syrup like quality to it, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard in more ways than one, I am feeling that right now, but you can also taste the hops as well. Definitely not a session beer for me, but I like what they've done with it.

Tastes like Arrogant Bastard combined with a brown ale to me, I don't think they were doing it on purpose, but that is how it comes across to me. It is disguised as a brown ale because it has different malt and has that coffee taste to it.

Pittsburgh, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of bhalter8
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 5/8/2010: Thanks again to Reagan1984 for another bottle from this new brewery. Pours a medium brown color with a thin light tan head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing. A nice mix in the aroma; coffee, roasted malt, and citrus hops are all present. Definitely a solid hop presence, making for a very inviting American Brown. Aroma lends itself nicely the flavor, with a sweet malt backbone supporting the delicious citrus flavors from the hops. Rather light mouthfeel, and seems pretty highly attenuated. I really enjoyed this beer, as I am really warming to American Browns in general. Once again, looking forward to more from this new brewery.

bhalter8, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of horshack7
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber pours a brown mohagany beer with a thick rocky head that is about two fingers thick. The head rentention is rather amazing.

Aroma: Citrusy hop, caramel malt. A slight bit of breadiness. The malts let out a molasses aroma under all of it.

Taste: Medium to full bodied and a relatively smooth mouthfeel. A brown bread maltiness. The hops are there but they are around the edges. The finish carries a little bit of a cherry syrupness that coats the pallate:

Notes: Well this is quite a tasty brew from Mercury Brewing nicely drinkable. Cheers.

horshack7, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a rocky, one-finger head that leaves a few squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Hop forward and pithy hemp aroma with a hint of caramel underneath; the malt becomes more apparent as the beer warms

Taste: The caramel and nutty brown ale flavors make a brief appearance up front but serve as an appetizer for the very pithy hemp flavors that build through mid-palate and dominate in the aftertaste; all the while, there is a burnt caramel undertone that becomes ever more apparent after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: My second taste of Clown Shoes and I can tell that these guys love their hops; I enjoy their beers though I note that they are a touch on the aggressive side; this is not the beer for anyone expecting the usual brown ale

brentk56, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of joehiatt
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 22oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.

A - Pours with a decent, though coarse, tan head. It dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a caramel colored beer. Its surprisingly reminiscent of more opaque Coke. There is a drawing of a mostly-naked gorgeous ... well, brown angel on the label. She's wearing clown shoes, which is a little odd.

S - The best quality of this beer. Complex, bready or toasty, some plum or toffee, chocolate and coffee. Minimal hop aroma. Comforting, this would be great in late fall.

T - More coffee and chocolate than in a classic brown. Some of the astringency normally associated with residual sugars of a porter or stout. Frankly, this beer is a lot like porter in a brown's body. "Double" brown doesn't really cover it.

M - Medium, average, nothing to write home about. A little light considering its a 7% beer. Heavy in the front of the mouth, but still goes down easy.

D - The beer isn't really for me. Aftertaste is an unpleasant combination of astringency and sweetness. However, it was smooth and had the low carbonation characteristic of the style.

joehiatt, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves glass-coating lacing. The body is a pleasant transparent caramel brown color.

S - Floral hops, cocoa, and nutty malt. No obvious alcohol in the otherwise potent nose. Reminds me a little of Surly Bender.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter - must be the Amarillo hops. There is some nuttiness, but this isn't anywhere near as sweet as the nose. A little underwhelming.

M - Maybe a bit thin for 7%. Finishes with light stickiness, but is otherwise quite clean. Medium carbonation.

D - This is easy drinking stuff. I could kill a bomber pretty easy. This was the better of the two Clown Shoes brews.

MasterSki, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited by so many great new locals. I loved hoppy feet and I enjoyed this more, need to try a bottle. Had on cask at Stoddard's. The appearance was murky and dark brown with spidery lacing hanging out on the side of the glass. The smell was a little subdued, but I got lots of coffee, chocolate, and some fresh hops. The taste was fantastic. Like a chocolate, coffee, toffee bar. Smooth, creamy, wondreful. If the river was Brown Angel, and I was a divin' duck...

BeerMusketeer, May 11, 2010
Photo of HomebrewerBrian
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light Brown color with just a little tan head, and lacing. Looked like a hazier newcastle fresh from the pour.

Initial smell is very floral with a hint of toasted malt, biscuit. Though the hop presence definitely dominates the aroma of the malts in this one.

Things get interesting upon first sip. Despite smelling Floral, the beer tastes very earthy to me, with just enough floral to give the hop flavors a decent complexity that keeps me interested in the lingering flavors instead of just fading to an overpowering bitterness.

The initial malt flavors are similar to the smell but the consist of a subtle caramel sweetness that is pleasant and helps to balance out the strong hop profile. Though I do feel that there could be a little more malt backbone and sweetness to help keep the end result less hop dominant, and sit a little cleaner in the brown ale classification.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than average, but very much in line with what I want/expect out of a brown. Has a pleasant amount of body, and carbonation is good, on the drier side of normal browns. Drinkability of this for me is quite high.

Overall I think there is still some room to spruce up the prescence and contribution of the malt flavors that seem a little lost of lacking. Although, I enjoyed this 'Double-Brown' quite a bit, and could definitely see myself drinking more of these as the weather heats up.

HomebrewerBrian, May 10, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Gregg!

A: Pours a clear dark chestnut body, dark in larger quantities. Develops a finger of cream colored head. Great retention that leaves spots of lace.

S: Not a strong aroma at all. Some toast, caramel, and floral hops.

T: Tastes better than the nose, but the flavor is quite simple. It consists of bread/toast, caramel, some nuts. It has a hoppy, herbal finish that is interesting, but winds up getting tiring as I finish the glass. I expect something less dry from a brown ale, though the hoppiness is an interesting take.

M: It's viscous, but light in flavor. It has an herbal bitterness in the finish with some solvent.

D: I didn't care for it. Not a bad beer, but I was looking forward to the next one before I finished it.

Arbitrator, May 08, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle shared by Ben at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep, hazy chestnut with a small beige head that recedes quickly to a small swirl of bubbles along the top. Little in the way of lacing on this one.

The nose is nice and has all the characteristics of a solid hoppy brown. There is an underlying sweet caramel and toasted bread malt with even a hint of roasted coffee. But what makes it a bit unique is the fresh hops and maybe some tobacco that seems to come out as it warms.

The flavor is a bit sweeter and there's more of a citrus hop character than I got in the aroma. The backbone is full of toasted nuts and caramel malts. The finish is lightly bitter from the green hops and a bit of coffee.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and pretty dry for the style.

This is a very well done hop-forward brown ale which is a style that I like quite a bit. It's got a pleasant and flavorful hop presence that brings just the right amount of bitterness. I definitely prefer this to the Hoppy Feet.

gford217, May 08, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arbitrator shared this one. Thanks, Arbi. The beer is a murky, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin cap.

Toasty, lightly roasted aroma. Grainy and mild, there's a subtle sweetness but on the whole it smells dry.

Toasted malt and earthy hops make up most of the flavor. Medium-bodied, on the dry side, perhaps a bit too dry for the style. There's a bit of bitter herbal astringency and some roasted malt in the finish along with faint solvent. Pretty decent, but not my favorite take on the style.

largadeer, May 07, 2010
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.