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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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225 Reviews
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Reviews: 225
Hads: 637
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 43
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
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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Photo of greybeardloon
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed the first week of February, 2011 (I didn't see the date when I picked up the bottle)

A: Nice dark brownish red color with a sood white head.

S: Some roast, brown sugar, and hops. Really nice.

T: A nice mild roastiness up front without a lot of sweetness. Then comes an odd, unpleasant flavor I can't put my finger on--almost plastic--followed by bitter, earthy and piney hops. The hops and malt don't come together, and the hops take over at the end. The beer isn't unbalanced, though, it's just that the flavors don't come together enough for balance to be a relavant concept.

M: Thinner than I would have liked, especially given the abv.

O: I like a good hoppy brown ale more than most, but this one doesn't do it for me. And the flavor really doesn't justify the abv. Maybe I should try a fresher bottle, but at the bomber price I probably won't.

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Photo of tkelley
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a big old stein.

Tons of tannish foamy head that lasted for a looong time. Dark brown, murky body with some sediment at the bottom.

Smell hits you right away with hops. Really nice for a brown. Of course there are malt scents as well, especially after the initial shock of the hops wears off. Nice and roasty - coffee, chocolate roast.

Tastes really good. In addition to the upfront coffee malts and the underlying hops, there's a hearty nutty flavor. I think the nuts and the hops go well together. This brown ale has a lot of layers to it - like an ogre.

Kind of heavy, but that's to be expected. The flavors are so cool that I drank a lot of it pretty quickly, but I wouldn't want to drink a sixer of this or anything like that. A very well done beer though.


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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always good to see new beers come in and once I saw Clown Shoes beers I thought it'd be a good idea to pick one up. And what man wouldn't buy a beer with a lovely black female angel on it?

The head of the Brown Angel is a light brown color, bubbly, and has fair retention but bubbles away fairly quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown-ruby color.

My lack of smell info should be excused because I had a bit of a cold when I drank the beer. That being said, there was a lot of brown sugary sweetness, cinnamon, and a bit of roastiness.

The beer is very tasty. It has brown sugar and caramel sweetness, the malts are toasty, there's some nutty roastiness, and just a tad of hop bitterness. Not too complex but yummy.

Medium-low carbonation keeps the Brown Angel very smooth throughout and the sweetness makes it a bit syrupy.

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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 codsmith
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. This one pours a muddied-water brown; looks like coca-cola. A massive caramel/mocha colored head quickly rises, and rises, and rises until it overflows the glass; holy carbonation. Pretty good lacing is left on the sides of the glass after the head finally dissolves.

Not a very good nose on this guy. I am missing the caramel, malt and nut aromas I want to have.The nose is the faintest roasted malts and a heavier amount of hops than I was expecting. A slight citrus/tangerine is picked up on from the hops I think.

Taste is slightly better than the nose indicates. There is some sweet malt evident, roasty, and again quite hoppy with a citrus profile.

This one has a medium body and ample carbonation. Dry and bitter on the finish. This is one brown ale that didn't really impress me; not bad but I probably will not be heading back for another one.

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Photo of legalpete19340
2.54/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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

A: Deep dark transparent brown color pours to three fingers of nice light brownish/tan colored head that really sticks around and clings the entire way down the glass.

S: Very aromatic roasted malts. Nice caramel and toffee flavors along with some nice citrus piney hops scents. Very enjoyable.

T: Chocolate roasted malt right from the get go with some other dark roasted malt flavors. Leads into the piney hops that was observed on the nice. Very slight piney hops but leads into a nice hop bitterness that balances it all out.

M: Medium carbonation works well with the roasted malt and hop bitterness. Leaves a light creamy feeling on the palette that moves to very slight dryness at the end.

O: Very nice brown ale. Bit more bitterness then i expected but it worked well with the dark roasted malts. Clown Shoes keeps kicking out nice brews and this is no exception.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of neophilus
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cask into my pint glass. Furious cloud of activity with a flat brown color, the cask ale definitely looks unfiltered. Not too much head but good lacing on the glass.

Not much aroma to be had, but it being a brown and having this in a BBQ joint I didn't hold this against it. The taste opens up with a very smooth and sweet malty flavor, then the hops kick in. The bitterness from the hops makes its presence known but isn't so strong that it overpowers the malt. The result is a nice sweet taste up front, with a snappy finish. Hops flavor quickly fades on the aftertaste and doesn't linger longer than it is welcome. The medium body agrees with this style, with enough substance to make itself known but not feeling too sticky.

The balance is great and I could definitely drink a few of these. The sweet malt and hoppy taste blend together well and then fades at the end so as not to overpower your taste buds.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have really enjoyed all of the clown shoes beer I have tried so far, as I have been making my way through the line up. The first two beers were abrasive, but in a good way. this one is just a bitter brown!

A deep dark mahogony is topped by a beutiful tan head that took forever to drop, leaving fin lace.
The smell is of chocolate, almonds, toast, and piney grapefruity hops. Complex. Awesome. The taste is even better, as I found those flavors mixed really well to make a very easy drinking beer coming in at 7%.

This is a great brown ale. Highly reccomended!

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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 danmcg62
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of abecall98
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for giving me the opportunity to try this beer. Very great asset to BA.

A - pours a very dark brown into my pint glass. Smalle white head that dissapeared pretty quickly. However, lacing still seems to last throughout the journy.

S - smell is sweet malt, with a slight hint of roast. It's pleasing, but lacking strength, I wish there was more head that provided to give more nose.

T - oh boy, this is good. Tastes like coffee, caramel, and malt. Such a full flavored brown ale. Chops come through deliciously after the malt. It's got a pleasing nutty aftertaste.

M - very smooth. Carbonation was perfect. The strong flavor lasts, the smoothness coats the mouth, and the mouthfeel is highly above what your average brown ale delivers.

D - for a brown ale, and a 7% one at that, this beer is amazingly drinkable. The flavors of the malt are rich and complex, and it keeps bringing me back.

O - this beer is beyond what I think of an average brown ale. It takes the drinkability of your brown ale, and adds in complexity, and layers of flavor. I would have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of TheDinger
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass-

A- Soild brown with a hint of deep red. Nice 1+ finger of off white head and pretty decent lacing throughout.

S- This is where it started going downhill. A very burnt smell that was not pleasant on the nose. Wood and carmel notes at the end.

T- The burnt smell carried over into the taste. A bit too hoppy on the back end for me. A hint of alcohol on the tongue. Was missing a smooth quality to it. Would have liked some carmel/nut notes to tame the smell.

M- Good carbonation and a bit of silk. Some alcohol.

O- Just not a great Brown in my opinion. Too much burnt wood/fig smell and taste. Not smooth with the 7%. Not very flavorful or full. A bit hoppy and alcohol tasting. Probably my last Brown Angel-

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is NOT your old school brown, but rather a sexy american interpretation.

22 oz bomber seriously sexy label.

A: Dark dark brown with hints of garnet red in the sunlight.

S: Smells really good with nutty malts upfront and a strong hop backbone thats rare with a brown ale. ( in other words smells AWESOME!)

T: The taste might possibly knock the socks right off of you, it has a brown ale taste up front but the amazing hops dominate the finish for a 1 of a kind taste.

M: The Mouthfeel is very pleasent as this brew quenches my thirst as well being somewhat dry. spot on carbonation as well.

D: I could drink this beer for many different occasions, an amazing brown ale indeed I highly recommend to anybody.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.


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Photo of FUNKPhD
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle
Bottled 08/2011

From notes:
Deep opaque brown with minimal head. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes like it smells with a slight booziness, adding a nice warmth to it.

A pretty solid beer for what it is: a brown ale. Nothing to get excited about, or write home about, but if you're looking for a brown ale, this is for sure a step up from Newcastle.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great brown ale from Clown Shoes!

A: Mahogany. Big fluffy head that goes down slowly and leaves sticky lace.

S: Nutty, dank, raosty hops and caramel. really complex.

T: Hoppier than the nose, but as it warmed a beautiful core of coffee and chocolate malt cmae though.

M: Well carbonated and creamy.

D: Drank two like nothing. great beer!

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Photo of mdr4669
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of L0ne
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick, fluffy, blonde/tan head that recedes to a permanant cap, and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is chocolate covered raisins and sweet, malty bread dough.

Taste is sweet, roasty, chocolate and nuts, with dried dark fruits and a pleasant bite of bitter citrus.

The head adds a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel and there's enough carbonation to prickle your tongue and liven things up.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.