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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 38
Gots: 81 | 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:
Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010

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Ratings: 594 | Reviews: 217
Photo of rawfish
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of albern
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters, this is about the hoppiest brown ale you'll find. It pours a slightly hazy brown mahogany color with a decent off white head and a bunch of lace throughout the glass. The nose is very unassertive, with some vague sweet malts, maybe a touch of caramel, maybe some dark malts. I had to stick my nose in the glass to get much of anything.

The beer is pretty hoppy. There are Columbus, Goldings, and Amarillo hops present. There is a spicy and herbal hop presence, with some estery bittering and grassy hop coming through as well. The spicy malt and caramel and slightly charred brown sugars add a bit of balance to this rather full bodied affair. There is a bit of ABV in the finish. The beer is not all that smooth, but it is much more than a prickly sipper of a beer, that's for sure. I'm also getting some crystal malts in the beer and brown sugars as the beer settles in a bit. This is a good beer with a rather limited distribution, for now.

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ralerwen
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One more courtesy of ShogoKawada who introduced me to this excellent brewery (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear auburn liquid with mahogany highlights. A very large scummy buff head recedes to a violent mottled landscape. Sticky three dimensional lacing. No legs.

Resinous herbaceous hops in the nose - followed by chocolate and caramel malt notes.

Dense bready malt evolves from heavily toasted (though not roasted) to nearly rye-like, to dough-like. Moderate bitterness comes on mid-palate with a wave of pine and hemp as well as the suggestion of cocoa nibs. Not particularly nutty. Hoppy floral/herbal finish with a bit more bread.

Creamy, a bit sticky, fairly heavy carbonation; it has a sort of oil/water feel to it, as if the individual elements of the beer aren't properly integrated (just in terms of mouthfeel) - odd.

A good example of the style, it's hop-forward nature distinguishes it as a decidedly American ale. There is a decent depth of malt, yet I'm wanting a bit more to balance the hops.

Photo of shand
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a muddy brown color with two fingers of thick, rocky head that quickly drops to a persistent cap. Lacing is good. The aroma is a bit muted, and pretty generically malty and roasty. The taste is of a big, balanced brown ale. A nice, slightly nutty maltiness runs the show, but is followed up by a significant hop presence. This too, gets mellowed out by a pretty strong roastiness, which rides all the way into the finish. The mouthfeel is solid, it's got a high level of carbonation and a body on the lighter side of medium. Drinkability is very good. Overall, a nice brown ale with a significant American influence from the hops.

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the second clown shoe I've drank out of and this one is way better, but I see a trend. It's a trend of very creative brewing. This is truly an American style - a bit over the top, mostly in bitterness. Yet this is totally drinkable.

It opens like a good brown (but really dark) and it pours with nice head and decent aroma.

The taste really gets your attention with an extra load of bitterness that really works. It actually is well balanced. The aftertaste is nice and you wish it would linger longer.

This is a very successful beer.

Photo of jwat
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with just a tinge of copper hue once held up to the light. 1/2 finger of coffee head.

Smells of robust coffee and chocolate.

Flavor is of rich dark chocolate with some coffee ground undertones. Just a bit of earthy hops, but coffee is definitely the king here.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I do love the coffee. It's very robust and not subtle at all, but as a coffee fan it's a good thing. Drinkability is a tad low due to this, but having a glass was awesome.

Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich brown with a finger of khaki head. Mild aroma with hints of coffee and caramel.

Ample carbonation and a full, creamy body. Nutty malt backbone with hints of brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and a nice hit of herbal hops on the finish.

Solid all-around brew. My first "double brown" -- I could get used to these.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of robwestcott
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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 GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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