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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 35
Gots: 63 | 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 jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Beerlover
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 -34.6%

Photo of rawfish
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yesyouam
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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 +7.1%
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 ralerwen
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of grittybrews
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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 FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe that I picked this beer up at the Woodlands Spec's, but it may have been at Central Market. Regardless, I have been pretty happy with the beer from Clown Shoes so far, so let's give this one a shot:

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles on top that was quite active as I was pouring and faded quickly to a small ring where the beer meets the glass. When you hold the beer tipped to the light, you can see through the corner that the beer is pretty clear overall and has a defined brown (as opposed to Red) hue. There is a pretty decent amount of lace left on the glass after drinking, and it is a bit lighter color than the head itself, which is a little unusual to note.

Aroma: I initially got a pretty decent amount of American hops mixed with some defined dark caramel notes and some subtle toasty notes to accentuate the whole ensemble. There was also a chocolate malt presence that was obvious. As the beer has sat for a little bit, the dark caramel is moving more toward toffee, and there is a little bit of alcohol noticeable already as some spice.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. There is some hops up front and they challenge the malt a bit, but overall the profile is balanced pretty solidly toward the malt. There is some balance provided as much by the roast acidity and alcohol as from hops. The carbonation is a bit low, so the beer comes across a bit watery with regard to mouthfeel; however, there are a lot of residual sugars left in the beer, so it won't ever come across thin. The hops and roast acidity are getting more pronounced as the beer warms up, and the chocolate is definitely coming out more.

Opinion: This is a pretty well made beer overall. I personally like that the balance is biased toward the malt. The contribution from the dark malts is a bit strong, and maybe just increasing the carbonation would change that impression. I am going to hold out by saying that this is a pretty darn good American Brown Ale, and I would like to try it on tap where the carbonation would be a bit more controlled. Otherwise, I would recommend that you give this one a shot anyway.

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of robwestcott
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.