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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | 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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Vonerichs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:45:11 | More by Vonerichs
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pkalix

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

very nice color of brown pour with a very foamy, slightly sticky froth on the sides and on top. slight chocolate aroma alongside some general hop and slight Band-Aid smell.
taste is generic. attempt to be a brown ale with hops being prevalent doesn't really go over well with me. others may like it, but this is much like a typical 'red' but colored brown. sweet up front, bitter at the end.
appearance is AWESOME. thick soap all the way down the sides is its very best quality! downhill from there, though. just average taste, nothing special. was really looking forward to a nice brown ale.
and what exactly is a "double brown ale"? a 'dubble'? extra hops?

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 22:11:53 | More by pkalix
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robwestcott

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 23:34:43 | More by robwestcott
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-31-2013 00:28:03 | More by Beerlover
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match1112

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours the darkest of browns with a full two fingers of a thick frothy khaki colored head. five minutes after the pour the head is down to a cap on the beer all the while leaving big lumps of lacing as it recedes. the nose and taste go hand in hand. both are big on roasted malts and cocoa. mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth flow to it, meaning it's not chewy or thin, it's just right. overall this is a really good brown that tastes more like a stout, swear i tasted coffee in this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:26:53 | More by match1112
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-22-2013 03:55:36 | More by csfcmitchell
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated May,2011 into a tulip.

Murky, milk chocolate brown with the most ridiculous 4-5+ finger, rocky light tan head that towered over the top of the glass. Extremely slow to recede with a ton of lacing and character throughout the glass.

The aromas in this beer are dominated by some roasted nuts, caramel malt, hints of chocolate and smoked tobacco. Hop presence is mild, but I may have let this one slide a little past its peak.

Taste is good, with all of the aromatic notes coming through, backed up by a fairly persistent hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is just a touch lacking. Felt like it needed to be just a little creamier. That said, it is on the high side of medium-bodied, adequate carbonation, and a little dry on the finish.

Overall very good. More hop character than a lot of brown ales, which I like.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:43:52 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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jwat

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

07-04-2012 15:49:50 | More by jwat
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-14-2013 14:09:23 | More by mmulebarn
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 03:40:54 | More by PicoPapa
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-10-2012 17:15:54 | More by zekeman17
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-02-2014 00:37:23 | More by TasteTester
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erialbill

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-22-2014 22:35:53 | More by erialbill
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-28-2014 19:18:11 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-24-2014 18:58:44 | More by Cramerican
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-02-2012 16:14:44 | More by rowingbrewer
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 16:31:01 | More by mjtiernan
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civicm87

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-17-2013 01:16:53 | More by civicm87
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:38:53 | More by jbertsch
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-08-2014 00:05:42 | More by MattXT
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-11-2011 06:30:26 | More by freduardo
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-08-2012 17:50:08 | More by kevgod
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-28-2014 03:07:10 | More by jwps214
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a nice deep mahogany brown with some thin off-white head. Nose is fairly closed, but has some nice dense caramel aromas, roasty grain, and some faint earthiness.

Palate is crisp and zippy with hops. Not a lot of bitterness, but more than your average Brown for sure. Deep caramel flavors wrapped tightly around a medium-body and some creamy carbonation. Finish is clean and smooth.

Notes: I dig it. I don't care for brown ales at all, but this one is damn fine. No strange over-roasted malt. Yeast is clean and unobtrusive.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:54:27 | More by SFLpunk
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-13-2012 22:46:51 | More by SPRichard
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.