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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

497 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 201
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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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 17:35:11 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel malt with some hazelnut notes mixed in. There is also some alcohol present in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some nicely toasted malt and hazelnut notes, which are complimented by the toffee and caramel malt. There are no real hop notes present in the beer, which is all about the malt. Very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 03:41:47 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-02-2013 04:50:53 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red when the light hits the bottle. There is a ton of tan head that stays around for quite a while. This one might be a bit over carbonated.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer considering the abv. Some mildly roasty malt, to be honest it's slightly soapy. Getting a real faint brown sugar smell.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. Some slightly roasty malt, no nutty or caramel note. The finish is bitter and there is some alcohol presence as well. Not my favorite of this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an extremely high amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very subpar brown ale. Over carbonated and no real malt presence. I will never have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 01:31:54 | More by oline73
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark amber color. Good starting head that continues to a minimum of a single layer of bubbles. Leaves excellent full-ring lace.

This is a hoppy brown ale. It is a fresh hop that covers any presence of alcohol or malt.

The flavor has a definitive brown ale malt touch that creates a wonderful balance. This is a rich liquor given the style. It is similar to an IPA but with a dark malt touch--there's chocolate and a touch of bitter (perhaps unmalted) burnt barley.

Overall, just a wonderful beer to sipped and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:10:26 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1" head that lasts. Some nice lacing develops.

Smell: malt sweetness is soft and a bit of earthiness is there too.

Taste: caramel, chocolate, toffee, some dark fruits like prunes, and a moderate earthy / nutty tone. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: easy to drink this brown ale. Nice flavor profile, and the bottle can easily be consumed in a short session. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 23:28:42 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-27-2013 15:48:40 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2014 15:39:34 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown color with golden orange edges and a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma that's slight roasty with a prominent chocolate presence.  There's also some caramel, toffee, toast and hazelnut.  In addition there is a strong floral hop character.  Slightly earthy and resinous with pine, buds and grass.  Nice.
 
Medium bodied with a blast of dry earthy hops which are slightly dry and bitter but not overpowering.  The floral hop flavor lingers over the sweet notes into a subtle dry finish.  Underneath there is a prominent silky malt character with lots of chocolate flavor.  Slightly roasted with caramel, toffee, toast and nut.  Pretty complex and decently balanced.  The hops could be toned down a bit so that the malt character can shine but other than that it's pretty good.  

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:56:34 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-23-2012 19:01:07 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-11-2012 06:14:22 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good to see some more US breweries getting a showing in Australia. This one purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a solid and rather sensuously thick deep brown colour, quite dark and opaque in the deeper parts. Head is a fine topping of mocha-white, with some speckled lacing around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is fine, held beautifully by the body of the beer. Really looks good.

Nose is mild, nutty and slightly peppery, with a hop character that comes through as a point of clean, but direct sharpness. Husky grain, a bit of burned toast, and a hint of bittersweet chocolate come through, along with a dusty, dry note. It's almost as though it's going to get much of its bitterness from the grain, not the hops. Let's see.

Indeed, there are noticeable roasted characters on the palate, but the bitterness is clearly discernible as being hops—there's a sharp, clinging oily quality, but actually very little hop flavour besides the lupulin bitterness. This, however, mingles with the overtones of chocolate, brown sugar, and the spike of faint booziness to make it seem quite roasted and huskily bitter. Feel is smooth, but the sharpness and the surprisingly noticeable booziness tend to extenuate that a little.

Decent enough drop, but not particularly complex or full, and tending a little towards unbalanced. I've certainly had better American Browns, but this one does the job, if unimaginatively.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:09:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep brown color with a nice tannish head

S: Cocoa, nutty and burnt caramel

T: Taste starts with a cocoa/caramel note and then maple syrup and nuts. A bit of floral hops lends an awkwardness in this beer but not bad

M: Medium body, carries flavor very well, nice and sweet on the palate

O: Tasty, drinkable and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 16:03:16 | More by barleywinefiend
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits, Sturbridge, MA. No freshness info I can see.

Pours darkest shades of brown, mocha head, frothy, going to meraingue, leaves all kinds of top to bottom lacing and a bug lump of froth in the middle of the glass. Nice looking brew.

Robust malty head, with a hint of dusty chocolate.

Nice brown, chocolate, dark malts, chalky drying hops. 7% no where to be found. Well done, very tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:14:20 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a garnet glow to a deep brown body with a bubbly tan head that last a good bit and a few tiny bubbles at the base.

S- The green earthy full hops aroma has some pineapple weed hops that finish the aroma.

T- The spicy juicy green hops up front blend into a toasted malt flavor with a light roasted malt support. There is a nutty dry biscuit quality that comes through as the beer opens up. The finish is a brown malt and some herbaceous woody green hops that linger for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice Northwest coast hops up front with a good brown ale in there and some nice British hop character in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 13:52:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-12-2013 03:13:53 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-12-2013 18:22:00 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light nut, flavor is roasted coffee. Decent brown. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 22:22:44 | More by jdhilt
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear brown with hints of amber in color. The head on this beer is slightly smaller than average and reduces to practically nothing almost immediately. Head is a very light beige in color. No lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is very faint overall but I get some hints of roasted malts, coffee, and hints of chocolate.

T: This beer has a decent amount of bitterness to it with hints of coffee, some earthy flavors, and subtle hints of dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Pretty good for a brown ale but not as good as some of the other offerings from this brewery. I like the added hoppiness to the traditional brown ale flavor palette. I could and would drink a couple of these in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 15:29:34 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-10-2014 00:23:41 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: March 2011

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, HUGE thick foamy/creamy three-finger plus light tan head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note going on, with some nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, little hop note, nice chocolate/toffee notes. Medium Body, nice little dry finish. This is one very tasty Brown Ale. Thanks Bill!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 23:27:00 | More by Wasatch
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-27-2012 04:10:08 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color. White head forms and leaves some lace. Aroma of nutty malts and floral hops. In the taste, caramel, nuts and chocolate with some piney, citrus hops. Toasted and balanced brown ale here. Medium bodied brew with an even carbonation. Overall, this is a high quality brown.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 02:27:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle from Gregg Berman. Thanks a lot for replacing this!

A: The body is chestnut brown with gorgeous crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick and appears light tan or beige in color, with superb retention. As the head slowly recedes it absolutely coats the glass in a thick sheet of lacing. A remarkable appearance in all facets.

S: The aroma is a balance of malts and hops, with mild bitterness in the nose.

T: The taste is initially bready and malty, followed by a pleasant hop bitterness that gains presence near the finish. The beer is well balanced, and has more of a hop character than I am accustomed to in a brown ale. Well done.

M: I particularly enjoyed the feel of this beer. It was smooth on the palate, with alcohol content well disguised. Malt and light roast, followed by a tangy, bitter hop finish, and lingering aftertaste. Again, well done.

D: I would definitely drink this again. Thanks Gregg!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 17:12:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-29-2011 03:05:04 | More by brandoman63
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.