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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 628
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 42
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
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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 billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a dark brown in color with a creamy, frothy, khaki colored head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows has a mix of sweeter, caramel and toffee like malts and darker, bitter-sweet chocolate, slightly roasted malts. I get a hint of coffee to it as well. It has a good dose of citrusy hops coming out in it as well, adding some bold grapefruit and floral notes to it.

The taste has a lot of caramel and toffee to it throughout the beer. Just a bit of the chocolate comes out in the finish. Again, there is a good amount of citrusy hoppiness to it as well. Pretty nice flavors overall, and they come together pretty nicely as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking and good tasting beer. The hoppiness mixed better than I expected with the big, malty, brown ale flavors. Pretty solid beer overall.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the fortune to try this one again. Original impression was way off base. Deep brown with a short creamy white head. Smells of light malts and subtle roastiness. Tastes like a proper full-bodied brown ale should. Many 'double' styles stray out of balance or from what makes the single version worth drinking. This just brings more of the good without the bad. As I finish the bottle, I am reminded of another quality brown ale, Surly Bender. Would definitely pick this up again.

First pour of the bomber is entirely head, which eventually settles to about 6oz of beer. Smells like an old musty basement, which isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on the style. Second pour is again over-carbonated. Overly gassy and stale aroma lead me to believe this bottle has seen better days. Oh, 'Brewed first week February 2011' on the label. Serves me right for grabbing the only bottle on the shelf.

Tastes like thin muddy water, not at all appealing. Virtually no carbonation left after the explosive head formation. I have enjoyed most of Clown Shoes' offerings and was disappointed in this offering. I can only assume that this bottle is off, and not a true representation. Nevertheless, its all Ive got to go on.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.  

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 3/20/11
*From notes

A: A good dark shade of rich brown. A .75 finger head and reasonable lacing dissapoint slightly (I have a feeling it was the glass, not the beer).

S: Traces of milk chocolate and a really bold layer of hops. The maltiness makes it's presence known.

T: Malty smoke and hops up front. Wow - I can't recall another brown that was so intensely hopped. Dark, buttered pumpernickel and cocoa nibs overwhelm on the finish.

M: Just killer. It's heavy, creamy and pretty close to perfect.

O: Another home run for Clown Shoes, as their Brown Angel is absolutely delicious. I typically find most brown ales to be boring. This, on the other hand, is not. It's complex, hoppy and something I look forward to returning to. Without question, this is one of the best browns I've ever had.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque nature in the vessel with a frumpy khaki oatmeal textured like head of modest statue. Retention was worthy, as is the thin skim coating that enhances the vessel for lacing.

S: Nice brown malting upfront jumps up at you. Quick flash of flowery hops preceeds with a spicy kent finish on the nose. The hop boutique doesnt stick around with any longtivity, while the roasty and nutty nature of the malt soon rears its dominance in a heavy handed dose of aromatic display.

T: Spicy cola, nutty fresh roast depth is the first impression. Fresh wet coffee grains has a lingering effect and a dry touch on the finish. The hops are harder to pick up on then was with the nose. Some gentle spiciness rings through but it is surely the deep malt base that is to be appreciated here. The deeper into the drink the more prominent the wet coffee roast grounds appear lingering with some dry creamer notes after the swallow. Nice level of roasty bitterness.

M: The mouthful is creamy, roasty, nicely bitter,with a spicy coffee touch.

O: Oveall a hearty coffee roast, fresh, dark grounds, nicely bitter, with a deep nutty brown malt base is the highlights here. While i like the unique usage of the columbus and kent hops, they are but most only briefly appreciated on the nose and have little influence on the flavoring.But then again the malt should be the showcase in any brown especially a double one.

4 3.75 4 4 4

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the most recent batch. Thanks Gregg!
Hazy brown with chestnut highlights. A thin, fine layer of beige foam coated the surface of the beer, while big soapy bubbles formed a thick collar. Good head retention, sticky lacing. Roasty aroma, malty with plenty of citrus character, kind of fruity, dry cocoa. Balanced flavour that walked a fine line between hops and malt. Sweet and juicy up front, partly from citrusy hops and partly from caramel maltiness. A bit drier mid-palate, chocolate and roast were more prominent, slightly nutty. It finished with some lingering bitterness, more hops, but a little thinner on the malt side. The texture was decent, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slight dryness from the dark malts. Pretty solid overall.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, toffee, and some hops.

T- The taste is very malty up front with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid brown ale that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 27, 2010. The pour is an opaque brown with highlights of chestnut hue around the edges. The head is about a half-inch thick, tan, and silky. The aroma is fill of Mother Earth esters such as pine and nuts with a slight hoppiness up back. The body is full. The taste also brings out a pleasant earthiness with crystal malts and a good hopped ending. A very nice brown ale.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown body with slight haze. Fluffy beige head leaves sporadic, droopy lace. On the nose I get light roast, some brown malts and a little sourness. Flavor is malt centric with caramel/roasted blend of flavors. Again, I perceive a little sourness, acidity... which is not very welcomed by me. Body is medium at best. LIghtly carbonated. Very average.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, I'm giving it an extra .5 point on appearance because of the label. Damn, it looks so good. As a fellow fan of brown angels, this one really floated my boat, image wise. Aroma was nutty, and relatively hoppy for a brown ale for sure.

Plenty bitter taste via the hop delivery. Still picking up plenty in the nuttiness department as well. Decent enough malt bill for a brown ale, isn't super thin or thick, kind of in the goldilocks range, a little reminiscient of Mammoth's double nut, except hoppier. Usual toffee, nutty and caramel malt aspects to mention.

By the end of the 22oz, I was ready to change it up, but I think simply the notion that I was able to drink 22oz of any brown ale, kind of speaks for itself, as I fall into the typical, kinda "meh" on the brown ale style these days.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cola brown color with light brown head that retains through almost all 22 ounces.

The aroma is light brownie, medium roasted bread crust. Pumpernickel bread comes to mind with a little cream and coffee.

Great malty flavor wit a soft grainy texture, with a little creaminess too. Lots of roasted malts play well with the light creamy, grainy texture very well. Bread crust, dark muffins, light coffee, and mild coffee flavors as well. Pretty good beer worth picking up again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a burgundy tint and a decent brown head into my glass.

Hmm, roasted coffee? Cream? Interesting for the style. Molasses too. Not traditional brown ale aromas. Nutty too!

Ditto in the taste. It's like a hybrid of a brown ale and stout with a great emphasis on the malt. Rich, roasty and so forth.

Lingering sweet, roasty malt at the back. Interesting finish.

A brown ale dialed all the way up to 11? Check. Can't rate it as a traditional example though. Check it out anyway!

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Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Wow, just wow. This brown ale has a MASSIVE head. I'm talking an easy 3 fingers. Slow to receed and when it does there is nice heavy lacing. Nice roasty brown colour pour.

S - Mild nutty malts with just a bit of chocolate. Not that pronounced though.

T - Initially some citrus/pine hops but then SLAM. Nutty roasty malts, with some nice chocolate tastes on the end. A bit of a stretch for a brown ale but this is quite tasty.

M - Smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation.

D - Really, really solid. Goes great with my steak. Very very drinkable. Easy to drink this whole bomber!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled 7/11. Served in a mug, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. It smells like toasted malt, brown sugar, toffee, nuts and some citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like nuts, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, and some floral and citrusy hops. There's a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with there being a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, a buddy of mine picked this up for me on a not so recent trip out of town so it was nice to try it. Hopefully next time I'll have a fresher bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brilliant mahogany, chestnut, 2” light tan tinted white foam cap dissipates to thick film, excellent lace. Smell: aniseed, thick dark bread, fruit cake, faint chocolate. Taste: Starts rich and malty and then dries out and gets espresso coffee astringent and lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with an astringent background that rises in the after taste. Medium carbonation to medium low – carbonation is very fine, very soft and very well done. Medium full body.

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

Pours a clear solid brown color with a decent but smallish, tan colored head.

Aromnas begin with mild citrus, a little bit hoppy. As it warms you get more of the toasted bread, rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it.

The tastes begin with a mild burst of citrus hop bitterness that you typically don’t get in a Brown Ale, followed by sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet highlighted by toasted bready maltiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Nothing to exciting or compelling in the finish. Hop bitterness asserts itself more in the finish as it warms.

Overall this is a decent beer to find on tap at a bar/restaurant, as it's hop bitterness and medium malt flavors balance well with almost any traditional American mid-scale restaurant food. I have avoided this beer in the past as I typically do not enjoy hoppy brown or black ales, but this wasn't too bad, probably because I find hops are muted/fall off in keg/bar beer and because it paired well with the dinner. Not bad, worth a go over the traditional rubbish most restaurants have available.

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Photo of avalon07
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a hazy/cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of malt, chocolate and that brown ale nuttiness.

T: Tasted of malt, hints of chocolate and coffee and the nutty quality every brown has. A pretty solid flavor, though I expected it to be slightly more robust than it was. Still, a tasty brew.

M: A fair amount if carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well made, drinkable beer.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.