Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010)
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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Nothing springs to mind save "Brown Sugar" and "Jackie Brown"... Anyway, this stuff pours a sweet sienna topped by over a finger of mocha foam. The nose comprises toffee, brown sugar (nailed it!), light coffee, light cocoa, light tobacco, a touch of grass, and a kiss of cashew. The taste brings in more of the same, though the coffee is a bit more powerful, the cocoa is darker, and the grass has morphed into some earthy cilantro-like greens. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy feel. Overall, a very nice brown, something I could easily see reaching for again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown almost a mahogany finished oak hue with a light beige head forming thick, head has speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has herbal and citric hop notes, with bready caramelized sugars, and mild yeast dough like character. Flavor upfront herbal, pine, and citric bitterness coats the palate and doesn't really let up much, big imperial brown ale for sure. A bit muddled especially as I poured the last of the beer in, this beer is dry and would benefit from a touch more malt base. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, well deserving dry finish from the boat loads of hops these guys threw into this brew. Overall I wanted it to love it since the label is top notch, but it's just okay for me this go around.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/15/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops for the style, maple and nuts.

T: The taste starts with a mild burst of hops 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.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of oline73
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves glass-coating lacing. The body is a pleasant transparent caramel brown color.

S - Floral hops, cocoa, and nutty malt. No obvious alcohol in the otherwise potent nose. Reminds me a little of Surly Bender.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter - must be the Amarillo hops. There is some nuttiness, but this isn't anywhere near as sweet as the nose. A little underwhelming.

M - Maybe a bit thin for 7%. Finishes with light stickiness, but is otherwise quite clean. Medium carbonation.

D - This is easy drinking stuff. I could kill a bomber pretty easy. This was the better of the two Clown Shoes brews.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally reviewed this beer but due to some unplanned carbonation issues, a new bottle was provided free of charge from Gregg Berman, thanks, I will review at this time.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with nice carbonation and a soft off white head of small / medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and head has decent retention. Already better than before.

The aroma has a mild sweetness to it followed by a mild roastiness, slight coffee. Smells good.

Beer has a medium body and the lead off is sweetness for sure. It is interesting overall, I'm pretty pleased with it. The finish is nice with mild bitterness from the grains, I'd have it again.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.  

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/19/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, light coffee, floral, pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.