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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

524 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 33
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

wrightst, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
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!

Huhzubendah, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Mebuzzard, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit:
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.

rab53, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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

beerthulhu, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; soft, dense, off white-brownish head that has great retention

S - caramel, nutty, faintly roasty

T - nutty, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasty, faintly citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really solid brown ale. It has great flavor and great drinkability. The malt character is spot on with just enough hop character for balance. I wish this came in six packs, I would buy them for sure.

tdm168, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

billab914, May 21, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

sendbeer, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Bighuge, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dmorgan310, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

DrJay, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +4.4%

PEIhop, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Brad007, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, malts,

taste: roast, malts, nuts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very rich brown ale. went down nice and smooth and quite refreshing.

Cheers,
The cpj

THECPJ, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Rhettroactive, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

scruffwhor, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks gill!

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a fluffy, voluminous tanned head. Copious amounts of patchy lacing all over the glass, cloudy film retains on top.

A tad sweet in the nose with brown sugar, plenty of nuttiness. Light hoppy notes. Plenty of toasty malt as well with a hint of caramel.

Toasted malt layers with plenty of nuts with hazelnut. Notes of brown sugar and caramel. Light warmth with a touch of cocoa. Bite of hoppy bitterness towards the finish, which is a little dry.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a little chewy and dry on the palate. Drinks pretty well, although I thought the nose was slightly muted - still a decent brown ale though.

xnicknj, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +11%

WoodBrew, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

avalon07, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Hopheadjeffery, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

bluejacket74, Aug 16, 2012
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.