Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 619
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 88 | 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 xnicknj
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woody aroma has hints of caramel and pear. It pours a dark chocolaty brown that lets daylight in only at the very edges. The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so be careful! Light tan head is quite thick, fine-bubbled, and persistent. Crisp flavor has caramel, malty and woody notes plus hints of fruit and yeast. Firm-bodied texture has a lively fizz that leaves a satisfying and tasty finish. (392 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber into the pint glass this is an opaque dark brown colored ale with a giant mound of root beer float tan head and plenty of lace remnants. The aroma is a very tasteful chocolate malt and fruit nougat with a minty, herbal accent. Add a touch of pine skunk and you have a classy nose hit. The flavor follows with a neat marriage of sweet chocolate malt and funky cabbage-pine hop bite. Really interesting and tasty with a creamy feel, medium bodied with subtle carbonation. The hops are very classy here, not smashmouth at all, sort of swampy-veggie, but a definite key to this wonderful flavor. Smooth, flavorful and different. Very nice. (651 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep luscious brown color. Transparent but decently dark. Light cream colored head is of respectable stature. Head leaves plenty of lacing.

S-Nutty and roasty. Chocolate covered caramel and brown sugar. Love the nutty element. More than enough hops in the nose too. Plenty to like here.

T-This is a very flavorful Brown Ale. Roastiness is stressed. Cola aspects. Lingering nuttiness meshes very nicely with some bittering hop flavors. Powdered cocoa and brown sugar.

M-A big Brown Ale, but the body is lighter than I was expecting. Plenty of carbonation. Lightly drying on the palate.

O/D-An amped up Brown Ale. Several flavor components. I am starting to appreciate Brown Ales more and this is one of the better Browns I have come across. Plenty of flavor but still fairly light in body for a rather high ABV brew. Clown Shoes is very consistent with their offerings. (883 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark chestnut color with a moderate cap of tan head. Very nice lacing! Bottled on date of 8/2011.

Nose is rich and malty, burnt toffee and chocolate pudding. Medium fruit...grapes and apples lend a sweetish fruitiness to the beer and nutty yeast and fair amount of earthy/herbal hops make this a pretty complex sniffer.

Yea, nutty and floral with a nicely smooth and rich mouthfeel. Malty up front with lots of bitterness on the finish. Maybe a little too much hops for me, I would like the nice cocoa/toffee malts to be more forward...they seem to compliment the yeast notes well. I like it well enough, why cant they make this shit in six-packs? Thats a shame, paying 6 bucks for a bomber of this makes it unlikely to buy this with any regularity. (772 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle shared by Ben at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep, hazy chestnut with a small beige head that recedes quickly to a small swirl of bubbles along the top. Little in the way of lacing on this one.

The nose is nice and has all the characteristics of a solid hoppy brown. There is an underlying sweet caramel and toasted bread malt with even a hint of roasted coffee. But what makes it a bit unique is the fresh hops and maybe some tobacco that seems to come out as it warms.

The flavor is a bit sweeter and there's more of a citrus hop character than I got in the aroma. The backbone is full of toasted nuts and caramel malts. The finish is lightly bitter from the green hops and a bit of coffee.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and pretty dry for the style.

This is a very well done hop-forward brown ale which is a style that I like quite a bit. It's got a pleasant and flavorful hop presence that brings just the right amount of bitterness. I definitely prefer this to the Hoppy Feet. (1,030 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, orange/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: fruit, toasted malt, hops, and brown sugar

Taste: toffee, hops, brown sugar, and a touch of nut and chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium/light bodied, mix of bitter and sweet

Drinkability: I could sip these for a while. This is a nice hoppy and balanced brown ale. Very complex for the style. (390 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Bottled first week of February 2011.
Mahogany color. Thick, fluffy tan head. Some sticky lace.
Sweet, roasted malt aroma. Some herbal hops. A little peppery in the nose. Very pleasant aroma.
While the taste was very good, it didn't quite live up to what the aroma promised. Coffee, piney hops with a crisp ending.
Medium-bodied, very pleasant beer. (398 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown body with a light tan head. Builds to a good size and has decent retention. Frothy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Nutty, slight roast and caramel malts are big with some raisin and dark fruit in the background.

T- Dark fruit is a bit stronger over a nice malt profile. Dark roast malt/cocoa is more noticeable and caramel and nutty malt is still big. Some residual sweetness.

MF- Silky feel to a thicker body with high carbonation. Slight roast and hop bitterness.

Nice use of malt in a good Brown Ale. Nothing really jumps out because balance is the key here. (571 characters)

Photo of Bung
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Very dark brown pour, nice looking head of off white foam.

Aroma- Malty, molasses, some roast. Herbal hops in there as well.

Taste- There is some malt and caramel, but the roast kind of overpowers it. Almost ashy dry roast. Light herbal and pine hop sneaks in. Some dark chocolate and cocoa and more roast in the finish.

Would have liked just a little less carbonation and a little more body. Otherwise lighter side of mid and fairly easy to drink though very dry and burnt for a brown.

Was hoping billshmeinke was crazy, he's not. Starts out pretty good but fades from there. (587 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown color...translucent with a cloudy, hazy complexion. It's a very heady brew...towering and firm tan head. High carbonation, notable on inspection. The smell is hoppy, earthy, and malt-sugary, but a bit medicinal. Sweet taste...sugar, roasted malts, and moderate bitterness. Yeast...dark bread and dried fruit. Carbonation and sugary characteristics define the beer. Medium-to-full body, which is nicely contrasted with the carbonation. This is a middle-of-the-road brown ale. (501 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Athletic lacey puffy velvety rocky crème foam over murky rouge-brown body. Cinnamon, brown sugar, toast, waxy yeast and Murphy’s oil soap on the nose.
Brown toast, chocolate, bark, slight citrus oil and some EKG woodiness for hops. Cinnamon end and spicy linger. Medium, creamy, and round.

With a 2/11 bottling date, I’d say the finishing hops (Columbus and Amarillo) are gone. Even still, it’s pretty simply constructed, though it is very creamy. Unimpressed, but prepared to give a Mulligan for this one. (514 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Thanks for this one, wyllder.

A: Pours a clear dark brown color with a large, dense, light tan head that slowly faded into a thick and long lasting film leaving a dense sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: I get notes of mild spicy hops, sweet toasted malts, a bit of citrus and some roasted nuts.
T: Flavors of citrus and earthy hops, light spicy woody taste and toasted nuts with a touch of sweet caramel, light cocoa, and a splash of coffee. The aftertaste has a nice light bitterness and a touch of fruit to it. Clean and creamy overall.
M: Creamy carbonation, medium-full body with a slick and viscous mouthfeel.
O: Rich for a brown ale and really clean and flavorful. For I style that isn’t bad but definitely isn’t my favorite, I enjoyed the whole bottle. Thanks again Eric! (819 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer. Creamy light brown head that rose well above the top of the glass. Decent retention, a good amount of lacing. Excellent clarity and a brown/reddish color.

Cocoa aroma mixed with the deep malt aroma with some floral hop notes.

Very nice balance here & obviously a hopped up Brown Ale. Up front the malt takes center stage and shows off the cocoa notes. Very pleasant. The malt flavors are quite nice and mix with a pine hop flavor. The flavor transitions to a nice lingering hop bitterness. The combination of bold malt flavor and hops hides the 7% abv very well. I continue to be intrigued by the aftertaste which is an excellent mix of hop bitterness and dark roasted malts.

Fairly bold body with an overall smooth mouth feel. Extremely subtle carbonation

I find this to be quite a nice brown ale and one that will score amongst my favorites. When I'm in the mood for a Brown, I will look for this again. Excellent effort here by the folks @ Mercury. I've been impressed with both initial releases by Clown Shoes. This is my favorite of the two beers. Will look for the next release.

Well done. (1,118 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a rich dark mahogany. There are slight hues or dark reds through the beer and about two full fingers of light khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly leaving some big lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is roasted malt, seaweed, prunes, and booze. This beer might be a bit old, and it kinda smells that way. It's a weird mix of scents.

T: The initial hit is stale bread, roasted malt, a bit of sweetness, and a good amount of booze. It starts out ok, but I really lose it in the middle and the finish. I'm missing that familiar roast/nuttiness that brown ales are known for.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts and finish pretty dry. This might be caused by the higher ABV, but I'm not sure.

O: Not a fan of this beer. The flavors are just way off, and the higher alcohol level doesn't really help this brew out. I don't think I'd buy it again. (883 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown copper hue which leaves a three finger crater head and creamy lacing,the smell is dark fruit,molasses,brown sugar and burnt toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of brown sugar,raisins,molasses,coffee,figs and the finish is a tad bitter very simialar to the finish of a coffee and overall i like my brown ales and even though its not over the top all the ingredients work and i would drink again. (425 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug. Bottled March 2011. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for this.

4.5 A: Clear (I think) dark brown color. Initially three fingers of creamy beige head. The first two fingers falls at an average pace, while the last finger sticks around for a long time. Good amount of irregular lacing as well.

4.0 S: Quite interesting. This is the second brew I've ever had that reminded me of unfermented wort (the other was Brooklyn Local 1), though obviously not as sweet. Specifically, it smells like a well hopped wort. Beyond that initial impression, I'm picking up a solid amount of nuts and toffee with caramel underneath. Pithy toastiness, if that makes sense. Raw, resiny hops. I think the wort smell works pretty well with the style.

2.5 T: Unfortunately, the wort element is also in the taste and it doesn't work too well. My other gripe is that it's a bit too bitter for my tastes. The positive is that the nuttiness returns in a big way with toffee and caramel playing second fiddle. A good amount of toastiness with earthy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Bitter aftertaste.

3.0 D: Definitely a big of a strange brew. Not necessarily bad, but I'd really have to be in the mood for that worty taste for me to want to drink that. I usually get my fill of that, however, from sampling homebrew at various stages in the process. (1,382 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a Bottle of Clown Shoes Brown Angel a couple weeks ago for $6.49 at The lager Mill. So far I think Clown Shoes is a pretty solid brewery and after reading the description of this beer I thought it sounded like something I might like and I took a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, in typical Clown Shoes fashion it's edgy and eye catching I like it. It poured a pretty dark brown color that took on a slight mahogany hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thick and clumpy ring that stayed till the end and it left tons of stick lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the color, head, and lacing were all very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malt that imparts a brown bread, toasted malt, light biscuit, and a lighter caramel malt aroma that makes for a nice malt base. Up next comes a medium nutty aroma followed by a good amount of hops that impart a floral, earthy, and spicy hop aroma with all three aspects showing up equally. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I thought the balance was pretty good with neither the malts or the hops being too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a just the right amount of malts that impart a nice toasted malt and brown bread flavors with some light caramel malts and biscuit malts showing up in the background. Up next comes a slightly lighter nutty flavors that's followed by just enough hops that impart the same earthy, spicy, and floral aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time the earthy and spicy hops seem to stick out a little more than the floral hops. On the finish there's a light amount of bitterness that is almost bordering on being medium and it had a malty, nutty, and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, just like the aroma the balance was the star of the show and it really worked well with this beer.

M- Smooth, clean, fairly crisp, a little dry, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer, and very nice example of a hoppy brown ale, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style and it kind of reminded me of Short's Good Humans, which is a good thing. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not too filing and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I would have no problem drinking a bomber to myself and if I was really in the mood for this style I could see myself drinking a couple of bottles without getting tired of it. What I liked the most about this beer beer was the balance, it was pretty much prefect and no aspect was too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was that the nutty flavor didn't come through a little more, but it wasn't that big of a deal, but I think it would make it a slightly better beer. I would buy this beer again, It wouldn't be something I buy a lot of but having a bottle in the fridge for when I'm in the mood for a hoppy brown ale would be a good thing. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind their Brown Ales on the hoppier side. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just what I wanted it to be and I thought it was pretty enjoyable. Good job Clown Shoes, this beer was just what I needed, keep up the good work. (3,673 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy label, let’s see if it delivers.
Light brown color with a thick two finger beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with lots of cocoa and coconut, some citrusy and nuts.
Aroma was good, but not exceptional which made me caught off-guard for its flavor. It was delicious and unique with notes of pine, floral and citrus-grapefruit , toasted and roasted malts, cassis liquor from its blackcurrants, coconut, mild charcoal, nuts, black forest cake, powdered milk, spices and finishing with cocoa and mild tobacco. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Forty IBUs was the magic number for this beer.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Alcohol of 7% abv is completely absent.
This brew made my day. Flavorful (Double) Brown Ale with a character of its own and excellent complexity. I was actually trying to picture a better brown ale. Interesting that I noticed high ratings and very few outliners with very low ratings, probably driving this at sub-outstanding ratings (please reserve your evaluations to your mommy/daddy beers, not this sexy brown angel). Jokes apart, I also noticed improvement over time, so keep it as it is. Congrats! (1,183 characters)

Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dark mahogany brown with short cap of beige head with decent retention and some traces of lacing.

S: Woody, roasted malty aroma with earthy, herbal hops notes. Definitely favors malt but hops are not backing down.

T: Malt still carries the day, but hops are not lost. The maltiness is roasted, nutty, and earthy which matches well with the herbal slightly citrus hoppiness that finishes the beer. Solidly crafted. Alcohol is not completely hidden but isn't dominating at all.

M: Nice body with relatively low carbonation and woody, nutty malty aftertaste.

O: A solid American brown ale that verges on imperial per the ABV but is very drinkable and enjoyable. (738 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown (shocking!) pour with a monstrous fluffy tan head atop it. Retention is phenomenal, there is an ever-present solid island of foam that won't go away. The lacing is equally incredible.

S: Very malty. Toffee, hazelnut and a bit of brown sugar. Some nice earthy presence as well.

T: As with the nose, lots of toffee and nuts. There is a decent amount of bitterness as well, a sort of earthy, almost coffee-like touch.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is about dead on as wel.

O: Good brown ale, definitely on the hoppy side of the spectrum. Some decent bitterness and not a lot of sweetness either. Solid example of the style. (642 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with a 1+ finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of caramel chocolate roasted malt some hops

tastes like the nose - good standard brown with some hops

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good however i cant see myself ever buying this again due to the fact that it comes in bombers only - brown ales just do not do it for me (398 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger and half of light tan head on a brown body.
The aroma is extra nutty, roasted and toasted malt and a touch of lemon.
The taste is a well rounded roasted malt and chocolate flavor. There's some mild bitterness in the middle to balance it out.
The texture is smooth and soft.
It tends towards the sweeter side, but it's really good. (345 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at barley oak, mandeville, la. Pours a murky brown with tan head gone quick. Sweet chocolate and slight rye aromas. Taste is slightly bitter malt; chocolate and rye. Nice bitter earthy hop presence, maybe a slight coffee note. Nice brown ale. Not as creamy as I like or out of the box, but its really good. Nice brew for sure. (352 characters)

Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.