Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
360ml bottle, 6% ABV. Why so angry, boy?
This beer pours a dark, muddled golden brown hue, with two fingers of thick puffy, foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of amorphous blob lace around the glass as things sink away.
It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, relatively pungent citrus rind and pine resin, and a further, softer leafy hoppiness. The taste is more slightly toasted caramel malt, some additional biscuit and nutty notes, a more flattened citrus character than promised by the nose, and growing, but still tethered, herbal, leafy hops.
The bubbles make themselves known through a slight, mostly innocuous prickliness, the body plays out with a sturdy medium weight, and is generally smooth, that early hop bitterness nagging somewhat. It finishes fairly off-dry, the nutty, caramelized malt withstanding the lingering effects of equally bitter, herbal, and fruity hops.
A quite decent brown ale, one that betrays its pan-Pacific origins - i.e., hopped-up Yankee version with a subtle, but noticeable Asian herbal tint, one that I'm starting to ascribe to the Baird house flavour. Nothing to be angry about here, as this is a potential salve for the tortured soul - ironic, that.
06-01-2012 02:57:00 | More by biboergosum
3.03/5 rDev -21.1%
Mondiale 2009. A brown with an edge of a red. Its on the brown colour side, not that drinkable, bitterness is short of harshness. Significant malt and A little licorice and brown characteristic, secondary to the stronger bitterness. Carbonation right there.
06-07-2009 21:40:37 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
pours a beautiful thick tan head with big glass-side carbo-bubbles and nice, frothy pancake batter atop that laces low and thick then dissipates. semi-opaque (therefore, semi-clear?) brown.
rich maple/malty nose, sweetish, but with a tang. i hope it tastes like it smells. slight hop aroma lurking around, but very faint. more or a teammate than a soloist.another whiff makes me think this is a high ABV heavy-hitter. like a barleywine.
wow. much lighter on delivery. and in a good way. i was expecting thick and lush which the nose suggests...very light mouthfeel and a rather dry finish. light as it is, it is complex while it stays on the tongue...very ninja like in it's escape. i want it to linger more. but i just have to take another swallow and catch the rich malts and perfect touch of hops (which are much more present in taste than in the nose). very drinkable, but at the price of a 12 oz. bottle ($4.99), i can't see myself drinking more of these in a sitting. unless it was being bought by someone else!
i will nonetheless try more of Baird's offerings. great looking labels. excellent product (so far). RECOMMENDED.
03-27-2010 12:28:19 | More by mempath
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is an amber-brown hue, topped by a thin, creamy white head. Aroma of caramel malt with a hint of mocha-like roastiness, along with a hint of mellow, fruity hops. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with the caramel and darker malts playing off of one another quite nicely. The slightly smoky roasted malt emerges mid-palate, tempered by a mild sweetness that lasts on through the finish. The medium body conveys the flavor well and is appropriate for the style. This is a highly drinkable brown ale, one that I'd drink a lot more of in the future if it weren't $4/bottle.
08-22-2008 06:35:44 | More by ElGordo
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
From the cellar straight into the Tyranena nonic pint glass...
A - Body is almost more of a cloudy dark mahogany with brown tints than brown. Two fingers of rock tan head showed decent retention and little lacing.
S - Aroma has an expressive, great mix of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, cream. Slight citrus from what I assume is a generous amount of English hops, with a slight espresso bite.
T/M - Nutty with a good amount of semi-sweet chocolate and some raspberry notes. Bitterness balances out the beer, and leads to an interesting vanilla, cherry and raspberry finish, bolstered by the presence of alcohol. Manages to rich and balanced, while allowing the esters to flourish and add complexity without taking away from the beer. Body seemed average for style, as did the mouthfeel.
D - A very enjoyable example of a brown ale. Normally I don't like English style beers with assertive esters, but this beer balanced it out perfectly, and used it to create extra complexity. Best brown ale I've had in a while. Not to mild like many, but not just big and chocolaty like others, just really impressive.
03-05-2009 21:34:10 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Very dark brown/black with an off white head.
Nose of assertive candi sugar and sweet brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium/full with a rich quality feel and a bit of a creamy feel.
Flavors are black coffee and roasted grain that goes to a rich espresso taste.
Finish is bitter espresso and then to grapefruit hop bitterness. A very decent and drinkable brown ale.
10-04-2009 07:01:17 | More by GRG1313
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
A - Pours an opaque chestnut brown into my Samuel Adams Globe pint glass yielding an immensely thick tan head which finally recedes to a half finger thick coffee-ish layer of foam (4)
S - Brown sugar malty sweetness and caramel on the nose with strong citrus notes from the hops and a dash of spices (4)
T - Sweet caramelized malts meet the palate with floral citric zest in the middle; slightly nutty past that, and with a fairly strong ensuing bitter taste from the hops. The citric zest is gradually lifted to unveil pleasant dark fruitiness with notes of dates and dominantly rasins which lasts well into the aftertaste alongside the hop bitterness (4.5)
M - Slightly above medium-bodied with moderate carbonation going down creamy smooth and slightly dry (4.5)
D - Complex and flavorful with a creamy smooth touch to round things up; this does not taste much like an English Brown Ale but more like an American Ale with a special touch to create a different kind of malt character. May be a little less approachable to some due to the bitterness and weight but definitely very interesting and sessionable for me (4.5)
12-10-2010 19:26:53 | More by basica
4.3/5 rDev +12%
Pours a very hazy brown with orange tinges and a large taupe head. The foam takes a couple of minutes to settle down, after which leaving some very nice lacing. Smells quite floral and resinous thanks to the generous hopping. Light caramel malt in the back. While pleasant, this doesn't do the taste any justice. Strong roasted malt balanced by a big hop presence. Very earthy with traces of chocolate leading to a bitter finish. Thick and creamy on the palate with medium carbonation. Fantastic.
01-16-2009 00:33:59 | More by philipquarles
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
12 oz. Solid brown pour, cream head. Malt, nutty, grass aroma. Tastes quite bit nutty, slight roast malt, molasses, good hop character. Well balanced and drinkable. Little metallic, clean finishing. A solid brown ale, maybe a bit hoppy, but not bad at all. Could make a case that this is a border line brown style but more amber like.
04-04-2009 14:58:46 | More by Bung
4/5 rDev +4.2%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2012. The color was brown with a large quantity of foamy, beige head. The aroma was powerful with a great dose of barley, malts, nuts, and yeast. At first it felt like an aged barleywine (but only for a moment). The texture was about medium with an astringent quality to it. Sweet barley malts broke through on the first sip with a warming hop character that grew with each new sip. Av decent Brown Ale.
06-08-2012 01:45:09 | More by puboflyons
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours brown with a large, lasting head. Nose shows spicy, fruity hops, caramel and nutty notes. Lots of resinous pine in there. Bit of a clash to be honest. Flavours are similarly hoppy, again mainly pine. Seems a bit one-dimensional and almost harsh. Carbonation is pretty full-on.
08-31-2011 12:46:22 | More by CrazyDavros
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy brownish/red color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like caramel malt, strawberries, and a bit of hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dried strawberries, caramel and roasted malt, grassy and citrusy hops, and some bittersweet chocolate. Not quite what I expected from this brew, but it's a pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has a bit lower than average carbonation and it's a bit oily and slick. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy to drink. This definitely isn't your typical brown ale, and I like it a lot. If it wasn't for the price ($4.99 a bottle) I'd pick this up more often. If you get a chance to try one, you should. Recommended.
09-13-2008 01:17:23 | More by bluejacket74
3.38/5 rDev -12%
Bottle (courtesy of Presario): Poured a dark brown color ale with a small head with very minimal retention. Aroma of strong malt with some roastiness and caramel. Taste is also dominated by the strong roasted malt with some nice hops that lends a hoppier finish. Body is quite full for a brown ale but overall this kind of lack carbonation. Good for the style but seems to be missing something to be truly great.
08-26-2005 14:43:08 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
If nothing else, Baird has some of the best label art in the business. A bit pricey (understatement) at over $4 for a 12 oz bottle, but I figured I'd try one and the Brown seemed to fit the bill. Surprisingly rich looking in the glass, an opaque orange-brown with the most amazingly rich head of foam that really never left, lacing the glass all the way to the bottom in neat little layers. Nutty roasted in the nose with a hint of something fruity; taste was much more complex with rich roasted malt and a fruity almost (as one other reviewer said) apple cider or (cherry?) flavor that was so subtle and yet totally (pleasantly) unexpected. Rich rich mouthfeel with a very satisfying balance of flavors only added to the experience. This was definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. And I wrote Baird to say so, adding a hearty "Youku Dekimashita!" ("Well Done!") to the message. I've seen at least 3 other varieties on the shelf, but until I can find them a bit cheaper, I'll have to stick to other craft beers.
09-18-2009 14:44:33 | More by tugdriver7
Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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