Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Baird Angry Boy Brown AleBaird Angry Boy Brown Ale

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85
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-19-2003

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 85
Reviews by basica:
Photo of basica
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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)

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mempath
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of philipquarles
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler glass.

A very foamy head off tan yellow and three fingers, sitting on a very red brown body and cloudy. While finishing, dark chunks of flecks in the bottom of the glass.

Solid dark malts and sense of sea salt. Yeasty almost like soy sauce.

Light bodied and filled with matching sense on the nose. Yeast and wheat like soy sauce, salt slightly less on taste but also strangely with some pepper. Texture is a little wet though.

Overall different take on a brown ale as well, I strangely want noodles with this for food.

Photo of matjack85
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a new addition to the beer menu at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago, so I decided to give it a try. $8 for a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, but they do get extra credit for their artsy label.

The beer poured a clear mahogany red color with a 2-finger beige head that lasted awhile and left plenty of decent lacing.

Weak nose - just a little bready with some added caramel sweetness.

Hmm ... This is pretty hoppy for an English Brown Ale. It has a touch of caramel sweetness for balance, but this is mainly a mix of piny hop bitterness and red wine tartness. Not bad - not good. Certainly different and worth a try.

Medium body with low carbonation.

Very drinkable, but not sure it belongs in the English Brown category.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium to dark mahogany brown with a half finger light tan head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of bready malt, brown bread, brown sugar, mild nuts. Flavor is rich sweet bready and biscuit malt, nuts, brown sugar, intensifying until a biscuit and lightly toasted malt and nut finish with light grassy hops. Medium bodied. A nice full flavored brown ale; flavors are very well integrated balanced. Actually richer than a standard English brown ale but that's a good thing here. Nicely done.

Photo of Proteus93
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Chestnut brown, with a golden honey brown sugar colour. A VERY nice looking brown, as perfect to colour as I might hope for. Good head, very nice retention. 4.5

S + T : Malts and a nice note of nuttiness, quite modest and pleasant. As it warms, a little more bitterness comes forth to balance the flavour. I don't think I can detect any anger in it, but my palate is probably tired.

M + D: Modest, smooth, and easy to drink though the alcohol becomes quite present fairly quickly, even after only one other brew. Not bad at all...

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of gooseberries and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has an interesting mix of flavors of gooseberries and nutty malts along with hints of herbal hops and sweetness. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The flavors of this beer seem hoppy for the style, but without the associated bitterness—it's like a hybrid between an English Brown Ale and an English Pale Ale. It is easy to drink yet quite flavorful.

Photo of spicelab
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

360mL bottle from Warners@The Bay.

Opaque mahogany with a voluptuous beige head that subsides over 5 minutes leaving a solid lace network and a slightly raised ring.

Driven by rich and sweet malt character. Muscatels, baked toffee, gingerbread, cherries, dates, figs, nutmeg and a slight floral edge. There's a pleasing lifted pungency to the aromas.

Flavours show even more brandy snap and toffee malts joined by a textbook earthy pine bitterness. The dark fruit complexity in the nose doesn't come through quite as well.

Moderately oily palate, with below average carbonation and a long, satisfying, deceptively bitter finish on the back palate.

Plenty of personality with good cohesion. Great brown ale that I'd be happy to drink a few of in succession.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 360 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed brown hue, massive chunky white head with excellent retention.

Dry nutty malt on the nose, mild chocolate, with some leafy, grassy hops.

Nutty malt, faint hints of chocolate, dry spicy hops on the finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel, thin and slick texture, moderate carbonation.

An okay American Brown Ale, no way this is an English Brown as it's currently listed under on this site as of this writing. Dry and hoppy, it's a decent easy drinker.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on apr´11.
Medium brown in color.Opaque.Beige close & dense foam.Copious lacing.Medium buuble size.Coffee,yeast & toasted malt aromas.Intense hoppy flavor, pepery notes too.Overall coffee on palate.Chocolate on the aftertaste.Medium/low carbonation.Interesting ,very easy drinkable & nice spot of the style.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a very clear crimson color with a large, thick and impressive tan foam. Lacing is pretty sick and retention is quite good.

Nose is equal parts dark fruit and caramel sweet malt. Macerated raisins with some prominent yeast esters. Not bad and British Brown Ale is what came to mind smelling this beer.

Dark fruits again make it to the flavor along with a smoky, malty and mineral edge making it pretty true to style. A grassy hop bitterness intercedes the sweet finish along with a hint of toast. Could use some refinement on the carbonation levels and also I could use a bit more toasted malt flavors. Otherwise, a surprisingly solid brown ale...from Japan, no less. Baird is making some pretty tasty ales over there.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with no freshness date poured into a tumbler glass. Poured a thick 1/2" head which died down to 1/8" over 20 minutes. Lots of lacing on the glass as I drank it down. The color was a translucent brown with some hints of orange. I did a lot of sediment in the bottle that didn't pour out.

The smell when cold right out of the bottle smells like grapes, and as it warms up I get some malt, molasses, and ethanol smells. Very complex and it changes the more you let it warm up. Towards the end of the glass I only got the malt smell.

Taste is equally complex. After the smell change upon pouring I let it warm up a bit before drinking it. At first I get roasted malts (hints of coffee and molasses again) and then something bitter at the end. I can taste just a hint of grape (raisin) again in there with the other flavors the more it warms up.

Mouthfeel - some carbonation/spiciness on the tongue but otherwise slick and thick.

Drinkability. Well - I want to try it again but the alcohol went to my head quick even with a meal so this is a beer for savoring and I stop at one. It's very complex and I wonder what it would be like if all the sediment went along with the pour. Or I'm wondering if the beer was old and the ABV is actually higher than the 6.2% on the bottle. If it is old (no way of knowing) it does cellar well but I'm wondering what it's like fresh. I do like the beers from this Japanese brewer, so maybe if I'm ever in Japan I'll visit this brewery and try a few on tap.

Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Angry Boy Brown ale pours an interesting color that is somewhere between rusty brown and a deep orange hued amber. The head is light tan and has great retention. It leaves some nice splashy lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is mostly sweet with a little bit of nuttiness to it. Brown sugar and toffee are the main players, as well as a bit of herbal hop character and a touch of cocoa.

This is definitely a unique beer and the flavor is quite complex. It starts out sweet with plenty of brown sugar and toffee, as well as a bit of earthy hop character and even a little fruitiness. This then transitions to a really nice nutty and toasty flavor profile that lingers on my palate with just a hint of roasted malt. There is definitely a good amount of bitterness in this brew and while it is not harsh, it is approaching harsh. Unfortunately I am able to pick up far too much of the alcohol in this brew considering it is less than 7% ABV.

The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. It finishes on the dry side and I am getting an awful lot of hop oil like residue in my mouth after swallowing. Though the flavors of the finish are nice, I am not really a fan of the texture.

This is my second beer from Japan and while both have been interesting, this one is far less enjoyable. I have no idea how old this bottle is, but most of my problems with this beer were in regards to the alcohol and mouthfeel, which I would not think would be affected by age. This is definitely not one I would search out again, but it was interesting to try.

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Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.