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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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very good

87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 145
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website

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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 145
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brown ale just didn't do it for me. The reviews seem to be mixed, yet leaning toward the positive. I bought this on a whim, but would not buy it again. The flavor was, I don't know, too generic.

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Photo of matjack85
2.94/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of publaw
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: mahogany color, great clarity, pours a rocky light tan head.
S: Interesting smell... not in a bad way, just different. Some caramel malt smells but they are hidden under an interesting savory spicy smell.
T: Caramel, bread, and nutty up front with an interesting savory taste in the finish. I wonder if they use a sake yeast strain.
M: good medium body and mouthful with a clean smooth finish.

Overall this is a nice brown iteration… not very traditional but good and worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'd call it a brown pale ale, with a dark color but a hoppy character. Light body but big carbonation in the mouth. Big head seems quite controlled and it's nice to see lots of suds for a change. Smell is quite peculiar-- sort of a off fruity business. It doesn't taste much like malt, but there is some dark and slightly scorched barley. Slight sweetness fades into a bitter aftertaste.

Not very pleasant with the mix of cardboardy hops and bitter fruit. This probably would taste better in a lantern-lit wood room with a single camellia in a black bowl.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the baird brewery 'at the base of mt. fuji'

6.2% brown ale

looks like a brown ale and has some real steadfast lacing. nutty tang, earthy aroma with a burnt sugar complexity. lots of carbonation and a bit thin in the mouth. a pleasant underlying blanket of brown sugar and maple exists, but finds itself covered by a metallic, husky flavor and an awkward, intrusive bitterness from the hops. the taste left on my palate after each sip washes over is pleasant enough to take the next sip, but like an unnamed reviewer stated in his baird pale ale review, it's ok to drink but will not be revisited especially with the import price tag.

i have a feeling these beers would taste a lot better at the source.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear, deep mahogony color with a foamy 2 finger head that stays for a while leaving some spotty lacing.

S - Has almost a spice/cider aroma.

T - Has a malty, nutty flavor with some hints of chocolate. The flavor is a little thin tho

M - Has a light-medium mouthfeel, with a dry finish.

O - For a brown ale, it's a good brew. But as for an English Brown... not really. It's just lacking some complexity in the flavor profile.

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Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with amber edges and a thick foam head. Aroma consists of roasted chocolate maltiness, caramel, hazelbut and hops. Slightly roasted malty flavor with hints of caramel, chocolate, hazelnut and nice hop presence that balances everything out. Sweet and malty with a dry hop finish.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip... A medium brown body, murky with way too many bottles. Lots of light tan head, about four fingers. The head is big bubbles, ugly. Good retention and lacing... The aroma smells like cardboard drenched in a quad. Plums, malt, cocoa and alcohol. Malt balance is off, not a big fan of this... The taste has the same off malt but it works here. Some stronger cocoa and nice nuttiness balance it out. This is an extremely sweet brown but very drinkable. Intrigued and impressed. Probably wouldn't buy it again but if on tap I'd drink it.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-brown mix with a frothy head into my glass. Very nice presentation-wise but doesn't feel stylistically correct.

Sweet with molasses and piney hops in the nose. Otherwise, nothing special.

Taste is opposite. It's sweet with molasses and plumb flavors upfront. Think a mincemeat pie of sorts. Very crisp.

Not much lingers save for the hops and just a faint hint of the flavor.

This beer showed some promise taste-wise but quickly fell back down in the mouthfeel. Well worth a try regardless.

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Photo of seand
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark translucent reddish amber, with a large amount of bubbly light tan head. A nice layer retains, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Rich malt, with a bit of a roasted note. It's almost a bit boozy; I would have guessed a higher ABV just based on the smell.

T: Sweet with the same slightly bitter roasted note from the nose. Relatively light overall, but with a somewhat concentrated sweet/boozy note near the mid palate. It's different.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly astringent.

Overall, not bad, and different. I probably wouldn't get it again, but it was worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

360 ml brown bottle. No date, but the amount and coarse nature of the sediment makes me think this may not be very fresh.

Appearance: Hazy mahogany with a khaki head that displays good retention and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Loads of medium roasted and chocolate malts, some chocolate, and a slight hop note.

Flavor: lightly sweet and very malty with some faint yeast notes adding complexity. Hints of raisins and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium body; some dryness in the finish.

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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours a very appealing translucent brown with 1 finger creamy head. nice head retention, good lacing.
aroma of very sweet malt, with a little black tea and nondescript spiciness.
tastes of very roasty and sweet malt, with a pronounced hoppiness that you dont find in a lot of brown ales. subtle earthiness and resin flavors bring up the back. the palate seems to consist of just a couple intense flavors, although the balance is quite nice there is not a lot of complexity.
mouthfeel is great, rich and thick with a nice finish.
drinkability would be a lot higher if the price was lower (I payed 6 bucks for a 12 oz bottle).

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the strength of a brown ales and the taste of traditional mild ales, the beer's dry hoppy taste also reminds the senses of American-style brown ales- there's a lot of influence packed into this refreshing dark ale.

Pouring with a deep chestnut brown with hazy appearances, the light casts garnet highlights into the glass while the supple carbonation fuels an off-white creme that tops the beer with a dense sheet of tightly knit foam and populated islands of lace left behind on the walls of the glass.

Charred toast, cocoa-rich chocolates, walnuts, over cooked toffee, pine, citrus, and dark dried fruits all share the stage as the mild blend infiltrates the nose with a restrained aroma complex that's full of character.

A very dry taste of toast char, spent coffee, bitter chocolates, walnut oils, grain husk, white grapefruit, and pine needles provide the malt and hop balance but does so without hardly a hint of sweetness- only the late impression of toffee without the associated taste of simple sugar residual malt. Aged characteristics of mature pitted fruits give a light taste of dates, raisins, figs, apples, and prune at mid palate before the beer turns hoppy to finish. The faintest taste of starch and biscuit set in before the finish of citrus-turn-resin provides a sharp and cleansing bitterness.

Light bodied with the understated creaminess of carbonation, but mostly from the highly attenuative malt texture that prohibits any left over sweetness from resting on the palate- this beer is bone dry that's compounded further by hop and alcohol dryness as well. Light grain astrincency plays on the side of the tongue with an almost peppery pang.

Where then usual brown ale allows more caramel sweetness, malt texture, or both- this tawny tasting ale more resembles the balance and complexity found in the sessionable mild ales or very light English old ales (except for the American hop influences).

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- slightly hazy brown little head and little lacing.

Aroma- caramel, cofee/tofee vanilla some light florals.

Taste- crisp with a somewhat subdued malt character (as compared to newcastle) some buttery carmely flavors through out the middle and a little bit of a lingering bitter finish. Nobel hops

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, once the carbonation settles down

Overall- a decent brown not one I would necessarily seek out but good. I would say this might be more of an american brown because it is a little more hop forward than I am used to,

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Photo of hopsputin
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: its a murky light brown and ruby red. large 3 finger tan head thats leaving a nice lacing

s: sweet caramel and toffee, a very faint hint of earthy pine, a bit creamy, some sweet berries. something else in here that i can't quite put my finger on

t: bready, sweet caramel, pecans, sweet generic berries, a hint of alcohol tinge to cut the sweetness, lemongrass??, and some of that earthy pine that i picked up in the aroma

m: its a medium mouthfeel, a little on the lighter side, maybe a bit watery. small carbonation

o: its average, and thats not an insult. theres something slightly odd in here that i can't quite put my finger on. its a beer that centers around its sweetness, and theres not not much else. i wouldn't go out of your way for it

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Feb 2009.

Poured in Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Very strong perfumey smell when the bottle is first opened. Large lacy light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear reddish brown color. Aroma is light and chocolatey, soapy. Starts with some astringency, turning slightly chocolatey and coffee sweet. Light roasty malts throughout. Overall flavor is on the light side. Some astringency in the finish. Medium body. Alcohol seems a bit on the high side for a brown ale.

Not bad but price is a bit high to purchase again ($6).

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass,this beer has a massive head that stays throughout the beer.the nose is of sour cherries,caramel,brown sugar,with a hint of chocolate.i think this bottle might be older,because there is very little hop presence other than a blunt bitterness in the finish.it is relatively dry with dark fruity esters,brown sugar, and caramel/chocolate,a little bit of coffee as well.as previously stated,the finish is bitter,slightly leaning toward a coffee like acridity.as the beer warmed further,in had a slightly citrusy hop finish though.

mouthfeel is pretty carbonated,light in body.i feel like if this were a bit fresher it would get a better rating from me.i understand what this beer is trying to convey.if i lived in numazu japan,i would have a few of these.but at 4.99 for a bottle in ohio,i just wanted to take a fake vacation.

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Photo of OneBrewru
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Angry Boy Brown pours a deep mahogany color with a light khaki head.

The smell is of molasses and light spices, especially nutmeg and black pepper. Wet skunky hops come through.

Taste-wise, this beer is much hoppier than expected. Wet skunky, resinous pine hop flavors dominate and the malts take a back seat.

The mouthfeel is medium thick, dry, with very light carbonation.

Overall this is a decent beer. Maybe a few too many hops for the style with a bit dry of a finish.

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Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.