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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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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 145
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-19-2003

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 145
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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky and turbid dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. A good amount of sediment is seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, and some slight caramel notes. Taste is somewhat sour with some toasted malt, slight fruit, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky ice tea color with a modest head that leaves a few traces

Smell: Brown bread, caramel and apricot

Taste: Brown bread and stone fruit, up front, with an interesting apricot angle that develops by mid-palate, when the hops arrive to add a somewhat bitter dimension; the fruits build, after the swallow, with a slightly sweet, brown sugar undertone

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprisingly interesting brown ale; enjoyed the fruit elements as well as the malty sweetness, as both were held in check by the hops

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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 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 biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"It is easier to swallow angry words than to have to eat them."


Dark coppery orange with an infusion of cherry juice. At least half the glass is filled with foam following an aggressive pour. The head is the color of golden brown sugar and is quality through and through. A generous amount of lace is simply icing on a very good looking cake... er, beer.

The nose keeps the good vibes flowing. It's brown bread malty (with a hint of cocoa) and has a noticeable hop edge. I'm not sure that it's angry, exactly, but maybe it'll be more pissed off on the palate. Solid so far.

Angry Boy Brown is a little more bold than most brown ales, English browns especially, but it isn't as burly as some of my favorites. That's okay, it's delicious ale that is balanced in a hopheaded sort of way. Still, we aren't talking Brown IPA here.

Six different malts (pale, crystal, chocolate, brown, black and roasted) combine to produce flavors of brown bread, cocoa and bitter nuts. Obviously, the bitterness is coming from the East Kent Goldings and Challenger hops, which also provide a sort of herbal fruitiness. An early sweetness segues into a midmouthful bitterness that tightens down as the finish approaches.

I'm pretty lenient when it comes to appearance, but am a stickler for mouthfeel. This one isn't quite full enough given the ABV and the brewery's desire for a bigger, bolder brown. The bubbles are fine because they stay out of the way.

Angry Boy Brown is yet another good brew from an expatriate American who now makes his home in Numazu, Japan. By virtue of its hoppiness, it's more of an American brown than an English brown. It's also damn good beer that I could drink again and again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark mahogany-hued body layered with a rich, lather-like, off-white foam. Splotches of lace on the way down.

Smell: A pleasant duality of malts and hops -- dark, toasty breadiness, then it's leafy and spicy, then it's hints of dry dark caramel and citrus fruits, then it's walnut shells and more leaves.

Taste: Heady maltiness with tastes of oven-charred bread crusts and roasted biscuit top. Slight background nuttiness. A drop or two of sweet dark caramel and baker's chocolate. Pleasant hop mixture gives off tastes of punchy spices and citrus (lemon and pink grapefruit) with a medium-high bitterness. Pleasant, engaging back-and-forth of predominately bready malts and bitter hops until the near dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another enjoyable, fine ale from Baird. They're 2 for 2 with me now. A well-balanced, bold brown from Japan. Though it seems a UK variety of hops were chucked into the mix, the end result seems a bit too bitter for being labeled an English Brown. That's just my opinion though!

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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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alas, the last of my Baird beers. Hopefully I will find some others to try soon.

Pours a dark brown with a thick creme head. Flavor is earthy, but a bit heavy on the sweet side. Feel is a bit slick. Lower carbonation. Overall, a decent brown ale. A bit too sweet, but still nice to drink.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/8/2015. Listed as 7% on the bottle. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/piney hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, light citrus, pine, and herbal/floral earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light citrus/pine, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Some light dryness from bitterness as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good American brown ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge head beige head that recedes in a rocky fashion. Lots of chunky lace. Light brown color; some cloudiness.

Surprising level of floral hop. If blindfolded, I would think this is an APA.

Great malt base and an even better hop bite. Well-balanced and easy to drink. Compared to most modern ales, this one has higher level of carbonation. Simply a beautiful beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baird Brewery, Angry Boy Brown Ale

Dusky brown color, pale beige head on top, long lasting.

Wide awake, out loud and proud sweet malty aromatics. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses. Maybe a little too sweet, though.

Taste: Fills the mouth, and floats about. Gets a bit sour, mellows again, harsh malt sweetness, then dry. Bitterness abounds, and remains. Unfiltered? Tastes it. Very full in every way, body, mouthfeel, texture.

Tartness tasted earlier, which scared me for a second, is now gone, and it's all sweet, brown malt, all cocoa and caramel.

Now I'm reading the label: "fleeting malty sweetness, a barely controlled bitterness, and, naturally an angry edge..." Why is it I so seldom agree with what they put on the bottles? Not really that angry, not so uncontrollable with the bitterness (or, not the word I'd use)...the malt sweetness was fleeting?

Oh, well, I like it fine, not bad stuff from the Land of the Rising Sun.

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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 lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased for me from Slowbeer by @epiclurk. Cheers!

Pours a dark, but very solid dark red/burgundy hue--a cracking colour for a beer, although not the brown the name implied. Head is full and frothy, but frothy like meringue, crashing down quickly and leaving minimal lacing. Decent looking brew all up though.

Nose is pleasantly but mildly hoppy, giving some fresh sweet citrus notes, with just a suggestion of syrupy malt. Together, it forms a lovely balance, with the sweeter malt giving it a nice twist from the standard IPA/hoppy pale ale mould.

Taste is a little softer, or at least thinner. Here the hop bitterness doesn't mesh so well with the other characters, although the other characters are reasonably bold. Besides the sharp, direct humulus through the centre, we have a slight nuttiness and a rounded sweet malt extract character, but they seem to sit apart from the hops, and don't integrate well.

Feel is light and a bit thin. This lack may be one of the reasons for the lack of integration on the palate.

It's a nice beer, and solidly drinkable one, but this is a really great style, and I feel like this example is only par for the course.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.60ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/6/12

A dark amber with lots of sediment and no shortage of carbonation, very well sustained two fingers of tan foam has some brown specks and leaves some random lace

S grapefruit and pine come out right away, lots of hops is unexpected but most welcome, there's some caramel malt but mostly citric hops and I'm digging it

T some herbal tea bag to go with what I smell, a little perfume I didn't smell and less citric hops, not as nice as the smell but still great

M medium weight with lots of bubbles, a bit of an Iced Tea aftertaste with a nice bitter bite

O went down pretty fast and I have little too complain about in any area

a nice hoppy brown ale from Japan that I could drink myself stupid with, wouldn't guess its as strong as it really is, be careful with this Angry Boy

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice solid hazy brown hue with a good creamy light brown head that fades to leave a thin, soft blanket.

S - Aromas are tons of barley, sugars, grapefruit, pine, caramel. Nice.

T - Taste is more of the same with the hops and caramel mxing to create a bit of an herbal tea thing. Not really a huge fan, but darn are the citrus hops solid!

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, solid assessable offering for Baird.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey amber and deep rust color. Nice layer of foam and the rust color is so deep and hazey, I can't see any bubbling. The aroma is a blend of roasted malts that lend of bitter chocolate and subtle coffee aroma. The hops gives just a bit of orange peel in the nose. Bitter and roast malts combine very well. Great balance of roasted coffee, toffee, and a little chocolate. Then some earthy and orangey hops. Great gristy palate that finishes resiny. Very easy to drink.

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