Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-20-2009 02:24:45 | More by scruffwhor
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
05-09-2009 20:08:36 | More by smcolw
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
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Copper hue with a midum light-tan head. Aroma is malty, a touch earthy. Flavor is fairly balanced, on the hoppy (bitter) side - not sweet. Some earthy/woody notes, pretty dry finish. Some citrus like qualities in the mouth, but not very pervasive. Pretty decent take on this style.
03-29-2009 04:26:15 | More by 1000Bottles
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
Chestnut-colored and translucent, with almost two inches of light-gold head. Leaves pretty nice lacing down the first half of the oversized wineglass I poured it in. No doubt the glass helps with the aromas, but this is one of the best smelling browns I've ever sniffed. Chocolate, plum, vanilla, booze. Yum.
On the palette, it's a little less impressive - nutty, brown bread, cocoa, good hop presence - delicious brown, but no more so than Smuttynose or Avery (which still puts it pretty high in the running for tastiest worldwide). Thick and chewy, but a bit boozy.
If it weren't price-prohibitive ($4.99 for a 12 oz.), I'd drink this fairly regularly, but in moderation. Delicious and definitely worth a try -- I'm excited to try another beer from this brewery.
03-25-2009 03:21:15 | More by jbsteiny
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
"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.
03-14-2009 12:53:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
Nice clear chestnut brown, nice 3 finger head in a sam adams glass. Inviting.
Smell is roasty and caramely without giving much away. Some notes of hops but mostly malt.
Yeasty as well as malty, nice Belgian-like yeast gives it interesting complexity, the hops support the backbone, give it a unique fresh flavor, a bit sweet and sourish, not like Goudenband which someone told me, but nice. The malt is not deep but supports the flavors nicely. Not heavy or overpowering, actually refreshing. A nice brown drinker for sure.
03-02-2009 01:23:28 | More by robbyc1
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
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).
02-22-2009 19:56:10 | More by htomsirveaux
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Appearance is brown with a minimal head which disappears quickly. Smells rather sweet-more like light brown sugar than say, caramel and a underlying nuttiness which I'd prefer to be a little more prominent. There's something about the malt in general that reminds me of some Belgian malts.
Taste follows the aroma, sweet like light brown sugar, only there's a descent level of hoppiness-slightly citric with a little mint. Despite the initial sweetness, there's a wonderful dry bitter finish mid-palate. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, slightly more carbonated than many English brown ales I've had.
Definitely an interesting beer and worth drinking. Recommended. I wish there was a bit more nuttiness to the malt bill on this one. The hops certainly help, although I can't help but think that some more herbal or grassy hops would pair well-perhaps some Northern Brewer, although there could be some there which would account for the pleasant mint flavor.
02-09-2009 05:46:19 | More by eyncognito
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Bottle from Belmont Party.
A - Poured a hazy brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.
S- Moderate to heavy toasted malt and sour citrus aroma.
T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.
D - This beer met my expectations.
01-23-2009 13:46:31 | More by tmoneyba
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
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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).
12-23-2008 03:15:46 | More by JoshuaCain
4/5 rDev +4.2%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a half inch of long-lasting head and good lacing. Had a brown color and somewhat cloudy consistency.
S: Smelled of roasted malt, sugars and a nuttiness.
T: Flavored with roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and a nutty quality. Not badly done.
M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
D: This is a drinkable, well-made beer. A good example of an English brown ale not actually from England.
12-03-2008 20:40:07 | More by avalon07
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
11-21-2008 06:54:35 | More by corby112
3.2/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
10-15-2008 22:55:02 | More by goodbyeohio
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a deep amber/brown with a frothy tan colored 2 finger head. Lots of sticky stuff on the glass. Head stays awhile.
Smells faintly of sweet malt, roasted aroma, slight hoppy notes, slightly fruity. None jump out though.
Plenty of sweet caramel flavor, roasted/toasted flavor, some slight chocolate, bitterness towards the finish. Tastes better than the nose leads you to believe.
Medium bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation, dry finish.
Tasty brew with a slightly above average ABV, drinkability is fine. This is the brew I'd have the most if I lived by the brewery.
09-18-2008 02:14:06 | More by bbothen
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
07-24-2008 03:33:28 | More by RblWthACoz
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
pours a deep deep inviting brown with slight amber undertones and off white head
refreshing aromas of malt, slight sugar, slight dried fruits, and crisp hops
starts with creamy malt and slight chocolate with crisp dry hops and slight apples and lemons on the finish. hops persists in the finish
good body, not too sugary, pretty hoppy for a brown ale
a very interesting beer. starts creamy and medium bodied and then gets slighty fruity and then hoppy dry through the long finish. well worth trying, I know I'll be getting another bottle; soon
07-11-2008 05:03:19 | More by bitterthebetter
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
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
Foamy persistent head. The color is quite impressive, almost opaque amber dark purple. The smell is very nice, yeasty, with lots of red fruits, I'd say sweet strawberries. The first impression in the taste is of sweet red fruits, and it's quickly combined with a dark chocolate bitterness. The chocolate thing is less noticeable than in Rogue American Amber Ale for example though. Maybe some caramel in there. The mouthfeel is very enjoyable, round and smooth at first, more rough and powder like after a while. Drinkability is quite good, not that I could have many of these in the same session, but I feel like I wouldn't mind have one every day.
06-16-2004 09:58:18 | More by tjd25
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
Dark, cloudy brown color with an exceptionally good-looking, smooth tan head. Smell is a candy-sweet strawberry, light whisps of alcohol.
Taste is big red fruits malt character which explodes in the mouth to thick, chunky hoppiness. Afternotes of candy strawberry and alcohol. Dark chocolate comes in as well. A little watery after the initial which I thought added to the drinkability rather than detracting from the mouthfeel, which I thought excellent.
Medium to heavy body. My stomach was heavy after half the glass. Still, I would seek this beer out again.
06-16-2004 09:49:13 | More by donnebaby
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Sampled on tap at Popeye in Tokyo.
This ale poured a hazy, reddish-brown color with off-white foam that left some lace on the glass. The smell was floral (cascade) hops with a bit of malt. The taste was sweet malt with both floral and bitter hop flavors. Not overly complex, but nice. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and carbonation. The aftertaste was hoppy. This was a nicely drinkable ale. Very easy to drink.
06-19-2003 09:46:52 | More by UncleJimbo
Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.