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

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86
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-19-2003)
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Photo of wardough
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Four Firkins in western Minny.

Pours a darker-than-amber brown into the glass. Huge head that remains almost the entire session.

On the smell, I pick up more fruity esters than anything. Sweet smelling.

Taste-starts sweet and then ends up somewhat bitter with a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is very light, which helps the drinkability score.

A nice brown ale.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5%
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 Shakujin
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Baird-Angry Boy Brown Ale

Appearance: Poured from glass bottle into pint glass. Color is very dark amber, same color as bottle it came it, high 30 SRM. Head came up nicely, and took its time coming down. Looks to have slightly lower level of carbonation. Head has settled into a nice fluffy top.

Smell: Mostly hops coming of the top, if I had to say I would guess cascade as there is definitely a bit of the citrus coming through. After the initial pour the smell of hops is coming out stronger, may have poured it too cold

Taste: Interesting taste. A bit more hops than I have been drinking in brown ales recently. Malt is there but kind of jumps in on the first taste and then fades quickly into a hopy finish. The malts defiantly have the slightly chocolaty but mostly a nutty earthy feel to it. The ABV also comes through a little which is nice. As I sip it the malt flavors come through much better, which is great.

Mouthfeel:Good, has a little bit of heft to it, slightly sticky, however the hops really make it jumpy

Drinkability: Totally drinkable. Light enough to not bog one down, but complex enough to really enjoy

Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jgasparine
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thick, rocky cream colored head, which slowly dissipated, giving way to some nice lacing. The body was brown, like an oil-rubbed bronze, and exhibited a good amount of carbonation. Some nice bubble trains were visible from the side of the glass.

S- Nutty aromas of caramel malt and some moderate flowery hop aroma dominate the nose. Further investigation reveals the restrained aroma of apple cider.

T- Wow! Chewy roasted malt flavors are BIG and nutty, and these are INCREDIBLY well balanced with some moderate hop bitterness! Underneath this utopian layer of malt and hops lie hints of brown sugar and yellow raisins. The finish is long, nutty and bitter... absolutely exquisite!

M- Nice spritzy carbonation is the most prominent feature of this beer... and the high carbonation actually works well with the flowery hop profile. The body is creamy and chock full of unattenuated sugars, making for an overall assessment of a "medium body beer".

D- Oh SO VERY DRINKABLE. This beer is so perfectly balanced, so complex with nuances, and so quaffable with its 6.2% ABV!!! I will be promptly looking for the base case price on this Japanese wonder!

Photo of beer1018
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bought on sale for $2.99. For $4.99 a bottle in Ohio this better be orgasmic.

Poured into a snifter.

Appears dark brown/red like oak wood. Nice 2 inch flufy head. Decent sized particles are floating in my beer, not sure if that is right. Smells of hops,cherries and molases, i like the smell of this beer. The taste is fruity with a hop presence also it has the choclate/coffee flavor like some porters have. Mouth is somewhat creamy, my tounge tingles after swallowing. I wouldnt want to drink more then 2-3 at a time.

I wouldnt me suprised to find out this bottle is old considering no other review mentioned particles. If you get one fresh please let me know if it does, this was good so i am leaning towards normal for the beer. I would reccomend trying this beer, it is a decent english brown and if it was fresher it would taste even better. Over priced at $4.99 though imo.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.63/5  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.

Photo of bobsy
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Popeyes In Tokyo.

This is an interesting brown ale, and the dominant grapefruit notes seem to make it more similar to American versions than British.

Oak body with red highlights and an off-white head that leaves some foamy globs of lace. Strong malty aroma, with brown bread, brown sugar and browned nuts. Likewise, the flavour is malt-driven, but not without a surprising hop bite. Bready and nutty, the malts provide a great depth and sweetness to this beer, with undertones of toffee and vanilla. This is more than balanced out by a healthy splash of grapefruit, and a refreshingly moderate bitterness. Both body and carbonation are medium and well-suited to the style.

I liked this beer a lot, and I felt it had a hell of a lot more flavour and complexity than I would expect from a brown ale. If it was available at a reasonable price, this would be a staple for me.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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 scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 1000Bottles
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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."

--Anonymous

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.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 robbyc1
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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).

Photo of eyncognito
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of philipquarles
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 JoshuaCain
3.55/5  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).

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.