Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
04-21-2011 08:05:40 | More by OneBrewru
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
04-06-2011 07:57:11 | More by IronDjinn
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
03-23-2011 00:35:33 | More by jrallen34
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-17-2011 07:00:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
03-09-2011 23:10:38 | More by zoso1967
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint.
A: Good-sized, slightly pink head with a good mix of bubbles atop a hazy brown body with plenty of floaties--bottle-refermented, as stated. Can't find a date on the bottle, though. Too foggy to make out any carbonation. Head settles with some celerity, with a few patchy islands of lacing. A nice, rustic look to it.
S: Enchanting--nutty, a touch sweet, and unexpectedly tart, almost perfume-like. Perhaps the hops add that kick? Not the typically earthy English hops, for sure. Quite nice. I think this has been sitting on the shelf some time, but that's done wonders to it.
T: Just a slight touch sour, otherwise very typical brown ale flavors--English maltiness all the way, with perhaps a trace of diacetyl. Hops are there for bittering, but not well-defined--to style, I say. Really good...really good. A touch alcoholic, if anything.
M: Lower end of the carbonation spectrum, but otherwise a good, full beer. Not watery.
D: Very good. Thoughtful, but within the style, and with a manageable ABV, this beer would suit many palates.
02-02-2011 04:38:07 | More by wschmit
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
Bought a single bottle at Total Wine&More Las Vegas and poured into a globe pint.
A- deep chestnut, mocha colored head reminiscent of latte foam.
S- Very interesting. It has a bready quality, candied fruits, a bit of a toasty quality then grassy almost tree bark like in the back (from the hops perhaps?).
T- I got some bright tasting hops, then a bit of a roasty sweetness and slight nutty aftertaste I was expecting of a brown. It was surprising and was not what I was expecting...kinda like a bit dry hopped red ale, bit brown ale mixture. Very nice "angry" presence of the hops.
M- Medium carbonation...more than usual in a brown, but still smooth and creamy feel and finishes a bit dry on the palette.
D- I think it was easy of a drink though after a few sips I can detect it was a bit boozy. It's more carbonation than the usual style, but I wasn't bothered much by it. It's very up my and BFs alley in terms of sweeter malty brews having a distinct hop presence to appeal to us hop heads. BF definitely wants to buy another bottle which doesn't happen too often too soon.
01-12-2011 10:05:14 | More by Provocajade
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
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)
12-10-2010 19:26:53 | More by basica
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Really enjoying the work of Baird lately. This is a fine brown ale, no doubt. Towering head with great retention and nice angel ring lacing. The aromas are fantastic, some tropical hop aromas mixed in with some sweet fruit and cherry malt. Palate-wise again is no let down. A slightly sweet aftertaste and some mouth coating bitterness all combines to make me a happy boy drinking this angry boy.
10-29-2010 10:54:36 | More by juju7
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
This brew pours a nice copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger cappicino laced head with sticky lacing all over the place,the smell is quite different to most other brown ales ive had as this smell reminds me more of a belgian dark ale with aromas of fruitcake,dark fruits,cabernet merlot and some feint piney hops,it has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel which is perfectly carbonated and the taste is very different to the smell with piney hops on the forefront and althrough out combined with caramel malts and a touch of dark grapes which is curbtailed by the hoppy bitterness and i think the clash of this sweet and bitter end really rounds out this brew to give it a nice bittersweet finish and to be quite honest i like it,overall this is the second offering ive sampled out of 7 from this brewery and if they are anything like this quality ill be very happy,definately recommend and will buy again without doubt.
10-29-2010 05:35:59 | More by ADZA
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Wow, I'm not sure how to classify this -- it doesn't really resemble other "brown ales" that I've tried in that it's very very hoppy.
It's indeed a nice brownish color (but translucent, not nearly opaque like a stout), with a medium body. The taste immediately screams "hops!" -- American hops, and they're delicious -- followed up by a mild sweetness and a bit of roastiness. Very easy to drink, with a nice "kinda like an IPA, but kinda different too" sense that was very appealing.
This is an excellent and interesting beer. I ran out of money so couldn't drink more, but I'm looking forward to trying it again.
[Note -- I had this in Popeye (Tokyo), which seems to have very fresh beer, especially Japanese beer. That's probably one reason the hop taste was so outstanding.]
10-12-2010 02:56:40 | More by snogglethorpe
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Slightly cloudy copper brown with a thick, chunky creamy head. Malty scent with a blend of fresh bread, toffee and a slight hint of butter.
Surprising hop presence for a brown ale. Slight tart, lemony flavour from the hops. Slightly nutty, dry malt flavour. Mild hints of milk chocolate and toffee and even coffee.
Easy on the mouth, though the carbonation is a little high for an English-style brown. Enjoyable beer.
09-01-2010 03:09:28 | More by BDTyre
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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...
08-14-2010 15:59:47 | More by Proteus93
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
07-02-2010 13:22:33 | More by twiggamortis420
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
05-20-2010 06:54:42 | More by feloniousmonk
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Baird Brewery: Angry Boy Brown Ale (No Freshness date) (Tasted 03/30/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.
Appearance: The beer is a hazy shade of chestnut brown, adorned with a big off-white head that is tight and bubbly at the bottom, rocky meringue peaks on top, big soapy looking bubbles stick to the sides of the glass.
Odor: Initial whiffs reveal big perfume-like fruity alcohol, followed by a cracker-like malt aroma and some faint earthy hops.
Consistency: High end of light bodied, bordering on medium. The carbonation level on this beer is a tad high for my taste, but doesn't really obscure or amplify any of the flavors, so it's not all that bothersome in the grand scheme of things. Bubblier than I'm used to, though. The alcohol effects the feel of this beer in a big way, adding a fruity undercurrent and some bite in the finish.
Flavor: Toasted nuts and bakers chocolate, with a blanket of red fruit and earthy hop flavor underneath. Balance comes from the hops and alcohol. Finish is long, roasty, dry and highly alcoholic.
I'm not quite sure what to make of this beer, nor am I sure about the age of the bottle, it didn't have dust on it? The alcohol and snappy carbonation hurt the feel and drinkability of this beer a bit, but that doesn't exactly equate to bad for me. Save the alcohol, the flavors are well balanced and very vibrant, the fruitiness the alcohol lends is actually quite pleasant, but the bite is kind of rough for a brown ale. I look forward to some day trying this beer in Japan at the brewery.
03-30-2010 20:49:45 | More by Walken
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
03-27-2010 12:28:19 | More by mempath
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Inviting aroma is strong and malty with a nice undertone of fruit and a hint of brown sugar. Pours with a VERY thick and fluffy, and fairly persistent, cream-white head. Beer itself is a clear, warm mahogany. Flavor is very pleasing, malty with an undertone of hoppy bitterness and hints of fruit and honey sweetness. Texture is very smooth, slightly tingly, quite pleasant.
02-15-2010 00:04:36 | More by Cyberkedi
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
Appearance: Poured a nice golden brown with a big ol' three-finger of frothy head on it, that then went down to a respectable two-finger throughout the life of the beer! Nice!
Smell: After getting through that foam, hints of sweet malts.
Taste & Mouthfeel: The Malted roasted flavor really comes to you upfront. Spiky (pepper like taste) middle that smooths out near the end. Had a slight metallic flavor to it near the end of the beer, but nothing that makes it unpleasant. Leaves the mouth with a mild fullness that tickles the palette. Not as sweet as other brown ales, but very nice overall flavor that does make this one a bit "angrier" than the other brands.
Drinkability: This is my second time drinking this one, and i found that the second go round was way better. Glad I withheld judgment because "Angry Boy" is good take on a brown ale. Will certainly revisit this one again. And as the bottle says, "Anger is energy. Use it, then let it go." Kampai!
11-27-2009 02:47:00 | More by July2Nov
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-11-2009 01:13:50 | More by wardough
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-04-2009 07:01:17 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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
09-23-2009 11:24:02 | More by Shakujin
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
09-18-2009 14:44:33 | More by tugdriver7
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
09-07-2009 22:35:34 | More by damndirtyape
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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!
08-16-2009 13:24:32 | More by jgasparine
Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.