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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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BA SCORE
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 publaw
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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

Look: The beer pours a golden brown color with a nice light brown head.
Smell: Malts, hops, fruit and spicy
Taste: Sweet spices and herbal hops, with a malty backbone. In the middle the bitterness kicks in, followed by a fruity spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: Nice beer

Photo of matjack85
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on apr´11.
Medium brown in color.Opaque.Beige close & dense foam.Copious lacing.Medium buuble size.Coffee,yeast & toasted malt aromas.Intense hoppy flavor, pepery notes too.Overall coffee on palate.Chocolate on the aftertaste.Medium/low carbonation.Interesting ,very easy drinkable & nice spot of the style.

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dirty, red-hued brown in color. Forms a minimal off-white head that offers little retention and disappears quickly. No lacing.

S: Molasses. Bread, dark malty-fruits, and a little yeast.

T: Starts off with a dark malty sweetness. Fruity. Brown sugar. All the while there is a bit of a yeasty funkiness that intermingles with everything. Mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body. A bit light for the style. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A pretty good take on the brown ale, though I'm not a fan of the yeasty funk this beer offers up.

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

12oz bottle bought a long time ago at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Nice crimson mahogany with a 1 finger dirty khaki crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Loads of malt, a dash of chocolate, a tinge of alcohol, and a slight faded hop note (old bottle)

Taste: Same as the nose but with an english yeast twang in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with a really creamy crown.

Drinkability: goes down easy.

I would like to revisit a fresh bottle some time.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of Rizalini
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of OneBrewru
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of wschmit
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Provocajade
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of basica
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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)

Photo of juju7
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.]

Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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