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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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very good

87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 145
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-19-2003

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 145
Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 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 rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 juju7
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wschmit
4.04/5  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.

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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 Oakenator
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep brown in color and slightly opaque. Some carbonation but disappates quickly. Smell is a sweet malts with brown sugar and/or maple. Detect a hint of sour maybe from the generous hopping. Taste is well balanced with the malts appearing first and quickly finished with a hop twang but not over the top.

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Photo of Shakujin
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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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 snogglethorpe
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.]

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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 patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown with a light haze, no visible carbonation and topped with 2 fingers of beige head.

S: Citrusy hops on top of caramel toffee notes. Coffee, dark chocolate. Reminds me more of an American Brown than the English style due to the hops.

T: Toffee and caramel, dark chocolate and coffee followed fast by the orange citrus zesty hop notes. Light burnt bitterness.

M: Medium balanced syrup and resinous body, little fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Found it in Chiang Mai, drank Nov 21st, the day of my son’s circumcision. Great well crafted brew with a cool label. Great one for Japan.

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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 tjd25
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.