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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85
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

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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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 85
Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 July2Nov
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of donnebaby
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 philipquarles
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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 seand
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark translucent reddish amber, with a large amount of bubbly light tan head. A nice layer retains, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Rich malt, with a bit of a roasted note. It's almost a bit boozy; I would have guessed a higher ABV just based on the smell.

T: Sweet with the same slightly bitter roasted note from the nose. Relatively light overall, but with a somewhat concentrated sweet/boozy note near the mid palate. It's different.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly astringent.

Overall, not bad, and different. I probably wouldn't get it again, but it was worth trying.

Photo of tjd25
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of spicelab
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

360mL bottle from Warners@The Bay.

Opaque mahogany with a voluptuous beige head that subsides over 5 minutes leaving a solid lace network and a slightly raised ring.

Driven by rich and sweet malt character. Muscatels, baked toffee, gingerbread, cherries, dates, figs, nutmeg and a slight floral edge. There's a pleasing lifted pungency to the aromas.

Flavours show even more brandy snap and toffee malts joined by a textbook earthy pine bitterness. The dark fruit complexity in the nose doesn't come through quite as well.

Moderately oily palate, with below average carbonation and a long, satisfying, deceptively bitter finish on the back palate.

Plenty of personality with good cohesion. Great brown ale that I'd be happy to drink a few of in succession.

Photo of jgasparine
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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 tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 robbyc1
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 juju7
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 bbothen
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mempath
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rizalini
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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 hopsputin
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: its a murky light brown and ruby red. large 3 finger tan head thats leaving a nice lacing

s: sweet caramel and toffee, a very faint hint of earthy pine, a bit creamy, some sweet berries. something else in here that i can't quite put my finger on

t: bready, sweet caramel, pecans, sweet generic berries, a hint of alcohol tinge to cut the sweetness, lemongrass??, and some of that earthy pine that i picked up in the aroma

m: its a medium mouthfeel, a little on the lighter side, maybe a bit watery. small carbonation

o: its average, and thats not an insult. theres something slightly odd in here that i can't quite put my finger on. its a beer that centers around its sweetness, and theres not not much else. i wouldn't go out of your way for it

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jbsteiny
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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 basica
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Walken
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wschmit
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 bitterthebetter
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of TokyoCO
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought in Tokyo, poured into a pint glass.

A: Light brown, almost a really dark orange.

S: Dark fruits, light chocolate and coffee, sweet grape.

T: Rich. Starts out with the fruits. Dark fruits are present with a hint of citrus. Bitter middle with blend of citrus and bitter chocolate/coffee. Ends with nice roasted malts but there are some lingering hops/citrus as well.

M: An interesting mix of tangy citrus and creamy darkness...

O: Great beer. I haven't had many browns that have this much fruit/citrus.

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.]

Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.