Brown Angel | Clown Shoes

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Brown AngelBrown Angel

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mduncan on 03-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. $6.49 from Beer Run. Bottled March 2011, so pretty damn fresh.

Appearance: Dark brown in the glass and a deep ruby in bright light. Light brown head, good retention, lots of lacing in the tulip.

Smell: Citrus and green piney hops. Toast and lots of nice nutty aromas.

Taste: Up front there's the pretty substantial citrus and green hops flavors, followed by toasty malt and nutty flavors, as well as a little caramel. Some chocolate in the finish and a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: I don't know, somehow this beer has a slightly (just slightly) thin, watery feel. Carbonation is nice. A little resiny feel on the end.

Overall: I'm going to score the overall lower than any of the component scores, because the whole seems less than the sum of its parts. Its a nice, hop forward brown. The problem is that its not really hoppy enough (or maybe just not hopped in the right way) to be an "India brown ale," and too hoppy to be an excellent brown ale.

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Photo of MisterSH
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typing as I drink:
22oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip. Available locally here in Eastern MA but this bottle was courtesy of a trade with Roaster.

Pour yields a rich reddish-umber beer with a pleasant, bubbly head that seems determined to stay intact for a while. Looks great in the glass especially as some lacing begins to appear.

Smell: Not an outrageously aromatic beer, I'm getting a combination of roasty malt and a distinct hop note. Also hints of vanilla and chocolate, but overall a little subdued.

First taste reveals a roasty character, fairly light in body that ends on a pleasantly balanced blend of herbal hops and roast flavors. Nice malt profile, some bready accents throughout with some subtle hints of vanilla. Grapefruit hop presence is certainly noticeable, this is an unusually hoppy brown ale (and I'm pretty sure that's the point, isn't it?). The bottle advertises a delicate floral finish provided by kent goldings... I would tend to agree that the hops are more assertive in the body of this beer than they are on the finish, which is nice. On swallowing, the bitterness falls back a bit to allow some more complex and subtle, biscuity malt flavors that offer a really nice balance. There is a final creamy malt aftertaste that lingers on the tongue, which is quite nice.

I find this beer fairly light in the mouth. It is medium-low in carbonation, just enough to offset any tendency towards wateryness but low enough to make this a really thirst-quenching brown ale that leaves me refreshed and wanting more. Not too heavy on the tongue, but viscous enough.

Overall, a really nice brown ale, very drinkable with a really interesting hop presence. Refreshing and easy to drink, surprisingly respectable at 7%.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eclipse54
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you sir! Bottled in May, 2011 according to the bottle, and split into snifters to share with the better half.

Pours a very dark, hazy brown/mahogany color with about a centimeter of thin, bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. It does, however, leave a few small patches of bubbles on the side of the glass as lacing.

Smell is very good, with plenty of toasted malt, some toffee and caramel, and a surprising amount of floral and earthy hops. Notes of vanilla and faint almond are also present.

Taste follows through with plenty of the aforementioned flavors. First, a note of the floral hops, followed by toasted malt, toffee, caramel, and almond. It finishes with a second pass through the hops, emphasizing some of the more earthen notes and bringing out a touch of citrus as well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp on the tongue, perhaps slightly overcarbonated (which was surprising given the lack of head development), and it finishes very dry and sticky in the mouth. It makes you want another drink, but begs a glass of water to be had along side it.

Overall, it is a very flavorfull and drinkable brown ale that I would gladly have again, but it lacks some of the subtleties that would push it into the upper echelon of the style.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always good to see new beers come in and once I saw Clown Shoes beers I thought it'd be a good idea to pick one up. And what man wouldn't buy a beer with a lovely black female angel on it?

The head of the Brown Angel is a light brown color, bubbly, and has fair retention but bubbles away fairly quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown-ruby color.

My lack of smell info should be excused because I had a bit of a cold when I drank the beer. That being said, there was a lot of brown sugary sweetness, cinnamon, and a bit of roastiness.

The beer is very tasty. It has brown sugar and caramel sweetness, the malts are toasty, there's some nutty roastiness, and just a tad of hop bitterness. Not too complex but yummy.

Medium-low carbonation keeps the Brown Angel very smooth throughout and the sweetness makes it a bit syrupy.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I specifically bought this due to the recent BS regarding the "sexist, racist" label. So, the old adage "there's no such thing as bad press" lives on.

Poured into a DFH glass a dark mahogany with a nice fluffy dark tan head that laces well.

Nose of dark sweet malts, lightly nutty with a layer of alcohol.

A sip is smooth and lightly carbonated - darker, subtly roasted malt flavor - rich but not sweet, a bit of pine/earthy hop presence sticks through the finish with a bit of warming alcohol.

Solid beer. I'm borderline offended by the "controversy" of late. It's a sexy brown-skinned woman with angel wings and clown shoes. How is that offensive? This is just beer, get real.

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Photo of tvazteca
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good brown ale. Sweet sweet malts riding on my tongue. The beer pours a serious dark beer. My girlfriend didn't want to taste it but thought it was a tasty after some prodding.
It looks nice, with an excellent lacing of hops and malts on the rim. It has a nice malty taste to it, so delicious. The overall taste is a nice beer to enjoy on a cold night.

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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark sienna brown with little to no head.

S- Chocolate, Roasted Coffee with a floral scent of Hazelnut & Citrus

T- This is not your typical brown ale. Normally you would think a brown ale is all malts but this is roasty with a good hop bite followed by some chocolate and coffee notes. It's a good brown ale overall but it just caught me off guard with all the hops.

Food Pairing- Beef ribs that have been rubbed with salt, pepper, cayenne, and brown sugar glazed with a chipotle bbq sauce.

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Photo of shopk
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cola brown with an opaque light brown hughe. Only a ring for head. Some spot lace.

S - Light malt and somewhat briny.

T - Good malt base, small amount of heat, ends smacking good.

M - Medium body, good carb and balance. Like the clean finish.

D - Browns aren't my favorite, but this one is pretty tasty.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass at The Beer Market in Lincolnshire

A - pours finger of khaki head, body is an opaque mahogany, nice lacing

S - dark ripe fruits, cocoa powder, and pumpernickel bread

T - Tart plumskins, dark unsweetened chocolate, juniper berry, dry pumpernickel bread, wonderful rye flavors long onto the finish.

M - Almost medium, medium carb is somewhat cleansing, makes way for the more bitter, sour and dry nuances - very smooth and drinkable overall

O - very balanced and complex, flavors are on the bold side and leave me contemplating each sip, an extremely well done brown ale, I recommend this one

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a burgundy tint and a decent brown head into my glass.

Hmm, roasted coffee? Cream? Interesting for the style. Molasses too. Not traditional brown ale aromas. Nutty too!

Ditto in the taste. It's like a hybrid of a brown ale and stout with a great emphasis on the malt. Rich, roasty and so forth.

Lingering sweet, roasty malt at the back. Interesting finish.

A brown ale dialed all the way up to 11? Check. Can't rate it as a traditional example though. Check it out anyway!

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Photo of horshack7
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber pours a brown mohagany beer with a thick rocky head that is about two fingers thick. The head rentention is rather amazing.

Aroma: Citrusy hop, caramel malt. A slight bit of breadiness. The malts let out a molasses aroma under all of it.

Taste: Medium to full bodied and a relatively smooth mouthfeel. A brown bread maltiness. The hops are there but they are around the edges. The finish carries a little bit of a cherry syrupness that coats the pallate:

Notes: Well this is quite a tasty brew from Mercury Brewing nicely drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves glass-coating lacing. The body is a pleasant transparent caramel brown color.

S - Floral hops, cocoa, and nutty malt. No obvious alcohol in the otherwise potent nose. Reminds me a little of Surly Bender.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter - must be the Amarillo hops. There is some nuttiness, but this isn't anywhere near as sweet as the nose. A little underwhelming.

M - Maybe a bit thin for 7%. Finishes with light stickiness, but is otherwise quite clean. Medium carbonation.

D - This is easy drinking stuff. I could kill a bomber pretty easy. This was the better of the two Clown Shoes brews.

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Photo of sirhc3034
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikebu
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsputin
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: deep, dark murky brown color that almost borders on black. some very faint ruby red colors towards the bottom of the glass where the light hits it. head is 1 finger, tan and fluffy like a marshmellow

s: big punch of sweet malt and brown sugar on the nose. there is an almond aroma that follows the sweetness along with some sweet berry. there is a slight earthy/herbal smell in here towards the back - seems to balance out the sweetness a bit. a very faint touch of raisins in here as well

t: immediately i'm noticing this is not as sweet as you would have guessed from the nose. malt is definitely present on the front of the tongue, but behind that is a dry chocolate (like chocolate powder) presence, as well as a light nutty flavor (wish more). the raisins i picked up in the nose are here in the taste as well. there is a herbal hop presence in here as well - not so much a bitterness, but it lends an earthy presence with just a hint of pine....just a hint. malts take over for the finish

m: mouthfeel itself is quite light, however the carbonation level makes it feel a bit fuller

o: i wish i knew how old this bottle was (though i'm not sure it would effect my rating). i think this is an enjoyable beer, however i would like it to be a touch sweeter and utilized a nutty flavor a bit more as well. i don't love the trend of hopping every style, however its not overdone here. so, overall - good not great

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated May,2011 into a tulip.

Murky, milk chocolate brown with the most ridiculous 4-5+ finger, rocky light tan head that towered over the top of the glass. Extremely slow to recede with a ton of lacing and character throughout the glass.

The aromas in this beer are dominated by some roasted nuts, caramel malt, hints of chocolate and smoked tobacco. Hop presence is mild, but I may have let this one slide a little past its peak.

Taste is good, with all of the aromatic notes coming through, backed up by a fairly persistent hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is just a touch lacking. Felt like it needed to be just a little creamier. That said, it is on the high side of medium-bodied, adequate carbonation, and a little dry on the finish.

Overall very good. More hop character than a lot of brown ales, which I like.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheRock7755
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 4/2012 on the side. Pours a dark, murky brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, earth, brown sugar, and a hint of citrus. Taste is mostly of caramel malts with floral hops at the end. Maybe some hints of chocolate. Silky mouthfeel. Tastes a bit boozier than I would have expected. Overall, one of the better Brown Ales out there. Well done.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown angel pours dark brown into the glass with a medium sized light tan head. The foam dissolves quickly leaving spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and malty with some nutty hazelnut notes, toasted malt and hints of citrus.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and oily with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet caramel malt, some chocolate and a touch of coffee. an Earthy nuttiness is also present. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of citrus and grass. Once gone the caramel and nutty flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer that hides it's 7% abv well. A good malty beer for a hearty stew or dinner.

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Photo of thumperskibum
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergal88
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Great body, rich color. Three hues of brown caught my eye.

S-Strong malt. Nutty and spicy.

T-Delicious body. Hint of nut and spices coated my throat, yet it had a sweet finish. Perfect blend of hops; not to bitter or overpowering.

M- Smooth cool finish. Instant gratification upon the next sip.

O-I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer! Excellent appearance and great taste from first sip to finish.

I will definitly add this to my beer repitroire.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
3.87 out of 5 based on 679 ratings.
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