Brown Angel | Clown Shoes

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87
very good
679 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mduncan on 03-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
679
Reviews:
244
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
104
For Trade:
2
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Photo of casapy
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darcange
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of A-Sox
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigRizz62
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a dark cola brown with a towering foamy 3 finger head. Lacing is copious and lasting.
S- The nose is typical caramel malt sweetness without much hop characteristic.
T- Caramel sweetness with a mild ashy bitter finish. Definitely a bit of oxidation going on here.
F- The feel is light with a low prickly carbonation.
O- This beer is probably past its prime, but still possesses some nice qualities of your typical brown ale. Nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of Robyn
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of BryantForestry
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DerekCarruth
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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 Beezee
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Agold
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours nutty brown with about a half inch of off white head which recedes leaving a thin layer. There is lots of very nice lacing. Very pretty beer. The aroma is nutty and mildly roasty. Pretty nice. There is also a mild floral hop aroma. There is a bit of coco and roast that comes through in the flavor along with a very nice pleasant roast nutty flavor. A bit of caramel sweetness comes along with it. Nice enjoyable brown ale. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Very nice enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of appetiteforparis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark brown beer with hints a red hues toward the bottom of the glass, the head is fairly thin (roughly one and a half fingers thick) and wanes considerably into a layer of bubbles and lacing. Medium carbonation and a slight haze fill the inner body of this beer. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, fig and raisins all fill your nostrils as you breathe in the sweet aromas emanating from the nectar of the gods. The mouth feel is rather light and dull, but the carbonation is very present. The flavor is mild overall, sweet, bitter when it hits the sides of your mouth and it fills your tongue with roasted coffee bean (mildly) roasted malts, very mild hops. The aftertaste lingers long after you swallow, it’s a bit harsh and slightly bitter and is dominated by roasted malts, brown sugar and mild hops. I think I just found my new favorite brown ale!

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Photo of chewy6935
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freshcarl
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown producing 2 fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, tan head that leaves a nice sheet like coating of lace. Aroma is malt forward as expected with nice floral hop presence, dark, toasty bready malt, roast & nuts with bittersweet chocolate. Taste is deeply malty, toasted pumpernickel with roasted nuts, bittersweet chocolate & brown sugar hints with an unprecedented, brown ale hop bitterness. Finish is toasted maltiness, bittersweet in a wash of pepper. Afrertaste is an even more bitter version of the finish with a heavy taste of char. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, a little prickly, nicely thick & chewy but creamy. Totally out of character with brown ales due to the hoppy profile I feel it deserves a style designation all it\'s own. Touche\' Clown Shoes!

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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 Morakaton
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GregSVT
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big off-white head that fades to a layering and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is cocoa, slight chocolate malts, and a bit of vanilla.

T: The taste is cocoa, sweet malts, and a bit of earthy hops on the finish. The aftertaste is a bit odd compared to some other Brown Ales I've had but it's not too bad.

M: The feel is on the thinner side of medium bodied but a bit overcarbonated.

O: This is a relatively unique Brown Ale with some nice qualities but it falls short of great in my opinion. I'm glad I got to try it but I wouldn't seek it out again. Thanks to Michael for the chance to try this one!

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mlawrence
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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