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Brown Angel | Clown Shoes

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3.84/5
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
679
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Ratings: 679 |  Reviews: 244
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a deep brown color. The body is a dark brown with a light cream colored head with some nice thick ringy lacing. The smell is all about the nuts and roasty chocolates with some slight caramels backing that up. A bit of brown sugar comes in with the hops telling you that this is a beer. The taste is superb with a roasty, sweet, malty, caramel, chocolate flavor. The nuttiness powers through into the taste. The palate is about a medium with a great balance between wet and dry around the tongue. It is very smooth and creamy, just like any Brown should be. Overall, this is one of my all time favorite brown ales, English or American.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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 cgrunin
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jentex
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 bottle served in a goblet.

Clear red-brown body with a large, foamy tan head that leaves a partial coat of lacing on the glass. Very good retention.
This "double brown" is, thankfully, double the malt bill (I guess) but not double the ABV of a standard brown. Double hops too, I suspect. Certainly Americanized with enough hops to add flavor, bolster complexity, and leave this malt bomb leaning slightly more towards bitter than sweet.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, cloudy, some bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass, 4 fingers of beige chunky head. Large and small bubbles in this devolving head.


S: Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, malt, alcohol, a little citrus.


T: Brown sugar, molasses, malt, malty malt drink, did I mention malt? Some hints of chocolate.


M: Medium thick syrupy body, little carbonation.


O: Excellent brew. A double brown ale. Is it the best I’ve had as many say? No, but really well done brew. Bought in Grand Rapids, MI, drank in Kalamazoo, MI Aug 17th 2014.

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Photo of kraticus41
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMZB
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gruss004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraDrinker
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikebu
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Angela1956
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Personally this beer ins't one of my favorites. The appearance of the head is creamy and frothy, dark and lasting. The lacing was decent. Body cloudy, hazy, murky, and slightly muddy and dark brown. The aroma smelled of molasses, caramel, toffee and coffee. Light hops but a yeasty smell. Body was full, creamy with an alcohol taste. Very metallic after taste.

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Photo of hennin55
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: average head, good lacing
Aroma: nuts, heavy in the hops, average yeast, hints of nutmeg and chocolate
Palate: medium body, creamy texture, bitter finish
Flavor: bitter with hints of chocolate and nutmeg

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Photo of mfarnick
4.98/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer because it is so smooth and easy to drink.
This beer has a wonderful coffee and malty aroma to it and the taste has a great mix of hops, chocolate, nutty, and citrus. This beer has a great balance between bitterness and that full body nutty flavor.

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Photo of defilli2
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark brown color, almost looked like pepsi when poured out. It was foamy and had small bubbles as well. The smell was very light but full of flavor, I could pull out the hops in it. The taste was slightly bitter to me. I pulled out some light coffee flavors. It was a light tasting beer and overall good flavor.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

**
02/06/2015
Aroma is like a bakery, fresh bread, rye/pumpernickel/sourdough. Appearance: dark brown, tan head. Looks delicious. Taste: caramel, some yeast, more Bread. Hint of raisin or some dark fruit. Very nice Feel is A little flat, muddy. Really nice brown ale. I’d buy this again.
**
07/23/2016
Side by side Brown Ale tasting:

1. DuClaw x11 Mesquite Smoked Brown Ale
2. Rogue Hazelnut Nectar
3. Clown Shoes Brown Angel
4. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
5. DuClaw Euforia
6. Voodoo Wynonna's Big Brown Ale
**

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Photo of 2ellas
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carlborch
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cola with a 2-inch tan collar when poured. The head is creamy. Very nice nose with suggestions of hazel nuts, coddled cream, and candied almonds. Medium full body. Nice, long lingering with dried fruit and nutty notes. Definitely moreish. Slight residue of yeast allowing the last of the pour some cloudiness. Somewhat sweet, but nicely balanced with some hoppy bitterness. The hops are mostly subdued but play an important background role. Nice Belgian lace. It would be a pity if this beer indeed is retired, however, I just purchased it and I would buy this again!

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Photo of TBonez477
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hop_junkie
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Reuuin
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid brown ale that pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma and taste is nut, brown sugar, roasted malts, and light hops. Enjoyable, very drinkable.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 679 ratings
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