Brown Angel | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
674
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
18.86%
 
 
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42
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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown translucent body with average head and spotty lacing.

It smells really hoppy for a brown. Pine is the most noticable. It's rounded w/ light coffee.

Coffee and nutty malts are complimented well with pine and earthy hops. It finishes with a respectable bitterness.

Crisp carbonation and a full, dry body.

It's an enjoyable take on a brown. The hops add a nice edge to style without compromising the standard.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Sammy Smiths pint glass.

App: Deep and rich burgundy coloration with little head with nice and consistent lacing all the way around the glass.

Smell: Toast, chocolate, dark fruits make for a very complex initial scent that's all pulled together with a noticeable amount of citrus hops.

Taste: The label on the brew hits the nail on the head, it starts with a very nice citrus and pine hop flavor, and finishes with a fantastic bouquet of taste featuring florals, and like the scent toast and chocolate.

MF: This brew is balanced and consistent, the feel was the same from the fist sip to the last. Surprisingly light, yet complex.

OA: I enjoyed this one a lot, and can't wait to try more Clown Shoes Brews.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown mahogany with a thin white lace of head. The aromas of hops mixed big malt feel. Lightly roasted nuts, big caramel, chocolate, sour yeast, slight smokey scent blended in as well. Woody, nutty, and hoppy on the tongue. Strong malts, sweet fruits are also present. This feels watery in the mouth, light to medium bodied, sweet and bitter. This is a decent brown ale, everything seems to be blended well and comes out just right. Nothing in this beer screams out and takes a hold of me, but nevertheless a decent average brown.

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

Nice cola brown color with light brown head that retains through almost all 22 ounces.

The aroma is light brownie, medium roasted bread crust. Pumpernickel bread comes to mind with a little cream and coffee.

Great malty flavor wit a soft grainy texture, with a little creaminess too. Lots of roasted malts play well with the light creamy, grainy texture very well. Bread crust, dark muffins, light coffee, and mild coffee flavors as well. Pretty good beer worth picking up again.

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Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dark mahogany brown with short cap of beige head with decent retention and some traces of lacing.

S: Woody, roasted malty aroma with earthy, herbal hops notes. Definitely favors malt but hops are not backing down.

T: Malt still carries the day, but hops are not lost. The maltiness is roasted, nutty, and earthy which matches well with the herbal slightly citrus hoppiness that finishes the beer. Solidly crafted. Alcohol is not completely hidden but isn't dominating at all.

M: Nice body with relatively low carbonation and woody, nutty malty aftertaste.

O: A solid American brown ale that verges on imperial per the ABV but is very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Bottled first week of February 2011.
Mahogany color. Thick, fluffy tan head. Some sticky lace.
Sweet, roasted malt aroma. Some herbal hops. A little peppery in the nose. Very pleasant aroma.
While the taste was very good, it didn't quite live up to what the aroma promised. Coffee, piney hops with a crisp ending.
Medium-bodied, very pleasant beer.

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

Pours a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light nut, flavor is roasted coffee. Decent brown. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of codsmith
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a nice creamy white foam head that sticks around throughout the beer and laces the sides of the glass nicely

S: Very nice aroma of rich malts with a great roast flavor that is somewhat sweet. The hops play very nicely with the malt and are very apparent, but stand behind the malt and don't over power the smell

T: Has a very nice roasted taste at the beginning, but switches to a hop bitterness in the middle and ends with a very nice smooth flavor at the end (somewhat like Bells Two Hearted). There is a roasted/bitter aftertaste left in your mouth when you are done

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Thicker than most browns, which is nice and gives it a better overall flavor

O: My first Clown Shoes brew and I'm pretty impressed. I will be telling people to try this one because its not your average lackluster brown ale that you will typically find in the market.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark Mocha pour into a tulip glass. Two finger tan head with very little retention or lacing.

S- Nice roasted wood and chestnut smell with a touch of pine. Gonna let it warm up for a bit and see if anything else opens up... Glad I waited almost 15 mins. Rich coffee and citrus really come alive as it warms up a bit!

T- Nice woody, malty notes. Burnt coffee and sugar. A nice bite of citrus from the hops. Kinda bright and floral... yet dark and smokey. The smokey malt and bright hops really help each other shine!

M- Not too thick as would be expected, but definately coats the tongue with bright hops and a nice malty backbone! Very pleasing finish.

O- Nothing fantastic here, but definately my favorite from this brewery thus far. I bet this would go well with some nice grilled ribs and creamy coleslaw... or just a nice fat bacon cheeseburger with grilled potato's. It gets much better as it warm up and comes alive! A damn fine beer!

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice deep chocolatey brown tan two fingers head nice retention and lacing.

S-slight piney and floral hops almost masked by a nice toasted malt scent with a little caramel and nuttiness throw in.

T-floral bitterness smoothed out with toasted malts hints of hazelnut ash and chocolate.

M-medium bodied smooth slightly creamy goes down nice and lingers with some nice flavors.

D-very nice brown ale the best I have had so far. Clown Shoes is a very exciting brewery to me the have yet to disappoint.

Prost!!!

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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 gdrydenc
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with about a finger of light brown head.

S - The alcohol is a little present, but there's also hints of brown sugar.

T - There's a lot of roasted malts and bitterness in the taste. It's fairly good, but there seems like there's something missing from it.

M - Slightly watery, not what I would hope for in a brown like this.

Overall, a pretty good beer, but it's just missing a certain something.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tap to pint glass at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA on 3/20/11
*From notes

A: A good dark shade of rich brown. A .75 finger head and reasonable lacing dissapoint slightly (I have a feeling it was the glass, not the beer).

S: Traces of milk chocolate and a really bold layer of hops. The maltiness makes it's presence known.

T: Malty smoke and hops up front. Wow - I can't recall another brown that was so intensely hopped. Dark, buttered pumpernickel and cocoa nibs overwhelm on the finish.

M: Just killer. It's heavy, creamy and pretty close to perfect.

O: Another home run for Clown Shoes, as their Brown Angel is absolutely delicious. I typically find most brown ales to be boring. This, on the other hand, is not. It's complex, hoppy and something I look forward to returning to. Without question, this is one of the best browns I've ever had.

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

I picked up one of these based on a recommendation from a friend.

A: Poured an ever-so-slightly-cloudy, brownish-red, with an awesome crystal-like quality to the brew in general. The massive, 1-2 finger peppery brown head left a froth bath on the glass.

S: Strong smell of toffee, brown sugar, and other dark malty goodness. It almost smells like a chocolate malted-milk balls (eg. "Whoppers").

T: Almost like the center of a "3 Musketeers" candy bar. Candy-coated alcohol: brown sugar, toffee, and a bit of a bitter, smokey bite on the finish. Excellent taste!

M: Thick and creamy, without being overly sweet. The lacing left on the glass was ridiculous! I've heard there were carbonation issues in the past... none detected from my vantage point.

O: One of the best (if not the best) brown ale I've had in a while. Very memorable!

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Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with a 1+ finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of caramel chocolate roasted malt some hops

tastes like the nose - good standard brown with some hops

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good however i cant see myself ever buying this again due to the fact that it comes in bombers only - brown ales just do not do it for me

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Photo of wburch1967
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have really enjoyed all of the clown shoes beer I have tried so far, as I have been making my way through the line up. The first two beers were abrasive, but in a good way. this one is just a bitter brown!

A deep dark mahogony is topped by a beutiful tan head that took forever to drop, leaving fin lace.
The smell is of chocolate, almonds, toast, and piney grapefruity hops. Complex. Awesome. The taste is even better, as I found those flavors mixed really well to make a very easy drinking beer coming in at 7%.

This is a great brown ale. Highly reccomended!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown body, 1 finger head,

S: roasted nut, caramel, hint of toffee, mild pine.

T: sweet nuts/toffee up front, firm malt, pine, bitter hoppy finish.

M: medium body, big carbonation, mild sticky finish.

D: Thrilled to try new breweries, I like this beer, don't love it. Worth trying. 1 bomber is enough for me.

This beer is like a Brown Ale meets an IPA.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. This one pours a muddied-water brown; looks like coca-cola. A massive caramel/mocha colored head quickly rises, and rises, and rises until it overflows the glass; holy carbonation. Pretty good lacing is left on the sides of the glass after the head finally dissolves.

Not a very good nose on this guy. I am missing the caramel, malt and nut aromas I want to have.The nose is the faintest roasted malts and a heavier amount of hops than I was expecting. A slight citrus/tangerine is picked up on from the hops I think.

Taste is slightly better than the nose indicates. There is some sweet malt evident, roasty, and again quite hoppy with a citrus profile.

This one has a medium body and ample carbonation. Dry and bitter on the finish. This is one brown ale that didn't really impress me; not bad but I probably will not be heading back for another one.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Holland pint glass.

Pours a very deep ruby, with a light tan head that does not last very long. Some lacing evident.

Aromas of chocolate malt, dusty, roasted grains, citrusy hops. Hints of coffee and orange.

Flavors of dark roasted malt, orange zest, hints of cocoa and coffee. Dusty graininess. A little over roasty for a brown ale, even a double brown. Finish is long with a roasty bitterness and orange.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a good level of carbonatioin.

Drinkability is good. But this is nothing like an american brown ale, more porterish. Too roasty for a brown.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz. bomber into DFH snifter.

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves slight lacing.

S: The smell has caramel malts and a nutty presence, which is followed by hoppy/floral notes and earthy hints.

T: The upfront taste has bready and malty characteristics, a bit nutty as well. This is followed by the hops, more prominent than the smell leads you to believe. Finish has more of the bready/malty tastes from upfront.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation. Very malty feel throughout.

D: Overall, this is not my favorite offering from Clown Shoes. Compared to other browns I've had, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown especially, it's no comparison. There is too much malty/bready flavor throughout, which isn't my favorite feature in beer. Good but not a must try.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One more courtesy of ShogoKawada who introduced me to this excellent brewery (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear auburn liquid with mahogany highlights. A very large scummy buff head recedes to a violent mottled landscape. Sticky three dimensional lacing. No legs.

Resinous herbaceous hops in the nose - followed by chocolate and caramel malt notes.

Dense bready malt evolves from heavily toasted (though not roasted) to nearly rye-like, to dough-like. Moderate bitterness comes on mid-palate with a wave of pine and hemp as well as the suggestion of cocoa nibs. Not particularly nutty. Hoppy floral/herbal finish with a bit more bread.

Creamy, a bit sticky, fairly heavy carbonation; it has a sort of oil/water feel to it, as if the individual elements of the beer aren't properly integrated (just in terms of mouthfeel) - odd.

A good example of the style, it's hop-forward nature distinguishes it as a decidedly American ale. There is a decent depth of malt, yet I'm wanting a bit more to balance the hops.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great brown ale from Clown Shoes!

A: Mahogany. Big fluffy head that goes down slowly and leaves sticky lace.

S: Nutty, dank, raosty hops and caramel. really complex.

T: Hoppier than the nose, but as it warmed a beautiful core of coffee and chocolate malt cmae though.

M: Well carbonated and creamy.

D: Drank two like nothing. great beer!

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, mahogany/brown color with a huge frothy head that goes nowhere. Fantastic lacing. Smells of slightly fruity malts, earthy hops, some citrus, slight caramel, subtle roast. Tastes involves some sweet, bready malts and nuttiness up front lending itself to a roasty middle with hints of chocolate and a spicy/herbal hop finish. A lot of subtle complexity going on here. Medium body and high carbonation. Very drinkable. One of the better brown ales I have had....a style that Im not very huge on.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally reviewed this beer but due to some unplanned carbonation issues, a new bottle was provided free of charge from Gregg Berman, thanks, I will review at this time.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with nice carbonation and a soft off white head of small / medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and head has decent retention. Already better than before.

The aroma has a mild sweetness to it followed by a mild roastiness, slight coffee. Smells good.

Beer has a medium body and the lead off is sweetness for sure. It is interesting overall, I'm pretty pleased with it. The finish is nice with mild bitterness from the grains, I'd have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle from Gregg Berman. Thanks a lot for replacing this!

A: The body is chestnut brown with gorgeous crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick and appears light tan or beige in color, with superb retention. As the head slowly recedes it absolutely coats the glass in a thick sheet of lacing. A remarkable appearance in all facets.

S: The aroma is a balance of malts and hops, with mild bitterness in the nose.

T: The taste is initially bready and malty, followed by a pleasant hop bitterness that gains presence near the finish. The beer is well balanced, and has more of a hop character than I am accustomed to in a brown ale. Well done.

M: I particularly enjoyed the feel of this beer. It was smooth on the palate, with alcohol content well disguised. Malt and light roast, followed by a tangy, bitter hop finish, and lingering aftertaste. Again, well done.

D: I would definitely drink this again. Thanks Gregg!

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.
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