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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Ratings: 679 |  Reviews: 244
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 chocosushi
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25cl->Trolls glass

A~ pours dark brown with an inch of cream colored head with decent lace. Head doesn't last, but settles into a collection of bubbles.

S~ Dusty chocolate, leather, & spent coffee grounds. Touch of sap & wood shavings.

T~ Dark malt lending notes of cocoa, red velvet cake, & baking chocolate. Large amount of resinous hops. Woody notes following through.

M~ There is a touch of an oxidized character on the bak of the throat, but for the most part this is simply a pleasantly hopped brown with a crispy finish.

D~ Hats off to Clown Shoes for producing beers that have yet to disappoint and are very creative. The artwork ain't too bad either. Try one out it's certainly worth the pricetag.

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Photo of kspongeworthy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bens0n
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky golden brown color with a moderate amount of yellowy tan head.

On the nose I pick up on sweet and bready malts, its got a lovely toasty note that weaves its way into the rest of the thick aroma.

Flavor wise its more of the same, sweet bready and toasty malts. There is a very slight bitter hoppy note in the middle.

It has a crisp finish with a little more carbonation than I like, aftertaste is on the bitter side.

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Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Athletic lacey puffy velvety rocky crème foam over murky rouge-brown body. Cinnamon, brown sugar, toast, waxy yeast and Murphy’s oil soap on the nose.
Brown toast, chocolate, bark, slight citrus oil and some EKG woodiness for hops. Cinnamon end and spicy linger. Medium, creamy, and round.

With a 2/11 bottling date, I’d say the finishing hops (Columbus and Amarillo) are gone. Even still, it’s pretty simply constructed, though it is very creamy. Unimpressed, but prepared to give a Mulligan for this one.

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Photo of avalon07
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a hazy/cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of malt, chocolate and that brown ale nuttiness.

T: Tasted of malt, hints of chocolate and coffee and the nutty quality every brown has. A pretty solid flavor, though I expected it to be slightly more robust than it was. Still, a tasty brew.

M: A fair amount if carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Thisisjosh
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of pgreenx
1/5  rDev -74.2%

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

Bottled on 8/11

A: Chestnut colored hue, light mocha colored head. Some decent lacing & head retention, too.

S: Cocoa powder, nutty, caramel, almost like a Little Debbie nutty bar.

T: Really hop forward for a brown ale. The malt is heavy on the toasted, almost charred side. Ends on a slightly astringent bitter orange peel note.

M/O: More chocolate/coffee notes come out while warming up balancing the hops. Nothing mind-blowing though. Pretty good brown ale, here.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woody aroma has hints of caramel and pear. It pours a dark chocolaty brown that lets daylight in only at the very edges. The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so be careful! Light tan head is quite thick, fine-bubbled, and persistent. Crisp flavor has caramel, malty and woody notes plus hints of fruit and yeast. Firm-bodied texture has a lively fizz that leaves a satisfying and tasty finish.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hawoh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Sinewave
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HBomb81
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clown Shoes finally arrived in some southern markets. I was able to pick up a variety of styles to sample. The first one I tried was the brown.

It has a dark, almost mahogany brown color with a very impressive head. Its scent was mild.

The the mouthfeel was a bit thin, considering the appearance.

The taste was very much in line with other brown ales without distinction. It has some coffee undertones.

This is a safe bet for browns, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of angusblackheart
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/2011

I am a big Clown Shoes Fan. Not so much a brown fan, but I gave this a shot.

The beer is dark brown and has a big tan head. Leaves great lace and looks very inviting!

The smells is odd but also enticing, with coffee matls and piney hops mxing together.

The taste was a little more thin and roasted than I expected, btu was still solid.

Pretty good!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium bodied chestnut, the minimal head lasts, however.
The nose surprised me, as it is dominated by the hops, with a roasty malt below.
The taste has much of the nose to it, as it was much hoppier than I expected. The toasty malts do come through in the middle, and a little bit of black coffee perhaps?
Has a chewier body to it than it looked like it would, and is well carbonated.
This, frankly, wasn't really what I was expecting. It's not a bad beer, it just wasn't what I was expecting. Even if it were available in my area (which it is not), I probably wouldn't get it again, but would certainly drink it if I happened to have it around. Check it out if you really want to, but no need to go out of your way.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown color...translucent with a cloudy, hazy complexion. It's a very heady brew...towering and firm tan head. High carbonation, notable on inspection. The smell is hoppy, earthy, and malt-sugary, but a bit medicinal. Sweet taste...sugar, roasted malts, and moderate bitterness. Yeast...dark bread and dried fruit. Carbonation and sugary characteristics define the beer. Medium-to-full body, which is nicely contrasted with the carbonation. This is a middle-of-the-road brown ale.

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Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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