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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mduncan on 03-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 242 | Ratings: 677
Photo of justinp444
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft to a pint glass this is a dark amber beer with a nice foamy beige head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with dried fruits. Taste is dry, a bit bitter hoppy, chocolate, toffee, and caramel flavors. Quite yummy american brown ale.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Is this a typical brown ale? No. It is rather an extrapolation of the style. I must admit myself suspicious of the term 'double' applied to a brown ale, but this certainly justifies the term. It remains Brown Ale-like, and does not spread into the real of porter or strong ale. Nutty, malty, gorgeous. Yum.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brilliant mahogany, chestnut, 2” light tan tinted white foam cap dissipates to thick film, excellent lace. Smell: aniseed, thick dark bread, fruit cake, faint chocolate. Taste: Starts rich and malty and then dries out and gets espresso coffee astringent and lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with an astringent background that rises in the after taste. Medium carbonation to medium low – carbonation is very fine, very soft and very well done. Medium full body.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great for a brown ale. Lots of flavor, great looking beer with a creamy head and awesome lacing. Mouthfeel is great. I know I rated this higher than others but compared to other brown ales out there I think this rating is justified.

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

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber. This double brown pours a rich dark Choco lately brown with a thick lightly tan head of foam and very nice alluring lacing. Nose of chocolate, rich dark coffee, sticky hops, and rich sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with malts fighting for dominance over sticky bittering hops. The little lady says it is reminiscent of some barely wines in hops profile and I agree. Finishes moderately roasted and bitter with coffee and chocolate flavors settling behind waves of bitter hops. Solid smooth carbonation makes for an excellent mouth feel. A good hoppy brown ale for the hop heads out there. Very nice.


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Photo of johntaylorpi
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very drinkable brown ale with rich coffee flavors. Floral nose works well. Perfect body that fits the heaviness. One finger width caramel colored head. Underrated imo and I love brown ales.

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Photo of Bassmunky
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

First Beer I've had from Clown Shoes. Yes it made the trip out to Hawaii, so handling may have been a partial factor in this review.

The appearance is on point, a nice dark brown, with a slightly brown frothy head. The lacing was minimal but present.

Aroma was slightly toffee, almond like, dark chocolate.

The taste was slightly bitter upfront, almost too sharp for a brown ale, but when it warmed up the flavors rounded out a little better. The alcohol is definitely present. Sweet, chocolate and slightly nutty but not as creamy as I would have hoped. The beer flirts with a Belgian candy flavor much like a Trippel or even barley wine.

Overall average. It lacked some of the notes I typically associate with a brown ale.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIcked up some Clown Shoes to commemorate the Patriots' Super Bowl win. Read into it what you want. This is a very tasty brown ale. It pours nicely with a frothy head that leaves no lacing. I didn't get much aroma from it - a bit of burnt sugar and faint hops. However, when this beer hits your taste buds, it comes into its own. There is plenty of chocolate and dark roast coffee, with a lovely hop finish. Carbonation is minimal, which lends an extra level of quaffability to this brew. I'll be seeking out more product from this brewery!

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Photo of tedvr
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really carbonated pour, dark brown with a nice creamy head. Mild coffee and chocolate smell. Taste of mild burnt coffee and chocolate with a malt background. Very balanced with a nice hop finish.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a mason jar mug. A dark reddish cloudy root beer brown with a light ring of beige bubbles rimming the glass. I don't mind the label either. Aroma of dark lightly roasted malts with some bitter baker's chocolate, sarsaparilla-like herbs and spices, cherry, brittle toffee, instant coffee crystals with whitener, and faint floral hops. I've seen better looking beers but the aroma is solid. I dig the notion of a "double brown" and this does deliver some rich nutty malts roughly congruent with the nose ... Plus some light molasses, raisin, malted milk candy and a wee bit of drupe fruit perhaps. Rather sweet up front but gets bitter during the tail end, albeit not harshly so. Floral hops combine with dark malts to yield a tobacco-like vibe, sweet pipe tobacco as opposed to cigar. Sturdy medium-heavy body with more carbonation than expected but this does not detract. Finish is bitter chocolate plus lightly resinous hops, which oddly enough works quite well. I am an inveterate Clown Shoes imbiber and this is an essential part of the canon. Hits most or all of the different dark malt notes without going overboard on the roasted elements like a stout might, and has a more hefty body and flavor than do lesser brown ales.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +3.4%

bomber poured into 16 oz snifter

A- Deep, deep brown with thin tan head, leave good lacing
S- Mid size roasted malt smell
T- Simple, but well done layer of roasted malt... not overly bitter or too sweet. Leans a bit to the sweet side, but well balanced.
M- Medium and easy to drink

O- Nice brown ale

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Photo of Theheroguy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet crystal malts

bakers chocolate


slightly tangy acid note very very slight almost vanishing


this forms head very easily you need to careful when pouring this. It is very unique amongst brown ales.

Hops are present but blend with the malt very well

floral qualities

approaching boozy

well carbonated but not ridiculously

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Photo of sheeley
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown with a great head and impressive look. Smell is, to me, the weakest aspect of this beer. Smells of caramel, hops, and light floral notes. The taste is quite nutty and warming, with a pleasant aftertaste. Overall, a very solid beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured into a mug to a deep brown with a finger and a half of dense and soapy cream colored head
S: smells of roasted malt and slight hop bitterness with some notes of coffee
T: taste is toasted malt, coffee, faint caramel sweetness, light chocolate, and some hop bitterness to balance. Swallow brings more coffee, roasted malt, and hop bitterness
M: this beer is on the lighter side of medium with light carbonation and a slightly drying mouthfeel
O: Pretty solid beer with good flavors and plenty of hops to balance things out. I might pick up another bottle and see how it does after six months.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Brown and slightly see through.

S: Malt and hops is what I'm getting. Not much else.

T: I guess I wasn't in the mood for a brown ale, or maybe I just don't like this beer. I get brown sugar, malt, must, sweet chocolate, hops, and some graham cracker.

M: Medium with good carb.

O: Not the best by Clown Shoes. It could be the style, as I have not had it in a long while. I was disappointed.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Sexy blaxploitation meets Catholic afterlife mockery - who could be offended by that, eh?

This beer pours a clear (I believe), rather dark red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and pretty bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent, broadly spanning webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly toasted, and subtly meaty biscuity caramel malt, softly dank piney and leafy forest floor detritus, overripe citrus rind, bar-top nut skins, and the faintest whiff of bittersweet cocoa. The taste is gritty bready, doughy, and dry biscuity caramel malt, muddled green flora notes, mildly spicy orange citrus, more pithy generic nuttiness, wet ash, and a suggestion of time spent hanging around a black coffee urn, one adjacent to the creamer station as well.

The carbonation is gently rendered, in a bit of playful, if somewhat obsequious frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight for something out of 'murica, plainly smooth, and well, well nothing. It finishes off-dry, the 'layers upon layers' of malt surely saving some for the end, amongst some lingering bitter coffee, chocolate, and still mixed-up pine and citrus hoppiness - oh, those crazeee kids!

American Brown Ale? Why the hell not, truth in advertising is not said nation's strong suit. Way more amber than brown, and with a few smoky and hoppy notions more aligned with the nascent Black Ale denomination, I'm at a virtual loss as to whether this one comes anywhere near the ballpark (talk like a native, they won't know!) of the purported style. Ok, on to my actual baggage-free impression - ummm, tastes good to me!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More people need to make good brown ale's in my opinion. I thought Brown Angel was great. The first beer from Clown Shoes I bought was this for nothing other than the artwork on the bottle but I became a big fan. The appearance is a dark brown with an off white head which sticks a bit to the side of the glass. The smell was very sweet with hints of chocolate and walnuts coming through. The taste was more subtle with roasted malt and barley coming through with a nice clean finish. The only thing I'm not a giant fan of is it's a little thin but easily overlooked. I love this beer because it's the beer that got me into Clown Shoes as a whole.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger and half of light tan head on a brown body.
The aroma is extra nutty, roasted and toasted malt and a touch of lemon.
The taste is a well rounded roasted malt and chocolate flavor. There's some mild bitterness in the middle to balance it out.
The texture is smooth and soft.
It tends towards the sweeter side, but it's really good.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Brown Angel has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a hazy, standard brown appearance, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of cream, deep-roasted barley malt, brown bread crust, and a slight maraschino cherry note. Taste is of all those things, with a notable alcohol pick-up and even stronger deep red cherry. Tea tannin shows itself, and a straight-forward bitterness is detected. Mouthfeel is heavy medium and somewhat slick, and Clown Shoes Brown Angel finishes wet, rich, a little boozy, interesting, and delicious. Overall, this is a must-buy beer!


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Photo of admiral
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer that gives an interesting combination of malts and hops.

aroma: dark roasted malt dominates initially but then opens/warms up to reveal a more fruity-cocoa-yeast character with some creamy-vanilla-chocolate aromas coming through

taste: initially some dark roasted malt with light citrus and some porter like qualities. Has quite a strong hop presence with a distinct bitterness on back of palate and in aftertaste.

Aroma and taste improves as it opens/warms up to reveal a good combination of fruit (citrus - grapefruit predominately) and dark roast with some orange peel and slight chocolate and earthy notes.

Strong flavours that open up nicely - An enjoyable beer to have now and then.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown color with brown head.
Aroma: Malty, chocolate & coffee aroma.
Flavor: This beer has a rich malty, chocolate & coffee flavor, infused with a hint of sweetness, and a good hoppy finish. This beer is full bodied with good fuzzy carbonation.
Overall: This is a rich tasting brown ale. It has the flavor of a good stout with the body of an ale. In a blind tasting, it could pass for a medium bodied stout.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the second clown shoe I've drank out of and this one is way better, but I see a trend. It's a trend of very creative brewing. This is truly an American style - a bit over the top, mostly in bitterness. Yet this is totally drinkable.

It opens like a good brown (but really dark) and it pours with nice head and decent aroma.

The taste really gets your attention with an extra load of bitterness that really works. It actually is well balanced. The aftertaste is nice and you wish it would linger longer.

This is a very successful beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

very nice color of brown pour with a very foamy, slightly sticky froth on the sides and on top. slight chocolate aroma alongside some general hop and slight Band-Aid smell.
taste is generic. attempt to be a brown ale with hops being prevalent doesn't really go over well with me. others may like it, but this is much like a typical 'red' but colored brown. sweet up front, bitter at the end.
appearance is AWESOME. thick soap all the way down the sides is its very best quality! downhill from there, though. just average taste, nothing special. was really looking forward to a nice brown ale.
and what exactly is a "double brown ale"? a 'dubble'? extra hops?

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a Bottle of Clown Shoes Brown Angel a couple weeks ago for $6.49 at The lager Mill. So far I think Clown Shoes is a pretty solid brewery and after reading the description of this beer I thought it sounded like something I might like and I took a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, in typical Clown Shoes fashion it's edgy and eye catching I like it. It poured a pretty dark brown color that took on a slight mahogany hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thick and clumpy ring that stayed till the end and it left tons of stick lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the color, head, and lacing were all very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malt that imparts a brown bread, toasted malt, light biscuit, and a lighter caramel malt aroma that makes for a nice malt base. Up next comes a medium nutty aroma followed by a good amount of hops that impart a floral, earthy, and spicy hop aroma with all three aspects showing up equally. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I thought the balance was pretty good with neither the malts or the hops being too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a just the right amount of malts that impart a nice toasted malt and brown bread flavors with some light caramel malts and biscuit malts showing up in the background. Up next comes a slightly lighter nutty flavors that's followed by just enough hops that impart the same earthy, spicy, and floral aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time the earthy and spicy hops seem to stick out a little more than the floral hops. On the finish there's a light amount of bitterness that is almost bordering on being medium and it had a malty, nutty, and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, just like the aroma the balance was the star of the show and it really worked well with this beer.

M- Smooth, clean, fairly crisp, a little dry, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer, and very nice example of a hoppy brown ale, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style and it kind of reminded me of Short's Good Humans, which is a good thing. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not too filing and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I would have no problem drinking a bomber to myself and if I was really in the mood for this style I could see myself drinking a couple of bottles without getting tired of it. What I liked the most about this beer beer was the balance, it was pretty much prefect and no aspect was too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was that the nutty flavor didn't come through a little more, but it wasn't that big of a deal, but I think it would make it a slightly better beer. I would buy this beer again, It wouldn't be something I buy a lot of but having a bottle in the fridge for when I'm in the mood for a hoppy brown ale would be a good thing. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind their Brown Ales on the hoppier side. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just what I wanted it to be and I thought it was pretty enjoyable. Good job Clown Shoes, this beer was just what I needed, keep up the good work.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
3.87 out of 5 based on 677 ratings.
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