Brown Angel | Clown Shoes

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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
Ratings:
679
Reviews:
244
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
104
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 679 |  Reviews: 244
Photo of Kdubzz
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip pint. I'm a big fan of Brown Ales so we'll see how this goes. Pours a deep brown color that shows a bit of ruby when held to the light. A little bit of a weak tanish head that dissipates rather quickly, but laces well. The nose is solid, but not too complex, malty and nutty. Heavy malts upfront on the taste, with a bit of a pecan sweetness. Sort of a peppery flavor as well that leads into a lingering hop bitterness, a delicious transition from sweet to bitter. Medium mouthfeel and the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.
Overall, it's quite good. I don't think I've ever had a Double Brown Ale before, and Clown Shoes does it right.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer poured with a brown-black appearance, thick lacing on the sides, and a thin head. Roasted malts, nuts, cocoa, toffee, sugar, and coffee filled my nose; a really full aroma set to this drink. Taste follows the nose with a generally sweet flavoring mostly geared toward a slightly grainy coffee, malt flavor. Creamy texture to this drink with subtle carbonation, which helped make this a very enjoyable brown ale. Overall, I enjoyed the appearance and mouthfeel of this beer the most.

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

Photo of dbarny76
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarter1221
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheRock7755
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown topped with a firm tan froth, and she's a definite hotty. Faint nut and caramel to the nose. Taste of caramel up front with some toffee and nuttiness followed by a lingering hop finish. Light and mostly dry.

I'd take this Brown Angel dancing anytime.

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Photo of Lynn
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid appearance, especially on the label ifyouknowutimean.gif.

Aroma was solidly malty, hoppy and nutty. Solid.

Taste was a bitter brown ale, well above average hopping. Nutty, coffee, caramel and toffee all taken from the malt roasting and interplay with the rest of the beer. I don't know why these all seem to be bomber only, in a 12oz pour it would be perfect, 22oz is a little tiresome to drink solo.

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Photo of do_ob
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip glass. Medium brown pour and a transluscent brown in the glass, when held to light. Giant, foamy tan head initially - lots of big bubbles, fizzed down to a lacing after a few minutes. A surprising amount of hops on the nose, along with vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt. Lots of a roasted malt on the taste with a ton of hops. This has all those traditional brown ale traits with a strong backing of bitterness and sweet fruit. Pretty weird beer, but not bad.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just like the description says, it is layers of delicious malt and roasted malt complemented by a variety of hops the give the beer a pleasant bittering taste and floral aroma. A very very well done brown ale. More complexity than your average brown.

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Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBeerSipper
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OGdirty
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent crimson/auburn with a finger of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Toasty, some grapefruit

T: Toastyness, grapefruit, bready sweetness, a little bite pineyness as well up front. As this warms, I pick a slight smokeyness, herbal & astringent & flinty hop bitterness & a little biscuitty malt & then more grapefruit, a little toffee as well, also pretty dry. Finishes with grapefruit, toastyness, & mineral dryness, plus a little pineyness

MF: Medium/chewy body with slight carbonation, Carbonation pick up as this warms, nice balace, body also thins out a little

A very solid & very drinkable American Brown; Clown Shoes continues to impress

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Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of antman27
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobTheKnob
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A dark caramel brown with a thick white head that continues to last while lacing the glass. At first you smell the typical malty scent of a brown ale but then followed quickly by the piney smell of hops. The beer is well balanced with the beginning of a toasty sweet malt flavor followed quickly with a nice balance with the piney hops.

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Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing had a nice almost thick glaze of stringiness running around the glass.
The smell had a sweet nutty to brown sugar to toffee and a light coffee flavoring in front. Caramel malts and a light vanilla show some nice features backing up the aroma nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet with a nice roasty quality shining through on the nuts and toffee. A nice sweet to roasty aftertaste takes effect and slides into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionably sweet and roasty texture. Carbonation runs somewhat light.
Overall, to me, I think this is a wonderful interpretation of an English Brown ale with an ABV sitting just a bit higher than normal. I didn't get the normal amount of hops in this one to think it's an American styled one, but its still a nice beer all around.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've heard some say that this is an imperial brown ale, however, due to lack of research and actually the fact that imperial brown ale is not a true style, I stuck with a nonic pint glass for this.
The appearance was a dark ruddy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute.
The smell has all of the normal qualities of a great brown ale: light amount of cocoa, nuts, coffee, a little bit of earthiness and then for this beer, it takes in some raisins = nice! I like it.
The taste was mainly sweet with the cocoa and raisins blending nicely. Nuts roll into a sly little bit of toffee and blend with a mild doughy/breadiness. There's a nice rich sweet nutty to raisin aftertaste and it finishes a bit dry with the nuts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good stickiness from the sweeter components of this beer on my tongue. Carbonation seems to hit my tongue right.
Overall, imperial or not, this was an awesome offering by Clown Shoes, as I would love to have this again.

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