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

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Added by mduncan on 03-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cola brown with an opaque light brown hughe. Only a ring for head. Some spot lace.

S - Light malt and somewhat briny.

T - Good malt base, small amount of heat, ends smacking good.

M - Medium body, good carb and balance. Like the clean finish.

D - Browns aren't my favorite, but this one is pretty tasty.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

(Aged for 1 year)

Clear dark amber and brown with a big khaki colored head that lasts and lasts, eventually leaving sheets and irregular lines of lace down the glass. This appears much heavier and substantial than most browns. Very, very pretty.

Mild aroma of roast, bready, and mild caramel. There's very little hop presence, but that could be my fault for letting this one sit for as long as I did.

The flavor is very roasty, especially for the style. There's good amounts of bready and some toffee, but this is decidedly roasty for any beer, and especially for a brown ale.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, and a touch prickly.

Good, but I did this beer no service by sitting on it for a year.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 paresis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 Metalmonk
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As beautiful as can be, this is a very, very dark brown, deep and completely opaque. The head is incredibly fluffy and creamy, thick and stiff, dirty white, long lasting, and leaves gobs of lace on the sides of the glass. Beautiful in every way, as is the angel on the label (despite the clown shoes...but wait, that's damn funny, so, you know, keep 'em on, girl).

Darn. This has the overly-mineral (or metallic, if you like) kind of aroma found in some Belgian stouts, or big browns, and other kinds of beers here and there. I don't like it, but recognize it as something quite natural. Just not enough of the inherent sweetness of the malt coming through, and probably too much of the hops and whatever it is in the grains that makes this happen.

Ah, damn it now, the taste mimics the traits in the aroma. I do pick up a much nuttier framework, the tongue likes that, but geez, way too much mineral/metal happening here. Or something harsh, artificial, plastic-y. Even rubbery. And burnt, burnt, burnt. Husky nuttiness pushes through, trying to save the day, and that mineral element intersects with a more roasty/toasty flavor that helps keep things at least on a somewhat enjoyable level. Very much like heavily dark roasted coffee. Hops, citrus-y and bitter, come in as well but they probably could have been dialed down, as they add to the mineral character, rather than suppressing it. Hey, I love my metal, just not in my beer.

Feel is good, slick and buoyant of body, with just the right touch of carbonation where it tickles and feels soft at the same time.

With some warming, and with some effort, you can extract the nicer qualities of the malt (nutty, roasty) and live with the rest. But it's still pretty one-dimensional and not all that impressive. Sure looks good, though.

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Photo of Pens1967
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two imperial pints. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Jayli for the hook-up!

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown with three fingers of fluffy, light khaki colored foam. Retention was excellent and a bunch of lace was left behind.

S: Roasted malt, pine, raisins, mint, citrus rind, and a fair amount of alcohol.

T: Just as above with some bakers chocolate, a bit of ground coffee, and big leafy hops.

M: Starts off sweet but quickly turns dry with a creeping astringency that resembles solvent alcohol.

D: Pretty nice. I liked the barely there undercurrent of dark fruit.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 jwat
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Beerlover
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jsprain1
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

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 PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 4/2012 on the side. Pours a dark, murky brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, earth, brown sugar, and a hint of citrus. Taste is mostly of caramel malts with floral hops at the end. Maybe some hints of chocolate. Silky mouthfeel. Tastes a bit boozier than I would have expected. Overall, one of the better Brown Ales out there. Well done.

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Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

A: crystal clear; medium brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate, roasted grains;

T: roasted grain and a hint of coffee up front; a touch of citrus and moderate bitterness come in at mid-palate; the bitterness lasts a long time;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: complex flavors; very enjoyable;

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Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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