Brown Angel | Clown Shoes

Brown AngelBrown Angel
BA SCORE
3.84/5
679 Ratings
Brown AngelBrown Angel
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
679
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
104
Trade:
2
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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; soft, dense, off white-brownish head that has great retention

S - caramel, nutty, faintly roasty

T - nutty, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasty, faintly citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really solid brown ale. It has great flavor and great drinkability. The malt character is spot on with just enough hop character for balance. I wish this came in six packs, I would buy them for sure.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of rab53
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit:
Had the fortune to try this one again. Original impression was way off base. Deep brown with a short creamy white head. Smells of light malts and subtle roastiness. Tastes like a proper full-bodied brown ale should. Many 'double' styles stray out of balance or from what makes the single version worth drinking. This just brings more of the good without the bad. As I finish the bottle, I am reminded of another quality brown ale, Surly Bender. Would definitely pick this up again.

First pour of the bomber is entirely head, which eventually settles to about 6oz of beer. Smells like an old musty basement, which isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on the style. Second pour is again over-carbonated. Overly gassy and stale aroma lead me to believe this bottle has seen better days. Oh, 'Brewed first week February 2011' on the label. Serves me right for grabbing the only bottle on the shelf.

Tastes like thin muddy water, not at all appealing. Virtually no carbonation left after the explosive head formation. I have enjoyed most of Clown Shoes' offerings and was disappointed in this offering. I can only assume that this bottle is off, and not a true representation. Nevertheless, its all Ive got to go on.

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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits, Sturbridge, MA. No freshness info I can see.

Pours darkest shades of brown, mocha head, frothy, going to meraingue, leaves all kinds of top to bottom lacing and a bug lump of froth in the middle of the glass. Nice looking brew.

Robust malty head, with a hint of dusty chocolate.

Nice brown, chocolate, dark malts, chalky drying hops. 7% no where to be found. Well done, very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a deep brown color. The body is a dark brown with a light cream colored head with some nice thick ringy lacing. The smell is all about the nuts and roasty chocolates with some slight caramels backing that up. A bit of brown sugar comes in with the hops telling you that this is a beer. The taste is superb with a roasty, sweet, malty, caramel, chocolate flavor. The nuttiness powers through into the taste. The palate is about a medium with a great balance between wet and dry around the tongue. It is very smooth and creamy, just like any Brown should be. Overall, this is one of my all time favorite brown ales, English or American.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dicers
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves glass-coating lacing. The body is a pleasant transparent caramel brown color.

S - Floral hops, cocoa, and nutty malt. No obvious alcohol in the otherwise potent nose. Reminds me a little of Surly Bender.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter - must be the Amarillo hops. There is some nuttiness, but this isn't anywhere near as sweet as the nose. A little underwhelming.

M - Maybe a bit thin for 7%. Finishes with light stickiness, but is otherwise quite clean. Medium carbonation.

D - This is easy drinking stuff. I could kill a bomber pretty easy. This was the better of the two Clown Shoes brews.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: March 2011

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, HUGE thick foamy/creamy three-finger plus light tan head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note going on, with some nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is sweet, malty, little hop note, nice chocolate/toffee notes. Medium Body, nice little dry finish. This is one very tasty Brown Ale. Thanks Bill!

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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1" head that lasts. Some nice lacing develops.

Smell: malt sweetness is soft and a bit of earthiness is there too.

Taste: caramel, chocolate, toffee, some dark fruits like prunes, and a moderate earthy / nutty tone. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: easy to drink this brown ale. Nice flavor profile, and the bottle can easily be consumed in a short session. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful, dry roasted scent that screams Special Roast and crystal malts. It also has a mild hop aroma that melds nicely with the malts. It's bitter, but the aroma is malt forward. The taste is great as well! Wow, what a complex array of flavors. First, it has a very flavorful and complex malt bill that provides a good deal of roasted character. It's dry and bitter with a touch of nuttiness. It goes down with ease and finishes with a nice hop taste that's bitter, yet more complimentary. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous brown ale. It has great balance for such a complex beer.

Thanks to Clown Shoes for a "fresh" look at this wonderful beer.

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Photo of Eziel
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel malt with some hazelnut notes mixed in. There is also some alcohol present in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some nicely toasted malt and hazelnut notes, which are complimented by the toffee and caramel malt. There are no real hop notes present in the beer, which is all about the malt. Very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of sd123
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 27, 2010. The pour is an opaque brown with highlights of chestnut hue around the edges. The head is about a half-inch thick, tan, and silky. The aroma is fill of Mother Earth esters such as pine and nuts with a slight hoppiness up back. The body is full. The taste also brings out a pleasant earthiness with crystal malts and a good hopped ending. A very nice brown ale.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 679 ratings
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