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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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674
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
18.86%
 
 
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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, orange/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: fruit, toasted malt, hops, and brown sugar

Taste: toffee, hops, brown sugar, and a touch of nut and chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium/light bodied, mix of bitter and sweet

Drinkability: I could sip these for a while. This is a nice hoppy and balanced brown ale. Very complex for the style.

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

Chestnut brown body with slight haze. Fluffy beige head leaves sporadic, droopy lace. On the nose I get light roast, some brown malts and a little sourness. Flavor is malt centric with caramel/roasted blend of flavors. Again, I perceive a little sourness, acidity... which is not very welcomed by me. Body is medium at best. LIghtly carbonated. Very average.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, I'm giving it an extra .5 point on appearance because of the label. Damn, it looks so good. As a fellow fan of brown angels, this one really floated my boat, image wise. Aroma was nutty, and relatively hoppy for a brown ale for sure.

Plenty bitter taste via the hop delivery. Still picking up plenty in the nuttiness department as well. Decent enough malt bill for a brown ale, isn't super thin or thick, kind of in the goldilocks range, a little reminiscient of Mammoth's double nut, except hoppier. Usual toffee, nutty and caramel malt aspects to mention.

By the end of the 22oz, I was ready to change it up, but I think simply the notion that I was able to drink 22oz of any brown ale, kind of speaks for itself, as I fall into the typical, kinda "meh" on the brown ale style these days.

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Photo of Bung
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Very dark brown pour, nice looking head of off white foam.

Aroma- Malty, molasses, some roast. Herbal hops in there as well.

Taste- There is some malt and caramel, but the roast kind of overpowers it. Almost ashy dry roast. Light herbal and pine hop sneaks in. Some dark chocolate and cocoa and more roast in the finish.

Would have liked just a little less carbonation and a little more body. Otherwise lighter side of mid and fairly easy to drink though very dry and burnt for a brown.

Was hoping billshmeinke was crazy, he's not. Starts out pretty good but fades from there.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear solid brown color with a decent but smallish, tan colored head.

Aromnas begin with mild citrus, a little bit hoppy. As it warms you get more of the toasted bread, rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it.

The tastes begin with a mild burst of citrus hop bitterness that you typically don’t get in a Brown Ale, followed by sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet highlighted by toasted bready maltiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Nothing to exciting or compelling in the finish. Hop bitterness asserts itself more in the finish as it warms.

Overall this is a decent beer to find on tap at a bar/restaurant, as it's hop bitterness and medium malt flavors balance well with almost any traditional American mid-scale restaurant food. I have avoided this beer in the past as I typically do not enjoy hoppy brown or black ales, but this wasn't too bad, probably because I find hops are muted/fall off in keg/bar beer and because it paired well with the dinner. Not bad, worth a go over the traditional rubbish most restaurants have available.

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

A- Brown body with a light tan head. Builds to a good size and has decent retention. Frothy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Nutty, slight roast and caramel malts are big with some raisin and dark fruit in the background.

T- Dark fruit is a bit stronger over a nice malt profile. Dark roast malt/cocoa is more noticeable and caramel and nutty malt is still big. Some residual sweetness.

MF- Silky feel to a thicker body with high carbonation. Slight roast and hop bitterness.

Nice use of malt in a good Brown Ale. Nothing really jumps out because balance is the key here.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a rich dark mahogany. There are slight hues or dark reds through the beer and about two full fingers of light khaki colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly leaving some big lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is roasted malt, seaweed, prunes, and booze. This beer might be a bit old, and it kinda smells that way. It's a weird mix of scents.

T: The initial hit is stale bread, roasted malt, a bit of sweetness, and a good amount of booze. It starts out ok, but I really lose it in the middle and the finish. I'm missing that familiar roast/nuttiness that brown ales are known for.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts and finish pretty dry. This might be caused by the higher ABV, but I'm not sure.

O: Not a fan of this beer. The flavors are just way off, and the higher alcohol level doesn't really help this brew out. I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, malts,

taste: roast, malts, nuts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very rich brown ale. went down nice and smooth and quite refreshing.

Cheers,
The cpj

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

A 22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Bottled first week of February 2011.
Mahogany color. Thick, fluffy tan head. Some sticky lace.
Sweet, roasted malt aroma. Some herbal hops. A little peppery in the nose. Very pleasant aroma.
While the taste was very good, it didn't quite live up to what the aroma promised. Coffee, piney hops with a crisp ending.
Medium-bodied, very pleasant beer.

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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 xnicknj
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks gill!

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a fluffy, voluminous tanned head. Copious amounts of patchy lacing all over the glass, cloudy film retains on top.

A tad sweet in the nose with brown sugar, plenty of nuttiness. Light hoppy notes. Plenty of toasty malt as well with a hint of caramel.

Toasted malt layers with plenty of nuts with hazelnut. Notes of brown sugar and caramel. Light warmth with a touch of cocoa. Bite of hoppy bitterness towards the finish, which is a little dry.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a little chewy and dry on the palate. Drinks pretty well, although I thought the nose was slightly muted - still a decent brown ale though.

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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 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 Durge
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber into the pint glass this is an opaque dark brown colored ale with a giant mound of root beer float tan head and plenty of lace remnants. The aroma is a very tasteful chocolate malt and fruit nougat with a minty, herbal accent. Add a touch of pine skunk and you have a classy nose hit. The flavor follows with a neat marriage of sweet chocolate malt and funky cabbage-pine hop bite. Really interesting and tasty with a creamy feel, medium bodied with subtle carbonation. The hops are very classy here, not smashmouth at all, sort of swampy-veggie, but a definite key to this wonderful flavor. Smooth, flavorful and different. Very nice.

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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 twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark chestnut color with a moderate cap of tan head. Very nice lacing! Bottled on date of 8/2011.

Nose is rich and malty, burnt toffee and chocolate pudding. Medium fruit...grapes and apples lend a sweetish fruitiness to the beer and nutty yeast and fair amount of earthy/herbal hops make this a pretty complex sniffer.

Yea, nutty and floral with a nicely smooth and rich mouthfeel. Malty up front with lots of bitterness on the finish. Maybe a little too much hops for me, I would like the nice cocoa/toffee malts to be more forward...they seem to compliment the yeast notes well. I like it well enough, why cant they make this shit in six-packs? Thats a shame, paying 6 bucks for a bomber of this makes it unlikely to buy this with any regularity.

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Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy label, let’s see if it delivers.
Light brown color with a thick two finger beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with lots of cocoa and coconut, some citrusy and nuts.
Aroma was good, but not exceptional which made me caught off-guard for its flavor. It was delicious and unique with notes of pine, floral and citrus-grapefruit , toasted and roasted malts, cassis liquor from its blackcurrants, coconut, mild charcoal, nuts, black forest cake, powdered milk, spices and finishing with cocoa and mild tobacco. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Forty IBUs was the magic number for this beer.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Alcohol of 7% abv is completely absent.
This brew made my day. Flavorful (Double) Brown Ale with a character of its own and excellent complexity. I was actually trying to picture a better brown ale. Interesting that I noticed high ratings and very few outliners with very low ratings, probably driving this at sub-outstanding ratings (please reserve your evaluations to your mommy/daddy beers, not this sexy brown angel). Jokes apart, I also noticed improvement over time, so keep it as it is. Congrats!

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

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Thanks for this one, wyllder.

A: Pours a clear dark brown color with a large, dense, light tan head that slowly faded into a thick and long lasting film leaving a dense sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: I get notes of mild spicy hops, sweet toasted malts, a bit of citrus and some roasted nuts.
T: Flavors of citrus and earthy hops, light spicy woody taste and toasted nuts with a touch of sweet caramel, light cocoa, and a splash of coffee. The aftertaste has a nice light bitterness and a touch of fruit to it. Clean and creamy overall.
M: Creamy carbonation, medium-full body with a slick and viscous mouthfeel.
O: Rich for a brown ale and really clean and flavorful. For I style that isn’t bad but definitely isn’t my favorite, I enjoyed the whole bottle. Thanks again Eric!

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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 gford217
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle shared by Ben at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep, hazy chestnut with a small beige head that recedes quickly to a small swirl of bubbles along the top. Little in the way of lacing on this one.

The nose is nice and has all the characteristics of a solid hoppy brown. There is an underlying sweet caramel and toasted bread malt with even a hint of roasted coffee. But what makes it a bit unique is the fresh hops and maybe some tobacco that seems to come out as it warms.

The flavor is a bit sweeter and there's more of a citrus hop character than I got in the aroma. The backbone is full of toasted nuts and caramel malts. The finish is lightly bitter from the green hops and a bit of coffee.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and pretty dry for the style.

This is a very well done hop-forward brown ale which is a style that I like quite a bit. It's got a pleasant and flavorful hop presence that brings just the right amount of bitterness. I definitely prefer this to the Hoppy Feet.

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

A: A dark brown (shocking!) pour with a monstrous fluffy tan head atop it. Retention is phenomenal, there is an ever-present solid island of foam that won't go away. The lacing is equally incredible.

S: Very malty. Toffee, hazelnut and a bit of brown sugar. Some nice earthy presence as well.

T: As with the nose, lots of toffee and nuts. There is a decent amount of bitterness as well, a sort of earthy, almost coffee-like touch.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is about dead on as wel.

O: Good brown ale, definitely on the hoppy side of the spectrum. Some decent bitterness and not a lot of sweetness either. Solid example of the style.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug. Bottled March 2011. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for this.

4.5 A: Clear (I think) dark brown color. Initially three fingers of creamy beige head. The first two fingers falls at an average pace, while the last finger sticks around for a long time. Good amount of irregular lacing as well.

4.0 S: Quite interesting. This is the second brew I've ever had that reminded me of unfermented wort (the other was Brooklyn Local 1), though obviously not as sweet. Specifically, it smells like a well hopped wort. Beyond that initial impression, I'm picking up a solid amount of nuts and toffee with caramel underneath. Pithy toastiness, if that makes sense. Raw, resiny hops. I think the wort smell works pretty well with the style.

2.5 T: Unfortunately, the wort element is also in the taste and it doesn't work too well. My other gripe is that it's a bit too bitter for my tastes. The positive is that the nuttiness returns in a big way with toffee and caramel playing second fiddle. A good amount of toastiness with earthy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Bitter aftertaste.

3.0 D: Definitely a big of a strange brew. Not necessarily bad, but I'd really have to be in the mood for that worty taste for me to want to drink that. I usually get my fill of that, however, from sampling homebrew at various stages in the process.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at barley oak, mandeville, la. Pours a murky brown with tan head gone quick. Sweet chocolate and slight rye aromas. Taste is slightly bitter malt; chocolate and rye. Nice bitter earthy hop presence, maybe a slight coffee note. Nice brown ale. Not as creamy as I like or out of the box, but its really good. Nice brew for sure.

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Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dark mahogany brown with short cap of beige head with decent retention and some traces of lacing.

S: Woody, roasted malty aroma with earthy, herbal hops notes. Definitely favors malt but hops are not backing down.

T: Malt still carries the day, but hops are not lost. The maltiness is roasted, nutty, and earthy which matches well with the herbal slightly citrus hoppiness that finishes the beer. Solidly crafted. Alcohol is not completely hidden but isn't dominating at all.

M: Nice body with relatively low carbonation and woody, nutty malty aftertaste.

O: A solid American brown ale that verges on imperial per the ABV but is very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.
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