Angry Boy Brown Ale
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Angry Boy Brown AleAngry Boy Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #36
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,500
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 10.76%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
159
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Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
 
Japan
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  13
SCORE
85
Very Good
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puck1225 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear brown color with nice head and lacing.

This beer is much like an ESB. Slightly sweet caramel smell and taste. Pleasantly malty. Something I would have again.

Oct 11, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy opaque murky reddish brown pour with a creamy off white/pale tan head of about half a finger. Aroma caramel malt, raisin, brown sugar, slightly vinous. Taste starts malty sweet, bready, raisin, plum all of which sit until swallow when a hoppy bitterness, pine, burnt sugar overtakes the palate. The mouthfeel is creamy on a medium body coming to a lingering bitter crescendo. Liked more as it warmed and the slight unexpected shock of the bitterness faded.

Mar 29, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was about a medium brown color with a small cap of a little white foamy head sliding off at a decent pace. Some messy lace.
The aroma had some mineral water, semi-sweet nuts, light dose of milk chocolate and a sly whiff of sweet coffee on the back end.
The flavor leans towards the sweet side blending all of the previously mentioned aromas. Mild aftertaste of nuts, mineral water, milk chocolate, brown sugar and cola.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation and ABV felt fine. Good finish with nuts, some dryness and brown sugar.
Overall, pretty nice English brown ale worthy of coming back to.

Nov 04, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml Keg at Baird's Harajuku Taproom, Tokyo (¥600):
Quite a pleasant offering from Baird, albeit one that came through slightly lighter than expected but at least it was fresh & had some bitterness showing too. The beer was easy to drink & balanced with some subtle hops showing without being overly pronounced & overall the beer was quite a clean, sessionable offering that was well worth trying too.

Nov 13, 2017
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2beerdogs from California

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alza Osteria in Brea, CA.
Wow. A great recommendation.
Deep brown hue. Light tan head. Nose is chocolate and roast with a slight nutty note.
Taste is more of the same with a slightly drying hop finish. Really goes back and forth from the roast to the sweet.
Mouthfeel is full enough to make it stand out in my mind. Really works.
Overall, a fine brown ale.

Oct 01, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(10/22/14 package date ... 18 months old)

L: brown ... murky brown orange with 1/4-inch head of beige foam, some sticking

S: super sweet ... after 18 months in the bottle, the malt has obviously taken over; peach/fruity sweet, bread malt, molasses, lots of syrup on french toast; floral hops

T: mix of sweet peach, fruit, light malt with a lingering hop bitterness, earthy dirt hops, floral hops, though the malt has almost fully taken over

F: ale soft, close to midweight

O: at 18 months old, it's not awful, but it has a look, taste and feel of a pretty old brew; still, the aroma is still very nice, and overall it still maintains an authentic English brown ale profile; a fresh one of these with a big hop bite would seem to be tasty; if I get a chance to try a fresh one, I will

Apr 26, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This has such an interesting story that I hate to give it a below average rating.
An American opens a brewery in a country that made its economic recovery (after World War 2) by copying and then improving on America's obsession, the automobile. The American marries a Japanese woman who becomes his business partner. Their brewery looks like theAmerican model brewery with many, perhaps 100 brews, many of whom seem like American renditions.
Will their current beers win the hearts of as many Americans as their cars did?
Of course not.
Can this country of seeming over-achievers eventually produce incredible beers?
Eventually.
What about this one?
Good beer, but the hops linger too long for it to be classified as an English Brown. I view it as an American Brown.

This beer was listed in the "!001". Should it be? Less on its quality and more on its being a prelude.

Mar 07, 2016
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy brick brown with one skinny finger of light tan head that leaves Arabian skyline lace as it recedes.

Smells of grapefruit and lemon zest, brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate and mild green hops.

Tastes of more brown sugar malt, chocolate covered mixed nuts, faint cold coffee and mild citrus/pine hops.

Feels soft and creamy. Solidly medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A slightly hoppier than usual brown ale.

Feb 05, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/8/2015. Listed as 7% on the bottle. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/piney hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, light citrus, pine, and herbal/floral earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light citrus/pine, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Some light dryness from bitterness as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good American brown ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Oct 24, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

360 ml brown bottle. No date, but the amount and coarse nature of the sediment makes me think this may not be very fresh.

Appearance: Hazy mahogany with a khaki head that displays good retention and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Loads of medium roasted and chocolate malts, some chocolate, and a slight hop note.

Flavor: lightly sweet and very malty with some faint yeast notes adding complexity. Hints of raisins and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium body; some dryness in the finish.

Oct 12, 2015
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MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brown ale just didn't do it for me. The reviews seem to be mixed, yet leaning toward the positive. I bought this on a whim, but would not buy it again. The flavor was, I don't know, too generic.

Feb 07, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown with a light haze, no visible carbonation and topped with 2 fingers of beige head.


S: Citrusy hops on top of caramel toffee notes. Coffee, dark chocolate. Reminds me more of an American Brown than the English style due to the hops.


T: Toffee and caramel, dark chocolate and coffee followed fast by the orange citrus zesty hop notes. Light burnt bitterness.


M: Medium balanced syrup and resinous body, little fine bubbled carbonation.


O: Found it in Chiang Mai, drank Nov 21st, the day of my son’s circumcision. Great well crafted brew with a cool label. Great one for Japan.

Jan 15, 2015
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: its a murky light brown and ruby red. large 3 finger tan head thats leaving a nice lacing

s: sweet caramel and toffee, a very faint hint of earthy pine, a bit creamy, some sweet berries. something else in here that i can't quite put my finger on

t: bready, sweet caramel, pecans, sweet generic berries, a hint of alcohol tinge to cut the sweetness, lemongrass??, and some of that earthy pine that i picked up in the aroma

m: its a medium mouthfeel, a little on the lighter side, maybe a bit watery. small carbonation

o: its average, and thats not an insult. theres something slightly odd in here that i can't quite put my finger on. its a beer that centers around its sweetness, and theres not not much else. i wouldn't go out of your way for it

Dec 14, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium to dark mahogany brown with a half finger light tan head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of bready malt, brown bread, brown sugar, mild nuts. Flavor is rich sweet bready and biscuit malt, nuts, brown sugar, intensifying until a biscuit and lightly toasted malt and nut finish with light grassy hops. Medium bodied. A nice full flavored brown ale; flavors are very well integrated balanced. Actually richer than a standard English brown ale but that's a good thing here. Nicely done.

Sep 18, 2014
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shigg85 from Japan

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint of this at the Baird Beer Harajuku Taproom. A beautiful clear brown ale with a nice thin white head on it. Amazing aroma full of nuts, hops, caramel, and wheat. The taste blew me away... so smooth and powerful yet not overwhelming even for dinner. Couldn't put this one down! The mouthfeel was perfect too, not overly carbonated, and left a smooth feel in the throat unlike some other brown ales. If you have a chance, grab this and enjoy it! It is one of the more ubiquitous bottled Bairds out there!

Had this on tap again at the Nakameguro taproom. Still amazing, but lowered the score for smell and overall. Not the greatest brown ale on the planet, but close!

Jun 21, 2014
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TokyoCO from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought in Tokyo, poured into a pint glass.

A: Light brown, almost a really dark orange.

S: Dark fruits, light chocolate and coffee, sweet grape.

T: Rich. Starts out with the fruits. Dark fruits are present with a hint of citrus. Bitter middle with blend of citrus and bitter chocolate/coffee. Ends with nice roasted malts but there are some lingering hops/citrus as well.

M: An interesting mix of tangy citrus and creamy darkness...

O: Great beer. I haven't had many browns that have this much fruit/citrus.

Jun 18, 2014
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a handglass.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles very slowly and unevenly, leaving some dry sticky residue behind as it does. Persistent lacing.

S: Roasted malt, plenty of raisin and molasses and some tea leaf.

T: Very woody roasted malt. Slight peaty bitterness.

M: Bitter notes linger on the palate briefly before disappearing into the nether.

D: Not much resistance but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is excellent. Very nice frothy head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is roasted malt accentuated with sweet and herbal components. Hearty wood-roasted malt with a little bitter finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Jul 13, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice solid hazy brown hue with a good creamy light brown head that fades to leave a thin, soft blanket.

S - Aromas are tons of barley, sugars, grapefruit, pine, caramel. Nice.

T - Taste is more of the same with the hops and caramel mxing to create a bit of an herbal tea thing. Not really a huge fan, but darn are the citrus hops solid!

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, solid assessable offering for Baird.

Jun 13, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of gooseberries and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has an interesting mix of flavors of gooseberries and nutty malts along with hints of herbal hops and sweetness. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The flavors of this beer seem hoppy for the style, but without the associated bitterness—it's like a hybrid between an English Brown Ale and an English Pale Ale. It is easy to drink yet quite flavorful.

Mar 27, 2013
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Uncle_Jimmy from California

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- slightly hazy brown little head and little lacing.

Aroma- caramel, cofee/tofee vanilla some light florals.

Taste- crisp with a somewhat subdued malt character (as compared to newcastle) some buttery carmely flavors through out the middle and a little bit of a lingering bitter finish. Nobel hops

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, once the carbonation settles down

Overall- a decent brown not one I would necessarily seek out but good. I would say this might be more of an american brown because it is a little more hop forward than I am used to,

Feb 01, 2013
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep brown in color and slightly opaque. Some carbonation but disappates quickly. Smell is a sweet malts with brown sugar and/or maple. Detect a hint of sour maybe from the generous hopping. Taste is well balanced with the malts appearing first and quickly finished with a hop twang but not over the top.

Sep 16, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky and turbid dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. A good amount of sediment is seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, and some slight caramel notes. Taste is somewhat sour with some toasted malt, slight fruit, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Jul 15, 2012
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2012. The color was brown with a large quantity of foamy, beige head. The aroma was powerful with a great dose of barley, malts, nuts, and yeast. At first it felt like an aged barleywine (but only for a moment). The texture was about medium with an astringent quality to it. Sweet barley malts broke through on the first sip with a warming hop character that grew with each new sip. Av decent Brown Ale.

Jun 08, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.60ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/6/12

A dark amber with lots of sediment and no shortage of carbonation, very well sustained two fingers of tan foam has some brown specks and leaves some random lace

S grapefruit and pine come out right away, lots of hops is unexpected but most welcome, there's some caramel malt but mostly citric hops and I'm digging it

T some herbal tea bag to go with what I smell, a little perfume I didn't smell and less citric hops, not as nice as the smell but still great

M medium weight with lots of bubbles, a bit of an Iced Tea aftertaste with a nice bitter bite

O went down pretty fast and I have little too complain about in any area

a nice hoppy brown ale from Japan that I could drink myself stupid with, wouldn't guess its as strong as it really is, be careful with this Angry Boy

Jun 05, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

360ml bottle, 6% ABV. Why so angry, boy?

This beer pours a dark, muddled golden brown hue, with two fingers of thickly puffy and foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of amorphous blob lace around the glass as things readily sink away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, relatively pungent citrus rind and pine resin, and some further softer leafy hoppiness. The taste is more slightly toasted caramel malt, some additional biscuit and nutty notes, a more flattened citrus character than promised by the nose, and growing, but still tethered, herbal and leafy hops.

The bubbles make themselves known through a slight, mostly innocuous prickliness, the body plays out with a sturdy medium weight, and is generally smooth, that early hop bitterness continuing to nag somewhat. It finishes fairly off-dry, the nutty, caramelized malt withstanding the lingering effects of equally bitter, herbal, and fruity hops.

A quite decent brown ale, one that betrays its pan-Pacific origins - i.e., a hopped-up Yankee version with a subtle, but noticeable Asian herbal tint, one that I'm starting to ascribe to the Baird house flavour. Nothing to be upset about here, as this is a potential salve for the tortured soul - ironic, that.

Jun 01, 2012
Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 159 ratings