Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Japan
bairdbeer.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-19-2003

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Reviews:
90
Ratings:
151
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 151
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 21 Feb 2009.

Poured in Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Very strong perfumey smell when the bottle is first opened. Large lacy light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear reddish brown color. Aroma is light and chocolatey, soapy. Starts with some astringency, turning slightly chocolatey and coffee sweet. Light roasty malts throughout. Overall flavor is on the light side. Some astringency in the finish. Medium body. Alcohol seems a bit on the high side for a brown ale.

Not bad but price is a bit high to purchase again ($6).

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with no freshness date poured into a tumbler glass. Poured a thick 1/2" head which died down to 1/8" over 20 minutes. Lots of lacing on the glass as I drank it down. The color was a translucent brown with some hints of orange. I did a lot of sediment in the bottle that didn't pour out.

The smell when cold right out of the bottle smells like grapes, and as it warms up I get some malt, molasses, and ethanol smells. Very complex and it changes the more you let it warm up. Towards the end of the glass I only got the malt smell.

Taste is equally complex. After the smell change upon pouring I let it warm up a bit before drinking it. At first I get roasted malts (hints of coffee and molasses again) and then something bitter at the end. I can taste just a hint of grape (raisin) again in there with the other flavors the more it warms up.

Mouthfeel - some carbonation/spiciness on the tongue but otherwise slick and thick.

Drinkability. Well - I want to try it again but the alcohol went to my head quick even with a meal so this is a beer for savoring and I stop at one. It's very complex and I wonder what it would be like if all the sediment went along with the pour. Or I'm wondering if the beer was old and the ABV is actually higher than the 6.2% on the bottle. If it is old (no way of knowing) it does cellar well but I'm wondering what it's like fresh. I do like the beers from this Japanese brewer, so maybe if I'm ever in Japan I'll visit this brewery and try a few on tap.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the baird brewery 'at the base of mt. fuji'

6.2% brown ale

looks like a brown ale and has some real steadfast lacing. nutty tang, earthy aroma with a burnt sugar complexity. lots of carbonation and a bit thin in the mouth. a pleasant underlying blanket of brown sugar and maple exists, but finds itself covered by a metallic, husky flavor and an awkward, intrusive bitterness from the hops. the taste left on my palate after each sip washes over is pleasant enough to take the next sip, but like an unnamed reviewer stated in his baird pale ale review, it's ok to drink but will not be revisited especially with the import price tag.

i have a feeling these beers would taste a lot better at the source.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Angry Boy Brown ale pours an interesting color that is somewhere between rusty brown and a deep orange hued amber. The head is light tan and has great retention. It leaves some nice splashy lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is mostly sweet with a little bit of nuttiness to it. Brown sugar and toffee are the main players, as well as a bit of herbal hop character and a touch of cocoa.

This is definitely a unique beer and the flavor is quite complex. It starts out sweet with plenty of brown sugar and toffee, as well as a bit of earthy hop character and even a little fruitiness. This then transitions to a really nice nutty and toasty flavor profile that lingers on my palate with just a hint of roasted malt. There is definitely a good amount of bitterness in this brew and while it is not harsh, it is approaching harsh. Unfortunately I am able to pick up far too much of the alcohol in this brew considering it is less than 7% ABV.

The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. It finishes on the dry side and I am getting an awful lot of hop oil like residue in my mouth after swallowing. Though the flavors of the finish are nice, I am not really a fan of the texture.

This is my second beer from Japan and while both have been interesting, this one is far less enjoyable. I have no idea how old this bottle is, but most of my problems with this beer were in regards to the alcohol and mouthfeel, which I would not think would be affected by age. This is definitely not one I would search out again, but it was interesting to try.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a nice golden brown with a big ol' three-finger of frothy head on it, that then went down to a respectable two-finger throughout the life of the beer! Nice!

Smell: After getting through that foam, hints of sweet malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The Malted roasted flavor really comes to you upfront. Spiky (pepper like taste) middle that smooths out near the end. Had a slight metallic flavor to it near the end of the beer, but nothing that makes it unpleasant. Leaves the mouth with a mild fullness that tickles the palette. Not as sweet as other brown ales, but very nice overall flavor that does make this one a bit "angrier" than the other brands.

Drinkability: This is my second time drinking this one, and i found that the second go round was way better. Glad I withheld judgment because "Angry Boy" is good take on a brown ale. Will certainly revisit this one again. And as the bottle says, "Anger is energy. Use it, then let it go." Kampai!

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Photo of Premo88
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

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Photo of donnebaby
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, cloudy brown color with an exceptionally good-looking, smooth tan head. Smell is a candy-sweet strawberry, light whisps of alcohol.

Taste is big red fruits malt character which explodes in the mouth to thick, chunky hoppiness. Afternotes of candy strawberry and alcohol. Dark chocolate comes in as well. A little watery after the initial which I thought added to the drinkability rather than detracting from the mouthfeel, which I thought excellent.

Medium to heavy body. My stomach was heavy after half the glass. Still, I would seek this beer out again.

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

Look: The beer pours a golden brown color with a nice light brown head.
Smell: Malts, hops, fruit and spicy
Taste: Sweet spices and herbal hops, with a malty backbone. In the middle the bitterness kicks in, followed by a fruity spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: Nice beer

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Photo of philipquarles
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy brown with orange tinges and a large taupe head. The foam takes a couple of minutes to settle down, after which leaving some very nice lacing. Smells quite floral and resinous thanks to the generous hopping. Light caramel malt in the back. While pleasant, this doesn't do the taste any justice. Strong roasted malt balanced by a big hop presence. Very earthy with traces of chocolate leading to a bitter finish. Thick and creamy on the palate with medium carbonation. Fantastic.

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Photo of seand
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark translucent reddish amber, with a large amount of bubbly light tan head. A nice layer retains, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Rich malt, with a bit of a roasted note. It's almost a bit boozy; I would have guessed a higher ABV just based on the smell.

T: Sweet with the same slightly bitter roasted note from the nose. Relatively light overall, but with a somewhat concentrated sweet/boozy note near the mid palate. It's different.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly astringent.

Overall, not bad, and different. I probably wouldn't get it again, but it was worth trying.

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Photo of tjd25
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy persistent head. The color is quite impressive, almost opaque amber dark purple. The smell is very nice, yeasty, with lots of red fruits, I'd say sweet strawberries. The first impression in the taste is of sweet red fruits, and it's quickly combined with a dark chocolate bitterness. The chocolate thing is less noticeable than in Rogue American Amber Ale for example though. Maybe some caramel in there. The mouthfeel is very enjoyable, round and smooth at first, more rough and powder like after a while. Drinkability is quite good, not that I could have many of these in the same session, but I feel like I wouldn't mind have one every day.

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Photo of spicelab
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

360mL bottle from [email protected] Bay.

Opaque mahogany with a voluptuous beige head that subsides over 5 minutes leaving a solid lace network and a slightly raised ring.

Driven by rich and sweet malt character. Muscatels, baked toffee, gingerbread, cherries, dates, figs, nutmeg and a slight floral edge. There's a pleasing lifted pungency to the aromas.

Flavours show even more brandy snap and toffee malts joined by a textbook earthy pine bitterness. The dark fruit complexity in the nose doesn't come through quite as well.

Moderately oily palate, with below average carbonation and a long, satisfying, deceptively bitter finish on the back palate.

Plenty of personality with good cohesion. Great brown ale that I'd be happy to drink a few of in succession.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If nothing else, Baird has some of the best label art in the business. A bit pricey (understatement) at over $4 for a 12 oz bottle, but I figured I'd try one and the Brown seemed to fit the bill. Surprisingly rich looking in the glass, an opaque orange-brown with the most amazingly rich head of foam that really never left, lacing the glass all the way to the bottom in neat little layers. Nutty roasted in the nose with a hint of something fruity; taste was much more complex with rich roasted malt and a fruity almost (as one other reviewer said) apple cider or (cherry?) flavor that was so subtle and yet totally (pleasantly) unexpected. Rich rich mouthfeel with a very satisfying balance of flavors only added to the experience. This was definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. And I wrote Baird to say so, adding a hearty "Youku Dekimashita!" ("Well Done!") to the message. I've seen at least 3 other varieties on the shelf, but until I can find them a bit cheaper, I'll have to stick to other craft beers.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thick, rocky cream colored head, which slowly dissipated, giving way to some nice lacing. The body was brown, like an oil-rubbed bronze, and exhibited a good amount of carbonation. Some nice bubble trains were visible from the side of the glass.

S- Nutty aromas of caramel malt and some moderate flowery hop aroma dominate the nose. Further investigation reveals the restrained aroma of apple cider.

T- Wow! Chewy roasted malt flavors are BIG and nutty, and these are INCREDIBLY well balanced with some moderate hop bitterness! Underneath this utopian layer of malt and hops lie hints of brown sugar and yellow raisins. The finish is long, nutty and bitter... absolutely exquisite!

M- Nice spritzy carbonation is the most prominent feature of this beer... and the high carbonation actually works well with the flowery hop profile. The body is creamy and chock full of unattenuated sugars, making for an overall assessment of a "medium body beer".

D- Oh SO VERY DRINKABLE. This beer is so perfectly balanced, so complex with nuances, and so quaffable with its 6.2% ABV!!! I will be promptly looking for the base case price on this Japanese wonder!

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Photo of robbyc1
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear chestnut brown, nice 3 finger head in a sam adams glass. Inviting.

Smell is roasty and caramely without giving much away. Some notes of hops but mostly malt.

Yeasty as well as malty, nice Belgian-like yeast gives it interesting complexity, the hops support the backbone, give it a unique fresh flavor, a bit sweet and sourish, not like Goudenband which someone told me, but nice. The malt is not deep but supports the flavors nicely. Not heavy or overpowering, actually refreshing. A nice brown drinker for sure.

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Photo of hopsputin
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

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Photo of mempath
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful thick tan head with big glass-side carbo-bubbles and nice, frothy pancake batter atop that laces low and thick then dissipates. semi-opaque (therefore, semi-clear?) brown.

rich maple/malty nose, sweetish, but with a tang. i hope it tastes like it smells. slight hop aroma lurking around, but very faint. more or a teammate than a soloist.another whiff makes me think this is a high ABV heavy-hitter. like a barleywine.

wow. much lighter on delivery. and in a good way. i was expecting thick and lush which the nose suggests...very light mouthfeel and a rather dry finish. light as it is, it is complex while it stays on the tongue...very ninja like in it's escape. i want it to linger more. but i just have to take another swallow and catch the rich malts and perfect touch of hops (which are much more present in taste than in the nose). very drinkable, but at the price of a 12 oz. bottle ($4.99), i can't see myself drinking more of these in a sitting. unless it was being bought by someone else!

i will nonetheless try more of Baird's offerings. great looking labels. excellent product (so far). RECOMMENDED.

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Photo of juju7
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoying the work of Baird lately. This is a fine brown ale, no doubt. Towering head with great retention and nice angel ring lacing. The aromas are fantastic, some tropical hop aromas mixed in with some sweet fruit and cherry malt. Palate-wise again is no let down. A slightly sweet aftertaste and some mouth coating bitterness all combines to make me a happy boy drinking this angry boy.

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Photo of bbothen
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/brown with a frothy tan colored 2 finger head. Lots of sticky stuff on the glass. Head stays awhile.

Smells faintly of sweet malt, roasted aroma, slight hoppy notes, slightly fruity. None jump out though.

Plenty of sweet caramel flavor, roasted/toasted flavor, some slight chocolate, bitterness towards the finish. Tastes better than the nose leads you to believe.

Medium bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Tasty brew with a slightly above average ABV, drinkability is fine. This is the brew I'd have the most if I lived by the brewery.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear, deep mahogony color with a foamy 2 finger head that stays for a while leaving some spotty lacing.

S - Has almost a spice/cider aroma.

T - Has a malty, nutty flavor with some hints of chocolate. The flavor is a little thin tho

M - Has a light-medium mouthfeel, with a dry finish.

O - For a brown ale, it's a good brew. But as for an English Brown... not really. It's just lacking some complexity in the flavor profile.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
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.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass,this beer has a massive head that stays throughout the beer.the nose is of sour cherries,caramel,brown sugar,with a hint of chocolate.i think this bottle might be older,because there is very little hop presence other than a blunt bitterness in the finish.it is relatively dry with dark fruity esters,brown sugar, and caramel/chocolate,a little bit of coffee as well.as previously stated,the finish is bitter,slightly leaning toward a coffee like acridity.as the beer warmed further,in had a slightly citrusy hop finish though.

mouthfeel is pretty carbonated,light in body.i feel like if this were a bit fresher it would get a better rating from me.i understand what this beer is trying to convey.if i lived in numazu japan,i would have a few of these.but at 4.99 for a bottle in ohio,i just wanted to take a fake vacation.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut-colored and translucent, with almost two inches of light-gold head. Leaves pretty nice lacing down the first half of the oversized wineglass I poured it in. No doubt the glass helps with the aromas, but this is one of the best smelling browns I've ever sniffed. Chocolate, plum, vanilla, booze. Yum.

On the palette, it's a little less impressive - nutty, brown bread, cocoa, good hop presence - delicious brown, but no more so than Smuttynose or Avery (which still puts it pretty high in the running for tastiest worldwide). Thick and chewy, but a bit boozy.

If it weren't price-prohibitive ($4.99 for a 12 oz.), I'd drink this fairly regularly, but in moderation. Delicious and definitely worth a try -- I'm excited to try another beer from this brewery.

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Photo of basica
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque chestnut brown into my Samuel Adams Globe pint glass yielding an immensely thick tan head which finally recedes to a half finger thick coffee-ish layer of foam (4)

S - Brown sugar malty sweetness and caramel on the nose with strong citrus notes from the hops and a dash of spices (4)

T - Sweet caramelized malts meet the palate with floral citric zest in the middle; slightly nutty past that, and with a fairly strong ensuing bitter taste from the hops. The citric zest is gradually lifted to unveil pleasant dark fruitiness with notes of dates and dominantly rasins which lasts well into the aftertaste alongside the hop bitterness (4.5)

M - Slightly above medium-bodied with moderate carbonation going down creamy smooth and slightly dry (4.5)

D - Complex and flavorful with a creamy smooth touch to round things up; this does not taste much like an English Brown Ale but more like an American Ale with a special touch to create a different kind of malt character. May be a little less approachable to some due to the bitterness and weight but definitely very interesting and sessionable for me (4.5)

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the cellar straight into the Tyranena nonic pint glass...

A - Body is almost more of a cloudy dark mahogany with brown tints than brown. Two fingers of rock tan head showed decent retention and little lacing.

S - Aroma has an expressive, great mix of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, cream. Slight citrus from what I assume is a generous amount of English hops, with a slight espresso bite.

T/M - Nutty with a good amount of semi-sweet chocolate and some raspberry notes. Bitterness balances out the beer, and leads to an interesting vanilla, cherry and raspberry finish, bolstered by the presence of alcohol. Manages to rich and balanced, while allowing the esters to flourish and add complexity without taking away from the beer. Body seemed average for style, as did the mouthfeel.

D - A very enjoyable example of a brown ale. Normally I don't like English style beers with assertive esters, but this beer balanced it out perfectly, and used it to create extra complexity. Best brown ale I've had in a while. Not to mild like many, but not just big and chocolaty like others, just really impressive.

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Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
3.81 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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