The Barista

American Brown Ale Clown Shoes Beer


The Barista, an American Brown Ale brewed by Clown Shoes Beer

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The Barista is an American Brown Ale brewed by Clown Shoes Beer, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a mug from a bottle.


Pours a dark russet with a cream colored cap of foam that stands firm. When eventually reduced, the head leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.


The aroma is pleasant with a scent of coffee roast and sweet caramel. Even a hint of bacon.


The palate follows the nose with balanced flavors of coffee and caramel. Finishes with a bitter blend of coffee, roast, and mild hops. Followed by a lactose sweetness.


Smooth mouthfeel has a medium body with less-than-moderate carbonation.


The use of coffee in The Barista is lovely and complementary. Otherwise, this is an excellent representation of the style.

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About the American Brown Ale

The American Brown Ale is similar to the English Brown Ale but has greater alcohol strength and more hops. But it’s still a malty brew with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and nut. The darker malt is more robust than an Amber but doesn’t reach the level of a Porter.