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Rail Ale Nut Brown - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smooth, flavourful nut brown ale with hints of chocolate and licorice. Made with 100% barley, hops, water & yeast, it is named in recognition of the region's strong railway history and Squamish BC's West Coast Railway Heritage Park - Home of the Royal Hudson and Western Canada's largest collection of heritage railway equipment.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 08-07-2005)
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

LDuke, Oct 11, 2013
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chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice re-closable, 1L swing-top bottle, at least useful for all my homemade hooch, should there be nothing else worth enjoying here - ha!

This beer pours a clear, I think, rather dark red-tinted brown hue, with two skinny fingers of weakly foamy, and yet still creamy pale beige head, which dissipates at an even pace, leaving a pleasant array of melting sea-cliff lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of lightly-roasted, semi-sweet caramel malt, bittersweet milk chocolate, a bit of candy-bar nougat, a mild back fruitiness, and gently bitter earthy, leafy hops. The taste is much more of the same - somewhat nutty toasted malt, powdery cocoa, an ethereal licorice root astringency, brown sugar-enhanced black coffee, and dry, slightly tangy leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit clumsy in its probing frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the nutty malt, lingering cocoa esters, and stumbling earthy and leafy hops holding down the proverbial fort.

An agreeable enough brown ale, whose balance among nut, malt and hop, for the style, (though an argument could be made for the Anglo nature of the latter) is duly drinkable. Good stuff, for now - as there's a whole other glass, waiting in the wings to accompany some spicy-ass pizza. La vita e bella.

biboergosum, Dec 17, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been around a while. Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Brown coloured body, lacey. The aroma is nutty and rootbeerish. Licorice taste, some chocolate malt, brown sugar. Average mouthfeel, suitably carbonated. Decent drinkability.Run-o-the-mill brown.

Sammy, Jul 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

KevinCraft, Jul 19, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear dark brown, towering pillowy tan head that retained and laced nicely
S - not quite what I was expecting, there are fruity and spicy hop notes quite prominent, the sweet and nutty malts are there but much more subtle
T - on the taste the nutty malts are much more prominent, the spicy hops are there but a little more subtle than the smell suggested, and just a little chocolately sweetness
M - decently carbonated, slightly chewy and bitter, with a rich malty breadiness lingering
D - a well balanced brown ale, not too heavy, and the flavour balance tastes nice, so I think I'll be enjoying all of my 1L pot-stopper in one sitting

joemcgrath27, Jul 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

souvenirs, Apr 18, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 litre bottle with swing top,pours a dark brown almost black color with a huge creamy tan bubbly head that holds up rather nicely and very decent sticky lacing.Nose is of fresh brewed coffee,some caramel,roasted nuts and a hint of chocolate.Taste is coffee,nuts,chocolate,caramel,molasses and fresh bread,all blended in very well,great tasting brew,really enjoyed this one after a long day of home reno's,split it with my buddy and wished i had more,will have to hit my local LCB and grab a few more of these,well worth trying,great beer.

GrimmReaper, Sep 14, 2008
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Boozecamel, Nov 15, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 1L brown capped yet reusable flip-top bottle, or a "pot-stopper" as it calls it on the blurb on the side of the label, which was more common before the 1950's. There, I learned something new today...

Pours out a deep brown opaque in appearance, initial massive frothy beige head with good retention. Thin rivulets of tight sticky lacing

Sweet toasted malt, some nuttiness and a bit of neutral detergent on the nose.

Flavour seems robust at first, yet seems to peter out until the aftertaste once again. Toasted malt up front along with some woody nut shells, hints of chocolate wafer in the middle, finishing with mild herbal hops. Dandelion greens and some earthy wood spiciness in the aftertaste that really lingers in a benevolent way. More coffee character comes out from the middle to the aftertaste as it warms more.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet a bit on the thin side.

The jury's a bit out for me on this one, I like it but at the same time it isn't all that memorable either, well, except for the spicy herbal aftertaste that still continues to linger. Makes a more impressive English Brown as well. And except for that robust aftertaste this is otherwise mild enough to act as a decent stepping stone brown for those interested in checking out the style.

IronDjinn, Aug 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

S_Dal, Aug 07, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L flip top bottle, courtesy of IllNate into two pint glasses, shared at my girlfriend's birthday about a month back. Review taken from a few notes.

Poured a deep brown, with a tinge of orange around the edges. Big fluffy and billowing head, with some thin lacing and decent retention throughout the duration of the pint. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts, some licorice. Taste follows, with some more chocolate and maybe a bit of marshmallow-like flavour to it, interesting. A tinge of metallic flavour was there, but I don't know what to attribute that to. Smooth drinker, and some creaminess in the mouthfeel. A decent brew overall, thanks for this one Nate!

liamt07, Aug 11, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark tea-like brown with three fingers off-white head.

Smell is more fruity than nutty, very little roast, malty sweetness.

There is slightly more roast and a nutty flavor in the taste, the right amount of sweetness on the finish.

Very great drinking beer.

Smurf2055, Aug 03, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L brown flip-top bottle, brought this one back from BC thinking I had something special - alas, I now see it in Alberta liquor stores. 5%

Deep brown color with a large beige head. Good looking pour with nice foam and retention, lots of thin sticky lacing. Smell has some sweetness from toasted malt, also some nuttiness coming through.
Toasted malt flavor, earthy, nutty. Some chocolate hints also coming through (more as it starts to warm). Mild leafy or herbal hops to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a touch thin.
A solid brown, very drinkable - I polished off the bad boy (minus one small taster glass) on my own.
Not as much smokiness as Wild Rose Brown, but very comparable as my favorite browns.

The Bottle: This re-closable bottle known as a "pot-stopper", was widely used prior to the 1950's. Today, its use denotes a beer to be savoured and shared.

BigBry, Aug 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Howe Sound "Rail Ale"(american)Nut Brown Ale @ 5.0% in a pot-stopper 1L served cold into a stein
A-poured a a dark brown that had an ok head and lacing
S-roasted nuts and malts , woodsy
T-licorice and molasses some chocolate and brown sugar
MF-taste is a bit thin , medium carbonation
Ov-just ok , not bad just a basic brew

cheers LampertLand

LampertLand, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark brown appearance with thin white head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of brown sugar, roasted nuts and malt.

Taste is similar to the smell, roasted nuts, malt, grain, various fruit and coffee. Picked up a hint of chocolate and caramel as well. Everything blends together good. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering grainy bitterness.

Overall, this is a decent bad Brown Ale. Good robust combination of tastes and very drinkable. Worth a try, one of the few dark beers I'd recommend when it's hot out.

CrazyMike, Sep 10, 2011
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marlow, Dec 22, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An enticing clear brown body, tinges of red when held to light, especially on the bottom of my pint glass. Some sparse lacing, head retention on this thick beige beauty is average.

S- Chocolate malt is abundantly clear on the nose. A little nutty, not picking up any hops.

T- Chocolate & nuts most predominant, a bit of coffee in the finish.

M- On the lighter side of medium, ample carbonation.

D- Fairly one dimensional, reminds me of a Brown Ale homebrew I made that was over the top with chocolate malt. I've got another 1L swing top for the next batch I got fermenting away right now though.

Dawkfan, Feb 13, 2011
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Rail Ale Nut Brown from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.