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Rail Ale Nut Brown - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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: 52 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by wordemupg:
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1L swing top bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct7 2009

A hazy deep maroon with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S nice malts, chocolate and perhaps some maple go quite well together

T chocolate comes through a little stronger and some mild coffee I didn't smell

M a little thin and flat

D I would drink another, worth a try

this is another decent beer from Howe Sound I'm stoked I got 2 more to try today

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 05:37:45 | More by wordemupg
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-27-2014 02:10:01 | More by CWVegas
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with good head retention.

S - Molasses overrides the malt and hop aromas

T - Good balance, not too sweet. Chocolate and molasses undertones.

M - Nice level of carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall - A nice brown for those who like molasses to lead the aroma and flavor of their beer.

I had the 1L swingtop bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:07:37 | More by Brewthing
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-26-2014 10:09:26 | More by Erik-P
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New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Nicli Pizzeria, Vancouver.

Leathery cranberry with a s sandy puffy head that fades but speckles.
Brownie, earth, and country white loaf crust on the nose.
Red berry, cocoa, a bit of walnut skin, then slight orange rind hops with woody spice.
Sarsaparilla end and earthy linger.
Lt-med, oily, some chew, lively.

Starts out well then dies a bit. Kinda thin and fizzy, too, though that's within style. Still a good dose of chocolate. Solid overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 11:12:46 | More by StJamesGate
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-11-2013 02:56:59 | More by LDuke
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

09-15-2013 16:59:25 | More by ZachT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-13-2013 06:41:17 | More by cam477
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger mocha colored head, bubbly, lots of lacing with a dark ruby body.

Slight chocolate and caramel notes on the nose, slightly grainy, and some leafy hops.

Nutty, caramel, and sweet malty notes on the tongue. Slight milk chocolate flavor to it. Definitely more malty than hoppy. Slight hop bitterness. Leaves a dry, rather neutral aftertaste.

Nice carbonation, very smooth, silky mouthfeel to it. Pretty quaffable.

Decent brown ale from Howe Sound. Nothing special or amazing, but it is rather consistent and above average across the board. Can be easily drank, and is overall a nice, standard American Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 04:54:18 | More by Scrylol
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-18-2013 02:30:22 | More by joefinnigan15
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap with a sampler of several other beers. Was a nice deep brown with two fingers worth of root beer colored foam. Aroma was fruity, some toasty notes, molasses, an acidic sweetness. Taste was strong coffee, bitter walnut, sweet licorice, some subtle citrus hops, not floral or particularly grassy, all dark flavors. Perhaps a subtle acetic acidity lingering along with bitter nuts and smoke. Solid brown ale with ample coffee character. Does not expand the style but certainly doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 01:08:09 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 05:51:17 | More by Smurf2055
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-19-2013 00:11:01 | More by KevinCraft
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-14-2013 21:34:51 | More by Kmat10
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-24-2013 13:53:58 | More by KStark
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-21-2013 05:14:41 | More by stealth
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-18-2013 09:17:33 | More by souvenirs
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-23-2013 08:45:47 | More by schopenhauerale
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

12-22-2012 15:27:05 | More by marlow
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-29-2012 02:27:20 | More by KalanM
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-28-2012 18:11:47 | More by urbantornado
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-16-2012 00:40:46 | More by DrShakalu
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-23-2012 00:28:17 | More by 2beerdogs
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Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark walnut brown with half a finger width of head that quickly disspates.

Smell- Caramel, hazelnut, almond, milk chocolate, hint of licorice.

Taste- Caramel, hazelnut, almond, milk chocolate and hint of licorice all come through. The chocolate malts make a presence to. The beer finishes toasty.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad watery.

Overall- A enjoyable brown ale. Could of used a little more to the body and flavours but nonetheless, a good brown ale to have to see where you stand with the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 23:19:53 | More by leaddog
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I loved my first Howe Sound beer (a Pumpkin Ale) so I had big expectations for this. Because it only comes in a 1 litre bottle it is rare for me to find an opportunity to get one.

It pours with a small, but decent, light-brown head. The body is dark brown (on the red side of brown) and appears to be clear (it appears there may be a slight cloudiness in there). The aroma is not very strong but has a fruity-hoppiness and rootbeer-malt quality to it. The hops is more pronounce in the taste. It has a deep taste in which I get the molassas and licorice malt flavour. It feels like it has a full body, medium carbonation but a deep, creamy taste. I don't get the nut taste. Overall, a very good beer. The deep flavour and smooth body appeal to me. This is the kind of beer I expect to find at brewpubs.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2012 02:41:00 | More by maclean25
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Rail Ale Nut Brown from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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