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Rail Ale Nut Brown - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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86
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of lumikuuro
5/5  rDev +29.2%

1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009.

Appearance: Rich, transparent mahogany colour with beige three finger head when poured into tall tankard, rapidly receding to a ring and a thin film of head that lasts for the whole glass. Heavy lace.

Aroma: Nuts, hint of dark fruits, roasty malts.

Taste: Lots of flavour in here. Nuts, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, liquorice, very subtle dark fruits. It seems like every time you take a mouthful of this beer, there is something else you notice each time. Soft, smooth malty finish. You can't get a better nut brown ale than this. I've tasted nuttier, more coffeeish, or more chocolatey; but this beer from Howe Sound has a ton of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, easy to drink, slightly silky.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily, it's difficult to savour this because it just begs to be drunk. And at 5% abv, it's very much a drink you can session. There is nothing wrong with this beer.

lumikuuro, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of ZachT
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

ZachT, Sep 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Beaterson, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of DrShakalu
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

DrShakalu, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of GrimmReaper
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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
Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Again, surprised to find this one on tap at the Hop'n'Brew, and was excited to give it a whirl.

A - Pours a nice dark brown colour, finger of creamy beige head with very solid retention (lasted well beyond 5 minutes) and leaving a solid film of sticky beige lacing down the side of the glass. Fantastic presentation!

S - This one is nutty for sure with roasted almonds followed by some chocolate and espresso malts and a bit of buttered bread.

T - The nuts flavours come through very nicely with buttered bread and almonds that linger on the tongue. The chocolate and espresso malts burst through on the finish as well, and I really enjoyed it.

M - No complaints in this department. Medium body that finishes creamy and smooth.

D - I really enjoyed this pint and if I didn't have to drive home I would've tossed back another. Stoked to find it on tap, and the flavours are nice and strong, but not overwhelming making it very sessionable. I'll be picking up a flip-top bottle to see if it's as delicious as it was on tap.

andrenaline, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Hornet2003
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

What a great beer from a little known BC brewery. Or at least one that rarely gets much exposure. Pours a really rich looking mahogany. Not much head/retention. The aroma is dominated by coffee and stout like flavours. A definiate nuttiness like you find in a good strongly brewed coffee. Tastes of coffee and hazelnut. Very nice flavour, complemented with a slight bitterness at the end. The carbonation is a little on the low side, but for a beer with such a dynamic flavour profile, it works. Considering it comes in a 1L swing top bottle, this stuff is drinkable. Standard 5% alc/vol makes it very sessionable.

Overall, this is a great beer to drink on a cold, snowy night. I imagine that in the summer, this would be a little heavy. Under the current setting, though, it hist the spot right on.

Hornet2003, Feb 24, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

urbantornado, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of iain_reeve
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

iain_reeve, Monday at 05:10 PM
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +3.4%

cam477, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.4%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of KevinCraft
4/5  rDev +3.4%

KevinCraft, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

souvenirs, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of S_Dal
4/5  rDev +3.4%

S_Dal, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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
Photo of beerhaver
4/5  rDev +3.4%

beerhaver, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

papawu76, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

goalie35, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Grinder, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

One liter capped bottle. Shared this one with my brother.

Pours a clear brown/orange, thick tan head forms, pretty damn solid, nice lacing on the glass, some solid retention. Smell is nuts, caramel, light chocolate, some bread, bit of grain, pretty standard but enjoyable. Taste is nuts, chocolate, roast, coffee, bread, grain, some spicy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth and decent tasting, pretty good beer.

Viggo, Feb 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Erik-P, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

thefullpython, May 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +3.4%

1L capped with attached swing top for later use.

A - Deep brown with reddish, mahogany highlights and a few finger tan head.

S - Toasted bread, nutty, hint of chocolate and roasted malts. Light but nice.

T - Bready and grainy with toasted nuts, chocolate, slightest hint of coffee and toasted malts.

M - On the light side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. Lingering bready and nutty flavors.

D - Enjoyable and easily drinkable. The 1 liter will not last long.

brewcrew76, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2012
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Rail Ale Nut Brown from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.