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Rail Ale Nut Brown - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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86
very good

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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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 05:58:05 | More by lumikuuro
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

09-15-2013 16:59:25 | More by ZachT
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DrShakalu

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-16-2012 00:40:46 | More by DrShakalu
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 05:10:47 | More by GrimmReaper
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 17:18:02 | More by andrenaline
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 07:00:47 | More by Hornet2003
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urbantornado

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-28-2012 18:11:47 | More by urbantornado
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-13-2013 06:41:17 | More by cam477
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-21-2011 05:05:31 | More by chickenm
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KevinCraft

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-19-2013 00:11:01 | More by KevinCraft
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-18-2013 09:17:33 | More by souvenirs
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 05:08:59 | More by CrazyMike
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beerhaver

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-08-2012 02:53:29 | More by beerhaver
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-03-2011 20:38:32 | More by papawu76
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-25-2012 23:03:49 | More by goalie35
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Grinder

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-15-2012 18:07:20 | More by Grinder
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 08:54:25 | More by Viggo
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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


4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-27-2012 08:38:50 | More by thefullpython
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-21-2011 03:18:01 | More by EskimoDave
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 00:52:31 | More by brewcrew76
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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-23-2012 00:28:17 | More by 2beerdogs
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty and full bodied this the solid dark offering from Howe Sound. I really liked the big malty finish on this beer. A bigger beer than Baldwins so it can tackle BBQ and burgers with lots of toppings. One of the better brown ales around BC. A must try if you visit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2005 16:23:01 | More by canucklehead
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StJamesGate

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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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 03:04:35 | More by joemcgrath27
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Rail Ale Nut Brown from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.