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Rail Ale Nut Brown - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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86
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1
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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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.5%

02-18-2012 18:48:01 | More by shagal
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marlow

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16%

12-22-2012 15:27:05 | More by marlow
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-11-2014 15:34:37 | More by YamagamiTravis
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

06-14-2012 02:41:00 | More by maclean25
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

08-04-2009 02:23:25 | More by IronDjinn
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-11-2013 02:56:59 | More by LDuke
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

04-29-2012 04:12:04 | More by LampertLand
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froghop

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

pours a dark brown with a red tint, a large tan head, and good lacing.

smell is of spice, brown sugar, a little roasted nuts, and malt.

taste is of malt, spice, roasted nuts, and some maple syrup, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

overall a nice brown ale.

08-08-2009 16:08:30 | More by froghop
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-18-2013 02:30:22 | More by joefinnigan15
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stealth

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-21-2013 05:14:41 | More by stealth
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

02-13-2011 22:30:10 | More by Dawkfan
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Brewthing

British Columbia (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -8%

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.

02-03-2014 01:07:37 | More by Brewthing
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7%

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.

07-15-2012 23:19:53 | More by leaddog
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

07-29-2011 23:50:51 | More by Sammy
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

A big ass bottle for sure...a bomber with the store-it-if u can't drink it all stopper. Rich mahogany red with a very larde, frothy head that took a long while to receed.

Nice roasted malt, some faint floral nuttiness.

Watery and bland up front..malts and nuttiness don't show through until after a good 3-4 steamboat count. Bit of a bite on the tongue, maybe from Hops?? Then there is a nice mix of mild toasted malt and slight nuttiness. Slight metallic twang that sticks to the back of the tongue 10 seconds after the first swig.

Certainly not as chewy as it looked. Would call it almost medium in body.

Would concur with my buddy Jeff ( Iron Djinn ) in it makes a nice entry level brown ale. Certainly easy enough for me to have several if I was @ a bar & they had it on tap.

09-06-2009 03:12:45 | More by Shadman
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Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

08-27-2013 04:54:18 | More by Scrylol
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-27-2014 02:10:01 | More by CWVegas
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-14-2013 21:34:51 | More by Kmat10
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

10-08-2009 05:37:45 | More by wordemupg
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Comes in a swing-top litre jug via Brewery Creek. I'm glad they got this in, as I think it is one of BC's better brown ales.

Rich mahogany-ruby colour with an ever-so slightly cream colour head. Dense, toffee malt smell with backings of chocolate and dark roast coffee. I can detect an odd, raisiny sort of smell that is uncharacteristic of a brown ale, but not unpleasant.

The taste lacks this unique scent, and is very rich. Good malt finish with definite toffee and chocolate flavours. Big flavour.

Mouthfeel is good, but can come off as a bit watery for the flavour. It should just be a bit chewier. Drinkable, but then, it only comes on tap or in a 1 litre bottle.

12-08-2006 06:17:26 | More by BDTyre
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-29-2012 02:27:20 | More by KalanM
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-24-2013 13:53:58 | More by KStark
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-23-2013 08:45:47 | More by schopenhauerale
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

12-17-2009 22:48:34 | More by biboergosum
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

08-03-2013 05:51:17 | More by Smurf2055
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Rail Ale Nut Brown from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.