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Rail Ale Nut Brown - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Rail Ale Nut BrownRail Ale Nut Brown

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BA SCORE
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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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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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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

02-21-2008 08:54:25 | More by Viggo
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

08-11-2010 04:50:37 | More by liamt07
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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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

10-30-2013 11:12:46 | More by StJamesGate
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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.

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-23-2013 08:45:47 | More by schopenhauerale
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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-25-2010 01:57:16 | More by BigBry
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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

07-05-2010 03:04:35 | More by joemcgrath27
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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.

01-01-2010 00:52:31 | More by brewcrew76
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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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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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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-24-2013 13:53:58 | More by KStark
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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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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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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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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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Rail Ale Nut Brown from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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