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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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very good

28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 08-07-2005

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
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Photo of Hornet2003
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Rail Ale Nut Brown from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.