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KA-BAR Brown Ale - Railhouse Brewery

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KA-BAR Brown AleKA-BAR Brown Ale

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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 24.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Railhouse Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-20-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 61
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Photo of Bung
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. Dark brown pour, very little light gets through. Thin layer of light tan head.

Aroma, toasted malt and nut. A little molasses. Some lighter toffee and herbal hops.

Taste, Some sweeter malt and cola. Really very little toasted malt or hop presence. The sweetness is just not quite the right type of sweetness for me. Maybe the malt bill doesn't work for my taste. Some fit and raisin also. Something just slightly fruity tart in the finish as well.

Definetely lighter with slightly higher carbonation. Maybe designed to be more of session brown, just a bit too sweet for me. Normally a sweet brown sets well with me, but not here.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, just about opaque deep brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts, roasted malts, and nuttiness with light aromas of coffee and chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of nuttiness. That is followed by light flavors of chocolate and coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades fairly quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Good but nothing great or special - rather pedestrian. Definitely drinkable but nothing I would run out to get again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An above average aroma of malt, the brown ale nuttiness, and a little chocolate.

T: Tasted of light malt, a hint of chocolate, and the aforementioned nuttiness. Not necessarily an awful flavor, but definitely on the thin, watery side. Not pushed far enough.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth, but thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is simply a very average beer. Not the most undrinkable brown ale, but certainly could have been better.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bonzo
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ordybill
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of slasich
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sonofliberty2
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of TheWillMitch
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of n2185
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sammy806
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Izzi
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devil_Doc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beth and Alex for hauling this back from NC.

This one pours a simple brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. The head is a sandy film of foam.

Smells of red licorice, toffee, a dry woody hop, a hit of booze and a strange floral note that comes in and out.

This one's a mess. If I sift through this, I can pull out a hint of dry cocoa and coffee, but also a little apple juice. What is predominate here is a swarm of co2 brightness, making this taste like a smooth seltzer water. "Washed out" comes to mind.

Feels bright and clean, and rather refreshing.

Well, it's easy to drink so if you're looking for a clean and easy summer beer, this may do the trick. But ultimately, it's a little too far on the light side. It may be your bag if that's your thing.

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Photo of gony21
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Hops_N_Dreads
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty brown ale perfect for a Monday afternoon for deep thoughts and for ambitioun to try something new. A North Carolinian myself is proud to drink local home state brews and this one added to my list if your ever in NC give it a chance and taste for its uniquness it very well might meet your palates stnadards and cheers to good drinking!

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Photo of Amedlin18
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bendukes86
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great! Had it in saluda, NC before zip lining

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, opaque, brown coloring with a frothy, clingy, light tan head. Nose of coffee, chocolate, nutty sweet, and roasted notes. Light and sweet. Flavors are smooth and sweet, with a crisp undertone of roasted notes. Nutty throughout, with a hint of bitter chocolate. Smooth and light in mouth, with a tangy sweet aftertaste. Clean, smooth finish. Very tasty.

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KA-BAR Brown Ale from Railhouse Brewery
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