KA-BAR Brown Ale - Railhouse Brewery

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KA-BAR Brown AleKA-BAR Brown Ale

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-20-2013

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by Bung:
Photo of Bung
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of bendukes86
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great! Had it in saluda, NC before zip lining

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Mojo
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - dark brown with a very small bubbly head, not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S - roasted nuts dominate the nose. Very pleasant and aromatic.

T - mild and malty up front with a finish that is roasted nuts, a bit of sassafras, and a bit of coffee.

M - a little thin without tons of carbonation, but no aftertaste either.

O - as brown ales go, there are many that are worse.

Photo of Lordhelmit
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours with a ~1" tannish head which is fairly persistent and leads to a good amount of lacing. Dark brown color, reminds me of a light mahogany color, also kind of hazy. I like the look very much.

Smell - Nose is very nutty. I don't smell any coffee or caramel, but it smells like literally roasted chestnuts and well, upon another whiff just now, it does smell slightly caramel, definitely has a sweet tinge to it. Not very strong nose, though, I had to take deep breaths to be able to smell it.

Taste - I think the taste was outstanding. It is a bit hoppy, but then again it is an ale. I do think it would be a bit better with less hops and more caramel/roasted flavor. I am not sure what the IBU is. I do taste, as mentioned, a very roasted nutty flavor. Some caramel and coffee sweetness to it, but not overpoweringly so. A fine balance I think.

Mouthfeel - Eh. Average. Average body, average carbonation. Not much to speak of.

Overall: I dig it. I will buy again.

Photo of Apellonious
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a guinness pint glass.

A - Dark black/brown with ruby notes coming up through the bottom of the glass. One finger fluffy head that retains well.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, and some nuttieness.

T - Follows the nose, with hints of cocoa and smoke.

M - Carbonation medium, starts off creamy but finishes dry and sharp. A touch watery, but not detracting.

O - A solid Brown.

Photo of Wrigfen
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An alright brown ale. Nothing particularly noteworthy negative or positive.

OF NOTE THOUGH THE REVIEW SITE SAY 5.75% ABV. The bottle I drank had 6% ABV printed on the lable.

KA-BAR Brown Ale from Railhouse Brewery
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