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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-17-2001)
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Reviews by DarthMalt:
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

"Whoa, Ellie! Texas got itself a brown ale!"

Oh, how many a time have I dreamt about the brown ales since leaving the confines of the east coast: Brooklyn, Smuttynose, Rogue? And how many times have I wandered through the aisles and tumbleweeds of the parched Texas landscape, wondering where all the brown ales have gone?

But alas, an Edward's-Aquifer, artesian wellspring has formed! Its name is Real Ale Brewing Company.

Pours thick and beefy (like brisket!), but not overdone. "Overdone," in this case means that the light-brown head shows just the right amount crystal and roasted malts in the recipe without having gone completely Starbucks on the roasted stuff. These specialty malts shoot straight down the center and blossom just after mid-taste to reveal a ripe, estery plum flavor, which is tempered nicely by the darker roasts. The plum finishes to a nice wine-grape-skin tannin.

PS - The current brewery looks just like this label.

08-08-2005 08:02:34 | More by DarthMalt
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance: Hazy Brown with reddish hues. Thin khaki head.

Aroma: Cola-like sugars, mild nuttiness, caramel.

Taste: Mellow and light. Caramel and nutty malt. Generic fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated, balanced, smooth.

Drinkability: High, although this is not very interesting.

04-28-2008 13:53:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2013 02:48:26 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of sbartnik01


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-01-2013 02:32:52 | More by sbartnik01
Photo of steelshell


3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-23-2014 21:50:51 | More by steelshell
Photo of dcevans


4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-27-2011 07:31:30 | More by dcevans
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +11.7%

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very good. In addition to the caramel and toffee, I also get some earthy hops and a little bit of coffee. I don't get any coffee in the flavor, but it was replaced by chocolate which is a welcome surprise. The flavor also has some caramel and earthy hops, lightly toasted malt. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great brown ale.

09-15-2010 02:56:22 | More by Mora2000
Photo of jondeelee


3.18/5  rDev -11.2%

Smells of medium-rich malts, a hint of coffee and brown sugar, earthiness.

These flavors continue strongly on the tongue, the malts definitely being the highlighted flavors. Large grain tastes dominate, with hints of both lightly-toasted, Grape Nuts cereal-like notes, as well as slightly darker, chocolate malt-style flavors, and a smidgin of fruit esters. Also present are hints of coffee and light caramels, with some tobacco-like flavors deep beneath the surface. The finish is a combination of the tobacco-like flavors and the darker chocolate malts, and fades off quickly. Hops are quite light--in fact, not much more than would be expected from a Budweiser--but a small hint of grapefruit bitterness may be found just at the edges.

Overall, this is a decent brew, though I do find it to be more watery than I would like. Also note that this brew will probably be extremely difficult to find outside of Texas--I only found it near the San Antonio area while visiting my parents.

08-13-2011 20:45:04 | More by jondeelee
Photo of whoneeds8


3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

Best By Date 6/3/09

Poured into a pint glass dark red-brown with a thin off white head. Good lacing.
Has a light nut smell to it. Taste brings that scent along with a nutty taste that mellows to a sweet malted flavor. Mouthfeel is light in carbonation, and the consistency is a nice balance.

06-07-2009 03:39:10 | More by whoneeds8
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-08-2011 17:32:17 | More by valkyre65
Photo of glid02


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells mainly of toasted malts but equal parts caramel and roasted malts also make an appearance. As the beer warms it sweetens a bit, allowing dark toffee flavors to waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted malt flavors kick things off before skewing more toward roasted flavors than lighter and sweeter caramel malt flavors. Very little hop presence throughout the sip but small amounts of leafy flavors sneak in midway through. The sip sweetens afterward before carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid brown - nothing spectacular but a nice effort. Worth a shot.

04-21-2010 23:12:15 | More by glid02
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-19-2013 04:16:31 | More by JuniperJesus
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New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Medium sized light tan head sits above a clear dark brown colored ale.

A faint sweet lightly roasted nut aroma coming off this beer.

Light chocolate malts with a creamy smooth taste.

A very light dryish aftertaste without much tastes lingering behind with this medium bodied brown.

This beer seems like the halfway point between Bud and Guinness, not sure if that's a compliment or not.

11-06-2013 23:59:27 | More by LXIXME
Photo of jbphoto88


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a mahogany brown with a slow to form tan head. The head doesn't rise more then a quarter inch and dissipates quickly.
Smell is chocolate-ish coffee with some roasted malts, nuts and almost no hops.
Taste is nutty and dry with a malt finish. Some dark chocolate in the after taste and this beer is dry, dry, dry. I feel like drinking some water after every sip. I like the low carbonation however it might be a rare flat bottle (compared to other reviews.)

01-31-2009- bottle

I concur with my previous review.

01-30-2008 00:23:02 | More by jbphoto88
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-07-2012 02:01:55 | More by cisteve
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3.4/5  rDev -5%

A thick beige head leaves a lasting, sticky patterned lace down the sides, sitting atop a murky dark brown body. Not aggressive in the nose but pleasant; it's malty with a bit of nutty (almond?) scent, some caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

In the mouth, medium-light body, slick until a somewhat sticky finish. Caramel, mild toast, a slight bitterness, and a bit of woodiness at the end.

An easy drink, a good pick for a hop vacation, and not a bad counterpoint to saltier or more savory food.

03-07-2007 23:14:17 | More by Melchizedek
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-31-2014 05:20:04 | More by ONovoMexicano
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Thanks to Rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this bottle.

It's a nice, dark amber with muddy brown hues and a 1/2" high crown with a quick dissipation.

The aroma is of dark chocolate covered wheat with spicey and herbal hops and slight tangy effect.

The flavor is a rich, dark chocolate flavored malt that's hefty and smooth, medium bodied feel. A nice spicey and tangy wheat flavor with earthy hops. The malt flavor is the star here but the balance is also pretty much right on. A bit thin feeling but the spicey tang gives it a nice jazzy effect to peek interest.

not a bad brown.

05-02-2008 21:27:06 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Pretty ordinary beer. Mahogoney brown body with lots of off-white lace. Very malty, though not coying, including chocolate malt, low IBU hopped, noticeable sugar. Decent drinkability but nothing out of the ordinary.
A bit less than average mouthfeel. Silver X's bottle.

07-06-2011 18:51:44 | More by Sammy
Photo of TownDunkel


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

A Christmas gift from my sister in law - such a great gift!

Appearance - A medium brown with a reddish hue. Interesting color for an dark ale, I was surprised by the red in this! It almost looks unfiltered though, and it is not advertised as such so it knocks it down some.

Smell - A deep full smell. A light coffee and with full earth tones. I really do like the smell of this beer, reminds me vaguely of a porter.

Taste - I pick up a metal taste first thing. Some people may be turned off by this, but I think it makes it different from the rest. The ale also tastes of walnuts and pecans. Maybe the hops from the region add to this?

Mouthfeel - A decent mouthfeel, but the metal taste seems to interfer with the ability of the carbonation.

Overall - A good beer, but this one is a beer that I would drink with a heavy meal like a steak.

12-23-2011 01:06:57 | More by TownDunkel
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-01-2011 11:35:37 | More by mhenson42
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3.65/5  rDev +2%

Its hazy mahogany body is topped by a light tan head of foam that holds quite well and leaves some jagged and craggy rings of lace at the outset. The nose is yeasty and fruity above a mildly caramelish and nutty malt. The body is medium/light and its very fine, natural carbonation is lightly zesty in the mouth. Chocolate and caramel mingle well together in the flavor along with a slight fruitiness, a light yeast bite, and some leafy hops. It's well balanced by a low-key bitterness and it finishes short and dry with just some residual nutty malt. This is probably quite excellent in cask conditioned form, but it seems to fall a bit short in the bottle.

10-23-2003 22:05:45 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Picked up a single in Dallas. Poured a clear brown body with a tan head.

Mmm, there are great chocolate flavors here. There's an especially nice Swiss chocolate note as this beer transitions to the aftertaste. There's also a nutty, chocolate roast flavor, but this is a very cocoa-centric brew - though it's not overly sweet. For fans of brown ales, chocolate lovers and folks looking for something a little different, give this a try.

10-05-2008 03:46:53 | More by tempest
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-14-2011 04:47:25 | More by jheezee
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4/5  rDev +11.7%

Got this from Jeffers5000.

Pours a cloudy brown with a very thin head that dissapated to a small ring. No lacing.

Aroma is that of a caramel brown ale. No other way to really describe it.

Taste is pretty good. One of the better browns I have had but browns are fairly plain so I usually don't drink browns. This one is pretty good though.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Nice carb.

Overall a tasty brown if browns are your thing. Oi have nothing against them I just would rather drink others beers with more flavor.

04-01-2010 04:23:00 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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