Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 8
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-17-2001

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Reviews by JMad:
Photo of JMad
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12oz bottle at spiral diner in fort worth, poured into a pint glass.

The color was dark caramel brown, not much of a head, left a little bit of lacing.

Smells very sweet, like caramel malt, has hints of cocoa.

Taste was malty, a little chocolate, and a little roasty.

The beer was smooth, not too heavy and not overcarbonated.

Very good beer overall.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank 26 may, BBD of 30 Aug 06

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a massive 4 fingersmocha clored head. Very good lacing & good head retention

Smell: Malt & nuttiness

Taste: Biscuitty malt & slight nuttiness up front. Finishes dry & biscuitty, witha faint nutiness

MF: Rich with good balance & carbonation

Easy drinking brown that has some character, very impressed. This would be a nice session ale for sure

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazy amber/almost brown with a finger of creamy looking off-white head. Retains mostly around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving a decent amount of lace back which quickly falls down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a thick smelling roasted bready edge to it, along with a nice amount of floral, spicy, and earthy smelling hop character to it.

The taste is a tangy feeling sweet mix of toasted malts, citrus, light caramel notes, with a firm spicy bitterness to it in the back. Finishes with some light notes of lingering sticky sweetness and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a thicker carbonation up front that then gets a bit creamier towards the back, leaving a bit of an oily feel behind.

All around decent Brown Ale here. I think that I enjoyed the hop profile of this the most, as it played nicely off the roasted notes. Another solid brew from Real Ale.

Photo of bditty187
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, brown in hue with a shinny ruby highlight. It is a lovely color. The head was light beige and very bubbly, like a cola. At the apex the foam was two fingers in height and then it faded fairly quickly to a fizzy cap. This cap lasted forever. However, there was no subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is solid, I mean, it is just a Brown Ale! What do you expect? Beer porn? The nose is fruity and slightly acidic from the roasted malts, I assume. Largely clean with some modest earthy, nutty notes. I also detect a kiss of herbalness. The nose has poor potency and it fails to be articulate. What a shame. Dammit! Speak up and say something. The palate is very nice; unlike the nose the taste is clearly Brown Ale in nature. I love the style and this one has all the proper flavors. Fruity with sharp acidity from a healthy roast; the malt is like a small porter. Slightly nutty. Clean. It could use a little yeasty residue. The hops offer slight bitterness and some earthiness. The palate is tasty and it is put-together nicely. Long aftertaste. It would be a good beer with a steak or stew. Medium in body with firm carbonation helps produce a sturdy mouthfeel. This beer is drinkable; I’d sit back and quaff a six-pack anytime, anyplace. It is a good session beer, plenty simple. I realize this beer isn’t earth shattering but I like the style and this beer is decent. Thanks Bdc for the bottle. Worth a try… this is yet another solid beer from Real Ale.

Photo of rwf08
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Nice fat two finger head. Large bubbles that break rapidly but some head sticks to the mug. Looks like a mug of rootbeer. Dissipates quickly and some mild lacing left over. Really looks like rootbeer.

S: Grainy, some malt sweetness. A slight roasted note. Not too much more going on here.

T: Some light coffee notes, mild chocolate flavor. Slightly bitter after taste.

M: On the thinner side. Could use some heft really. Leaves a film in my mouth.

D: Drinks easy and is pretty good, just nothing spectacular. I'd live more roast and body but this is pretty good.

Photo of dungaree
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at JP Hops House. Color is dark brown. Thin head and alluring look. Smells of malt, nuts, and sweetness. The taste is thin but good. Tastes of slight nuts, malty, mildly sweet. Very little hops in this brew. Overall a decent beer. I would have another one.

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

A- Dark brown, fairly translucent. Reddish when held to light. Thin quickly dissipating tan head when poured into pint glass.

S- Strong nutty malt. Slight alcohol and sweetness.

T- Sweet and nutty upfront, followed by slight bitterness and nutty finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with slight alcohol feel. Coats mouth for afterfeel.

O- Pleasant but wholly plain. Not too much there to stand out from the crowd.

Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Got this in my SS package from OakedCanuck.

A- Pours a brown color with light red hues when held to the light. One finger white head shows poor retention. Some light lines of lace here and there.

S- Nice malty smelling beer. Light nutty aroma with a hint of carmael/toffee bready goodness. Very light coffee note in this....don't really smell any hops which I didn't expect but would have been nice.

T- Malts in the front are lightly toasted I thought. Toffee and caramel sweetness with a hint of nutty flavor as well. The second half of this beer still showcases the nutty flavor with more of a earthy hoppy ending. Not bad at all..just a good rep of the style I would say.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Nutty flavors are left on the palate with a caramel sweetness. The aftertaste is nutty, earthy hops, and light alcohol. Light drying on the palate from alcohol. No off flavors and this is dead on for the style with blended layer flavors.

D- Although browns are not my favorite style this one was good enough that I didn't know where the beer actually went. Not bad Real Ale..not bad.

Photo of TAMU99
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin rapidly disappearing head on a clear dark brown. Dark hoppy smell, with a pleasant burnt carmel scent. Smooth feel compliments the heavy malt profile well complimented with nice light hop flavor.

Pretty good dark beer. Recommend this one as a good sample from this brewery.

Photo of philipquarles
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown/red with a small off-white head. Little retention and no lacing. Smells lightly of sweet malt and nuts, as well as some pepper. Taste is largely malty with earthy nut notes. Spices here again. Mildly bitter finish. Well balanced but unspectacular. Feel is decent, but a slightly astringent, tongue-curling finish. Not a bad beer overall.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at B&J's Pizza off Staples in CC TX.
Poured into a standard chilled pint glass.

Poured a dark, yet translucent brown with a foamy head. The head retention was good and settled to form a strong lacing. It was served a little to cold for my taste so I let it warm up a bit. (I'm guessing it was served at a temp in the low-mid 40's)

The aroma was not very strong at first, but after letting it warm up a bit the malty goodness came through.

T: there was a molasses malt flavor up front followed by a pale hoppy finish. I liked the interplay between the hops and the malt. It tasted gritty as it warmed up, and I mean that in a good way. Overall the taste was fairly mellow

Good drinkability. It left a lingering pale aftertaste.

Overall I was satisfied with this beer and I think it's on the better end of average for the style. I'm not sure if I would purchase a 6-er. However, I would happily order it again at a bar.

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Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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