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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

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Ratings: 423
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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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +39.7%

02-12-2012 16:41:56 | More by cjtwigger
Photo of wray7276


5/5  rDev +39.7%

I had this one in a 12oz bottle
A=three finger head,really dark brown in color,no carbonation
S=i get a coffee smell at first than chocolate
T=mild maltness but for sure hints of chocolate and coffee
M=no bitterness at all, very mellow
D=very smooth,i consider this as one of those types of brew you chill out with watching some good football games!!!!Cheers to all!!

10-24-2010 04:24:03 | More by wray7276
Photo of jmbranum


4.91/5  rDev +37.2%

The rating above is from my recent tasting.

Review of August 22, 2013: Most of my high rated beer reviews are of beers that clobber the drinker with flavor. Beers like Aventinus, Chimay Blue, etc. But this beer is rated extremely high because it is balanced and near perfect in its drinkability.

Today for kicks I decided to drink it alongside another classic Brown Ale, Brooklyn's Brown. Both beers are extremely good (Brooklyn is much hoppier but less nutty and toasty) but RA takes it to the next level by keeping everything perfectly balanced. Dry yet malty and rich. Bitter yet a hint of caramel. Toasty yet fresh. It is a dance that is so enjoyable to experience. I think what I like best about this beer is the nuances. The slight hint of almonds. The tiny bit of spices. The molasses and maybe honey. The tiniest bit of dark chocolate. It's all suspended in beautiful harmony.

Of course I don't believe in objectivity when it comes to writing beer reviews. This beer was the one I used to drink at the end of the night back in 2001 after a long night of pedicab driving in Austin. I remember long talks about Wendell Berry and agrarianism with a middle-aged pedicab driver (originally from Louisiana as I recall) while drinking this beer. I remember how good it tasted then and how much opening up a bottle reminds me again of those days from long ago.

Review of February 23, 2010:

AP: 4.5 AR 4.5 F 5.0 MF 4.5 OA 4.5

Amazed I haven't reviewed this beer before. I've been drinking this beer since I think 2001 (maybe earlier). One of my all time favorites.

One tasting note - Freshness is essential on this beer. I've had it both fresh and not-fresh (I bring them back from Texas to Oklahoma and tend to save them too long). Tonight I'm drinking one that is very fresh and I'm just blown away.

Ok to the beer at hand...

Dark brown clear brew with a short head. Malty sweet toasty aroma. The flavor is complex. Lots of toasty-ness. Remarkably dry. Lots of coffee notes. Maybe a tinge of dark chocolate. Maybe a tiny bit of brandy. Hops are not dominant but they are there, mostly in some of the bitterness.

Lingering aftertaste. Sweet on the sides of my mouth bitter on the tip of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Fluffier and fuller than I remembered.

Definitely a sessionable beer.

Here's to many more years of drinking this special beer!

02-23-2010 08:31:20 | More by jmbranum
Photo of Dwtucker90


4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

07-08-2012 20:38:01 | More by Dwtucker90
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

10-16-2013 22:02:50 | More by RBorsato
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

07-04-2014 21:19:52 | More by dogtato
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

07-09-2013 15:20:29 | More by msanborn
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

08-16-2013 19:00:35 | More by Jchristmore34
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-24-2012 16:14:13 | More by MaddDogg84
Photo of russpowell


4.4/5  rDev +22.9%

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

06-28-2006 02:32:23 | More by russpowell
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4.4/5  rDev +22.9%

Just poured one of these from the mix six pack that Real Ale sales here in Austin. I tried this brew a long time ago, and don't remember it being this good. Tonight, I am trying it on a fully cleansed palate, and it makes all the difference in the world!

The beer pours an awesome dark brown, rich almost black color with a good amount of head and leaves some good lacing on the glass as its being consumed.

Upon the first sniff, I got a very good sniff of roasted almonds, choclate, toffee, that all blended together very nicely.

The beer's taste starts off with a nice slight sweet malt and then immediately goes to a roasted, kind of choclate and toffee flavor. It finishes fairly dry, and leaves just a slight roasted flavor in your mouth, but is good about not leaving too much of an after-taste.

This beer does a great job of not being too heavy for a brown ale. It's mouthfeel is by no means watery, but it's just heavy enough to accompany the flavor of the beer.

The best thing about this brew is that it's very flavourful, but at the same time highly drinkable. Believe it or not, you could even drink this if you were thirsty, as it's defenitely not a heavy beer. In my opinion, this is how a brown ale should taste, and it's a must try for anybody who likes this style.

10-21-2006 02:50:41 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of Ryanbob


4.35/5  rDev +21.5%

This beer has a deep amber, almost dark ruby appearance with a small, but lacy head. It smells like malts and a hint of coffee. The taste is malty, roasted, rich and a bit acidic. There are hints of coffee and burnt toast. There is a nice creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. A very drinkable, delicious brown ale with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

02-13-2008 01:32:29 | More by Ryanbob
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4.3/5  rDev +20.1%

Deep, reddish-brown color with a fine, thick off-white head. Fair lacing...

Aroma is rich burnt and roasted malts; hints of tobacco; light coffee...faintly earthy hop notes...

Softly burnt, caramelized sugars at first taste. A fine, medium strength bitterness at the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mostly medium body characteristics. Fine carbonation feels velvety on the tongue. Smooth, somewhat rich finish.

A fine brown ale representation. Full flavored wrapped in a delightful medium body. Sweet but not overly so. Rich and complex...

Another part of my first beer trade with Dolph1979...

03-08-2012 03:37:47 | More by beergoot
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4.3/5  rDev +20.1%

Amber-brown color. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Small frothy head.

Malty, slight roasted, caramel, sweet.

Rich, malty, bready, slight roasted, deep caramel, nutty. Hop bitterness is mild, mainly leafy-earthy. A little fruity ester in the background. Finish is dry. Body is robust, very smooth, semi-dry.

Very good for a Brown Ale. Smooth and delicious.

04-22-2013 01:42:20 | More by mjurney
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4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

This is one of several beers, that I was all too happy to take from my brother-in-laws refrigerator, when they announced that they were moving, and would not be able to take with them. I'm not sure how old this particular one is, but if memory serves me right, I remember seeing this one in the fridge, and the others, at least three years ago. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a 1 inch fluffy head, that faded rather quickly, but left medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of rich malts, sweet, but not much else. The flavor is great! Rich malt, a slight hop aftertaste, and a hint of nut flavoring. The mouthfeel is about average for a brown ale. Overall, this has to be one of the best English brown ales that I've tried! Definitely a great session ale.

02-05-2007 07:40:43 | More by beeragent
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

08-18-2014 00:43:05 | More by jandadeboer
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

09-01-2013 02:30:04 | More by Jentex
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

01-22-2013 23:06:37 | More by harrylee773
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

06-07-2013 05:17:31 | More by jngrizzaffi
Photo of ppoitras


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the almost clear brown (with burgundy highlights) brew. Head lasts nicely, with prevalent sticky lacing. Aroma is chocolately sweetness. Taste is not short-changed by the nose, the same rich chocolate flavors flourish immediately, and carry on after swallowing. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Not always impressed by browns, but this one is very nice. Worth noting that the bottle label states this is an "American Brown", but probably only by location. Hops, or comparative lack thereof, makes this perfect for the "English Brown" style.

08-06-2006 00:07:26 | More by ppoitras
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4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a one finger light khaki head that disappears rather quickly. Very small amounts of lace. Color looks like a dark iced tea or a weak coffee. This beer has a sour chocolatey smell like baking cocoa. Beer has a light carbonation, and just the right amount of alcohol burn. Taste is where this brew excels. Has a very nutty, caramel taste when it hits the tounge and finishes as a chocolate cake with no icing. Very nice beer. Very good drinkability. Buy a six pack you won't be disappointed!

05-31-2011 22:12:21 | More by Plumbwader


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

Brewhouse Brown is a dark brown with some amber towards the bottom. 1/4" beige head does not last long and falls to a cap. Some lacing.

Aroma of rich malt with a mild roastedness. Touch of chocolate.

Nice, chocolaty, roasted malt. Earthy. Light hops evident. Fresh. This beer mainly relies on its great malt profile.

Medium mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Rich and malty with a dry finish.

Great flavor and awesome drinkability. It has been a while since I tried this local beer, I need to put it back in rotation.

10-02-2005 03:38:28 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

A. poured a dark translucent brown, with a short diminiching tan head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Bready, Roasted malt,earthy and slightly woody.

T. Sweet dark roasted malts, brown sugar,carmel,dark fruit, nice bitterness. i thought from the aroma it would have been sweeter, but suprisingly balanced.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, short duration.

O. I liked this brew, good balance and a good representation of the style. I would definately try this brew again.

09-08-2011 02:29:32 | More by smibroncos
Photo of cheers2beers


4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown liquid hue with a nice looking cream colored head,that stacked up roughly two fingers high. Leaveing small amounts of laceing and a vigorious amount of beading on the inside.

Smell: The aromas are caramel woody malts, a dull hop character, and a nutty English scent. Not bad at all.

Taste: The taste is more exeptional than I had anticipated. Much like the nose,has the same woody malts but the caramel is more sweet than expected. Not much alcohol detected, but has a nice hop bittering in the finish. For an English brown ale this is really mind boggleing. In a blind tasteing I would have guessed a porter of some sort first. I believe the nuttiness gives this beer away though.

Mouthfeel: Has a thin to medium body with high level of carbonation. Sweetness in the begining,bitter hops in the finish, and a nutty slick film coats the mouth after each swallow.

Drinkability: This beer is one of a kind. It is one of the best brown ales I have encountered. I would definitely recommend this one. For the price it is a bargain as well.


04-23-2006 20:14:37 | More by cheers2beers
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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

Pours dark brown--almost black--with red highlights at the edges. The tan head dissipates slowly. It smells of chocolate and malt. It has a chocolatey taste with a nice roasted malt/coffee finish that is not overpowering. I thought it was a little thin, but good. This is a smooth beer, and one I can drink all day long.

08-11-2007 18:06:52 | More by hiikeeba
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Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.