Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company
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2.25/5 rDev -37.2%
Reviewed 4/1/2006 (Tap):
Pours a dark black/burgandy colored body, with almost no head, tan brown in color. Has a weak overall aroma, but very malty aroma, reminiscent of Newcastle. Reminiscent of a porter or a stout, coffee, bitterness, some maltiness.
01-06-2009 03:41:20 | More by jujubeast6000
2.58/5 rDev -27.9%
Appearance: Brown, color of the bottle from which it was poured, tan head which lingered for approximately thirty seconds. Decent lacing. Not very carbonated.
Smell: Malty, as you would expect a brown ale to be. Not overly pungent, no presence of hop aroma.
Taste: Light malts, not overly sweet or complex. Taste is reminiscent of tootsie rolls. Lacking in flavor. Malts not toasty enough.
Moutfeel: Watery and not substantial enough for a brown ale. Lack of carbonation is detected on tongue.
Drinkability: Not a great beer. A rather pedestrian attempt at a brown ale. If you like a light tasting brown ale that is not overly malty this is a beer for you. This is the second Real Ale product I have bought since moving to TX two months ago and I found them both underwhelming.
08-04-2008 04:08:42 | More by beersheppard
2.58/5 rDev -27.9%
First, thanks to stumac who dropped this in as an extra to a trade where he knocked three bombers off of my wants list. Thanks stumac!
OK, on to the beer. Frankly, this is my third different beer from Real Ale, & the second to were rampant disappointments. Three strikes & yer out.
So it's without high hopes I pour this brown ale. It's brown. Opaque until held up to the light, then with a touch of amber around the edges. Smell is standard brown, faint malty sweetness.
Tastes a little puzzling. There's the sweet malt, but what else? There's a sharp bitterness underneath that isn't hops...it's not really pleasant.
I think that's enough. There's apparently something about the yeast, or the water, or the process, of this brewery that I just don't care for. No more for me, thanks.
03-01-2009 02:23:43 | More by maximum12
2.6/5 rDev -27.4%
Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- Pitch black coloring with a little bit of head.
S- Not a very strong scent at all, but there is a hint of caramel and chocolate there.
T- Somewhat chocolate like taste. Stronger than I thought it would be after smelling it.
M- Surprisingly somewhat bitter and a little bit creamy as well.
D- Fairly drinkable. You can definitely drink 2-3 of these in a session.
Overall a decent beer by Real Ale. Not the greatest Brown Ale I have ever had, but passable.
01-16-2009 04:00:36 | More by Bagman007
2.6/5 rDev -27.4%
A - pours a mahogany deep chestnut
S - smells of buttery caramel malt and toasted nuttiness to it - good smell
T - taste starts off with some sweet caramel malt with a little bit of sugar. This fades to some grass and citrus hop bittering. It leaves with a really weird stake smokey chalk flavor that really took away a lot from the beer. Everything was very pleasant up until the finish.
M - medium body that is a little slick, and leaves very dry
D - Man, this beer was weird to me. It has a really nice appearance and smell. It also opened up nicely but finished terribly. This bottle was "best by" 3-6-11, so I wonder if age had something to do with this. Either way, I don't know if I would drink it again.
01-29-2011 21:20:32 | More by birchstick
2.61/5 rDev -27.1%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded pry-off cap acquired as part of a Real Ale variety six-pack and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. No ABV is listed on the bottle. Best before: 10/16/13.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Okay frothiness. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - maybe 1.5 minutes at best.
Body colour is a very dark amber which flirts with brown but never quite gets there. Semitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it looks more like an amber than a brown.
Sm: Pleasant pecan/caramelized pecan. Brown malts. Dark malts. Amber malts. Chocolate malt. Caramel. I like the combination of the pleasant nutty character with malty sweetness.
No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.
A fairly pleasant aroma of mild strength. There's something a bit artificial about it, though.
T: Subdued pecan nut notes ride atop a sweet brown-and-amber malt foundation, with hints of cream, chocolate malt, and other dark malts. No roast. The nuttiness is just a bit artificial, lightly redolent of a syrup or extract. Caramel and vanilla surface, but aren't particularly evocative or interesting. It has some interesting elements, but it's not particularly well balanced; certainly not gestalt. I like the pecan; that's the highlight of the beer for me. Lacks complexity and subtlety.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.
No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly syrupy. Too thick. Overly full-bodied for a beer with such limited flavour depth and diversity. Mouthfeel complements the flavour profile in a general sense. Overcarbonated.
Not oily, harsh, biting, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Downable but mediocre. I'm quickly beginning to view Real Ale as the Gordon Biersch of Texas; everything I've had from them is so unmemorable. Why brew this? Hides its average ABV okay. Very pedestrian for a brown ale; I definitely wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend it to friends. Far from unique or special.
That said, I do enjoy what little pecan there is, even if they did resort to a flavour extract to accomplish that character.
09-14-2013 00:45:42 | More by kojevergas
2.63/5 rDev -26.5%
Poured from bottle into a pint.
Clear brown, like strong tea, with some ruby hints. Small dense tan head.
Smell is gentle malts, slight almond. Taste is similar, but with an odd metallic and grainy tinge. Slightly unpleasant.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Not very impressive overall.
12-08-2011 01:03:35 | More by shivtim
2.7/5 rDev -24.6%
12oz poured into a pint glass.
A- Deep, motor-oil brown with a thin tan head that dissipates very quickly.
S- Smells like booze and sort of like an old tavern.
T- Tastes malty, bitter, and like chocolate. Some nut flavors also.
D- Drinks thick and coats the mouth.
O- Mmm. ok, not impressed.
05-12-2011 00:06:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
2.7/5 rDev -24.6%
Pours a redish brown with minimal head that fades away to very spotty lace and a thin layer of bubbles across the top. Smells of malts, molasses, a bit of brown sugar. It has a slight astringency in the nose as well, which unfortunately does appear in the flavor as well. Has a hearty brown ale malt taste to it with a cloying sweetness. There is slight oxidation and astringency and sort of an off chemical flavor to it as well. The chemical taste really stays throughout the finish and into the aftertaste. I can't say that this is my favorite Brown Ale. It's got a nice mouthfeel, but that chemical thing that's going on sort of kills it for me.
11-21-2009 16:52:00 | More by radshoesbro
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.83/5 rDev -20.9%
Pours 1.2 finger of off white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a lighter brown.
Aroma: Nuts, caramel, and light cocoa. Mainly malts.
Taste: Roasted malt and chocolate, nut flavors with some grassy hops. Pretty simple beer.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, sweet, and crisp. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.
Overall, a fairly average brown. Nothing to special or out of the ordinary. Somewhat drinkable.
10-02-2010 00:01:50 | More by mothman
2.83/5 rDev -20.9%
The beer pours well with a nice brown color with a tan creamy head. It has good carbonation for a brown, but the aroma smelled of lightly roasted malt and a little of slightly rotten wood (although the beer was fresh and not skunked). The beer tasted fine; a slightly sweet caramel-malt flavor with an touch of hops at the end.
07-24-2007 05:24:47 | More by Atricapilla
2.85/5 rDev -20.4%
Leftover beer thanks to Big Texas. Brought me plenty of styrofoam & bubble wrap to go with it too. I'm amused by simple things. :)
Bottle dropped straight down into a DFH pint glass. Inch or so of Ovaltine head, a deep russet brown(but looking filtered), it appears a bit greasy.
Smell is mild. A little dusty, with a little burnt toffee, hay-ish, a puff of smoke, & something a little edgy in between anise & hickory.
Taste is dirty; Damp & murky. Licking newspaper off my fingers, I get some bitter chocolate, dry generic nuttiness, a quick punch of cola sweetness, & a slight bit of smoke. Finish is coffee-ishly bitter, but with a multivitamin-like itch.
Feel is watery & a little tacky(like licking envelopes). Carbonation could use some more kick. As easy to drink as you want it to be.
I forgive you though. The bacon pizza more then made up for this. :P
08-08-2008 05:35:57 | More by PEBKAC
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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