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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewhouse Brown Ale
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Reviews: 231
Hads: 460
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of gtermi
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a nice dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: The beer has a very nice roasted malt scent and and maybe some sweet caramel.

T: I am getting a bit of roasty tastes, some caramel and even some very nice nutty tastes.

M: The beer gives a nice little tingle on the back of the throat and has a slight bit of carbonation.

O: I have had this beer a million times and it never gets old. It is a very solid beer and has different qualities that you dont find in other beers. Pretty tasty. (499 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have to thank Dave for this one. Pours brown with not much light getting through. Head was off white and went away but laced a little. Smells malty with no hop. Tastes nice and malty with some English hop. Starts sweet and ends semi-dry. Not bad I'd take another if offered. (274 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great deep chocolate brown color with a foamy pillow on top.

S: Aroma is of raisins chocolate sweet dark malts toasty and earthy.

T: Taste is sweet malts with heavy emphasis on the chocolate and a slightly boozy taste.

M: Mouth feel is a full bodied beer with a heavy feel rich and silky.

O: Would definitely drink this again a big winner for this beer and sadly not available back home. (402 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown - about to a brown porter. Slight head of off-white. Decent nose of chocolate malt. A hint of dried fruit.

Dry entry and throughout. True to what the label describes - a dry brown ale. Chocolate malts come through. Malts rather subdued, not at all sweet...yes a dry brown ale. Hints of coffee, a mocha-lite. A little hops flavor with the chocolate bar on finish.

Nice flavors for a brown ale.

Well crafted (428 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice brown color with a light brown color head, not to big but present and medium dissipation and medium carbonation just enough for a permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: nice toasted malty aroma but not to intense just classic smell.

T: full toasted malts with little hops not too much as with style.

M:very drinkable with nice sweet beginning and changing for a little bittersweetness. (404 characters)

Photo of setexascustoms
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottel, best by November.

A- Deep opaque brown. Very little head that faded quick, and left nearly no lacing.

S- Toffe and caramel, typical brown ale.

T- Roasted malts, not too dark. Some toffee, clean finish.

M- Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

O- No off flavors, but there's nothing special about it either. I can't help but think that this is a very safe interpretation of the style. I got it as part of a Real Ale sampler, not a bad beer but I won't be buying it again. (504 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours about the same colour as the bottle, and has a beautiful off cream head that lingers and lingers, leaving nice lacing down the sides.

The nose isn't particularly strong, but it is subtly pleasant. Somewhat roasty with almost a lactose tinge. Malty.

It tastes alright. I'm not terribly impressed, but I'm not really disappointed either. There is a little sour twinge at the very end, but it's predominantly malty and not particularly brave. After a couple of sips there's almost a little bit of a vanilla aftertaste sneaking around my tongue that seems to kind of come from nowhere.

Drinks fairly easily. I almost want to say smoothe, but that really isn't it. it's got a little bit of a carbonation bite, but it's pleasant and drinkable.

Overall I'd say it's ok. I am not really disappointed, but it doesn't really excite me either. I got it as part of the sampler pack and I don't regret it, but I probably wouldn't really buy a sixer of this on it's own unless there wasn't really anything else to drink (1,025 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with a small, off white head that quickly fades.

Smells of caramel malt mixed with some roast, sweetness, and slightly sweet oxidized flavor creeps in (something I'm noticing in a lot of Real Ale beers).

Up front caramel and roast flavor that move into a slightly spicy hop character with a smooth, dry-ish,slightly bitter finish. Slightly complex, toasty, autumnal, and tasty.

Medium body, medium carbonation...fits the style well.

This is a nice brown ale that isn't too sweet. It plays everything safe mostly but still has an interesting taste. I have no real complaints except of the slightly oxidized character. I'd buy it again. (660 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a light tan head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is lightly roasted malt, caramel.

Taste is a little sweet lactose, light roast, some iced coffee and bakers chocolate. Full flavored, nice.

Mouthfeel is dry, some slickness, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, I really enjoy the full flavor, and don't get to drink to many browns in the PNW, so am really enjoying this. Well made. (411 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass. The liquid itself is a warm roasted chestnut color, when held to the light there are amber highlights, well filtered with good clarity. Tan white head fades after a little bit, not much lacing here.

Smell is good, certainly well malted. Some decent dark roasted coffee flavors, sort of "porteresque." Slight chocolate aromas, not hoppy maybe a a little earthy. Good overall, slightly better than your average to the style.

Taste is a slight step up from the smell in my opinion. If you prefer hoppy brown ales, this one is not for you. If you're looking for the other more malted ones however, I'd recommend this one. Very well malted, strong roasted coffee with a little cream. Not very bitter, some slight chocolate tones and slightly earthy and bitter. It's pretty straight forward and good.

Mouthfeel is good as well. Full bodied and slightly complex because it's slightly creamy with a bitter finish. Well done overall. Thanks depechemode1983 for the trade, happy to get to try a good brown ale that isn't available in my area. (1,096 characters)

Photo of smibroncos
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (480 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into crappy little mason jars. 08.31.11 stamped on back label.

Appearance - Dark brown body. Tan head with great retention.

Smell - No off smells. Malty. Candy sugar sweetness.

Taste - Mild. Balanced. Musky finish. Almost dry after semi-sweet body.

Mouthfeel - Mild astringency. Watery, but not completely. Light bodied overall.

Overall Drinkability - Mild. Astringency stomps all over any delicacy this mild beer attempts to convey. (457 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque brown with translucency around the edges with around 1 finger of head that dissipates to leave a foamy ring. No lacing. Nose is almost nonexistent, deep breaths bring about tiny amounts of coffee notes. Taste is slightly toasty and coffee-y, not very complex but also not bad. Mouthfeel is pretty good, actually, it isn't too thin or dense. Another easy drinker by Real Ale. (387 characters)

Photo of annawees
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought the sampler pack which included 2 of these and drank it straight from the bottle.

A: Not really sure as a glass wasn't available when I had it.

S: Malty smell, with a hint of... skunk?

T: Malty flavor, hints of hops, and wait, wait, wait, there is the skunk that I smelled earlier.

M: Rather good straight from the bottle, smooth & refreshing. (354 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice cola brown, good white head stays for some time. Lots of spotty lace.

S - Malty, a little barny, some sea brine.

T - Super nice malt, sharpness at end, clean.

M - Good carb, nice balance.

D - Low ABV, not overbearing. Clean finish. It's a do'er. (258 characters)

Photo of Banyon
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I may have got a bad batch of this. I read the reviews of this, and from the other brews I have tried from this company i expected more.

Nose: honestly smells malty with your normal toasty tones.

Taste: First thing i notice is the hops and almost tastes a little boozy. on the back end you can totally taste the chocolate. it is very malty but has a bitterness that lingers. It doesnt taste fresh however. i dont know. odd from this company.

Mouth: I feel an instant alcohol burn. There is a smootheness and i also like how it settles on the palate.

Overall: I think i got a bad batch, it honestly tastes like a typical brown ale, which from drinking this company's ales, thats not how it typically goes does. Im going to try it again but make sure i get a fresher batch.

Cheers!!! (786 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending me this bottle as an extra!

Pours the color of rich mahogany (and many leatherbound books). Looks like nice wooden furniture. Very attractive. Nice head too, though it doesn't stick around too long.

Doesn't smell like much of anything. Some faint maltiness but I have to sniff at this really hard to get much of an aroma.

This is way better than I expected! Very rich flavor. Roasty chocolate and coffee, caramel/toffee candy malty sweetness. I was extremely impressed at the first few sips. The richness and complexity subsided somewhat as the beer warmed or this might have got an even higher rating.

Very creamy mouthfeel but also some decent carbonation, right on target for the style.

A very nice brown ale. Definitely above average, bordering on excellent.

7.5/10 (809 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown in color, damn near black with a semi fluffy tan head. Retention is moderate and minimal lacing.

S - Nose has toasted grains, light coffee, and sweet toffee in the background. There seems to be a faint hint of chocolate in the background as well.

T - Good hop bitterness, some toasted malts/grains in the middle and some easy coffee flavors to end the taste.

M - Medium bodied, soft and easy on the palate.

O - A very drinkable brown ale. Slightly above average. A good beer all in all. (513 characters)

Photo of Plumbwader
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (526 characters)

Photo of ikats
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is very dark mahogany in color. A bit cloudy. With fairly small light brown head. Low carbonation. Aroma is malty - reminds me of some baked chocolate dessert. Taste is milder than aroma. Still chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee and nuts as well. Some hoppy bitterness at the end (too much for my taste). Still fairly mild and very drinkable. Malts and hops seem to diverge at the end. (392 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to atxdelivery.

Pours a lighter small fizzy head almost no lacing, over murky mahogany dark brown color.

Nose has some toasty and slight reddish malts, some brown sugar, light candy, rich of caramel, dark crystal malts, very slight roasty.

Taste is very malty, kinda oktoberfest flavored, reddish and very toasty malts, some munich and crystal malts, bit if brown sugary and light candy, little nutty, very light earthy hops, touch creamy. Finishes with a touch more earthy hops, a slight bitterness, more lingering hops and a bit drier but little sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent enough carb.

Overall pretty good, lots of nice toasty reddish malts, light hops, little sweet and sticky but nice, drinkable. (731 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours with a clear, dark, reddish brown body that shows smoked ruby when held to light, and otherwise looks brown. Initially a finger of head crowns the brew, but this falls to a thin layer within a few minutes. Looks quite tasty.

Overall the nose is rather subtle, displaying notes of mild English hops, caramel and chocolate malts, and a bit of sweetness. Caramel is notable as well.

I would say the flavor nails this style perfectly. Overall it is on the sweeter side, but the hops lend just enough drying bitterness to balance it very nicely just shy of the middle (on the sweet side). The hops are mellow and add a bit of floral fruitiness, which blends with the dark caramel and chocolate notes nicely. Mild, subtle, and comforting. This is chicken soup for the brown ale lover's soul.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. Low carbonation and a full body gives this a nearly velvety smooth feel in the mouth. I wish it were fall and the leaves were just starting to fall in a brisk breeze.

Conclusion: This beer isn't trying to blow anybody's mind in any way. It isn't extreme or pretentious. It is simply tasty, smooth, easy to drink, and for that I love it. If I lived in Texas, this would be one of my corner-stone fall and winter session ales. (1,275 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (296 characters)

Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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