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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%

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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Photo of karait95


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 01:46:22 | More by karait95
Photo of setexascustoms


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 02:32:58 | More by setexascustoms
Photo of kemoarps


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:35:43 | More by kemoarps
Photo of TenHornsProud


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:33:59 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of ccrida


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 04:15:10 | More by ccrida
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:52:11 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of smibroncos

New York

4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 17:59:44 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of jondeelee


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:00:24 | More by aquatonex
Photo of annawees


3.05/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 11:47:26 | More by annawees
Photo of srandycarter


4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:42:20 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Banyon


3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:18:00 | More by Banyon
Photo of AlexFields


3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 16:55:02 | More by AlexFields
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 18:51:44 | More by Sammy
Photo of depechemode1983


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 21:00:46 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Plumbwader


4.2/5  rDev +17%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:36:57 | More by ikats
Photo of jlindros


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:06:38 | More by jlindros
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 21:06:29 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of HuskyinPDX


2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:06:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last out of my Real Ale sampler pack.

Appearance-Very nice dark brown with a 1 inch mocha head. Head dissaptes quickly and leaves no lacing. Very nice body.

Smell-Some roasted malt with some nuttiness. Some dark fruits and spice as well.

Taste-Roasty and Sweet malts with a slightly bitter finish. Balanced, but lacks some flavor. As it warms pick up a little bit of coffee/chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel-Good carbonation, with bubbles popping on the tongue. Pretty light bodied for a Brown Ale.

Overall-Definitely my favorite out of the 3 Real Ales in the sampler pack. Would pick up a 6 pack of this over many others and at a cheaper price. Pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 03:05:23 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful chocolate brown, carbonated; tan head that retains well. Reddish edges as the light shines through the glass.

S - Smells of candied fruits, figs; sweet like ripe bananas. Faint whiffs of bagels and biscuits, malts.

T - Strong, sour alcohol notes right up front. Huge, malty sweetness that's evenly tempered by the alcohol. Big aftertaste of sourdough and pumpernickel, dark brown breads. Still, the sourness of the alcohol dominates above all, a bit surprising since it's not a highly alcoholic beer. Pleasant, not overwhelming but still surprising.

M - Very good. Smooth, even across the palate, enjoyable. Burns the tongue a bit on the first splash, but that's okay too.

Overall, a decent effort by Real Ale, but not my favorite from them. If you're ever in South Texas, I recommend Real Ale's Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, and this would make a decent, maltier companion.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:06:48 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Photo of LittleDon


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish brown with little lace and poor head retention. Light coffee aroma. Malty middle and a mild amount of bitterness in the finish. On the dry side with a medium body. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-light carbonation. Not a whole lot going on, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:22:09 | More by LittleDon
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a large tan-ish head that dissipates fairly slowly, leaving behind a thick ring of lace and a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel, brown sugar, with a nutty hint. There is also a faint herbal note.

Taste: Starts of with a bit of herbal spice which turns into sweet caramel and candy, finishing with some nuttiness and a touch of grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: A very true-to-the-style brown ale. Not the best out there, but there is certainly worse out there and worse for more money. A very sessionable beer and one I could drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:55:42 | More by Mosstrooper
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.