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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

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426 Ratings
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Pours a brown/terra cotta color with a stark white head that dissipates into a half-finger cap that leaves a temporary lace along the glass.

S: Nutty aroma with a sweet malt to it. Earthy. Ok.

T: Very pervasive chesnut/pecan taste that is quite pleasant. Hints of toffee and cocoa that fade and give way to earthy malts and reisonous hops which give the beer a bitter finish.

M: Decent on the bubbles and body.

D: This is a basic brown. There is nothing earth-shattering here. I like to keep it on hand, though. It is a respectable beer that can be had in bunches and enjoyed by all.

DeathbySexyBT, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle that had a brown label that is nice, simple, and typical of Real Ale.

I really like the appearance of this beer. If the head had been kind enough to stick around, I would have given it a 5.0. However, since it quickly left, I have to downgrade it. I like the deep brown color that makes up the body of this beer.

The toasted malt breaks thru this beer and some biscuit confirms that this is a brown ale.

The taste is a little bit watery and is not as strong as the appearance would lead one to believe. However, there is a small bite to this beer that will surprise at the end. Not bad, but I was hoping for something more robust. As the beer gets a little bit warmer, the flavor becomes more robsut, but who wants to wait!

This beer is really drinkable and is fairly light on the mouth. I would recommend a little bit of a higher temp so the flavor comes through. An above average offering, but I could use a little more.

rgrholmes168, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: A rich orange-brown body capped by less than a finger of off-white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: A roasty, nutty, chocolaty, and earthy malt profile. Easily identifiable as a Brown.

Taste: Quite similar to the aroma, the flavor profile is composed of a nutty, chocolaty, and roasty malt body. Nuttiness and roastiness continue throughout the aftertaste with a splash of bitterness added into the mix. It's all decent enough, I'd just like to see more.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Quite the sessionable beer, if not just a little boring.

Verdict: Brewhouse Brown is a tasty, but thoroughly middle-of-the-road Brown Ale. Like the other Real Ale brews I've tried so far this is drinkable and true to style, but at the end of the day, forgettable.

BeanBone, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of abedenbaugh
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

A: A nice brown color with high clarity. Good head retention. Head is a slight offwhite witha a mix of large and small bubbles

S: A very clean/mild smell. There is some hints of malt with only a hint of grassiness from the hops.

T: Starts off with some malt breadiness. With some hints of a hop citrus flavor up front. In the mid palate the flavor drops down to leave a soft hint of caramel and toffee. Then it builds back up in the end with a big malty/caramel flavor. Lingering in the aftertaste there is some hop bitterness. There is a good balance within this beer. There is something about this beer that just makes it ok, but I can't really put my finger on it.

MF: A little on the thin side for the style. Yet, the carbonation is relatively high and gives a feeling of a bigger mouth feel.

D: Overall it's an average beer. It is pleasant to drink. Yet, there does seem to be something missing from the beer. Maybe it's just that special pizzazz that remains nameless.

abedenbaugh, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Funny. The bottle states that this is an American Brown, not an English brown like this website does. In any case, thanks, Blake!

A: A careful pour yields the best looking Real Ale beer I've had yet, a gorgeous, clear crimson with a large, off-white head with decent retention. No real lace, though.

S: Mild earthy hop character is present, but what dominates is a deep malt profile with toffee and a nutty character, and graham crackers. Pretty good.

T: Opens up with a good bit of nutty maltiness, rich with toffee and nougat. Definite cracker-like note is present. However, this is a little hoppier than I'd like, the earthy bitterness does get in the way of my enjoyment of the beautiful malt depth.

M: Soft carbonation and a light body make for a good beer. The finish, dry with a nutty character and some hoppiness is good too.

D: If the hops were dialed down a touch, I'd drink a lot more. Good beer.

DefenCorps, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

whoneeds8, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

Kegatron, May 27, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a dark brown with a quickly disappearing white head. Sweet smelling; caramel-like. A bit of earthy, metal like hops in there too but the malt smells dominate. Sweet caramel flavors, mild hop bitterness, and maybe a bit of roasted flavor. Not at all cloying, very well balanced. Paired real well with grilled sausage and onions.

drunkboxer1, May 21, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured a clear dark brown with fluffy tan colored head. Sweet roasted malt mixed with a nutty, fruity aroma, also some earthy hop. A good nutty roasted malt flavor. It starts a little sweet and then bitters out towards the end. There are some earthy hop flavors going on also but they are masked by the roasted malt flavor. the mouthfeel is rather smooth, and the drinkability is ok. I noticed a slight tang and that is the only thing i didn't like about the beer, otherwise it's ok.

Kromes, May 14, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz. bottle (best by 06.03.09--brown label) into a Delirium Tremens goblet.

Brewhouse Brown pours...well...brown, with a shoe polish hue that turns mahogany in the sun. A thin head of effervescent, light tan bubbles quickly recedes to a ring of foam and leaves little in the way of lacing. The aroma is spot on for the English Brown style, with rich notes of toffee and caramel leading the way, backed by some dark fruit (fig & cherry) and sherry. A sprig of piny hops lurk in the background.

Nothing too phenomenal about the flavor on this one, but it's solid for the style. A light, peppery caramel and dark fruit sweetness starts things off, giving way to a thin-bodied finish of earthen hops and brown sugar. Mouthfeel has a hard time making up its mind, switching from refreshingly juicy and bubbly at first, to dry and thin on the finish. Still, Real Ale has crafted a tasty, drinkable brown ale with this one...they definitely have the talent to take on more exotic styles and bigger beers (now if only they'd employ that strategy!)

wagenvolks, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

From a mixed 6 pack of Real Ale Brewing Company beers, brought back from Dallas. 12 oz brown long neck bottle, label as pictured above, best before month notched in side label.
Pours mahogany brown with red highlights when held to the light. Short tan colored head, average retention, minimal lace. The aroma has the malty sweetness expected from the style, bready and earthy. Similar taste, rich and malty, more body and flavor than alot of other browns I have tried. Good carbonation level give it a nice dry finish. Medium, leaning more towards full body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Would be a great sessional.

BigBry, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of rowew
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, brown label. Best by date printed on the back label, I don't see the ABV listed.

Appearance: Pours cloudy brown, thin head.

Smell: Lots of malt, but there is a bit of yeasty aroma.

Taste: It's drinkable, but it isn't very complex - some basic malt flavors, slightly sweet.

Overall impression: Decent session beer, nothing to go to far out of your way for.

rowew, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

The appearance is brown. Which, for one reason or another, is a welcome departure to many Brown Ales. Seen a Newcastle lately, its hardly brown. This thing is dark brown with a one finger white head that recedes quickly.
Theres not much in the nose. Return to normal Brown Ale status. Small amount of malts and a little bit of sugar, but not much there.
I just remembered why I don't like Browns. The mouth smacking mediocrity. There just isn't much going on at all with this beer outside the look. Its just a stripped down beer. No sweetness, no bitterness, little malt, little hop. Its smooth and drinkable. Quaffing this thing may be all its useful for, outside of looking at it. But now, I'm upset that it looked so good only to be so lackluster.

joshuadlight, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%

Thanks to goatgoat for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

Very dark brown body with red highlights. Smallish head that lingers decently, not much lacing.

For the most part, the nose is a nice simple combo of dark malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. There's also an odd tangy, almost sour, smell?

Like the nose, the taste is mostly enjoyable. Dark malt, some caramel, some coffee, some dark chocolate and a hint of hop bite. Once again, though, that tangy, sour element comes into play. It's even more pronounced in the mouth. Not loving this.

Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall impression: Pretty straightforward brown ale, but that sour flavor and smell was a bit weird.

PDXHops, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

It's a little darker than a normal brown, light passes through just barely. I poured a non-existent head, mistake on my part.

Smells very malty at first, but then I get yeast I think. Very strong, very cloudy smell. The aroma is full, but not convoluted. The end of the yeast is sweet.

Immediately chocolate hits me, taste-wise. Most of the time I get a dark, bitter type, but this is milk chocolate. It's open, there's not much hidden. It's sweet and has a bitter honey on the back.

The carbonation is very light, I'd like more complexity in flavor for this little carbonation.

There's a little roughness to this Brown. Nonetheless, it is easy going, not much trouble really.

pants678, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.65/5  rDev +2%

Pours a nice 2 finger off beige head. Body is brown in color obviously, with a medium amount of carbonation. Head retention and lacing are just above average

Smell is big on malt, mostly roasted caramel. Hints of coffee also there. Slight metallic after smell

Taste is identical to smell, caramel malts. Roasted coffee is a big part in it too. Hops are faint and there is also a slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Not too heavy, carbonation is a bit muted

This is the first time i've had this beer in a bottle. I regularly have had it fresh on draft and it is way better. The drink by date is expired by 11 dates so maybe thats a reason. Still a good tasting brown ale

angelmonster, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of stumac
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%

This brew pours up a dark brown color with a small tan head. the nose is very faint. I get very clean Lager smelling malts, a bit nutty too. the taste is nutty, subtle malts, nice hop balance, medium to light bodied, low to medium carbo. A decent session brew...

stumac, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of maximum12
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.

maximum12, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

This past Friday night I did a blind tasting of brown ales with my wife, because I figured it was time for me to re-evaluate a style I don't think much of. We each poured samples for the other, noted what was what and then brought out the beers, so while we couldn't taste the same beer at the same time, we were both able to taste without bringing any bias to the table.

The pour for the brewhouse brown looked pretty standard for the style. Medium brown body with red highlights and a small tan head. The aroma, however, was fascinating. I picked up brown bread, oats and hay. So weird... it almost had a hamster cage feel to it (sans hamster, pee and droppings). The oat and hay notes were certainly a departure from the others I tried. All the flavours I picked up in the aroma were pleasant in the taste, and I think it kinda worked. While I wasn't blown away, and it was quite different to others in the style, its uniqueness certainky got it some extra points. The body, though, was the high point. The carbonation combined with a medium body to produce a satisfyingly smooth feel that gets the highest score from me.

The Brewhouse Brown was my second favourite of the night, and I liked that it felt like a departure from the more generic interpretations of the style. Real Ale Brewing Co. seem to be a very solid outfit who make some nice easy drinking beers. I'd definitely seek out more of their offerings.

Thanks Bryan (BigBry) for sending this!

bobsy, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Clear brown/burgandy color, thin tan foam. The smell is roasted malt, a little nutty and earthy and maybe just a little chocolate. But mostly roasted malts. The taste is the same as the aroma, lots of roasted malt character which gives more bitterness than the hops if I'm not mistaken. A seriously drinkable brown ale, but not exactly rich or deep (not that the style requires these characteristics). A good representation of a style I don't usually prefer.

TurdFurgison, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

A dark amber color with hues of copper around the edges. Fairly translucent. About a finger of off-white head that disappears quickly to a ring around the edges of the body. Doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Smells very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee malts.

Taste packs a big blast of sweetness also. Lots of caramel and toffee are the most noticeable flavors in this, followed by the slighest, spicy hop presence. A touch of tobacco in the finish.

Pretty light body with medium to light carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, nothing special but not bad either.

Hojaminbag, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours a respectable medium brown. Thin whitish head disappears quickly leaving no lace. Aroma is lightly sweet and malty. Taste is lightly sweet with a good malt body. Good balance with clean finish. Nice and mild brown, excellent session beer and good with food.

goatgoat, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a deep dark brown color with hints of ruby with a small white bubbly head that dissapates too fast to nothing with pour barely stringy lace.

Lots of roasted barley in the nose, with caramel and toffee and nuttiness in the back. The nuttiness intensifies as it warms.

Lots of roastiness in the flavor as well. Complimented by nuttiness and caramel with mild earhty bitterness.

Medium bodied that coats the mouth well.

Ok drinkablilty.

hoplover82, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to armock for this one!

Best by March notched on label.

Pours orangeish light brown - on the light side for the style with a thin head that becomes a thin, wide patch. Vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of light toffee with fruity and bready/yeasty notes.

The taste is of sweet toffee - towards chocolate - maltiness is on light side, however, allowing some bitterness and a bit of "burnt" edges to come through. It has a floral, slightly fruity undertone. There's a bit of oxidation in the sweet-ish finish.

I don't know about "full-bodied", as it claims on the bottle - more like reaches medium-bodied. Something thinnish about it.

A standard-ish, mild-ish brown that is fine despite small "detractors" (a bit of "wet cardboard", lighter maltiness for style, a touch of yeast and astringency - however - all "small" detractors that, despite them is still pretty drinkable/enjoyable).

jwc215, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Medium brown, translucent, offwhite, tannish head. Good, soft lacing. Bit of a DSL aroma, sweet malts. Nice malty flavor. The whole flavor fills yr mouth, very nice. Some roast as well. Very round tasting. Complete. Smooth and luscious. Easy to drink. Maybe a bit too much alcohol to be a session beer, but I could see this being just that.

AChamberlain, Jan 30, 2009
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.