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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | 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 RblWthACoz


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy brown with a eggshell creme head. Nose is sweet with a nutty edge. Flavor is a bit tangy. Nutty tones are there. And especially show up on the aftertaste. The whole tangy aspect is a but too much, but nothing is ruined really. Feel has a slightly boisterous carbonation and the liquid is slick and sticky. A pretty nice brown ale. Another Real Ale brew I think would be interesting on cask.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 18:12:50 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of CrellMoset


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ChoqlitStout - thanks!! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy, dirty ruby colored beer with a tan head of average retention. It settles into pretty much nothing, just a thin ring of smooth, even lace, all the way around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is sparse, as is the lacing proper - only faint fingers and islands speckle the sides of the glass. Not bad, but not outstanding.

Aroma: Malty, fruity at points, almost. You get some caramel, some faint chocolate, raisins, dates. Unfortunately, it's a little mild, and agitation releases a few less pleasant notes - some rough, slightly stank-smelling malt notes. Agitate w/ care.

Taste: An interesting and surprisingly complex-tasting English Brown. There are plenty of toasted overtones, though nothing too over the top - no burnt or smoky notes, and only faint toasty malt astringencies. There's also a healthy dose of baker's chocolate and lighter roasted notes. A faint but noticeable hop bitterness compliments a few fruity overtones, as well - raisins most noticeably, though perhaps some lighter notes, too. And, of course, no English Brown is complete without some nuttiness, and this one isn't lacking - walnuts figure prominently in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, effervescent, almost bitingly so, which takes away from some of the enjoyment of the flavor. The body and thickness are both fine, though, even if the bubble structure is a little uneven and rough.

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise, I actually enjoyed this one, despite it not being my favorite style. The alcohol was perfectly manageable, and it was surprisingly complex in both the aroma and the mouth. Dial down the carbonation a little and fix those few slightly funky notes, and we'd be talking about a truly superb English Brown. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 03:20:29 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in Dallas. Poured a clear brown body with a tan head.

Mmm, there are great chocolate flavors here. There's an especially nice Swiss chocolate note as this beer transitions to the aftertaste. There's also a nutty, chocolate roast flavor, but this is a very cocoa-centric brew - though it's not overly sweet. For fans of brown ales, chocolate lovers and folks looking for something a little different, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 03:46:53 | More by tempest
Photo of Iluvink


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brown ale has decent tones, appearance and mouthfeel, but taste comes off a bit burnt.

The semi-sweet malts come out well, and has a good drinkablility. Decent head with ok lacing.

Not a have-to-have favorite of the brown ales, but very drinkable, and one to order if available at a bar.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 00:32:51 | More by Iluvink
Photo of joepais


3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to mhewes for this one
Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a standard two fingers worth of tan head that stuck around for a while. The body on the brew was the obligatory brown in color

Aromas of sweet malts are very pronounced up front as well as a slight roastiness that entered my nose later

Good roasted malt flavors with a hint of hops at the end to keep it from being too sweet in your mouth. The mouth feel is medium and enough carbonation for the style.

Good drinkability on this one is great. A good brown ale all around would be a excellent session brew

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 19:05:46 | More by joepais
Photo of ckeegan04


4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown color with dark ruby highlights when held up to light. Fizzy brown head fades quickly but leaves great lacing.

S - Deep aroma of rasoted coffee and bitter chocolate. Excellent mix. Also an earthy and herbal bitterness lurkes underneath the roasted malt aromas.

T - Sweet roasted malt taste up front with the coffee flavors emerging as the stars. A spicy hoppiness comes through to provide just enough balance but malts definitely dominate. Finishes a little on the bitter sweet side.

M/D - Full flavors bring it to life in your mouth but it is just a little on the thin side. A very good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 19:41:14 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 05:35:57 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted pecan brown with red-orange highlights (on the coaster), dark russet (when backlit). Two fingers of khaki colored foam sit atop the beer. As the tight-bubbled cap slowly loses altitude, an impressive band of Swiss cheese-like lace comes into view. A pretty standard brown ale look and a pretty damn good one.

The aroma is on target for the style as well. There's a nice balance between cocoa and nuts, as well as between toasted and earthy. There isn't much in the way of hops, but then they aren't classic in an English brown ale anyway. A little more power and a little more depth are needed before a 'good' score is a possibility.

I feel the same way about the flavor. What makes it to the taste buds is enjoyable, there just needs to be more of it. This is an easy drinking brown ale that will, hopefully, pick up a little more chutzpah as it gains a few degrees. Unfortunately, it doesn't.

The brewery will only say that four different malts are used. Pale, Munich, crystal and chocolate perhaps? As in the nose, earthy/toasted is as prominent as chocolate/cocoa. Some brown bread sweetness and a peanut skin bitterness emerge with warming. BBA favors dry over sweet, especially on the quasi-crisp finish.

Despite the words 'rich' and 'full bodied' on the label, this brew is neither. It's par for the brown ale course, perhaps a fraction lighter, and is acceptably bubbled. Although the mouthfeel is a boon to easy drinkability, it fails to impress otherwise.

Brewhouse Brown Ale is pretty typical Real Ale Brewing Company beer. In other words, it's style accurate, tasty, drinkable... and well short of great. I'd still love to have them relocate to this craft brewery-deficient, craft beer-starved state. Thanks to mhewes for another solid beer from down Texas way.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 11:59:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of beersheppard


2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 04:08:42 | More by beersheppard
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a caramel brown with a decent-sized light mocha head of about a finger. Recedes evenly, leaving some light lace behind.

Aroma - a sweet caramel, toasted grain, rather light but nice.

Taste - good roastiness to the grains. A good touch of balancing hops on the swallow. The beer is simple and tasty, the quintessential brown ale. Finishes as roasty as it started.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin, nice crispness though, a middling body.

Drinkability - very sessionable for the fall, a tasty brown.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 01:42:12 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of omnigrits


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to declare an interest here - Real Ale is one of my favourite breweries but I'm going to be as impartial as I can about this beer.

The first thing that comes to mind when I pour this into a glass and raise it to my nose is a freshly cut slice of good quality bread. That aroma comes across in spades until the head subsides, after which I'm getting plenty of roasted coffee. Both the taste and the body are a bit of a disappointment after the promise of the nose, but not bad for all that. A slightly sweet flavour with a nice bitter aftertaste. Not much in the way of carbonation. It would be very easy to drink several of these at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 22:33:52 | More by omnigrits
Photo of jbull


3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle reads "rich, malty and dry". Very accurate. This Brown Ale pours much darker than the average brown, with an amber tint when held up to a light. The head organic tan and coarse foam that only rises an inch and a half with a vigorous pour. The head reduces considerably in the first minute to a quarter inch tan lather than smells and looks rich. Bitter chocolate is the taste that stays on my tongue. Malty, Dry and full of carbonation while lacking any noticeable hop. A decent beer in my opinion, better than a Newcastle. But I'm not as fond of the Brown ale as I once was and find myself wanting something hoppier and slightly less carbonation.

Next I popped open a Rio Blanco Pale Ale from the same brewery and found my match. Good brewery but the brown is just not my favorite style these days. This one is average or slightly better. Compares well with Newcastle IMO, this one slightly better.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:13:05 | More by jbull
Photo of mentor


3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from HardTarget, thanks for the opportunity! July hashmark notched. Pours a fizzy tan liquid over a cloudy dark-brown liquid. Smells dry chocolate, mildly of espresso, some cream, blackberry (Northern Brewer hops?). A bit more alcohol in the nose than I'd expect, maybe 5+%?

Tastes dull chocolate, blackberry hoppy, dry roast. Some burnt grain, like I'd expect in a porter...not sure this fits into a brown ale. No flavors jump out at me, like the personality of a non-descript pothead, "yeah, man, it's all good". Sweet and wet on the pull, but dries rather quickly and has a bit of acrid sting from the modest carbonation. Some nut and cream upon further review. Old nut, like been baked in the sun and is flaky dry (mealy?). I know I'm making this sound like an unpleasant beer. It's not unpleasant, it's mildly pleasant. Watery feel in the mouth, even though the beer is md to md-light. Modest carbonation and modest drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 10:57:39 | More by mentor
Photo of tpd975


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown hue. When put up to the light it is very transparent. The light really cuts thru this one revealing a nice shiny bright brown hue. A nice solid two finger head forms and has okay retention. Just a few spots of lace.

S: Fairly light aromas. There are hints of malt, coffee, sugar, bread, and just a touch of chocolate.

T: Nice mild brown ale. Nice sweet caramel malts dominate with hints of chocolate coming thru. There is a bready which melds with the splash of spice.

M: Medium in body with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Pretty smooth easy drinking brown ale. It is not one of my favorite styles but I must admit I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 19:32:03 | More by tpd975
Photo of jordoo


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from mhewes in a trade, thanks!

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Its dark brown with some red showing through on the sides, 1/2 inch light tan head that receided but did leave a small frothy covering. Smell is roasted barley that gives of some slight charcole and coffee smells as well as nutty tones. Taste is pretty much as advertised in the nose its arich grilled coffee tyoe of flavor with some chocolate that I didn't smell and a little bit of a bitter aftertaste but otherwise very little hop preasance. Solid in the mouth rather smooth for being slightly over carbinated. Pretty average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 16:14:11 | More by jordoo
Photo of midaszero


3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown and cloudy with some tan head and decent lacing.

S - I just got a lot of roasted malt

T - roasted ... nutty ... malty with a lingering off after taste

M - medium to thick body with light to medium carbonation

D - Good when not looking for something filling but darker

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 02:29:16 | More by midaszero
Photo of Goliath


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque with a thin light tan head. Decent retention.

Decent aroma, caramel, grain, and a little spice.

Pretty tasty. Caramel, dark bitter chocolate, and a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol and simple but pleasing flavors make this beer quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 23:47:51 | More by Goliath
Photo of beachbum1975


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I cracked for my son's 3rd birthday party. Presented in a brown, 12 ounce bottle with August notched on the freshness date. Unique white label of hand-drawn brew house.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown with a ½ inch tan head. Average sized bubbles. Clumped up , sticky lacing as I drink.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts all over the place. Caramel, nuts and light charred smell, as well.

Taste: Much like the nose, lots of roasted malts, some smoke and a dry, charred finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. A bit watered down, at times. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice and easy example of an American Brown Ale. Good session beer. Not my favorite style, but still glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Thanks for this beer in our 6-pack trade, brewdlyhooked13!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 18:57:12 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of errantnight


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the hop presence being slightly more noticeable than expected, this really seems more like an American Brown to me... but nothing outrageous.

Pours a beautiful brown, with a finger or two and decent lacing, not much retention. A bit thin in color, but not too much so.

Distinctly nutty with a toasty, bready middle. Hints of chocolate. A bit of an earthy, bitter finish... but slightly thin.

Seems slightly to brass and tinny. Spritzy, not smooth. But body is right.

Easily drinkable, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 05:35:20 | More by errantnight
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to turbine2475 for the chance to try this beer. Pours extremely dark brown, almost black with a head that fades quickly. Smells quite malty with a bit of roastiness, molasses, and chocolate. Pretty gentle flavors that are fairly similar to the aromas. Sweet malt and a light roastiness, well integrated, but a bit too mellow. Mouthfeel is smooth rather than creamy. Decent brown ale, but a bit too light, even for the style, to truly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 19:24:35 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of nrbw23


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a rich brown color with a foamy off white/tannish colored head that left a fair amount of lacing.

S- Tons of roasted malts here. Could also pick up a some sweet malts and some nuts.

T- Not to bad. Roasted and sweet malts jump right off at you and of course a nutty flavour that I can usually pick up with most brown ales.
I really tried to get the chocolate taste and smell some of the other guys talked about I just couldn't find it.

M- Medium in body and very smooth.

D- Pretty easy to drink just not one of my favorite styles.

Thanks again Jonathan!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 20:18:45 | More by nrbw23
Photo of mhewes


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice brown with a thin tan head

S : Malty (both sweet and roasted)

T : Really good. Some nutty flavors along with malt. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out.

M : Light and smooth

D : Really good. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 13:19:45 | More by mhewes
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this bottle.

It's a nice, dark amber with muddy brown hues and a 1/2" high crown with a quick dissipation.

The aroma is of dark chocolate covered wheat with spicey and herbal hops and slight tangy effect.

The flavor is a rich, dark chocolate flavored malt that's hefty and smooth, medium bodied feel. A nice spicey and tangy wheat flavor with earthy hops. The malt flavor is the star here but the balance is also pretty much right on. A bit thin feeling but the spicey tang gives it a nice jazzy effect to peek interest.

not a bad brown.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 21:27:06 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - it is a bit nutty and offered lots of nice caramel-ness while still being quite drinkable on a humid spring evening in Houston.

Color was a clean-looking but not exactly clear brown color, with a short-lived fizzy head that I've seen on other beers from this brewery. Aroma was surprisingly pronounced and malty. Flavor was caramel, a bit of nuttiness, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but quite refreshing.

Not bad - I wouldn't swim oceans or cross deserts to get it, but I thought it to be pretty good.

I had this on-tap at the Houston Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2008 12:07:29 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy Brown with reddish hues. Thin khaki head.

Aroma: Cola-like sugars, mild nuttiness, caramel.

Taste: Mellow and light. Caramel and nutty malt. Generic fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated, balanced, smooth.

Drinkability: High, although this is not very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 13:53:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.