1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

427 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 427
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 227 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as an extra after a trade with JDV. Thanks Deniz!

This beer purs from 12oz bottle a dark brown with red highlights and a small head of foam.

The smell has a nice malty nose, some sweetness and some roastiness.

The taste starts off with a solid malt backbone of roasted, caramel, and some biscuit malt with a bit of hop bitterness in the background to balance out the malt. When swishing the beer in my mouth, the biscuit becomes more pronounced and I taste some nutty flavour as well. Nice. It has a thin mouthfeel, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes with a slight bitterness. I like this English Brown Ale. Very eazsy to drink and quite tasty. My first sample from Real Ale Brewing and they've done a good job.

Thanks again, Deniz!

Bitterbill, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of tayner
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured dark leather brown with a small off-white head that quickly turned into a slight layer across the top.

smelled of malty goodness.

tasted the malts, not strong but there, and a slight hop aftertaste. nothing WOW about the flavor, but solid

was a light mouthfeel, which reminds me that all craft beer doesn't have to weigh a ton or feel like motor oil in my mouth to be a good beer deserving of a good score.

If this beer (or ale since it is texas) was available in my local grocery store i could see myself picking up a couple sixers to have on hand for my BMC drinking friends as i think this would be an easy transition beer for anyone like that. also a decent session beer with a fairly low abv.

tayner, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of dirtsocks
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a Real Ale Mix 6. Pours a nice dark brown color with a finger of light tan head with some lacing. Smell is rich with aromas of malts with a taste around the same. Their is not much special about this beer but i would consider it a wise choice.

dirtsocks, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish/Brown with a small head and average lace. Maybe a little carbonation, but hard to tell.
S: Not much to note, maybe some roasted malt and nuts. Very faint though.
T: A little creamy with some roasted malt present, but not overpowering. Not much else, thin and watery.
D: Very smooth and easy to drink

The second beer I tried in my mix pack. This one is not nearly as good as the Full Moon Pale Rye. Not the worst beer I have tried, but once is enough.

champ103, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent inital head with and retention. Nice borwn color. However, head fades very quickly with retention.

Smell is of caramel malts and a faint faint hop presence. Very inticing.

Taste is decent. Decent maltiness with a slight hop bitterness. Needs to have more thickness on the malts. It leaves my tongue quite bored.

Clings to the mouth somewhat, but has a really watery mouthfeel, it really takes away from the beer.

Easy to drink, with a decent flavor, The mouthfeel really just ruins this beer.

jasonjlewis, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown--almost black--with red highlights at the edges. The tan head dissipates slowly. It smells of chocolate and malt. It has a chocolatey taste with a nice roasted malt/coffee finish that is not overpowering. I thought it was a little thin, but good. This is a smooth beer, and one I can drink all day long.

hiikeeba, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Atricapilla, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color was near reddish dark brown. Fair head that settled fairly soon. Not much to offer the nose but the flavor was more robust with an initial tang on the front of the tongue. Then a more familiar smokey taste to the back of the mouth. Average sweetness. Small, steady carbonation, fades over the last half of the pint to be a bit more watery but goes down nice enough. Not bad, not great.

Durge, May 31, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of July notched in the label into a pint glass. It was a dark brown color and had an average tan head that quickly settled to a thin partial film. The aroma was roasted malts with a woody undertone but also had a really weird kinda rotten smell that popped up as well. Couldn't really identify it but not pleasant. The taste was pretty good and on par for an average brown. For me, Avery's Ellie is still the Brown standard. Overall, not a bad beer but not something that I'll be running out to get often. Since it's a local Texas beer and I want to support local beers it'll find a home in my every so often rotation. (3.5, RB, T, Y)

TexIndy, May 25, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this bottle courtesy of mushroomcloud, via secret bunny '07

A - this ale pours a very dark brown with a huge root beer float-esque head, took 4 pours to get it all in my pint, too dark to note any carbonation

S - roasted malts are strong but overwhelmed by a metallic/woodiness, very strange perhaps this bottle has past its prime (i.e. someone in texas trade me a fresh one for comparison)

T - nope, this one tastes fine, just a roasted nuttiness that i had not expected, and the combination of aromas befuddled me, however on the tongue it is a masterpiece of malty-nutty goodness, with a mild hop background, quite tasty

M&D - smoother than the smell prognosticated, however nicely malted and with a nice rounded sessionable flavor, quite good, surprisingly so

sinstaineddemon, May 17, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured it into a pint glass, it had a nice thick tan head that eventually dispersed into a thin layer along the top of a good looking reddish/brownish body with good carbonation. It has a pleasant roasted malt aroma mixed in and has a nice rich semi-sweet roasted malt flavor that’s really refreshing, it is a bit dry and has a fruity bitter aftertaste; the flavors did weaken as the ale warmed up, but it was nothing unbearable.

vickersspitfire, May 08, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Almost opaque brown hue with a red tint. Almost no head, then settles to a thin rim along the glass.

Light roasted nut aroma from the malts with a slight touch of hop aroma.

Light smokey burnt malt flavor with a nutty aftertaste. Very little hop presence. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly lingering grain.

Not a bad Brown Ale, more English than American in style. This is a good brown ale to support locally. Recommended.

BeerSox, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a chocolate brown with a creamy beige head. Leaves rings of sheet-like lacing. Aroma is nutty, chocolatey, toasty, and roasty with some herbal hops and fruity esters. Flavors start out roasty with chocolate and fruity esters following suit. Finishes dry, mildly bitter and ashy from the roastiness. Isn't cloyingly sweet like far too many browns (and this itself is kind of too sweet for me on tap). Nutty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with moderate carbonation. Could be a bit thicker. Excellent drinkability. Not really complex, but I like it. Goes well with some gruyere .

goochpunch, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Melchizedek
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick beige head leaves a lasting, sticky patterned lace down the sides, sitting atop a murky dark brown body. Not aggressive in the nose but pleasant; it's malty with a bit of nutty (almond?) scent, some caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

In the mouth, medium-light body, slick until a somewhat sticky finish. Caramel, mild toast, a slight bitterness, and a bit of woodiness at the end.

An easy drink, a good pick for a hop vacation, and not a bad counterpoint to saltier or more savory food.

Melchizedek, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Csims

Pours a clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy tan head, tons of sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, slight chocolate, and caramel. The taste is malty and slightly dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brown ale, glad to have had a chance to try it out.

Wasatch, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of several beers, that I was all too happy to take from my brother-in-laws refrigerator, when they announced that they were moving, and would not be able to take with them. I'm not sure how old this particular one is, but if memory serves me right, I remember seeing this one in the fridge, and the others, at least three years ago. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a 1 inch fluffy head, that faded rather quickly, but left medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of rich malts, sweet, but not much else. The flavor is great! Rich malt, a slight hop aftertaste, and a hint of nut flavoring. The mouthfeel is about average for a brown ale. Overall, this has to be one of the best English brown ales that I've tried! Definitely a great session ale.

beeragent, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a red wine glass at 35 degrees. Picked up in a trade from Csims - thanks!!

A - Pours a clear - but dark - brown with a very small off-white head that was never more than a small ring.

S - Smells of sweet and roasted malt with a hint of caramel.

T - Darker-roast coffee atop roasted malt. Flavors are good, but not strong enough to make it stand out...still a good brown ale taste. As it warmed, beer seemed to thin out.

M - Body started on the medium side, but grew thinner; remained well-carbonated. Dry, roasted aftertaste.

D - Not bad...definitely stronger at the colder temperature. I'm glad I got to try it.

JohnnyM2002, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy brown, clear. Nice head, creamy.

Sweet buttery malt, chocolate and roasted notes. Rich, but light. Mild hop aromas.

Rich chocolate and roasted. Buttery bread notes. Finished out by grape/

Creamy and smooth. Not very carbonated. Mild foam. Could be a little more punchy.

Nice Brown Ale. Distinctive taste and its good.

MrHungryMonkey, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep dark garnet color with a small head of tan bubbles on top. The head is small, but doesn't change much in the minute or so it has been already. There is some light lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I get some dark crystal malt and some roast most noticeably. There are some decent amounts of floral hops in here that really enhance the perception of sweetness. I get quite a toasty impression...especially after it sits for a while.

Taste: The flavor is a bit drier and more attenuated than you would expect from the sweet balance of the aroma. There is a bit of a bitter bite to this beer that is as much from roast malt as from hops. The beer is pretty well attenuated with some ripe fruit that comes out in the finish and sticks with you for quite some time. After drinking for about half the beer, your palate gets used to the dry bitterness from the dark malts and you can pick out the sweetness to linger in the finish also.

Opinion: This is a pretty good brown ale. I like the depth of flavor and the fact that it isn't overhopped with citrus. This beer is pretty fruity, and that is about the only thing that I think would keep this beer from coming across more like a Bock. I would certainly drink this beer again.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Ginger Man in Dallas

Clear, copper/dark brown liquid, topped with a small, tan head.

Smoke in the bar made aroma tricky to get. Best I could tell, it was mainly molasses and sweet fruit.

First impression in taste was that it was slightly sweet. Fruits and raisins. Finish brought the hops, pine & herbal. Nicely balanced.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Nicely refreshing.

A good session beer. I would certainly have it again.

, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of an assorted 6-pack during a recent visit to Austin. I guess the alcohol is higher than a mild, but this one is mild in other respects. Aroma and flavor consists of a smooth chocolate that is not overly roasty or sweet. Outside of the choclate, it is clean. No fruitiness. There is no hop aroma or flavor, but just enough bitter to give it balance. This is a good brown. I had it as part of a fairly traditional Thanksgiving meal/dessert. Paired up nicely.

pweis909, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of briman
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby highlights. Smallish tan head, not much retention. Little lacing.

Aroma is caramel, with some nuttiness & some roasted malt.

Taste is malty, with caramel and nut flavors coming through. Dry finish with maybe a hint of hops into the aftertaste. Mild, but not lingering bitterness.

Medium body, low-to-moderate carbonation. Good balance. Drinkability is good, could easily session this one.

briman, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just poured one of these from the mix six pack that Real Ale sales here in Austin. I tried this brew a long time ago, and don't remember it being this good. Tonight, I am trying it on a fully cleansed palate, and it makes all the difference in the world!

The beer pours an awesome dark brown, rich almost black color with a good amount of head and leaves some good lacing on the glass as its being consumed.

Upon the first sniff, I got a very good sniff of roasted almonds, choclate, toffee, that all blended together very nicely.

The beer's taste starts off with a nice slight sweet malt and then immediately goes to a roasted, kind of choclate and toffee flavor. It finishes fairly dry, and leaves just a slight roasted flavor in your mouth, but is good about not leaving too much of an after-taste.

This beer does a great job of not being too heavy for a brown ale. It's mouthfeel is by no means watery, but it's just heavy enough to accompany the flavor of the beer.

The best thing about this brew is that it's very flavourful, but at the same time highly drinkable. Believe it or not, you could even drink this if you were thirsty, as it's defenitely not a heavy beer. In my opinion, this is how a brown ale should taste, and it's a must try for anybody who likes this style.

AustinBeerLvr, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the almost clear brown (with burgundy highlights) brew. Head lasts nicely, with prevalent sticky lacing. Aroma is chocolately sweetness. Taste is not short-changed by the nose, the same rich chocolate flavors flourish immediately, and carry on after swallowing. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Not always impressed by browns, but this one is very nice. Worth noting that the bottle label states this is an "American Brown", but probably only by location. Hops, or comparative lack thereof, makes this perfect for the "English Brown" style.

ppoitras, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank 26 may, BBD of 30 Aug 06

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a massive 4 fingersmocha clored head. Very good lacing & good head retention

Smell: Malt & nuttiness

Taste: Biscuitty malt & slight nuttiness up front. Finishes dry & biscuitty, witha faint nutiness

MF: Rich with good balance & carbonation

Easy drinking brown that has some character, very impressed. This would be a nice session ale for sure

russpowell, Jun 28, 2006
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.