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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 46 | 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 jordoo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of midaszero
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of Goliath
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Photo of errantnight
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.42/5  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!

Photo of mhewes
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.57/5  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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of ballewblake
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Wow. surprised I didn't remember this one. Pours a dark fluid, opaque, but not heavy. One finger head on an aggressive pour that fades quickly. Smell is a rich roasted malt, that personally I'm not a fan of but the taste is the winner here, sweet and light roasted malt flavors. Very drinkable beverage.

Photo of jkanavel
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

its nice, hoppier than I'd expected, but otherwise pretty traditional. Toasty Malt and spicy hops dominate the flavor. The color is absolutely wicked. This is a very dark brown ale.
I'm so excited about RealAle, as many Texas brewery's leave a lot to be desired.

Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from JDV (thanks Deniz). Best if consumed by May notched on the bottle.

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dull, opaque, hazelnut brown. Quarter-inch head dissipated almost immediately into an oily slick; watery lacing with no adhesion. Most prominent scent was chocolate followed by a subtle presence of hops. Flavors were very understated, but well balanced - malt and grain backbone with a slight hops presence and a little bit of nuttiness somewhere in the mix. Mouthfeel was a little lackluster and watery, but not unpleasant. For a Brown Ale, there's not much pop, but this is pretty solid and sessionable all and all. Could do with a little more carbonation though to bring out some of the flavors.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So this was another anomaly that I recieved in a trade from a very generous Autin BA. I was not a big fan of the pale, I have to admit, but I was hoping that the brown ale would redeem itself, and the brewery for me. This bottle was stored in my fridge since I recieved it about a month ago, maybe less. So this afternoon I decided to pull it out and see what was going on with this one. A nice brown ale would be the stuff right about now, so lets see where this one goes. Pulled the twelve ounce bottle right out of the fridge and poured directly into my Otter Creek pint glass.

A - Poured a very nice and very cloudy deep dark hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue, and allowing enough visibility to be able to see that there was a good deal of cloudiness to contend with here. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace formed initially but was quick to fall back down and leave behind just a thin film across the top and some slight bits of bubbles around the edge. Really no side glass presentation what so ever to speak of on this one.

S - The first whiff of the aroma of this one set me back a little bit, as the first notes to come through were of chocolate of all things. Very welcome and very suprising to say the least. A nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. The next flavor rocking on the nose was some subtle coffee notes and tons of earthy grains. Overall not a bad aroma for a brown ale and it seemed to really be a nice one coming through so far.

T - The flavor was not as big as the aroma and the look would have led me to believe, but that is not saying that it was bad in any way. Not at all, this was a tight little brown ale for sure. Lots of sweet notes not coming through as well, sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile, while keeping it sufficiently light. The finsi hwas dry as could be at first, but no hint of hops at all, a very sweet dry finish leaving a long lasting flavor of caramel and a nutty sort of flavor lingering in mouth for a good long while.

M - The feel on this one was a little thing to be honest, the carbonation was not the greatest and that would really be my only knock agaisnt it. It was no where as watery and thin as the last brew I tried from them, as the flavors had a nice sweet depth to themm, it just did not have the bubbly carbonation pushing it through and felt a little weak to me.

D - As for the drinkability of this one it was absolutly outstanding. I could have easily polished off a sixer of them with no problem at all. It was just that nice and light feeling that I was looking for. Really great flavors with no alcohol at all and a nice tight little dry finish leaving you looking for a little more.

Overall not a bad brown ale at all, and has renewed my intrest in this little texas brewery. I really thought the flavors came off quite well and that the overall package on this was quite sessionable, The only thing I could say was to put a little more carbonation in it, but other then that, this is totally a beer you should try if you see, dont think it will dissapoint.

Photo of Ryanbob
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a deep amber, almost dark ruby appearance with a small, but lacy head. It smells like malts and a hint of coffee. The taste is malty, roasted, rich and a bit acidic. There are hints of coffee and burnt toast. There is a nice creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. A very drinkable, delicious brown ale with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a rich chocolately deep brown with just a bit of head. Smell was subtle at first but became more apparent as it warmed and was a nice almosty equal mix of sweet maltiness and light hoppiness. 1st taste was of slight hoppy bitterness but on the back end it was a very enjoyable sweet, malty, nuttiness, that made for a good smooth aftertaste leaving me wanting more. A great brown ale.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany brown with a slow to form tan head. The head doesn't rise more then a quarter inch and dissipates quickly.
Smell is chocolate-ish coffee with some roasted malts, nuts and almost no hops.
Taste is nutty and dry with a malt finish. Some dark chocolate in the after taste and this beer is dry, dry, dry. I feel like drinking some water after every sip. I like the low carbonation however it might be a rare flat bottle (compared to other reviews.)

01-31-2009- bottle

I concur with my previous review.

Photo of skittlebrau
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the third beer of the Real Ale sampler. I enjoyed it with a 79 cent frozen pizza. I've got to say I'm starting to like the brown ale as a style.

A: Obviously, brown. Head is pretty thin and pale, but the beer is pretty robust looking.

S: Nutty and malty with some hop character.

T: Good taste. Very balanced malt and hop profiles.

M: A little thicker than the average beer, but not by much.

D: Drinkability is pretty good.Although after it warmed it wasn't as pleasant.

Photo of alexgash
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly murky, cola brown with a thick, creamy, long-lasting, light khaki head. Great lacing. Toasted malts, roasted nuts, caramel sweetness, and light vanilla on the nose. Light cardboard and herbal, slightly bitter hops up front. Toasted malt and doughy sweetness mid-palate. Hints of dark chocolate and lacto sweetness before a slightly roasted, moderately bitter, nutty finish. Gently carbonated with a slightly creamy feel. Not bad!

Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of tayner
3.46/5  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.

Photo of dirtsocks
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.