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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: 437
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | 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 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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

ballewblake, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of jkanavel
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

jkanavel, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Jwale73, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Ryanbob
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Ryanbob, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

jbphoto88, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of skittlebrau
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

skittlebrau, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

alexgash, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -2.5%
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 -12.3%
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 -11.8%
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 -5.3%
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 14, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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 -20.7%
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 -4.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.9%
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 +13.4%
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 +7.8%
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 +11.5%
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 -4.8%
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 +9.2%
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
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.