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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: 432
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | 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 pweis909
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +0.8%
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 +23.2%
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 +18.2%
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 +23.2%
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
Photo of cheers2beers
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown liquid hue with a nice looking cream colored head,that stacked up roughly two fingers high. Leaveing small amounts of laceing and a vigorious amount of beading on the inside.

Smell: The aromas are caramel woody malts, a dull hop character, and a nutty English scent. Not bad at all.

Taste: The taste is more exeptional than I had anticipated. Much like the nose,has the same woody malts but the caramel is more sweet than expected. Not much alcohol detected, but has a nice hop bittering in the finish. For an English brown ale this is really mind boggleing. In a blind tasteing I would have guessed a porter of some sort first. I believe the nuttiness gives this beer away though.

Mouthfeel: Has a thin to medium body with high level of carbonation. Sweetness in the begining,bitter hops in the finish, and a nutty slick film coats the mouth after each swallow.

Drinkability: This beer is one of a kind. It is one of the best brown ales I have encountered. I would definitely recommend this one. For the price it is a bargain as well.


cheers2beers, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark brown with cherry highlights.

I bring the glass up to my nose and inhale. Chocolate, roasty notes feature. Maybe the faintest touch of coffee but it's overall a roasty thing going on.

On the palate, light chocolate starts things off, with a moderate and perfectly smooth bitterness checking in mid-palate and interacting with a malty sweetness through the medium-short finish. Things dry out on the back of a roasty, chocolatey finish.

The body is medium to medium-full, and manages to keep from coating the palate despite the full malt character.

Real Ale is ready to explode, and it's because of quality beers such as this one.

VoodooBrew, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of kdog630
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a rich dark brown but with no head whatsoever. Oddly enough, what light did pass through the color showed plenty of carbonation. A ring of bubbles developed around the edge to leave a thin lace.

Malty aroma, but not one that matched the color. I expected a much heartier smell from the glass.

Flavor was also a little weak but the effervescence made for a decent mouthfeel. A little medicinal in the finish...

Their site says to enjoy at 55, so I let it warm in my hands for a while. That does help the flavor somewhat, and makes for a better finish.

Drinkable? Sure, if you're looking for a dark beer that is lighter on the tastebuds. Got this one in a sample pack and it's the first I've tried. Hopefully, the Rye Ale and Pale are a better representation of what this place can brew.

kdog630, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy translucent brown with a tan head which rose well and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate and caramel with a low roastiness and light fruity character.

The flavor was dry throughout with hints of caramel and a bit of smoky roast that added interest. Also present was a light fruity flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting roast and chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and just a bit light. A nice beer but could use a body boost and a bit of sweetness.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of beerdiablo
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A flagship brewer of Ales in Texas whose quality continues to rise.

Nice sweet malt overtones, bits of molasses and a slightly dry finish
to boot. I recommend having it on the warm side and waiting 2 weeks to
drink the beer if the first beer of the six-pack is a little aggressive
at the start.

This is good session ale regardless of the weather.

beerdiablo, Oct 24, 2005
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewhouse Brown is a dark brown with some amber towards the bottom. 1/4" beige head does not last long and falls to a cap. Some lacing.

Aroma of rich malt with a mild roastedness. Touch of chocolate.

Nice, chocolaty, roasted malt. Earthy. Light hops evident. Fresh. This beer mainly relies on its great malt profile.

Medium mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Rich and malty with a dry finish.

Great flavor and awesome drinkability. It has been a while since I tried this local beer, I need to put it back in rotation.

Photo of texashammer
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark ruby color with a thin but lasting head. Medium body. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, not too much carbonation to get in the way. Smell is roasty, mellow, chocolaty malts; taste is much the same with coffee and toffee coming in. Much more complexity as it warms. Pleasant drink.

texashammer, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of dungaree
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at JP Hops House. Color is dark brown. Thin head and alluring look. Smells of malt, nuts, and sweetness. The taste is thin but good. Tastes of slight nuts, malty, mildly sweet. Very little hops in this brew. Overall a decent beer. I would have another one.

dungaree, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of DarthMalt
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Whoa, Ellie! Texas got itself a brown ale!"

Oh, how many a time have I dreamt about the brown ales since leaving the confines of the east coast: Brooklyn, Smuttynose, Rogue? And how many times have I wandered through the aisles and tumbleweeds of the parched Texas landscape, wondering where all the brown ales have gone?

But alas, an Edward's-Aquifer, artesian wellspring has formed! Its name is Real Ale Brewing Company.

Pours thick and beefy (like brisket!), but not overdone. "Overdone," in this case means that the light-brown head shows just the right amount crystal and roasted malts in the recipe without having gone completely Starbucks on the roasted stuff. These specialty malts shoot straight down the center and blossom just after mid-taste to reveal a ripe, estery plum flavor, which is tempered nicely by the darker roasts. The plum finishes to a nice wine-grape-skin tannin.

PS - The current brewery looks just like this label.

DarthMalt, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep in brown color, verging on black; pours a massive cloudtop tan head that fades fairly quickly with abundant lacing.

Aroma: Aroma of caramel, coffee, and nuts, and toasted malts with only a faint herbal hop presence.

Taste: Begins with a pleasant strong roasted malt flavor with caramel and chocolate notes; towards the end of the taste it fades into a mildly bitter coffee note. The finish is slightly dry with a nutty character.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and full with no harshness whatever.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent brown ale and a fine session beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a pop top cap. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, brown in hue with a shinny ruby highlight. It is a lovely color. The head was light beige and very bubbly, like a cola. At the apex the foam was two fingers in height and then it faded fairly quickly to a fizzy cap. This cap lasted forever. However, there was no subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is solid, I mean, it is just a Brown Ale! What do you expect? Beer porn? The nose is fruity and slightly acidic from the roasted malts, I assume. Largely clean with some modest earthy, nutty notes. I also detect a kiss of herbalness. The nose has poor potency and it fails to be articulate. What a shame. Dammit! Speak up and say something. The palate is very nice; unlike the nose the taste is clearly Brown Ale in nature. I love the style and this one has all the proper flavors. Fruity with sharp acidity from a healthy roast; the malt is like a small porter. Slightly nutty. Clean. It could use a little yeasty residue. The hops offer slight bitterness and some earthiness. The palate is tasty and it is put-together nicely. Long aftertaste. It would be a good beer with a steak or stew. Medium in body with firm carbonation helps produce a sturdy mouthfeel. This beer is drinkable; I’d sit back and quaff a six-pack anytime, anyplace. It is a good session beer, plenty simple. I realize this beer isn’t earth shattering but I like the style and this beer is decent. Thanks Bdc for the bottle. Worth a try… this is yet another solid beer from Real Ale.

bditty187, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is malty with notes of cocoa and molasses.

Taste is rich malty goodness. Elements of toffee, faint mocha or coffee flavors with a fair amount of bitterness. Some burnt sugar flavors, but I think that is intentional. Lacks some of the cloying sweetness found in other brown ales, finishes a little on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is a little slick but clean, medium heavy with some carbonation keeping it from getting too thick. Above average for the style but not at the top of my list.

assurbanipaul, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of poundboy
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another yummy beer from Kindestcut. Glad to get to try this one.

Packaging and appearance: Clean, blocky design on label, complete with freshness date. This beer "expires" this month, so my sample may not be quite the same as a brewery fresh one, but I didn't notice any off flavors. Pours a dark brown which reveals crimson when held up to the light. Thin half inch head disapates quickly. Man, it seams like not beers are holding their head lately. Is it my choices of beers, or perhaps my glasses? Anyway, a good looking beer, though nothing spectular

Smell: Roasted and dark barley malts with sourness beneath. Nutty and delicious.

Taste: Beats Newcastle, which is the only other brown I have sampled in any quanities. The ho-hum flavor of that beer has had me avoiding the the style all together, guess I should give it some more consideration. Tastes like it smells. Roasted malt nuttyness with sourness underneath that increases as it warms. some bitterness as well, whether it is from the hops or the malt, I can't tell. No noticably hop flavor or aroma. Like most good beers, this one improves as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant weight on the tongue keeps you from guzzling this one too quickly. The bitterness, while not overwelm stings the back of my tongue and my throat in a rather unusual, but pleasant way.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, except that after one or two, i think I would start craving something more interesting. Like beer from many small regional breweries, this is a fine, well crafted beer. It just isn't that exciting, groundbreaking, or extraordinary. But a boring craft brew beats the pants off of just about any American Macro.

poundboy, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Another "ho-hum" normal, non-offensive brown ale. Moderately aromatic, with notes of dark berries and rich, fruity malts.

Nice flavor. Slightly sweet with a fairly pleasant malty flavor giving notes of berries and roasted malts. Not offensive.

Crosling, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to HardTarget for the wonderful sampling of the Real Ale Brewing Co.

Appearance: Pours deep, dark, clear brown with a chunky white/tan head.

Smell: Mostly malty with some bitter hops lingering in the background

Taste: This is where I think it misses. Taste is pretty hoppy and bitter. Should be a little more balanced but bitter is about all I can taste. I do pick up touches of malt at the beginning but it gets quickly drowned out by the bitterness.

Drinkability: A well crafted beer. Easy to drink for me but I'm just not a big fan of the English Brown Ale. Still, I think there is room for improvement with this particular beer.

mattcrill, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark, dark brown beer shows reddish highlights. It's mostly clear and sports a big, 3-finger head: pale beige, café-au-lait, dense, thick. Roasted chocolate nuttiness in the nose. Dark cocoa up front turns thinnish through the top. Some nice chocolate malt goes tangy for the roasty, nutty, bitter chocolate, toffee finish. It's just a nice, tasty, roasty, chocolatey brown.

kbub6f, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good brew, maybe not complex enough to be a great beer. Brewhouse Brown pours a nice dark color with dark ruby highlights. The aroma is slightly sweet, but not too strong. The starts moderately sweet and ends with some hops bite. This is a beer I could drink again, but too many in a row would be a little too filling. I enjoyed this beer and can't wait to see what the other Real Ale Company offerings taste like.

Gagnonsux, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer came in attractive bottle with a painting of the real ale brewhouse. The beer poured into a pint glass looked dark brown with reddish highlights, and developed a light brown foamy head, that rose to a height of two inches. The head left good lacing around the sides of the glass, and the overall beer presentation was very good.

The aroma was inviting, with a mix of roasted and nutty malt flavors, and a dollop of hops. The taste was pretty much as the aroma indicated. Sweet and nutty, with notes of brown sugar, caramel, and some spiciness, the taste was not overly complex, but was god enough to make you keep drinking. The yeast in the bottle was a dusty, and cobwebby presence drying things up a bit.

The letdown here was the mouthfeel. The beer felt way too thin on the palette, with an empty feeling that grew with each sip. This was a real downer, as the taste had the beginnings of a good beer. In the end, the watery mouthfeel became the most dominant character. As a result of the light mouthfeel, the alcohol was up front, and not well hidden. I wish that they had worked on the recopied a bit more to get some more malts in the bottle.

rajendra82, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of Morris729
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish mahogany color with a short light tan head that soon fades into a tight lace. Nose is chocolaty roasted malts and fresh mocha. Moderate in body with a fine carbonation that gives the beer a bit of a crisp mouthfeel. Taste picks up right where the aroma left off with the same chocolaty malts as well as a bit of burnt caramel and dark fruit. Some unusual, though not unpleasant, earthy mineral notes follow along with some mildly bitter hops leaving a dry finish. A pretty nice brown ale that needs to make its way up to north Texas. Thanks to Bentley for the sample!

Morris729, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Dubblebock
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brewhouse Brown Ale is another muscular offering from that little craft brewery in Blanco, Texas, deep in the heart of the Hill Country. It was the last beer that I sampled out of Real Ale's variety pack. Another neat-o label on this bottle, and they have added graphics onto the bottlecap, a departure from the blank homebrew style caps that they have always used.

It poured nicely with a thickly compacted head almost an inch thick. Deep, rich, coffee-coloring. Not much light coming through when held up to the bulb. The nose was ok, but nothing to write home about. Good character, but nothing outstanding in the smell.

The taste is malty and slightly bitter. Good balance between the malts and hops. Firm body on this sample. The beer held it's carbonation well. Biscuity flavors come through on the middle of the palate. This is a pretty complex attempt. The hops come through clean in the finish.

Good mouthfeel. The initial sample seemed to be a bit watery, but this sample is holding up better. Good, smooth finish. Very drinkable. Not quite as good overall as the other Real Ale offerings, but certainly not a disappointment in any way. Good stuff.

Dubblebock, Mar 05, 2004
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.