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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: 421
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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 texashammer


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

09-19-2005 16:26:30 | More by texashammer
Photo of dungaree


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

09-01-2005 01:44:56 | More by dungaree
Photo of DarthMalt


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

"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.

08-08-2005 08:02:34 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of Pegasus


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

02-02-2005 04:26:58 | More by Pegasus
Photo of bditty187


3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

01-26-2005 22:47:56 | More by bditty187
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

12-23-2004 20:35:17 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of poundboy


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

12-10-2004 00:14:56 | More by poundboy
Photo of Crosling


3.33/5  rDev -7%


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.

10-20-2004 21:04:13 | More by Crosling
Photo of mattcrill


3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

07-27-2004 22:15:34 | More by mattcrill
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

07-06-2004 21:19:16 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

06-25-2004 23:33:55 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of rajendra82


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

06-16-2004 01:30:03 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Morris729


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

03-16-2004 23:54:12 | More by Morris729
Photo of Dubblebock


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

03-05-2004 02:56:15 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.65/5  rDev +2%

Its hazy mahogany body is topped by a light tan head of foam that holds quite well and leaves some jagged and craggy rings of lace at the outset. The nose is yeasty and fruity above a mildly caramelish and nutty malt. The body is medium/light and its very fine, natural carbonation is lightly zesty in the mouth. Chocolate and caramel mingle well together in the flavor along with a slight fruitiness, a light yeast bite, and some leafy hops. It's well balanced by a low-key bitterness and it finishes short and dry with just some residual nutty malt. This is probably quite excellent in cask conditioned form, but it seems to fall a bit short in the bottle.

10-23-2003 22:05:45 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of HardTarget


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Aroma: Malty, with notes of brown sugar and alcohol.
Appearance: A clear brown with a tan, lasting head and tidemark lacing of the glass.
Flavor: Nicely balanced; a good brown ale. Overall the flavor is mild and straightforward. Again, I get some brown sugar tastes, with a mild hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Bit watery, not much there.
Overall Impression: A good beer. Drinkability is average, enjoyed it, but looking to something else next. This is a fairly good beer to lure someone over to the dark side, but a bit weak to satisfy a hardcore barley wine drinker.

Review revisited: This has either improved a bit, or I've evolved a bit since my first review. I'm getting more chocolate notes in the aroma and taste, and the mouthfeel also deserves attention; creamy, medium bodied with a nice finish. The head was also creamy and lasting with very nice lace.

Re-Revisited: I'm liking the beer more and more each time I try it. The mouthfeel has a fairly creamy profile, and the taste has some nuttiness that I didn't get before. I'm not sure if they are playing with the recipe or I'm just starting to pick up on subtle notes.

09-04-2003 03:12:43 | More by HardTarget
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance: dark brown color, red around the sides, small, dark head.
Aroma: very cola-ish, up here in the nose, bits of nuts, and cocoa, but so high in carbonation that it's spoiled a bit.
Mouthfeel, again, too carbonated, some bitterness, medium-bodied, with a middle arrival of fruit (cherries, grapes).
Not much to my taste. Better than weaker-bodied browns, but lacks a lot.
I did enjoy the other offerings from this nice little Texas micro, so 3 out of 4 ain't bad.
Thanks, kbub!

06-15-2003 22:07:31 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of AtrumAnimus


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

This one pours a very dark brown. There is a thick and long lived head with a moderate malt nose. The flavor is a well balanced blend of malt and hops. The mouthfell is fair and smooth but not exceptional in any way. The after taste is fairly decent and not too bitter. Overall a better brew from this brew house.

03-23-2003 21:14:52 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of TXHops


3.58/5  rDev 0%

If I remember my Real Ale Brewing Company lore correctly, Brewhouse Brown was the first beer produced by the then-even-tinier brewery just outside of Austin.

With a deep mahogany-brown and a tan, thickish head, this beer looks the part of a brown ale through and through. The rich, chocolaty, slightly vinous nose accents this initial impression and the flavor continues to back up the sense that this is a pure brown ale. The flavors, mirroring the aroma, continue the continuity of aroma and taste. A long, fruity middle gives a delightful juiciness to this ale, which hovers happily between American and English in style, riding the fence in complete obliviousness regarding its own classification. The malts dry out a bit in the finish, adding a touch of complexity and rendering a suggestion of slate or granite, or some other rocky mineral in the tail. Finally, the vinous chocolate flavor, reminiscent of coffee liquor-infused dark chocolate over mixed fruit re-emerges, bringing the beer full circle.

I’d like a touch more body from this beer, as several consecutive sips resulted in my mouth frowning over the slight, but building thinness. Still, I enjoyed the complexity, the modest subtlety and the balance in this beer. Of all the standard Real Ale offerings, this one might be the most solid.

03-16-2003 18:00:23 | More by TXHops
Photo of TAMU99


3.18/5  rDev -11.2%

Thin rapidly disappearing head on a clear dark brown. Dark hoppy smell, with a pleasant burnt carmel scent. Smooth feel compliments the heavy malt profile well complimented with nice light hop flavor.

Pretty good dark beer. Recommend this one as a good sample from this brewery.

03-12-2003 12:55:20 | More by TAMU99
Photo of aracauna


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Dark brown with an OK head that fades quickly. Arome is nice and dark with a hint of citric hops. A bit like cocoa puff and grapefruit juice. The hops fall out in the flavor but it picks up a nice earthy malt. A bit chalky in the flavor.

12-01-2002 22:34:17 | More by aracauna
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Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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