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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 7
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 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
Photo of beeragent
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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 +0.8%
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 +6.4%
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 +10.6%
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 -1.1%
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 +1.7%
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

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
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Oct 02, 2005
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
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.