Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(best by 9/11/13; drank on 8/4/13)
L: clear dark brown with amber highlights; cool dark brown base; 1/4-inch tan head, not huge, little bit of lacing; not much lacing
S: malty; old-ale liqour note; warms up to chocolate
T: chunky American hoppy brown ale taste; chocolate with bitter hop presence, burnt-hop finish; really tastes like a black IPA; stout-like dryness; not boozy but you can taste a bit of vodka/liqour in there; smoky wood notes, burnt oak
O: very black IPA-like; not an English brown ale ... too many hops. it's not bad, just mislabelled stylewise. a brew definitely worth investigating, and for the price not bad at all, especially if you're looking for a more American-style brown ale
10-29-2013 03:42:48 | More by Premo88
2.61/5 rDev -27.1%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded pry-off cap acquired as part of a Real Ale variety six-pack and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. No ABV is listed on the bottle. Best before: 10/16/13.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Okay frothiness. Little lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - maybe 1.5 minutes at best.
Body colour is a very dark amber which flirts with brown but never quite gets there. Semitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it looks more like an amber than a brown.
Sm: Pleasant pecan/caramelized pecan. Brown malts. Dark malts. Amber malts. Chocolate malt. Caramel. I like the combination of the pleasant nutty character with malty sweetness.
No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.
A fairly pleasant aroma of mild strength. There's something a bit artificial about it, though.
T: Subdued pecan nut notes ride atop a sweet brown-and-amber malt foundation, with hints of cream, chocolate malt, and other dark malts. No roast. The nuttiness is just a bit artificial, lightly redolent of a syrup or extract. Caramel and vanilla surface, but aren't particularly evocative or interesting. It has some interesting elements, but it's not particularly well balanced; certainly not gestalt. I like the pecan; that's the highlight of the beer for me. Lacks complexity and subtlety.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.
No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly syrupy. Too thick. Overly full-bodied for a beer with such limited flavour depth and diversity. Mouthfeel complements the flavour profile in a general sense. Overcarbonated.
Not oily, harsh, biting, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Downable but mediocre. I'm quickly beginning to view Real Ale as the Gordon Biersch of Texas; everything I've had from them is so unmemorable. Why brew this? Hides its average ABV okay. Very pedestrian for a brown ale; I definitely wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend it to friends. Far from unique or special.
That said, I do enjoy what little pecan there is, even if they did resort to a flavour extract to accomplish that character.
09-14-2013 00:45:42 | More by kojevergas
3.26/5 rDev -8.9%
12oz bottle into tulip glass.
A: Very dark, little head even with aggressive pour. Looked like Coke for a few moments then went very flat.
S: Faint chocolate malt and coffee.
T: Again with the bitter dark chocolate and some coffee beans. A bit of bitters lingering.
M: Mostly average, not terribly malty and even a splash of water in there somewhere giving a watery impression.
O: Certainly OK, non-offensive beer but won't be looking for any more.
07-26-2013 17:13:57 | More by fizzgig
3.84/5 rDev +7.3%
Best by 08.19.13.
A: Pours a nice deep brown with a mid-sized fizzy light brown head. Spotty lacing left behind and decent retention.
S: Loaded with caramel and toasted malt. Smells a lot like toast, only sweeter.
T: Sweet caramel with some toffee. Toasty, toasty malt - bordering on burnt. Sweetness fades in the finish, truly leaving a "well browned" bready flavor. Pretty dry in the finish with hints of toffee.
M: Medium bodied and dry.
O: A very dry brown. Kinda gives it a bland flavor that I wasn't a huge fan of. Still a nice easy drinking and flavorful brown.
07-19-2013 01:49:05 | More by Dope
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.