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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%

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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-17-2001)
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Photo of ChadQuest


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with generous lacing.
Aromas and flavors are of toasted nuts,sometimes covered in caramel, and sometimes lightly dusted with cinnamon and spices.
The mouthfeel has slightly above moderate carbination and a crisp clean feel to it.
Enjoyable beer and above the average for it's class. I love getting new to me beers like this as extras.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 05:15:30 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of obrike


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown pour...no real head to speak of...light white ring around top for duration of drink.

I liked this smell...roasted malts...bready, nutty...a bit more complex than I expected.

Taste of toasted malt immediately, followed by a bit of a bitter finish...this cut into the flavor just a bit.

Moderate carbonation, but a bit too thin for me.

Drinkability was pretty good, nothing to write home about...but certainly much better than your typical BMC.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 00:58:36 | More by obrike
Photo of dgfair

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a dark mocha brown color with a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass. Smell is roasted malt with caramel and not much else to speak of. Taste is nice with some sweet caramel up front and a nice toasty finish with hints of coffee. Mouth is a little too carbonated and slippery for me. Overall a very drinkable beer that was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:15:18 | More by dgfair
Photo of soju6


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a small head and no real lacing.

S: Has a mild roasted nuttiness with some malt aroma with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Taste is a mixture malt and roasted nuts with a mild sweetness. and just a touch of bitterness. Fairly dry finish.

M: Fairly medium body, smooth.

D: Decent drinker. Quite good for a small Texas brewery in a beer starved state.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:57:13 | More by soju6
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz received as part of a bunch of nice extras in a super trade with chriswilkes33... Thanks a ton Chris... This one was a nailbiter for a few hours, but I'm very happy it worked out for the best. Poured into a tulip with a 2 finger lite tan head.. the brew is deep polished walnut... very pretty... nice lacing.

Off the nose, this is spot on for the category and smells very fresh. Nutty with mild cocoa... earthy.... smells "brown".. sorry I don't really how else to describe it.

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly... very nice earthy element that meshes perfectly with the lite toast and nutty presence.. caramel essence without the sweetness.. instead an encompassing lite malt profile carries and melds all the components very nicely.

Body seems about right.. so does the carbonation.. Medium lite body with a lighter carbonation.

Nice... I would buy this pretty regularly if it was available to me.

Thanks again Chris for a super trade.... I hope you like your box as much as I like mine!!


Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 08:26:49 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle.

A - body is a reddish-brown, small tan head settles to a ring.

S - Good chocolate malt character with some roasted notes.

T - Bitter coffee, chocolate. Some sweet malts. Very nice and well balanced.

M - Medium body, but some punch to it from the carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable. Nice and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:04:15 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of birchstick


2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a mahogany deep chestnut

S - smells of buttery caramel malt and toasted nuttiness to it - good smell

T - taste starts off with some sweet caramel malt with a little bit of sugar. This fades to some grass and citrus hop bittering. It leaves with a really weird stake smokey chalk flavor that really took away a lot from the beer. Everything was very pleasant up until the finish.

M - medium body that is a little slick, and leaves very dry

D - Man, this beer was weird to me. It has a really nice appearance and smell. It also opened up nicely but finished terribly. This bottle was "best by" 3-6-11, so I wonder if age had something to do with this. Either way, I don't know if I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 21:20:32 | More by birchstick
Photo of jbsg02


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in the Real Ale sample pack and it was the 3rd of the 3 that I tried, and midway though the glass, it's my favorite of the 3. Poured slowly into a glass and had a small head that went away fairly quick. I was expecting something similar to a Newcastle, but this is much different than I was expecting. The aroma is very malty and chocolaty. This beer reminds me of a stout with the deep chocolate smell and flavor, somewhat like a Guinness actually. My favorite beer from Real Ale so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 07:20:33 | More by jbsg02
Photo of EgadBananas


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, which lighter brown around the edges. Light tan head, a finger, dissipating to leave minimal lacing. Dark to me screams robust, so I am intrigued here.

Aroma is malty sweet, a tad nutty, slightly roasted. Good, but not robust on the nose so much.

Taste is good with some caramel malts, nuttiness, slight sweetness and some roasted notes.

Feel is lower medium, nice carbonation, smooth, but lingering.

Overall damn decent drinkability. Couples good.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 04:53:59 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of alleykatking


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Got this in my SS package from OakedCanuck.

A- Pours a brown color with light red hues when held to the light. One finger white head shows poor retention. Some light lines of lace here and there.

S- Nice malty smelling beer. Light nutty aroma with a hint of carmael/toffee bready goodness. Very light coffee note in this....don't really smell any hops which I didn't expect but would have been nice.

T- Malts in the front are lightly toasted I thought. Toffee and caramel sweetness with a hint of nutty flavor as well. The second half of this beer still showcases the nutty flavor with more of a earthy hoppy ending. Not bad at all..just a good rep of the style I would say.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Nutty flavors are left on the palate with a caramel sweetness. The aftertaste is nutty, earthy hops, and light alcohol. Light drying on the palate from alcohol. No off flavors and this is dead on for the style with blended layer flavors.

D- Although browns are not my favorite style this one was good enough that I didn't know where the beer actually went. Not bad Real Ale..not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 04:11:00 | More by alleykatking
Photo of robwestcott


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle to a dogfish head shaped pint glass a deep dark brown with a wisp of a short lasting off white head with little or no retention.

aroma of light malts and dark fruits.

malty, dark nuts, a little acidic.

light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, no hops presence.

drinkability - sure, yeah, i guess. but its one and done for me on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:30:10 | More by robwestcott
Photo of bastardface


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewhouse brown ale is a beer that I got in a sampler pack from Real Ale. The age on this beer is fairly good. The color is obviosuly brown with a hint of reddish hue. It tastes relatively average but good none the less. It tastes like a mild dark beer with a moderate hops flavor which reminders me of a cross between Zeigenbock and Shiner. I recommend this as a once in a while beer. It isn't anything special but still pretty good. Not bad. But had better. I'm curious as to how the rest of the Real Ales taste like.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:44:57 | More by bastardface
Photo of jrallen34


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...A medium brown pour, very light on the edges. A light tan head rises a finger but is gone quickly, light spotty lacing...A boring aroma, typical flavors, light roast, slightly nutty, just light and blah...The taste like the aroma is typical in flavor but its executed nicely, very flavorful. I'm surprised. The finish sucks, weirdly chalky and alcoholic.

An average brown, wouldn't go out of my way to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 01:27:06 | More by jrallen34
Photo of billab914


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured caramel brown in color with a thin tan lacing barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a roasted nuttiness to it along with a caramel sweetness. It's also breadyness coming through. The taste is similar wit ha roasted nuttiness coming through as well as a pretty bold caramel malt flavor. Towards the finish it gets a bit more roasty and adds just a bit of a burnt flavor. Pretty nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a bit below average. Drinkability is good, I enjoyed this one a lot. I really liked the roasty nuttiness it brought with it and thought that supported the caramel sweetness nicely. A pretty good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 22:41:53 | More by billab914
Photo of wray7276


5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this one in a 12oz bottle
A=three finger head,really dark brown in color,no carbonation
S=i get a coffee smell at first than chocolate
T=mild maltness but for sure hints of chocolate and coffee
M=no bitterness at all, very mellow
D=very smooth,i consider this as one of those types of brew you chill out with watching some good football games!!!!Cheers to all!!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 04:24:03 | More by wray7276
Photo of fragilehearted


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been lovin' the browns lately, figured why the hell not a local? Bottle into one of my growing collection of Rahr pint glasses.

A - translucent reddish brown. Moderate head that goes down pretty quickly to a ring, no lacing.

S - malty, sweet, nutty, toffee, coffee bitterness. Not bad at all, but I've had more interesting browns.

T - solid brown. I'd say a good example of the style, which is why I rated it what I did, but again, I've had more interesting-tasting browns as well. I feel like this could have been improved upon.

M - smooth. Light-to-medium carbonation. Kind of wish it were heavier, but there's nothing bad about it.

D - great. It's easy, & I'd drink it again. Lots of beer drinkers could like this beer.

Honestly this beer is nice & a fine example of the style, but it's a little boring compared to some of the other browns I've had & loved. However, I'd get it over non-local "boring" browns (like Newcastle), just 'cause I like supporting the locals. It's a solid brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 07:10:00 | More by fragilehearted
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours 1.2 finger of off white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a lighter brown.

Aroma: Nuts, caramel, and light cocoa. Mainly malts.

Taste: Roasted malt and chocolate, nut flavors with some grassy hops. Pretty simple beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, sweet, and crisp. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a fairly average brown. Nothing to special or out of the ordinary. Somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 00:01:50 | More by mothman
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very good. In addition to the caramel and toffee, I also get some earthy hops and a little bit of coffee. I don't get any coffee in the flavor, but it was replaced by chocolate which is a welcome surprise. The flavor also has some caramel and earthy hops, lightly toasted malt. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:56:22 | More by Mora2000
Photo of kbutler1


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty clear brown color with a slightly reddish tinge. The head is small and is tan. Nutty malt aroma in the nose but not really a whole lot more. The taste is sweet up front with a slightly bitter end. Light/medium mouthfeel. Prety dry finish. A fairly ordinary beer that somewhat reminds me of a homebrew.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:48:42 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Xul


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dajtai007 for the extra in a recent trade

A: Pours a translucent brown with some ruby highlights, capped by a half inch of of off-white head with moderate retention.

S: Overall sweet malty profile with some lightly toasted grains, a low to moderate roastiness, and a bit of a coffee note that adds some bittering balance. Not a ton going on, but very clean.

T: A blend of toasted grains and nutty flavors up front, with some light fruits coming in mid-palate - some light lemon and grapes. Roasted character comes in right after the fruit and lingers through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation, could dial back the bubbles just a touch.

D: Well-constructed beer with good flavor profile, goes down easy and would be very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:42:05 | More by Xul
Photo of LacquerHead


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at B&J's Pizza off Staples in CC TX.
Poured into a standard chilled pint glass.

Poured a dark, yet translucent brown with a foamy head. The head retention was good and settled to form a strong lacing. It was served a little to cold for my taste so I let it warm up a bit. (I'm guessing it was served at a temp in the low-mid 40's)

The aroma was not very strong at first, but after letting it warm up a bit the malty goodness came through.

T: there was a molasses malt flavor up front followed by a pale hoppy finish. I liked the interplay between the hops and the malt. It tasted gritty as it warmed up, and I mean that in a good way. Overall the taste was fairly mellow

Good drinkability. It left a lingering pale aftertaste.

Overall I was satisfied with this beer and I think it's on the better end of average for the style. I'm not sure if I would purchase a 6-er. However, I would happily order it again at a bar.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 19:15:00 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty mute, but what there I get is pretty aattractive. Seems as if there is some cherry, light coffee and a hint of vanilla. the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet ale. Not really much more to say. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a fairly clean finish. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol not the least bit noticeable.

I don't know... there's nothing wrong with this beer, but it strikes me as "cookie-cutter" brown ale. This isn't one of my favorite beer styles, and it literlly tastes like pretty much every other decent brown ale I've ever had. Nothing wrong with that I guess, and once upon a time I was a fan of Newcastle brown ale, but these days there are just so many other interesting options out there. Mehhhh...

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:01:43 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of beerwolf77


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to exiled for this brew. Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear red brown with a solid two fingers of light beige head. No lace but a cap remains.

The aroma is mostly lightly toasted malts and a hint of hops. Roast nuts and a touch of coffee.

The flavor has a bit more bitter hop profile than the nose. The typical roast nuts and malts are present as well. A bit drying in the finish.

Medium to light body with light carbonation.

Overall a decent brown ale. Nothing exciting but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 00:21:00 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of rwf08


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Nice fat two finger head. Large bubbles that break rapidly but some head sticks to the mug. Looks like a mug of rootbeer. Dissipates quickly and some mild lacing left over. Really looks like rootbeer.

S: Grainy, some malt sweetness. A slight roasted note. Not too much more going on here.

T: Some light coffee notes, mild chocolate flavor. Slightly bitter after taste.

M: On the thinner side. Could use some heft really. Leaves a film in my mouth.

D: Drinks easy and is pretty good, just nothing spectacular. I'd live more roast and body but this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 18:04:26 | More by rwf08
Photo of JMad


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12oz bottle at spiral diner in fort worth, poured into a pint glass.

The color was dark caramel brown, not much of a head, left a little bit of lacing.

Smells very sweet, like caramel malt, has hints of cocoa.

Taste was malty, a little chocolate, and a little roasty.

The beer was smooth, not too heavy and not overcarbonated.

Very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:26:01 | More by JMad
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.