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Brewhouse Brown Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

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427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Crowbar, Nov 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Jeff1121, Nov 08, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Medium sized light tan head sits above a clear dark brown colored ale.

A faint sweet lightly roasted nut aroma coming off this beer.

Light chocolate malts with a creamy smooth taste.

A very light dryish aftertaste without much tastes lingering behind with this medium bodied brown.

This beer seems like the halfway point between Bud and Guinness, not sure if that's a compliment or not.

LXIXME, Nov 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

StevenLaValley, Oct 31, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

TheDrunkGnoll, Oct 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

harsley, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Premo88
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

F: soft

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

Premo88, Oct 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

RBorsato, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

branham1989, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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.


kojevergas, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rph97, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Jame515, Sep 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

mmiller113, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

sbartnik01, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Jentex, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rashley, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

JamisonS, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Jchristmore34, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Lukebell15, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

attometer00, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Sazz9, Aug 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

cam12, Aug 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

bcuz7, Jul 31, 2013
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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.

fizzgig, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

kingmaker, Jul 23, 2013
Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.