Brewhouse Brown Ale | Real Ale Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-17-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
469
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
18.16%
 
 
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Reviews by kemoarps:
Photo of kemoarps
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours about the same colour as the bottle, and has a beautiful off cream head that lingers and lingers, leaving nice lacing down the sides.

The nose isn't particularly strong, but it is subtly pleasant. Somewhat roasty with almost a lactose tinge. Malty.

It tastes alright. I'm not terribly impressed, but I'm not really disappointed either. There is a little sour twinge at the very end, but it's predominantly malty and not particularly brave. After a couple of sips there's almost a little bit of a vanilla aftertaste sneaking around my tongue that seems to kind of come from nowhere.

Drinks fairly easily. I almost want to say smoothe, but that really isn't it. it's got a little bit of a carbonation bite, but it's pleasant and drinkable.

Overall I'd say it's ok. I am not really disappointed, but it doesn't really excite me either. I got it as part of the sampler pack and I don't regret it, but I probably wouldn't really buy a sixer of this on it's own unless there wasn't really anything else to drink

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy Brown with reddish hues. Thin khaki head.

Aroma: Cola-like sugars, mild nuttiness, caramel.

Taste: Mellow and light. Caramel and nutty malt. Generic fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated, balanced, smooth.

Drinkability: High, although this is not very interesting.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sbartnik01
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of steelshell
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jondeelee
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells of medium-rich malts, a hint of coffee and brown sugar, earthiness.

These flavors continue strongly on the tongue, the malts definitely being the highlighted flavors. Large grain tastes dominate, with hints of both lightly-toasted, Grape Nuts cereal-like notes, as well as slightly darker, chocolate malt-style flavors, and a smidgin of fruit esters. Also present are hints of coffee and light caramels, with some tobacco-like flavors deep beneath the surface. The finish is a combination of the tobacco-like flavors and the darker chocolate malts, and fades off quickly. Hops are quite light--in fact, not much more than would be expected from a Budweiser--but a small hint of grapefruit bitterness may be found just at the edges.

Overall, this is a decent brew, though I do find it to be more watery than I would like. Also note that this brew will probably be extremely difficult to find outside of Texas--I only found it near the San Antonio area while visiting my parents.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date 6/3/09

Poured into a pint glass dark red-brown with a thin off white head. Good lacing.
Has a light nut smell to it. Taste brings that scent along with a nutty taste that mellows to a sweet malted flavor. Mouthfeel is light in carbonation, and the consistency is a nice balance.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells mainly of toasted malts but equal parts caramel and roasted malts also make an appearance. As the beer warms it sweetens a bit, allowing dark toffee flavors to waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted malt flavors kick things off before skewing more toward roasted flavors than lighter and sweeter caramel malt flavors. Very little hop presence throughout the sip but small amounts of leafy flavors sneak in midway through. The sip sweetens afterward before carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid brown - nothing spectacular but a nice effort. Worth a shot.

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Photo of JuniperJesus
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of OKbrew89
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany brown with a slow to form tan head. The head doesn't rise more then a quarter inch and dissipates quickly.
Smell is chocolate-ish coffee with some roasted malts, nuts and almost no hops.
Taste is nutty and dry with a malt finish. Some dark chocolate in the after taste and this beer is dry, dry, dry. I feel like drinking some water after every sip. I like the low carbonation however it might be a rare flat bottle (compared to other reviews.)

01-31-2009- bottle

I concur with my previous review.

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Photo of cisteve
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Melchizedek
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Qabil
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this bottle.

It's a nice, dark amber with muddy brown hues and a 1/2" high crown with a quick dissipation.

The aroma is of dark chocolate covered wheat with spicey and herbal hops and slight tangy effect.

The flavor is a rich, dark chocolate flavored malt that's hefty and smooth, medium bodied feel. A nice spicey and tangy wheat flavor with earthy hops. The malt flavor is the star here but the balance is also pretty much right on. A bit thin feeling but the spicey tang gives it a nice jazzy effect to peek interest.

not a bad brown.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty ordinary beer. Mahogoney brown body with lots of off-white lace. Very malty, though not coying, including chocolate malt, low IBU hopped, noticeable sugar. Decent drinkability but nothing out of the ordinary.
A bit less than average mouthfeel. Silver X's bottle.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Christmas gift from my sister in law - such a great gift!

Appearance - A medium brown with a reddish hue. Interesting color for an dark ale, I was surprised by the red in this! It almost looks unfiltered though, and it is not advertised as such so it knocks it down some.

Smell - A deep full smell. A light coffee and with full earth tones. I really do like the smell of this beer, reminds me vaguely of a porter.

Taste - I pick up a metal taste first thing. Some people may be turned off by this, but I think it makes it different from the rest. The ale also tastes of walnuts and pecans. Maybe the hops from the region add to this?

Mouthfeel - A decent mouthfeel, but the metal taste seems to interfer with the ability of the carbonation.

Overall - A good beer, but this one is a beer that I would drink with a heavy meal like a steak.

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Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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