Brewhouse Brown Ale | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 12-17-2001

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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 478
Photo of wray7276
5/5  rDev +39.7%
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!!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.9/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The rating above is from my recent tasting.

Review of August 22, 2013: Most of my high rated beer reviews are of beers that clobber the drinker with flavor. Beers like Aventinus, Chimay Blue, etc. But this beer is rated extremely high because it is balanced and near perfect in its drinkability.

Today for kicks I decided to drink it alongside another classic Brown Ale, Brooklyn's Brown. Both beers are extremely good (Brooklyn is much hoppier but less nutty and toasty) but RA takes it to the next level by keeping everything perfectly balanced. Dry yet malty and rich. Bitter yet a hint of caramel. Toasty yet fresh. It is a dance that is so enjoyable to experience. I think what I like best about this beer is the nuances. The slight hint of almonds. The tiny bit of spices. The molasses and maybe honey. The tiniest bit of dark chocolate. It's all suspended in beautiful harmony.

Of course I don't believe in objectivity when it comes to writing beer reviews. This beer was the one I used to drink at the end of the night back in 2001 after a long night of pedicab driving in Austin. I remember long talks about Wendell Berry and agrarianism with a middle-aged pedicab driver (originally from Louisiana as I recall) while drinking this beer. I remember how good it tasted then and how much opening up a bottle reminds me again of those days from long ago.

Review of February 23, 2010:

AP: 4.5 AR 4.5 F 5.0 MF 4.5 OA 4.5

Amazed I haven't reviewed this beer before. I've been drinking this beer since I think 2001 (maybe earlier). One of my all time favorites.

One tasting note - Freshness is essential on this beer. I've had it both fresh and not-fresh (I bring them back from Texas to Oklahoma and tend to save them too long). Tonight I'm drinking one that is very fresh and I'm just blown away.

Ok to the beer at hand...

Dark brown clear brew with a short head. Malty sweet toasty aroma. The flavor is complex. Lots of toasty-ness. Remarkably dry. Lots of coffee notes. Maybe a tinge of dark chocolate. Maybe a tiny bit of brandy. Hops are not dominant but they are there, mostly in some of the bitterness.

Lingering aftertaste. Sweet on the sides of my mouth bitter on the tip of my tongue.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Fluffier and fuller than I remembered.

Definitely a sessionable beer.

Here's to many more years of drinking this special beer!

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
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

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of Ryanbob
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a deep amber, almost dark ruby appearance with a small, but lacy head. It smells like malts and a hint of coffee. The taste is malty, roasted, rich and a bit acidic. There are hints of coffee and burnt toast. There is a nice creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. A very drinkable, delicious brown ale with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of mjurney
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber-brown color. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Small frothy head.

Malty, slight roasted, caramel, sweet.

Rich, malty, bready, slight roasted, deep caramel, nutty. Hop bitterness is mild, mainly leafy-earthy. A little fruity ester in the background. Finish is dry. Body is robust, very smooth, semi-dry.

Very good for a Brown Ale. Smooth and delicious.

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Photo of beergoot
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, reddish-brown color with a fine, thick off-white head. Fair lacing...

Aroma is rich burnt and roasted malts; hints of tobacco; light coffee...faintly earthy hop notes...

Softly burnt, caramelized sugars at first taste. A fine, medium strength bitterness at the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mostly medium body characteristics. Fine carbonation feels velvety on the tongue. Smooth, somewhat rich finish.

A fine brown ale representation. Full flavored wrapped in a delightful medium body. Sweet but not overly so. Rich and complex...

Another part of my first beer trade with Dolph1979...

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Photo of beeragent
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown--almost black--with red highlights at the edges. The tan head dissipates slowly. It smells of chocolate and malt. It has a chocolatey taste with a nice roasted malt/coffee finish that is not overpowering. I thought it was a little thin, but good. This is a smooth beer, and one I can drink all day long.

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4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. poured a dark translucent brown, with a short diminiching tan head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Bready, Roasted malt,earthy and slightly woody.

T. Sweet dark roasted malts, brown sugar,carmel,dark fruit, nice bitterness. i thought from the aroma it would have been sweeter, but suprisingly balanced.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, short duration.

O. I liked this brew, good balance and a good representation of the style. I would definately try this brew again.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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.


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Photo of Radome
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer appears a deep, opaque brown, but shows as a slightly hazy mahogany when held up to light. Head is off-white and low, but stays as a thin sheet.

S - Aroma is very malty--bread, brown sugar and lightly nutty. No hops or alcohol on the nose. Aroma is not overly complex, but is very clean.

T - Clean, bready malt dominates. Some brown sugar and perhaps a touch of raisins. No roasted note. Hops are earthy and only appear very faintly in the background. Slight sweetness in the finish, but over all very clean, crisp flavors.

M - Medium body. Light hops bitterness. Low carbonation. No alcohol burn. All appropriate for style.

O - This is a substantial, thick and malty brown ale in the English style. It is very close to a porter in many ways, which is just fine by me. Extremely clean and well-made. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of aeminter
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep brown with amber highlights, a nice foamy tan head

S - malt, roasted grains, alcohol spiciness, just a hint of cereal & DMS

T/M - Very balanced, slight tea-like tannins, coffee like bitterness in the end, very smooth, light carbonation, medium finish, medium body

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Photo of Plumbwader
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a one finger light khaki head that disappears rather quickly. Very small amounts of lace. Color looks like a dark iced tea or a weak coffee. This beer has a sour chocolatey smell like baking cocoa. Beer has a light carbonation, and just the right amount of alcohol burn. Taste is where this brew excels. Has a very nutty, caramel taste when it hits the tounge and finishes as a chocolate cake with no icing. Very nice beer. Very good drinkability. Buy a six pack you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a light tan head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is lightly roasted malt, caramel.

Taste is a little sweet lactose, light roast, some iced coffee and bakers chocolate. Full flavored, nice.

Mouthfeel is dry, some slickness, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, I really enjoy the full flavor, and don't get to drink to many browns in the PNW, so am really enjoying this. Well made.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber edges with a translucent dark grape-red body. Nice head with ok retention

S- Smells like good, rich beer-malts with a light milk chocolate flavor and a hint of mineral water

T- Taste is alot like the smell but some yeasty fruitiness becomes noticeable

M- Feel is moderate with low carbonation. Good for the flavor

D- Drinks well with no offending qualities

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Photo of mhewes
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice brown with a thin tan head

S : Malty (both sweet and roasted)

T : Really good. Some nutty flavors along with malt. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out.

M : Light and smooth

D : Really good. Easy to drink.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Wasatch for this one in a trade.

A: Light brown, with some red accents, off white head about a 1/4 of an inch that is sticking around, cloudy, nice orange and red accents when held to the light.

S: brown sugar, cola, a light buttery flavor, and hazelnut, a few hints of alcohol as well, light roasted coffee.

T: One of the more flavorful browns I've ever tasted, brown sugar, and coffee follow over from the nose, and a hint of chocolate too, buttery sweetness as well. Nutty, and slightly spicy. Spot on for the style. Excellent beer.

M: Lightly carbonated, and dry and smooth, clean finish all around. Spot on.

D: This would be a great session beer, hands down my favorite brown ale that I've tried. All around delicious and spot on, the nose is a little weak, but really everything else is great.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured it into a pint glass, it had a nice thick tan head that eventually dispersed into a thin layer along the top of a good looking reddish/brownish body with good carbonation. It has a pleasant roasted malt aroma mixed in and has a nice rich semi-sweet roasted malt flavor thatÂ’s really refreshing, it is a bit dry and has a fruity bitter aftertaste; the flavors did weaken as the ale warmed up, but it was nothing unbearable.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown color with dark ruby highlights when held up to light. Fizzy brown head fades quickly but leaves great lacing.

S - Deep aroma of rasoted coffee and bitter chocolate. Excellent mix. Also an earthy and herbal bitterness lurkes underneath the roasted malt aromas.

T - Sweet roasted malt taste up front with the coffee flavors emerging as the stars. A spicy hoppiness comes through to provide just enough balance but malts definitely dominate. Finishes a little on the bitter sweet side.

M/D - Full flavors bring it to life in your mouth but it is just a little on the thin side. A very good brown ale.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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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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