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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 12-17-2001

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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 470
Photo of JohnDee
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown color. A little molasses in the aroma. Taste is mildly sweet with some roastiness. Lightly hopped. There is, however, a harsh note at the at the end of each sip, which may be alcohol, hops, ash, or more likely a combination of those. Light to medium bodied with some carbonation. Falls a little short in my opinion.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Super dark with a slight tan head. Looks thin. Toasty malt scent. Toasty but not much taste, smells better than it taste. Smooth but to thin and could use more body. Ok beer.

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Photo of Cuttlephish
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium brown with a tinge of dark maroon. A good colored, dark tan head unfortunately dissipated very quickly. Deep aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, and sweet malt. Taste was underwhelming, some roasty, sweet depth but not much. Small amounts of bitterness and no alcohol bite which was good. Feel was creamy, but with medium high carbonation which was off-putting. Overall a fair brown ale, it met the standard of brown ales well, just left a little to be desired in richness and depth.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, tan, shortlived head that leaves a slim surface ring & a thin wash of pasty lacing. Aroma dark malt, toast, chocolate, toffee & faint roasted nuts. Taste is fronted by toasted brown bread, a hint of cocoa, roasted nuts, caramel & dark fruity notes at mid-sip & finishing with a note of toffee & bitterness. Aftertaste is burnt malt bitter cocoa & cola caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth & creamy with a nice prickly bite.

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Photo of Myotus
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a frosted (unfortunately) pint glass. Poured with a thin lined, white head. Brown in color. Minimal lacing. Has aromas of mild chocolate, nutmeg and other spices combined with mild hops. Initial taste is of mild chocolate with nutmeg and spices. Mild hop flabors enter immediately after. Carbonation is a little more than mild. Leaves mouth dry, but not like an IPA.

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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 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 Premo88
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.


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Photo of fizzgig
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with small foamy head. Head retention and lacing are minimal. Malty slightly nutty aroma. Not very strong. Slight chocolate. Malty, slightly chocolate taste. Smoth at end. Mrdium bodied. Low carbonation. Decent beer.

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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 mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown, not quite Porter dark in the pint shaker. Watery mouthful in a nice way. Sweet and malty but full of roasted flavors. Returns to the usual caramel taste, but pleasantly different. A bit fruity, like sweet apples, with a faint burr of the dirty sort of hops. Tends toward a mucky aftertaste.

On the whole this is better than some Brown Ales I've had, but for the English style it's nothing to brag about. On tap at Cricket's in Lubbock. [From notes overlooked after 11/07/2012 tasting]

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Photo of SassieCassie
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, a little under 1/4 inch head dark brown/black color. Smells like nuts, coffee, and syrup. However the taste and feel is very light, it smells heavier than it feels. I can taste molasses with a hint of caramel and subtle smoke. The carbonation isn't bad. All and all not bad for a brown ale. I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty auburn brown color and clear, one finger head was ok and left some lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, molasses, nuts, chocolate, caramel.

Flavor is sweet but not overpoweringly so, with a nutty component, some chocolate, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and a well balancing bitterness from the hops.

Medium body with smooth, medium levels of carbonation. Sweet, nutty aftertaste.

Overall it's quite enjoyable. I have enjoyed beers from this company so far, and plan to try more of them when I can.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popping the top this brew has a smell of pancake syrup and molasses. Pours to a root beer color with a tan head. Taste is sweet yet with just the right bitterness to cleanse the sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonated just right to bring up the dry milk chocolate flavor. Finish is well balanced as well as it is flatly sweet wit some bitterness. A very smooth drinker. I shall return.

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Photo of matjack85
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this on my last trip to Houston. It came as part of a Real Ale sampler pack that I found at a local liquor store there called Spec's. $8.41 for a six pack. Very disappointed to discover all the beers were past their "best before" date. This one has an August 2012 pull date and this is already September of 2012, so it won't be at its freshest.

The beer poured a dark brown, slightly hazed color with ruby red highlights when held to light. I only got a thin beige rim for a head that lasted less than 30 seconds and left very little lacing. I thought this might be due to it being past its freshness date, but after reading other reviews I see no one got much of a head out of this beer.

Smells nutty with some caramel, chocolate, and coffee in it.

Nice chocolate/coffee flavor. More dry than sweet with a slight hop twang in the background.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A decent brown ale, although I would have preferred a more nutty taste which would have kept it more true to style.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by date 9.12.12. This pours a dark brown slightly hazy with a lace leaving tan head which quickly dissipate. The smells are of roasted nuts, caramel, toffee. The feel is medium. The tasts is good enough bitter hops and malts, a little nut flavors with caramel malts.

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Photo of acevenom
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle reads best by 7-26-12.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark toffee brown with a creamy, biege head. The beer is not completely opaque because some ruby brown color is visible along the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates, leaving no lacing along the side of the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt with some nuttiness and chocolate. The taste follows the nose very well. There are rich flavors from the dark roasted malts that carry some mild sweetness with the roasty character really coming through in the back. There are flavors of chocolate in the front and that nutty character I picked up in the nose coats the tongue really well. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. There is a dry finish to this beer. It is smooth and highly drinkable. This is a very good beer. It is a satisfying brown ale.

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

A. A very deep brown. Hazy opaque. No real head and no lacing. Clearish at the top and bottom of the glass.

S. Lovely nuty scent. Chocolate. Malt.

T. It has a coffee taste to it. It has a bit of a tart aftertaste. There's a toffee taste, more than coffee. Malty.

M. Very crisp and smooth.

O. It's a solid, smooth brown ale. It's very basic, but it has a nice sweetness to it.

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

A- Dark brown, fairly translucent. Reddish when held to light. Thin quickly dissipating tan head when poured into pint glass.

S- Strong nutty malt. Slight alcohol and sweetness.

T- Sweet and nutty upfront, followed by slight bitterness and nutty finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with slight alcohol feel. Coats mouth for afterfeel.

O- Pleasant but wholly plain. Not too much there to stand out from the crowd.

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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 mtrcop
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a room temperature mug. Nice nutty flavor. Great mahogany brown color. Not much in the way of a head and is a bit fizzy for my taste but a good overall beer. Some lacing. A beer that is definitely worth another go. Maybe not a regular, but one that will meet a need in a pinch.

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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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