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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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/1/2006 (Tap):

Pours a dark black/burgandy colored body, with almost no head, tan brown in color. Has a weak overall aroma, but very malty aroma, reminiscent of Newcastle. Reminiscent of a porter or a stout, coffee, bitterness, some maltiness.

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Photo of beersheppard
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brown, color of the bottle from which it was poured, tan head which lingered for approximately thirty seconds. Decent lacing. Not very carbonated.

Smell: Malty, as you would expect a brown ale to be. Not overly pungent, no presence of hop aroma.

Taste: Light malts, not overly sweet or complex. Taste is reminiscent of tootsie rolls. Lacking in flavor. Malts not toasty enough.

Moutfeel: Watery and not substantial enough for a brown ale. Lack of carbonation is detected on tongue.

Drinkability: Not a great beer. A rather pedestrian attempt at a brown ale. If you like a light tasting brown ale that is not overly malty this is a beer for you. This is the second Real Ale product I have bought since moving to TX two months ago and I found them both underwhelming.

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Photo of Bagman007
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pitch black coloring with a little bit of head.

S- Not a very strong scent at all, but there is a hint of caramel and chocolate there.

T- Somewhat chocolate like taste. Stronger than I thought it would be after smelling it.

M- Surprisingly somewhat bitter and a little bit creamy as well.

D- Fairly drinkable. You can definitely drink 2-3 of these in a session.

Overall a decent beer by Real Ale. Not the greatest Brown Ale I have ever had, but passable.

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Photo of maximum12
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First, thanks to stumac who dropped this in as an extra to a trade where he knocked three bombers off of my wants list. Thanks stumac!

OK, on to the beer. Frankly, this is my third different beer from Real Ale, & the second to were rampant disappointments. Three strikes & yer out.

So it's without high hopes I pour this brown ale. It's brown. Opaque until held up to the light, then with a touch of amber around the edges. Smell is standard brown, faint malty sweetness.

Tastes a little puzzling. There's the sweet malt, but what else? There's a sharp bitterness underneath that isn't's not really pleasant.

I think that's enough. There's apparently something about the yeast, or the water, or the process, of this brewery that I just don't care for. No more for me, thanks.

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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 shivtim
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint.

Clear brown, like strong tea, with some ruby hints. Small dense tan head.

Smell is gentle malts, slight almond. Taste is similar, but with an odd metallic and grainy tinge. Slightly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Not very impressive overall.

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Photo of birchstick
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep, motor-oil brown with a thin tan head that dissipates very quickly.

S- Smells like booze and sort of like an old tavern.

T- Tastes malty, bitter, and like chocolate. Some nut flavors also.

D- Drinks thick and coats the mouth.

O- Mmm. ok, not impressed.

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Photo of radshoesbro
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a redish brown with minimal head that fades away to very spotty lace and a thin layer of bubbles across the top. Smells of malts, molasses, a bit of brown sugar. It has a slight astringency in the nose as well, which unfortunately does appear in the flavor as well. Has a hearty brown ale malt taste to it with a cloying sweetness. There is slight oxidation and astringency and sort of an off chemical flavor to it as well. The chemical taste really stays throughout the finish and into the aftertaste. I can't say that this is my favorite Brown Ale. It's got a nice mouthfeel, but that chemical thing that's going on sort of kills it for me.

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Photo of Atricapilla
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours well with a nice brown color with a tan creamy head. It has good carbonation for a brown, but the aroma smelled of lightly roasted malt and a little of slightly rotten wood (although the beer was fresh and not skunked). The beer tasted fine; a slightly sweet caramel-malt flavor with an touch of hops at the end.

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Photo of mothman
2.82/5  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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Leftover beer thanks to Big Texas. Brought me plenty of styrofoam & bubble wrap to go with it too. I'm amused by simple things. :)

Bottle dropped straight down into a DFH pint glass. Inch or so of Ovaltine head, a deep russet brown(but looking filtered), it appears a bit greasy.

Smell is mild. A little dusty, with a little burnt toffee, hay-ish, a puff of smoke, & something a little edgy in between anise & hickory.

Taste is dirty; Damp & murky. Licking newspaper off my fingers, I get some bitter chocolate, dry generic nuttiness, a quick punch of cola sweetness, & a slight bit of smoke. Finish is coffee-ishly bitter, but with a multivitamin-like itch.

Feel is watery & a little tacky(like licking envelopes). Carbonation could use some more kick. As easy to drink as you want it to be.

I forgive you though. The bacon pizza more then made up for this. :P

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Photo of stumac
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours up a dark brown color with a small tan head. the nose is very faint. I get very clean Lager smelling malts, a bit nutty too. the taste is nutty, subtle malts, nice hop balance, medium to light bodied, low to medium carbo. A decent session brew...

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Photo of PDXHops
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to goatgoat for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

Very dark brown body with red highlights. Smallish head that lingers decently, not much lacing.

For the most part, the nose is a nice simple combo of dark malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. There's also an odd tangy, almost sour, smell?

Like the nose, the taste is mostly enjoyable. Dark malt, some caramel, some coffee, some dark chocolate and a hint of hop bite. Once again, though, that tangy, sour element comes into play. It's even more pronounced in the mouth. Not loving this.

Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall impression: Pretty straightforward brown ale, but that sour flavor and smell was a bit weird.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque brown with translucency around the edges with around 1 finger of head that dissipates to leave a foamy ring. No lacing. Nose is almost nonexistent, deep breaths bring about tiny amounts of coffee notes. Taste is slightly toasty and coffee-y, not very complex but also not bad. Mouthfeel is pretty good, actually, it isn't too thin or dense. Another easy drinker by Real Ale.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into crappy little mason jars. 08.31.11 stamped on back label.

Appearance - Dark brown body. Tan head with great retention.

Smell - No off smells. Malty. Candy sugar sweetness.

Taste - Mild. Balanced. Musky finish. Almost dry after semi-sweet body.

Mouthfeel - Mild astringency. Watery, but not completely. Light bodied overall.

Overall Drinkability - Mild. Astringency stomps all over any delicacy this mild beer attempts to convey.

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Photo of Banyon
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I may have got a bad batch of this. I read the reviews of this, and from the other brews I have tried from this company i expected more.

Nose: honestly smells malty with your normal toasty tones.

Taste: First thing i notice is the hops and almost tastes a little boozy. on the back end you can totally taste the chocolate. it is very malty but has a bitterness that lingers. It doesnt taste fresh however. i dont know. odd from this company.

Mouth: I feel an instant alcohol burn. There is a smootheness and i also like how it settles on the palate.

Overall: I think i got a bad batch, it honestly tastes like a typical brown ale, which from drinking this company's ales, thats not how it typically goes does. Im going to try it again but make sure i get a fresher batch.


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Photo of rowew
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, brown label. Best by date printed on the back label, I don't see the ABV listed.

Appearance: Pours cloudy brown, thin head.

Smell: Lots of malt, but there is a bit of yeasty aroma.

Taste: It's drinkable, but it isn't very complex - some basic malt flavors, slightly sweet.

Overall impression: Decent session beer, nothing to go to far out of your way for.

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Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottel, best by November.

A- Deep opaque brown. Very little head that faded quick, and left nearly no lacing.

S- Toffe and caramel, typical brown ale.

T- Roasted malts, not too dark. Some toffee, clean finish.

M- Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

O- No off flavors, but there's nothing special about it either. I can't help but think that this is a very safe interpretation of the style. I got it as part of a Real Ale sampler, not a bad beer but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of annawees
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought the sampler pack which included 2 of these and drank it straight from the bottle.

A: Not really sure as a glass wasn't available when I had it.

S: Malty smell, with a hint of... skunk?

T: Malty flavor, hints of hops, and wait, wait, wait, there is the skunk that I smelled earlier.

M: Rather good straight from the bottle, smooth & refreshing.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is brown. Which, for one reason or another, is a welcome departure to many Brown Ales. Seen a Newcastle lately, its hardly brown. This thing is dark brown with a one finger white head that recedes quickly.
Theres not much in the nose. Return to normal Brown Ale status. Small amount of malts and a little bit of sugar, but not much there.
I just remembered why I don't like Browns. The mouth smacking mediocrity. There just isn't much going on at all with this beer outside the look. Its just a stripped down beer. No sweetness, no bitterness, little malt, little hop. Its smooth and drinkable. Quaffing this thing may be all its useful for, outside of looking at it. But now, I'm upset that it looked so good only to be so lackluster.

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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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Photo of pants678
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a little darker than a normal brown, light passes through just barely. I poured a non-existent head, mistake on my part.

Smells very malty at first, but then I get yeast I think. Very strong, very cloudy smell. The aroma is full, but not convoluted. The end of the yeast is sweet.

Immediately chocolate hits me, taste-wise. Most of the time I get a dark, bitter type, but this is milk chocolate. It's open, there's not much hidden. It's sweet and has a bitter honey on the back.

The carbonation is very light, I'd like more complexity in flavor for this little carbonation.

There's a little roughness to this Brown. Nonetheless, it is easy going, not much trouble really.

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Photo of ikats
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is very dark mahogany in color. A bit cloudy. With fairly small light brown head. Low carbonation. Aroma is malty - reminds me of some baked chocolate dessert. Taste is milder than aroma. Still chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee and nuts as well. Some hoppy bitterness at the end (too much for my taste). Still fairly mild and very drinkable. Malts and hops seem to diverge at the end.

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