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 BrewsCrewSA
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful chocolate brown, carbonated; tan head that retains well. Reddish edges as the light shines through the glass.

S - Smells of candied fruits, figs; sweet like ripe bananas. Faint whiffs of bagels and biscuits, malts.

T - Strong, sour alcohol notes right up front. Huge, malty sweetness that's evenly tempered by the alcohol. Big aftertaste of sourdough and pumpernickel, dark brown breads. Still, the sourness of the alcohol dominates above all, a bit surprising since it's not a highly alcoholic beer. Pleasant, not overwhelming but still surprising.

M - Very good. Smooth, even across the palate, enjoyable. Burns the tongue a bit on the first splash, but that's okay too.

Overall, a decent effort by Real Ale, but not my favorite from them. If you're ever in South Texas, I recommend Real Ale's Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, and this would make a decent, maltier companion.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish brown with little lace and poor head retention. Light coffee aroma. Malty middle and a mild amount of bitterness in the finish. On the dry side with a medium body. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-light carbonation. Not a whole lot going on, but not bad.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a large tan-ish head that dissipates fairly slowly, leaving behind a thick ring of lace and a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel, brown sugar, with a nutty hint. There is also a faint herbal note.

Taste: Starts of with a bit of herbal spice which turns into sweet caramel and candy, finishing with some nuttiness and a touch of grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: A very true-to-the-style brown ale. Not the best out there, but there is certainly worse out there and worse for more money. A very sessionable beer and one I could drink all day.

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

Pours a dark brown color with generous lacing.
Aromas and flavors are of toasted nuts,sometimes covered in caramel, and sometimes lightly dusted with cinnamon and spices.
The mouthfeel has slightly above moderate carbination and a crisp clean feel to it.
Enjoyable beer and above the average for it's class. I love getting new to me beers like this as extras.

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Photo of obrike
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown real head to speak of...light white ring around top for duration of drink.

I liked this smell...roasted malts...bready, nutty...a bit more complex than I expected.

Taste of toasted malt immediately, followed by a bit of a bitter finish...this cut into the flavor just a bit.

Moderate carbonation, but a bit too thin for me.

Drinkability was pretty good, nothing to write home about...but certainly much better than your typical BMC.

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

12 oz bottle poured into sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a dark mocha brown color with a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass. Smell is roasted malt with caramel and not much else to speak of. Taste is nice with some sweet caramel up front and a nice toasty finish with hints of coffee. Mouth is a little too carbonated and slippery for me. Overall a very drinkable beer that was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a small head and no real lacing.

S: Has a mild roasted nuttiness with some malt aroma with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Taste is a mixture malt and roasted nuts with a mild sweetness. and just a touch of bitterness. Fairly dry finish.

M: Fairly medium body, smooth.

D: Decent drinker. Quite good for a small Texas brewery in a beer starved state.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz received as part of a bunch of nice extras in a super trade with chriswilkes33... Thanks a ton Chris... This one was a nailbiter for a few hours, but I'm very happy it worked out for the best. Poured into a tulip with a 2 finger lite tan head.. the brew is deep polished walnut... very pretty... nice lacing.

Off the nose, this is spot on for the category and smells very fresh. Nutty with mild cocoa... earthy.... smells "brown".. sorry I don't really how else to describe it.

Flavor mirrors the nose perfectly... very nice earthy element that meshes perfectly with the lite toast and nutty presence.. caramel essence without the sweetness.. instead an encompassing lite malt profile carries and melds all the components very nicely.

Body seems about right.. so does the carbonation.. Medium lite body with a lighter carbonation.

Nice... I would buy this pretty regularly if it was available to me.

Thanks again Chris for a super trade.... I hope you like your box as much as I like mine!!


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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 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 jbsg02
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in the Real Ale sample pack and it was the 3rd of the 3 that I tried, and midway though the glass, it's my favorite of the 3. Poured slowly into a glass and had a small head that went away fairly quick. I was expecting something similar to a Newcastle, but this is much different than I was expecting. The aroma is very malty and chocolaty. This beer reminds me of a stout with the deep chocolate smell and flavor, somewhat like a Guinness actually. My favorite beer from Real Ale so far.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, which lighter brown around the edges. Light tan head, a finger, dissipating to leave minimal lacing. Dark to me screams robust, so I am intrigued here.

Aroma is malty sweet, a tad nutty, slightly roasted. Good, but not robust on the nose so much.

Taste is good with some caramel malts, nuttiness, slight sweetness and some roasted notes.

Feel is lower medium, nice carbonation, smooth, but lingering.

Overall damn decent drinkability. Couples good.

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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 robwestcott
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured cold from the bottle to a dogfish head shaped pint glass a deep dark brown with a wisp of a short lasting off white head with little or no retention.

aroma of light malts and dark fruits.

malty, dark nuts, a little acidic.

light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, no hops presence.

drinkability - sure, yeah, i guess. but its one and done for me on this one.

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Photo of bastardface
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewhouse brown ale is a beer that I got in a sampler pack from Real Ale. The age on this beer is fairly good. The color is obviosuly brown with a hint of reddish hue. It tastes relatively average but good none the less. It tastes like a mild dark beer with a moderate hops flavor which reminders me of a cross between Zeigenbock and Shiner. I recommend this as a once in a while beer. It isn't anything special but still pretty good. Not bad. But had better. I'm curious as to how the rest of the Real Ales taste like.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...A medium brown pour, very light on the edges. A light tan head rises a finger but is gone quickly, light spotty lacing...A boring aroma, typical flavors, light roast, slightly nutty, just light and blah...The taste like the aroma is typical in flavor but its executed nicely, very flavorful. I'm surprised. The finish sucks, weirdly chalky and alcoholic.

An average brown, wouldn't go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured caramel brown in color with a thin tan lacing barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a roasted nuttiness to it along with a caramel sweetness. It's also breadyness coming through. The taste is similar wit ha roasted nuttiness coming through as well as a pretty bold caramel malt flavor. Towards the finish it gets a bit more roasty and adds just a bit of a burnt flavor. Pretty nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a bit below average. Drinkability is good, I enjoyed this one a lot. I really liked the roasty nuttiness it brought with it and thought that supported the caramel sweetness nicely. A pretty good beer overall.

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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 fragilehearted
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been lovin' the browns lately, figured why the hell not a local? Bottle into one of my growing collection of Rahr pint glasses.

A - translucent reddish brown. Moderate head that goes down pretty quickly to a ring, no lacing.

S - malty, sweet, nutty, toffee, coffee bitterness. Not bad at all, but I've had more interesting browns.

T - solid brown. I'd say a good example of the style, which is why I rated it what I did, but again, I've had more interesting-tasting browns as well. I feel like this could have been improved upon.

M - smooth. Light-to-medium carbonation. Kind of wish it were heavier, but there's nothing bad about it.

D - great. It's easy, & I'd drink it again. Lots of beer drinkers could like this beer.

Honestly this beer is nice & a fine example of the style, but it's a little boring compared to some of the other browns I've had & loved. However, I'd get it over non-local "boring" browns (like Newcastle), just 'cause I like supporting the locals. It's a solid brown.

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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 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 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 Xul
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dajtai007 for the extra in a recent trade

A: Pours a translucent brown with some ruby highlights, capped by a half inch of of off-white head with moderate retention.

S: Overall sweet malty profile with some lightly toasted grains, a low to moderate roastiness, and a bit of a coffee note that adds some bittering balance. Not a ton going on, but very clean.

T: A blend of toasted grains and nutty flavors up front, with some light fruits coming in mid-palate - some light lemon and grapes. Roasted character comes in right after the fruit and lingers through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation, could dial back the bubbles just a touch.

D: Well-constructed beer with good flavor profile, goes down easy and would be very sessionable.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at B&J's Pizza off Staples in CC TX.
Poured into a standard chilled pint glass.

Poured a dark, yet translucent brown with a foamy head. The head retention was good and settled to form a strong lacing. It was served a little to cold for my taste so I let it warm up a bit. (I'm guessing it was served at a temp in the low-mid 40's)

The aroma was not very strong at first, but after letting it warm up a bit the malty goodness came through.

T: there was a molasses malt flavor up front followed by a pale hoppy finish. I liked the interplay between the hops and the malt. It tasted gritty as it warmed up, and I mean that in a good way. Overall the taste was fairly mellow

Good drinkability. It left a lingering pale aftertaste.

Overall I was satisfied with this beer and I think it's on the better end of average for the style. I'm not sure if I would purchase a 6-er. However, I would happily order it again at a bar.

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

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty mute, but what there I get is pretty aattractive. Seems as if there is some cherry, light coffee and a hint of vanilla. the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet ale. Not really much more to say. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a fairly clean finish. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol not the least bit noticeable.

I don't know... there's nothing wrong with this beer, but it strikes me as "cookie-cutter" brown ale. This isn't one of my favorite beer styles, and it literlly tastes like pretty much every other decent brown ale I've ever had. Nothing wrong with that I guess, and once upon a time I was a fan of Newcastle brown ale, but these days there are just so many other interesting options out there. Mehhhh...

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Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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