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 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 tdawgydog
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last two bottles in a Real Ale 6-pack mixer.

A - Pours a nice chocolate brown in color with a good one finger head.
S - A strong malt and biscuit scent.
T - The biscuit shines through in this traditional expample of an American Brown Ale.
D - Goes down well. Looks like it has a bigger body than it actually does.
M - Another well done ale from Real Ale Brewing Company. I could have drank much more than the two of these that I had.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a Real Ale mixed sixer...

Pours a light brown with a thick very dense head....fairly opaque for a brown....

Very faint aromas of roasted malts and perhaps a hint of chocolate malts...moderate aromas to say the least....

A light chocolate roasted malt dominates here with a quick hit of hops on the finish...the malts are fairly tasty but what really kills this brew is its lack of fullness... Its almost like drinking water... Very thin and sorta ruins it for me...

This could be a super sessionable brown if it weren't for the wateriness...

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear, medium brown color - slightly tainted red. Foam is fairly small, tan colored and recedes pretty fast leaving a few strands of lace on the glass.

Smell is fruity and a bit nutty. Some yeast esters are evident that seem out of place in a brown ale. A few wafts of piney and citrus hops are present, but most disconcerting is the lack of chocolate or roasty malt aroma.

Taste gets much better as a nice smooth cocoa flavor comes out and is complimented well by a decent amount of citrus hops. Makes it more than just a one-dimensional brown, if not exactly complex. It is a bit on the lighter side body-wise, and the flavors do feel a bit muted...but what is there is pretty tasty. This is a decent brown ale that I would not mind trying on tap.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dark brown with some ruby highlights. Head is fizzy and tan. Didn't start very big, but stays around.

S: Some coffee notes, a little bit of hop aroma, and English yeast. None of it is very strong, but it is nice.

T: Hop bitterness is the first taste, following by coffee malt flavors, all of this trailed by the English yeast. Finish is a little bit dry. Nothing complicated.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: This is the best beer out of the Real Ale sample. I could definitely drink six of these.

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

Poured into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Light carbonation pours into a slight, bubbly, off-white head. Quickly settles. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A little malty. Some grains, a little hay, also a sweet nutty aroma.

T: Roasted malt. A nutty (maybe almond or pecan) flavor. Slight mocha flavor, kinda' like an unsweetened chocolate.

M: Hearty feel, and a little musty. A lightly bitter, lingering aftertaste.

D: Good flavor and feel.

Decent atmosphere. Pretty nice appearance, and a subtle but full nose. Flavor is also fairly basic, but full and hearty. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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

A: Pours a brown/terra cotta color with a stark white head that dissipates into a half-finger cap that leaves a temporary lace along the glass.

S: Nutty aroma with a sweet malt to it. Earthy. Ok.

T: Very pervasive chesnut/pecan taste that is quite pleasant. Hints of toffee and cocoa that fade and give way to earthy malts and reisonous hops which give the beer a bitter finish.

M: Decent on the bubbles and body.

D: This is a basic brown. There is nothing earth-shattering here. I like to keep it on hand, though. It is a respectable beer that can be had in bunches and enjoyed by all.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that had a brown label that is nice, simple, and typical of Real Ale.

I really like the appearance of this beer. If the head had been kind enough to stick around, I would have given it a 5.0. However, since it quickly left, I have to downgrade it. I like the deep brown color that makes up the body of this beer.

The toasted malt breaks thru this beer and some biscuit confirms that this is a brown ale.

The taste is a little bit watery and is not as strong as the appearance would lead one to believe. However, there is a small bite to this beer that will surprise at the end. Not bad, but I was hoping for something more robust. As the beer gets a little bit warmer, the flavor becomes more robsut, but who wants to wait!

This beer is really drinkable and is fairly light on the mouth. I would recommend a little bit of a higher temp so the flavor comes through. An above average offering, but I could use a little more.

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

Appearance: A rich orange-brown body capped by less than a finger of off-white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: A roasty, nutty, chocolaty, and earthy malt profile. Easily identifiable as a Brown.

Taste: Quite similar to the aroma, the flavor profile is composed of a nutty, chocolaty, and roasty malt body. Nuttiness and roastiness continue throughout the aftertaste with a splash of bitterness added into the mix. It's all decent enough, I'd just like to see more.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Quite the sessionable beer, if not just a little boring.

Verdict: Brewhouse Brown is a tasty, but thoroughly middle-of-the-road Brown Ale. Like the other Real Ale brews I've tried so far this is drinkable and true to style, but at the end of the day, forgettable.

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Photo of abedenbaugh
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice brown color with high clarity. Good head retention. Head is a slight offwhite witha a mix of large and small bubbles

S: A very clean/mild smell. There is some hints of malt with only a hint of grassiness from the hops.

T: Starts off with some malt breadiness. With some hints of a hop citrus flavor up front. In the mid palate the flavor drops down to leave a soft hint of caramel and toffee. Then it builds back up in the end with a big malty/caramel flavor. Lingering in the aftertaste there is some hop bitterness. There is a good balance within this beer. There is something about this beer that just makes it ok, but I can't really put my finger on it.

MF: A little on the thin side for the style. Yet, the carbonation is relatively high and gives a feeling of a bigger mouth feel.

D: Overall it's an average beer. It is pleasant to drink. Yet, there does seem to be something missing from the beer. Maybe it's just that special pizzazz that remains nameless.

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

Funny. The bottle states that this is an American Brown, not an English brown like this website does. In any case, thanks, Blake!

A: A careful pour yields the best looking Real Ale beer I've had yet, a gorgeous, clear crimson with a large, off-white head with decent retention. No real lace, though.

S: Mild earthy hop character is present, but what dominates is a deep malt profile with toffee and a nutty character, and graham crackers. Pretty good.

T: Opens up with a good bit of nutty maltiness, rich with toffee and nougat. Definite cracker-like note is present. However, this is a little hoppier than I'd like, the earthy bitterness does get in the way of my enjoyment of the beautiful malt depth.

M: Soft carbonation and a light body make for a good beer. The finish, dry with a nutty character and some hoppiness is good too.

D: If the hops were dialed down a touch, I'd drink a lot more. Good beer.

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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 Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazy amber/almost brown with a finger of creamy looking off-white head. Retains mostly around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center, leaving a decent amount of lace back which quickly falls down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a thick smelling roasted bready edge to it, along with a nice amount of floral, spicy, and earthy smelling hop character to it.

The taste is a tangy feeling sweet mix of toasted malts, citrus, light caramel notes, with a firm spicy bitterness to it in the back. Finishes with some light notes of lingering sticky sweetness and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a thicker carbonation up front that then gets a bit creamier towards the back, leaving a bit of an oily feel behind.

All around decent Brown Ale here. I think that I enjoyed the hop profile of this the most, as it played nicely off the roasted notes. Another solid brew from Real Ale.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a quickly disappearing white head. Sweet smelling; caramel-like. A bit of earthy, metal like hops in there too but the malt smells dominate. Sweet caramel flavors, mild hop bitterness, and maybe a bit of roasted flavor. Not at all cloying, very well balanced. Paired real well with grilled sausage and onions.

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

Poured a clear dark brown with fluffy tan colored head. Sweet roasted malt mixed with a nutty, fruity aroma, also some earthy hop. A good nutty roasted malt flavor. It starts a little sweet and then bitters out towards the end. There are some earthy hop flavors going on also but they are masked by the roasted malt flavor. the mouthfeel is rather smooth, and the drinkability is ok. I noticed a slight tang and that is the only thing i didn't like about the beer, otherwise it's ok.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle (best by 06.03.09--brown label) into a Delirium Tremens goblet.

Brewhouse Brown pours...well...brown, with a shoe polish hue that turns mahogany in the sun. A thin head of effervescent, light tan bubbles quickly recedes to a ring of foam and leaves little in the way of lacing. The aroma is spot on for the English Brown style, with rich notes of toffee and caramel leading the way, backed by some dark fruit (fig & cherry) and sherry. A sprig of piny hops lurk in the background.

Nothing too phenomenal about the flavor on this one, but it's solid for the style. A light, peppery caramel and dark fruit sweetness starts things off, giving way to a thin-bodied finish of earthen hops and brown sugar. Mouthfeel has a hard time making up its mind, switching from refreshingly juicy and bubbly at first, to dry and thin on the finish. Still, Real Ale has crafted a tasty, drinkable brown ale with this one...they definitely have the talent to take on more exotic styles and bigger beers (now if only they'd employ that strategy!)

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Photo of BigBry
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a mixed 6 pack of Real Ale Brewing Company beers, brought back from Dallas. 12 oz brown long neck bottle, label as pictured above, best before month notched in side label.
Pours mahogany brown with red highlights when held to the light. Short tan colored head, average retention, minimal lace. The aroma has the malty sweetness expected from the style, bready and earthy. Similar taste, rich and malty, more body and flavor than alot of other browns I have tried. Good carbonation level give it a nice dry finish. Medium, leaning more towards full body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Would be a great sessional.

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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 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 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 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 angelmonster
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger off beige head. Body is brown in color obviously, with a medium amount of carbonation. Head retention and lacing are just above average

Smell is big on malt, mostly roasted caramel. Hints of coffee also there. Slight metallic after smell

Taste is identical to smell, caramel malts. Roasted coffee is a big part in it too. Hops are faint and there is also a slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Not too heavy, carbonation is a bit muted

This is the first time i've had this beer in a bottle. I regularly have had it fresh on draft and it is way better. The drink by date is expired by 11 dates so maybe thats a reason. Still a good tasting brown ale

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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 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 bobsy
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This past Friday night I did a blind tasting of brown ales with my wife, because I figured it was time for me to re-evaluate a style I don't think much of. We each poured samples for the other, noted what was what and then brought out the beers, so while we couldn't taste the same beer at the same time, we were both able to taste without bringing any bias to the table.

The pour for the brewhouse brown looked pretty standard for the style. Medium brown body with red highlights and a small tan head. The aroma, however, was fascinating. I picked up brown bread, oats and hay. So weird... it almost had a hamster cage feel to it (sans hamster, pee and droppings). The oat and hay notes were certainly a departure from the others I tried. All the flavours I picked up in the aroma were pleasant in the taste, and I think it kinda worked. While I wasn't blown away, and it was quite different to others in the style, its uniqueness certainky got it some extra points. The body, though, was the high point. The carbonation combined with a medium body to produce a satisfyingly smooth feel that gets the highest score from me.

The Brewhouse Brown was my second favourite of the night, and I liked that it felt like a departure from the more generic interpretations of the style. Real Ale Brewing Co. seem to be a very solid outfit who make some nice easy drinking beers. I'd definitely seek out more of their offerings.

Thanks Bryan (BigBry) for sending this!

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Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 482 ratings.
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