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 PDXHops
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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 -13.7%
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 +2.2%
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 Beer-Zombie
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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 -27.2%
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 +4.2%
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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear brown/burgandy color, thin tan foam. The smell is roasted malt, a little nutty and earthy and maybe just a little chocolate. But mostly roasted malts. The taste is the same as the aroma, lots of roasted malt character which gives more bitterness than the hops if I'm not mistaken. A seriously drinkable brown ale, but not exactly rich or deep (not that the style requires these characteristics). A good representation of a style I don't usually prefer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber color with hues of copper around the edges. Fairly translucent. About a finger of off-white head that disappears quickly to a ring around the edges of the body. Doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Smells very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee malts.

Taste packs a big blast of sweetness also. Lots of caramel and toffee are the most noticeable flavors in this, followed by the slighest, spicy hop presence. A touch of tobacco in the finish.

Pretty light body with medium to light carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, nothing special but not bad either.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a respectable medium brown. Thin whitish head disappears quickly leaving no lace. Aroma is lightly sweet and malty. Taste is lightly sweet with a good malt body. Good balance with clean finish. Nice and mild brown, excellent session beer and good with food.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with hints of ruby with a small white bubbly head that dissapates too fast to nothing with pour barely stringy lace.

Lots of roasted barley in the nose, with caramel and toffee and nuttiness in the back. The nuttiness intensifies as it warms.

Lots of roastiness in the flavor as well. Complimented by nuttiness and caramel with mild earhty bitterness.

Medium bodied that coats the mouth well.

Ok drinkablilty.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to armock for this one!

Best by March notched on label.

Pours orangeish light brown - on the light side for the style with a thin head that becomes a thin, wide patch. Vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of light toffee with fruity and bready/yeasty notes.

The taste is of sweet toffee - towards chocolate - maltiness is on light side, however, allowing some bitterness and a bit of "burnt" edges to come through. It has a floral, slightly fruity undertone. There's a bit of oxidation in the sweet-ish finish.

I don't know about "full-bodied", as it claims on the bottle - more like reaches medium-bodied. Something thinnish about it.

A standard-ish, mild-ish brown that is fine despite small "detractors" (a bit of "wet cardboard", lighter maltiness for style, a touch of yeast and astringency - however - all "small" detractors that, despite them is still pretty drinkable/enjoyable).

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown, translucent, offwhite, tannish head. Good, soft lacing. Bit of a DSL aroma, sweet malts. Nice malty flavor. The whole flavor fills yr mouth, very nice. Some roast as well. Very round tasting. Complete. Smooth and luscious. Easy to drink. Maybe a bit too much alcohol to be a session beer, but I could see this being just that.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Dig Pub
Poured a 1 finger head into a pint glass.
Color is medium brown. Some light comes through at the bottom of the glass.
Aroma: Sweet malt. Some carmel notes.
Taste: molasses. raisins. slight roastiness.
Mouthfeel: very good for a 5% beer. Light carbonation.
Drinkability: very good. I could drink several of these. I had a sandwich with pepper jack cheese and it paired extremely well with it.
Overall, one of the better browns I have had... A very underrated beer.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewhouse Brown Ale is your staple average brown.
It pours dark brown, with a mocha brown head. Aroma is nice with brushings of roasted and chocolate malts. Taste is similar to nose, but a bit more subtle. Nice sweet malt, roasted and chocolate once again - with a creamy easy to drink mouthfeel.

Decent beer, and quite good for the style.

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Photo of Bagman007
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
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 Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's nice that the Houston Flying Saucer offers so many Texas beers.

Served in a large pilsner hybrid, the beer is a dark, murky brown. A chill haze may cause the opaqueness. It has a beige head with middle of the road lacing.

The nose is of lightly toasted malts and something sweet that reminds me of a slowpoke sucker.

The taste is earthy and sweet with browned malts, molasses and raisins.

The mouth is pleasantly plump with soft carbonation.

Nice easy drinker and another tasty session beer from this brewer. Well done!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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 philipquarles
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown/red with a small off-white head. Little retention and no lacing. Smells lightly of sweet malt and nuts, as well as some pepper. Taste is largely malty with earthy nut notes. Spices here again. Mildly bitter finish. Well balanced but unspectacular. Feel is decent, but a slightly astringent, tongue-curling finish. Not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I currently have this on tap in my kegerator. Always in support of local breweries, I figured it was time to reach out to Real Ale.

Pours a pretty mahogany brown color with bright hues of red and orange that shine through when held up to the light. Healthy, two-three finger head rises up when drawn from the tap. There is a good amount of sticky off-white lace that remains on the glass sides as the beer recedes. The nose is malty sweet with some dirty spice scent. It almost reminds me of the scented paper that they use to make scratch-n-sniff cards. Weird. Some dark fruit way off in the distance. The taste is nice, if unspectacular. Lightly malty sweet with some fruit (apples, pears, maybe cherries). Faint spices include nutmeg, I think. Tart, funky earthen finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is firm, but nothing to write home about.

I like this beer. It's a solid session beer for the house and totally drinkable. Oddly enough, I got this beer because I had fond memories of a few bottles of it I drank over a month ago. Now, I'm not as crazy about it on tap (again, weird) but it's still a nice, sessionable brew. I prefer the Real Ale rye pale ale a bit more, but this is nice. I'll return to the Brewhouse for this again in the future.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.28/5  rDev -36.1%
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 zdk9
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours orange brown w/ but a half finger of head that leaves trace lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malt- like an Ofest- a touch of corniness.

T- Malt is the name of the game for this one. It's very lightly toasted- sort of like the smell of a day old fire- Hops provide some earthy bitterness, nothing spectacular.

M- Kinda thin, and pretty effervescent which doesn't really mesh with the taste (not to mention the style).

D- Eh, decent, but not great.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark chestnut brown body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Nut-covered, lightly malty nose smelling of caramel and wood bark.

Taste: Predominately nutty with supporting malt flavors of cocoa powder and dark caramel. Powdered sugar sweetness. Earthy, faintly woody hops with an altogether mild bitterness. Slightly chalky. Finishes dry with a light bitterness and lingering nutty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a pretty basic brown -- take it or leave it.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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 stephens101
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love them browns, and don't get enough of them. A ultra-dark brown, almost black pour is finished off with a one-finger bubbly tan head that takes its time retreating, but doesn't make you wait too long either. A thin layer of rolling lacing clings to the nonic. A whiff reveals toasty notes of dark chocolate, malts, and a bit of tea. On the palate there's a slight toast to the malts. Also apparent are some notes of caramel, black licorice, maybe some pine and spice as well as some nuts. The mouth-feel is a little more on the crisp side than most browns, but it works well here, as this one goes down well and has just enough taste to keep it interesting throughout.

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Photo of mcox90
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola like brown with a 1/2" tan head. Didn't get much in the way of lacing. Aroma is swiss chocolate with a little earthy muddiness. Mouthfeel is substantial. You know you're drinking an ale. Taste is mostly chocolate here. Also, some nuts and malts. Not much complexity here.

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Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 488 ratings