Brewhouse Brown Ale | Real Ale Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
481 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Brewhouse Brown AleBrewhouse Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
481
Reviews:
233
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 481 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of ckeegan04
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown color with dark ruby highlights when held up to light. Fizzy brown head fades quickly but leaves great lacing.

S - Deep aroma of rasoted coffee and bitter chocolate. Excellent mix. Also an earthy and herbal bitterness lurkes underneath the roasted malt aromas.

T - Sweet roasted malt taste up front with the coffee flavors emerging as the stars. A spicy hoppiness comes through to provide just enough balance but malts definitely dominate. Finishes a little on the bitter sweet side.

M/D - Full flavors bring it to life in your mouth but it is just a little on the thin side. A very good brown ale.

 616 characters

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

 868 characters

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

Roasted pecan brown with red-orange highlights (on the coaster), dark russet (when backlit). Two fingers of khaki colored foam sit atop the beer. As the tight-bubbled cap slowly loses altitude, an impressive band of Swiss cheese-like lace comes into view. A pretty standard brown ale look and a pretty damn good one.

The aroma is on target for the style as well. There's a nice balance between cocoa and nuts, as well as between toasted and earthy. There isn't much in the way of hops, but then they aren't classic in an English brown ale anyway. A little more power and a little more depth are needed before a 'good' score is a possibility.

I feel the same way about the flavor. What makes it to the taste buds is enjoyable, there just needs to be more of it. This is an easy drinking brown ale that will, hopefully, pick up a little more chutzpah as it gains a few degrees. Unfortunately, it doesn't.

The brewery will only say that four different malts are used. Pale, Munich, crystal and chocolate perhaps? As in the nose, earthy/toasted is as prominent as chocolate/cocoa. Some brown bread sweetness and a peanut skin bitterness emerge with warming. BBA favors dry over sweet, especially on the quasi-crisp finish.

Despite the words 'rich' and 'full bodied' on the label, this brew is neither. It's par for the brown ale course, perhaps a fraction lighter, and is acceptably bubbled. Although the mouthfeel is a boon to easy drinkability, it fails to impress otherwise.

Brewhouse Brown Ale is pretty typical Real Ale Brewing Company beer. In other words, it's style accurate, tasty, drinkable... and well short of great. I'd still love to have them relocate to this craft brewery-deficient, craft beer-starved state. Thanks to mhewes for another solid beer from down Texas way.

 1,786 characters

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.

 781 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a caramel brown with a decent-sized light mocha head of about a finger. Recedes evenly, leaving some light lace behind.

Aroma - a sweet caramel, toasted grain, rather light but nice.

Taste - good roastiness to the grains. A good touch of balancing hops on the swallow. The beer is simple and tasty, the quintessential brown ale. Finishes as roasty as it started.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin, nice crispness though, a middling body.

Drinkability - very sessionable for the fall, a tasty brown.

 510 characters

Photo of omnigrits
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to declare an interest here - Real Ale is one of my favourite breweries but I'm going to be as impartial as I can about this beer.

The first thing that comes to mind when I pour this into a glass and raise it to my nose is a freshly cut slice of good quality bread. That aroma comes across in spades until the head subsides, after which I'm getting plenty of roasted coffee. Both the taste and the body are a bit of a disappointment after the promise of the nose, but not bad for all that. A slightly sweet flavour with a nice bitter aftertaste. Not much in the way of carbonation. It would be very easy to drink several of these at a sitting.

 651 characters

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

The bottle reads "rich, malty and dry". Very accurate. This Brown Ale pours much darker than the average brown, with an amber tint when held up to a light. The head organic tan and coarse foam that only rises an inch and a half with a vigorous pour. The head reduces considerably in the first minute to a quarter inch tan lather than smells and looks rich. Bitter chocolate is the taste that stays on my tongue. Malty, Dry and full of carbonation while lacking any noticeable hop. A decent beer in my opinion, better than a Newcastle. But I'm not as fond of the Brown ale as I once was and find myself wanting something hoppier and slightly less carbonation.

Next I popped open a Rio Blanco Pale Ale from the same brewery and found my match. Good brewery but the brown is just not my favorite style these days. This one is average or slightly better. Compares well with Newcastle IMO, this one slightly better.

 912 characters

Photo of mentor
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from HardTarget, thanks for the opportunity! July hashmark notched. Pours a fizzy tan liquid over a cloudy dark-brown liquid. Smells dry chocolate, mildly of espresso, some cream, blackberry (Northern Brewer hops?). A bit more alcohol in the nose than I'd expect, maybe 5+%?

Tastes dull chocolate, blackberry hoppy, dry roast. Some burnt grain, like I'd expect in a porter...not sure this fits into a brown ale. No flavors jump out at me, like the personality of a non-descript pothead, "yeah, man, it's all good". Sweet and wet on the pull, but dries rather quickly and has a bit of acrid sting from the modest carbonation. Some nut and cream upon further review. Old nut, like been baked in the sun and is flaky dry (mealy?). I know I'm making this sound like an unpleasant beer. It's not unpleasant, it's mildly pleasant. Watery feel in the mouth, even though the beer is md to md-light. Modest carbonation and modest drinkability.

 942 characters

Photo of tpd975
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown hue. When put up to the light it is very transparent. The light really cuts thru this one revealing a nice shiny bright brown hue. A nice solid two finger head forms and has okay retention. Just a few spots of lace.

S: Fairly light aromas. There are hints of malt, coffee, sugar, bread, and just a touch of chocolate.

T: Nice mild brown ale. Nice sweet caramel malts dominate with hints of chocolate coming thru. There is a bready which melds with the splash of spice.

M: Medium in body with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Pretty smooth easy drinking brown ale. It is not one of my favorite styles but I must admit I enjoyed this one.

 660 characters

Photo of jordoo
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from mhewes in a trade, thanks!

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Its dark brown with some red showing through on the sides, 1/2 inch light tan head that receided but did leave a small frothy covering. Smell is roasted barley that gives of some slight charcole and coffee smells as well as nutty tones. Taste is pretty much as advertised in the nose its arich grilled coffee tyoe of flavor with some chocolate that I didn't smell and a little bit of a bitter aftertaste but otherwise very little hop preasance. Solid in the mouth rather smooth for being slightly over carbinated. Pretty average drinkability.

 630 characters

Photo of midaszero
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown and cloudy with some tan head and decent lacing.

S - I just got a lot of roasted malt

T - roasted ... nutty ... malty with a lingering off after taste

M - medium to thick body with light to medium carbonation

D - Good when not looking for something filling but darker

 322 characters

Photo of Goliath
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque with a thin light tan head. Decent retention.

Decent aroma, caramel, grain, and a little spice.

Pretty tasty. Caramel, dark bitter chocolate, and a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol and simple but pleasing flavors make this beer quite drinkable.

 366 characters

Photo of beachbum1975
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I cracked for my son's 3rd birthday party. Presented in a brown, 12 ounce bottle with August notched on the freshness date. Unique white label of hand-drawn brew house.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark brown with a ½ inch tan head. Average sized bubbles. Clumped up , sticky lacing as I drink.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts all over the place. Caramel, nuts and light charred smell, as well.

Taste: Much like the nose, lots of roasted malts, some smoke and a dry, charred finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. A bit watered down, at times. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice and easy example of an American Brown Ale. Good session beer. Not my favorite style, but still glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Thanks for this beer in our 6-pack trade, brewdlyhooked13!

 806 characters

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

With the hop presence being slightly more noticeable than expected, this really seems more like an American Brown to me... but nothing outrageous.

Pours a beautiful brown, with a finger or two and decent lacing, not much retention. A bit thin in color, but not too much so.

Distinctly nutty with a toasty, bready middle. Hints of chocolate. A bit of an earthy, bitter finish... but slightly thin.

Seems slightly to brass and tinny. Spritzy, not smooth. But body is right.

Easily drinkable, quite enjoyable.

 510 characters

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

Thanks to turbine2475 for the chance to try this beer. Pours extremely dark brown, almost black with a head that fades quickly. Smells quite malty with a bit of roastiness, molasses, and chocolate. Pretty gentle flavors that are fairly similar to the aromas. Sweet malt and a light roastiness, well integrated, but a bit too mellow. Mouthfeel is smooth rather than creamy. Decent brown ale, but a bit too light, even for the style, to truly enjoy.

 447 characters

Photo of nrbw23
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a rich brown color with a foamy off white/tannish colored head that left a fair amount of lacing.

S- Tons of roasted malts here. Could also pick up a some sweet malts and some nuts.

T- Not to bad. Roasted and sweet malts jump right off at you and of course a nutty flavour that I can usually pick up with most brown ales.
I really tried to get the chocolate taste and smell some of the other guys talked about I just couldn't find it.

M- Medium in body and very smooth.

D- Pretty easy to drink just not one of my favorite styles.

Thanks again Jonathan!

 566 characters

Photo of mhewes
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice brown with a thin tan head

S : Malty (both sweet and roasted)

T : Really good. Some nutty flavors along with malt. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out.

M : Light and smooth

D : Really good. Easy to drink.

 250 characters

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this bottle.

It's a nice, dark amber with muddy brown hues and a 1/2" high crown with a quick dissipation.

The aroma is of dark chocolate covered wheat with spicey and herbal hops and slight tangy effect.

The flavor is a rich, dark chocolate flavored malt that's hefty and smooth, medium bodied feel. A nice spicey and tangy wheat flavor with earthy hops. The malt flavor is the star here but the balance is also pretty much right on. A bit thin feeling but the spicey tang gives it a nice jazzy effect to peek interest.

not a bad brown.

 589 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - it is a bit nutty and offered lots of nice caramel-ness while still being quite drinkable on a humid spring evening in Houston.

Color was a clean-looking but not exactly clear brown color, with a short-lived fizzy head that I've seen on other beers from this brewery. Aroma was surprisingly pronounced and malty. Flavor was caramel, a bit of nuttiness, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but quite refreshing.

Not bad - I wouldn't swim oceans or cross deserts to get it, but I thought it to be pretty good.

I had this on-tap at the Houston Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.

 639 characters

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy Brown with reddish hues. Thin khaki head.

Aroma: Cola-like sugars, mild nuttiness, caramel.

Taste: Mellow and light. Caramel and nutty malt. Generic fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated, balanced, smooth.

Drinkability: High, although this is not very interesting.

 293 characters

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

Poured from bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Wow. surprised I didn't remember this one. Pours a dark fluid, opaque, but not heavy. One finger head on an aggressive pour that fades quickly. Smell is a rich roasted malt, that personally I'm not a fan of but the taste is the winner here, sweet and light roasted malt flavors. Very drinkable beverage.

 343 characters

Photo of jkanavel
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

its nice, hoppier than I'd expected, but otherwise pretty traditional. Toasty Malt and spicy hops dominate the flavor. The color is absolutely wicked. This is a very dark brown ale.
I'm so excited about RealAle, as many Texas brewery's leave a lot to be desired.

 263 characters

Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from JDV (thanks Deniz). Best if consumed by May notched on the bottle.

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dull, opaque, hazelnut brown. Quarter-inch head dissipated almost immediately into an oily slick; watery lacing with no adhesion. Most prominent scent was chocolate followed by a subtle presence of hops. Flavors were very understated, but well balanced - malt and grain backbone with a slight hops presence and a little bit of nuttiness somewhere in the mix. Mouthfeel was a little lackluster and watery, but not unpleasant. For a Brown Ale, there's not much pop, but this is pretty solid and sessionable all and all. Could do with a little more carbonation though to bring out some of the flavors.

 733 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So this was another anomaly that I recieved in a trade from a very generous Autin BA. I was not a big fan of the pale, I have to admit, but I was hoping that the brown ale would redeem itself, and the brewery for me. This bottle was stored in my fridge since I recieved it about a month ago, maybe less. So this afternoon I decided to pull it out and see what was going on with this one. A nice brown ale would be the stuff right about now, so lets see where this one goes. Pulled the twelve ounce bottle right out of the fridge and poured directly into my Otter Creek pint glass.

A - Poured a very nice and very cloudy deep dark hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue, and allowing enough visibility to be able to see that there was a good deal of cloudiness to contend with here. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace formed initially but was quick to fall back down and leave behind just a thin film across the top and some slight bits of bubbles around the edge. Really no side glass presentation what so ever to speak of on this one.

S - The first whiff of the aroma of this one set me back a little bit, as the first notes to come through were of chocolate of all things. Very welcome and very suprising to say the least. A nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. The next flavor rocking on the nose was some subtle coffee notes and tons of earthy grains. Overall not a bad aroma for a brown ale and it seemed to really be a nice one coming through so far.

T - The flavor was not as big as the aroma and the look would have led me to believe, but that is not saying that it was bad in any way. Not at all, this was a tight little brown ale for sure. Lots of sweet notes not coming through as well, sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile, while keeping it sufficiently light. The finsi hwas dry as could be at first, but no hint of hops at all, a very sweet dry finish leaving a long lasting flavor of caramel and a nutty sort of flavor lingering in mouth for a good long while.

M - The feel on this one was a little thing to be honest, the carbonation was not the greatest and that would really be my only knock agaisnt it. It was no where as watery and thin as the last brew I tried from them, as the flavors had a nice sweet depth to themm, it just did not have the bubbly carbonation pushing it through and felt a little weak to me.

D - As for the drinkability of this one it was absolutly outstanding. I could have easily polished off a sixer of them with no problem at all. It was just that nice and light feeling that I was looking for. Really great flavors with no alcohol at all and a nice tight little dry finish leaving you looking for a little more.

Overall not a bad brown ale at all, and has renewed my intrest in this little texas brewery. I really thought the flavors came off quite well and that the overall package on this was quite sessionable, The only thing I could say was to put a little more carbonation in it, but other then that, this is totally a beer you should try if you see, dont think it will dissapoint.

 3,566 characters

Photo of Ryanbob
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a deep amber, almost dark ruby appearance with a small, but lacy head. It smells like malts and a hint of coffee. The taste is malty, roasted, rich and a bit acidic. There are hints of coffee and burnt toast. There is a nice creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. A very drinkable, delicious brown ale with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

 366 characters

Brewhouse Brown Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 481 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe