Howe Sound Rail Ale Nut Brown

Howe Sound Rail Ale Nut Brown

Rated 3.125 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Howe Sound Inn And Brewing Company

Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Style:  Brown Ale

5% Alcohol by Volume

19 International Bittering Units

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Description A smooth, flavourful nut brown ale with hints of chocolate and licorice. Made with 100% barley, hops, water & yeast, it is named in recognition of the region's strong railway history and Squamish BC's West Coast Railway Heritage Park - Home of the Royal Hudson and Western Canada's largest collection of heritage railway equipment. Awards 2009 Silver Medal in the Canadian Beer Awards. Food Pairing This rich nut brown ale goes well with hearty fare such as hamburgers and sausages, and matches well with stews and smoked fish. The roasted malt finish makes it a nice accompaniment with many cheeses and desserts. Our Bottle This re-closable bottle, known as a “pot-stopper”, was widely used in Europe and North America prior to the 1950s. Our new combination cap is an innovative design that allows closure by both crown and swing caps. It can be re-used and meets our green packaging objectives.

ID: 15959 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank27245
Overall Percentile41.3
Style Rank620 of 1036
Style Percentile40.2
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score3.5
Average Score3.200
Weighted Score3.125
Standard Deviation0.332

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  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.5 5 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Dark brown pour has a great head that ends up as nothing. Aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and nuts. Flavour is of sweet mild coffee, toffee, roasted malt and nutty. Medium mouthfeel. Overall it's a bit better than average brown ale.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 2.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Brew pours a cola brown with a tall tan crown reducing to thick film. Soapy sour aroma, mild hints of coffee, some hazelnut. Big toffee notes in the nose all of a sudden. Taste is light with a mild vinegar finish. Sour, nuts, coffee, some kind of red punch possibly peach. The vinegar like finish is really bugging me its not bad but its not appealing. Medium carbonation with a thin body. I can drink this but why?

  • CYBERCAT 9559 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Strong aroma is malty with a woody note and a substrate of molasses. It pours a dark, barely transparent brown with a fairly thick but not persistent light tan head that still leaves some good lacing. Malty flavor has a firm woody note and a hint of molasses. Texture is rather fizzy and just a bit on the thin side. Now if only they sold it in quantities other than a whole blooming liter--

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Great bottle, everyone knows, Howe Sounds best beer is certainly not in this particular bottle though. The Winter Ale is one of my favorite beers ever (shameless plug), but the Nut Brown ale really doesn't score many more points than sleeman honey brown or similair brew. I figure one could draw a direct relation to Newcastle brown ale. Despite having no "Artificial Ingredients" like newcastle or sleeman or bigrock trad, it has a distinct artificial sweetener taste to it. Not like splenda, more like a sugar syrup, with a slightly "brown" taste to it, whatever that means. Anyways, unneccesarily sweet, bland taste, seems a bit thin, but its exactly what one might expect from any Canadian "Brown Ale".

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 3.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Top marks for the one-litre swing-top (or as the brewery calls it, a "pot stopper") bottle. Pouring a tan, foamy head (perhaps two fingers worth) and producing some acceptable lacing, the "brown" colour was a luxurious dark copper. Aroma was chiefly of malt; I'm unable to detect any secondary scents here. The taste was of malt with a suggestion of the chocolate, and indeed there was also some licorice in play here. I like licorice most times, but not in my beer. However, mouthfeel was smooth and the aftertaste did not, mercifully, feature much if any licorice.

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