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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown

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83
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782 Ratings
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 14
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 03-07-2011

Single hopped with Citra.
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Ratings: 782 | Reviews: 287
Reviews by CwrwAmByth:
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear brown colour with an off white head, good retention.

Smells malty and a caramalised sweetness too.

Tastes very malty and almost dark but more sweet. Nice hop bitterness taste on the finish.

Overall a decent brown ale, not the best but solid nonetheless.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass meium brown with amber hue, a thinner but well formed off white head atop.Aromas were fruity, with bitter chocolate,molasses,earthy,and lightly roasted nuttiness,alot going on for a brown ale.A little sharp in the feel if it smooths out it's really top notch.Flavors are mildly sweet upfront with some brown sugar and fruity tones,a big drying earthiness really takes over into a nice finish.I really like the flavor profile of this brown,it's American to the hilt with it's big earthy hopped up finish.Tweak the body and this is really top notch.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breckle's Brown comes out of the bottle not so brown. It's more of a mahogany-dark amber. This body is quite see-through. The head is a medium tan and is rather billowy after a hard pour into a pint galss. Lacing left from the head is clumpy and sticky.

The aroma is quite sweet and a little fruity. Notes of vanilla and brown sugar are evident, along with a smell of cola and root beer. Also, some pecan pie sweetness comes through. The fruity smell is like melon- cantaloupe, specifically.

The taste echoes a lot of the characteristics of the smell, but the strength of the taste does not match the strength of the aroma. The fruitiness evidenced in the aroma never quite formalizes like I thought it might. Toasted malts come through strongly and the finish is quite bitterly dry and roasty. Good taste, but I was expecting a little more after smelling the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and has just a slight coating sensation. The finish is rather acidic and biting- much drier than most brown ales that I have had.

This is different than most brown ales that I've had, and I don't think I like it quite as much as the top ones I've imbibed. I really enjoyed the aroma, but the taste seemed like the component flavors were a bit disjointed from each other, and the mouthfeel is quite a bit drier at the end than other browns I've had. This is a good beer, but just not quite a top brown, in my opinion.

Photo of warnerry
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep clear amber/brown with two fingers of tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves rings of nice lacing.

S - Aroma is pretty faint, but I think I pick up some toasted malts and a bit of brown bread. Also a faint sweetness.

T - Mostly malt, with toasted brown bread and a bit of caramel. Citrus hops come in midway, but the finish is again very malty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a bit of bitterness and a dry, earthy finish.

O - Not the most exciting, but a pretty solid brown ale. I was watching the Prohibition documentary from Ken Burns recently, and all the still photos from the '20s and '30s with people holding dark beers in hand made me wonder what beers were like in America before the adjunct lager took over. While I know bocks were pretty popular back then, I couldn't help but feel like I was drinking a historical beverage while downing this one (minus the Citra hops, of course).

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor' s brown is nice addition to their catalog, but not a home run...more like a single in the gap.

Pours perfect brown with a nice oatmeal colored head, however I was expecting a old brown ale malty taste, but a subtler mild malt flavor. Citra hops for a brown ale, huh... Maybe not my first choice, but cheers for a good try.

Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a hazed chestnut brown body with a two finger beige head. Good retention and some delicate spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is subdued, with faint toffee and caramel notes edged by citrusy pink grapefruit.

Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with moderate carbonation.

Taste features caramel malt, baked bread, brown sugar, and a balancing bitterness from grapefruity hops. The use of Citra hops contributes to a one dimensional feel, overall. Finishes with a slightly astringent quality.

A decent American brown ale but I think I would have enjoyed it more with Cascades hops instead of the Citra.

Photo of ElSid
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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A: Deep mahogany with a finger of khaki head. Good retention and ample lacing. Looks enticing and full.

S: Timid nose of mostly toasted brown sugar. Herbal notes in the background.

T: Sweet brown bread with a herbal, slightly medicinal astringency which builds toward the finish. Some hints of citrus zest in the middle.

M: Somewhat syrupy with appropriate smoothness and overall moderate body with medium carbonation.

O: A hop heavy brown with clashing charachteristics. I was hoping for a bit more sweetness and cohesion. The combination of flavors are somewhat confused and lack harmony which is the hallmark of a great brew. I love that this brew takes a chance with the citra hop notes but overall needs a bit more work to attain greatness.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a mix of toffee and some pine from the hops. The flavor has quite a bit of pine and resin from the hops, as well as some light bread and toffee. There is also some cream in the flavor, but what really stands out is the hop character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abnormally high carbonation, but I can get past that. Crazy aroma, like chocolate, coffee and tropical fruit (thinking candy, like jolly ranchers or gummy bears).

Light body, good flavor and virtually no finish. It tastes great but is there and gone in seconds. A complex, interesting craft brew that you can chug by the case without feeling too guilty about it.

A little pricey at 9 for a sixer. Have I ever seen a sixer of this before? I think today might be the first time, at trader joe's.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark orangish-brown with nice initial head, leaving slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel and roasted malt with some definite citrus and spice from the Citra hops.

Taste: Tastes like a Brown Ale with Citra, with caramel, nuts and a light roastiness offset by a somewhat spicy, bitter and citrusy finish. Some sips it seems like there is too much Citra; other sips not enough. Odd that the balance never seems quite right. Some lingering sweetness as well.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, fairly dry finish.

Overall: While definitely enjoyable, it does not mesh as well as hoped and is somewhat of a letdown for Anchor.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9%

Nose caramel, brown malts, malt spice, hop spice, cola, hints of anise.
Brilliant chestnut brown, 2” persistent tan head, excellent lace.
Palate: strong cola taste, chocolate, malty flavors are slight toast with medium dry finish accented with spicy hops, low fruit.
Above average creamy soft carbonation, medium body, very drinkable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with tints of amber/ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge foamy five finger head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts that are slightly roasted. A good amount of caramel and toffee. A pretty vibrant presence of hops for the style with some citrus orange and a hint of pine resin. Also some light hints of nuts and brown sugar.

Taste: Starts with some sweet lightly roasted caramel malts up front with hints of toffee and nuts. A fairly vibrant taste of hops comes in with notes of citrus orange and some herbal, grassy hops. Also some hints of brown sugar and banana. Nice balance of sweet malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat sticky. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very nice take on a brown ale. More hoppy than you would expect from a brown but still well balanced.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. Purchased a while back from Trembling Madness in York, and stored in my garage. Described on the label as a tribute to Gottlieb Brekle, the founder of the original Anchor brewery in the 1850s.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-brown hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of roasted malt, brown sugar, faint chocolate, stewed leaves and earthy yeast. Somewhat sweet, with a twinge of harsh cardboard in the background.

Tastes of subtle roasted malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, mild chocolate, stewed leaves, harsh cardboard and faint earthy yeast. Possesses a slight malty sweetness followed by an acrid bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and decent body for the style. Could perhaps be a tad thicker. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of harsh cardboard, stewed leaves and mild caramel malt.

OK, though nothing special. To be fair, I've never been particularly enamoured of brown ales. This one looks nice, with a lovely colour when held to the light. However the aroma and flavour, while malty, are quite bland and plagued by an undesirable harshness. Body is par for the course. It meets expectations, though the taste could be cleaner and fresher. Worth trying, but no need to seek it out.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown pour, a little thin but great clarity for a brown. Then again, Newcastle, uh, nevermind.
Nice sweet aroma, not much of a toasty malt thing going, but I like the sweetness.

Mild taste, smooth, sweet but not overly, enough substance to it to ride it out. No hops. Could make an Oktoberfest fan happy I bet. A little toffee in the mouthfeel, seemed par for course. Might pick up a 6 of it if I ever see it bottled, simply because its a nice agreeable beer to have around when people come over to the house empty handed.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown murky mahogany red body, with a big thicket of deep tan head forming thick large bubbles flowing up from the depths of this dark brown libation. I smell a beautiful expressive hop profile with more citrus and earthiness than anything else. Complemented by candied malts with mild layers of roast, caramel, and nuttiness. Very faint tartness arises within the glass as well this is a balanced single hopped single malt brown ale. Super drinkable effortless, really. Pronounced nutty, dark chocolate, roasted malts with caramelized maltiness. Very good depth in the malt department with an earthy herbal hop note that lasts in cohesion with malts throughout each sip. Mouthfeel is velvet, silky smooth on the palate graces my palate with ample carbonation. Even flowing slick full malt profile sticks to the sides of palate with a lingering herbal dry finish, really perfect balance with little to no alcohol peaking through on the palate. Overall impressive brown quite possibly my favorite I've tried in a very long time, some people are scared of this style since it's hard to nail, but Anchor did just that out of the park fuckin' homerun!!!

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in an Anchor Steam pint glass.

Pours a very dark, reddish-brown with moderate size but thick tan head. The head dies down to a ring rather quickly but leaves some splotchy lacing.

There's plenty of unexpected piney hops in the aroma, and a bit of this carries over to the initial part of the taste. The flavor, however, quickly becomes dominated by a fine dark malt flavor that lingers for a while. The dark malt is evident in aroma, just less than might be expected given the flavor. Hints of dark malt, molasses and citrus fruits in the aroma, and of toffee, coffee, roasted nuts and caramel in the flavor.

M: clean and rather crisp for style, thanks to the extra hops and a medium or higher level of carbonation. Medium body.

O: unusual, easy-drinking, and flavorful, with interesting and well-balanced flavors that change from the time this hits the tongue until the lingering aftertaste slowly fades away.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a huge darker head.

S: Fruity, sugary, syrup, nuts, grapefruit.

T: Solid nutty malty backbone with a bit of bitterness at the end for balance. Solid.

M: Medium

O: Solid. NIce aroma and taste; there is nothing wrong with this beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense clear glowing garnet brown with a thick creamy light tan head that last as a thin film and has a gentle carbonation.

S- The brown malt has a faint raisin and toffee hint with some sweaty and grainy characters in the finish.

T- the brown roasted malt has a dry taste to it with a green herbal pungent dark hops finish with bitterness growing in the finish. There is a dark nougat character that comes through and a light citrus tartness in the hops grows aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizzy finish but no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a big fizz that scrubs away a lot of the flavor and the malt is already a bit faint with some odd notes to it. The hops are a bit overpowering and heavy on the bitter side with an odd citrus note to them. This beer could use a bit of balance to it.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Breckle's is a medium brown, muddy and thick, with an underlying ruddy red tone. An off-white head develops to about a finger and, while showing very good retention, doesn't leave as much lacing as I'd expect.
This beer is nicely balanced with a natural sweetness derived from its malt-forwardness. Hops make an appearance, floral with a bit of citrus, and sit underneath the malts, which are somewhat toasty with toffee and caramel notes. There's a gentle toastiness and a light nutty element as well. Eveything works well together, and this seems to be in a somewhat classic tradition as browns go in the current American beer movement.
Mildly crisp and somewhat smooth, the feel is above average without being completely compelling. The body is medium, enough to support everything without being heavy, with a light carbonation.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, roasted malt aromas, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, a touch of black pepper and a touch of hops.

Taste: Very good flavors of the aforementioned roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness. There’s quite a bit of slightly bitter hops at the finish, which is surprising, considering how little hops there is in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and extremely smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This a good, very good brown ale. Nice flavors of roasted malt and brown sugar, nicely blended with some pronounced, slightly bitter, but not out-of-balance, hoppy bitterness. I like it!

Photo of rdilauro
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lot darker than I had anticipated. More like a black porter than a brown beer. It had a nice creamy head, again reminding me of a Stout instead of a brown beer.
There wasn't alot going on with this one. I felt there was too much malt that made it somewhat not balanced.
Hops were almost non-existent
No specific flavours or aromas, fruits or really anything

Photo of azorie
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

re review a year later

a: dark ruby read brown ale in color. lots of tan and brown lacing and head. hard pour into mug 2 inch head of foam

s: hoppy floral notes. malty, some yeast like notes. loving that citra.

T: is nice but a tad hoppy that I like but its not English brown its American so and west coast so to be expected. hop forward, sweet, dark sugar, malty, fruity, tasty. some cola like notes. very pepsi like. after it warms I find it a nice balance but not quite in balance, seems maybe i gotten used to the citra finally. malt side I think for me now.

m: low carbonation, thin/medium body, smooth, not too bad of a bitter aftertaste, drinkable

o: Really nice, goes to show yea if you not in the mood for a style you can underrate it.
very nice to great beer. I had 8 of them now. just not all today. lol

7.99 a sixer

Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle, a nice ode to the original brewer at the operation that would become Anchor.

This beer pours a bright cherry reddish amber hue, with a multitude of tight foamy pale tan head, which leaves some random chunky swaths of lace around the glass in the slow, but not quite agonizingly so, process.

It smells of muddled, but surprisingly strong, grapefruit/generic bitter citrus, and nutty caramel malt. The taste is caramel malt, rather subsumed citrus, some dark cherry fruitiness, and a weird earthy, yeasty character that I can't help but remember from previous Anchor offerings.

The carbonation is pretty reserved, the body a leaky medium weight, and egregiously smooth. It finishes just barely off-dry, the weak malt ceding too much ground to a metallic, acidic fruitiness.

What is it with this brewer and me? Things start off so well, in each instance, but quickly go to shit - the off-flavours always an acute surprise. Here, we have a nice hoppy brown ale, which turns unpleasantly into a phenolic mess all too soon. Sigh. 5 more bottles to pawn off.

Photo of tastybeer
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Color is garnet brown, clear but dark, with an initially large tab head. Aroma is sweet floral, fruity green apple, buttery dough, and abundant caramel toffee malt. Creamy malts, toasty, and nutty. Taste is fruity, bright, yeasty with some brisk hop over caramel, and some smoke/roastiness. Mouthfeel is thin feeling, very liquidy, and seemingly not dense enough to hold up all the flavors. Pretty juicy actually. Overall not bad. Easy to drink fast and interesting aromas and taste.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby brown with a thick, 3 finger light tan head. Good retention. Resulting lace is consistent with a touch of stickiness.

Smell - Lots of nutty character, brown sugar and roasted malty goodness. Subtle note of citrus hops.

Taste - Starts with brown sugar sweetness and a bit of roasted nut, like chestnut or pecan, followed by subtle hints of toffee or caramel. There's a lurking citrus character lying beneath from start to finish, but you have to look for it... comes out a bit more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Decent carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall - This is a really, really good brown. Fairly bold. Good balance despite the citrus hop character being hidden at colder temp. I'm not big on browns, but I'd definitely buy this one again, several times over.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.