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Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

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Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single hopped with Citra.

Added by largadeer on 03-07-2011

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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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!

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Wow, quite different from other brown ales I've had and very enjoyable. Single hopping with Citra really helps to set this beer apart. Pours a deep brown with a large tan head. Aroma is malt forward, sweet chocolate and some citrus fruit, which prepped me for big things on the palate. Toasty, nutty and chocolate tastes are there, typical things I expect from this style, but enhanced with the citrus fruit characteristics of those hops, has a bit of a zest or tang and some slight bitterness is noticeable. Overall I really enjoyed it. Maintains everything one wants from a good brown but that fruit character helps to make it unique among it's peers.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is malt perfection. Exactly what I look for in a brown ale-rich, malty, balanced with hop bitterness that cuts down on the sweetness, but is not the main presence. Don't even consider Newcastle, this is the way to go. I won't even pair it with food because it is so good I wouldn't want any other flavors to interfere with it.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bertcat9000
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of warnerry
3.44/5  rDev -7%
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).

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Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ElSid
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy mahogany/brown colour. Smells dense, sweet malt, and slightly like a barleywine. Tastes crisper and dryer than expected; briefly malty, nutty, immediately dry, crisp, with a slight bitterness.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with slight light penetration. There's a fingernail of beige covering the top. Moderate lacing is present. Strong notes of dark malt and toffee in the aroma. I taste a very robust dark malt and toffee flavor. The mouth is lightly chewy and sticky.

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Photo of juicebox
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
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