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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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Photo of NilocRellim
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Ferb
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a beautiful reddish-brown with an off-white head that lingers as a thin swirl of fizz after 5 minutes or so. Lovely color. The aroma is of raisins and figs, and a bit of bread/yeast. It almost smells like a Trappist dubbel.

The taste has shades of roasted malts, nuts, with a bit of grassy, pine-like hops playing clean up. It is well balanced; a bit on the hoppy side but it is not overwhelmingly so. It reminds me of Anchor's porter, only less darkly roasted and much less hopped. I like to have a couple different styles of beer in my fridge for days when I feel like a change, and this brown is a pleasant choice.

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Photo of drtth
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a rich dark brown with a 2" light tan head that recedes slowly but visibly, leaving lots of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a mostly clear area with some scattered small specks of lacing. Midway through the beer there is still some lacing clinging to the sides of the glass as well as a ring and island of foam on the liquid.

The aromas include some bread and chocolate from the malts along with some citrus and a slight nutty character.

The flavors from the toasted malt include some toffee or caramel, dark chocolate, some sweetness and a slight nutty character. In the background the hops provide some tangerine and and some light grapefruit zest bitterness.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and has soft, moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the malt sweetness recedes to allow the bitterness to emerge and spread across the back of the palate while the nutty character and citric flavors slowly disappear, leaving a nice dryness and faint char flavor that both invite another sip.

This seems a well made beer, as we'd expect from Anchor, and I'm glad to have had a chance to try it. As for having it again I'd be happy to do so but won't expend any great effort to find it or seek it out unless it becomes more readily available around here. Would make a good beer for folks new to beer or who think they don't like beer to try.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pub glass. Little head, but a nice, intricate lacing.

Smells mostly of malt, slightly toffee.

Taste is an interesting balance of malt and hops. Was initially surprised by the hop quotient, from past brown ales. Then remembered this is an American, not an English. Has an almost creamy taste.

Feel: overall smooth, creamy comfort. Doesn't dry the throat.

Not a bad brown. As someone who isn't a huge proponent of hops, I found the balance with other flavors to be very good, not unlike a marzen. Definitely not a room temp beer. Enjoy it cold.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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 rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour with thin light brown head, good sweet malt aroma, super mild toasting.

Taste was smooth, mildly chocolate. Toffee. Thicker Oktoberfest. Almost no bitterness.

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Photo of MNJR
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good brown ale. My favorites include Bell's Best Brown Ale http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/287/1924/, which is excellent, and this is right up there at the top also. Rich roasted hazelnut flavor, raisins, a bit of tartness almost like cranberry, deep malt, low hops, and that signature Anchor "special something" flavor. A classic; extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red-copper clear body, light tan billowing head. Smell is alluring; toasted malt, butterscotch, moderate piney hops. I don't normally like detectable hop flavors in my malty beers, but this works wonderfully. Beyond that.... I'm just going to say it, I know it doesn't belong in the style but I can't help it: I smell orange rind. Realistic, just peeled and twisted orange rind spritz. The flavor is incredible; caramel (actual caramel), toasted malt, even some more of those tropical fruits, as well as stone fruits. Slight brown sugar-y sweetness. Medium-full body, just enough effervescent life to spruce it up but remains smooth.
Absolutely wonderful. Amazing,and I don't use that word lightly, example of what simple ingredients can be transformed into. Great depth of brown ale flavor, with the additional surprise of orange citrus, which was perfectly integrated. A gem among the Anchor lineup, and an inspiration for any brewer.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £2.40 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, shiny, mahogany coloured body that when held to the light changes to a dark ruby, displaying a modest amount of streaming carbonation. A two-finger in height, dense, creamy, light tan coloured head reduces quickly to a foamy cap that has good staying power, but leaves minimal lacing.

The sweet, rich and malty nose consists predominantly of caramel and molasses. Underneath there are light aromas of stone fruit, a darker roasted malt profile and a touch of citrus bitterness. The taste is similar to the nose but starts with nutty, lightly roasted dark malts, slightly burnt white toast and vague dark fruits before leading into sweet caramel malt and molasses. Citric hops enter towards the back-end, bringing a light grapefruit bitterness to balance the sweetness of the mid palate before it becomes cloying. In the mouth a medium body and soft carbonation starts slick, wet and smooth, transitioning to slightly dry and warming as a mild lingering roasted bitterness combines with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

Overall this is a good beer. Sweet and malty with an interesting citric edge, certainly worth trying, but not worth seeking out especially to do so.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Transparent ruby-brown with tons of fluffy tan head and some decent lacing, great retention
Smell: pine resin, caramel, sweet citrus, light milk chocolate
Taste: Moderately sweet, fruity, tart, slight chocolate, mild herbal bitter finish. Complex, rich, and a little perplexing.
Feel: medium-full body, soft smooth yet abundant carbonation

Overall: Not your typical Brown Ale. Reddish-brownish malts with fruity, tart, caramelly slightly chocolatey notes and a citrusy hoppy kick as well. It's like it's some kind of pale/amber/brown ale hybrid. Definitely not what I expected, and it took a bit of getting used to, but this is actually a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a creamy beige head and good lacing. Color is a nice medium brown. Aroma is rich and malty, with nuts (German roasted almonds to be exact), brown sugar and molasses and spicy hops-- smells a bit dull, waxy and oxidized--but not a dealbreaker. Flavor is a rich blend of nutty, toasty malts and easygoing balancing hops. Long, malty finish. Full, alcohol enhanced mouthfeel--a beer to savor and swish around. Gets better as it warms. A rich complex brown.

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Photo of Eric_Miller
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Brown. Very slight head.

Smell: Not much.

Taste: A little malty and nutty, as expected from a brown. But also a hoppy bitterness, almost more of an amber than a brown. Very distinct, very good.

Feel: A bit thick. Pretty standard for a brown.


This is one of my favorite beers right now.

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Photo of drmeto
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S:
-nutty
-caramel,plums,raisins,strawberry,cherry,raspberry
T:
-Follows the nose
-roasty,toasted finish
-medium to high bitterniss for a brown ale
O:
Great Brown Ale

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Photo of TheCondor
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am in somewhat of an Anchor renaissance, as I believe their porter to be nothing short of magnificent. So I am on an Anchor Brewery roll, trying everything of theirs I can get my hands on. I'm not usually a fan of brown ale of any kind, but I want to give this a shot. Side poured from the bottle with standard juice into a KC Royals pint glass.

Appearance - Pours the most beautiful rust/ruby red color that really shines when held up to the light. Has a decent off color white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Of course the packaging from an Anchor product is excellent, old school sort of a way. The pour on this beer is magnificent.

Smell - Toasted breads, big time malt forward, toasted malts, and a bit of caramel and roastiness. Pretty potent nose on this one.

Taste - Toasted malts and breads wash the palate in deliciousness. The sweetness of the caramel and malts follows next, with a touch of pepper at the very end and a hop balancing act. Very good taste overall, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - The toasted malts and roastiness is the prime mover in the finish. Very smooth, medium bodied. Finish is a little lacking in comparison to the rest of the beer.

Overall - Although I stated I am not much of a fan of amber or brown beers, this is a really good example of the style. I am very impressed with this beers flavor, balance, and complexity. Overall a very solid brew, I think it is a bit underrated.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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 JTuomi
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle (bb 9 2015) into a tulip glass.
Look - clear amber brown with a tiny tan head and little lacing.
Smell - roasted malts, dried prunes and raisins.
Taste - begins with roasted malts, brown sugar and notes of nuts, chocolate and coffee in the middle, ending dry with a slight hop bitterness. Flavorful but not heavy. Good balanced taste. Pleasant long lasting smooth roasted malts in the dry aftertaste Was a bit too cold at first coming out of the fridge, became a lot more flavorful after warming up in the glass.
Mouthfeel - Soft, a bit creamy mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation.
Overall a pleasant sipping beer for an autumn evening. Soft and flavorful. Nothing surprising, just a clean pleasant taste.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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 +22%

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 Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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 Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brekle’s brown ale (3.5, 3.75, 4, 4, 3.75)Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium brown color with a billowy tan colored head. The head has a nice level of retention, slowly fading to leave a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a sweet caramel and toffee aroma mixed with some light aromas of a roasted malt nature. Along with these aromas are some light nutty and chocolate aromas as well as a little bit of an earthy and herbal smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and toffee flavor with a smooth roasted malt flavor. These flavors create a base for the beer lasting to the very end. Along with these flavors so too comes some notes chocolate and some light hop flavors of pine and a little bit of earth. With a light nut that joins the taste at the very end one, is left with a smooth, moderately roasted, and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side for a beer of only 6% abv. with a carbonation level that is slightly low. The thicker feel of the brew in combo with the lower carbonation give the beer a nice creamy feel and are great for the mix of roast, sweet, and nut flavors.

Overall – A very enjoyable brown ale with a nice sweet roasted flavor. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a dark caramel brown with a large (3-4 finger) light brown sudsy head that lasted pretty much throughout, reducing slightly to a large cap and had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet toasted dark bread malt, light resin hops and a doughy yeast along with notes of toffee, coffee, and dark fruit (plums).

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a pinch of toffee from the get go, progressing with a light roasty coffee presence and a mildly bitter hoppy ending. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a mildly roasty sweet fruity taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a thin dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and well balanced Brown Ale, which had a smooth and roasty aftertaste that just left you wanting another sip...

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Photo of Henrich
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 finger of anemic off-white foam settles to a nice, thin cap over the top of this deep, clearish, reddish-mahogony beer. Looks nice.
Smell: I can smell the hops, distinctly. Once you get used to that, you can detect a sweet, pleasant maltiness.
Taste: This beer is very well balanced. Slight carbonic bite and pleasant hoppy bitterness yields to nice malty sweetness, with a nice, sweet, toasty finish. Again, fantastically balanced.
Mouth-Feel: Carbonation is noticeable and seems to fight against the thickness of this beer. Pleasant overall, but adds little.
Overall: A very solid brew. It tases like a lighter, more balanced porter. I would buy it again, but my maximum would be two bottles. A tad syrupy, otherwise very decent.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - translucent mahogany/chestnut colour with tan head

Smell - caramel, toasted nuts, cherry

Taste - caramel, a bit of toasted nut in there, toffee,cherry sweetness

mouthfeel - sweetness upfront, medium bodied, ample carbonation, good amount of hoppiness in the finish

Overall - decent brown ale I'm glad to have tried

Price point - $2.10/12 oz single

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Photo of Copernicus
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, and it boasts a dark brown color with some deep ruby tinting. The head forms at a finger and a half in a nice light tan. Retention was weak, and not much lacing remained.

The nose was primarily malty with nutty overtones, brown sugar, and dates. There was virtually no hop presence.

This tasted really nice. It's malty sweetness isn't too syrupy or cloying, nor does it require the all-but-absent hop bitterness to round it out. There was obvious caramel, dates, molasses, and a soft nuttiness. And then it finishes clean and crisp.

The mouthfeel was pleasant., a medium to light body with mild carbonation. Quite quaffable.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this was one of the best I've had. It paired really well with my teriyaki pork tenderloin and sauteed greens-stuffed mochi.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
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