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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | 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:
Single hopped with Citra.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-07-2011)
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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TheDinger
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice deep brown, opaque pour with a generous 1+ finger tan head. Nose is of rich carmel, toasted oats, nuts and perhaps some molasses. Taste follows the nose with the nutty, oat front end that gives way to the citra hop for a pretty nice finish. Love the heavy carmel/nut/malts forward taste. Feel is pretty thick for an ABA. Silky on the tongue with decent carbonation. Overall- A really good, unique spin on the style. Really enjoyed the carmel/malt hit and the balance of the citra. A very easy sipping brown that at 6% ABV is hidden well. Not incredibly sessionable as it is on the thicker/heavier side, but one I will be hitting again in the near future. A pleasant surprise-

Photo of jeanphony
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jibjib513
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance (3.5): Very dark, opaque brown with brownish head. The foam stays on top nicely.

Smell (3.5): Smells good and sweet.

Taste (4.0): The taste is nice and malty.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Seems just about right for a brown ale, its thick but very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): I like the simplicity of this beer. No adjuncts, and one hop variety used.

Photo of BanrionMAB
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Jsproat
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mcsauter82
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DannyHartman
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a thick 1-2 inch head develops atop a beautiful dark amber red/brown brew.... Unfortunately, the head diminishes without leaving much lacing.

I take a whiff, and I immediately get roasted malts and nuttiness.... Following that, there's almost a sweetness like that of brown sugar with a slight bit of citrus.

During the drinking, I also get toasty malts, bread, and sweet brown sugar with a little coffee and a citrusy aftertaste like that of lime.

The mouthfeel (or lack there of) is on the light side of medium-bodied with little carbonation leaving not much of a "feel" at all.

Overall, this is a decent beer.... OK at best, but not the best out of Anchor, and definitely not something I'd purchase again

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2GN stamped on the back, so bottled on August 14, 2012

A: Pours a ruby red color with 2 fingers worth of off-white head

S: Get a semi-sweet maltiness along with a rush of citrusy hops. Very aromatic and enjoyable nose

T: Follows the nose, very rich semi-sweet malts come through off the bat, along with the citra hops that provide fresh tropical fruits and citrusy notes. Anchor's typical slightly chalky yeast also come through and melds nicely with the malt/hop combo

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: This is a killer brown ale. The use of only citra hops and all-malt really showcases the great craftsmanship and experience of Anchor. This is a great beer for any time of the year, and worthy of a regular purchase. Well done, Anchor!

Photo of swungomonkey
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Regular brown color with a dark light of red when held up to a lamp. Rich, glazey beige head slathers all over the surface and along the walls of the glass.

Light cocoa and African coffee. Aromas of brown sugar, dark bready malts, and an even holiday roast. Semi-nutty and yeasty.

Soft and supple with notes of watery coffee, brown sugar, and walnut meat. Earthy, if not almost dirty, malt-hop combo. A thriving yeasty nuttiness that has a Belgian-like flamboyance about it. A brown ale that (taste-wise) borders on dubbel territory. Seemingly long finish. A simple, yet, delicate beer.

Very softly carbonated. A medium body that has more firmness than it might initially come off like. Maybe a little thinner, or more watery.

An easy beer to plow through, even if you don't like it. Goes down smooth. A far cry from Anchor's best products, but a worthwhile try.

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ElSid
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Freshness Date: None

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 Mediczod
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really what I would consider a Brown Ale, but not a bad beer. Pours a reddish amber, good amount of head that lasted several minutes. Considerable lacing on the glass. Smells somewhat of malty sourdough with citrus tones. Initial taste was fairly bitter for a Brown Ale, very hoppy, but this quickly gave way to a malty taste with a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Lingers on the palate. Looks better than it tastes. I wanted a good Brown Ale, and I didn't get it with this one. I would have probably liked it more if it was more like I was expecting and in the mood for.

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: 1 finger of tight tan head with good retention. Clear ruby-brown. Good looking and great head.
S: Caramel, lime, lactose, nice diacetyl butteriness.
T: Toasty adn tasty with big hop bite in the finish (for a brown). Very sweet aftertaste. Nicely balanced. A little too peaty in the finish.
M: Full, rich, a tad phlegm inducing.
O: Totally great brown. I'd buy 6 and order another. Thanks Anchor!

Photo of socon67
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown pour with a tan foam that foams high and settles fast. Patchy lacing in the glass.

S - Malty scent that is very earthy. A very simple smell that while it is nice, really doesn't offer much else.

T - Strong flavors of dark malt are the first thing that I taste. There is some residual bitterness, but it gave htis beer a bit of a feel like an ESB. A slight roasty feel is present.

M - Its an easy drinking brown ale, but tends to bee a bit too malt-forward.

O - This beer is both special and limited becuase of how simple it is. If you like a malty brown ale this is a pretty solid choice. But that's really all it has to offer.

Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a decent foam, with a deep brown colour with a somewhat cloudy aspect.
It has a predominantly smell of aromatic hops. And it has a sweet biscuit taste from malt, with dark fruits and some nuts. All under a smoked base and plenty of hops. Another interesting brew from Anchor. Worth it a try.

Photo of rangerred
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap.

Arrived in a pint glass a clear dark brown with a smallish head.

Aroma was heavy on the roast with a lot of dark chocolate and toasted malt. Some espresso aroma as well.

Flavor was a touch tart with dark fruit in addition to the roast characteristics. Dark chocolate and espresso round out the flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a lingering sweetness but it compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

Overall, a decent brown ale and a solid brew from Anchor.

Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Agent1
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a medium to light brown color, with orange/ red hues. Nice lacing. This is not quite as dark compared to other Brown Ales available. Head retention is decent, and is slightly beige in appearance. Small, soft bubbles.

Smell - Beautiful, roasted malts with candied nuts and toffee jump out right away. A faint breadiness is also noticeable on the nose. This may be where this beer stands out. The citra hops offer up an aroma of flowers and lemon. Quite nice.

Taste - Butterscotch, burnt/ toasted nuts, sourdough, coffee, subtle biscuit malts, herbs and spices (all mixed together, this is hard to pin-point) and a dry finish of baker's chocolate. Fairly acidic, due to the citra hops. The citra hops bring out all of the sour notes in this beer, but at the same time, keep it light and fruity. A somewhat piney aftertaste. Despite all the sugars, this beer is quite yeasty, too.

Mouthfeel - Not a very active beer, yet it strikes a reasonable balance between being properly carbonated and thick enough to grab your attention as a Brown. Definitely a lighter-bodied ale compared to most others in its style. Does not stimulate the entire palate. Fairly light and a bit empty.

Overall - The citra hops really makes Anchor's Brekle stand out in its class. Not the most sophisticated or even balanced Brown Ale, yet it still is remarkably drinkable and not too heavy on the palate. Although I still enjoyed this beer, I would not go out of my way to look for it again. Perhaps one day when I feel like reminding myself of this ale, I might pick another one up. Overall, a lighter-bodied brown without much character, aside from the great use of citra hops. But still a fun one to try!

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.