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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of wspscott
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass
code = 2YH => bottled in May 2012

A: Dark brown color, crystal clear when held up to a bright light. A creamy light tan head leaves lots of root beer float like lace.
S: A distinct fruitiness combined with a very light roastiness.
T: A round fruitiness, more like apple vs. citrus which surprises since the website only mentions Citra hops, I assume this is hop driven vs. yeast driven. The malts are more hidden, a little roast flavor and some dry graininess, with a hint of caramel sweetness.
M: A slightly creamy mouthfeel, with a medium amount of carbonation. A slight hint of astringency helps balance the fruit.
O: I really like this beer, the hoppy fruitiness goes very well with the malts, a very distinct beer and a nice take on the style. Why doesn't Anchor get more love? Recommended for anyone looking for something a little different.

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Amalak
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a dark brown color, but it is see-through. It has a huge bubbly tan head that leaves some descent lacing. A few bubbles seen in the middle.

S. There's a grassy scent. Some malt.

T. It has something of a soapy taste. There's a grassy taste that goes along with the scent. A mild malt flavor. Not much of a nut taste. A weird grape undertone.

M. A bit of a sour taste.

O. I'm not 100% sure I got a fresh brew, as it kinda tastes a bit skunked. But going on this beer, it's not what you would look for in a brown ale. Will try again to be sure in the future.

Photo of sommersb
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-18-2012
Freshness: Code is 2AC (04-03-2012 bottling date)
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Wellington glass
Purchased: Single from Greenwood Spirits, Bowling Green KY

I may have passed on this beer given it's 7 month age, but I couldn't decipher the cryptic Anchor bottling date code in the store. The good thing is it was in a cooler, so maybe that slowed its aging...

A: Pours a hazy, dark brown color and has a good sized off-white head. Lacing is very good and a fair amount of head retention lingers for the entire session.

S: Earthy hop smells, plus dark roasted malts lead the way. followed by aromas of sweet molasses, pecans and a spiciness reminiscent of evergreen leaves.

T: Taste starts with sweet malts and dark breads, nuts, and then spicy hops and more of the evergreen or pine as noticed in the aroma.

M: Medium amounts of carbonation and a medium body, the finish is a balance between hop bitterness and the sweet, nutty malts, but tends to favor the dry side.

O: A good brown ale, but I'm not sure the Citra hops were the best choice for this style.

Photo of matjack85
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binnhy's store in Bloomingdale, IL. Love the squatty 12oz brown bottles from Anchor Steam, but wish they'd start putting freshmess dates on their products.

The beer poured a dark brown color with incredible head and lacing. Over half the glass was filled with tan colored foam which took over 3 minutes to subside.

Big citrus hop aroma along with roasted maltiness and nuts.

This is a very citrusy (lemon flavored) brown ale. Plenty of roasted malt flavor that likes to cling to the tongue. Both sweet and bitter.

On the thin side for a malty brown ale with very little carbonation.

Unique for the style and worth a try.

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

On tap at The Cannery Row. Totally brown coloured body with some bubbly head. Slight roast and malty aroma. Lacey. Opens fruity and then Licorice mid sip, a little nutty,fresh, balanced and decent drinkability. Toffee, some spice.Above average for style.

Photo of Piason
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TheDinger
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
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%

Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.