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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown

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BA SCORE
83
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653 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 13:58:22 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a 2 inch tan head that fades to a thin cap. Random streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of brown malt, light fruits, and some wood aromas. Taste is of caramel malt and fruit like apples or grapes. There is a woody zing flavor that I am getting as well. Some nuttiness is present too. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth and slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale from Anchor but nothing amazing. I am glad I got to try this one after I read it was going to be bottled.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:45:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is brown in color with a fair amount of amber to it and a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells okay at first, if not a bit on the sweet side. I get some weird fruit notes to it, perhaps red apples. But there is a fair amount of butter coming off of this beer that is just too hard to ignore. It does have the usual toffee and toasted, nuttiness of a brown ale, but a lot of flaws as well.

T: Jesus this is bad. How strong is this beer because it tastes pretty boozy. Buttered toast with some notes of dark fruits and a definite green apple punch to it. Toffee and and a nice nuttiness are not enough to save this one.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Seems so strange. I love Anchor's beers but this was just awful. I'd be willing to give a bottle a shot, but Beachwood is a top bar, so I don't think it's any fault of theirs. Gave my glass to a couple other people to make sure I wasn't imagining things and consensus was that this beer tasted terrible.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 04:55:53 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a massive head that becomes craggy as it descends

Smell: Brown bread, nuts and grain with just a hint of citrus

Taste: Brown bread and nuts, at the outset, with the citra hops adding a citrusy zest by mid-palate; the two flavor elements hash it out without converging

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not well balanced, at all; chalk up the combination of the citra hops in a brown ale as an interesting idea that probably shouldn't be tried again

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 22:28:34 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uniquely American, the popular English brown ale taste of chocolate and malt is met with a drier palate and exorbitant hopping rates of the citrus variety. Why expect anything less from the Anchor Brewing Company

The perfect pour delivers a handsome and brilliant garnet hue with ruby highlights. The beer is capped with a dense and creamy sand colored froth that retains and laces with exceptional character. Brown ales don't look better.

Moderate aromas of citrus notes rise first, but then with the balance comes in the form of toast char, chocolate, wood, sorghum spice and starchy bread.

The bold taste of heavy toast shies away from roast but attracts the flavor of scorched toffee, baked barley, bitter chocolate, walnuts, wood bark that weaves in a rich and sweeter taste. American hop flavors borrow the zesty balance of tangerine and ruby red grapefruit bitterness. An oddly alluring taste of stale grain (similar to that of home brewed beer that uses old malt extract) and spice additions of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice seems as much as the bitter balance as the hops do.

Creamy malt textures turn sharply dry in a hurry. The super attenuation brings to light the grain derived astringency that seem harshly bitter to the throat in much the same manner as boiled spices.

The beer has some phenomenal flavors and complexities that sing the praises of the adopted brown ales. Supreme dryness, higher bitterness, and pronounced citrus flavors seem just a start.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 03:57:17 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, CT. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of caramel and toasted grain plus some mild roast. Faint hoppiness is there as well. Nice blend. The flavor has a bit too much roast and hop, coming together to create a strange bitterness that really affects the taste and feel. Medium body with average carbonation. All the components of this one didn't really come together for me, though I did enjoy the nose.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 15:45:47 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer clear yet very dark reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high dense and light tan colored head that died down but never completely faded away and also left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel, bready and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus from the hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by malty flavors of caramel with bits of sweetness. Hints of citrus are also present from the hops, but they mainly prevent the malty sweetness from becoming cloying and only contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: Despite all of the malts, the beer still feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has excellent drinkability and can be considered sessionable because it isn’t very filling.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:28:31 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Cryptic brewing bottle code translates: August 22, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a ruby-brown body with noted clarity and crowned with a frothy, foamy, beige head.

Smell: Dusky dark maltiness, with modest notes scented of toast, brown sugar, and roast. A sliver of raisin-like fruitiness. Fairly mild hop accents of citrus and dried grasses.

Taste: Toasted bread crusts with some light sweetish hints of brown sugar and dark caramel. Light dark fruitiness. Mild inclusions of molasses and roasted pecans. Lightly citrusy hops with some grassy dry-hopping accents. Even fainter hint of pine bark. Lightly bitter. Dry, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While definitely not the boldest brown on the block, it's fairly refreshing and pleasant enough, though a notch less alcohol would be appreciated. Still pretty good, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 18:29:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 19:20:00 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Well, if Brekle likes it... This stuff pours a clear dark sienna topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel (nearing burnt), light roasted malts, and a light kiss of what seems like orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the orange, more present and powerful, doing battle with the even-toastier caramel, leading to a confused clash of flavors that doesn't sit all that well on the tongue. There's a sense of cedar in the background, as well, mucking things up even further. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, the hopping of this brown just didn't do it for me, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 18:55:18 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Brekle's Brown
22 oz. bottle; $6 @ Capone's, Norristown PA
Code date: 10Z

Appearance: Clear, crimson-accented mahogany brown body beneath a creamy head of tan. Very good head retention, and good lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and berry-like. A slight touch spicy. Lightly sweet malt note. Whiff of chocolate.

Taste: Bright and fresh. The berry-like fruitiness found in the nose returns. I'm pretty sure that's due to a combination of yeasty fruitiness and the citra hops. It's really unique, and quite charming. The malt is restrained, lending just a hint of sweetness and a mild dark-caramel/chocolate note. Some brighter fruity notes (orange, apple, red grape, pear) swirl in the background, and some raisin appears towards the finish. It's gently bitter, and very well balanced. It finishes with a splash of fruitiness that fades into a lingering, dry, brown malt roastiness with a touch of residual chocolate, and some woody and grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Silky smooth and gently creamy.

Overall: Impressive! Quite nice. Unique. It's an easy drinker, but watch out for the surprising 6% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 16:31:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:52:40 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/1/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, honey, caramelized malts, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel, spices and honey. The malt character is hearty and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 17:34:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"1108" julian date code on the bottom of the bottle.

Into a tumbler glass, it pours a reddish copper brown, dark until held to the light, reflecting an auburn shade. Thin layer of khaki tan foam on the surface, that ebbs away fairly quickly, leaving no lacing. Swirling and pouring the last bit produces a two finger head easily.Sticky collar of lace forms as the foam fades.

Softly fruity yeast in the aroma, sort of plummy with mild citrus, molasses, and toasted maltiness behind it. Fairly subdued.

Pleasant fruitiness, dry and lightly bitter finish, fairly subtle flavors. Some toastiness lingers, and bitter grapefruit rind also. Soft carbonation, medium bodied but it drinks fairly light. Citra hops don't seem to dominate, and compliment the brown ale base with a nice fruity element. Easy to finish the 22 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:09:23 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1DH pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Great head retention & above average head retention

S: Nuttyness & toasty malt, but not in huge quantity

T: Toasty malt, leafy & woody hops, plus a touch of nuttyness up front. Dryness & nuttyness as this warms, a long with some tea bitterness/tannin flavor as this warms.

MF: Medium bodied, form carbonation, decent balance

This seems more English styled to me, that or I have an old bottle. Not a bad brown ale, but not upper crust by any means...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 14:42:56 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single malt single hop beer from Anchor. Sure, I like anchor. Big bottle served in a Russian River -tion glass.

Beer is brown and clear with a soft off white head with some lacing and moderate and steady carbonation.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, nutty, slightly roasty.

Beer is medium in body and surprisingly bitter. It is sweet with a nutty midpalate flavor and an overall pleasant feeling. It is not super easy to drink. There is a lot of beer in here and it gets a little rough throughout. I didn't dislike it but I don't think I"ll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 15:50:39 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 04:20:14 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured too aggressive and got a huge 2+ finger head fluffy, dvds fades semi slowly with lots of lacing, semi clear darker mahogany ruby brown color.

Nose toasty brown malts, light sweet brown sugar, interesting soft steam beer that brings a lager like crispness and fruity demeanor. All that blended with a light fruity grassy hop.

Taste starts a bit sweet but not much, with a toasty brown malt and light brown sugar, and hint of toffee caramel and even slightly nutty. Then again with the light crisp malty like steam beer that gives it a lager like crispness and hint if fruity flavors. Hops barely come into play a first but bring a light grassy fruity hop and hint if spicy bitterness. Finish is slightly bitter with grassy hops, light sweet brown malts but dry, and a bit more of the crisp lager like.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall a nice beer, perfect touch of hop bitterness, nice brown malts, good stream lager flavors, soft with plenty of flavor and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 04:03:40 | More by jlindros
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty easy drinking brown ale, for me. There isn't any real deviation from what you initially get. It stays fairly consistent and smooth, though a bit heavy on the malty sweet side. I can appreciate this one. A well done brew that isn't really trying to be too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 20:18:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +26%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:23:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown in color with a short 1/2" head. Some light lace developed during the session.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness is all you could pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel with a bit of soft nutty and earthy tones. Mild bitterness rounds it out. S
simple and straight forward.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: a very sessionable brown ale. Very simple but satisfying beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 00:57:55 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very large, frothy head which is quite slow to recede. It leaves a lot of webby lace.

There's an interesting blend of floral hop. I note some alcohol in the background. There's another smell that I'm struggling to identify. At first, I thought it was metallic, but there's also a light exotic spice nose.

The taste is more sweet than the smell suggests. But the hop provides plenty of counter-balance. There are elements of a low alcohol barley wine, but it is also like caramelized pale ale. Good body with a high carbonation level.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 23:22:20 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber to brown with a medium white head, leaving solid lace.

S: Sweet caramel, toast, light hopping.

T: Strong amount of caramel, maybe some Munich malt. Really tastes like an Oktoberfest/brown ale hybrid more than a straight brown. Good flavour and balance.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, easy drinking, refreshing.

O: A real nice new effort from Anchor. Solid drinking beer, not much more to say.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 03:16:38 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well this is good. A really creamy foamy glassful in the chalice. A hint of caraway is the flavor that jumps out amid the roasted malt and touch of hops. I like the way they use the Citra hop to give a distinct but restrained hoppiness. Beautiful coppery brown color and lacing all up and down. It ought to make a nice schooner-ful. Interesting aroma, leather maybe. A little sharp with a mushroomy flavor.

I keep hoping Anchor will use their pedigree and expertise to make some actually interesting beers. This one seems like a step in the right direction, after the unpleasant bock, small beer, and grainy over-spiced Christmas ales. This is what makes beer good, a surprise that keeps you tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 05:13:47 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a very nice english/american hybrid brown ale. pours a thin light chocolate brown with a similarly thin off white head comprised of large bubbles. smells almost tart from the yeast, but tempered by some sweeter english malts and some fairly aggressive american hopping, which is exactly what you get in the flavor. love the malt complexity in here, its sweet and bitter and roasty at the same time. hops really only come out on the back end. feel is pretty good, a little thin for an american brown, but its a very very sessionable beer, and well made like all anchor brews. i will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 16:10:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.