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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 810
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 14
Gots: 77 | 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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Zeitgeist. Clear amber-brown body topped by a fleeting white cap. Lot of fruitiness on the nose, dates and stonefruit, bit of raisin and brown sugar, mild toasted malt. Very estery for a brown ale. The palate is more toasty, but still heavy on raisin and date flavors. Body is a bit thin. Finishes with toasted malt, a mild bite of herbal hops and licorice. Leaves a lingering earthy, slightly vegetal note. Pretty good and easy to drink, but nothing terribly special.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of oline73
2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with two fingers of off white head that fade to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Really sweet, very ripe dark fruit and some brown sugar. Lots o malt, too sweet.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell, thank God, but still too much ripe fruit sweetness for a brown ale. Malty in the finish. I was really hoping the hops would play more of a role here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation, the finish is slightly dry.

Overall: Reminds me of a bad homebrew, not particularly professional tasting. Way too much sweetness for the style with nothing to balance it out.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.39/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear coppery amber, with several fingers of tan colored head. This peters down into a frothy ½ finger, that stays rich and leaves back a good bit of sudsy looking spotty lace. The aroma is leafy, bitter, and a bit herbal smelling, with a LOT of citrus character, including a good bit that is along the juicier tropical variety. Those tropical notes work nicely with the notes of sweet caramel and darker roast that sit along the back.

The taste is ripe and sticky on the palate, with tropical fruit and caramel malts. This is undercut by fresh and bitter green citrus flavor and burnt roasted character that crunches up the sides of the profile. Those burnt notes pull up into the finish, where they linger with leftover sugars and a dry bitterness. Those herbal textures from the hops really come out as this warms and pair up well with the light astringency here from the coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm feeling on the tongue, with more of a soft and creamy prickle that sits on top. This gives it some presence in the mouth, yet still stays smooth and accessible feeling.

I liked this, as that character from those Citra hops (mainly that juicy fruit and herbal flavors) really played nicely off the sweetness and roasted qualities that that base Brown Ale brought to the table. This was a unique take on an American Brown and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"2011" - quite a vague description for a bottling date. 12 fl oz sleek brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass. Acquired as part of a six pack at Trader Joe's in Culver City a few hours ago. It was about $8.99 if I recall correctly. Expectations are above average; this brewery has some good stuff. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The pour went fine. No beer shooting out upon open or other problems.

A: Pours a four finger head of khaki colour, some nice cream, generally good thickness, great retention, and decent lacing. Colour is a nontransparent non-opaque chestnut with amber hues. The head looks pretty appealing with its rolling smooth foam. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style. Could be a bit more vibrant.

Sm: Hops are the first thing I notice - mainly flora, evoking the preservative character simultaneously. Clean evocative notes add the body. Maybe slight biscuit malt. Some caramel. A nutty quality. Hops are dominant, but the aroma is balanced. Moderate in strength.

T: Citra does really well in this brew, adding extra depth whilst not infringing on the balance. Some light subtle nut flavours are here, as is subtle caramel as well as full-bodied well selected malts. Very interesting for a brown ale. Some cream in the late second act. I quite like it for what it is. Not horribly complex, but nonetheless intriguing. Pretty well balanced. I like it.

Mf: Nicely creamy for a brown ale. Smooth and wet but not too much so on either count. Suits the flavours nicely. It does come off a bit thin to its detriment.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from excellent. Its relative simplicity holds it back. There's little here that's particularly bold or experimental, but its subtle enough in its execution to merit attention. I'd try it on draught at the right price. It's priced fairly out of the bottle. I wouldn't recommend it to friends but it's a nice little brown ale. Give her a go if you fancy. Hides its ABV nicely.

A poor candidate for aging.

High C+

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me enjoyed chilled from a tumbler

A medium brown shade with copper hues and thick 2 finger cap of beige with good lace stickage and retention. The smell is very interesting -a mix of hops which are piney, toasted grain and some light dried fruit notes with slight herbal hop elements adding to the aroma. The feel is good without becoming too far in either direction -nice balance of yeast malt and hops with slight fruity tanginess in the finish with mild sweetness and good amount of carbonation with generally dry body.

The taste is pretty decent with some light tangy fruit from the yeast adding to the slight tea-like elements from the hops which have some spice and pine notes also. the malt is very good at keeping a solid foundation and is nice with some caramel and toasted tinges with subtle alcohol in the background. My takeaway on this is another solid offering from Anchor, one of the Nations elder statesmen of craft brewers-definitely worth having again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 11/9/2011. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, molasses, toasted malt, herbal hop, pine, and light citrus. Some ok aromas, but there is some chemical-like off flavor noticeable. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, roasted nut, toasted malt, molasses, herbal hop, pine, and light citrus. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, roasted nut, biscuit, citrus, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor balance with a good malt backbone. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice and fairly creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol warming noticed at all; very smooth to drink. Overall this is a fairly nice and enjoyable brown ale. Nice malt backbone as I like in brown ales; and very smooth to drink.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.