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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 53 | 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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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Dark brown body with copper highlights and a small dollop of tan fast vanishing head. 

S:  Sweet roasted malts, coffee, spices,  and chocolate oranges. 

T/M:  A spicy bitter orange embraces the heavy roasted malts, sweet molasses and burnt toffee. Prickly carbonation and medium body that finishes semi dry with lingering chocolate orange. 

O:  I'm not a huge fan of brown ales but this was quite good. The malts worked well with the citrus hops to develop a balanced flavor. It's not something I will frequent but I'm glad I tried it. This is probably my favorite brown ale so far. 

Photo of Carl_R
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rootbeerman
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark clear brown, with a finger of light cream brown head. This is the first time the etchings on the glass actually maintained the head longer than 2 minutes and at about a eighth inch thick.

S: has an aroma like no other brown ale I've had so far. Hop is up front and first, of which are very light pine and citrus. Then it is nutty and malt sweetness.

T: nutty brown ale sweet malt upfront. None of the slight sulfur that some browns have.
M: lightly creamy carbonation, lingers on the palate just long enough.
O: it is good, somewhat one dimensional but there is a little depth. I think as much as I don't like my local brown I like it better than this.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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!

Photo of azorie
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

re review a year later

a: dark ruby read brown ale in color. lots of tan and brown lacing and head. hard pour into mug 2 inch head of foam

s: hoppy floral notes. malty, some yeast like notes. loving that citra.

T: is nice but a tad hoppy that I like but its not English brown its American so and west coast so to be expected. hop forward, sweet, dark sugar, malty, fruity, tasty. some cola like notes. very pepsi like. after it warms I find it a nice balance but not quite in balance, seems maybe i gotten used to the citra finally. malt side I think for me now.

m: low carbonation, thin/medium body, smooth, not too bad of a bitter aftertaste, drinkable

o: Really nice, goes to show yea if you not in the mood for a style you can underrate it.
very nice to great beer. I had 8 of them now. just not all today. lol

7.99 a sixer

Photo of Schmoog
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the unique 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is brown, not too dark, I can see through it. My pour produced a decent tan head about 1/2 inch in height. Head fades to a partial cover and ring around the glass; leaves a little patch lacing.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by some slightly sweet malt (caramel) with a little roasted barley. There is a noticeable aromatic hop aroma, not piney but more floral with perhaps a touch of dark fruit.

Taste: Although this is not a big beer bursting with flavor, it is a well made and balanced beer. There is some decent sweeter malt flavor (not cloyingly sweet) balanced by a bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light, natural carbonation. Smooth on the tongue and throat, a little slick going down.

Overall: Normally this goes for $10 a six pack. Purchased this on sale for $8.50. This is a good, quality beer that I enjoyed and would readily purchase it again for $8.50, but $10 is a bit steep to make this a reagular purchase.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tapman
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large cinammon-colored head leaves a shattered glass (windshield) lacing and sits atop a dark plum body. Head dissipates rather quickly and it appears filtered (no sediment). Has the typical Anchor dark ale smell (at least to me) of dutch chocolate, toffee and minty herbal-ness. Taste wise I'm getting a lot of phenolic flavors, which are not abnormal though is different for an American brown, and hay, though not miller light hay, I'm talking fresh, grassy hay. Also in the taste is German low sugar chocolate biscuits. Mouth is light and crisp and not heavy, like the label suggests. Overall an interesting American Brown and while this is still not nearly my favorite style, this one is a little more interesting than some, though more phenolic-like than any other.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.