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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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Photo of Polasiuss
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

A very nicely done brown ale with sufficient hopping to place it solidly in the American Brown Ale category. Chestnut brown pour with a hint of ruby at the edge. Roasty caramel aroma. Up front a touch acidic, melding quickly into a slightly herbal hop bite. Sweetish caramel malt with restrained roasted notes follows and the finish hints at brown sugar.

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bconsidine
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of elNopalero
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours an amber ruby color with tight foam. I get a caramel malt aroma followed by some
sweetness, and a hint of brown sugar. The flavor is dominated by that same brown sugar sweetness, almost one-noted unfortunately. This beer is malty sweet with a thin body—the light body saves it from being overly cloying. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops, although I really couldn’t tell.

Photo of cjac
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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!

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