Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | 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:
Single hopped with Citra.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-07-2011)
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Blaze5445
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of rlee1390
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear deep amber, not much carbonation, two finger off white head

S-Overly malty, some grass, caramel and candied sugar, no hops.

T-Malty mess, candied sugar, overly sweet, no balance or hops.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation, a little on the watery side.

O-A poor beer, I am disappointed in this one, was expecting a lot better from Anchor.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby amber with a huge, thick, brown head that has good retention

S - bready, nutty, caramel, fruity, citrusy

T - citrusy, sweet, bitter, nutty, caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an incredibly hoppy brown ale. The hops come through first followed by a typical brown ale maltiness. It's sweet and citrusy which is a bit odd for the style . It's complex and highly drinkable and ultimately enjoyable if not a bit strange and unique. It's worth a try.

Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Holy crap... what a massive head! Or maybe I just poured it too soon and too fast after popping the cap. The somewhat soft brown liquid below it was fairly cloudy.

S: I got sort of a citrusy sourness wrapped up in licorice, figs, and brown sugar. Odd, yet pleasant.

T: Seriously, the overall taste profile very much resemble their Christmas Ale (but without the evergreen notes). I almost got some farmhouse funk imbedded in the butterscotch candy. Odd for sure.

M: While I appreciated this as a brown ale with an attitude, I didn't find it very drinkable due to its flavor (spice) combinations. The carbonation was good and the lacing was ridiculous.

O: No beer have I tried in the last year has generated more "back and forth" activity than this one for me, but due to its low drinkability, I'll just say, "Drink with an open mind."

Photo of ncstephen
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of cmuir24
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of fitz284
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dark, yet transparent reddish brown. Head is minimal and tan. Bubbly and frothy. Leaves unconnected lace rings.

S: Cocoa, citrus , crackers, a little spice and caramel are the things that pop out here.

T: Immediate strange twang of tart sting that is not pleasing. The back of the beer is sweet, and bitter with some light but lingering citrus notes with elements of bakers chocolate, nuts, and burnt caramel. But that strange initial taste kinda of kills it here.

M: Light and watery. Soft carbonation. Not much else to note.

O: Not a fan and an Anchor disappointment

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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+

Photo of harrymel
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 2YX (Whatev that means)

Pours a nice cinnamon brown with some etched surface foam that is oat colored. Smells of toasted oats, some malt syrup, smacks cereal, and bit of cardboard. Smells sweet. Flavor is toasted and sweet oats, some cola, some bakin soda flavors. The body on this is surprisingly empty with carb and an off dry finish. I’m not impressed ewith this beer.

Photo of JakeWik
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby brown with a thick, 3 finger light tan head. Good retention. Resulting lace is consistent with a touch of stickiness.

Smell - Lots of nutty character, brown sugar and roasted malty goodness. Subtle note of citrus hops.

Taste - Starts with brown sugar sweetness and a bit of roasted nut, like chestnut or pecan, followed by subtle hints of toffee or caramel. There's a lurking citrus character lying beneath from start to finish, but you have to look for it... comes out a bit more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Decent carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall - This is a really, really good brown. Fairly bold. Good balance despite the citrus hop character being hidden at colder temp. I'm not big on browns, but I'd definitely buy this one again, several times over.

Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of OCMutt
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish/light brown color with a frothy, foamy, beige head of foam.

Aromas begin with mild hop accents of citrus and dried grasses. Then you get some toasted bread maltiness with notes of brown sugar and roast. As it warms you get some slight raisin-like fruitiness.

The tastes follow the nose but in reverse with toasted bread crusts with lesser sweetish hints of brown sugar and dark caramel. Mild inclusions of raisin, molasses and roasted pecans. The hop flavors and bitterness builds as it warms with the citrusy Citra hops and some grassy dry-hopping accents.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is increasingly bitter and the citrus clashes with the brown malt leaving an odd taste I do not enjoy on the palate.

Overall this just once again proves I do not like the flavor profile of dark malt and hops, dark beers should be malty, light ones should be hoppy. There is nothing that can change my taste preference on that so take this for what it's worth.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of fezmeister
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet malt nose under an unimpressive pour, albeit nice brown color. Taste is classically roasty nutty sweets malts (although not a bit tacky or cloying), but balanced with plenty of citra hop zing for great drinkability. I like it, as an IPA drinker who dislikes sticky sweet beers. Great for a brown afficionado on a summer day when quaffability is desired, in my estimation.

Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.