Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +26%
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!!!
06-13-2012 22:23:27 | More by WVbeergeek
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Pours dark brown with initial white foam that separates and fades out. Nutty caramel taste, Sweet.Taste is light sweet, some cola, some nutty. Light bitter finish that holds. Good carbonation.
Brown ale with a bite. Good beer.
06-10-2012 12:26:56 | More by KTCamm
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
Glass - Nonic
A - Mahogany colored brew with little haze and lots of carbonation. It produced a massive 3-4 finger head on a somewhat gently pour, so it's probably highly carbonated. Head retention wasn't good, and I didn't get any lacing either.
S - Lemony, resinous, pine and grapefruit like hops upfront. Sweet bread, biscuit, pie crust and brown sugar malt characteristics. A bit of cocoa in there as well. Smells balanced and inviting.
T - The first thing I pick up is mild cherry and plum with a touch of alcohol. It unfolds quickly into bread, brown sugar, almond, and a hint of cocoa. Hops lend a mild lemon like citrus character that I think could be a bit stronger. It finishes somewhat sweet with lingering brown sugar and cocoa flavors. Bitterness is very mild. I picked subtle vanilla as it warmed.
M - Around full bodied with a chewy, smooth feel. Crispness is lite-moderate.
O - Well nothing surprised me about this beer. I liked the smell and the flavor profile, but I did feel that the cloying cocoa and brown sugar combo was a bit too much for me. I think the mouthfeel could be a little crisper as well. Overall I'd definitely drink it again, but I prefer other Brown Ales, like Moose Drool for example.
06-08-2012 23:49:40 | More by PintOHops
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Dark brown appearance with some ruby red in there. Highly carbonated, 3-4 finger head, tan. Aroma offers chocolate, mocha, caramel, cherries and lemon rind.
Mocha stands out on the taste. Lots of cherry, and other tart dark fruit. Not overly tart though. Almost no hops to speak off. A very subtle bitterness at the end followed by a sort of creamy finish.
Lively in the mouth but not as much as the appearance led me to believe. Solid brown ale, no fuss, balanced and very approachable.
06-08-2012 23:40:27 | More by JosiahS
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-08-2012 16:10:25 | More by StonedTrippin
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a rich brown with a reddish hue. Finger-thick head, toffee in colour, fades to a layer of puff leaving a mostly even lacing. No visible carbonation.
Smell: Much to my dismay, I can hardly smell anything in this beer without agitating it an incredible amount. When the aromas finally arrive, nice sweet and roasted malt is all there is.
Taste: Sweet, musty malt in the front quickly makes way for some bitter, citrus hops. Finishes a little boozy and sticky.
Mouthfeel: Nicely rounded medium body with a mild bite.
Overall: The smell is disappointing but everything else is fantastic. A satisfying beer done the true Anchor way.
06-07-2012 02:03:01 | More by EkimGram
3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
Geez, almost great. Served a bit cold, with very nice, large, tan, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy head that slowly settles and plenty of lace. Color is a pretty, clear mahoganey with many tiny bubble trails. Aroma is banana up front, then malt, roast, toffee, fruit. Flavor's like nose and is fruity up front too; then there's the classic brown ale flavors. Oddly, sweetness is muted at first and comes in later finishing along with the bitter and tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, ending to a not altogether pleasant bittersweet slow taper.
06-06-2012 00:24:04 | More by drpimento
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
Beautiful deep ruby-red, with big and impressive head of carbonation. Lace spotty.
Nose is malty sweet, with caramel, maple, and an earthy vibe. Perfect brown ale character.
Taste is sweet and mild, with a slight roastiness, and a tinge of citrus hops submerged in the finish. A solid and enjoyable brown ale.
05-25-2012 12:04:23 | More by secondtooth
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Huh had no idea this was a "brewed once" beer.
A - Pours a very dark mocha brown, clear in color with only a 1/4 inch of head but it makes for an attractive creamy lace ring.
S - Smells quite good actually brown malt with a touch of chocolate and hops. Some sweet jelly like malts too.
T - Quite good actually. Starts off with a twang of hops and some brown malt balanced the bitterness with some jam like malts and chocolate.
M - Medium bodied with a creamy consistency.
Overall a solid brown ale.
05-24-2012 05:04:53 | More by DrDemento456
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Had this on 2012-05-18 in Columbia, PA
A - Somewhat clear copper-ruby with a 2-finger light tan head and moderate lacing.
S - Rich, sweet bready malt, toffee, fragrant hop floral and spice.
T - Toasted bread with guava jelly drizzled with chocolate sauce and washed down with some bitter herbal tea. It's quite nice; the Citra providing a nice bitterness that compliments the roastiness.
M - Light-medium body and medium body. Pretty crisp and refreshing.
O - Good tasting, not heavy. Satisfying. My wife liked it too.
05-19-2012 10:30:01 | More by Tucquan
Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.