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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of Kam
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Kam, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of bertcat9000
5/5  rDev +37%

bertcat9000, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a decent amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A typically nutty brown ale aroma, with a surprising amount of hops, as well.

T: Like the aroma the flavor had a lot of that nuttiness, but also a big shot of hops. A good deal malt present as well. A very sharp, well rounded flavor.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid, likeable, easy to drink beer. One the better brown ales.

avalon07, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a coded freshness dated bottle: Poured a deep, clear brown with beautiful ruby highlights. The creamy, beige head dissipated slowly leaving a nice foamy ring. Without a doubt, one of the nicest looking brown ales I have observed.

The aroma was a solid, perfumy malt base with the faint citrusy aroma the Citra hop coming through.

Very nice opening of faint molasses,semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar with a faint and welcoming bitterness that lingers on the tongue. None of these flavors overwhelms. The mild roastiness and hop profile keep this one from becoming cloying.

The ale has a light to medium body with rather low carbonation, giving this one a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This is what a Brown Ale should be: not hugely complex, but flavorful and somewhat sessionable. It is dangerously drinkable at 6% ABV. Even as the ale warms, it maintains its refreshing character. Considering the three digit temperatures today, I considered drinking a wheat beer. I am glad I chose this one instead.

jkrich, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

oberon, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Slikpitt
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Slikpitt, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of LeoEnergy
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured into a tulip glass (not ideal)

A- Pours dark brown, with some golden hues and a creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind patches of oval lacing.

S- Sweet malt and hints of grassy citrus. Some coco beans barely pronounced. No distinct aroma but there is something sugary/fruity towards the end.

T- The flop: Begins Malty and sweet with toffee and grain. The turn: becomes prominent in toffee, grain, spice, and a hint of raisin. The River: leaves a fruity residue with some chocolate notes, finishing slightly bitter and dry.

M- Smooth, creamy, balanced, dry finish and perfect carbonation. No alcohol detected.

O- I'd do it again.

LeoEnergy, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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. 

Hopswagger, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a standard beer glass, and the coloration is brownish, with a fair amount of red hues in the background. It is semi-clear, with some small carbonation seen to be rising to the top. The head on this beer is amazing I have to say!....it is a caramel color, is dense and creamy, and retains as well as any beer will, going from a couple fingers thick, settling down to about a finger. The lacing is decent too, leaving behind thick foamy goodness, but it does slowly slide back into the brew unfortunately!

S- Malt sweetness dominates the nasal cavity, with some pleasant notes of mouth watery inducing citrus hints. There is some fresh leafy bitterness noted on the finish as well. Very yummy smelling indeed!

T- This is quite malty, yet very refreshing at the same time. Sweet hints of caramel, roasted barley grain, and cocoa/coffee bean blended start this one off. This somewhat gives way to a satisfying, lighter tartness of citrus...I found it to be primarily of grapefruit, tangerine, and a lemon/lime rind tinge to it. The finish is a mix of astringent, yet thirst quenching bitterness, with a touch of soft sweetness that ends this beer with a perfect balance!

M- While this is a medium bodied beer, it really has a quality about it that says, I'm thin bodied, and therefore really easy to drink! It's creamy, due to the carbonation factor being mild too...it's a nice blend between rich and quenching.

O- I quite like this beer and will definitely seek it out again in the future. It has a great blend of rich flavor, creamy yet easy to drink body in any environment, and I think it's a unique take on the Brown Ale style.

ChrisCage, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours chocolate brown with a tall, light tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The beer smells of dark roasted barley malt, caramel, and chocolate. It smells like a traditional brown ale. The beer is sweet and malty. There are flavors of chocolate and some hops to balance the malty sweetness. There's a mild citrus tang as well. The body is light to medium with adequate carbonation. The beer is creamy and smooth. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola looking brown with a 3/4 thumbs width mocha head. A sweat, earthy aroma of brown sugar and cherries alongside a little soapy grass. Flavor is very interesting for a brown with the inclusion of the cherries alongside brown sugar, grass, and closing out with a touch of roastiness. A kinda thin, active mouthfeel. Overall, an enjoyable brew but not necessarily the most memorable or best brown ale. I'd happily drink this again but definitely glad I found this as a single rather than having had to buy a full sixer of it.

denver10, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium brown color with garnet highlights and a solid one inch beige head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma begins with brown sugar and bready malt, leading into a melanoidin-like nutty, buttery character. There's a bit of floral hop, which becomes slightly citrusy at the finish.

Citrus hops underlie the entire flavor profile, with tangy lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple carrying a slightly roasted, nutty dark malt body into a fairly bitter, slightly acrid finish. More tropical fruit emerges as it warms.

Body is moderate with carbonation on the high side of moderate, and a bit of an astringent finish.

Overall, a very citrusy example of the style. The hops sort of clash with the bitterness of the roast malt, though. A little more malt complexity in the flavor would improve the experience.

barczar, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Chrisdslap
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Chrisdslap, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Eriktheipaman, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Slatetank, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!!

WVbeergeek, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Boitnott, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of FLBEERGUY25
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

FLBEERGUY25, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of NorCalBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

NorCalBeer, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KTCamm, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

PintOHops, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of JosiahS
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

glass: nonic

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.

JosiahS, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of elec
3.25/5  rDev -11%

elec, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 08, 2012
Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.