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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 CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark chestnut brown color with light coming through around the edge of the glass and a very thick 2 finger foamy tan head that faded very slowly, leaving good spotty lacing. The head took several minutes to dissipate and was very impressive.

Smells sweet with malt, brown sugar, caramel, grains, citrus hops, lemon, yeast funk and herbs; very malty and sweet, but nice mix of hops for some complexity.

The flavor is rich with sweet malt, caramel, toasted grains, lemon zest, citrus hops, bread, herbs, yeast, roasted nuts, syrup and some charcoal; the finish is bitter, nutty and funky, which is surprising since the bottle boasts about the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth, almost crisp, with a medium body, mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Decent enough beer and an average brown ale, but not a beer I’d be in a rush to buy again.

Photo of AMson
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Notes from 7/12/12

On the front label: "All Malt Single Hop Brown Ale. Brewmaster Gottlieb Brekle 1871-1888." On the back: "6% ABV." Also, some coding "2MO" which means nothing to the average person (including myself), although I'm inclined to think it refers to the age of the beer.

The brew pours nicely with a big, fluffy beige head that sticks to the glass. Down below, the brew is dark brown with glowing red hues (cherry red in the light), nearly opaque. Appearance: 4.5/5

Creamy in the nose. Buttery diacetyl, peaches (my wife picked that attribute out), citrus (lime), salt, and a body of caramel and brown malts. Suggestion of booze on the outer edges. Aroma: 4/5

That suggestion of alcohol shows up in the taste; cuts in with the bittering hops. Butter, caramel, spicy hops flavor. Good and complex flavors in the taste. Taste: 4/5

Feels medium bodied and well balanced. Feel: 4/5 Nothing takes over as, thankfully, this isn't over-hopped (which tends to be the prevailing characteristic amongst American brown ales). Overall: 4/5

Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish-brown color with one finger of tan head that fades slowly with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Sticky sweet, almost like a dubble or triple, with caramel, brown sugar and ripe fruit notes.

Taste: syrupy-sweet and creamy, but fading to a nice, slightly astringent roasted malt back end. Roasted notes carry right on into a lingering finish with some chalkiness. It's a nice contrast to the sweet front end.

The Rest: A unique brown that's well worth a taste. The aroma and initial taste was very atypical, but then the finish brings it back to a more typical brown ale.

Photo of Dotcubed
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich frothy foam pour.
Bought from a wine shop.

Visually a dark brown. Red hue.

Sweet smelling, Not much here.

Heavy european black Licorice, burnt Candy.
Bitter things in here. Clearly hopped but handles malty.
Very attractive large attractive bottle bubbles.

Somewhat of a robust carbon tinted beer.
Drinks pretty well warmed up from fridge temp
made to pair with meat, barbeque, etc

cheese burger on sour dough
sweet BBQ chicken
Chipotle anything

Photo of craigreno
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - chestnut brown color with a creamy beige head that stayed around and left some heavy trails of lacing behind.

S - sweet caramel and nutty aroma.

T - sweet toffee and nutty flavors with just a hint of bitterness on the front side of the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, easy drinking feel.

O - a little more than just average for the style.

Photo of Mullinger1980
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of pkalix
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tasted like band aids at first, but after settling in to it i can taste a little more of it.
never really been a fan of anchor steam but trying the nut brown ales today and gave it a shot. the others i had today were superior to this one, but it doesnt taste too bad.

Photo of agreenman19
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Greggory
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Nofear048
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice chestnut toffee color out of the bottle hits the glass, giving to dark caramel and toffee red hues. Head forms nicely big and rich, light tan and three fingers with a creamy top and cap. The brew looks absolutely delicious.

Nose is filled with toffee and caramel smelling like malts. THere's a little bit of floral soapy action to this strangely, I wonder if that's from the single hop they used? Interesting, still smells very solid and inviting.

Interesting palate. A good malt body with a light brown ale touch, gives to a nice rounded feeling of light nutty toast. Afterfinish fills with a great aromatic of banana like esters and some mild milk chocolate. Very waffery chocolate air sensations while drinking this beer.

When all else fails, I always go back to anchor, just simple solid and delicious.

Photo of pants678
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A soft cloudy amber brown with a fluffy off-white head.

Sugary smell like honey, malts.

Very chocolate, rich earthy malts and toffee with a sweetness from the citra hops. No real clean bite on the back. As advertised it's a straight forward beer, nothing to get muddled up in. Little warmth from the alcohol.

Carbonated more like a porter, it's fitting though.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear cedar reddish brown, tall tan head retained well
S - molasses and rye, citrus and earthiness, well balanced aromas
T - nutty and toffee rich malty flavours, complimented by citrus hop notes, mild touch of woody earthiness
M - medium body, mild carbonation, slightly sticky with a dry citra hop finish
O - rich without being heavy, well balanced, easy drinking, this is an easily sessionable brown ale

Photo of rekel
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Kam
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bertcat9000
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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