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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of PintOHops
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of JosiahS
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of elec
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of EkimGram
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Tucquan
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper body with ruby hues beneath the foamy, tan head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation.

Generous caramel malt aromas float from the glass as well as bread or biscuit notes and just a hint of the citra hops.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor offers a very nice caramel malt flavor as well as toasted biscuit and almost a nutty sweetness to finish.

A bit lighter in body for a brown ale (as advertised) with medium carbonation and a nice sweet finish that lingers on the palate.

This is a pretty nice job by Anchor to come up with traditional brown ale with just the right amount of flavor and touch of hops, yet still suitable to the style.

Photo of SargeC
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
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