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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 44 | 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 MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with tints of amber/ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge foamy five finger head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts that are slightly roasted. A good amount of caramel and toffee. A pretty vibrant presence of hops for the style with some citrus orange and a hint of pine resin. Also some light hints of nuts and brown sugar.

Taste: Starts with some sweet lightly roasted caramel malts up front with hints of toffee and nuts. A fairly vibrant taste of hops comes in with notes of citrus orange and some herbal, grassy hops. Also some hints of brown sugar and banana. Nice balance of sweet malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat sticky. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very nice take on a brown ale. More hoppy than you would expect from a brown but still well balanced.

MattyG85, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear brown colour with an off white head, good retention.

Smells malty and a caramalised sweetness too.

Tastes very malty and almost dark but more sweet. Nice hop bitterness taste on the finish.

Overall a decent brown ale, not the best but solid nonetheless.

CwrwAmByth, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of danmc50
4/5  rDev +9.6%

danmc50, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Norsican
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Norsican, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fine brown color, perfect clarity. Big light tan head starts lacing as it recedes. Holy malty aromas! Sweetness on the nose, mostly caramel.

First sip has a huge malty flavor, but not a chewy mouthfeel. A little flat through the middle, could benefit from slightly more aggressive carbonation. The nice bitterness right after entry and at the finish doesn't scream "hoppy," but provides an excellent backbone. It follows the malty flavors seamlessly, and the maltiness never tips over into sweetness.

I keep thinking I'm getting traces of high alcohol flavors/aromas/mouthfeel, but this one is a pretty reasonable 6% ABV.

Overall: B+/A-

grannaniwa, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Redglimmer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Redglimmer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz->Smokestack Tulip
A ~ Pours Brown with a red hue. . .creamy khaki head,
good lacing.

S ~ Banana bread, Orange peels, Vanilla candies...Very floral. Strawberries & Molasses Cookies w/ Caramel Ice Cream. Hint of brown sugared oatmeal. Great bouquet.

T ~ Banana Bread follows through w/ sliced strawberries & lemonade. Raw Vanilla Bean & Orange Peel. Delectable notes of wheat bread baking as well as rich toffee & caramel overtones.

M ~ Great feel here. Sweet, creamy malt deliciousness & fruity flavor hoppiness. The Citra Hop is showcased very well here.
A delicate balance of robust flavor & complex floral sweetness. A substantial body w/ delicate effervescence.

D ~ Citra in a Brown Ale? I'm there. It's a perfect combination. Supreme drinkability here. No heat, tastes great, & the price is very right. Please check this out.

chocosushi, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the store as part of a mixed six pack. I've had a decent amount of Anchor Brewing in the past (especially Liberty Ale), but I never had Brekle's Brown before.

I poured this beer into a pint glass. There was about one finger of foam, and the coloring is brown like a chocolate lab. You get a decent amount of malty smell from the top, and I get some minimal hopping.

This is a tasty brown. There is a little sweetness and a ton of malt. Brekle's has really good balance. I even get some bitterness on the back end.

This is a good example of a brown beer. I would probably only put it second to the Smuttynose Brown Dog (my favorite brown).

ummswimmin, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bump8628
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A more than solid American Brown. The Citra hops are a great contrast to the silky, caramelly, nutty malt. Light fruit from the yeast finishes it off nicely. Again, the subtle tropical and resiny hop notes let you know this beer is All-American craft beer. One of the better and more surprising beers I've had lately, and it's nice to see Anchor step up and do something new.

bump8628, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor' s brown is nice addition to their catalog, but not a home run...more like a single in the gap.

Pours perfect brown with a nice oatmeal colored head, however I was expecting a old brown ale malty taste, but a subtler mild malt flavor. Citra hops for a brown ale, huh... Maybe not my first choice, but cheers for a good try.

Fcip78, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep garnet color with an off white head. Flavor is much different than expected. A bit of nuttiness but huge caramel sweet candy like flavor up front.

Balance is good though but oddly there's some detectable alcohol as well. Lots of toffee and roasted malt. A big robust and malty for such a smaller beer which makes sensesince it says "all malt single hop". Hops manages to balance the beer though making it not overly sweet. Caramel tootsie roll like after taste. Good but not something I can drink more than one of unfortunately. A malt masterpiece that just needs something more?

jtierney89, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – medium brown in color, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – strongly spiced type of malt aroma. The roasted quality is slightly discernable in the smell, as it the Citra hop used.

Taste – the roasted flavor is the first to be perceived, indeed coming out much like a roasted nut brown ale, with the same syrupy type of a flavor as well. The Citra hop adds a slight bitterness towards the finish of the tasting. Aftertaste remains slightly bitter and roasted.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but does lean just a bit more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, and decently interesting to think about while tasting.

Nerudamann, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Arherring
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Arherring, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

shelby415, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +37%

Rocketman8911, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Crispy34
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received a bottle at work. I poured it into a pint glass.

A: This is a beautiful brown. Almost too dark, but still has good clarity, with a nice tan head.

S: The smell is a lot more floral that I expected. It has the malt aroma that goes with most browns, but the hoppyness of the first whiff really caught me off guard.

T: The taste I catch is a dull brown ale flavor that is almost overcome by the hops. I am used to browns being very malty, but this one has definite hops on top of the malt.

M: This beer has some body, a little heavier than most browns. The taste/feel after sticks in the back of your throat. I have noticed this with Anchor.

O: I think this is the best beer I have had from Anchor. it has many levels, and is nice. I would suggest it for a person who loves hops and has been turned off by the maltyness of other browns.

Crispy34, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a nice deep brown color with attractive red hues. The head is tan and fairly dense. Retention and lacing are moderate.

S - Excellent citrus and floral notes. Picking up orange, hay and stray honeysuckle. There are also roasted characters and sweet caramel malts at play but are nicely hidden by the hops. Subtle.

T - Lots of citrus. Bitter grapefruit, roasted caramel malts, a bit of brown sugar through the middle sweetens it up nicely. Finishes bitter and a tad sour.

M – Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is crisp and not over played. Goes down nicely.

O – Can’t think of a tastier American brown right off the bat. Glad I purchased this one as a typically do not lean towards Brown Ales.

depechemode1983, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of PaulD70
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

PaulD70, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of pburland23
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a medium brown with some tawny highlights around the edges. Pour creates about a finger of light caramel colored head which quickly dissipated. Pretty run of the mill looking pour.

Smell: Some chocolate malt notes and dark fruit. Caramel notes as well. Bright citrus notes thanks to the Citra hops. Pretty interesting smelling...not your normal brown ale.

Taste: Taste is very fruity off the bat and I was not expecting that. It's sweet even for a brown ale. It almost tastes under attenuated and I'm not getting anything from the Citra hops. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is sharp and prickly. Body is fairly light for a brown ale.

Overall: Starts off like a fun twist on the traditional brown ale but the taste just isn't there. A disappointment to me.

pburland23, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer clear yet very dark reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high dense and light tan colored head that died down but never completely faded away and also left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel, bready and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus from the hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by malty flavors of caramel with bits of sweetness. Hints of citrus are also present from the hops, but they mainly prevent the malty sweetness from becoming cloying and only contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: Despite all of the malts, the beer still feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has excellent drinkability and can be considered sessionable because it isn’t very filling.

metter98, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kew, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$3.99. Bottled 20th July 2011.

Last night, some enterprising Danes reviewed up to 144 beers in 11 hours. In their honor, I enter here, my third review for the night. In all, I've had about 24oz at this point, which is probably how much they drank in all ;-) Salud!

A nice reddish brown, there's a dense, light brown head with pretty good retention and nice lacing. The nose has a nice, surprisingly fresh hoppy nose to it. Bright citrus (the single hop here is Citra), and a little bit of tropical fruit are noticeable up front, but there's also quite a nice malt backbone here. Medium-dark caramel (think toasted sugar), a little bit of vanilla, wheat bread, toffee, this smells quite nice. I particularly like the blend of toasted sugar and the citra hops.

The palate, though, is a little disappointing. Quite thin, there's flavors of toasted bread, caramel and a little toffee, but there's also a little bit of a grainy, cereal-like character that I don't care for. This does ease up, though, as you keep drinking it. While the hops aren't noticeable up front, there is a prominent hoppy bitterness, especially on the finish. Dry, grainy bitterness is also present, mildly husky and astringent. There is, however, some citrus, mildly juicy, to ease things up a bit. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this is decent on the palate. Ultimately, though, this beer isn't terribly enjoyable.

DefenCorps, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle, a nice ode to the original brewer at the operation that would become Anchor.

This beer pours a bright cherry reddish amber hue, with a multitude of tight foamy pale tan head, which leaves some random chunky swaths of lace around the glass in the slow, but not quite agonizingly so, process.

It smells of muddled, but surprisingly strong, grapefruit/generic bitter citrus, and nutty caramel malt. The taste is caramel malt, rather subsumed citrus, some dark cherry fruitiness, and a weird earthy, yeasty character that I can't help but remember from previous Anchor offerings.

The carbonation is pretty reserved, the body a leaky medium weight, and egregiously smooth. It finishes just barely off-dry, the weak malt ceding too much ground to a metallic, acidic fruitiness.

What is it with this brewer and me? Things start off so well, in each instance, but quickly go to shit - the off-flavours always an acute surprise. Here, we have a nice hoppy brown ale, which turns unpleasantly into a phenolic mess all too soon. Sigh. 5 more bottles to pawn off.

biboergosum, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +9.6%

cdwil, Feb 18, 2012
Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.