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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 59 | 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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Ratings: 776 | Reviews: 285
Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in an Anchor Steam pint glass.

Pours a very dark, reddish-brown with moderate size but thick tan head. The head dies down to a ring rather quickly but leaves some splotchy lacing.

There's plenty of unexpected piney hops in the aroma, and a bit of this carries over to the initial part of the taste. The flavor, however, quickly becomes dominated by a fine dark malt flavor that lingers for a while. The dark malt is evident in aroma, just less than might be expected given the flavor. Hints of dark malt, molasses and citrus fruits in the aroma, and of toffee, coffee, roasted nuts and caramel in the flavor.

M: clean and rather crisp for style, thanks to the extra hops and a medium or higher level of carbonation. Medium body.

O: unusual, easy-drinking, and flavorful, with interesting and well-balanced flavors that change from the time this hits the tongue until the lingering aftertaste slowly fades away.

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 14/2/12

A dark ruby with a two finger dark beige head that hangs around long enough to leave a few partial rings of lace

S lots of tropical notes, guava, tangerine, mango and pineapple loads of hops for a brown ale some brown sugar and very faint anise

T more malt in the mouth with some caramel notes, not as hoppy with a slight nutty aspect, very faint molasses on the finish

M light in the mouth with just the right amount of bubbles to give it a creamy feel, just a little bite to it and a long lingering finish

O I'm not sure where all the love is for this one because I thought it was quite good, big hoppy nose and a little malty balance in the mouth

I'm not upset I have a 6er of this stuff to drink, well concealed booze might slow down the process but I'm not very scared

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

A: Dark brown, ruby-like. Very clear, huge tan head which recedes fairly quickly. Some light lacing on the glass right above the wisps of foam floating.

S: Tangerines, melon, grassy, floral. Some caramel malts underneath the hops.

T: Hop flavors slightly overwhelming the roasted malts here. Citrus (bordering on lemony), lite grapefruit, grape, caramel. A step up from the usual brown ales profile.

M: Light bodied, almost fizzy. Leaves a pleasant flowery, dirt-like bitter aftertaste.

O: One of the best brown ales I've had. The style doesn't lead to much complexity, but I could drink multiple bottles of this and not get bored.

Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ruby-ish brown beer, very clear, and deep. The head was thin, but it's appearance is enticing. The smell is a nice balance of roasted malt, with a background of hops (orange rind and flowers). The taste is really good: Balance, with a smooth malt sweetness. Roasted malt, but not burnt or overly done. Firm bitterness in the finish. Fruity and fresh. Medium in body and very smooth. This is a drinkable brown ale.

Photo of JustinQ
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of s4s
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Named after Anchor's first brewer Gottlieb Breckles and features the citra hop exclusively. Old brewer, newer hop.

Coppery brown and clear. Thin beige head quickly simmers to a thin collar of retention. Not a great looking beer but acceptable for the style. Anchor has the best shaped bottles in beer IMO.

Smells Anchor Steam-y. Just as Smuttynose has their own earthy Smuttynose-ness and Rogue has Pacman, I guess I'm detecting Anchor's house yeast byproduct. Tangerine, fruitcake, wet soil and chocolate cake minus the frosting round out the aroma.

Tastes unexpectedly fruity, borderline English pale ale fruity. Toasted bread tries to balance the fruit but the tangerine laden citra throws this beer askew. At 6% it's not really a session beer either.

Messy and all over the place. Not a fan.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a bright coppery/red throughout. Smallish tan head develops but drops to a film fairly quickly.
Smell is rich with roasted malt, some wheat, of hint of wood and vanilla and a decent dose of hops.
Taste is well-balanced with roasted malts, hops, wheat, a woody note and a wee dram of alcohol. Very nice.
Medium bodied with a medium effervescence. Smooth for a brown with a nice malty alcohol aftertaste. Slightly warming, especially at the top of the throat. A nice brew.

Photo of Sinewave
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Brekle's Brown
12 oz brown bottle
1N9 on the back label
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a mahogany brown with reddish colored highlights on the bottom. Originally shows a decent head on top, but that quickly turns to a thin circle around around the glass.

A very malty brew with flavors of toasted wheat bread, caramel sweetness and dark fruit sweetness. There is a mini hop snap on the finish, but the emphasis of this ale is the caramel sweetness and toasted malt.

I really dig Anchor beers, but my issue with this beer is the mouthfeel, it's just too thin for my liking. I expected more. Nevertheless, this is still a quaffable brown ale.

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

Batch 1DH pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Great head retention & above average head retention

S: Nuttyness & toasty malt, but not in huge quantity

T: Toasty malt, leafy & woody hops, plus a touch of nuttyness up front. Dryness & nuttyness as this warms, a long with some tea bitterness/tannin flavor as this warms.

MF: Medium bodied, form carbonation, decent balance

This seems more English styled to me, that or I have an old bottle. Not a bad brown ale, but not upper crust by any means...

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

A: Soft cola pour with orangish hues is a dark burgundy when backlighted in the vessel revealing a strong carbonation factor. Frothy, light khaki head holds well with a thin skim coating for lace.

S: A pleasant aroma of sweet caramelized malt, licorice, and dark toffee first meets the nose with a nice sensory level. Malty with light alcohol/speciality barrel notes.

T: Sweet caramelized malt, dried maple syrup, with dry sweet rum alcohol. A soft roastiness, dried cola and nuttiness, licorice, and some barrel age woodiness . Things round out with some light dried milk chocolate, a warmth of alcohol and malt with spicy hops and caramelized sugars.

M: Malty, medium bodied with a creamy bubbly texture. Soothing alcohol warmth on the swallow.

O: Solid malty flavor and layers of complexity with a boozy sweetness. A big drinking brown.

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

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a nice tan head that leaves a nice amount of lace on the glass.

S: There is tons of malt on those nose of this beer and a bit of roasted malt.

T: There is a bit of roasted malt, some caramel and nutty flavors on the palate. As the beer lingers, the caramel and malt flavors really comes out.

M: I love how the beer goes right down with ease. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat, along with a good amount of carbonation going down.

O: I think this is a very tasty beer. It is easy to drink and has a nice amount of flavor. There isnt anything that blows me away, but still a nice, easy beer.

Photo of zoso1967
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brekle’s Brown pours a nice and clear rust tinged light brown. The head is a sort of tan/beige that has a surprising brown cast to it. It has decent retention and leaves very nice lacing.

The aroma is quite enjoyable with plenty of fruity esters mixing with a solid brown ale malty backbone that has hints of rich caramel and dark bread. I get a lot of dried cherry type aromas out of the nose as well.

The flavor keeps up the fruity trend, but it is a bit more reserved than the aroma. This beer’s character reminds me a lot of fruit bread. Cherry, caramel, toffee and sweet bread are all present, as well as a slight earthy or even spicy character.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a finish that is fairly dry. Toasted malt and even a slight roasty like presence linger after swallowing.

Overall I thought this was a decent brown that is a bit different than many out there. However, it was really nothing to write home about. If I am looking for a cheap and widely available brown, I will still seek out some SN Tumbler, or some local offering.

Photo of david18
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a draft of this at Cannibal, a new beer bar and charcuterie on Manhattan's east side. Not my favorite brown, which was not my favorite style but it was worth trying.

Appearance was a medium brown with a fizzy head. Not too much carbonation.

Aroma was a little toasty, a little bit of cocoa and some hops as well.

Flavor was a little thin. I found it to be a little bit lacking.

Not really very good.

Photo of rawla
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet from a bottle. No freshness date.

A: A murky, mud-watery reddish brown. Tons of carbonation coming off the bottle.

S: Smells of roasted oats, and malt. Nothing very complex, but it entices you to try the beer. Smells like a well-seasoned oatmeal.

T: Roasted front of the tongue gives away to a bark-like bitterness midway. Boozy finish. I am surprised at how much of the alcohol sticks around on the tongue for a beer of this low ABV.

M: A sugary, starchy lacing sticks with you throughout the beer.

O: Not a terrible beer; it has some nice roasted notes, but it has an over powering boozy finish that hinders it's drinkability. I love Anchor Porter and Steam, but this is an average offering.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Deep transluscent amber brown color. A little over one finger of frothy beige head. Retenion is perhaps a hair below average and a "barely there" ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Strange aroma. The dominant component is some novel mix of cocoa powder and flowers with herbal undertones. Toasted malts with anise and caramel. Light, raisiny fruitiness.

3.0 T: Cocoa powder/flowers/herbs mix that tastes just as strange as it smells. Raisin, toasted malts, faint roastiness. Doughy malts overall.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that somehow in conjunction with the body makes this feel a lot like a beer from cask. Good creaminess, very nice.

3.5 D: Strange, but tasty beer that has a damn good mouthfeel.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense clear glowing garnet brown with a thick creamy light tan head that last as a thin film and has a gentle carbonation.

S- The brown malt has a faint raisin and toffee hint with some sweaty and grainy characters in the finish.

T- the brown roasted malt has a dry taste to it with a green herbal pungent dark hops finish with bitterness growing in the finish. There is a dark nougat character that comes through and a light citrus tartness in the hops grows aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizzy finish but no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a big fizz that scrubs away a lot of the flavor and the malt is already a bit faint with some odd notes to it. The hops are a bit overpowering and heavy on the bitter side with an odd citrus note to them. This beer could use a bit of balance to it.

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby-coppper color, very clear. Head is one finger and off white, dissappates to a slick. Minimal lacing.
S- Aroma is very malt forward, as the on-bottle description says. Dark bread dough, a bit of toffee, and a bit of red grape on the nose.
T- One thing I liked about the flavor of this one is it had lots of malt flavor without being overly sweet. Toasted bread, and a bit of sweet caramel with a light bit of fruityness underneath it all.
M- Light body, but the flavor lasts a long time. This is a beer that really sticks to you long after you're done drinking it.
O- Overall this is a good beer. Smooth beer and lots of malt flavor. Wish they brewed this one more.

Photo of CTbeerboy
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brekle's Brown has a nice deep hue (verging on ruby when held up to the light). About a finger to a finger and a half of an beige or light brown head that is quit quick to depart.
S- One of the beer's strongpoints is the earthy aroma that overwhelms my nostrils when hit with this beer. I get alot of dark malts and a huge roasted grain wallop right off the bat. Lots of earth, leather, burnt bread and spice on the nose (maybe even a hint of cinnamon?)
T- I get a heavy burnt bread flavor on the middle of the tongue. The front is filled with woddy smoky characters (and more bread). On the back of the palate I really get some bitterness, almost like coffee that isn't quick to disappear.
M- The mouthfeel is quite pleasant on this one. I get plenty of nice lingering notes on all parts of the palate.
O- Brekle's Brown is a decent American Brown ale. I find it a little too bitter, but this qould easily fit the needs of anybody who likes browns or light-bodied American Porters as well. Could be a bit sweeter, and a little less bitter in my opinion.

Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with ruby edges and a thick tan colored head that laces the glass.

S: Toasted malt, caramel and a very crisp, fresh, ocean breeze hop aroma.

T: There are brown sugar and caramel notes, but mostly just a pure sweet toasted malt flavor with the addition of a floral and earthy hop flavor. There is a slight bitterness from the hop that lingers in the finish. The beer is sweet all the way through.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: A very malty brown ale that has a big flavor. It is a bit on the sweet side, which some may not like.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a dark, yet transparent reddish brown. Head is minimal and tan. Bubbly and frothy. Leaves unconnected lace rings.

S-Cocoa and caramel are the first two things that pop out here. A bit nutty and the yeast is apparent too.

T-The flavor really surprised me. It has a strange twinge of tart sting that is not pleasing. The back of the beer is sweet, and creamy with notes of chocolate, nuts, and burnt caramel. But that strange initial taste kinda of kills it here. Also has an unattractive metallic twang too.

M-Light and watery. Soft carbonation. Not much else to note.

O/D-Not a fan of this beer. Two separate parts of the taste (the odd initial flavor, and the metallic flavor) are unappealing to me. Glad I only bought a single of this.

Photo of allengarvin
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New anchor beer! With some heartwarming story on the top label--eh, I stopped reading after about 8 words. Poured this into a NB chalice. It has a good pour, with a reddish brown color and a large creamy head on top of it, slightly tan. The nose is excellent. It's caramel sweet, with an unusually good yeasty fruitiness, and underlying of lightly citrus hops. I was going to give it a 4.5 at first, but I keep re-sniffing it. I don't swirl and sniff many beers this pleasant. A rare 5.

The flavor is really good as well. It's not excessively malty at all. A clean malt flavor permeates the beer. The bitterness is wonderfully balanced, taking the sweetness away but not drying things out; hop flavor adds a great grassy citrusness to it. The body is very light, making it a good quaffing beer despite the 6% strength.

I was exceedingly surprised by how good this beer is. It's unique, and doesn't taste like any other beer I can recall. Dark and brown ales are rarely my favorites, but this is one really, really good beer. Wow.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
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