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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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706 Ratings
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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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 lacqueredmouse


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

640ml tubby Anchor bottle, shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a really pleasant deep red-brown, almost mahogany hue, quite transparent and clear, with a filmy and bubbly head of turmeric coloured foam, bright when swirled. Some speckled lacing, decent weight to the body. Looks pretty fine—it certainly looks like a beer that has had some craft put into it.

Nose is mild with sweet sugary characters, and a hint of spice. I get very little hint of the Citra, although there's a powdery sweetness and rosewater hint that gives it a bit of a lift. OVerall, it's pretty mild, but pleasant enough.

Taste is better, with the malt coming through, giving a toasted raisin loaf character along with hints of banana bread. This is balanced (and perhaps accentuated) by a slight hop astringency, which adds its own complexity, but seems more to enhance the malty characters—much as a judicious dash of salt brings out the flavours in a savoury dish. Feel is clean and very light.

A solid enough beer, and a well-made one. But while it has no obvious flaws or faults, it just not that damn exciting.

12-10-2011 02:44:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Ryan1423


5/5  rDev +37%

12-05-2011 08:12:36 | More by Ryan1423
Photo of mhaugo


4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-04-2011 17:34:06 | More by mhaugo
Photo of tapman


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

Large cinammon-colored head leaves a shattered glass (windshield) lacing and sits atop a dark plum body. Head dissipates rather quickly and it appears filtered (no sediment). Has the typical Anchor dark ale smell (at least to me) of dutch chocolate, toffee and minty herbal-ness. Taste wise I'm getting a lot of phenolic flavors, which are not abnormal though is different for an American brown, and hay, though not miller light hay, I'm talking fresh, grassy hay. Also in the taste is German low sugar chocolate biscuits. Mouth is light and crisp and not heavy, like the label suggests. Overall an interesting American Brown and while this is still not nearly my favorite style, this one is a little more interesting than some, though more phenolic-like than any other.

12-04-2011 02:25:01 | More by tapman
Photo of pperez38


3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-01-2011 08:25:48 | More by pperez38
Photo of augustgarage


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a fat 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Cloudy, nearly opaque sienna liquid with a lasting pasty finger of khaki foam. Sticky lacing, vague lagues, superior retention.

Hops permeate the nose with candied fruit and herbs. CITRA is a bit of an odd choice for a brown ale in my opinion but it almost works in this case.

Cocoa, coffee, kumquat, sherry vinegar (very light, not oxidation), and agave are suggested on the palate. Gentle tart bitterness offsets the toasty malt notes. Finishes dry with hints of green tobacco and dandelion greens (though not vegetal).

Medium-light bodied, creamy, well carbonated...

While I prefer their porter (and this is in someways similar), it's interesting to see Anchor's take on the single-hop trend.

12-01-2011 04:06:07 | More by augustgarage
Photo of tzieser


4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-30-2011 02:19:38 | More by tzieser
Photo of DeutschesBier


3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-29-2011 01:15:14 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of touchmeimsac


4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-28-2011 16:33:03 | More by touchmeimsac
Photo of JAHMUR


4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-25-2011 23:55:13 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of RyanBeer13


4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-25-2011 11:05:41 | More by RyanBeer13
Photo of colforbin73


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

not being a huge fan of "brown" beer -- i am really pleasantly surprised by this. i wanted something malty and autumnal to enjoy on thanksgiving afternoon on the couch. this is going down fine!

pours a rich deep amber, a very red-hued brown. poured into a tulip i got a nice two finger tan head -- it dissipated in a few minutes, but a nice pour.

the smell is very Anchor Steam -- this beer is definitely very comfortable in the breweries overall taste profile. full of sweet roasty malts, but subtle.

there is a soild malt complexity in the taste, you can taste the richness of the mash -- it makes me think this beer came from a sweet maple syrup of a mash with a heavy dose of caramel. no real HOP flavor but the bitterness is appropriate.

the drink is solid, richer than a pale ale, it could be a tad richer for my taste, but then it would be something else.

i think as far as the available Brown Ales go, this is a winner.

11-24-2011 22:53:30 | More by colforbin73
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured a clear dark brown color from a 650 mL bottle, with no ABV or best-by date anywhere on the label or the bottle.
Massive two finger tan colored head that dissipates very, very slowly and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Really good head retention.
Aroma is predominantly malty with caramel and nutty notes with hints of fruity ester coming through intermittently. The citra hops are not evident in the nose initially, but are noticeable later as the beer warms up. (Aroma has a lot of similarities with the Anchor Porter)
Taste all round is extremely nutty with sweet and burnt/roasted caramel malt notes. Hints of bitterness in the aftertaste, although it doesn't linger. Very smooth, very crisp, very tasty and flavorful brew.
Easy to drink with a nice smooth mouthfeel. This has all the makings of a very good sessions beer. A very good brown ale from a pioneer brewery.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended to those who enjoy brown ales, especially those with a higher nutty profile.

11-24-2011 02:19:32 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +11%

leaves decent lacing (oh, and it's brown)

smells of cascade and nutty roasted malts. almond husk

rich and almost chocolatey...certainly caramelly. hops are there enough to stave off the cloying. mouthfeel is well robust for a brown ale (an Amurrican one, no less), though i can't say i dislike it--the better to taste you with! that said, a BA should be quaffable and this might be too sweet for that

11-23-2011 02:32:07 | More by bruachan
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance: light brown in color with a short 1/2" head. Some light lace developed during the session.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness is all you could pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel with a bit of soft nutty and earthy tones. Mild bitterness rounds it out. S
simple and straight forward.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: a very sessionable brown ale. Very simple but satisfying beer.

11-22-2011 00:57:55 | More by Gavage
Photo of Rckmo10


4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-21-2011 03:10:37 | More by Rckmo10
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-20-2011 23:15:07 | More by Wally1912
Photo of JimmyTango


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Woah! Smells like it might be sweet and malty, malty, malty, but turns a quick corner at the first taste with a sour tinge and a clean, herbal finish. A real trip the way the smell sets you for something very different than the taste offers.... Lets see, after the initial impression I reckon it breks down like this:

A: Murky brown (think rotten cherries' juice) and a khaki head.
S: Molasses, but not rich.
T: Much more interesting than the nose. Sour cheries in the back ground with lots of earthy herbs. Drinks a lot like sarsaparilla. Balanced bitterness.
M: Clean finish and crisp texture.
O: Coming from somebody who doesn't particularly like malt-forward browns, I think this is a great alternative. Could be a real winner with some more balls, but interesting as is because of the earthy-herby thing.

11-20-2011 19:08:41 | More by JimmyTango
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5/5  rDev +37%

11-18-2011 22:09:00 | More by afrokaze
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured a 3" tan head with moderate last. Hazy umber brown color, but of course. Smell is sweet malt all the way. Taste is one of the sweeter browns I've had in the long time, creamy and satisfying, almost like an oatmeal stout with a lighter body. Taste is primarily malt, I don't really pick up the single hop. Decent.

11-17-2011 09:58:44 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of TCHopCraver


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Breckle's Brown comes out of the bottle not so brown. It's more of a mahogany-dark amber. This body is quite see-through. The head is a medium tan and is rather billowy after a hard pour into a pint galss. Lacing left from the head is clumpy and sticky.

The aroma is quite sweet and a little fruity. Notes of vanilla and brown sugar are evident, along with a smell of cola and root beer. Also, some pecan pie sweetness comes through. The fruity smell is like melon- cantaloupe, specifically.

The taste echoes a lot of the characteristics of the smell, but the strength of the taste does not match the strength of the aroma. The fruitiness evidenced in the aroma never quite formalizes like I thought it might. Toasted malts come through strongly and the finish is quite bitterly dry and roasty. Good taste, but I was expecting a little more after smelling the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and has just a slight coating sensation. The finish is rather acidic and biting- much drier than most brown ales that I have had.

This is different than most brown ales that I've had, and I don't think I like it quite as much as the top ones I've imbibed. I really enjoyed the aroma, but the taste seemed like the component flavors were a bit disjointed from each other, and the mouthfeel is quite a bit drier at the end than other browns I've had. This is a good beer, but just not quite a top brown, in my opinion.

11-16-2011 08:13:01 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of thespaceman


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a 22oz stubby bomber into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a clean medium brown in color, nice frothy white head builds nicely up the glass and sticks around. Nice head retention and thick, soapy lacing.

Smell: Some beautiful floral hops are the first thing I notice, sharp and a bit resinous, which flow into a decent amount of malt spice. Some maple and brown sugar are also detected. But the hops really shine through on this beer.

Taste: Up front I get that nice hop bite - slightly citrusy yet nicely balanced by the malt profile here, which is light yet loaded with caramel, honey and some toasted malt flavors. The taste gets slightly herbal towards the finish with the hops giving off one more breath of air.

Mouthfeel: Actually light to medium bodied - this beer looks like it would be bigger in the mouth then it really is yet it's actually light and rolls nicely over the tongue. A touch of astringent bitterness is left behind from the hops.

Drinkabilty: This is a very drinkable brown ale to say the least, not only does it have great balance, the mouthfeel really sets the tone by being lighter then your usual brown ale, making this alot easier to quaff then other beers in the bunch. I do wish this beer was a tad bit more chewier in the mouthfeel to really make it a beer you'd enjoy in the colder months, but I can't take away points seeing as this beer would stand up nicely year round which is great. Overall a very nice offering from one of the original craft breweries.

11-16-2011 02:23:48 | More by thespaceman
Photo of patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 06:07:40 | More by patm1986
Photo of Yoshio


4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 00:52:17 | More by Yoshio
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

Aroma has strong fruity, floral, caramel, horehound and hoppy notes. It pours a clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fluffy pale tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor has a nice mixture of caramel, fruit, malt and herbs, rather lip-smacking. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has some fizz and leaves a fruity, malty, slightly hoppy, slightly syrupy and slightly floral finish. Recommended!

11-11-2011 05:37:46 | More by Cyberkedi
Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
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