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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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289 Reviews
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Reviews: 289
Hads: 810
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 22.76%
Wants: 14
Gots: 77 | 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 Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal mug, the beer appears a deep mahogany brown with a tan bubbly head building about two fingers high.
It does not stick around for too long, and leaves little lacing.
The smell promises sweet character of caramel, honey, brown sugar, but has citrus and hop notes present.
Tasting the beer, the citrusy hops build the front. In the middle the more sweeter flavors dominate with caramel brown sugar and honey. A malty finish provides good balance and the urge for more.
Probably one of the best "browns" I have had so far.
Great brewing!

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Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with fluffy off-white head. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted grains in the nose. A bit on the sweet side. Caramel, toasted grains, citrus and rind comes through as well. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A tasty session that is crisp and a hoppy brown. Balanced and clean.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to taste this during the brewery tour lately.

Appearance: Dark with ruby traces, tan head.

Smell: Generous citrusy American hops.

Taste: Huh, this brown ale is definitely on the sweet side of things, lots of crystal here. Prominent prune flavor. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I don't drink many brown ales, but this was definitely a plesant surprise. Will never be mistaken for Newcastle.

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Photo of bruachan
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of DIM
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a medium chestnut brown. It poured with a thick, clumpy, creamy, and sticky head.

s: Surprisingly strong citra hop aromas dominated. I also found nutty malts and toffee.

t: Up front I tasted coffee, toffee, and nutty bread. Lots of citrus-y hops at the end.

m: A bit on the thin side with gently creamy carbonation.

o: Very good brown ale bordering on a new-fangled black IPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, rich, ruby-highlighted brown coloring with a thin, filmy ring of white head on the surface. Aromas of a malt bomb, with a dark sweetness leaning towards brown sugar and hazelnut, with a some dark fruit sweet highlights of fig and date. Flavors are rich and malty on a light, crisp body. The effervescence keeps all of the nutty sweet and candy flavors from being overpowering or cloying on the palate. Very tangy sweet aftertaste, with a woody and nutty blend that is carried off the tongue and out of the mouth rapidly by the smooth, thin body and carbonation. Clean, slick finish with only a slightly sweet linger. Very solid, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby amber with a huge, thick, brown head that has good retention

S - bready, nutty, caramel, fruity, citrusy

T - citrusy, sweet, bitter, nutty, caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an incredibly hoppy brown ale. The hops come through first followed by a typical brown ale maltiness. It's sweet and citrusy which is a bit odd for the style . It's complex and highly drinkable and ultimately enjoyable if not a bit strange and unique. It's worth a try.

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Photo of DerekP
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a stately brown color with a few centimeters of creamy foam above. The aroma is of deeply roasted malt, caramel and a component of dark bread. This "browness" continues on the palate with nutty malt and a slight tinge of fruity sweetness coated in brown sugar. An earthy bitterness rises toward the end. This is a well balanced and drinkable beer.

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Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: incredibly deep copper-brown color, full tan head that kept it all the way, clear
S: mild roasted malt with spicy hops
T: deep roasted malt up front with good hop bitter finish that is well-balanced and not overpowering, a bit of metallic bite in finish that subdued over time
M: decent with a bit of metallic bite in finish that subdued over time

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper brown with a one finger tan head, with nice retention and lacing. the aroma is somewhat nutty with toasted malt, caramel, and citrus hops.

Has a lightly sweet nutty flavor with caramel, toasted malt, citrus hops, and brown sugar. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Has a bit of a nutty caramel and toasted malt aftertaste. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. not sure what these markings mean, but i dont think this is too old.

A: opaque dark mahogany hued brew. head is white with a serious brownish tint to it. retention is good as is the lacing. sticky. good looking brew.

S: sweet smells from both the malt and the citra hop. aroma reminds me a little bit of an ESB. but beefed up. sweet, caramel and pleasant.

T: loads of sweet caramel flavors. the citra flavor comes through in the finish. lingers with bitterness. the hop flavor adds a nice level of complexity.

M: very moderate carbonation level feels very natural.

D: i enjoyed this brown a lot. well made brew from a brewery that doesnt have an overwhelming portfolio. cool brown with a cool story. worth grabbing if you can find it.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, and it boasts a dark brown color with some deep ruby tinting. The head forms at a finger and a half in a nice light tan. Retention was weak, and not much lacing remained.

The nose was primarily malty with nutty overtones, brown sugar, and dates. There was virtually no hop presence.

This tasted really nice. It's malty sweetness isn't too syrupy or cloying, nor does it require the all-but-absent hop bitterness to round it out. There was obvious caramel, dates, molasses, and a soft nuttiness. And then it finishes clean and crisp.

The mouthfeel was pleasant., a medium to light body with mild carbonation. Quite quaffable.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this was one of the best I've had. It paired really well with my teriyaki pork tenderloin and sauteed greens-stuffed mochi.

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Photo of JamesQuaff
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams tulip.

Pours a deep burnt sienna brown with ruby highlights, and a dense 1/2" ivory colored head that recedes quickly leaving extensive, delicate lacing. Looks like a 'dense' beer. Very nice to look at in the glass.

Aroma is a blast of brown bread, roasted malts, dried and dark fruits, molasses, hops. Smells like a hearty beverage is about to go down. My personal favorite aspect of this brew.

The taste is a good reflection of the aroma - my main impression is brown bread with molasses and raisins. It has a moderate touch of sweetness at first, then the bready malts come to the fore, and the finish is all hops, fading into a mellow bitterness. I like the progression, I like the balance. The overall combination of flavor notes make me think of 'barleywine light' - similar, but nowhere near as big, concentrated or powerful.

This beer is rather full-bodied and somewhat thick, but not overly syrupy. The carbonation is nice and creamy. Definitely not a chugger. A few of these will sit pretty heavy in the ol' gut.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Brekle's Brown and will definitely be working it into my regular rotation. I've been digging pretty much everything I've tried from Anchor recently, and this was no exception. I think it's about time to book me a brewery tour...

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep dark mahogany with a modest tan head.
Very little lacing.

S - Very nutty with a pleasant floral undertone. The tropical notes of mango and peach that have come to define the Citra profile meld with the nutty malt backbone to create a very unique and enticing aroma that's almost perfume-like.

T - Citrus hops dominate up front with a subtle bitterness. Then the big malt backbone shines through with a strong, nutty sweetness that's accompanied by a bit of fruit. The flavor is well-balanced overall, with the malt having a slight edge in keeping with the style. The combo of Citra fruit and brown ale nuttiness creates a unique flavor profile that makes this beer one of a kind.

M - Medium-bodied with a nutty, tropical finish that carries over into the aftertaste.

O - This was a very interesting beer, and I really enjoyed picking it apart. The flavor is unconventional, but enjoyable. I can see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich mahogany color with a glowing clarity. A head of golden tan foam, nearly an inch, that settles after a couple minutes to some froth. The aroma has a nice nutty bite, it's very clean with light sweetness, reminds me of autumn.

The flavor has a well rounded bitterness, and a coffee-like malt sweetness that is almost chocolatey. It's not real intense, but it's very clean and the balance makes it easy to drink. There is some similarity, maybe it's the malts they are using, but it definitely tastes like other Anchor beers (Steam and Porter). The mouthfeel is somewhat thin but with adequate carbonation it does the job.

I have to say I liked it overall. Nothing special, just an easy drinking brown ale. The Citra hop works nicely. Would rather it be in 6-packs than a big bottle just for price sake though. Recommended.

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Photo of azorie
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

re review a year later

a: dark ruby read brown ale in color. lots of tan and brown lacing and head. hard pour into mug 2 inch head of foam

s: hoppy floral notes. malty, some yeast like notes. loving that citra.

T: is nice but a tad hoppy that I like but its not English brown its American so and west coast so to be expected. hop forward, sweet, dark sugar, malty, fruity, tasty. some cola like notes. very pepsi like. after it warms I find it a nice balance but not quite in balance, seems maybe i gotten used to the citra finally. malt side I think for me now.

m: low carbonation, thin/medium body, smooth, not too bad of a bitter aftertaste, drinkable

o: Really nice, goes to show yea if you not in the mood for a style you can underrate it.
very nice to great beer. I had 8 of them now. just not all today. lol

7.99 a sixer

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Photo of LeoEnergy
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured into a tulip glass (not ideal)

A- Pours dark brown, with some golden hues and a creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind patches of oval lacing.

S- Sweet malt and hints of grassy citrus. Some coco beans barely pronounced. No distinct aroma but there is something sugary/fruity towards the end.

T- The flop: Begins Malty and sweet with toffee and grain. The turn: becomes prominent in toffee, grain, spice, and a hint of raisin. The River: leaves a fruity residue with some chocolate notes, finishing slightly bitter and dry.

M- Smooth, creamy, balanced, dry finish and perfect carbonation. No alcohol detected.

O- I'd do it again.

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Photo of musicman575
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This really tastes like Anchor's take on Arrogant Bastard.

Had on tap in a Moonlight Brewing pint glass.

A: Reddish-brown mahogany with an inch and a half of creamy tan head.

S: Wacky! Some aromatic hops, rye, molasses, musty malt.

T: It's fun to drink. The molassesy flavor comes out a bit after a few drinks. Hops are like grapefruit. Finishes with a bit of "electricity".

M: Yes, it felt like a slight electrical current running through my mouth on the finish with the mix of hops, alcohol, and heavy carbonation. Also, I think I had this beer at just the right cold temperature. Feels very smooth if you let it sit in the mouth for a fe seconds and foam up.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Transparent ruby-brown with tons of fluffy tan head and some decent lacing, great retention
Smell: pine resin, caramel, sweet citrus, light milk chocolate
Taste: Moderately sweet, fruity, tart, slight chocolate, mild herbal bitter finish. Complex, rich, and a little perplexing.
Feel: medium-full body, soft smooth yet abundant carbonation

Overall: Not your typical Brown Ale. Reddish-brownish malts with fruity, tart, caramelly slightly chocolatey notes and a citrusy hoppy kick as well. It's like it's some kind of pale/amber/brown ale hybrid. Definitely not what I expected, and it took a bit of getting used to, but this is actually a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear coppery amber, with several fingers of tan colored head. This peters down into a frothy ½ finger, that stays rich and leaves back a good bit of sudsy looking spotty lace. The aroma is leafy, bitter, and a bit herbal smelling, with a LOT of citrus character, including a good bit that is along the juicier tropical variety. Those tropical notes work nicely with the notes of sweet caramel and darker roast that sit along the back.

The taste is ripe and sticky on the palate, with tropical fruit and caramel malts. This is undercut by fresh and bitter green citrus flavor and burnt roasted character that crunches up the sides of the profile. Those burnt notes pull up into the finish, where they linger with leftover sugars and a dry bitterness. Those herbal textures from the hops really come out as this warms and pair up well with the light astringency here from the coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm feeling on the tongue, with more of a soft and creamy prickle that sits on top. This gives it some presence in the mouth, yet still stays smooth and accessible feeling.

I liked this, as that character from those Citra hops (mainly that juicy fruit and herbal flavors) really played nicely off the sweetness and roasted qualities that that base Brown Ale brought to the table. This was a unique take on an American Brown and I really enjoyed it.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.