Brekle's Brown
Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
American Brown Ale
3.68 | pDev: 13.59%
Apr 09, 2020
Mar 07, 2011
Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown
Notes: Single hopped with Citra.
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Reviewed by ForetSaison from California

5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I maybe only tried it twice, but I've been looking for this beer ever since. Not sure if Anchor Steam produce it anymore. This is the best brown ale out there; and I must tell you, I've tried some of the top notch brown ales from the UK and the USA. This is Anchor Steam for you. World class quality beer at a fair price.
Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 3.52 by jglipschultz from Minnesota

Mar 02, 2019
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Rated by Nass from Florida

2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
This was not what I was expecting either, this beer such a harsh dark fruit taste. This beer is simply not for me. Cheers! C-
Oct 31, 2018
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Dark amber, clean, one finger of standard brown foam.
In the smell fresh hop, peach, caramel malt and dark candy sugar. Quite strange, but a good mix.
In the taste the maltiness and the sugarness are more strong, and a bit cloying. A bit too much caramel. Not a great drinkability.
Average body, malty and caramel aftertaste, sugary finish.
Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 3.55 by desint from Belgium

Dec 09, 2017
Rated: 3.51 by CurtisD from Canada (NB)

Oct 20, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by clarknova from Germany

Oct 10, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing 8 Bit Commando. Brown sugar, nuts, even dark fruits in a full mouthfilling body. The citra hops provides a well integrated refreshing herbal touch
Sep 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark milky brown color with a thick finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Light touch of white foamy lace ran around the glass somewhat ringy but sliding after a little bit of watching.
The aroma centered around a blend of brown sugar, roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark fruits and a little bit of dark chocolate. Eventually, a light earthy to herbal hop touch evens out the overall scent.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side through a blend of milk chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar and herbal hop quality. Smooth sweet chocolate to dark fruity aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps sitting just a touch under making it an absolutely smooth sessionable quality rolling about my tongue. Carbonation felt maybe just a touch under, but somehow I wasn't bothered by that. ABV seemed to match what was projected by the brewer.
Overall, well done English Brown ale or what I thought was an English brown ale. I'll admit that I think that it needed more hops to show an American quality about it.
Jul 04, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Apr 06, 2017
Rated: 3.72 by HopBelT from Belgium

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Skrumpy from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Brown ale with foamy, tan head. Some streak lacing. The aroma is bread malt and some earthy/herbal notes from the hops. The flavor is a bit the same, a bit of nut flavor and caramel. A bit of bitterness from the pine & herbal characteristics of the hops. Dry finish. An interesting beer, I may have to drink another to fully capture its various, subtle qualities.
Mar 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark brown with two fingers of khaki head. Head formation is foamy, with great retention. Lacing forms in patches here and there. Aroma is a mash-up of toasty, bready, and musty malts, with a simple pine hop stick in the back. Flavor profile is soothing malts, with a slightly musty after taste. Toasty, and bready malts drive the flavor profile. Hops are nice present here, but there is a hint of pine hops. Mouth feel is slightly grainy. It does expand and form a thicker consistency as it warms, with the consistency starting around the middle of the road. Overall, a tasty brown ale. It has quality notes going for it, with a great look.

Served in a 12oz snifter.
Dec 23, 2016
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 12/9/15; drank 1/24/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Banana, brown sugar & raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana flavors up front; caramel & grapefruit notes combine for an American Barleywine-like finish. This smelled pretty good but the taste disappointed. Too bad.
Dec 23, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by travelguy from Ohio

Dec 19, 2016
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Reviewed by cjgator3 from Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Brekle's Brown is a really tasty brown ale with great character and flavor. This is a really solid brew from Anchor.
Nov 26, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

Oct 29, 2016
Rated: 1.5 by Edie from Oklahoma

Oct 26, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Oct 24, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by Wantedandlisted from Ukraine

Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by nicola5555 from Italy

Oct 14, 2016
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Cherry, reminds me of an old ale. Earthy finish, creamy aroma note. Dry, crisp, minerally finish I recognize from other Anchor brews. It's an interesting take on the style: less roast, more fruit. Give it a try.
Oct 04, 2016
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Reviewed by jeffdr123 from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A nice complex brown. Roasted malt, but not too sweet. Burned brown sugar. I'm not tasting the citrus hops that some have talked about. Cloudy feel like you expect from Anchor Steam. Drank it at Coral Reef with the Lewis fam.
Oct 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Vader444 from Scotland

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottle pour into schooner glass.

A rich dark amber colour with minimal head. Smells phenomenal; not unlike Anchor porter but with even more malt. Tastes like burnt sugar, in a good way. Relatively light carbonation which works well with the style. Very, very enjoyable beer. Cheers!
Sep 28, 2016
Rated: 3.31 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts

Sep 28, 2016
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Reviewed by seedyone from New York

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From bottle at home. Big malt aroma from the get go. Big head on the pour. very little lacing. Malt carries on to the taste with a slight maple/caramel. A touch thin in body, but a good brew all things considered.
Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota

Sep 16, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by EdmundExley from France

Sep 08, 2016
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Reviewed by PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Deep opaque brown topped by a slightly off-white head. Slightly ruby on the edges. Half-decent retention. No lacing to be seen.

S- Roasted malts followed up by a light, yeasty fruitiness. Very reminiscent of a Dark Belgian Ale but less so of a yeast note.

T- Again, roasted malt with the light fruitiness from before but now finished off with an extremely light touch of hoppiness. It's insane how this beer has so little bitterness while still being perfectly balanced.

F- Medium Body with low carbonation. Very smooth.

O- Anchor has done it once again... This beer has nearly blown every great Brown Ale I've ever had out of the water but has done it in its own unique way. Couldn't recommend this beer enough.
Sep 07, 2016
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured to a temu glass and bought at Café Académico, Coimbra as a part of Craft Wednesdays.

A: The body is brown to black with some rigorous opaqueness. When moving the glass it shows some ruby hues. The head is beige to a whiter brown and has no lacing.
S: The aroma is filled with roasted malts with a yeasty tone on it followed by a really soft profile of hops. It "looks" close to a belgian recipe.
T: The taste has roasted sweet malts - not coffee!, and just a bit of yeast with hoppiness, which now is even less present than when compared with the aroma. I do really like this flavor profile.
M: The body is medium to high with a nice carbonation level and has almost no bitterness, like a 10 IBU beer (don't know exactly how much actually!) and just sweetness is left in mouth.
O: I have high expectations for every Anchor beer. Although not as good as the Porter or the Barleywine, this Anchor is just another beer that I won't forget.
Jul 31, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by mmilyko from Nevada

Jul 18, 2016
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, code on the back reads ENK. Oh, Anchor, why can't you date your bottles? Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "All Malt Single Hop Brown Ale" Hopped with Citra of all things.

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours brown with hues of red to it when held to the light. One finger of frothy khaki head that leaves some good big fluffy sheets of lacing.

S - I get notes of malts and a little bit of mustiness, but you can't hold down the Citra hops - the hops give off big juicy fruity notes, invoking notes of berries / strawberry / flowers.

T - Taste follows the nose: any traditional toasty / nutty brown malt characteristics are overtaken by the Citra hops - big juicy, fruity, & floral.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy. Very easy drinking stuff, with good lingering fruit flavors on the finish.

Overall, a unique and interesting brown ale from Anchor Brewing, would recommend and have again.

Anchor Brewing Brekle's Brown -----4/5.
Jul 07, 2016
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Reviewed by joesi from Canada (MB)

4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Oh man this beer smelled wonderful. I can't remember the specific flavors I was sensing, but I do remember it was hard to pinpoint, but something(s) very familiar. Strong and lovely smell. A great start.

Taste: I think it tasted like it smelled to a degree, plus multiple other layers of flavor, which really added some fantastic complexity and depth to the beer. The flavors went really well with each-other, and tasted very fresh/strong. All the flavor aspects of the beer are great in my opinion (yeast, malts, hops, other), but the hops that they used was particularly pleasing to me. I'm not a big fan of bitter or strong hops, and these has a very prominent flvor to them without significant bitterness. It was very pleasant.

The texture was on the mark too, I'd say. Nice medium-high carbonation, but fine bubbles and smooth texture. I don't know what else to say.

Overall this is the best beer I've had for the style of "brown ale", and would recommend it to anyone who thinks that they might like this. Definitely underrated, I'd say! I got this for a good price, too. Someone said they paid 2.40 £ for a bottle, while I think I paid almost exactly half of that (Canada); It was discounted, though.
Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 3.32 by StevenNebulous from Georgia

Jun 19, 2016
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Rated by Beerucee from Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
San fran
Jun 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice brown color with a coppery tint and an ample tan head. Slight hints of caramel, fruit, and molasses combine with a nice biscuit flavor from the malts. This brown has a more pronounced hop character then most browns, but it also has a robust malt character which I think evens it out pretty well. I actually quite liked this beer even though it has fairly poor reviews. Many people said that it was too hoppy and bitter, which I think is a fair complaint, but maybe with all the IPAs I’ve had recently, I really didn’t think it was that bitter. Another common complaint was a heavy alcohol flavor, which I didn’t get at all. I think this would be a top brown ale for big time IPA fans. For me it’s an interesting brown ale and definitely pleasant to drink, but there are some better ones I’ve tried also.
Jun 07, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by aufie from Texas

May 26, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by Squire from Mississippi

May 23, 2016
Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
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