Brekle's Brown
Anchor Brewing Company

Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #519
Ranked #35,369
3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown
Notes: Single hopped with Citra.
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Reviews by tgoldian:
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Wow, quite different from other brown ales I've had and very enjoyable. Single hopping with Citra really helps to set this beer apart. Pours a deep brown with a large tan head. Aroma is malt forward, sweet chocolate and some citrus fruit, which prepped me for big things on the palate. Toasty, nutty and chocolate tastes are there, typical things I expect from this style, but enhanced with the citrus fruit characteristics of those hops, has a bit of a zest or tang and some slight bitterness is noticeable. Overall I really enjoyed it. Maintains everything one wants from a good brown but that fruit character helps to make it unique among it's peers.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Nose caramel, brown malts, malt spice, hop spice, cola, hints of anise.
Brilliant chestnut brown, 2” persistent tan head, excellent lace.
Palate: strong cola taste, chocolate, malty flavors are slight toast with medium dry finish accented with spicy hops, low fruit.
Above average creamy soft carbonation, medium body, very drinkable.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, roasted malt aromas, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, a touch of black pepper and a touch of hops.

Taste: Very good flavors of the aforementioned roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness. There’s quite a bit of slightly bitter hops at the finish, which is surprising, considering how little hops there is in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and extremely smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This a good, very good brown ale. Nice flavors of roasted malt and brown sugar, nicely blended with some pronounced, slightly bitter, but not out-of-balance, hoppy bitterness. I like it!

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Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is malt perfection. Exactly what I look for in a brown ale-rich, malty, balanced with hop bitterness that cuts down on the sweetness, but is not the main presence. Don't even consider Newcastle, this is the way to go. I won't even pair it with food because it is so good I wouldn't want any other flavors to interfere with it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with slight light penetration. There's a fingernail of beige covering the top. Moderate lacing is present. Strong notes of dark malt and toffee in the aroma. I taste a very robust dark malt and toffee flavor. The mouth is lightly chewy and sticky.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of colforbin73
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McStagger
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown Ale? I guess so. Pours a beautifully dark ruby/garnet with great clarity. Two fingers beige mocha head with good retention. Carbonation is minimal.

S: Roasty malt, some malt chocolate and cocoa. Seriously, smells like an unbaked chocolate cake. Some dried darkened fruit. Woody, with some vanilla notes.

T: Moderately deep roasted flavors. Slightly burnt bread, roasted chocolate. Fairly subdued and bland until the finish, when the roasted notes really take off. The bitterness of the Citra hops comes into play in the finish as well.

M: Great. Smooth, low played carbonation keep this beer smooth as silk. It really does glide across the palate.

O: I'm pretty underwhelmed by this beer. Looks, smells and feels great, but is definitely lacking in the flavor department. Not to say it's bad by any stretch, but compared to the other brews, I'm not overly impressed.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Anchor's Berkle's Brown last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I don't have much experience with this brewery, I have had their Steam Beer a couple of times but have never reviewed it, I'm in a mood for a Brown Ale so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a cone shaped 12oz brown bottle poured into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it kind of has a classic look to it. It poured a nice slightly dark brown color that takes on a bright copper ruby color when held to the light. It had four fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This is a great looking beer that looks really good in the glass.

S- The aroma starts off with tons of sweet malts that have a slight roast to them. After that I picked up a some earthy hops along with some noticeable fruity and citrus hops that was unexpected but made for a unique aroma. The aroma is unique with the very sweet malts and the fruity hops, but I prefer the traditional Brown Ale aromas.

T- The taste doesn't seem to be as sweet as the aroma but it still manages to be pretty sweet. The first thing I pick up are the sweet slightly roasted caramel malts. After that comes a weird hop combination that imparts and equal amount of fruity and grassy flavors. On the finish I get a sweet brown sugar like taste and a slightly lighter then medium amount of bitterness with malty and fruity hop aftertaste. I wasn't liking the flavor of this beer that much, it sure is unique for a Brown Ales, but I feel like the very sweet malts clash with the weird hop combo in this beer.

M- Somewhat smooth, a little creamy, a little sticky, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. I wish it was a little smoother and not sticky but other then that the mouthfeel was good.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was a pretty middle of road Brown Ale that sure was unique, but I found that malts seemed to clash with the hops. This beer didn't have that good of drinkability, I drank one and wouldn't want to drink another, too sweet, and the flavor doesn't do it for me. What I liked most about this beer was the way it looked, the color and head were on point, if this beer drank as good as it looked it would be pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma and taste, I didn't care for them that much and I thought they could have had much more balance to them. I wouldn't buy this beer again since I didn't enjoy it and I don;t recommend it, there are tons of better browns on the market for the same price. I had high hopes for this beer but it for sure didn't live up to them, I thought that the malts were just way too sweet and not that flavorful and the hops didn't work well with this beer. I am going steer clear of this beer from now on, but I am still down to try more of their beers, but this one didn't to it for me, better luck next time.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 866 ratings