Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

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Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single hopped with Citra.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +35.1%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brekle’s Brown has a very thick, creamy, tan head and a clear, bubbly, brown appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread and a flash of hops; the taste is likewise of sweet brown bread, brown sugar, mild hop bitterness, and some caramel candy aspects. There were even some chocolate notes with this one. Mouthfeel is medium, and Brekle’s Brown finishes refreshing, semi-dry, and easy drinking. It’s a most excellent beer.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown murky mahogany red body, with a big thicket of deep tan head forming thick large bubbles flowing up from the depths of this dark brown libation. I smell a beautiful expressive hop profile with more citrus and earthiness than anything else. Complemented by candied malts with mild layers of roast, caramel, and nuttiness. Very faint tartness arises within the glass as well this is a balanced single hopped single malt brown ale. Super drinkable effortless, really. Pronounced nutty, dark chocolate, roasted malts with caramelized maltiness. Very good depth in the malt department with an earthy herbal hop note that lasts in cohesion with malts throughout each sip. Mouthfeel is velvet, silky smooth on the palate graces my palate with ample carbonation. Even flowing slick full malt profile sticks to the sides of palate with a lingering herbal dry finish, really perfect balance with little to no alcohol peaking through on the palate. Overall impressive brown quite possibly my favorite I've tried in a very long time, some people are scared of this style since it's hard to nail, but Anchor did just that out of the park fuckin' homerun!!!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
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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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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 Eric_Miller
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Brown. Very slight head.

Smell: Not much.

Taste: A little malty and nutty, as expected from a brown. But also a hoppy bitterness, almost more of an amber than a brown. Very distinct, very good.

Feel: A bit thick. Pretty standard for a brown.

This is one of my favorite beers right now.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize this was 22oz until the review... poured into large nonic pint.

Nice 3F tan head over deep ruby body. Head fades to nice film that hangs out for a while.

Aromas are really nice and appropriate for the style. Lots of malt featuring maple, dark fruit, light spice, and a touch of herbal quality.

Flavors include a fairly high level of citrusy hops over slightly roasted chestnuts, maple sweetness to balance, and a light minty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Moderate richness, and lightly carbonated, making it crazy smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, this is one of the more style appropriate American Brown Ales you will find. I think I paid $4.50 for this, so it is one of the best values you'll find in the 22oz category.

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Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: 1 finger of tight tan head with good retention. Clear ruby-brown. Good looking and great head.
S: Caramel, lime, lactose, nice diacetyl butteriness.
T: Toasty adn tasty with big hop bite in the finish (for a brown). Very sweet aftertaste. Nicely balanced. A little too peaty in the finish.
M: Full, rich, a tad phlegm inducing.
O: Totally great brown. I'd buy 6 and order another. Thanks Anchor!

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Photo of drmeto
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Follows the nose
-roasty,toasted finish
-medium to high bitterniss for a brown ale
Great Brown Ale

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red-copper clear body, light tan billowing head. Smell is alluring; toasted malt, butterscotch, moderate piney hops. I don't normally like detectable hop flavors in my malty beers, but this works wonderfully. Beyond that.... I'm just going to say it, I know it doesn't belong in the style but I can't help it: I smell orange rind. Realistic, just peeled and twisted orange rind spritz. The flavor is incredible; caramel (actual caramel), toasted malt, even some more of those tropical fruits, as well as stone fruits. Slight brown sugar-y sweetness. Medium-full body, just enough effervescent life to spruce it up but remains smooth.
Absolutely wonderful. Amazing,and I don't use that word lightly, example of what simple ingredients can be transformed into. Great depth of brown ale flavor, with the additional surprise of orange citrus, which was perfectly integrated. A gem among the Anchor lineup, and an inspiration for any brewer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Brekle's Brown
22 oz. bottle; $6 @ Capone's, Norristown PA
Code date: 10Z

Appearance: Clear, crimson-accented mahogany brown body beneath a creamy head of tan. Very good head retention, and good lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and berry-like. A slight touch spicy. Lightly sweet malt note. Whiff of chocolate.

Taste: Bright and fresh. The berry-like fruitiness found in the nose returns. I'm pretty sure that's due to a combination of yeasty fruitiness and the citra hops. It's really unique, and quite charming. The malt is restrained, lending just a hint of sweetness and a mild dark-caramel/chocolate note. Some brighter fruity notes (orange, apple, red grape, pear) swirl in the background, and some raisin appears towards the finish. It's gently bitter, and very well balanced. It finishes with a splash of fruitiness that fades into a lingering, dry, brown malt roastiness with a touch of residual chocolate, and some woody and grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Silky smooth and gently creamy.

Overall: Impressive! Quite nice. Unique. It's an easy drinker, but watch out for the surprising 6% ABV.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz->Smokestack Tulip
A ~ Pours Brown with a red hue. . .creamy khaki head,
good lacing.

S ~ Banana bread, Orange peels, Vanilla candies...Very floral. Strawberries & Molasses Cookies w/ Caramel Ice Cream. Hint of brown sugared oatmeal. Great bouquet.

T ~ Banana Bread follows through w/ sliced strawberries & lemonade. Raw Vanilla Bean & Orange Peel. Delectable notes of wheat bread baking as well as rich toffee & caramel overtones.

M ~ Great feel here. Sweet, creamy malt deliciousness & fruity flavor hoppiness. The Citra Hop is showcased very well here.
A delicate balance of robust flavor & complex floral sweetness. A substantial body w/ delicate effervescence.

D ~ Citra in a Brown Ale? I'm there. It's a perfect combination. Supreme drinkability here. No heat, tastes great, & the price is very right. Please check this out.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of MNJR
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good brown ale. My favorites include Bell's Best Brown Ale <a></a>, which is excellent, and this is right up there at the top also. Rich roasted hazelnut flavor, raisins, a bit of tartness almost like cranberry, deep malt, low hops, and that signature Anchor "special something" flavor. A classic; extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of joesi
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Photo of One2Remeber
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light brown, tannish head that is creamy as could be. Brown body with a reddish hue making it easy to see through the beer. Thick creamy head stays through out the entire sipping:)

S: Smells over-the-top clean. Toasty, chewy notes off the bat with fruity undertones.

T: Whoa! Not your average brown ale. Explosive in flavor with a bready, gummy taste with a subtle citrusy, juicy wet hop profile that compliments the malts. Tons of crisp, clean flavor on the back end of swallow. Lingers with hints of toffee.

M: Soft on the palate with a slight bitterness from carbonation.

O: Off the wall according to style. Use to English hops which give a mild characteristic compared to an intense citrus taste more accustom to pale ales. I love the change up and definitely an eye opener to Anchor Steam being not too familiar with their product offering.

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Photo of seedyone
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear cedar reddish brown, tall tan head retained well
S - molasses and rye, citrus and earthiness, well balanced aromas
T - nutty and toffee rich malty flavours, complimented by citrus hop notes, mild touch of woody earthiness
M - medium body, mild carbonation, slightly sticky with a dry citra hop finish
O - rich without being heavy, well balanced, easy drinking, this is an easily sessionable brown ale

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Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A more than solid American Brown. The Citra hops are a great contrast to the silky, caramelly, nutty malt. Light fruit from the yeast finishes it off nicely. Again, the subtle tropical and resiny hop notes let you know this beer is All-American craft beer. One of the better and more surprising beers I've had lately, and it's nice to see Anchor step up and do something new.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a standard beer glass, and the coloration is brownish, with a fair amount of red hues in the background. It is semi-clear, with some small carbonation seen to be rising to the top. The head on this beer is amazing I have to say! is a caramel color, is dense and creamy, and retains as well as any beer will, going from a couple fingers thick, settling down to about a finger. The lacing is decent too, leaving behind thick foamy goodness, but it does slowly slide back into the brew unfortunately!

S- Malt sweetness dominates the nasal cavity, with some pleasant notes of mouth watery inducing citrus hints. There is some fresh leafy bitterness noted on the finish as well. Very yummy smelling indeed!

T- This is quite malty, yet very refreshing at the same time. Sweet hints of caramel, roasted barley grain, and cocoa/coffee bean blended start this one off. This somewhat gives way to a satisfying, lighter tartness of citrus...I found it to be primarily of grapefruit, tangerine, and a lemon/lime rind tinge to it. The finish is a mix of astringent, yet thirst quenching bitterness, with a touch of soft sweetness that ends this beer with a perfect balance!

M- While this is a medium bodied beer, it really has a quality about it that says, I'm thin bodied, and therefore really easy to drink! It's creamy, due to the carbonation factor being mild's a nice blend between rich and quenching.

O- I quite like this beer and will definitely seek it out again in the future. It has a great blend of rich flavor, creamy yet easy to drink body in any environment, and I think it's a unique take on the Brown Ale style.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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 WoodBrew
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Brekle's Brown from Anchor is a very good brown least in my opinion. The beer pours a nice clear brown with creamy off-white head that is leaving a lace. The smell is bready with hints of malt and sweetness. The taste is a good balance of malt that gives a bread/biscuit flare which is quickly balance by finishing hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of shand
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a deep brown with red highlights. Head is fairly small. Aroma is good, sweet malts and a bit of nuttiness. Big caramel aroma here. The taste is very good, this is quite the interesting brown ale. It might seem like it's going to be a cloying sugar bomb when it first hits your tongue, with huge amounts of caramel and sweet malts hitting the tongue. However, there's a fairly substantial amount of hoppiness (for the style, that is) that comes in the finish, along with a touch of roastiness that really helps to balance things out. The mouthfeel is perfectly substantial and well-carbed, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, yet another winner from Anchor. I find Anchor are really one of the most underrated breweries. They really don't do anything "extreme," but I've never had anything less than a great beer from them.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a medium brown color with a slight, beige head. The aroma is very malty. The taste is very sweet from malts and burnt sugars. Also in the mix are molasses, caramel, and a slightly bitter finish. This is surprisingly very good yet a complex brown ale.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2GN stamped on the back, so bottled on August 14, 2012

A: Pours a ruby red color with 2 fingers worth of off-white head

S: Get a semi-sweet maltiness along with a rush of citrusy hops. Very aromatic and enjoyable nose

T: Follows the nose, very rich semi-sweet malts come through off the bat, along with the citra hops that provide fresh tropical fruits and citrusy notes. Anchor's typical slightly chalky yeast also come through and melds nicely with the malt/hop combo

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: This is a killer brown ale. The use of only citra hops and all-malt really showcases the great craftsmanship and experience of Anchor. This is a great beer for any time of the year, and worthy of a regular purchase. Well done, Anchor!

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