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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.

Added by largadeer on 03-07-2011

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Reviews: 306 | Ratings: 848
Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Vader444
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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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 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 joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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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 Bierliebhaber3
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy mahogany/brown colour. Smells dense, sweet malt, and slightly like a barleywine. Tastes crisper and dryer than expected; briefly malty, nutty, immediately dry, crisp, with a slight bitterness.

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Photo of Ferb
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a beautiful reddish-brown with an off-white head that lingers as a thin swirl of fizz after 5 minutes or so. Lovely color. The aroma is of raisins and figs, and a bit of bread/yeast. It almost smells like a Trappist dubbel.

The taste has shades of roasted malts, nuts, with a bit of grassy, pine-like hops playing clean up. It is well balanced; a bit on the hoppy side but it is not overwhelmingly so. It reminds me of Anchor's porter, only less darkly roasted and much less hopped. I like to have a couple different styles of beer in my fridge for days when I feel like a change, and this brown is a pleasant choice.

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Photo of drtth
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a rich dark brown with a 2" light tan head that recedes slowly but visibly, leaving lots of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a mostly clear area with some scattered small specks of lacing. Midway through the beer there is still some lacing clinging to the sides of the glass as well as a ring and island of foam on the liquid.

The aromas include some bread and chocolate from the malts along with some citrus and a slight nutty character.

The flavors from the toasted malt include some toffee or caramel, dark chocolate, some sweetness and a slight nutty character. In the background the hops provide some tangerine and and some light grapefruit zest bitterness.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and has soft, moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the malt sweetness recedes to allow the bitterness to emerge and spread across the back of the palate while the nutty character and citric flavors slowly disappear, leaving a nice dryness and faint char flavor that both invite another sip.

This seems a well made beer, as we'd expect from Anchor, and I'm glad to have had a chance to try it. As for having it again I'd be happy to do so but won't expend any great effort to find it or seek it out unless it becomes more readily available around here. Would make a good beer for folks new to beer or who think they don't like beer to try.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pub glass. Little head, but a nice, intricate lacing.

Smells mostly of malt, slightly toffee.

Taste is an interesting balance of malt and hops. Was initially surprised by the hop quotient, from past brown ales. Then remembered this is an American, not an English. Has an almost creamy taste.

Feel: overall smooth, creamy comfort. Doesn't dry the throat.

Not a bad brown. As someone who isn't a huge proponent of hops, I found the balance with other flavors to be very good, not unlike a marzen. Definitely not a room temp beer. Enjoy it cold.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour with thin light brown head, good sweet malt aroma, super mild toasting.

Taste was smooth, mildly chocolate. Toffee. Thicker Oktoberfest. Almost no bitterness.

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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>http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/287/1924/</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 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 911CROFT
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £2.40 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, shiny, mahogany coloured body that when held to the light changes to a dark ruby, displaying a modest amount of streaming carbonation. A two-finger in height, dense, creamy, light tan coloured head reduces quickly to a foamy cap that has good staying power, but leaves minimal lacing.

The sweet, rich and malty nose consists predominantly of caramel and molasses. Underneath there are light aromas of stone fruit, a darker roasted malt profile and a touch of citrus bitterness. The taste is similar to the nose but starts with nutty, lightly roasted dark malts, slightly burnt white toast and vague dark fruits before leading into sweet caramel malt and molasses. Citric hops enter towards the back-end, bringing a light grapefruit bitterness to balance the sweetness of the mid palate before it becomes cloying. In the mouth a medium body and soft carbonation starts slick, wet and smooth, transitioning to slightly dry and warming as a mild lingering roasted bitterness combines with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

Overall this is a good beer. Sweet and malty with an interesting citric edge, certainly worth trying, but not worth seeking out especially to do so.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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 EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to a creamy beige head and good lacing. Color is a nice medium brown. Aroma is rich and malty, with nuts (German roasted almonds to be exact), brown sugar and molasses and spicy hops-- smells a bit dull, waxy and oxidized--but not a dealbreaker. Flavor is a rich blend of nutty, toasty malts and easygoing balancing hops. Long, malty finish. Full, alcohol enhanced mouthfeel--a beer to savor and swish around. Gets better as it warms. A rich complex brown.

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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 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 TheCondor
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am in somewhat of an Anchor renaissance, as I believe their porter to be nothing short of magnificent. So I am on an Anchor Brewery roll, trying everything of theirs I can get my hands on. I'm not usually a fan of brown ale of any kind, but I want to give this a shot. Side poured from the bottle with standard juice into a KC Royals pint glass.

Appearance - Pours the most beautiful rust/ruby red color that really shines when held up to the light. Has a decent off color white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Of course the packaging from an Anchor product is excellent, old school sort of a way. The pour on this beer is magnificent.

Smell - Toasted breads, big time malt forward, toasted malts, and a bit of caramel and roastiness. Pretty potent nose on this one.

Taste - Toasted malts and breads wash the palate in deliciousness. The sweetness of the caramel and malts follows next, with a touch of pepper at the very end and a hop balancing act. Very good taste overall, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - The toasted malts and roastiness is the prime mover in the finish. Very smooth, medium bodied. Finish is a little lacking in comparison to the rest of the beer.

Overall - Although I stated I am not much of a fan of amber or brown beers, this is a really good example of the style. I am very impressed with this beers flavor, balance, and complexity. Overall a very solid brew, I think it is a bit underrated.

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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 JTuomi
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle (bb 9 2015) into a tulip glass.
Look - clear amber brown with a tiny tan head and little lacing.
Smell - roasted malts, dried prunes and raisins.
Taste - begins with roasted malts, brown sugar and notes of nuts, chocolate and coffee in the middle, ending dry with a slight hop bitterness. Flavorful but not heavy. Good balanced taste. Pleasant long lasting smooth roasted malts in the dry aftertaste Was a bit too cold at first coming out of the fridge, became a lot more flavorful after warming up in the glass.
Mouthfeel - Soft, a bit creamy mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation.
Overall a pleasant sipping beer for an autumn evening. Soft and flavorful. Nothing surprising, just a clean pleasant taste.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
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