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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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Photo of CurtisD
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clarknova
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
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

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Edie
1.5/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wantedandlisted
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicola5555
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tempest
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.

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Photo of jeffdr123
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.

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Photo of Vader444
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!

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3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seedyone
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.

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Photo of PMarcy78
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shanex
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterPro125
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
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