Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown
BA SCORE
55.8%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 860 ratings
Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,110
Reviews:
313
Ratings:
860
Liked:
480
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
13.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
98
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Cannery Row. Totally brown coloured body with some bubbly head. Slight roast and malty aroma. Lacey. Opens fruity and then Licorice mid sip, a little nutty,fresh, balanced and decent drinkability. Toffee, some spice.Above average for style.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a 2 inch tan head that fades to a thin cap. Random streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of brown malt, light fruits, and some wood aromas. Taste is of caramel malt and fruit like apples or grapes. There is a woody zing flavor that I am getting as well. Some nuttiness is present too. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth and slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale from Anchor but nothing amazing. I am glad I got to try this one after I read it was going to be bottled.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a very nice english/american hybrid brown ale. pours a thin light chocolate brown with a similarly thin off white head comprised of large bubbles. smells almost tart from the yeast, but tempered by some sweeter english malts and some fairly aggressive american hopping, which is exactly what you get in the flavor. love the malt complexity in here, its sweet and bitter and roasty at the same time. hops really only come out on the back end. feel is pretty good, a little thin for an american brown, but its a very very sessionable beer, and well made like all anchor brews. i will buy this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer clear yet very dark reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high dense and light tan colored head that died down but never completely faded away and also left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel, bready and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus from the hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by malty flavors of caramel with bits of sweetness. Hints of citrus are also present from the hops, but they mainly prevent the malty sweetness from becoming cloying and only contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: Despite all of the malts, the beer still feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has excellent drinkability and can be considered sessionable because it isn’t very filling.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uniquely American, the popular English brown ale taste of chocolate and malt is met with a drier palate and exorbitant hopping rates of the citrus variety. Why expect anything less from the Anchor Brewing Company

The perfect pour delivers a handsome and brilliant garnet hue with ruby highlights. The beer is capped with a dense and creamy sand colored froth that retains and laces with exceptional character. Brown ales don't look better.

Moderate aromas of citrus notes rise first, but then with the balance comes in the form of toast char, chocolate, wood, sorghum spice and starchy bread.

The bold taste of heavy toast shies away from roast but attracts the flavor of scorched toffee, baked barley, bitter chocolate, walnuts, wood bark that weaves in a rich and sweeter taste. American hop flavors borrow the zesty balance of tangerine and ruby red grapefruit bitterness. An oddly alluring taste of stale grain (similar to that of home brewed beer that uses old malt extract) and spice additions of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice seems as much as the bitter balance as the hops do.

Creamy malt textures turn sharply dry in a hurry. The super attenuation brings to light the grain derived astringency that seem harshly bitter to the throat in much the same manner as boiled spices.

The beer has some phenomenal flavors and complexities that sing the praises of the adopted brown ales. Supreme dryness, higher bitterness, and pronounced citrus flavors seem just a start.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle, a nice ode to the original brewer at the operation that would become Anchor.

This beer pours a bright cherry reddish amber hue, with a multitude of tight foamy pale tan head, which leaves some random chunky swaths of lace around the glass in the slow, but not quite agonizingly so, process.

It smells of muddled, but surprisingly strong, grapefruit/generic bitter citrus, and nutty caramel malt. The taste is caramel malt, rather subsumed citrus, some dark cherry fruitiness, and a weird earthy, yeasty character that I can't help but remember from previous Anchor offerings.

The carbonation is pretty reserved, the body a leaky medium weight, and egregiously smooth. It finishes just barely off-dry, the weak malt ceding too much ground to a metallic, acidic fruitiness.

What is it with this brewer and me? Things start off so well, in each instance, but quickly go to shit - the off-flavours always an acute surprise. Here, we have a nice hoppy brown ale, which turns unpleasantly into a phenolic mess all too soon. Sigh. 5 more bottles to pawn off.

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3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"2011" - quite a vague description for a bottling date. 12 fl oz sleek brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass. Acquired as part of a six pack at Trader Joe's in Culver City a few hours ago. It was about $8.99 if I recall correctly. Expectations are above average; this brewery has some good stuff. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The pour went fine. No beer shooting out upon open or other problems.

A: Pours a four finger head of khaki colour, some nice cream, generally good thickness, great retention, and decent lacing. Colour is a nontransparent non-opaque chestnut with amber hues. The head looks pretty appealing with its rolling smooth foam. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style. Could be a bit more vibrant.

Sm: Hops are the first thing I notice - mainly flora, evoking the preservative character simultaneously. Clean evocative notes add the body. Maybe slight biscuit malt. Some caramel. A nutty quality. Hops are dominant, but the aroma is balanced. Moderate in strength.

T: Citra does really well in this brew, adding extra depth whilst not infringing on the balance. Some light subtle nut flavours are here, as is subtle caramel as well as full-bodied well selected malts. Very interesting for a brown ale. Some cream in the late second act. I quite like it for what it is. Not horribly complex, but nonetheless intriguing. Pretty well balanced. I like it.

Mf: Nicely creamy for a brown ale. Smooth and wet but not too much so on either count. Suits the flavours nicely. It does come off a bit thin to its detriment.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from excellent. Its relative simplicity holds it back. There's little here that's particularly bold or experimental, but its subtle enough in its execution to merit attention. I'd try it on draught at the right price. It's priced fairly out of the bottle. I wouldn't recommend it to friends but it's a nice little brown ale. Give her a go if you fancy. Hides its ABV nicely.

A poor candidate for aging.

High C+

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"1108" julian date code on the bottom of the bottle.

Into a tumbler glass, it pours a reddish copper brown, dark until held to the light, reflecting an auburn shade. Thin layer of khaki tan foam on the surface, that ebbs away fairly quickly, leaving no lacing. Swirling and pouring the last bit produces a two finger head easily.Sticky collar of lace forms as the foam fades.

Softly fruity yeast in the aroma, sort of plummy with mild citrus, molasses, and toasted maltiness behind it. Fairly subdued.

Pleasant fruitiness, dry and lightly bitter finish, fairly subtle flavors. Some toastiness lingers, and bitter grapefruit rind also. Soft carbonation, medium bodied but it drinks fairly light. Citra hops don't seem to dominate, and compliment the brown ale base with a nice fruity element. Easy to finish the 22 oz. bottle.

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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a massive head that becomes craggy as it descends

Smell: Brown bread, nuts and grain with just a hint of citrus

Taste: Brown bread and nuts, at the outset, with the citra hops adding a citrusy zest by mid-palate; the two flavor elements hash it out without converging

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not well balanced, at all; chalk up the combination of the citra hops in a brown ale as an interesting idea that probably shouldn't be tried again

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Photo of oline73
2.61/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with two fingers of off white head that fade to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Really sweet, very ripe dark fruit and some brown sugar. Lots o malt, too sweet.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell, thank God, but still too much ripe fruit sweetness for a brown ale. Malty in the finish. I was really hoping the hops would play more of a role here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation, the finish is slightly dry.

Overall: Reminds me of a bad homebrew, not particularly professional tasting. Way too much sweetness for the style with nothing to balance it out.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Zeitgeist. Clear amber-brown body topped by a fleeting white cap. Lot of fruitiness on the nose, dates and stonefruit, bit of raisin and brown sugar, mild toasted malt. Very estery for a brown ale. The palate is more toasty, but still heavy on raisin and date flavors. Body is a bit thin. Finishes with toasted malt, a mild bite of herbal hops and licorice. Leaves a lingering earthy, slightly vegetal note. Pretty good and easy to drink, but nothing terribly special.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 11/9/2011. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, molasses, toasted malt, herbal hop, pine, and light citrus. Some ok aromas, but there is some chemical-like off flavor noticeable. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, roasted nut, toasted malt, molasses, herbal hop, pine, and light citrus. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, roasted nut, biscuit, citrus, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor balance with a good malt backbone. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice and fairly creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol warming noticed at all; very smooth to drink. Overall this is a fairly nice and enjoyable brown ale. Nice malt backbone as I like in brown ales; and very smooth to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Beer rating: 55.8% out of 100 with 860 ratings
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