Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown
861 Ratings
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

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2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 1/4/14. Poured into a Pint glass, served cool.

Appearance: Rich but utterly translucent Siena brown with a big Khaki head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: unexpected woody, mint overlays chocolatey malt.

Mouthfeel: decent at first but succeeding sips seem thin and flat in the mouth

Taste: vegetal hops cover the malt.

Notes: trying to determine if this somehow skunked. If it isn't then the spearmint like taste is both unexpected and undesired. Malt is too thin for the style, IMO.

I am very disappointed by this beer as I am a big fan of Anchor Brewing. Glad I only bought a single bottle.

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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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with ruby edges and a thick tan colored head that laces the glass.

S: Toasted malt, caramel and a very crisp, fresh, ocean breeze hop aroma.

T: There are brown sugar and caramel notes, but mostly just a pure sweet toasted malt flavor with the addition of a floral and earthy hop flavor. There is a slight bitterness from the hop that lingers in the finish. The beer is sweet all the way through.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: A very malty brown ale that has a big flavor. It is a bit on the sweet side, which some may not like.

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4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/21/11.

A-This ones is served in a pint. Its an auburn brown color with a 1/4 finger, light tan head.

S-Nose conists of vanilla, some grapefruit, and pineapple.

T-Roasty and biscuity malt notes blend with grapefruit and pineapple.

M-It has a medium body with low carbonation, and a nice dry finish

D-Very nice, easy drinking, and sessionable beer. Would love to have this one again.

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3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger head. Very fluffy and thick bubbles. Long retention. Fluffy lacing. Ruby-walnut color.

S- Nut brown, toasty malt scent. Wonderful smell.

T- Warm malts. Some darker fruits. Very smooth flavor.

M- Thick body and absolutely clean finish.

O- I'm amazed how much I like this beer. Would buy again.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper body with ruby hues beneath the foamy, tan head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation.

Generous caramel malt aromas float from the glass as well as bread or biscuit notes and just a hint of the citra hops.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor offers a very nice caramel malt flavor as well as toasted biscuit and almost a nutty sweetness to finish.

A bit lighter in body for a brown ale (as advertised) with medium carbonation and a nice sweet finish that lingers on the palate.

This is a pretty nice job by Anchor to come up with traditional brown ale with just the right amount of flavor and touch of hops, yet still suitable to the style.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 861 ratings
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