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Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

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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

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Ranking:
#31,505
Reviews:
313
Ratings:
863
pDev:
13.59%
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Photo of Paoloboston
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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Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +18.8%
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 StevenNebulous
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 bpkrippner
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aufie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NilocRellim
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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 rpopescu
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ferb
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +4.9%
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 dexterk1
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dinglehacker
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 863 ratings
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