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Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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3.7
pDev:
22.43%
 
 
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Photo of Mitchster
2.54/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$2.09 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with 2-row pale, caramel, and munich, hopped with Citra. 6.0% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear mahogany, forming a tall creamy tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lace. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is that of a pale ale, with nice citric hops sitting on top of a malt base with toffee with the suggestions of hazelnut or walnuts. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, with a light acidity. It's a little watery feeling. The taste is pretty good...a recap of the aroma with a nice balance between the flavors, however as I get further into the beer, I pick up on wet cardboard and newspaper and slight fusels, like an open fermentation that was a little too warm. I wonder if they used their normal yeast strain on this because it tastes a little different than their other beers. Not a very clean example of the style.

Brown ales in general are not my favorite, and I don't really enjoy this one either. As far as brown ales go, I don't think it's very good. I'd rather have Bells Best Brown, Moose Drool, or Goose Islands Winter mild, which are much much better.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a shiny red colour, clear, with nice beige head; visible bubbles but a nice dense foamy top. Lace streaks around the glass. Good-looker.

Smells quite potent. Malty sweetness with a fair quantity of hot booze behind it. Slight weizeny esters - banana and vanilla, touch of coconut maybe and some brass. Could be more toned down heat-wise and yet more kick could be added, with hops or spice for balance. Not bad, though.

Taste is quite disappointing. Just lacks a lot of the character of the nose - grainy with a touch of rye bread, some corn notes and a distinct pear-apple ester. Hint of copper towards the back but ultimately finishes thin and flat, without really much flavour at all. Not offensive; not really anything. Like a hollowed-out shell of a nice American ale.

Bit of body to it, but not a lot of texture. Strikes me as dull.

Really needs a whole lot more done to it. It's bland, in spite of the hints it displays of bold flavours.

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Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, dark, ruby red liquid that borders on brown. The light brown head is thin but creamy and has decent retention.

S- Butter, cocoa powder, some light fruitiness, and some pine.

T- Butter, honey, cocoa, pine, mango, and caramel. A pretty unique combination of flavors.

M- The body is light and the finish is pretty clean with just. Few lingering flavors.

O- A unique take on the style. Although there are a lot of flavors, I feel that this is rather simple- which is not a bad thing. Nice for something different.

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Photo of heelsn02
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into New Belgium snifter.

Qtr inch off white / creamy head (not much though)... head dissipated very fast. Nice brown/ reddish color towards the bottom of my glassware

Really nice toffee/ caramel malty smell... very sweet.

Malty caramel taste... bitter finish. Definitely some "anchor" malt if you know what I mean. Just get that classic anchor flavor. hard to describe...

Smooth mouthfeel... good carbonation...

Overall... pretty solid offering from Anchor. Tastes like a brown version of the classic anchor steam brew, which I've always been a big fan of.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: incredibly deep copper-brown color, full tan head that kept it all the way, clear
S: mild roasted malt with spicy hops
T: deep roasted malt up front with good hop bitter finish that is well-balanced and not overpowering, a bit of metallic bite in finish that subdued over time
M: decent with a bit of metallic bite in finish that subdued over time

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a mahogany brown color with cherry striations a fluffy tan head that recedes quickly with some nice lacing

S- was malty with dark fruit smells and malts, hops and bread

T- roasted malts, baked bread, some dark fruit tastes , a touch of hops, raisens and spice

M- was thin but full of taste with medium carbonation and a dry and fruity/malty finish

O- very nice brown slick and tasty will drink this one again

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark orangish-brown with nice initial head, leaving slight lacing.

Smell: Caramel and roasted malt with some definite citrus and spice from the Citra hops.

Taste: Tastes like a Brown Ale with Citra, with caramel, nuts and a light roastiness offset by a somewhat spicy, bitter and citrusy finish. Some sips it seems like there is too much Citra; other sips not enough. Odd that the balance never seems quite right. Some lingering sweetness as well.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, fairly dry finish.

Overall: While definitely enjoyable, it does not mesh as well as hoped and is somewhat of a letdown for Anchor.

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Photo of Clembo1957
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tribute to the Brewer Gottlieb Breke who founded what would bcome years later The Anchor Brewery in San Francisco.

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle with a good head which quickly dies, Brown in color (as the name suggests) Brekle's comes in a larger version of the iconic Anchor bottle, in fact i'll definitely keep the bottle when i've finished the beer.

A malty brown ale made with Citra hops, a good beer as a one off but not one i'd select on a regular basis, having said that it goes down well and is worth checking out. Good but nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Brekle's Brown
22 oz. bottle; $6 @ Capone's, Norristown PA
Code date: 10Z

Appearance: Clear, crimson-accented mahogany brown body beneath a creamy head of tan. Very good head retention, and good lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and berry-like. A slight touch spicy. Lightly sweet malt note. Whiff of chocolate.

Taste: Bright and fresh. The berry-like fruitiness found in the nose returns. I'm pretty sure that's due to a combination of yeasty fruitiness and the citra hops. It's really unique, and quite charming. The malt is restrained, lending just a hint of sweetness and a mild dark-caramel/chocolate note. Some brighter fruity notes (orange, apple, red grape, pear) swirl in the background, and some raisin appears towards the finish. It's gently bitter, and very well balanced. It finishes with a splash of fruitiness that fades into a lingering, dry, brown malt roastiness with a touch of residual chocolate, and some woody and grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Silky smooth and gently creamy.

Overall: Impressive! Quite nice. Unique. It's an easy drinker, but watch out for the surprising 6% ABV.

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Photo of StoutishDan
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't really tell why I decided to review this beer. Since my last review I've tried my share of stellar beers. I love Browns, so I picked up a 22oz of this at Total Wine Kennesaw (phenomenal place and good prices). I thought I'd give this one a swig.

A - Head is hanging on by a hair now that I've taken a few sips (and gulps) here and there. Deep red in color. It's a little cloudy.

S - Typical American Brown...a little hoppy on the nose. Bitterly sour hues. Nutty and yet, not mildly so. This is reminding me how much I have disliked every American Brown Ale I've tried...is this REALLY an American Brown. Buggs!

T - Not as sour and hoppy as I had expect from the smell. Sweet malty character shining through. The hoppiness is still there, but quickly fades, welcoming the next taste. Carmelly sweetness is definitely there.

O - Grant it, I wouldn't order this beer while out with friends. Although, if someone was to buy me this beer specifically, I'd drink it and enjoy it. On my scale from 0-100 I give it an 80.

I again realize that I am definitely an English Brown kind of guy.

Prince

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Photo of pmsawyer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - medium clear brown. Good head decent head retention.

Aroma - caramel and malt sweetness some spice.

Taste - initial malt sweetness offset by hop bitterness that lingers a bit. Hops come through in the initial bitterness and the lingering aftertaste.

Texture - medium body, smooth carbonation

Overall - very drinkable variation on a brown ale. Citra hops worked well with the very malty character of the beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

review #400! 22oz bottle, a larger version of the iconic shape of the Anchor bottles. Code of 10Z on the back, not sure what that means.

appears a clear brown color with amber highlights. thin cream colored head that hangs around - good retention.

aroma of brown sugar, a little milk chocolate. taste is bready, biscuity malt. clean, slightly sweet. thin to medium body, higher carbonation. easy drinkin' .

first time I've seen this brew, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with a tan head. Clear as can be. Caramelized sugar with a hint of chocolate in the aroma. Not very strong but pleasant. Taste very similar to smell, awesome dark sugar flavors but not grossly sweet. Couldn't tell you what hops are in here, notable bitterness but not a very distinct hop flavor. Clean yeast, fairly neutral in taste. Smooth and drinkable, with a light acidity at the end of the sip. Not my favorite style of beer, but this beer is very impressive. Delicious and remarkably balance.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

640ml tubby Anchor bottle, shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a really pleasant deep red-brown, almost mahogany hue, quite transparent and clear, with a filmy and bubbly head of turmeric coloured foam, bright when swirled. Some speckled lacing, decent weight to the body. Looks pretty fine—it certainly looks like a beer that has had some craft put into it.

Nose is mild with sweet sugary characters, and a hint of spice. I get very little hint of the Citra, although there's a powdery sweetness and rosewater hint that gives it a bit of a lift. OVerall, it's pretty mild, but pleasant enough.

Taste is better, with the malt coming through, giving a toasted raisin loaf character along with hints of banana bread. This is balanced (and perhaps accentuated) by a slight hop astringency, which adds its own complexity, but seems more to enhance the malty characters—much as a judicious dash of salt brings out the flavours in a savoury dish. Feel is clean and very light.

A solid enough beer, and a well-made one. But while it has no obvious flaws or faults, it just not that damn exciting.

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Photo of tapman
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large cinammon-colored head leaves a shattered glass (windshield) lacing and sits atop a dark plum body. Head dissipates rather quickly and it appears filtered (no sediment). Has the typical Anchor dark ale smell (at least to me) of dutch chocolate, toffee and minty herbal-ness. Taste wise I'm getting a lot of phenolic flavors, which are not abnormal though is different for an American brown, and hay, though not miller light hay, I'm talking fresh, grassy hay. Also in the taste is German low sugar chocolate biscuits. Mouth is light and crisp and not heavy, like the label suggests. Overall an interesting American Brown and while this is still not nearly my favorite style, this one is a little more interesting than some, though more phenolic-like than any other.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fat 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Cloudy, nearly opaque sienna liquid with a lasting pasty finger of khaki foam. Sticky lacing, vague lagues, superior retention.

Hops permeate the nose with candied fruit and herbs. CITRA is a bit of an odd choice for a brown ale in my opinion but it almost works in this case.

Cocoa, coffee, kumquat, sherry vinegar (very light, not oxidation), and agave are suggested on the palate. Gentle tart bitterness offsets the toasty malt notes. Finishes dry with hints of green tobacco and dandelion greens (though not vegetal).

Medium-light bodied, creamy, well carbonated...

While I prefer their porter (and this is in someways similar), it's interesting to see Anchor's take on the single-hop trend.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not being a huge fan of "brown" beer -- i am really pleasantly surprised by this. i wanted something malty and autumnal to enjoy on thanksgiving afternoon on the couch. this is going down fine!

pours a rich deep amber, a very red-hued brown. poured into a tulip i got a nice two finger tan head -- it dissipated in a few minutes, but a nice pour.

the smell is very Anchor Steam -- this beer is definitely very comfortable in the breweries overall taste profile. full of sweet roasty malts, but subtle.

there is a soild malt complexity in the taste, you can taste the richness of the mash -- it makes me think this beer came from a sweet maple syrup of a mash with a heavy dose of caramel. no real HOP flavor but the bitterness is appropriate.

the drink is solid, richer than a pale ale, it could be a tad richer for my taste, but then it would be something else.

i think as far as the available Brown Ales go, this is a winner.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark brown color from a 650 mL bottle, with no ABV or best-by date anywhere on the label or the bottle.
Massive two finger tan colored head that dissipates very, very slowly and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Really good head retention.
Aroma is predominantly malty with caramel and nutty notes with hints of fruity ester coming through intermittently. The citra hops are not evident in the nose initially, but are noticeable later as the beer warms up. (Aroma has a lot of similarities with the Anchor Porter)
Taste all round is extremely nutty with sweet and burnt/roasted caramel malt notes. Hints of bitterness in the aftertaste, although it doesn't linger. Very smooth, very crisp, very tasty and flavorful brew.
Easy to drink with a nice smooth mouthfeel. This has all the makings of a very good sessions beer. A very good brown ale from a pioneer brewery.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended to those who enjoy brown ales, especially those with a higher nutty profile.

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Photo of bruachan
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

leaves decent lacing (oh, and it's brown)

smells of cascade and nutty roasted malts. almond husk

rich and almost chocolatey...certainly caramelly. hops are there enough to stave off the cloying. mouthfeel is well robust for a brown ale (an Amurrican one, no less), though i can't say i dislike it--the better to taste you with! that said, a BA should be quaffable and this might be too sweet for that

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown in color with a short 1/2" head. Some light lace developed during the session.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness is all you could pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel with a bit of soft nutty and earthy tones. Mild bitterness rounds it out. S
simple and straight forward.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: a very sessionable brown ale. Very simple but satisfying beer.

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Photo of JimmyTango
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woah! Smells like it might be sweet and malty, malty, malty, but turns a quick corner at the first taste with a sour tinge and a clean, herbal finish. A real trip the way the smell sets you for something very different than the taste offers.... Lets see, after the initial impression I reckon it breks down like this:

A: Murky brown (think rotten cherries' juice) and a khaki head.
S: Molasses, but not rich.
T: Much more interesting than the nose. Sour cheries in the back ground with lots of earthy herbs. Drinks a lot like sarsaparilla. Balanced bitterness.
M: Clean finish and crisp texture.
O: Coming from somebody who doesn't particularly like malt-forward browns, I think this is a great alternative. Could be a real winner with some more balls, but interesting as is because of the earthy-herby thing.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" tan head with moderate last. Hazy umber brown color, but of course. Smell is sweet malt all the way. Taste is one of the sweeter browns I've had in the long time, creamy and satisfying, almost like an oatmeal stout with a lighter body. Taste is primarily malt, I don't really pick up the single hop. Decent.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breckle's Brown comes out of the bottle not so brown. It's more of a mahogany-dark amber. This body is quite see-through. The head is a medium tan and is rather billowy after a hard pour into a pint galss. Lacing left from the head is clumpy and sticky.

The aroma is quite sweet and a little fruity. Notes of vanilla and brown sugar are evident, along with a smell of cola and root beer. Also, some pecan pie sweetness comes through. The fruity smell is like melon- cantaloupe, specifically.

The taste echoes a lot of the characteristics of the smell, but the strength of the taste does not match the strength of the aroma. The fruitiness evidenced in the aroma never quite formalizes like I thought it might. Toasted malts come through strongly and the finish is quite bitterly dry and roasty. Good taste, but I was expecting a little more after smelling the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and has just a slight coating sensation. The finish is rather acidic and biting- much drier than most brown ales that I have had.

This is different than most brown ales that I've had, and I don't think I like it quite as much as the top ones I've imbibed. I really enjoyed the aroma, but the taste seemed like the component flavors were a bit disjointed from each other, and the mouthfeel is quite a bit drier at the end than other browns I've had. This is a good beer, but just not quite a top brown, in my opinion.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz stubby bomber into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a clean medium brown in color, nice frothy white head builds nicely up the glass and sticks around. Nice head retention and thick, soapy lacing.

Smell: Some beautiful floral hops are the first thing I notice, sharp and a bit resinous, which flow into a decent amount of malt spice. Some maple and brown sugar are also detected. But the hops really shine through on this beer.

Taste: Up front I get that nice hop bite - slightly citrusy yet nicely balanced by the malt profile here, which is light yet loaded with caramel, honey and some toasted malt flavors. The taste gets slightly herbal towards the finish with the hops giving off one more breath of air.

Mouthfeel: Actually light to medium bodied - this beer looks like it would be bigger in the mouth then it really is yet it's actually light and rolls nicely over the tongue. A touch of astringent bitterness is left behind from the hops.

Drinkabilty: This is a very drinkable brown ale to say the least, not only does it have great balance, the mouthfeel really sets the tone by being lighter then your usual brown ale, making this alot easier to quaff then other beers in the bunch. I do wish this beer was a tad bit more chewier in the mouthfeel to really make it a beer you'd enjoy in the colder months, but I can't take away points seeing as this beer would stand up nicely year round which is great. Overall a very nice offering from one of the original craft breweries.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma has strong fruity, floral, caramel, horehound and hoppy notes. It pours a clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fluffy pale tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor has a nice mixture of caramel, fruit, malt and herbs, rather lip-smacking. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has some fizz and leaves a fruity, malty, slightly hoppy, slightly syrupy and slightly floral finish. Recommended!

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.
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