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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
858
Reviews:
311
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
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15
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Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

San fran

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aufie
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NilocRellim
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ferb
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +4.3%
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 -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dinglehacker
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of juicebox
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with slight light penetration. There's a fingernail of beige covering the top. Moderate lacing is present. Strong notes of dark malt and toffee in the aroma. I taste a very robust dark malt and toffee flavor. The mouth is lightly chewy and sticky.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour with thin light brown head, good sweet malt aroma, super mild toasting.

Taste was smooth, mildly chocolate. Toffee. Thicker Oktoberfest. Almost no bitterness.

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Photo of SnakeSanchez
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MNJR
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good brown ale. My favorites include Bell's Best Brown Ale <a>http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/287/1924/</a>, which is excellent, and this is right up there at the top also. Rich roasted hazelnut flavor, raisins, a bit of tartness almost like cranberry, deep malt, low hops, and that signature Anchor "special something" flavor. A classic; extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.44/5  rDev +20%
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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Photo of 911CROFT
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £2.40 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, shiny, mahogany coloured body that when held to the light changes to a dark ruby, displaying a modest amount of streaming carbonation. A two-finger in height, dense, creamy, light tan coloured head reduces quickly to a foamy cap that has good staying power, but leaves minimal lacing.

The sweet, rich and malty nose consists predominantly of caramel and molasses. Underneath there are light aromas of stone fruit, a darker roasted malt profile and a touch of citrus bitterness. The taste is similar to the nose but starts with nutty, lightly roasted dark malts, slightly burnt white toast and vague dark fruits before leading into sweet caramel malt and molasses. Citric hops enter towards the back-end, bringing a light grapefruit bitterness to balance the sweetness of the mid palate before it becomes cloying. In the mouth a medium body and soft carbonation starts slick, wet and smooth, transitioning to slightly dry and warming as a mild lingering roasted bitterness combines with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

Overall this is a good beer. Sweet and malty with an interesting citric edge, certainly worth trying, but not worth seeking out especially to do so.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 858 ratings.
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