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Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

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Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown

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.

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Photo of Henrich
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 finger of anemic off-white foam settles to a nice, thin cap over the top of this deep, clearish, reddish-mahogony beer. Looks nice.
Smell: I can smell the hops, distinctly. Once you get used to that, you can detect a sweet, pleasant maltiness.
Taste: This beer is very well balanced. Slight carbonic bite and pleasant hoppy bitterness yields to nice malty sweetness, with a nice, sweet, toasty finish. Again, fantastically balanced.
Mouth-Feel: Carbonation is noticeable and seems to fight against the thickness of this beer. Pleasant overall, but adds little.
Overall: A very solid brew. It tases like a lighter, more balanced porter. I would buy it again, but my maximum would be two bottles. A tad syrupy, otherwise very decent.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - translucent mahogany/chestnut colour with tan head

Smell - caramel, toasted nuts, cherry

Taste - caramel, a bit of toasted nut in there, toffee,cherry sweetness

mouthfeel - sweetness upfront, medium bodied, ample carbonation, good amount of hoppiness in the finish

Overall - decent brown ale I'm glad to have tried

Price point - $2.10/12 oz single

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Photo of Copernicus
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, and it boasts a dark brown color with some deep ruby tinting. The head forms at a finger and a half in a nice light tan. Retention was weak, and not much lacing remained.

The nose was primarily malty with nutty overtones, brown sugar, and dates. There was virtually no hop presence.

This tasted really nice. It's malty sweetness isn't too syrupy or cloying, nor does it require the all-but-absent hop bitterness to round it out. There was obvious caramel, dates, molasses, and a soft nuttiness. And then it finishes clean and crisp.

The mouthfeel was pleasant., a medium to light body with mild carbonation. Quite quaffable.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this was one of the best I've had. It paired really well with my teriyaki pork tenderloin and sauteed greens-stuffed mochi.

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper brown with a one finger tan head, with nice retention and lacing. the aroma is somewhat nutty with toasted malt, caramel, and citrus hops.

Has a lightly sweet nutty flavor with caramel, toasted malt, citrus hops, and brown sugar. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Has a bit of a nutty caramel and toasted malt aftertaste. Well worth trying.

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Photo of fx20736
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
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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Photo of SteveB24
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: color is deep amber, carbonation is evident despite deep and slightly hazy color. Pours an anch of tan head that settles into lacing that hugs the side of the glass.

Smell: when poured, the smell has belgian yeast notes, with mikd fruit and some spice that could be corriander. Unfortunately the smell dissapates with the head. Very strange.

Taste: mild fruit. Watered down spice with some malt in the backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: not particularly memorable. But pleasant enough. Very drinkable, and pretty satisfying but not quite filling. Not sure if I'd rush to buy as a six pack but is a welcome componant of an anchor multi pack.

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Photo of azorie
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

re review a year later

a: dark ruby read brown ale in color. lots of tan and brown lacing and head. hard pour into mug 2 inch head of foam

s: hoppy floral notes. malty, some yeast like notes. loving that citra.

T: is nice but a tad hoppy that I like but its not English brown its American so and west coast so to be expected. hop forward, sweet, dark sugar, malty, fruity, tasty. some cola like notes. very pepsi like. after it warms I find it a nice balance but not quite in balance, seems maybe i gotten used to the citra finally. malt side I think for me now.

m: low carbonation, thin/medium body, smooth, not too bad of a bitter aftertaste, drinkable

o: Really nice, goes to show yea if you not in the mood for a style you can underrate it.
very nice to great beer. I had 8 of them now. just not all today. lol

7.99 a sixer

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is amber brown, opaque; head is tan, fine bubbles, lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, some figs, light toffee and chocolate.

Taste is on the sweeter side, fruity, toffee, chocolate, seems like a good sample of a traditional older style brown.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, good sweetness, nice lingering flavors, good carbonation.

Overall a very good brown ale, an aged fruity flavor and lighter notes of toffee and chocolate.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Comes with a dark brown color and a very small tan/dirty head. The aroma is sweet along with some maltiness. There is also some chocolate which is very gentle, but without the roasted aroma often accompanying it. Taste is bitter, roasted and bitter, although not so much so in the finish. The bitter aftertaste stays with you for a long time. All in all, a nice brew, not strong and very drinkable.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle bought from The Light House, Jordanstown

Poured a dark browny amber colour. Light mocha head poured quite thick then faded quickly to thin coating... some light carbonation bubbles drift to the surface... lots of sticky lacing cling throughout...

Aroma - Lots of nuttiness up front, toasted bready malts mixed with nice dark fruits (raisins, figs, some blackcurrents), molasses sweetness, quite peppery and grassy, nutmeg spiciness...

Taste - Quite tart fruitiness initially (figs, apples, pears), some saltiness, toasted bready malts, some buttery notes, quite nutty, light brown sugar sweetness, some molasses, good peppery hop bitterness, grassy, some toffee...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Medium bodied... A pretty drinkable brew...

Overall - A pretty standard but decent brown ale... worth a try...

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby into a shaker. A moderate to aggressive pour produces about an inch of frothy tan head. This sticks to the sides and coats the top for pretty much the duration. The beer is a rich, moderately dark brown, with ruby highlights. The tan head and deep ruddy brown provide a very appealing look.

A distinct caramel on the nose, with plenty of citrusy hops. The taste is full-bodied and sweet, with a subdued and not too bitter citrusy-hop presence. Also, hints of rose hips, chokecherry, unroasted nuts, chocolate, and orange- an essence evocative of one of those chocolate covered orange candies.

I believe this is only available at one store in my town of around 30,00 people in the backwater of Butte, Montana. This particular fine food and beverage emporium charged about 10 dollars for a six pack, which is probably too much, considering browns of similar quality can be had for about 25 percent less- this beer is simply one with a sparser distribution, and appeals to those few of us who crave variety. In other words, I wish we had more variety and more competition, though it is getting better....

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Photo of Philousa
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Imbibed from a growler poured at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits on 9/15/13.

Pours a cola brown, great clarity, with a thin head of dark tan. Aroma is sweet like molasses with lots of nut (almond, walnut, and pecans), some chocolate, and a bit of earthiness, probably from English hops. Flavor starts tart and is bitter throughout. The tart yeast sticks around for only a second before the pecan and molasses sweetness mixes with the earthy bitterness. Lots of mineral flavor without being overbearing. Feel is slightly watery with a sweet finish.

This one is nuanced, but not too ornate for a brew you'd have regularly. Almost too sweet, but the different facets make up for this. Solid.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown to an almost auburn coloring the head was fizzy but built nicely to a bubbly display.

The scent is weak but has some very present elements. A fudge like air reaches the nose amongst the strong malt and tea leaf aromas. The malt is barleyesque and seems to dominate.

The flavors go down the line of dried fruit and malt. A nice mix of of prune, date, barley and tea leaf hold th line with a subtle fudge and chocolate flavor.

The feel is very easy with a slight watery taste. Love to see a more full robust feel as I think it would lend to a fuller taste.

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Photo of CASK1
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a Sam Adams glass.

A - Beautiful deep, deep copper with garnet highlights. I loved the way this beer looked, but it falls short of the color I expect in a brown ale. Nice dense, light tan head with excellent retention.

S - complex malt aroma of toffee, caramel, and toasted bread. Very low earthy hop aroma. Hints of figs and raisins.

T - Similar to aroma. Intense malt flavor of sweet caramel and toffee. Lacks the roasty character I usually expect in a brown ale. Fairly high hop bitterness, but almost no hop flavor. Dark fruits in the background.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Slightly astringent, which seems out a place with the lack of roast malt character.

O - Very drinkable beer, but seems to miss the mark as a brown ale. I'm a big fan, and this is the first I've seen this beer in NE Florida. A bit of a letdown, and not my favorite from Anchor.

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

A brown ale made with Citra hops? Why yes please, what a joyous experiment. Pours dark brown with ample mocha foam, much like a porter. Aroma is a juxtaposition of strong citrus/tropical fruit and dark malts. Amazing complexity in the form of citrus (orange, blood orange, lime), mango, passion fruit, papaya, peach, and brown bread, almond nougat, chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar from the malts. Some body and residual sweetness coupled with a dry bitter finish from the hops. Really quite an aggressive brown ale that captures the malt aspects of the style but obviously experimental in the hopping. I like it but maybe not every day.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a medium brown color with a slight, beige head. The aroma is very malty. The taste is very sweet from malts and burnt sugars. Also in the mix are molasses, caramel, and a slightly bitter finish. This is surprisingly very good yet a complex brown ale.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. Purchased a while back from Trembling Madness in York, and stored in my garage. Described on the label as a tribute to Gottlieb Brekle, the founder of the original Anchor brewery in the 1850s.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-brown hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of roasted malt, brown sugar, faint chocolate, stewed leaves and earthy yeast. Somewhat sweet, with a twinge of harsh cardboard in the background.

Tastes of subtle roasted malt with a dry finish. Notes of grain, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, mild chocolate, stewed leaves, harsh cardboard and faint earthy yeast. Possesses a slight malty sweetness followed by an acrid bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and decent body for the style. Could perhaps be a tad thicker. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of harsh cardboard, stewed leaves and mild caramel malt.

OK, though nothing special. To be fair, I've never been particularly enamoured of brown ales. This one looks nice, with a lovely colour when held to the light. However the aroma and flavour, while malty, are quite bland and plagued by an undesirable harshness. Body is par for the course. It meets expectations, though the taste could be cleaner and fresher. Worth trying, but no need to seek it out.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, hazy copper brown. Lots of red on the edges of the body with penetrating light. Good, 2.5 finger head forms and retains well. Lacing is good to very good with a solid, consistent lattice-work down the glass.

S- Can definitely get a dose of the citra hops here. Moderate hops bitterness is on the nose, along with some semisweet brown and burnt malts. Hops are more floral and citrus-like than pine-like.

T- Starts with some hops bitterness, light to moderate in strength. Some more traditional brown ale flavors move in with a definite nutty, roasted favor. The roasted and hops bitterness flavors intermingle and provide a somewhat unique flavor for the beer.

M- Highly carbonated and on the lighter end of the weight spectrum. Wouldn't be able to have more than 2 or 3 of these, but still not a bad weight.

Overall, even if this is almost two years old, this is still a good beer. I think the roasted malt flavors would be more rominent in a fresher beer, but this is an interesting flavor either way with the brown ale flavors as well as the hops bitterness.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a huge darker head.

S: Fruity, sugary, syrup, nuts, grapefruit.

T: Solid nutty malty backbone with a bit of bitterness at the end for balance. Solid.

M: Medium

O: Solid. NIce aroma and taste; there is nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber-tinged brown with a creamy khaki head. Head retention is quite good, but lacing is fairly modest.

S: Aromas of blood orange, mandarin orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, mango, and papaya fight against maltier scents of brown sugar, dark chocolate, caramel, biscuit, roasted nuts, and molasses.

T: Notes of brown sugar, nougat, vanilla bean, dark bread, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, biscuit, molasses, lemon, lime, mandarin orange, blood orange, mango, grapefruit, overripe papaya, and fresh herbs assault the palate. The finish is turbulent and relatively bitter with robust caramel, nut, brown sugar, blood orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit notes.

M: On the lighter side of medium and a bit slick for the style. Carbonation is firm, crisp, and a bit forceful. Not difficult to drink, but just ever so slightly overcarbonated and slick for my tastes.

O: I kind of like the idea of this beer: put Citra hops in a brown ale and see what happens. The problem is that it doesn't quite work. The hops fight and ultimately overpower the malt flavors here and this is difficult to miss, as this beer is so light, slick, and heavily carbonated. Probably one of the most turbulent brown ales I've ever had, I kind of think this one should be treated as a unique experimental brew and rated as such. In the end, I do not find Brekle's Brown to be bad at all, but I do not find it to be all that appealing either. I kind of don't know precisely how I feel about it. I suppose I can say that if you are a fan of the style, it's worth trying once, though I doubt this is the kind of brown ale fans of the style will reach for on a regular basis.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured dark brown with a big frothy mocha colored head that left chunky lace.

S- Big lemon, peach, toasted caramel malt, molasses, sticky toffee, and mineral notes. Not a very strong aroma but pretty complex.

T- Big molasses, almost burnt caramel malt, graininess, pie crust, nutty, and toffee notes with some lemon hop character.

M- Very creamy and smooth, medium body, semi-dry finish, and medium carbonation.

O- A pretty nice brown ale with too much burnt malt character for this to get a higher score. Overall, a pretty complex and easy drinking brown ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- it pours a dark copper with a 1" head of foam, good lacing.

S- mostly sweet malt in the nose, light roasted malt, a smidgeon of the single hop used...lemon/Citra.

T- fairly sweet on the palate at first, lightly roasted malty, I get the hop as it bobs and weaves throughout the session. It adds a nice lemon zap.

M- medium bodied, rather high level of carbonation.

O- a nice smooth drinking Brown Ale. The 6 pack I bought went quickly!

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Photo of jjboesen
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A highlight of my 2008 San Francisco trip was a visit to this iconic brewery. So, when I saw this bottle of Brown Ale, I knew it had to be mine.

It opens with a massive infusion of spongy froth - let it settle. The body is dark copper with some minor flecks of light at the bottom of the glass. Upon settling, the head consists of a wispy shell of bubbles and cream with minimal lacing.

The nose emits a mild whiff of plum and brown sugar., while the taste, though initially cloying, is reminiscent of mincemeat and licorice. The mouthfeel is pleasantly malty with a subtle kick from the citra hops.

This is decent quaff from one of the West Coast's pioneer craft brewers and one of America's greatest breweries.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.60):
Mahogany brown, a thumb sized, bubbly head that is a sort of yellowy cream colour. This halves in size and holds about a half centimetre tall after that.

Malty & very sweet with some earthy hops and a bit of sugar. There is some butterscotch, a few dark fruits and a hint of caramel and spice.

Sweet to start with some lighter, roasted malt flavours and a earthy hop taste that matches the nose and is what you would expect. The dark fruits are more noticeable than in the nose with some plum, dates and some apples. There is also a sweet, sugary taste and some alcohol towards the end.

Very sweet with a smooth, almost boozy taste and a medium body. Carbonation in this one is quite mild and the dark fruits give it most of the sweetness.

Not a bad beer this one. This one is pretty standard fair with quite a lot of fruits and sweetness with a nice mix of malts at the start. The mouthfeel and the soft carbonation of this one made it a clean, easy one to drink, although that being this one isn't anything special.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Well, if Brekle likes it... This stuff pours a clear dark sienna topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel (nearing burnt), light roasted malts, and a light kiss of what seems like orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the orange, more present and powerful, doing battle with the even-toastier caramel, leading to a confused clash of flavors that doesn't sit all that well on the tongue. There's a sense of cedar in the background, as well, mucking things up even further. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, the hopping of this brown just didn't do it for me, unfortunately.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.
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