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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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JamesQuaff
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams tulip.

Pours a deep burnt sienna brown with ruby highlights, and a dense 1/2" ivory colored head that recedes quickly leaving extensive, delicate lacing. Looks like a 'dense' beer. Very nice to look at in the glass.

Aroma is a blast of brown bread, roasted malts, dried and dark fruits, molasses, hops. Smells like a hearty beverage is about to go down. My personal favorite aspect of this brew.

The taste is a good reflection of the aroma - my main impression is brown bread with molasses and raisins. It has a moderate touch of sweetness at first, then the bready malts come to the fore, and the finish is all hops, fading into a mellow bitterness. I like the progression, I like the balance. The overall combination of flavor notes make me think of 'barleywine light' - similar, but nowhere near as big, concentrated or powerful.

This beer is rather full-bodied and somewhat thick, but not overly syrupy. The carbonation is nice and creamy. Definitely not a chugger. A few of these will sit pretty heavy in the ol' gut.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Brekle's Brown and will definitely be working it into my regular rotation. I've been digging pretty much everything I've tried from Anchor recently, and this was no exception. I think it's about time to book me a brewery tour...

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown color. Nutty. Formed a big, bubbled and soapy beige head. Medium retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings left in the glass. Beautiful beer

S: Strong caramel in the nose. Strong notes of toffee, wood, roasted malts and flowery hops. A bit bready too

T: Sweet upfront, roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, wood and nuts. An extremely malty beer. End is hoppy and slightly bitter. Balanced

M: Light body. Medium to high carbonation. Roasted malts with a touch of hops in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Refreshing. Anchor quality

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of charlzm
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed March 19th, 2013. Served at 50 degrees F in a standard Anchor pint glass.

Beer pours a clear mahogany brown with a three-finger yellow/tan/off-white head that reduces to a thin crown with sticky legs down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is pleasing; nutty and woody with a touch of... malted milk? Cola?

Flavor is nutty and cola-like with a smooth, creamy texture.Bitterness, while present, is moderate. Some resiny hop character, but well-balanced with the overall flavor and doesn't linger. Slight sourness - lactic? Might be a bit too sweet, but well within tolerability.

Mouthfeel is creamy upon entry but otherwise medium-bodied.

Not the best brown ale ever, but a sturdy, serviceable example.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of ggourde
2.09/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Comes out of the bottle thick- tried agitating it to get some head, but none formed. Next comes a strong- sickly sweet candy smell. Sure enough cloying malty sweetness hits me hard. It feels as syrupy as it looked coming out of the bottle. This is my 3rd time drinking this, and once was as a blind test at my home brewer's meeting. All three times wound up with the same thoughts about cloying syrup. I am sad b/c I generally have great respect for Anchor's beers.

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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a two finger light mocha shade; the retention featured is excellent. The creamy texture leaves behind a good conglomeration of lacing on the glass.

S: What seems to take the forefront are distinct melon notes from the hops. The usual brown ale notes reside behind it (hazelnut and chocolate, primarily). It seems like the hops feature a distinct acidic quality to them in the aroma - old bottle, perhaps?

T: Even if its an old bottle, the melon and mango qualities really give it something different than what the style is used to. After a hoppy, bright opening, some chocolate, hazelnut, and brown sugar pops up to help finish the beer. Altogether, the citrusy hops and dark malts give it kind of a 'chocolate-covered orange' taste to it, while exhales allow toasted malt qualities to appear. Simplicity aside, it's still a good one right now; I could see a fresh bottle being great.

M: Not that heavy. Most brown ales I've encountered are really sweet yet chalky; this one has a pleasant smoothness to it, and a balance between lingering malt sweetness and hop dryness. Sweetness wins out, but overall this one is quite drinkable regardless.

O: Pretty likable, I must say. I'd reckon one bottle is enough for me; move up to two and it would become pretty cloying. Still, a solid example of a style I don't really care for.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a chestnut brown with a finger width of frothy beige head.

Smell- citrusy hops (citra hops), caramalts, light hazelnut.

Taste- Well balanced citra hops, caramalts, and hazelnut. Also picking up some dark fruit (cherry) and almond.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant smoothness to the body.

Overall- A bold and flavourful brown ale that can please many palates. Very well balanced and easy to enjoy.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I looked at "All Malt Single Hop" and though of Scotch. Then I realized what they meant: one hop variety used, in this case Citra, a relatively new variety from what I've been reading.

It looks good with a vigorous pour - a good thick head, and hey, brown. Has a nice aroma of peachy citrus. This is a tart beer, neither bitter nor too sweet. No roasted flavors here, nor much complexity, but its straightforward style makes it really easy to like.

I have to credit Anchor for having the coolest labels. Fortunately, the beer is good as well.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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