Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

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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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Photo of OCMutt
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of claspada
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish/light brown color with a frothy, foamy, beige head of foam.

Aromas begin with mild hop accents of citrus and dried grasses. Then you get some toasted bread maltiness with notes of brown sugar and roast. As it warms you get some slight raisin-like fruitiness.

The tastes follow the nose but in reverse with toasted bread crusts with lesser sweetish hints of brown sugar and dark caramel. Mild inclusions of raisin, molasses and roasted pecans. The hop flavors and bitterness builds as it warms with the citrusy Citra hops and some grassy dry-hopping accents.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is increasingly bitter and the citrus clashes with the brown malt leaving an odd taste I do not enjoy on the palate.

Overall this just once again proves I do not like the flavor profile of dark malt and hops, dark beers should be malty, light ones should be hoppy. There is nothing that can change my taste preference on that so take this for what it's worth.

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Photo of McTavern
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Beer_HOPper
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of fezmeister
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet malt nose under an unimpressive pour, albeit nice brown color. Taste is classically roasty nutty sweets malts (although not a bit tacky or cloying), but balanced with plenty of citra hop zing for great drinkability. I like it, as an IPA drinker who dislikes sticky sweet beers. Great for a brown afficionado on a summer day when quaffability is desired, in my estimation.

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Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of RWLawman
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -45.9%

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

A - Solid mahogany body with rusty red highlights. Nice khaki head with great retention and lace.

S - Sweet nose. Maple syrup, cranberry, strawberry jam, pecan pie, and caramel.

T - Tart lemon, touch of woody hop, and ice tea followed by a huge, sweet caramel malt center and finish.

M - Relatively light body. Ok carbonation.

O - The sweetness feels way out of balance, even with an aggressive lemon acidity.

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Photo of murraymj
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of aflies
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Peller80
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hsc12
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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

This is a pretty easy drinking brown ale, for me. There isn't any real deviation from what you initially get. It stays fairly consistent and smooth, though a bit heavy on the malty sweet side. I can appreciate this one. A well done brew that isn't really trying to be too much.

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Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark chestnut brown color with light coming through around the edge of the glass and a very thick 2 finger foamy tan head that faded very slowly, leaving good spotty lacing. The head took several minutes to dissipate and was very impressive.

Smells sweet with malt, brown sugar, caramel, grains, citrus hops, lemon, yeast funk and herbs; very malty and sweet, but nice mix of hops for some complexity.

The flavor is rich with sweet malt, caramel, toasted grains, lemon zest, citrus hops, bread, herbs, yeast, roasted nuts, syrup and some charcoal; the finish is bitter, nutty and funky, which is surprising since the bottle boasts about the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth, almost crisp, with a medium body, mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Decent enough beer and an average brown ale, but not a beer I’d be in a rush to buy again.

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Photo of AMson
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Notes from 7/12/12

On the front label: "All Malt Single Hop Brown Ale. Brewmaster Gottlieb Brekle 1871-1888." On the back: "6% ABV." Also, some coding "2MO" which means nothing to the average person (including myself), although I'm inclined to think it refers to the age of the beer.

The brew pours nicely with a big, fluffy beige head that sticks to the glass. Down below, the brew is dark brown with glowing red hues (cherry red in the light), nearly opaque. Appearance: 4.5/5

Creamy in the nose. Buttery diacetyl, peaches (my wife picked that attribute out), citrus (lime), salt, and a body of caramel and brown malts. Suggestion of booze on the outer edges. Aroma: 4/5

That suggestion of alcohol shows up in the taste; cuts in with the bittering hops. Butter, caramel, spicy hops flavor. Good and complex flavors in the taste. Taste: 4/5

Feels medium bodied and well balanced. Feel: 4/5 Nothing takes over as, thankfully, this isn't over-hopped (which tends to be the prevailing characteristic amongst American brown ales). Overall: 4/5

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Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish-brown color with one finger of tan head that fades slowly with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Sticky sweet, almost like a dubble or triple, with caramel, brown sugar and ripe fruit notes.

Taste: syrupy-sweet and creamy, but fading to a nice, slightly astringent roasted malt back end. Roasted notes carry right on into a lingering finish with some chalkiness. It's a nice contrast to the sweet front end.

The Rest: A unique brown that's well worth a taste. The aroma and initial taste was very atypical, but then the finish brings it back to a more typical brown ale.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich frothy foam pour.
Bought from a wine shop.

Visually a dark brown. Red hue.

Sweet smelling, Not much here.

Heavy european black Licorice, burnt Candy.
Bitter things in here. Clearly hopped but handles malty.
Very attractive large attractive bottle bubbles.

Somewhat of a robust carbon tinted beer.
Drinks pretty well warmed up from fridge temp
made to pair with meat, barbeque, etc

cheese burger on sour dough
sweet BBQ chicken
Chipotle anything

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Photo of craigreno
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 859 ratings.
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