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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

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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Ratings: 862 |  Reviews: 313
Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -3.3%
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 -18.5%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - chestnut brown color with a creamy beige head that stayed around and left some heavy trails of lacing behind.

S - sweet caramel and nutty aroma.

T - sweet toffee and nutty flavors with just a hint of bitterness on the front side of the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, easy drinking feel.

O - a little more than just average for the style.

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Photo of Mullinger1980
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of pkalix
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tasted like band aids at first, but after settling in to it i can taste a little more of it.
never really been a fan of anchor steam but trying the nut brown ales today and gave it a shot. the others i had today were superior to this one, but it doesnt taste too bad.

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Photo of agreenman19
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Greggory
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Nofear048
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of imbibehour
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice chestnut toffee color out of the bottle hits the glass, giving to dark caramel and toffee red hues. Head forms nicely big and rich, light tan and three fingers with a creamy top and cap. The brew looks absolutely delicious.

Nose is filled with toffee and caramel smelling like malts. THere's a little bit of floral soapy action to this strangely, I wonder if that's from the single hop they used? Interesting, still smells very solid and inviting.

Interesting palate. A good malt body with a light brown ale touch, gives to a nice rounded feeling of light nutty toast. Afterfinish fills with a great aromatic of banana like esters and some mild milk chocolate. Very waffery chocolate air sensations while drinking this beer.

When all else fails, I always go back to anchor, just simple solid and delicious.

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Photo of pants678
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A soft cloudy amber brown with a fluffy off-white head.

Sugary smell like honey, malts.

Very chocolate, rich earthy malts and toffee with a sweetness from the citra hops. No real clean bite on the back. As advertised it's a straight forward beer, nothing to get muddled up in. Little warmth from the alcohol.

Carbonated more like a porter, it's fitting though.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear cedar reddish brown, tall tan head retained well
S - molasses and rye, citrus and earthiness, well balanced aromas
T - nutty and toffee rich malty flavours, complimented by citrus hop notes, mild touch of woody earthiness
M - medium body, mild carbonation, slightly sticky with a dry citra hop finish
O - rich without being heavy, well balanced, easy drinking, this is an easily sessionable brown ale

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Photo of rekel
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kam
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bertcat9000
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a decent amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A typically nutty brown ale aroma, with a surprising amount of hops, as well.

T: Like the aroma the flavor had a lot of that nuttiness, but also a big shot of hops. A good deal malt present as well. A very sharp, well rounded flavor.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid, likeable, easy to drink beer. One the better brown ales.

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Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a coded freshness dated bottle: Poured a deep, clear brown with beautiful ruby highlights. The creamy, beige head dissipated slowly leaving a nice foamy ring. Without a doubt, one of the nicest looking brown ales I have observed.

The aroma was a solid, perfumy malt base with the faint citrusy aroma the Citra hop coming through.

Very nice opening of faint molasses,semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar with a faint and welcoming bitterness that lingers on the tongue. None of these flavors overwhelms. The mild roastiness and hop profile keep this one from becoming cloying.

The ale has a light to medium body with rather low carbonation, giving this one a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This is what a Brown Ale should be: not hugely complex, but flavorful and somewhat sessionable. It is dangerously drinkable at 6% ABV. Even as the ale warms, it maintains its refreshing character. Considering the three digit temperatures today, I considered drinking a wheat beer. I am glad I chose this one instead.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass meium brown with amber hue, a thinner but well formed off white head atop.Aromas were fruity, with bitter chocolate,molasses,earthy,and lightly roasted nuttiness,alot going on for a brown ale.A little sharp in the feel if it smooths out it's really top notch.Flavors are mildly sweet upfront with some brown sugar and fruity tones,a big drying earthiness really takes over into a nice finish.I really like the flavor profile of this brown,it's American to the hilt with it's big earthy hopped up finish.Tweak the body and this is really top notch.

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Photo of Slikpitt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LeoEnergy
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured into a tulip glass (not ideal)

A- Pours dark brown, with some golden hues and a creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind patches of oval lacing.

S- Sweet malt and hints of grassy citrus. Some coco beans barely pronounced. No distinct aroma but there is something sugary/fruity towards the end.

T- The flop: Begins Malty and sweet with toffee and grain. The turn: becomes prominent in toffee, grain, spice, and a hint of raisin. The River: leaves a fruity residue with some chocolate notes, finishing slightly bitter and dry.

M- Smooth, creamy, balanced, dry finish and perfect carbonation. No alcohol detected.

O- I'd do it again.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Dark brown body with copper highlights and a small dollop of tan fast vanishing head. 

S:  Sweet roasted malts, coffee, spices,  and chocolate oranges. 

T/M:  A spicy bitter orange embraces the heavy roasted malts, sweet molasses and burnt toffee. Prickly carbonation and medium body that finishes semi dry with lingering chocolate orange. 

O:  I'm not a huge fan of brown ales but this was quite good. The malts worked well with the citrus hops to develop a balanced flavor. It's not something I will frequent but I'm glad I tried it. This is probably my favorite brown ale so far. 

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a standard beer glass, and the coloration is brownish, with a fair amount of red hues in the background. It is semi-clear, with some small carbonation seen to be rising to the top. The head on this beer is amazing I have to say!....it is a caramel color, is dense and creamy, and retains as well as any beer will, going from a couple fingers thick, settling down to about a finger. The lacing is decent too, leaving behind thick foamy goodness, but it does slowly slide back into the brew unfortunately!

S- Malt sweetness dominates the nasal cavity, with some pleasant notes of mouth watery inducing citrus hints. There is some fresh leafy bitterness noted on the finish as well. Very yummy smelling indeed!

T- This is quite malty, yet very refreshing at the same time. Sweet hints of caramel, roasted barley grain, and cocoa/coffee bean blended start this one off. This somewhat gives way to a satisfying, lighter tartness of citrus...I found it to be primarily of grapefruit, tangerine, and a lemon/lime rind tinge to it. The finish is a mix of astringent, yet thirst quenching bitterness, with a touch of soft sweetness that ends this beer with a perfect balance!

M- While this is a medium bodied beer, it really has a quality about it that says, I'm thin bodied, and therefore really easy to drink! It's creamy, due to the carbonation factor being mild too...it's a nice blend between rich and quenching.

O- I quite like this beer and will definitely seek it out again in the future. It has a great blend of rich flavor, creamy yet easy to drink body in any environment, and I think it's a unique take on the Brown Ale style.

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Photo of acevenom
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours chocolate brown with a tall, light tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The beer smells of dark roasted barley malt, caramel, and chocolate. It smells like a traditional brown ale. The beer is sweet and malty. There are flavors of chocolate and some hops to balance the malty sweetness. There's a mild citrus tang as well. The body is light to medium with adequate carbonation. The beer is creamy and smooth. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 862 ratings
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