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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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uniquely American, the popular English brown ale taste of chocolate and malt is met with a drier palate and exorbitant hopping rates of the citrus variety. Why expect anything less from the Anchor Brewing Company

The perfect pour delivers a handsome and brilliant garnet hue with ruby highlights. The beer is capped with a dense and creamy sand colored froth that retains and laces with exceptional character. Brown ales don't look better.

Moderate aromas of citrus notes rise first, but then with the balance comes in the form of toast char, chocolate, wood, sorghum spice and starchy bread.

The bold taste of heavy toast shies away from roast but attracts the flavor of scorched toffee, baked barley, bitter chocolate, walnuts, wood bark that weaves in a rich and sweeter taste. American hop flavors borrow the zesty balance of tangerine and ruby red grapefruit bitterness. An oddly alluring taste of stale grain (similar to that of home brewed beer that uses old malt extract) and spice additions of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice seems as much as the bitter balance as the hops do.

Creamy malt textures turn sharply dry in a hurry. The super attenuation brings to light the grain derived astringency that seem harshly bitter to the throat in much the same manner as boiled spices.

The beer has some phenomenal flavors and complexities that sing the praises of the adopted brown ales. Supreme dryness, higher bitterness, and pronounced citrus flavors seem just a start.

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Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola looking brown with a 3/4 thumbs width mocha head. A sweat, earthy aroma of brown sugar and cherries alongside a little soapy grass. Flavor is very interesting for a brown with the inclusion of the cherries alongside brown sugar, grass, and closing out with a touch of roastiness. A kinda thin, active mouthfeel. Overall, an enjoyable brew but not necessarily the most memorable or best brown ale. I'd happily drink this again but definitely glad I found this as a single rather than having had to buy a full sixer of it.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium brown color with garnet highlights and a solid one inch beige head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma begins with brown sugar and bready malt, leading into a melanoidin-like nutty, buttery character. There's a bit of floral hop, which becomes slightly citrusy at the finish.

Citrus hops underlie the entire flavor profile, with tangy lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple carrying a slightly roasted, nutty dark malt body into a fairly bitter, slightly acrid finish. More tropical fruit emerges as it warms.

Body is moderate with carbonation on the high side of moderate, and a bit of an astringent finish.

Overall, a very citrusy example of the style. The hops sort of clash with the bitterness of the roast malt, though. A little more malt complexity in the flavor would improve the experience.

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Photo of Chrisdslap
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me enjoyed chilled from a tumbler

A medium brown shade with copper hues and thick 2 finger cap of beige with good lace stickage and retention. The smell is very interesting -a mix of hops which are piney, toasted grain and some light dried fruit notes with slight herbal hop elements adding to the aroma. The feel is good without becoming too far in either direction -nice balance of yeast malt and hops with slight fruity tanginess in the finish with mild sweetness and good amount of carbonation with generally dry body.

The taste is pretty decent with some light tangy fruit from the yeast adding to the slight tea-like elements from the hops which have some spice and pine notes also. the malt is very good at keeping a solid foundation and is nice with some caramel and toasted tinges with subtle alcohol in the background. My takeaway on this is another solid offering from Anchor, one of the Nations elder statesmen of craft brewers-definitely worth having again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown murky mahogany red body, with a big thicket of deep tan head forming thick large bubbles flowing up from the depths of this dark brown libation. I smell a beautiful expressive hop profile with more citrus and earthiness than anything else. Complemented by candied malts with mild layers of roast, caramel, and nuttiness. Very faint tartness arises within the glass as well this is a balanced single hopped single malt brown ale. Super drinkable effortless, really. Pronounced nutty, dark chocolate, roasted malts with caramelized maltiness. Very good depth in the malt department with an earthy herbal hop note that lasts in cohesion with malts throughout each sip. Mouthfeel is velvet, silky smooth on the palate graces my palate with ample carbonation. Even flowing slick full malt profile sticks to the sides of palate with a lingering herbal dry finish, really perfect balance with little to no alcohol peaking through on the palate. Overall impressive brown quite possibly my favorite I've tried in a very long time, some people are scared of this style since it's hard to nail, but Anchor did just that out of the park fuckin' homerun!!!

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with initial white foam that separates and fades out. Nutty caramel taste, Sweet.Taste is light sweet, some cola, some nutty. Light bitter finish that holds. Good carbonation.

Brown ale with a bite. Good beer.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Nonic

A - Mahogany colored brew with little haze and lots of carbonation. It produced a massive 3-4 finger head on a somewhat gently pour, so it's probably highly carbonated. Head retention wasn't good, and I didn't get any lacing either.

S - Lemony, resinous, pine and grapefruit like hops upfront. Sweet bread, biscuit, pie crust and brown sugar malt characteristics. A bit of cocoa in there as well. Smells balanced and inviting.

T - The first thing I pick up is mild cherry and plum with a touch of alcohol. It unfolds quickly into bread, brown sugar, almond, and a hint of cocoa. Hops lend a mild lemon like citrus character that I think could be a bit stronger. It finishes somewhat sweet with lingering brown sugar and cocoa flavors. Bitterness is very mild. I picked subtle vanilla as it warmed.

M - Around full bodied with a chewy, smooth feel. Crispness is lite-moderate.

O - Well nothing surprised me about this beer. I liked the smell and the flavor profile, but I did feel that the cloying cocoa and brown sugar combo was a bit too much for me. I think the mouthfeel could be a little crisper as well. Overall I'd definitely drink it again, but I prefer other Brown Ales, like Moose Drool for example.

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

glass: nonic

Dark brown appearance with some ruby red in there. Highly carbonated, 3-4 finger head, tan. Aroma offers chocolate, mocha, caramel, cherries and lemon rind.

Mocha stands out on the taste. Lots of cherry, and other tart dark fruit. Not overly tart though. Almost no hops to speak off. A very subtle bitterness at the end followed by a sort of creamy finish.

Lively in the mouth but not as much as the appearance led me to believe. Solid brown ale, no fuss, balanced and very approachable.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a very nice english/american hybrid brown ale. pours a thin light chocolate brown with a similarly thin off white head comprised of large bubbles. smells almost tart from the yeast, but tempered by some sweeter english malts and some fairly aggressive american hopping, which is exactly what you get in the flavor. love the malt complexity in here, its sweet and bitter and roasty at the same time. hops really only come out on the back end. feel is pretty good, a little thin for an american brown, but its a very very sessionable beer, and well made like all anchor brews. i will buy this again.

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of EkimGram
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a rich brown with a reddish hue. Finger-thick head, toffee in colour, fades to a layer of puff leaving a mostly even lacing. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Much to my dismay, I can hardly smell anything in this beer without agitating it an incredible amount. When the aromas finally arrive, nice sweet and roasted malt is all there is.

Taste: Sweet, musty malt in the front quickly makes way for some bitter, citrus hops. Finishes a little boozy and sticky.

Mouthfeel: Nicely rounded medium body with a mild bite.

Overall: The smell is disappointing but everything else is fantastic. A satisfying beer done the true Anchor way.

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geez, almost great. Served a bit cold, with very nice, large, tan, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy head that slowly settles and plenty of lace. Color is a pretty, clear mahoganey with many tiny bubble trails. Aroma is banana up front, then malt, roast, toffee, fruit. Flavor's like nose and is fruity up front too; then there's the classic brown ale flavors. Oddly, sweetness is muted at first and comes in later finishing along with the bitter and tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, ending to a not altogether pleasant bittersweet slow taper.

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Photo of Jovian00
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of wfpalm
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep ruby-red, with big and impressive head of carbonation. Lace spotty.

Nose is malty sweet, with caramel, maple, and an earthy vibe. Perfect brown ale character.

Taste is sweet and mild, with a slight roastiness, and a tinge of citrus hops submerged in the finish. A solid and enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huh had no idea this was a "brewed once" beer.

A - Pours a very dark mocha brown, clear in color with only a 1/4 inch of head but it makes for an attractive creamy lace ring.

S - Smells quite good actually brown malt with a touch of chocolate and hops. Some sweet jelly like malts too.

T - Quite good actually. Starts off with a twang of hops and some brown malt balanced the bitterness with some jam like malts and chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy consistency.

Overall a solid brown ale.

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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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