Brekle's Brown | Anchor Brewing Company

Brekle's BrownBrekle's Brown
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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: 860 |  Reviews: 313
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Had this on 2012-05-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat clear copper-ruby with a 2-finger light tan head and moderate lacing.

S - Rich, sweet bready malt, toffee, fragrant hop floral and spice.

T - Toasted bread with guava jelly drizzled with chocolate sauce and washed down with some bitter herbal tea. It's quite nice; the Citra providing a nice bitterness that compliments the roastiness.

M - Light-medium body and medium body. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

O - Good tasting, not heavy. Satisfying. My wife liked it too.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper body with ruby hues beneath the foamy, tan head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation.

Generous caramel malt aromas float from the glass as well as bread or biscuit notes and just a hint of the citra hops.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor offers a very nice caramel malt flavor as well as toasted biscuit and almost a nutty sweetness to finish.

A bit lighter in body for a brown ale (as advertised) with medium carbonation and a nice sweet finish that lingers on the palate.

This is a pretty nice job by Anchor to come up with traditional brown ale with just the right amount of flavor and touch of hops, yet still suitable to the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Breckle's is a medium brown, muddy and thick, with an underlying ruddy red tone. An off-white head develops to about a finger and, while showing very good retention, doesn't leave as much lacing as I'd expect.
This beer is nicely balanced with a natural sweetness derived from its malt-forwardness. Hops make an appearance, floral with a bit of citrus, and sit underneath the malts, which are somewhat toasty with toffee and caramel notes. There's a gentle toastiness and a light nutty element as well. Eveything works well together, and this seems to be in a somewhat classic tradition as browns go in the current American beer movement.
Mildly crisp and somewhat smooth, the feel is above average without being completely compelling. The body is medium, enough to support everything without being heavy, with a light carbonation.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brekle’s Brown has a very thick, creamy, tan head and a clear, bubbly, brown appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread and a flash of hops; the taste is likewise of sweet brown bread, brown sugar, mild hop bitterness, and some caramel candy aspects. There were even some chocolate notes with this one. Mouthfeel is medium, and Brekle’s Brown finishes refreshing, semi-dry, and easy drinking. It’s a most excellent beer.


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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of McStagger
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown Ale? I guess so. Pours a beautifully dark ruby/garnet with great clarity. Two fingers beige mocha head with good retention. Carbonation is minimal.

S: Roasty malt, some malt chocolate and cocoa. Seriously, smells like an unbaked chocolate cake. Some dried darkened fruit. Woody, with some vanilla notes.

T: Moderately deep roasted flavors. Slightly burnt bread, roasted chocolate. Fairly subdued and bland until the finish, when the roasted notes really take off. The bitterness of the Citra hops comes into play in the finish as well.

M: Great. Smooth, low played carbonation keep this beer smooth as silk. It really does glide across the palate.

O: I'm pretty underwhelmed by this beer. Looks, smells and feels great, but is definitely lacking in the flavor department. Not to say it's bad by any stretch, but compared to the other brews, I'm not overly impressed.

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

I had this one right after some food and so may need to try it again clean. But the unexpected and interesting flavor note I got was pear. I'm accustomed to a tart/sour element in a lot of American browns at this point but usually it's a citrus element. From the first smell of this one, I got straight up pear. It's the mild sourness and fragrance of a pear and the same thing appeared on the palate. That was really all I noticed in fact. I wonder if that's my impression of the citra hops, which I don't think I've had before. That's not how they're described, but that's all I got. I didn't get much complexity out of this beer aside from that unusual and pleasant flavor element.

I'll do this again with my second bottle soon. If nothing changes, I'll call this a decent beer that I'd be happy to drink if you served it to me but which I would bypass buying myself in favor of more interesting options.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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

12 oz bottle into tulip. not sure what these markings mean, but i dont think this is too old.

A: opaque dark mahogany hued brew. head is white with a serious brownish tint to it. retention is good as is the lacing. sticky. good looking brew.

S: sweet smells from both the malt and the citra hop. aroma reminds me a little bit of an ESB. but beefed up. sweet, caramel and pleasant.

T: loads of sweet caramel flavors. the citra flavor comes through in the finish. lingers with bitterness. the hop flavor adds a nice level of complexity.

M: very moderate carbonation level feels very natural.

D: i enjoyed this brown a lot. well made brew from a brewery that doesnt have an overwhelming portfolio. cool brown with a cool story. worth grabbing if you can find it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of MaximalC
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark, translucent burgundy in color with an ample, caramel-colored head. Aroma smells of fresh grapefruit and caramel; quite nice. The flavor matches the smell, but I fear the Citra hops may be overbearing. The caramel malt is still there, but it's well overshadowed by the citric flavors. I'd normally prefer these hops to most if they weren't so dominant, but the balance just isn't there. I'm also tasting a slight metallic twinge on the finish. Not at all what I was expecting from a brown ale. Maybe worth trying if you're looking for something different, but not a brew I'd seek out for pure enjoyment.

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3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby and cola colored brew. Quick bone colored head. Nice bubbling.

Roasted malt and bready sweet aroma. Pumpernickel aroma. A little dry.

Super toasty and medium roasty bread crust. Full on malt through and through. Chalky, powdery palate. Dry, but easy to drink.

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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.8% out of 100 with 860 ratings
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