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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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Reviews: 307 | Ratings: 852
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nicely done brown ale with sufficient hopping to place it solidly in the American Brown Ale category. Chestnut brown pour with a hint of ruby at the edge. Roasty caramel aroma. Up front a touch acidic, melding quickly into a slightly herbal hop bite. Sweetish caramel malt with restrained roasted notes follows and the finish hints at brown sugar.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/1/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, honey, caramelized malts, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel, spices and honey. The malt character is hearty and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown in color with a short 1/2" head. Some light lace developed during the session.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness is all you could pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel with a bit of soft nutty and earthy tones. Mild bitterness rounds it out. S
simple and straight forward.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: a very sessionable brown ale. Very simple but satisfying beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is amber brown, opaque; head is tan, fine bubbles, lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, some figs, light toffee and chocolate.

Taste is on the sweeter side, fruity, toffee, chocolate, seems like a good sample of a traditional older style brown.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, good sweetness, nice lingering flavors, good carbonation.

Overall a very good brown ale, an aged fruity flavor and lighter notes of toffee and chocolate.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pilsner-style glass at Tops.

Glorious sunset brown, with hints of amber blending into darker mahogany. The sticky one-finger head of frothy tan remains for a long while, eventually slipping away to become a big, retentive ring of bubbles.

Fruity nose. Concord grape, apple, maybe hints of oak and vanilla? I also get lots of caramel, floral and earthy hops, and a handful of peanuts.

The flavor’s a glorious mix of caramel and fruit. Grape, dark wheat bread, caramel, a soft nuttiness, apple and earthy hops combine to create a rustic flavor. This brew belongs around a hearth. More fruit sweetness emerges as it warms (perhaps just a tad too much) reminding me of prickly pear. It’s got amazing complexity and many layers of flavor.

Smooth, velvety medium body with softly prickly carbonation and some booze in the nose.

Though it got a little fruity for me at the end, Brekles is a damn fine brown and a great addition to Anchor’s legacy of solid brews that stick to style standards. It’ll be great for the cooler fall weather.

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Photo of diamondc
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, ruby-like. Very clear, huge tan head which recedes fairly quickly. Some light lacing on the glass right above the wisps of foam floating.

S: Tangerines, melon, grassy, floral. Some caramel malts underneath the hops.

T: Hop flavors slightly overwhelming the roasted malts here. Citrus (bordering on lemony), lite grapefruit, grape, caramel. A step up from the usual brown ales profile.

M: Light bodied, almost fizzy. Leaves a pleasant flowery, dirt-like bitter aftertaste.

O: One of the best brown ales I've had. The style doesn't lead to much complexity, but I could drink multiple bottles of this and not get bored.

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Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the unique 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is brown, not too dark, I can see through it. My pour produced a decent tan head about 1/2 inch in height. Head fades to a partial cover and ring around the glass; leaves a little patch lacing.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by some slightly sweet malt (caramel) with a little roasted barley. There is a noticeable aromatic hop aroma, not piney but more floral with perhaps a touch of dark fruit.

Taste: Although this is not a big beer bursting with flavor, it is a well made and balanced beer. There is some decent sweeter malt flavor (not cloyingly sweet) balanced by a bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light, natural carbonation. Smooth on the tongue and throat, a little slick going down.

Overall: Normally this goes for $10 a six pack. Purchased this on sale for $8.50. This is a good, quality beer that I enjoyed and would readily purchase it again for $8.50, but $10 is a bit steep to make this a reagular purchase.

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Photo of pmsawyer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - medium clear brown. Good head decent head retention.

Aroma - caramel and malt sweetness some spice.

Taste - initial malt sweetness offset by hop bitterness that lingers a bit. Hops come through in the initial bitterness and the lingering aftertaste.

Texture - medium body, smooth carbonation

Overall - very drinkable variation on a brown ale. Citra hops worked well with the very malty character of the beer.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal mug, the beer appears a deep mahogany brown with a tan bubbly head building about two fingers high.
It does not stick around for too long, and leaves little lacing.
The smell promises sweet character of caramel, honey, brown sugar, but has citrus and hop notes present.
Tasting the beer, the citrusy hops build the front. In the middle the more sweeter flavors dominate with caramel brown sugar and honey. A malty finish provides good balance and the urge for more.
Probably one of the best "browns" I have had so far.
Great brewing!

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Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with fluffy off-white head. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted grains in the nose. A bit on the sweet side. Caramel, toasted grains, citrus and rind comes through as well. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A tasty session that is crisp and a hoppy brown. Balanced and clean.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to taste this during the brewery tour lately.

Appearance: Dark with ruby traces, tan head.

Smell: Generous citrusy American hops.

Taste: Huh, this brown ale is definitely on the sweet side of things, lots of crystal here. Prominent prune flavor. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I don't drink many brown ales, but this was definitely a plesant surprise. Will never be mistaken for Newcastle.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown color with a coppery tint and an ample tan head. Slight hints of caramel, fruit, and molasses combine with a nice biscuit flavor from the malts. This brown has a more pronounced hop character then most browns, but it also has a robust malt character which I think evens it out pretty well. I actually quite liked this beer even though it has fairly poor reviews. Many people said that it was too hoppy and bitter, which I think is a fair complaint, but maybe with all the IPAs I’ve had recently, I really didn’t think it was that bitter. Another common complaint was a heavy alcohol flavor, which I didn’t get at all. I think this would be a top brown ale for big time IPA fans. For me it’s an interesting brown ale and definitely pleasant to drink, but there are some better ones I’ve tried also.

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Photo of bruachan
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

leaves decent lacing (oh, and it's brown)

smells of cascade and nutty roasted malts. almond husk

rich and almost chocolatey...certainly caramelly. hops are there enough to stave off the cloying. mouthfeel is well robust for a brown ale (an Amurrican one, no less), though i can't say i dislike it--the better to taste you with! that said, a BA should be quaffable and this might be too sweet for that

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Photo of DIM
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a medium chestnut brown. It poured with a thick, clumpy, creamy, and sticky head.

s: Surprisingly strong citra hop aromas dominated. I also found nutty malts and toffee.

t: Up front I tasted coffee, toffee, and nutty bread. Lots of citrus-y hops at the end.

m: A bit on the thin side with gently creamy carbonation.

o: Very good brown ale bordering on a new-fangled black IPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, rich, ruby-highlighted brown coloring with a thin, filmy ring of white head on the surface. Aromas of a malt bomb, with a dark sweetness leaning towards brown sugar and hazelnut, with a some dark fruit sweet highlights of fig and date. Flavors are rich and malty on a light, crisp body. The effervescence keeps all of the nutty sweet and candy flavors from being overpowering or cloying on the palate. Very tangy sweet aftertaste, with a woody and nutty blend that is carried off the tongue and out of the mouth rapidly by the smooth, thin body and carbonation. Clean, slick finish with only a slightly sweet linger. Very solid, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with tints of amber/ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge foamy five finger head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts that are slightly roasted. A good amount of caramel and toffee. A pretty vibrant presence of hops for the style with some citrus orange and a hint of pine resin. Also some light hints of nuts and brown sugar.

Taste: Starts with some sweet lightly roasted caramel malts up front with hints of toffee and nuts. A fairly vibrant taste of hops comes in with notes of citrus orange and some herbal, grassy hops. Also some hints of brown sugar and banana. Nice balance of sweet malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat sticky. Starts sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very nice take on a brown ale. More hoppy than you would expect from a brown but still well balanced.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby amber with a huge, thick, brown head that has good retention

S - bready, nutty, caramel, fruity, citrusy

T - citrusy, sweet, bitter, nutty, caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an incredibly hoppy brown ale. The hops come through first followed by a typical brown ale maltiness. It's sweet and citrusy which is a bit odd for the style . It's complex and highly drinkable and ultimately enjoyable if not a bit strange and unique. It's worth a try.

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

The beer pours a stately brown color with a few centimeters of creamy foam above. The aroma is of deeply roasted malt, caramel and a component of dark bread. This "browness" continues on the palate with nutty malt and a slight tinge of fruity sweetness coated in brown sugar. An earthy bitterness rises toward the end. This is a well balanced and drinkable beer.

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

A: incredibly deep copper-brown color, full tan head that kept it all the way, clear
S: mild roasted malt with spicy hops
T: deep roasted malt up front with good hop bitter finish that is well-balanced and not overpowering, a bit of metallic bite in finish that subdued over time
M: decent with a bit of metallic bite in finish that subdued over time

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

Poured a clear dark brown color from a 650 mL bottle, with no ABV or best-by date anywhere on the label or the bottle.
Massive two finger tan colored head that dissipates very, very slowly and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Really good head retention.
Aroma is predominantly malty with caramel and nutty notes with hints of fruity ester coming through intermittently. The citra hops are not evident in the nose initially, but are noticeable later as the beer warms up. (Aroma has a lot of similarities with the Anchor Porter)
Taste all round is extremely nutty with sweet and burnt/roasted caramel malt notes. Hints of bitterness in the aftertaste, although it doesn't linger. Very smooth, very crisp, very tasty and flavorful brew.
Easy to drink with a nice smooth mouthfeel. This has all the makings of a very good sessions beer. A very good brown ale from a pioneer brewery.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended to those who enjoy brown ales, especially those with a higher nutty profile.

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper brown with a one finger tan head, with nice retention and lacing. the aroma is somewhat nutty with toasted malt, caramel, and citrus hops.

Has a lightly sweet nutty flavor with caramel, toasted malt, citrus hops, and brown sugar. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Has a bit of a nutty caramel and toasted malt aftertaste. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 852 ratings.
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