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Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s unique recipe for Brekle’s Brown—a tip of the hat to our first brewmaster—looks to both the past and the future. Mark’s special blend of roasted malts, inspired by the all-malt brown ales in Anchor’s brewing archives, gives Brekle’s Brown its coppery brown color and its unusual depth of flavor—richness and complexity without heaviness. For brewing and dry hopping, Mark has chosen a single, American hop variety called Citra. The subtly entrancing flavors and aromas of this distinctive new hop perfectly complement the unique maltiness of Brekle’s Brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (1096) - SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2013
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.60):
Malty & very sweet with some earthy hops and a bit of sugar. There is some butterscotch, a few dark fruits and a hint of caramel and spice.
Mahogany brown, a thumb sized, bubbly head that is a sort of yellowy cream colour. This halves in size and holds about a half centimetre tall after that.
Sweet to start with some lighter, roasted malt flavours and a earthy hop taste that matches the nose and is what you would expect. The dark fruits are more noticeable than in the nose with some plum, dates and some apples. There is also a sweet, sugary taste and some alcohol towards the end.
Very sweet with a smooth, almost boozy taste and a medium body. Carbonation in this one is quite mild and the dark fruits give it most of the sweetness.

Not a bad beer this one. This one is pretty standard fair with quite a lot of fruits and sweetness with a nice mix of malts at the start. The mouthfeel and the soft carbonation of this one made it a clean, easy one to drink, although that being this one isn’t anything special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bob_w (369) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
There’s a rich roasty brown maltiness throughout, but without any acrid bitterness. You can pick up a slight tang amid a touch of malt sweetness. There’s ample hop bitterness, too, particularly evident in the finish, which also leaves you with a little lingering malt reminder in the aftertaste. If it were lower in alcohol, it would make for a really nice session brown. But who’s gunna complain about that -- you just drink more slowly!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rainmaker2152 (55) - - JUL 7, 2013
A balanced yet tasty brown ale. Far sweeter than many of its ilk, and harbors almost no bitterness. Nothing mind-blowing but it’s substantial and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Nice rich brown pour. Aroma is delicious- almonds, creme, some light milk chocolate. However the taste is more tangy and tart than it is rich or nutty, with heavy pine notes and a thin body. Light roastiness in the background, but overall this is too piney and astringent for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braastad (429) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2013
Dark, with small lacy head. Aroma is sweet, has ripe berries like anchor chirstmas beers. Flavor is really sweet too with notes of cherries and chocolate. Complex but not exactly to my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Red-brown pour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt goodness, little nutty. Taste is a tad nutty, roasted malt flavor. Nice aftertaste. Nice lacing. Thank you Anchor brewers for such a tasty treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
This beer is really refreshing for any malt lover. In a world of hop-heads, we malt fanatics got it kinda tough right now. Brekle’s brown is a salute to us, with malt simplicity, but done superbly well. Really balanced, carbonation is present but not overpowering, and this beer is totally sessionable. Really reliable, simple, but pretty good brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1452) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2013
12 oz bottle Brown ales are growing on me. There are very good ones that are a joy to drink. This version is a pleasure. The ale pours a very attractive deep ruby brown with a nice 1/2 inch head that slowly dissappears The aroma has notes of malt, and some sweet fruits. The flavor has an initial sourness. I am not sure where that come from. The medium body has soft carbonation. The finish had some sourness and no bitterness. I want to learn more about the citra hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3500) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
22oz bottle 6/22/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-46° in Mug-Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and slight molasses. Taste of the same with a bit of a sourness. Looked up bottling code(2JZ) and that now explains the sourness. This medium bodied brew is a little light but besides the slight sourness is rather tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (3999) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper brown with thick and stable off-white head. Intense aroma of malt and caramel with subtle notes of roast. Sweetish, malty flavour with notes of roast, dried fruit, caramel and nuts. Dryish aftertaste. Low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. A very decent Brown Ale.

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