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RATINGS: 872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
Botella. Deep brown colour, beige head. Sweet toasty malty caramel fruity hoppy aroma. Ok mouthfeel. Flavour is malty toasty with caramel, bit toffee, citrus fruity hopoiness and with a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2012
330 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber colour with a beige creamy head which settles quite quickly. Aroma of fresh floral hops, chocolate and nuts. Flavour of toasted malts, chocolate, sweet caramel, bitter floral hops, pine, citrus and some juicy fruitiness. Medium bodied, very smooth mouthfeel and a slightly tart, rich, chocolate and malty finish. Not over-the-top in any way and really pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3830) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, caramel and light roasted malt with light bread, light tropical fruitiness and light piney hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and caramel sweetish flavor, light fruitiness and light roasted malt with faint hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, some caramel and light roasted malt, faint piney hoppyness. Caramel sweetish brown ale – that’s it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2681) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle. Moderate roasted and nutty for the malt, light to moderate pine for the hops, light earth for the yeast, withhints of toffee and paper. head is average to large, frothy/fizzy, light beige with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear deep mahogany. Flaovr is slightly sweet, moderately acidic and sour to start, then finishes lightly acidic and mlightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. Hoppier than most Brown Ales, but that’s what sets this beer apart for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
inbirraveritas (1509) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2012
355 ml bottle. Poured a clear copper brown with a medium sized creamy tan head. Caramel malty start followed in the middle by toast, mild chocolate and tart citrusses. Slick, light sticky texture. Bittersweet, rounded finish escorted by nuts and citrusses underpainted by some notes of alcohol. Enjoyable and easy drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5465) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep coppery clear body with a medium white head. A bit lighter in color than I’d expect from a brown ale, but hey. Aroma is toffee, sweet caramel, nuts and hints of almonds. Nice. Taste is burnt sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, hints of nuts and salty licorice. Creamy, full-bodied palate. A very nice brown ale from Anchor, whom I’ve been waiting for a while to be impressed by lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (7813) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle from bierzwerg.de. Hazy dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, citrus. Taste, roasted malt, cocoa, toasted bread, citrus hops. Nice bitterness in finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2012
12 ounce single bottle from Total Wine in Huntersville, NC. Pours a nice brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is rich with malt. Taste is cocoa, malt, lightly nutty with a light after taste. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6749) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Draft at Deweys Pizza in Edwardsville. Darker brown and clear. This beer was full of nuts that were nicely complex. Roasted malts were secondary. Later some gentle citrus andbittering hops came out. A pleasant and sweet brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very malty and a lightly citric and tropical fruit like hop presence that actually compliments the sweet malts instead of counter balancing with bitterness. Just enough bitterness to keep it from becoming cloying. Very easy to drink. Nice to see Anchor finally starting to put out some new beers. Lots of hop flavor, but barely any hop bitterness. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, reddish brown with a large meringue like, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy cookie, nutty malt, molasses, caramel and slight milk chocolate; light citrus and tropical fruit hops; maple syrup; berry and hints of cola. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately acidic and lightly bitter with an average duration. There was nutty malt, caramel, molasses, hints of coffee and chocolate, light citrus hops, tropical fruit hops and even some berry. The light to medium body was a little syrupy and then fairly dry with fizzy carbonation and a ever so slightly astringent and ever so slightly metallic finish.

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