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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2012
(bottle) Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a large tan head that retains perfectly. Aroma is lightly toasty, faint dark chocolate, and a fair amount of hops that reminds me a bit of chewing gum for some reason. I also get a whiff of something tropical. An odd combo. here. Flavor is surprisingly "fresh" tasting, with the hops regrettably stealing the show from the malts. There’s a hint of toastiness that attempts to break through the hops, but it’s quickly tramped down by the hops. There’s an odd consistency to this beer as it’s like a hop syrup, and the flavor just sticks to the tongue. No pleasant toasty and roasty malts to speak of. Just this odd faintly tropical, chewing gum-like flavor. Unusual depth of flavor indeed. Mouthfeel is fairly full and carbonation is pretty high. I have enjoyed several citra-hopped beers, but I might have to make a mental note that they don’t jive with me in brown ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Torpedo bottle. Pours a clear and very dark brown with a loose tan head and light stringy lace. Nice rich brown bread and molasses nose, showing just a tiny twang of aluminum. Creamy medium body with light but pleasant carb. Rich toasty bready mid palate with some very light molasses notes, but overall very clean and thoroughly attenuated. Light brown bread finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle thanks to my brother. Deep brown body with a light tan head. Rich carmel head with a little bit of dough. The taste is like sweet cola and notes of potato. There is also some tobacco and cherry hinted coffe. The body is fairly carbonated. A good brown ale, but a little roasty and harsh approaching a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joe’s, Corona CA. Interesting brown ale. The hop character was a little odd at first, but seemed to fit the style. Seemed fairly light and not extremely roasty. The uniqueness gave it an odd drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2012
From bottle @Copenhagen Beer Festival 2012. Clear reddish brown body, under a finger of beige head. Complex aroma featuring bakery, ripe citrus fruits, toasted malts and some fine grassy hops. Taste is much the same. Balanced with well integrated malt and hop flavors. A well-crafted and utterly drinkable Brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonhall (62) - - JUL 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2012 Darker than regular steam. Nice malt. Low in hoppiness. Good color. Slightly bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown. Medium head. Big malt aroma with caramel, chocolate, roasty, molassis, brown sugar, coconut. Light sweetness, light bitter. Medium body, creamy palate. Slight chaulk taste at end. Carbonation on softer side. One of the better browns I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is peaches, roasted malt, fruit. Flavour is peaches, malt, fruit, citrus, hop. Medium to full body. OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hogfather (69) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle from Bierzwerg: Brown colour with medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruits and malts. Taste of caramel, coffee, roasted malts. Light bitterness, medium body with average carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TET (2672) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2012
A dark brown beer with a medium and light brown head. Aroma is dark malty and slightly roasted, lots of red berries, hint of chocolate. Taste of dark bread, some berries, low, herbal bitterness Medium bodied, quite smooth to drink. Simple Brown Ale with strong berryness, good, but slightly boring.

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