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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
osu97gp (657) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours a nice mahogany color with a large light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and citrus hops. Flavor of roasted malts, caramel malts, and light citrus hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
draft @ redlight redlight. Hints of coffee and citrus on the nose with traces of milk chocolate. Pours dark amber/reddish brown with a thin off white head. Very nice balance of hops and malts. Citrus hops upfront, all flavor with little bitterness, followed by creamy chocolate malts. Very nice brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Somewhat dark orangish-brown with nice initial head, leaving slight lacing. Aroma: Caramel and roasted malt with some definite citrus and spice from the Citra hops. Taste: Tastes like a Brown Ale with Citra, with caramel, nuts and a light roastiness offset by a somewhat spicy, bitter and citrusy finish. Some sips it seems like there is too much Citra; other sips not enough. Odd that the balance never seems quite right. Some lingering sweetness as well. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, fairly dry finish. Overall: While definitely enjoyable, it does not mesh as well as hoped and is somewhat of a letdown for Anchor.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2011
Pours deep brown with beautiful red accents and a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet maple toffee, liquorice, faint hints of citrus. Taste is nuts, buttery toffee, opening up into a delicate floral finish. Nothing spectacularly astounding, but a very well done, and extraordinary drinkable beer. Very nice indeed, just a straightforward and quoffable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Brekle’s Brown
Date: October 22, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark brown, ruby edges, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, caramel sweetness, fresh citrus and tropical fruits
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, big fruity hop character, sweet caramel and buttery toffee, just a touch of bitterness in the form of light roasted malts
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADesenberg (626) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle: pours a dark brown with just a touch of red. Nice light tan fluffy head on it, really beautiful beer. Aromas of a light roastiness and crisp citrus. Wonderful flavor as it warms a bit... Sweetness and a perfectly balanced citrus hop bitterness. This is a joy to drink, well done!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Pouring a deep reddish brown body, this ale was capped by a tall tan head and laced the glass thickly and evenly. The aroma was roasty and sweet (but not cloyingly so) supplemented by light citric and floral notes. The taste had a touch of caramel and brown sugar, some soft nuts, and a juicy fruitiness. There was a light sourness at the tail end of the finish that surprized me at first, but grew on me as the drinking progressed. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Sampled in a big bottle. A nicely crafted brown ale with big malts. The hops are mild and in the background. Served ice cold and very refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (1973) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a dark mahogany colour with a middling tan head. Nose and taste was roasted malt driven with some citrus hop lurking in the shadows. On the sweet side, with vanilla and nut notes. Dryish finish. A little run of the mill, but not without some charm.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
12/17/11. 12oz bottle. Dark brown pour, lots of red under the light, with a big khaki head that sticks forever and laces in chunky rings. Surprising hop aroma with a bit of citrus, roast, and chocolate. Sweet flavor at first of chocolate that transitions to a slightly sour and almost salty taste... I hate to say it, but it reminds me a bit of ketchup... then the lingering flavor is roasty and nutty. Hmm.


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