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RATINGS: 855   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamflower (747) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Rich, nuanced, shows a lot of depth. Sweetish, and very flavourful. Definitely one of my favourite beers I’ve ever had. Re-rate: I guess I allowed my enthusiasm to get the better of me. Still really like this, but it’s not a 5/5 as my original rating indicated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (3091) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 This is the best brown ale I’ve had. Chocolate roasted malts aroma. Dark brown colour with off white head. The texture is velvety and smooth. The taste is sweet chocolate, a touch of hops and citrus. Awesome beer. Rerate. Still quite good but I get more hops In the aroma this time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
patricks110 (2356) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
A really interesting and delicious brown. The pour is a dark, ruby red with a thick yellowish beige head. Good retention and nice sparkly carbonation. The nose has a big toffee and caramel sweetness along with the awesome Citra hops. Big resin and grapefruit notes and floral characteristics. The flavor is a bit muted and mild compared to the nose. Light and grainy malts with a sweet, lightly bitter hop. Lacking completely in the body and missing the toffee and nutty notes of a good brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3434) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Pours clear reddish brown color with tan head. Malty aroma with some dough. Sweet caramel malt flavor with some bread. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (4022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle from Coppers in Newcastle. A dark brown beer with copper highlights. It has an unusual sweet malty, chocolate and nutty flavour with a sugary finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnoud (310) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
2012.03.22 - 650ml bottle in pint glass. Pours dark orange or medium brown depending how the light hits. Fairly active head dissipates quickly and leaves pretty much nothing. Aroma is mildly sweet. Taste is interesting, a mix of sweetness, maltiness, and hops. A good assertive amount of hops but not too much. Nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nik925 (783) - USA - MAR 21, 2012
Strong malt out front but the hops stick around. A rather unique mixture. Aroma is really nice and uncommon. Not what I was expecting. I think this is the first ’new’ brew since Fritz left the helm, so hopeful more good things to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerme31 (617) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. Clear brown, medium-thin tan head. Aroma of sweet bread, chocolate, caramel. Flavor is medium sweet. Medium body, thinner texture, good hop balance in the finish. Very nice brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2012
500ml bottle shared by Anndiesel. Deep burgundy brown, looks unfiltered. Thin, steady beige/off-white head. Clean, mellow brown malt, toffee. Kind of nails it. Certainly a unique creature, but has some familiar feelings..think OSA mixed with the Bock. The hops are different, giving it a tangy orange-lime sour feel..not so much depth there. The malts are chewy and really shine. Almost a taste of rye going on. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2012
Draft @ beertemple. Aroma is huge caramel, liquorice, candy like. Flavour is nice roasty liquorice with a caramel coating. A bit cloying, couldn’t drink a pint.

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