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RATINGS: 831   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle. Light brownish red with small off white head. Nose is buttery and lightly hoppy. Sort of reminds me of one of the Maine Brewers Co. beers I had a couple summers ago in Portland. That buttery hoppiness combined with some rich caramel malts. This could be a good brew if the butter was a little less prominent. Malty, earthy, butter is less prominent in the flavor. Lightly bitter, peanut roast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a clear, deep brown, amber tinted body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is caramel and raisin malts with a good amount of citrus. Some bread, cocoa, fruity esters, and toasty nuts. Flavor is similar. Thinner caramels with some bready, nutty malts up front. A touch of toast and some chocolate before the citrusy notes come in. Some raisin dark fruits towards the end before this finishes dry with a light roast, caramel, nuts, and citrus with a light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting brown ale. The malts are really soft and nice, but I’m not the biggest fan of the Citra hopping on this. Seems like a bit of a clash. Despite that, this was well balanced and unique. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4450) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Pours copper orange with one finger of yellowish tan head. Nose is super buttery, diacetyl bomb. This is totally compounded by the Citra unfortunately. Lots of caramel and some raisiny notes. Very candylike. Flavor is the same, butter and caramel-y malt notes. Light herbal character. Soft carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (3053) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
650ml bottle. Pours a dark caramel brown with a large head. Aroma is raisin malt with some banana yeast. Taste is raisin malt throughout, a little grass. A tad fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light beige head. Aroma is sweet light roast, light cocoa, a touch of caramel. Flavor the same, very sweet cocoa and roast, almost no bitterness. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4922) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Aroma is a mix of hops and malts. The flavor is similar to the aroma, being very balanced between citrus hops and bready malts. A very balanced brown ale, pretty good all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, slight toasting, and bread. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a large, creamy, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Ok lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, nuts, slight ripe fruit, and slight oxidation. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, nut, slight dark ripe fruit finish is lightly sweet and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Brekle’s Brown Ale pours out a nice dark brown color, mostly opaque but some light still makes it through. The lively foam is a light tan color, and lingers a bit longer than expected. Very little lacing left behind on the glass but that’s not surprising. Aromas are nicely malty, slightly sweet with just a touch of caramel and toffee. Flavors are great! The Brekle’s Brown Ale is flavorful but super smooth. Completely dominated by malty flavors, I’m not picking up any hops bitterness at all. That being said it’s not a candy-sweet style, as the Brekle’s finishes nicely dry. I can honestly say this is the single best beer I’ve every had from Anchor Brewing! It’s smooth yet flavorful, refreshing yet satisfying: I’m legitimately impressed! This is a brew that we’ll definitely be adding to our selection as soon as our distributors make it available to us. If you’ve never tried the Brekle’s Brown, I’d suggest stopping in for a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Brown / copper pour with a thin tan head. Aromas of roasted and caramel malts. Flavors match the aroma, but with the addition of cirtus and hop. Finishes bitter, but nioce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snapple2 (12) - Dallas, Alabama, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Great sessionable brown ale with Citra Hops. Nice Malty flavor that is balanced nicely by the highly aromatic Citra Hops. Aroma is of orange zest with a bit of resin.

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