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RATINGS: 856   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 12/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
12oz bottle. Clear red/brown color, a nice tan head, some lace. Sharp carbonation. Some chocolate aroma, nuttiness. A bit of sweet taste. Some hop. An OK brown, neither bad nor particularly interesting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5505) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2012
650ml bottle from Beers of Europe. An attractive looking bottle, and the beer initially seems pleasing, but ends up feeling like a poorly made home brew. It feels kind of amateurish. The hop choice doesn’t sit well with the malts. The hops are bright and citric,and the malts are dark, sweet and malty. The hop is slightly over done, giving a sickly taste, and intruding throughout. My gosh, a pint of this is a lot to wade through. It’s drinkable, but only just.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4776) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Brown color with a medium head. Sweet malt aroma. Slick, sweet malt taste. Nutty. Something approaching a moldy character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle [660ml?] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a deep ruby with a massive long lasting frothy tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, light sugariness, dark fruit, toast and nuts. Flavour is malty along with light hops, some sugary sweetness, dark fruit and toast. Average bodied. Eh, it’s alright, just O.K.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2878) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 1, 2012
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Dark rose, small brown head. Aroma: Mildly hopped, a little perfume, apples, cinnamon. Flavour: Raisins, caramel, prunes, toast, mild mouth feel, long malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
22oz bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Deep bright ruby, clear, large frothy off-white head. Leafy, sweet malt aroma, mild, no alcohol - ehh. Taste follows, black tea, sweet and floral - nice. Good body, light carbonation, quick finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2012
deep brown color with a cream colored head. nose is roasted malts, chocolate, faint hops. very smooth on the palate, flavor is rich and bold, light coffee, citrus bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willemdanser (3) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
Bottle@Mitra Eindhoven AROMA: caramel, toffee and malty sweetness. Light vanilla tones. APPEARANCE: clear deep dark red/brown. Almost no head. TASTE: Warm malty sweetness with caramel tones. Citrus from the hops and some distinctive sourness in the background. PALATE: Full body, velvety on the tongue. OVERALL: The marriage between the sourness and the bitterness in this beer does not work for me. It’s like the flavors are pushing each-other away.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a chestnut brown with moderate beige head. Surprisingly mild aroma at first. Odd notes of boozy butterscotch and sour fruit. Flavor has a massively sweet butterscotch that is overtaken by bitter hops. What is weird is that it somehow tastes both watered down and massively sweet. It’s as if someone extracted the middle of the beer. The sweetness has no middle ground; there are notes of cloying butterscotch with nothing backing it up. This was not a brown ale at all. It came off as a barleywine, and a weak and messy one at that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3848) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pour is a cola brown with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice mix of chocolate malts and a decent hop. Flavor is cocoa, roasted malt with a lingering hop toward the end. Decent malts and hops make this a solid brown ale.

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