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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
mjakopa (266) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - OCT 24, 2012
Pours a dark brown colour with some head that stays for a bit, but not too long. Smells of hops, caramel and some citrus. Taste is also quite hoppy with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is quite low and isn’t too dry. In general this is quite a light beer with a stronger taste. Enjoyed this quite a bit!

3.7
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 24, 2012
Sötétebb, vörösesbarna színe van, amin egy alig hab van, ami gyorsan elillan. Erdei gyümölcslekváros, élesztős, kissé édeskés illata van. Íze is hasonlít az illatára, de van benne egy kis citrusos fanyarság és komlós kesernyésség is. Meglepően testes és kevés szénsavval rendelkezik. Utóíze is gyümölcsösen, citrusosan fanyarkás, keserédes és száraz. Nagyon üdítő jellegű sör.

3.3
GarrettB (1581) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2016 March 8th, 2013 - Anchor’s famous for their steam lager, but that doesn’t mean they can’t flirt with the brunette side of the beer brewing family. Still, after having had a six pack of the darker stuff over the course of a week, I don’t think it’s my favorite. Brekle’s Brown has that vintage San Francisco charm on the bottle, and the color is definitely dark enough to stand out against its older and more popular brother. But the tanginess in both the smell and flavor is off-putting with the other tastes in play. On the nose it smells like a tangy malt, with some panic bread crumbs providing a fried breadiness and expired milk chocolate for the sweeter dimension. That last touch is especially repelling. And on the tongue, this beer benefits from a bubbly and lively palate, but the flavors are mirroring the nose, including the milk chocolate aspect which is a little fresher, but still out of place. It feels exceedingly difficult to find a brown that distinguishes itself from the rest of its genre, but the Brekle’s Brown does just that. In its brown coat and tan hat, it looks like so many other browns coursing through brewery hardware around the world, but in the aroma we catch some of the yogurt tanginess that begins to separate this beer and make it special - a good thing too, coming from one of the pioneers of the industry. A bit of parsley and sage is in the aroma as well, decorating the malt mixture. That peculiar sourdough tang is in the flavor too, offering a bright note I’ve never encountered a brown ale before. The palate is light and thin, and a bit off, but is an acceptable fit for the flavors. In the aftertaste I catch a bit of the light chocolate and dusty flavors that appear in brown ales, but it’s mostly eclipsed by the sour tang. Overall, a unique flavor, and well appreciated in the Fall.

3.4
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Light brown, tall foamy head, a little cloudy. Medium body, but not heavy. Lightly roasted malts, soft finish that lasts. A good brown that improved throughout the bottle.

3.5
tgncc (3129) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sweet aroma upfront, molasses, caramel. Red/brown color, trabnslucent, off-white head. The flavor is molasses sweet, moderate niuttyness, light chocolate. A little unexpected for the style, but it works. The finish is light hop bitterness, citrus and flowers. Medium in body. Not bad at all.

1.2
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a smallish head. Has a really off-putting nose - like an earthy pile of leaves, like something has gone bad in it. A little sour and a little bitter, but still doesn’t taste good. Really weird.

3.5
Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2012
A caramel, molasses nose. Pours a translucent amberish brown with a mostly lasting tan head and some lacing. The taste is much like the nose - caramel and a roasty quality up front with hints of nuttiness and biscuit. The finish is slightly bitter with notes of molasses. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, while molasses is not one of my favorite flavors in beer, the molasses taste here was subdued and added to the enjoyment of this beer.

3.9
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Had on tap. Arrived in a pint glass a clear dark brown with a smallish head. Aroma was heavy on the roast with a lot of dark chocolate and toasted malt. Some espresso aroma as well. Flavor was a touch tart with dark fruit in addition to the roast characteristics. Dark chocolate and espresso round out the flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a lingering sweetness but it compliments the rest of the beer nicely. Overall, a decent brown ale and a solid brew from Anchor.

3.6
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2012
[email protected] Light nutty aroma with toffee, malts and berries. Brown, beige head, good lace. Nutty, malty, quite hoppy. Medium body. Flavourful, easy going.

3.3
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
Bouteille de 12oz. Best before 3 2014. Partagée par Patrick. Bičre de couleur noisette foncée avec une mousse brune-beige. Au nez les arômes sont passablement discrets, il y a de la noisette, du chocolat, du grain grillé et ce qui semble ętre du citron provenant de l’ajout de houblon citra. En bouche le liquide goute bon le malt, les noisettes grillées, le chocolat. Il y a des esters fruités et la finale est sur les houblons sucrés. Le houblon citra m’a semblé ętre un mauvais choix pour une brown ale. 6/10


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