DYCSoccer17 (3720) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
I had several samples of this at the brewery. Very nice citrus, green, leafy hoppiness present. Herbal and grapefruity, too. Real nice aroma with a light sweetness. Mind blowing aroma for a brown ale. Transparent amber-mahogany body with a medium tan head and good lacing present. Starts a little sweet before it becomes roasty and slightly burnt. Herbal, citrus hops later on with a nice dry finish. I really like the usage of the citra hops in this, and it creates a beautiful beer. Please bottle this! BREWMUSKCLES (2775) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2011
nice deep copper brown brew with a brown banded head. a toasted type brew with light but complex aroma. flavors of hop and deep malt with some light and dark fruit within the mix. a bit of caramel with low sweetness and a neat small carbonation that adds intensity. warming in the glass enhances the aroma and malt character for even better balance. thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Poured into a 12oz Brekles shaker glass on tap at Streets of London Pub in Sacramento. Colour is a deep dark burnt copper. Aroma is pretty weak. Flavour is nice, not add good as Downtown Brown, but much better than Newcastle. I would also compare the caramel flavour to that of Belhaven. Lacing all down the glass. Head retention is thin. Overall a very respectable Brown ale. I would like to be able to find this in stores. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Poured amber brown, lightly roasted malts, little caramel, little dark fruits, slight bit of hops. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Tasted on tap at the Celebrator Anniversary Party on 2/20/2011. This brown ale pours a medium reddish brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized beige/tan foamy head with decent lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity, malty and citrusy. A medium bodied brown ale. The malts are fruity, caramel and bready. Touch of brown sugar and molasses. The hops are citrusy. Nice balance. Good carbonation. The citrusy hop balance well with the malts, it not just another “boring” brown beer. Nice session ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Celebrator 23rd anniversary party 2011. Theres always a certain sophistication to Anchors beers and this one is no exception. It pours a beautiful reddish brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is somewhat fruity with some raisins, plums and toasted malts with some and a hint of molasses. The flavor is very strong and rich for a brown ale. Theres hints of molasses and brown sugar, but it remains very dry. Toasted malts take the forefront in a long finish. Medium bitterness at the end. Nice new addition for Anchor. SFtaster (73) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
On tap at Zeitgeist during SF Beer Week. Served in an Anchor Brewing glass printed with the Brekle’s Brown label to celebrate the new release (shoulda grabbed one as a souvenier). Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Lots o’ carmel malt flavor (as advertised) and enough hops to balance. I tried Anchor Bock recently, and was put off by the sweetness of the style. Brekle’s Brown Ale is a fine addition to their brew portfolio that includes the legendary Anchor Steam beer, a sublime Porter, and my personal favorite: Liberty Ale. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Clear garnet brown with a creamy off white head. Sweet toffee roasted grain and toast aroma and taste.