Saturday, March 24, 2012

Anchor Brewing Company Brekle's Brown Ale

The Anchor Brewing Company is in San Francisco, California.  They are a great granddaddy of the craft brewing movement, and have an interesting history.

This 6.0% ABV beer is described as an all malt, single hop brown ale.  The single hop is Citra.  The name comes from brewmaster Gottlied Brekle, brewmaster from 1871-1888 (the brewery has a long history prior to its most recent incarnation).  The beer pours dark brown, with ruby and garnet.  There is a half-inch of thick, creamy head that is light brown in color.  The aroma is mostly malty, caramel, old sherry, a bit of cold coffee, with a light, aromatic hoppy note.  The taste is deeply malty, singed caramel, roasted, followed by a tangy hoppy note. The finish is both tart and bitter, and fairly dry, although the dark roasted maltiness remains as the aftertaste.

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