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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

438 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
21 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-08-2002)
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Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer appeared to be dark brown in color with maybe a two finger, light brown head that was light and foamy that was not particularly well maintain and left to cap to speak of. Light lacing remained.

The beer's aroma was good, some dark fruits, but the aroma was mainly dominated by the roasted malted barley, which may have added a slight chocolate taste. Also noted some smokiness to it.

The taste was more or less dominated by the toasted malted barley, with hints of molasses, smoke and some spices. The flavor was good and well-rounded, but it really just did resonate all that well with me.

The beer felt lighter/thinner than expected. The beer was smooth, had good carbonation to it and was pretty easy to drink. Overall, not a bad beer, but one that I will probably only buy on limited occasions.

PhillyStyle, Jan 07, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium brown with ruby highlights and excellent clarity. The creamy light tan head settles to a thin film and a ring after a minute.

S: The driving aromas are of a malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and caramel, a soft alcohol aroma and a light light hops aroma. Light toasted malt aromas increase as it warms. allergies are killing my nose bty; I'll reevaluate this beer in the future.

T: This tastes like caramel cover hops bitterness. The malt sweetness has a somewhat cocoa flavor and some toastiness. There isn't much hops flavor, maybe just a faint citrus, but there is enough hops bitterness to keep the balance moderately bitter. The bitterness lingers pasted the off-dry finish with a light caramel note as well.

M: medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. A slight creaminess and a very light warmth.

O: A very drinkable brown with a firm bitterness and pleasing roast malt character.

MadScientist, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Tiernan, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of SteadySippin
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured this into a chilled Budweiser goblet because its all I had.

A - Didn't expect it to be so dark! Poured with a nice half inch creamy head, left a thin ring after a minute or two. Minimal lacing on my glass.

S - A nice roasted malt and caramel scent. Slight chocolate hints too, really draws you in.

T - Quite malty. Caramel and coffee are definitely there at the end. Not bad but not amazing.

M - Its thick and a little syrupy. Light carbonation, but still tickles the tongue. A little heavy going down, its not something I would chug.

O - I bought this beer at random and didn't really know what to expect. Its a dark, thick, malty beer. If you like that style, you will probably like this one. I'm not a huge fan of dark malty beers but I'll drink them occasionally. I doubt if I'll go back to this one in the future.

SteadySippin, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev -2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Perhaps clean enough to come across as a lager, but the brewer’s intention was sort of a hybrid. Looks like fall, tastes like fall as well. Brewer’s snapshot of the season works here--perfect switch-up if you’re looking for a brew without spice, gourds or oompah.

LOOK: Leather brown

SMELL: Toasted bread, treacle, dried grass, herbal hop

TASTE: Malty sweet, toasted biscuit, herbal, semidry, brown bread, dried fruit

BeerAdvocate, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -9%

DWolf, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is nutty malts with a little alcohol and some molasses.

The flavor is some sweet nutty malts and cola with a lightly bitter crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not terribly interesting, but an enjoyable brew.

Beaver13, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Soft, subtle nose of roasted malt, bordering on hints of light coffee. Molasses and dark caramels in the taste, followed by hops reminiscent of dried leaves. Hints of milk chocolate nibs in the finish. Nothing complex or distinctive, it's a pleasant brew for the falling temps of the season.

BuckeyeSlim, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby brownish in color, small head, clear

Smell: toasted malt and dark fruit

Taste: toasted malt, some nut, cinnamon, and nutmeg towards the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: This tastes like a brown ale with a big dose of spices. A very good beer. I could have three or so.

tigg924, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of far333
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown and nearly opaque, some ruddy highlights, and a fine cap of beige foam that settles out quickly. Low aroma of caramel and cocoa, some toasty malt.

Flavor of dark malt, but smooth rather than roasted and bitter. Hints of cocoa and caramel, some smoke and leather, hints of marshmallow, and a subtle vanilla-oakey finish. Rich and multi-faceted flavors. Smooth and round mouthfeel, not overly full. Very enjoyable beer.

far333, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Jeffwildcat, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sure is a healthy color, dark brown and as dark as a Guinness pub can (not that's a huge thing these days). One quarter inch head starts to fade in less than a minute. Spread-out punctuation mark laces. Mainly malty aroma, cinnamon toast seems to be most predominant. Mouthfeel strays, not thin but almost soupy or like a thin stew, with lower carbonation. The flavor profile rings mostly malt (not much to pick out in hops), but its muddled and dishwater-like with initial molasses but also with cardboard back tastes that don't work for me. Solid enough to hold on to this profile without any fade, it doesn't go anywhere that nice or interesting however. What's there is tepid (especially for a brew that could be classed as an Old Ale) and not that good tasting, at least IMO...

ADR, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark caramel cola colored body with a rich forming tan head flows thick with a nice lace that sticks to the glass evenly with much intricacy. Aromatics offer up somewhat mint like edge black licorice chocolate with spiced bread dough blends of this seasons offerings. Flavor has yeast driven mild chocolate with herbal qualities that result in sweet cloying tones at times, with fruit accents and mineral water hardness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation, definitely soothing on the palate. Drinkability does me alright with festive qualities of a winter warmer/old ale this one hits early in the fall not bad at all that bad and even a nice mix up from the typical O fest of the season.

WVbeergeek, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very, very dark brown color with a half-finger off-white head that soon dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells alright. At first there's a huge metallic aroma, but as it warms it gets better. There's a slightly sour malt aroma that gets sweeter as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A metallic taste overpowers everything for the first few sips, then goes away to make room for malty flavors. There's a mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's kind of thin, but the carbonation is at a good level. Could be a bit smoother.

Drinkability is good. Nothing stands out, but nothing is unsavory except for the metallic taste and smell in the beginning.

Overall this was an alright beer but I won't be buying it again anytime soon.

glid02, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great pour from a 12 ounce brown bottle. The beer is a deep rich brown color with clear reddish highlights on the edges. The head is sand colored with a fluffy mix of big and little bubbles. Very sticky and nice to look at although it fades a little too quick for my taste.

The nose is slightly wussed out compared to the appearance. The brew looks like it would have a strong dark nose but it's all but non-existent. There is a light background note that has hints of nuts and roasted grains.

The taste is slightly less disappointing then the weak nose. It has a nice interplay of dark 'n' sour fruity flavors and a thin veil of malt. The finish has hints of coco and caramel and finally a touch of bitterness.

Smooth and mildly medium bodied. The carbonation is very thin which adds to the silky feel and doesn't distract from the flavors. Not a bad beer just simple and tasty. Could it be bigger? Sure but this is a solid session beer that is a step in the right direction.

jbphoto88, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9%

acurtis, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a sort of dark brown color with lots of red highlights, some brightness in the light though it's opaque. The head is a fluffy sort of almost medium brown. What's left behind is lots of legging and webbing spread out well.
This beer, in both aroma and flavor, has a certain sweetness that's balanced against a very light hops bitterness, which also balances against a strong malt foundation. The malts themselves offer some molasses on a toasty, bready base with some fruits. There's an additional bittersweetness and, flashing in and out, a kind of tartness here and there. The hops are just enough to add a bit of balance giving up raw but lighter elements of grass and herb or leaf.
The body is medium with a firm crispness that runs all the way through and a really steady smoothness playing off it it. It's pretty steadily semi-dry, more so in the finish.

Brenden, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -2%

ltdantheman, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost black color, more reminiscent of a porter, with an eighth of a finger of white head that very quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a thin wispy cloud that settled over the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and roasty. Freshly toasted bread, roasted barley, slight hints of smoke (but not coming close to the aroma of a rauchbier), hints of chocolate, toffee and caramel.

Taste: Very roasted malt forward, with lots of pleasant smoke followed by malty goodness, caramel sweetness and finished by some nicely balanced hops bitterness. The taste is much more like a porter than a fall harvest-style beer. Delicious, but surprising.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. There is some pretty decent carbonation, and with an ABV of 6.7%, there is just the slightest touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: There is a very solid, very surprising beer. Like I stated above, it’s more like a winter porter than an autumn harvest/fest beer. Good flavors of roasted malt, smokiness and caramel sweetness. Solid beer.

Jeffreysan, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev -2%

wander4, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of malarichm
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a. dark amber red mahogany. Little head and medium lacing.
s. rich brown sugar, molasses and smoke
t. quite complex with molasses, roasted malt, smoke, brown sugar, cinnamon and clove in the front with a touch of hops in the back
m. surprisingly clean, with lingering malt behind medium carbonation
d. very drinkable for anyone who likes malt

I first tried this beer at a local liquor store's beer tasting. It was by far the best malt/fall seasonal beer there. I am finally drinking the final beer in the sixer and I have not become board with the flavor whatsoever. This is a great example of a fall seasonal for the relaxed craft drinker.

malarichm, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of BrewMaven
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a style I haven't sampled in quite a while.

Pours DEEP amber sporting a thin head that diminished to just a ring but left some receding lace.

The nose of this beer is something I just cant pinpoint but find appealing just the same..

Malty roasty flavor with a mild semi dry finish..lingering malts on the palate. 6.7% seems high given the complete lack of alcohol presence. Slight viscous mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Interesting style. Might go well with a dark wrap cigar.

BrewMaven, Nov 06, 2013
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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.