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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

386 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%


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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superspak

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 11/11/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, biscuit, toast, chocolate, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, biscuit, toast, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, plum, raisin, pear, biscuit, toast, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal carbonation and medium bodied; with a very slick, moderately creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a decent old ale. Good balance and robustness of malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and smooth to sip on for the abv. Could use more carbonation. Pleasantly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:07:03 | More by superspak
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown on the pour with ruby hues. One inch white head retains fairly well, but settles after a bit. Lacing sticks to the glass in a thin, broken ring.

S: Rich scents of caramel, cocoa, mixed nuts, toasted grains, and even some coffee roast. Very tight and vague fruitiness at its core, perhaps suggestions of fig. Dry grassy and herbal hop scents.

T: Toasted grain, cola, bread crust, nuts, cocoa. Touch of black coffee and a slight acidity. Underlying berry fruits. Flash of citrus zest, grassy hops and a quick spicy/herbal bite. Grainy finish with fading acidity and mild hop spice.

M: Rich medium body. Soft creaminess, but a little watery still. Forceful scrubbing carbonation. Mild tingle of alcohol.

O: An odd beer. Definitely not an Old Ale, as it is labeled on this site. I'd say it's more of a German-influenced brown, caught somewhere between ale and lager.A little different maybe, but not very thought provoking or memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 15:53:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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matjack85

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear Dr. Pepper cola color with mahogany highlights when held to the light. It made 1-finger of off-white/beige head that lasted about a minute and left some moderate lacing.

The beer had a roasted barley and caramel malt aroma.

Taste matched the smell, but with the addition of some mild herbal hop bitterness and a very noticeable spicy alcoholic bite.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

It's alright and very drinkable, but still not going on my favorites list.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:38:54 | More by matjack85
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SteadySippin

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:19:48 | More by SteadySippin
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: growler

11-10-2013 22:29:52 | More by Brenden
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BrewMaven

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:25:21 | More by BrewMaven
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Autumn Ale pours a dark brownish color with a small white lacing head. There is a rich malty and caramel aroma. The taste has a nice rich malty backbone, nice mellow caramel flavors, with some oakey flavors. Good full flavors, but very weak carbonation, and flat feeling. Overall its a good nicely flavored old ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:29:42 | More by vette2006c5r
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:30:44 | More by Jeffreysan
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/8

Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. No foam, none. Malty nose, with caramel. Sweet overwrapping taste, some pine. Low carebonation, almost syrup-like. Bready. Not sure what makes this for autumn, So-so,.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 14:25:43 | More by KTCamm
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ConsumerOfBeer

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely loved this one. Very dark and crazy lacing!

A: 5. Seriously. Wonderfully dark, a small, very thick head with some of the craziest lacing I've seen in a while- stayed in the glass long after I was done drinking it.

S: Nothing particularly overwhelming. Caramel hints.

T: Sweet, close to a porter really. Hints of coffee, hops (but not as much as a normal porter), sweet, caramel, and toasted hints. Almost like a dessert beer.

M: Sweet. Moderately carbonated, ever so bitter with the slightest taste of a domestic. Sticks to my mustache.

O: Definitely will drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 06:33:44 | More by ConsumerOfBeer
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deeper brown color with a one finger of just off white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a film of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is rather strong of a chocolate and a caramel smell. Mixed with these aromas are some other light brown bready smells and some notes of brown sugar. Some nuttiness rounds out the aroma producing an overall sweet and roasty smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted brown bread taste mixed with a fair level of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances some flavors of cocoa and a little bit of nut comes to the tongue along with the arrival of a cola like flavor. Some lightly hopped flavors of a grassy and earthy nature come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste balancing out some of the sweet. In the end with the bitter coming to the tongue, a rather roasty and lightly hopped cola cocoa flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lighter side for a darker harvest ale of its style with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation may have been a bit nicer for the roasted flavors of the brew as the somewhat watery nature of the brew really didn’t support the flavors well.

Overall – Not really the best harvest ales I have even had. The flavors never really complement each other well and the weaker body only further diminishes the impacts of the taste. Nothing too special here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 00:58:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, I initially poured from the bottle into a Becker glass and was less than impressed. I'm currently drinking directly from the bottle, so I will review as is:

A: N/A. Pretty cool bottle I suppose.

S: Somewhat sweet, malty. Grain.

T: Slight nuttiness. Malt. Mild spice. Honestly, a bit underwhelming. I was expecting a bit more fullness and flavor given the 6.7% ABV and classification as "old ale". However, it goes down very smoothly. Actually, I feel myself chugging this one a bit.

M: Low to moderate carbonation. Seems a bit watery... maybe I need to adjust my expectations...

O: So, let's call this a "Fall Time Lawnmower Beer". I'll imagine that I've just raked a ton of leaves. I'm a bit tired. A bit sweaty. Good. I like this fine.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:37:17 | More by fourstringer
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beergoot

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark mahogany color, nice light tan head. Slight roasted grain scent; hint of nuts. Taste is much like the aroma with the addition of a subtle hop bitterness and a twinge of alcohol presence in the background. Feel is smooth, medium-light; clean with a semi-dry finish.

A very good is somewhat mundane old ale. Malt flavors and feel are the highlights and should appeal to lovers of malt-centric flavored beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:35:01 | More by beergoot
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far333

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 23:13:02 | More by far333
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow. Open and pour and be shocked at the deep, intense color. Nice. It has a thinish head, but that color is amazing.

The aroma is very complex and nice. It has all kinds of malty smells. Very nice and unique.

The taste is also malty but also with some hops taste. It is a nicely balanced taste. The finish is sweet and pleasant. Overall, this is an interesting, unique variant of the style. I like it and would buy it again if I were looking for a dark change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:06:08 | More by schoolboy
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Ford

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

wow.. much darker brown than I anticipated.. looks good though.

Oh.. this is really good. Not much bitterness. It came out around the same time as most of the Oktoberfests so I wanted to compare it to some of those beers as I was drinking them at the time.

This one has some similarities, but is a bit smoother... caramel and malts are there..

Really good beer. I'd love to have this fresh off the tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 21:16:20 | More by Ford
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams glass.
Pours a dark brown with a mahagony hue. Head is very small and dissipates quick. Wish it had more head.

Aroma is malty deliciousness. Toasty malts with obvious notes of molasses and a touch of raisin and smoked meat.

Flavor is pleasantly sweet up front with molasses but is short and dry on the finish, making it a bit quenching. Nice fall flavors including brown bread, touch of smoke and faint raisin again. Flavor is a bit thin on the finish, but it doesnt bother me.

Mouthfeel is full at first but feels thinneron the finish. Culd use more carbonation.

Overall i really like having this as opposed to other beers refered to as fall seasonals and "autumn ales". If i was to compare it to the better old ales it wouldnt score so high, but nothing about it is bad. Its just a very drinkable old ale....a bolder, satisfying "fall beer" if you will. I'll pick this up every year.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:52:56 | More by jbertsch
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Nikki's Liquors in North Providence, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a mahogany body with amber highlights. Small white head that reduces to a white ring with no lacing.

S- Heavy malt, caramel, maybe some corn. Not the best aroma.

T- Toffee and caramel sitting on a big malt backbone. Finishes smooth and sweet.

M- Low carbonation, medium body.

Overall a full bodied, well balanced autumn brew that in my opinion hit all the high points of this style. Not the most complex brew, but nonetheless enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 19:03:51 | More by gcamparone
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like a brown ale with red huge all around the glass. Virtually no head whatsoever. Beige bubbles rim the top of the glass.

S- Roasted malts and brown sugar/molasses. Faint coffee notes. It's nice for something like a brown ale.

T- Molasses and malt. Only a slight spice. To my tastebbuds the beer finishes slightly sour. It is a light beer in terms of it's overall flavor profile.

M- Very easy to drink, although it is a bit too carbonated for my liking.

Overall the beer is good, but nothing that made me jump up and down with joy. It's the perfect kind of fall beer because it's not too spicy or malty. Any average beer drinker would find this somewhat enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:00:19 | More by ThomasMetal75
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UnkleFester

Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice dark brown with under a fingers worth of an off-white head has a decent lacing.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, cloves, and a hint of apple in there as well.

T: Like the nose there is Sweet malt and caramel along with coffee and a nice earthy hop bite toward the finish.

M: A medium body with a light amount of carbonation.

O: A solid fall seasonal from Breckenridge very drinkable even at 6.7% .

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 22:35:30 | More by UnkleFester
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riversider76

New York

2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a very thin head. Not much retention, and no lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, and maple syrup. Body is thin and mildly carbonated. Taste is of sugary spice, and malts. A bit watered down. Weak version of this style. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 00:34:59 | More by riversider76
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I actually applaud the American brewers who put out Autumn beers instead of Oktoberfests. This one pours a clear ruby-sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, dry biscuit, and cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light caramel and some very light toasted rye bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's not all that complex, really, but the simplicity is well-executed.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 14:59:27 | More by TMoney2591
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shand

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Autumn Ale pours out a very dark brown with a beautiful clarity. The aroma is chocolatey and malty, with a touch of spicing. On the tongue, a full and wonderful roasty flavor quickly envelops the mouth. There's some bitter chocolate and a bit of fall spicing in here too. Full-flavored while not being overwhelming, it smoothly fades out a little while after the sip. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and fairly smooth, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is an excellent beer that does a great job of balancing drinkability and flavor. I wish we had seasons here in Florida, because I'd love to kick back with this on a cool Autumn night on my deck back in New Jersey.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:03:39 | More by shand
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britzdog

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with very minimal head and no lacing. Very light malt aroma.Has a very light chocolate taste with some brown sugar tossed in the mix. Has just enough carbonation without being a detraction in the mouthfeel department. A very easy drinking beer that could go down to quickly and that is it's biggest problem. It disappears before you realize it. Nothing that makes it standout from most other ales but a solid go to choice anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:07:43 | More by britzdog
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claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown body with a small light beige frothy head that recedes to leave some light lacing.

Aromas begin with dark caramelized maltiness wrapped in notes of nutty and sweet chicory. As it warms you get a minimal earthiness in the background.

The taste begins with the same dark caramelized maltiness, cocoa and a lightly roasty mix of chicory and roasted nuttiness. There is plenty of Munich malt-derived caramel flavors and a light earthy, mild hop presence.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium to light carbonation. Finish is fairly clean with a nice mix of semi-sweet malt and lightly drying roasted maltiness

Overall this a great fall seasonal beer for me just as the weather is getting a bit chilly. It's like a mild Old Ale or a Scottish ale flavor profile and the less than 7% ABV makes it okay to have more than one without hitting the floor like many other Scottish/Old Ales. It's a nice, easy drinking malty beer that is also pleasantly light and semi-freshing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 15:32:44 | More by claspada
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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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