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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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200 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 200
Hads: 522
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-08-2002

Our fall seasonal combines the malty goodness of a German lager with the clean crispness of an American ale. Brewed with Munich malts and a delicate blend of Bavarian hops, it's a full-bodied treat with a nutty-sweet middle, a warming alcohol level and notes of toasted grains. A pre-winter winner.

21 IBU
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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong, malty aroma has an earth overtone that brings to mind fallen leaves, as well as hints of cloves and caramel. Pours a barely translucent warm dark woody brown with a fairly thick tan head. Flavor just says "autumn" with roast malt and earth tones plus a hint of cloves. It’s almost like drinking the very essence of autumn. Smooth texture has decent body and fizz. An excellent brew to celebrate fall. (410 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention isn't anything special, but the texture is nice enough. Webs of lacing are left behind on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Very nutty, almost ridiculously nutty in fact. The aroma is distinctly German, but it's not really as altbier-esque as I initially anticipated. Letting it warm up will reveal some dark fruits, along with some graham cracker, gingerbread, and cumin. The faintest kiss of noble hops also appear. It's malty with a capital M, but give Breckenridge credit for showing the malts off well aromatically. (3.75)

Taste: Again, nuts are the primary flavor here. It develops notes of dark chocolate and spice near the middle and back end. Fruity tinges also appear. It doesn't wow the senses, but honestly? I like it. It fits the weather perfectly. It's far from a world beater, but it's quite decent. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: For a malty ale, it's somewhat dry. It's also reasonably light on the palate. Having said that, there is some residual sweetness left behind, so it's not a chugger. It tries to hit a balance between drinkability and richness...and honestly, it sort of succeeds. There isn't much carbonation, either. (3.5)

Overall: Breckenridge is usually meh in my book, but I'm honestly enjoying this. It's richer and slower drinking than the average oktoberfest, so keep that in mind. This wouldn't be my first choice, but I would buy it again. (3.5)

3.44/5: First Breckenridge beer I properly enjoyed (1,552 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark, deep blood red hues to light, seemingly opaque. While clear, the red hue is so deep is seems almost black. Quite impressive, bold coloring from Breckenridge. Smell is mostly well-toasted bread grains, caramel sweetness, dark fruits like figs or even grapes, grassiness, peanut butter. Quite rich aromas, and taste follow closely thankfully. Rich malt flavors, like toffee and butterscotch, with a clean grain finish, minimal hops bitterness, mostly in the finish to round of the dominant malt characteristics. Mouthfeel is about medium bodied with light, subtle carbonation that makes it seem bigger, thicker.

Wow, never expected this from Breck. A great, great ale with lots of autumnal charm and inspiration. Goes great with that not-quite-cold-but-there's-that-chill-in-the-air weather. Tasty, easy-to-drink, a sessionable old ale? Guess so, lucky CO. (871 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This autumn ale from a 12 oz bottle pours a deep brown with ruby red highlights and a medium
off white head that dies to a thin pool leaving some decent lacing. The nose is a solid malt
backbone with caramel and light chocolate malts with a light hop in the background. Flavor
is slightly bitter with sweetness coming in on the sides and a light hop characteristic on the
back. A solid autumn ale that satisfies but does not over impress. (442 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost exactly the color of Dr. Pepper, and forms a thin pale head which dissipates quickly. Holding the glass up to sunlight reveals a reddish hue, and one can see the shadows of their fingers on the opposite side of the glass. There is no lacing to speak of, as it falls quickly down the sides of the glass.

S: A rich, toasted malt, of the caramel and nutty variety.

T: Malt bitter strikes right up front, before rounding out into toasted chestnut with toffee hints in the background. Bready malt lingers after the finish.

F: Medium-bodied with a watery finish, and very little carbonation.

O: An enjoyable tour de malt, with the nutty and toffee flavors blending well. (769 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +12%

10/23/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. On the spot once again.

09/05/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Once I had my face in the glass it was a nose full of stout-like aromas. Chocolate & caramel. But the most memorable feature is the mouth-feel. Smooth & rich but disporportionate to the flavors which are quite subdued. Overall a nice bevvie that could become a fav. (366 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 4, 2014.

The pour is a darker amber color with a long lasting off-white head.

The aroma is fairly routine with a decent enough malt character followed by a a slight hop character. But nothing jumps out.

Medium body.

The taste focuses on the malts more than anything else. Fairly sweet. Mild bitterness. Not bad in the whole scheme of things. (399 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -2%

This is a nice fall seasonal, just what you'd expect. It's good for those cool nights watching football. A little sweeter than most fall beers, and not quite an Oktoberfest, but close. (186 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Appearance: Dark brown. Basically no head and barely any lace.
Smell: Sweet malt, vanilla, cola
Taste: Sweet malt.

Well, this is pretty lackluster. It's a good beer, but rather boring. The label is the best thing about it. Also, the color is a really deep brown, which was intriguing. However, the taste was rather lacking; almost watery. Sweet malt was dominant. I wouldn't get this again. (393 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +5%

I picked up a bottle of Breckenridge Brewery's Autumn Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for some new Fall seasonals to try and this one caught my eye and now that I've seen that BA classifies this is an Old Ale I'm pretty interested to see how this turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and fairly simple looking label that's just slightly eye catching. It poured a brown/mahogany color that took on more of crimson hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice caramel, light toasted, light coffee and caramel like aromas with the caramel sticking out the most. Up next comes a nice nutty aroma that is slightly hazelnut like. This beer had a good aroma, it was very malty and I liked the nutty aspect.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with just a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel still being the aspect that sticks out the most. Up next comes that same nutty aspect that I got in the aroma and it seems to show up just as much. On the finish there's no bitterness with a malty, caramel and nutty aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it was just about the same as the aroma and the nutty flavors worked nicely with the other flavors.

M- Smooth, creamy, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and while I didn't think this was really that true to style for an Old Ale it seemed more in line with a Brown Ale or Altbier, but either way it lived up to being a fitting a beer for the season. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, creamy, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention. I could see myself drinking a couple of these and I think it would make for a nice beer to bring to a bonfire. What I like the most about this beer was the nutty aspect, it really worked well with the malty flavors and it showed up at just the right amount. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes an easy drinking beer that's malty and nutty. All in all I was happy with this beer , it being classified as an Old Ale on here is a little confusing, but once I looked past that I was left with a nice fall time beer. This is one of the better beers that I've had from this Brewery and It's one of the better Fall seasonal s that I've had this year. Good job guys, I enjoyed this beer, keep up the solid work. (3,179 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9%

deep golden color with great head a ok lacing. Smells malty. Taste is sweet malt with a hint of caramel. Carbonation and mouthfell is decent and this beer overall is rather light. A good drinker for the summer especially !!! (224 characters)

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. (294 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -2%

A: deep brown - virtually no ruby even at the edges; 1 finger light tan head that receded quickly to a thin ring; moderate lacing;

S: roasted malt;

T: follows the nose all the way through the finish; very little bitterness;

M: a little thinner that I expected; moderate carbonation;

O: OK; a little one note, but what's there is good: (338 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

I was impressed with the deep rich hue of brown and burgundy. It looks like an Old Ale. The nose holds some dry chocolate, barley malt, raisin and toasted nut. The flavor is barley, toasted nut, dry chocolate, some dried fruit but without sweetness. This is very dry but easily approachable. Breckenridge products seem to have great attributes but are never particularly assertive and this is no exception. (407 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Classified here as an Old Ale. Not really sure what to expect.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours an extremely dark, flat mahogany color; appears a dark semi-clear ruby in the glass, with barely a finger's worth of khaki head. Some scattered lacing slowly stains the glass. Looks pretty nice, I'd suppose. 4

S - The aroma isn't too pronounced - some cream, roasted / toasted malts, perhaps some faint raisin / dark fruit presence. Could be better. 3

T - The taste is a notch up from the aroma - smooth, creamy / buttery, roasty, lightly nutty / chocolatey / earthy. Some faint indistinct dark fruitiness in there again. Pleasant enough for what it is. 3.5

M - The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Very easy drinking. 4

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. A fine fall seasonal from Breckenridge. I would have it again.

Breckenridge Autumn Ale -----3.5/5 (1,063 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%

Not your average seasonal. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, almost stout like. The taste was very rich with hints of coffee and dark chocolate but also a toasted nuttiness to it. Very enjoyable. A little thick to the point where you might only be good with two per sitting but still a very delicious beer. (346 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out cola brown with a very modest cap that fritters away leaving a speckled pattern of lace

Smell: Treacle and Cadbury's Fruit and Nut bar; perhaps a hint of toasted grain

Taste: Sugary-sweet, with the candied tones from the aroma combining to produce a taste rather akin to Dr. Pepper; a bit grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit cloying
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Overall: Well, certainly unusual, but when I want a Dr. Pepper I will buy when and when I want a beer I want a beer (516 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,303 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (654 characters)

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. (834 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (873 characters)

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. (489 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (315 characters)

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. (1,176 characters)

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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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