Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | 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

21 IBU
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Photo of Domingo
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Jim 'n Nick's BBQ at Stapleton.
Arrives a pretty thick chestnut brown color that reminds me a little of a porter or stout, but the texture's a little less thick and a little more light makes it through.
The smell is subdued, but it reminds me a little of mild coffee and roasted grain, but with a little bit of a noble hop hit. Pretty mild.
Tastes like buckwheat honey and black coffee with a grapefruity hops hit and a dry baker's chocolate finish. You can tell it's stronger than most brews, but there isn't a huge alcohol bite. Flavors remind me of a hoppier, stronger Avalanche.
This was great for a rainy cool evening and I can only imagine it'll be even better once the weather cools down even more.
Give it a shot.

EDIT: I'm finding that this seems to be a little bit like an Oktoberfest and a strong/old ale blended together. The rating here is nothing special, but I really do think it's pretty good stuff and it's become a seasonal favorite for me.

Photo of xare
1.79/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle has a wild label: "It's Special", "After Rakin'" Autumn Ale, Fine Colorado Ales, Breckenridge Brewery. Munich Malts & Bavarian Hops, Deep Mahogany fall season ale, warms the soul, soothes the spirit... (Bottled on 2nd week of August 2007).

Pours as a very very dark brew that has a dark orange-brown-ruby red tint at the edges. 1/6" tan head was poured that quickly went away. Somewhat dreading this brew instead of looking forward to it. Certainly is mahogany - I'll have to rate this as average.

Smell is that of burnt/toast malts (munich), almost like old coffee somewhat. Does not appeal to me much but maybe someone else likes that aroma mix.

Tastes somewhat odd. Tastes like ground coffee, alcohol, almost like a barleywine/old ale mix. Definitely don't feel this beer so far. A few more sips and it doesn't improve much. Some bitterness at the end from the hops but the flavor doesn't appeal to me. I'm going to have to give this a below average score on taste. It isn't completely awful or devoid of taste, just doesn't appeal to me.

Mouthfeel is somewhat strange. Almost soapy, then an aftertaste of burnt coffee / hops hit you at end. Definitely not a mouthfeel I like. I wouldn't mind it so much if it wasn't so strange to experience.

Drinkability is poor for me. I had to pour out this beer without finishing it - I can't tolerate drinking something that tastes like coffee grounds - and wouldn't order this beer again unless it changed majorly. Overall - not a beer I wish to try again.

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

A-Very dark brown, almost black with garnet highlights when held up to the light. 1 inch head from aggressive pour; tan in color. fell to splotchy coat and collar in about 3 minutes. Collar rose up to a modicum of lace. Looks more like a winter.

S-Caramel malt, mollasses, spicy hops and a whiff of alcohol. Not overly aromatic though.

T-Dark molaasses, roasted malts, coffee, doughy twang. Mild spicy hop finish, not too bad.

M-medium body and a little fizzy.

D-Eh, this beer is good but I need to move on.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours like a standard stout - black, light brown to tan head.

Nose has a whallop of roasty components. Very chocolatey also.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but the nice roastyness, malt, and chocolate make it worth it.

Finish is somewhat short. Although this beer is a notch down in flavor components compared to a winter ale, it is significantly more drinkable. Very satisfying.

Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Before trying I assumed this would be an Oktoberfest, but smelled and tasted quite different. Poured black with a light tan head. Smell was a tart roasty maltiness, with slight smoky, almost peaty qualities to it. Taste is dark roastiness, tartness, a bit biscuity. Lightly carbonated, and a touch creamy, and while not bad, the peaty quality is not my favorite.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a deep brown with good clarity. A light mocha head is thin with large bubbles and has some swirls of lace around the glass.

Aroma - well-roasted grain, almost peat-like. A hint of potential sweetness in there.

Taste - good roasted grain flavor, a little more sweetness than I would have thought, but good. A toasty, warm flavor, not much bitterness. Stays about the same on the swallow, a light raisiny or maybe brown sugar sweetness grows at the finish.

Mouthfeel - moderately smooth, average carbonation levels are complementary.

Drinkability - I think the sweetness would get to me after a few, but for a fireside accompaniment this would be spiffy.

Photo of nvsblman
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown in color with about half a finger of brown head. Smell is smoky with some chocolate and toast. Maybe a little coffee too, but not much. Flavorful with a nice, smoky, earthy taste. Also some chocolate and brown sugar. Not heavily carbonated, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. This is a pretty nice beer. Nothing too exceptional, but a nice solid beer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes this one is a deep mahogany colored ale, with a slight tan head that doesn't last. Nice ruby colored edges when held up to some light.

Aroma mostly of roasted malt. Taste is roasted and caramel malts, with some interesting spicy notes. Maybe a molasses like flavor. Finishes dry with no hops to speak of at all. I have not done many old ales, and I'm really not sure about what is right or wrong here. It's not unpleasant at all, but not what I would expect from something labeled "Autumn Ale"

This beer has some body, pretty thick really and quite filling. Not something I would go right back to but I think it could get more interesting 6 months down the road.

Photo of dmamiano
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one in the sampler case.
Very deep head after a hard pour. No lacing to speak of. Seemed to be well carbonated, though.
Nose of toasted malts, roasted grains...almost porteresque?
Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and maybe caramel malts.
Decent mouthfeel.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice and dark. Darker than I expected. Not much carbonation.

S - Toasted malts. Very light smell.

T - Very light flavor. Not much until the finish. Good malt taste.

M - Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is just slightly too much.

D - Ok beer. Nothing special. I would drink this again but wouldn't buy it again.

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

I don't know what's old ale-like about this, it doesn't have the big sweetness and there's a touch of roasted grains. It's not a bad beer, but I find it bland. The undercarbonation doesn't help, but what are you going to do? At least it goes down easy. Out of the winter beers, I'd call this one nice, but forgetable.

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

Draft pint at the Ball Park Breckenridge location in Denver. Recommended by my server, described by him as a 'big brown ale'. $3/pint.
Dark brown color, with a short tan head. Coating layers of lace with good foam stability. Aromas of caramel and toasted malt, a bit nutty and grainy. Very tastey, higher alcohol is hidden well. Touch of smoke along with the maltiness works well. Smooth, lightly carbonated, not too fizzy or foamy. Happy to have tried this one, but would try something different next time.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD indiscernible.

Pours chestnut with 1 finger of mocha colored head. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Some toasted malt & cocoa

T: Roasted malt with some coffee grounds up front. Dryness, brown sugar & smokeyness, slight fruittyness (apricots & raisins) as this warms along with some tannins. Finishes a bit dry with more coffee grounds, a kiss of leafy hops& a bit of baker's chocolate. Drinks more lake a stout

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit of smoothness

Drinks pretty good, but make me think coffee stout, not old ale, so I have to knock it down for taste

Photo of hylton44
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, mahogany color with chocolatey-brown head. Sharp aroma of coffee and toasted malts also comes through in taste, along with rye and grapes. Strong alcoholic character of a Scotch Ale, shared with the dark complexity of a Winter Warmer. Nice, robust late fall offering for when the early fall crispness of Octoberfests give way.

Photo of SafeAtFirst
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Color is very dark with a bit of amber around the edges. I'm not getting a lot of aroma, some faint malts and a hint of alcohol, thats all. Fairly typical for the style.

Initial flavor is dominated by roasted and caramelized malts. The finish is the best part, hints of smoke and dark dried fruit give this average beer an interesting finish. Overall a decent beer, but nothing to get excited about.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is very dark brown with ok carbonation. The Head to small and tan yet leaves good lace.

The smell is faint a bit malty with a bit of alcohol. No good descriptive aromas, a little plum perhaps.

The taste is better, caramel, plums, and a hint of pepper.

The mouthfeel is ok a bit light seems less then medium body, the carbonation is average.

The drinkability is OK, I'm not impressed enough to buy more but not a bad beer either. MK

Photo of JDK
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure why, but I didn't get the slightest head on this pour, maybe the beer was too cold?
Like others, I guess I was expecting an Oktoberfest so was quite surprised when it poured such a dark chocolate color and holding it up to the light didn't lighten the color at all.
Nice carbonation at first but then finished a little flat. I must have bought a bad bottle!
Nice malty smell, very light.
Absolutely not a marzen, rather has a rich chocolate, malty taste.

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

The beer pours a clear deep brown with serious dark ruby highlights, head forms a decent creamy light tan crown to top off the body, lacing thin but secure in its coverage of the glass. Nose has a malt sweet aroma, supported by the caramel, also a tiny bit of hops pokes through, front ambrosial, with a touch of hop bitterness at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a lenient acidity, the hops apparent, but not over powering, sweet dry aftertaste lingers long on the palate, a nice looking, aromatic and drinkable beer, over the past few years Breckenridge has improved its quality immensely.

Photo of BeerSox
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug

I grabbed this one expecting an Oktoberfest. Not that I'm dissapointed, but when I first poured it I got quite a surprise.

Very deep mahogony color, basically brown when not held up to the light. I did a bad job pouring this one, so I won't penalize for the slightly thin head. It semmed to perform okay, lasting for a while rather than quickly fading. Some lacing shows up here and there, nothing spectacular.

Very rich chocolate, brown sugar, and some raisin exists in the aroma. It's a very sweet smell, they all combine to almost create something like molasses. Not much hop aroma in there, maybe a bit of grassy hops in the background at most.

The flavor that sticks out the most is almost a thin molasses type flavor. There is a little bit of tartness, most comparable to a raisin. The taste seems to mirror the aroma pretty well. The feel of the beer seems to be a little thinner than I expected, almost watery. The finish is pretty clean, with a little bit of dark grain lingering.

This one is all malt. It's an okay beer, I feel the flavor was a little lacking and it seemed watery. Nothing was really off about the beer, so I don't think it should be avoided. It's worth a try at least.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep coveted brown with a thin lace of white head.

Earthy malt and a mild grassy hop note in the aroma.

Dark and reflective burnt flavoring from the get go. The Bavarian hops are definitely present. Reflecting dry grassy notes, and light bittering. Some rich malt backing which has a slight metallic foreground.

A decent beer, I'd give it a try.

Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a beautiful pour from this beer, resulting in two fingers of thick, light-tan head. The color was a deep, cola-brown with lovely garnet highlights. The nose had a big malty-sweet presence. The mouthfeel was medium to full and I got a really unexpected smokiness on the tongue. The finish had a slightly sharp quality, followed by a return of that smoky flavor. I just wish that the weather was not so warm because this would be perfect on a more typical autumn day.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Breckenridge.

Appearance is dark and full with a decent head and retention.

Smell is of chocolate and licorice.

Taste is nice with roasted chocolate malts and licorice. Finish has undertones of mint.

The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but has a moderate carbonation.

This beer is decent, but could benefit from thicker malting.

Photo of HardTarget
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Notes Munich malt and Bavarian hops. Bottle is MICROSCOPICALLY notched 8, week 3 (sampled 10, week 2).

Aroma: Earthy, almost musty malt base with a mild leafy floral hop.

Appearance: Dark brown showing clarity only in thin parts of my Sam Adams glass.

Flavor: Same earthy malt, with a mildly metallic leafy hop. Total beer is pretty balanced, mild sweetness coming through with a roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, slightly oily texture.

Overall Impression: Meh. Pretty mild, flavors lend themselves towards funky; earthy, leafy, roasted. I was thinking Schwarzbier more than Old Ale. There is a light tannin character that seems to relate to dried leaves, so points for seasonal character. Still; it’s not a terribly tasty beer. Pass.

Photo of shererjt
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, very deep brown color with a touch of red. Carbonation was light. Aroma was stale roasted malt that was appropriate for style. Medium body. Flavor was similar to the smell with some bitterness added. Mouthfeel was average and I scored the drinkability slightly below; this was not something I’d want to drink much of.

Old ales are probably my least favorite style. This one’s a pretty good example, but personally it just didn’t do much for me.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Breckenridge Autumn Ale was a deep mahogany color. It had a medium sized beige head with decent retention and some spotty lacing left behind. The aroma was sweet toasty caramel malt. The taste was toasty and malty as well with some roasted and fruity flavors coming through in the dry finish. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkabily was above average. It was a decent fall seasonal and worth a try.

Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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