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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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435 Ratings

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 192
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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3/5  rDev -16%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Stoffel, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

DBIII, Dec 27, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a mix a six - poured chilled from the brown bottle into a willybecker.

The color is dark nutty brown with translucent clarity and thin beige cap w/ stringy lace and ultra fine bead. The smell is very bready with a roasted grainy scent and light yeast ester with gentle fruity tinge and a light stone fruit ester with mild woody notes and hint of raisin. The feel has low roast and mild yeast with slight spice and gentle yeasty tang with moderately high carbonation with medium body and semi-dry nutty feel.

The taste is lightly caramel in the front with a toasted malt and nice fruity yeast flavor with somewhat bready flavor and mild spice w/ a gentle earthy sweet dried fruit taste like cherry with a mild hint of hops which are in the background with a gentle bran cereal quality with slight dry herbal tinge in the finish. Overall this brown is a quality dark ale with plenty of drinkability and subtle dry maltiness yeast breadiness that is very pleasant. This is a beer I would get again for the fact it is well brewed clean and doesn't taste sweet even though it is malt dominated.

Slatetank, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark brown color with a disappointing 1 finger head of bad thickness. Retention is awful.

S - Heavy caramel, toffee and not much else. Boring and uninspired.

T - Weak toasted malt and caramel mask a bit of cream, building to a watery finish. Hey, at least I wasn't expecting much.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. works for what's there.

D - Not awful, but I'd pass on this one in the future. Bland and not exciting.

blakelive784, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ericwilson54, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ROGUE16, Dec 20, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Smells vaguely of cherry. Some amber hops, caramelized/lightly toasted malt is present as well. Lots of malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Tastes quite malty, with hints of fruit - though perhaps not cherry. The malt is on the whole well handled. I don't care horribly for the caramel. It's pretty simple all around, but pleasant. The malt is too heavy for the balance to be right. The finish is bland and off.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body generally.

Dr: Drinkable but largely unremarkable. I might try it on draught but it's far from special. Only give it a spin if you're a huge fan of the style. Elsewise, move along.

10/22/13: Picked this up again by accident. 12 fl oz bottle review; truncated notes below. I wanted to check in on this one given it's been almost two years since my first review of it. Served into a Spaten stangenglas for shits and gigs. Served cold. Side-poured. Reviewed as an old ale because it identifies clearly as such on Breckenridge's website.

A: No bubble show.

Pours a respectable khaki colour head with some nice creaminess and thickness. Soft supple complexion. Head retention is well above average.

Body colour is a semitransparent dark dull amber. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a bit underwhelming.

Sm: Munich malts, caramalt, spicing (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon), pumpkin fruit gourd, brown sugar, chocolate malt, and a restrained generic hop character. It seems more like a hybridization of a festbier and a pumpkin beer than an old ale. The ABV is clearly a bit low for an old ale as well. It's a generally appealing aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character is detectable.

T: Heavy Munich malts, caramalt, amber malts, and some chocolate malt with an edge of cocoa dust. Hop presence is quite timid, and evokes vague stonefruit at best. Okay balance. This is quite the schizophrenic brew; kind of a winter warmer, kind of a festbier, sort-of-but-not-really a pumpkin ale, and anything but an old ale. Some toffee. Plenty of malty sweetness.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Messy incoherent balance. Unfocused build. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Do I like it? Not really.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick and heavy on the palate, with overdone thickness and overbearing presence. Overcarbonated as well. Unrefreshing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Kind of syrupy.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, rough, or buttery.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. Not sure what they were after with this one, but it really needs focus. If we're judging it strictly as an old ale, its build is completely wrong. It's not particularly evocative of the Autumn season, either, even in terms of unpredictable Colorado weather (I lived there for 15ish years). As much as I wanted to love this beer - which is from a brewpub I love visiting - I have to say, this needs some work. A subpar Autumn seasonal. Hides its ABV decently. Maybe it'd get a biteen better with age? I wouldn't waste the cellar space.

I stand by my initial 2.8 rating from two years ago.

Low C

kojevergas, Dec 19, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany brown and a very rubied dark amber when held to light. Smallish, just off-white head. Not quite clear, but it is hard to tell with how dark it is. Way dark for an Ofest type beer. Not very much for lace.

S: Munich malts & dark too. Lots of breadcrust, dark bread, melanoidans, a touch of sweetness, plentiful dark fruits, and a hint of darker roast. Perhaps some some light herbal hops way in the background. Clean for an ale this rich, but it works for what it appears they were going for.

T: Malt forward, much like nose, but with more sweetness. A fair bit of nutty and toasty grains round out the rich bread crust, melanodian, dark bread, Munich type malt notes. Considerable dark fruit – mostly dark plums. Dark roast hints also push through a bit more, but are mostly softended by the malt sweetness. A touch of herbal hops pushes in at the end and goes woody in the finish, but never overwhelms the linger sweetness.

M: A slight touch over medium body with carbonation pretty well matched. An okay bit of dextrins and sugars. While the roast does try to push it a bit drying it stays on the sweet side. Maybe the slightest hint of alcohol warmth.

D: IMO – they nailed the name on this one. Very much one for unwinding – an after yard work sit down and relax brew. A nice fall beer. The O’fest come on in the marketing is a bit of a stretch, but this is a good beer. Rich and robust, and big enough to carry it off without being weighty. It is a bit sweet to want more than one right away, but that is alright as the abv is starting to get up there a bit.

SickGnar, Dec 18, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown hue with a thin tan head that has good retention and lacing. Get some caramel, licorice, and molasses in the aroma. the taste starts out with some dark fruits, caramel, molasses followed by some licorice, hops and a nutty taste in the back. Very tasty and yummy. A rather easy drinking beer that is rather light for a dark beer, but has a nice creamy finish that makes you want more. A rather enjoyable brown ale that has a slightly different taste than most brown ales.

DannyDan, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Autumn Ale is a dim brown ale with a light khaki head that fades to a film. It has a resiny aroma with a slight note of molasses. It's very wooden and a little roasty. It's pretty light bodied; kind of watery but the finish is kind of creamy. There is a lot of resiny malt in the taste, but it never gets sweet. Dark bread crust, medicine and maybe even licorice are in there. The aftertaste is pretty long and pretty bitter. Wow, this is like a light version of an imperial stout. What is this, a brown ale? Whatever it is, I like it.

yesyouam, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

jrutigs, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

mcorwin, Nov 15, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an English pint glass. Almost no head and little lacing.

Aromas is unique. Nothing like I have smelt in a beer before. Kind of like caramel rye bread and pumpernickel mixed together.

Tastes of sweet burnt caramel malts and pumpernickel bread due to some of the yeast flavor left behind. Has hints of hazelnut throughout and a earthy hop profile typical of darker beers.

Goes down ok. A tad watery of a mouthfeel for the flavor and a slightly unpleasant prickly feel in the mouth.

Overall, a good beer to pair with foods. I had the first few of the six pack alone then realized it was better with barbecue. However, the best combo was with pumpkin pie. The cinnamon clove goodness meshes perfectly with this beer. Blew my mind. Makes me wonder if just adding some spices in the brewing process could make a killer brew.

uawildcat, Nov 14, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown, not cloudy just a clear dark beer.

S - Carmel malt sweetness and some dark smoky notes.

T -Dark bread notes followed up by some sweeter caramel malt. Very toasty profile, a little too toasty for me, almost burnt tasting

M - Not as thick as the color would make you think. A thin beer that goes down minus the burnt taste.

Overall - Beer was OK, too toasty for me and wasn't something that I particularly liked.

Serving type: bottle

OleJohnnieAle, Nov 10, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a thin white head that quickly goes away.

S: Some dark chocolate and coffee with a bit of brown sugar/caramel sweetness.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate from the smell with a hint of grassy hops and some nuttiness.

M: A bit thin.

O: Solid brown.

RunForYourBeer, Nov 06, 2011
Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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