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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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433 Ratings

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
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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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
Photo of rlshep
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much in the aroma department. I'm picking up some chocolate.

Very dark brown in color. No head at all. Minimal lacing.

Flavor has some mild coffee roast. Milk chocolate carrys over from the aroma. Getting a woody kinda dirt like flavor, I'm assuming from the hops. Medium-low bitterness.

Smooth mouthfeel, but finishes dry. Very low carbonation. Little bit of a bite in alcohol.

A decent beer, kinda half way between a porter and a brown ale. Only complaint is alcohol is too in your face. I would drink this again if offered but wouldn't seek it out.

rlshep, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark garnet with a deep brownish hue. Small, foamy, bubbly, off-white/light beige color. Thin layer of speckled lace.

S - A strong aroma of fruit with overly ripe apple being strongest and touches of raisin. Slight tartness from the fruitiness. Also has a strong nutty aroma with toasted grain aroma and caramel. Some faint leafy hops and slightly herbal aroma. German and English malt/hop aroma.

T - Less fruity than the nose suggested. Still some fruitiness with overly ripe apple still being strongest. A very slight tartness. Nutty and very slightly toasted grainy malt with slight caramel malt taste. Finishes with a hint of leafy, herbal hop kick. Maybe a touch of cocoa maltiness.

M - Lightish body with average carbonation. A little thin feeling.

D - Pretty drinkable beer. Slight hoppy bite on the finish is nice. Easy drinking beer, and I could drink a couple no problem, but it isn't inspiring.

Notes: Definitely not an Old Ale, or at least not like any I have had. English Brown/Marzen with a slight Porter like flavor. Not a bad beer, but overall I see it as kind of a meh beer. Easy to forget and nothing worth seeking out, but for the right price definitely worth a try.

FreshHawk, Dec 09, 2010
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 atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass pours a deep dark brown with a thin diminishing head that leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight dark malts and caramel. The taste is a nice amount of smooth dark malts, burnt caramel and a hint of cocoa. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is a very smooth and easy drinking with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Autumn beer, I may need to pick up a few six packs of this while I still can.

atsprings, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of lwootton
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a thick head and nice effervescing just below the surface. The head dissipated quickly to a thin layer of fine foam. The beer itself was a lovely deep brown with hints of red.

Aroma: Slight smell of malt with to detectable (to me) aroma of hops. A bit sweet and dark.

Taste: Lightly sweet malty beginning with a slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall: Not what I was expecting but still good. A relaxed, enjoyable beer.

lwootton, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with reddish highlights-Very short off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet malt, caramel
Taste-Toasted malt and caramel, faint hop bite. Rather flat and thin-bodied. Expecting a little more robust flavor. A bit of a letdown overall.

hosehead83, Oct 18, 2010
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter: from notes
A: A deep black body, pours a nice head that settles very quick to a small layer around the rim. The head that does retreat is
S: The medium intensity aroma, shows a slight roasted note, but does not denote a strong ale.
T/M: A smooth mouthfeel that is light in body, which is a surprise seeing that it is an old ale at the ABV and the appearance so dark. The nutty body, finishes with a smooth lingering taste of roasted malts.
D: This is a highly drinkable brew, for the style and the ABV this brew goes down very easy

GDBEERMAN, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of schleprock
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

This beer pours a very dark almost black color. Much darker than I'd expect for an autumn or Octoberfest. It has a rich cream colored head which quickly moves to a thin layer. There is some lacing on the glass for some time although not in traditional layers with each drink. This is a pretty drinkable beer and is more like a brown ale than anything else.

schleprock, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a off white head. In the aroma, small roast and earthy notes. In the taste, dry, roasty coffee, and small hints of earth. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry coffee aftertaste. Nice coffee like presence, somewhere between a porter and oktoberfest.

OWSLEY069, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on notch available but left un-notched.

A - Pours a dark mahogany that's clear but becomes almost black in the glass. A frothy tan cream head rises up and lingers dropping to a sizeable layer with spots of lace adorning the glass.

S - Dusty cocoa and slightly burnt toast with a caramel-draped biscuit hint, Autumn Ale is very malty with slight hops to offset the sweetness. Earthy in nature. Smells like a good fall brew!

T - Very malty, this brew is strong with the caramel-like Munich malts and doughy with a dry, dusty cocoa finish. Hops are nearly absent from the flavor leaving this brew sweeter.

M - Medium-full-bodied and sweet with a smooth, rich feel and a lightly dry, acrid bitter finish from the malts.

D - One of Breckenridge's better beers, this is a very nice fall beverage with solid drinkablity even for it's rich mouthfeel.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of obireidkenobi
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with very little head.

Smell: Malty, subtle notes of coffee and nuts

Taste: Interesting. Sweet notes - caramel and some molasses. Nuts/almonds, with a bit of coffee malt flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thinner & lighter than expected.

Drinkabillity: Flavor shines as it warms & doesn't linger too long. Good fall offering.

obireidkenobi, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep mahogany with a frothy cream-tinged head. The foam sticks for a bit before falling to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Heavy with molasses and baking chocolate. A hint of lemon is out back.

T: The chocolate and molasses from the nose create most of this beer's flavor. Sweet molasses does the majority of the work. A lemony bitterness provides just enough oomph to offset the dark sugars.

M: The medium body is somewhat syrupy. Carbonation feels about right.

D: This is a nice autumn offering overall and one of the better Breckenridge beers I've had.

Rayek, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Risser09
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a very dark transparent brown color with a 2" light tan head. Shows good retention and plenty of lace tentacles.

Smell: Biscuits, cereal grain, nutty almond and pecan. Roasted malt aroma that isn't so sweet in the nose. Some underlying fruit of plum and raisin.

Taste: A solid nuttiness is the main flavor component with almond, walnut and pecan. Malt is dominant too, with its caramel nougat flavors. Some hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: Well equipped with carbonation and a smooth, slick mouthfeel. Medium body and a nice sweet/bitter balance. Some booze in the finish.

Drinkability: I am a fan of this beer, although I probably wouldn't session it. Worth a try.

Risser09, Feb 11, 2010
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 twiggamortis420
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with unnotched dates on the side of the label...what is the point if there is not any notches? Pours a dark crimson color that seems to be fairly clear but it is hard to tell, the beer is quite dark. Not much foam, maybe 1 fingers worth of light tan head. Fades at an average clip and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is malty, more akin to a schwarzbier than an olde ale, it is missing much of the fruitiness and alcohol aromas. Not much hops in here and the overall smell is pretty clean for an ale.

Taste follows suit with the nose for the most part, but there is a very nice, notable smoke flavor that really helps out the complexity of the beer. Carbonation is low and the alcohol level feels nowhere near 6.7%. It is not what one expects when cracking open an olde ale, but this is a really tasty beer that I will surely buy a sixer or more of next year. Surprisingly delicious and very smooth. Good job Breck!

twiggamortis420, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark brown color pour with a small offwhite head , leaving a ring of lace ,medium carbonation . Aroma is very toasty and nutty with hints of molasses and brown shugger , and just a whiff of alcohol but in a pleasent way . Flavor is of malty toasted nuts and grain ,powdered baking chocolate , rasins and spicy hops , a nice little hoppy finish with faint notes of coffee at times . Medium body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel for being so malty. Very drinkable and good , a nice try.

WakeandBake, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black, but actually a very deep brown and opaque ale, this one poured with a 2-finger lace into my local pub ale glass.
Aroma is sweet and malty, like maple syrup and leaves.
Flavor is powerful and rich, with a fruity overtone, and a slight alcohol tinge somewhere in there. Quite delicious!

secondtooth, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an Old Ale? I'd beg to differ. After having an entire 6-pack of this over the course of a week, and then seeing the brewery itself calling this an Old Ale? I thought the whole time i was drinking a pretty solid Brown Ale. I don't think many would argue that. So ill continue this as if it is called an brown ale,and not dock points for being a terrible old ale.

The Flavor is pretty solid, a bit spicy and pretty sweet, with the obvious carmel malts dominating, with brown sugar and molasses notes revealing itself. Not the most complex beer, but a good beer that's easy to drink and lets you have multiple beers in a night easily. Well worth the $4 i got the pack for. :)

ChadQuest, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of climax
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a lot darker than expected, an almost black brown color, red in the edges. Head was forced and quite weak.

Nose is of dark malt, coffee, a bit nutty, and a grape-like sourness.

Flavor had a sour fruit profile, alcohol warmth was evident. Flavors included nuts, coffee, and apple.

There was a slight bite from relatively mild carbonation. Other than that it was pretty watery and lack-luster.

Haven't been too impressed with Breckenridge, this one doesn't help.

climax, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of beerman207
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown into the glass leaving a light tan head that doesn't stick around long. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smells like malt an possibly some fruit. Nothing really special other than that.

T: Taste is definately better than the nose. Has a dominant malt presence along with possibly some nutmeg or similar spice. Has a great warming effect for the finish due to the higher alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel could be a bit better. It's pretty thin.

D: Nothing wrong with this brew. Great fall beer but can't say I'd have it again.

beerman207, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with an extra creamy beige head that leaves plenty of lace behind on the glass. The nose is chicory, cocoa and anise with just a whiff of honey. Dark roasted malty flavors of chocolate and black licorice with mild caramel sweetness and mild bitterness make for an interesting beer that is more porter than old ale to my taste buds. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A good beer to wash down some BBQ ribs.

biggred1, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of gabe23
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep reddish brown color with a foamy tan head. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Toasted bread, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, and a subtle herbal flavor.

T - Toasted grains, mild caramel sweetness, and earthy hops. Some black cherry tartness is noticeable, and I detect a touch of alcohol at the finish.

M - Fairly heavy with medium carbonation.

D - A bit too rich for me to drink more than a couple. But it's an interesting beer.

gabe23, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of zdk9
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours out black with ruby highlights. The head is cocoa colored and bubbly, about a finger on this one. Barely any lacing, but there are a few spots here and there on the glass- better than malt liquor.

S- Caramel. vinous grape musk qualities (an overall sort of mustiness almost). Some hints of oxidation. Pretty weak smell.

T- Lots more flavor on the tongue than in the nose. Roasted husk, hints of wood smoke, powdery bittersweet chocolate (do they make bittersweet cocoa powder?)

M- Not a lot of body for 6.7abv. It's more of a light porter quality in the mouth feel.

D- I thought this one would do better as it warmed, but it did only slightly.

zdk9, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of becktone
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9-14-09

Eye: The label states it correctly...this one is mahogany in color. Its highlights are garnet, deep dark blood red. Head formation and retention are extremely weak. Definitely need help here. No nice creamy or foamy head, just some odd scattered large and oddly shaped bubbles that cling to the surface of the beer...It looks unattractive for a beer.

Nose: Weak aroma altogether. What I do get is a nutty and toasty aroma. Not much more than that, small amount of malt sweetness, and maybe some small amount of vanilla...more of a general vanilla, not strong like vanilla bean, but just hinting at vanilla. Pretty laid back and easy going...I'd like something a little more complex and robust, something a little more potent. I like what I smell but I'd just like more of it, more upfront...filling the room more.

Tongue: Nice malt backbone and nice hop profile to support it. Starts off with a sweet malt character, not too much malt though...with some fruitiness...followed by some of those grainy notes associated with munich malt, followed by some noble hop charcter. Fruitiness is much more of a character here than I expected, medium dark fruits, not as dark as rasins but semi dark. Getting some definite roasty grainy and sweet caramel notes, notes of vanilla too. Very lightly smoked/burnt notes combined with the roasty and toasty character. They all roll into one to create a very nice beer. This one works very well, a great beer. I can see myself coming back to this one. Very nice malt character, pretty much what I'm in the mood for when the fall comes round.

Edit: Yes, The more I'm drinking this the more I realize its slightly smoked. Not like a rauchbier though, no greasy bacon smoke...just woody smoke....

Feel and Drinkability: Meidum body with medium to medium high levels of fine carbonation. Immediate finish isn't dry, but after a min or two the mouth is fairly dry, the smokiness and roasty toasty notes settling in contributing to a drying effect. This is one I can see myself definitely buying again. A good beer and something that would definitely hit the spot as it gets cooler outside. I'll mostly likely pick up a sixer of this later this year.

becktone, Oct 28, 2009
Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.