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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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515 Ratings

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
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

21 IBU
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Ratings: 515 | Reviews: 205
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of uawildcat
3.64/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since this was one of the last fall beers available and I had yet to try it. I was surprised to see that this was a Brown Ale and not a Marzen or Octoberfest like so many others out there at this time of the year. While this was flat and reminded me a bit of what a plum soda would taste like, this was a decent beer for the season and more full-bodied than I expected.

This poured nice and dark with a hue and smell of molasses. The carbonation wasn't a factor here but the full-bodied nature of this beer more than made up for it. There were also notes of caramel, dark fruit, and some smoke and even though this was malty, there was just a bit of a hop kick to the taste. This wasn't sticky like some other Brown Ales that I've had and this almost reminded me of a good pumpernickel bread in terms of how filling it was!

There could have been a bit less alcohol in this but it wasn't that detectable and on a nice fall day, I could see myself having more than one in a sitting. Like the other Breckenridge beers that I've had, this isn't award-winning but instead, is highly drinkable and a good example of it's particular style. This is a welcome change from the other Fall beers that seem alike after a while!

Photo of seesnow3
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness, Bruges glass, $2.49/bottle in RI
Pour-Dark brown pour that is slightly translucent, hard to coax a head out of it, but it just fades either way, sheet of lacing that is tiny bubbles.

Nose-Caramel malts and yeasty breadiness. Hint of spice? Some dark subdued fruit, unsure what it is.

Palate-Mostly sour with a good amount of bitter as well. Very little sweetness, a little bit salty. The main note I get is coffee and roasted malt. Chocolate makes an appearance, I feel like there’s a hint of spice here but it’s hard to determine what type. Maybe black pepper? Doesn’t scream fall to me.

Body-Moderately rich and creamy, sort of heavy but not excessive, enough effervescence, not too bad, actually a bite from it. Slightly dry finish. This is not really good, but it isn’t bad either. It lacks complexity but it has decent drinkability. Definitely not a session beer but it hides its’ alcohol pretty well. Also holds the effervescence fairly well. Not a fan of it for the price point is all.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

full bodied and delicious this dark brown ale pours a sturdy black color with almost no head. nose as dark roast coffee, candied sugars, mild alcohol, and fall leaves. quick crisp finish and a big bad body, this is perfect for the season. the lack of carbonation doesn't hurt it, as this beer gets better and better as it warms, mellowing out with a little alcohol tinge at the end. not a typical brown ale, definitely not a porter, this autumn ale is a great evening sipper. one of the better breck brews

Photo of ronniebruner
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep,amber color, and settles fast with minimal foam and lace. The aroma is a bit of smoky wood and malty hops. The beer settles with just the right amount of carbonation and leaves a nice aftertaste in the mouth. Breckenridge is surely becoming one of the best American breweries.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – fairly dark when it settles, but pours a bit more of a dark brown. Very little foam, which even still dissipates quickly.

Smell – the Munich malts that the label proposes is most prevalent in the aroma. After that, there’s a general smoky type of quality to the smell.

Taste – malty in the taste as well, at least at first, but then it quickly transitions into an interestingly bitter taste, but not extremely bitter. It has a darker quality to the taste in general, kinda like what you might find in a porter. Dark, but without the depth of Mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel – speaking of that, the Mouthfeel is in itself pretty light, leaning more on the watery side, but not much more over. I usually prefer a better balance, but I think it works well for this brew.

Overall – very good and interesting brew!

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Deep mahogany color; 1/2-finger head that quickly dissipates.
S: Nutty with roasted malts. Coffee and light hops as well.
T: Caramel, coffee, nuts, and toasted malt. Rich and tasty.
M: Medium-bodied. Round but perhaps a bit thin given how rich the palate is. Pleasant overall.
O: I enjoyed this. Rich and tasty. It's drinking very well on an October day with football on the tv.

Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice off white head that sticks around. The smell is mostly malty with some subtle smokiness, could be some sweet notes as well. The flavor starts with the smoke, and then the malt dominates throughout. The finish is somewhat harsh on the palette, the malt and a subtle sweet sticks around through the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a medium light, this could have a better mouthfeel, a bit thin. Overall an enjoyable beer, good flavor, a few improvements would make this one a much better beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich mahogany color with a fizzy, light brown head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts and a bit of coffee.

Tastes of mostly malts with a bit of hops on the end. Notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and some graininess lead off. Touches of fruit sweetness come in along with some nuttiness. Earthy hops add at the end, but do not make much of an impression. There is a also some sourness throughout, but it reminds me of french press coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly fizzy amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing spectacular, but it is something non-offensive that could be used to help bridge the gap from mainstream beers.

Photo of langm12
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Mahogany pour, bit of red on the edges. Small frothy cap with minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malts dominate the nose. little bit of coffee and grassy hops.

T - Malt dominates. Caramel, roasted nuts, hint of coffee. Hops flash quickly but fade fast.

M - Light to medium. Bit more carbonation than expecting.

O - A bit too watery and carbonated. Smell and taste is a bit muddled. Nothing remarkable about this one.

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

Dark brown with mahogany highlights, good cap of khaki froth, little lacing. Scent is dominated by heavy, lightly sweet caramel with notes of grassy and earthy hops, light metallic off note. Taste is heavy on the malts, mostly caramel, some nutty and bready notes, hops in check as their earthiness is only present in flashes, again with a lightly metallic and earthy mud taste. Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated. Did not impress with muddled nose and flavor components.

Photo of DavidST
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a very dark brown, almost a black color with an okay tan head which quickly goes away. The smells are of mostly malts, not getting the hops. The feel is somewhat light and watery. The taste is okay, a little bit of the malts, some coffee and some nuts and grain, but overall its a little thin and slightly disappointing, it sure looked pretty good though.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow 6.7%? It's like a fall warmer (like a winter warmer)

A - Pours very dark with only the slightest bit of light giving it an almost root beer like quality of color. Head is very creamy with sticky lacing.

S - Mostly malt driven, can't smell any "Bavarian Hops" Notes of very sweet caramel and toasted nuts.

T - Tastes pretty good but could use a touch more hops. The flavor is malty but not incredibly sweet. The finish is the best part where the toasted nut flavors give it a great taste. Not bad.

M - Not enough to "warm the soul" but very good for a brown ale. Medium bodied.

Overall I got this expecting just another Oktoberfest but got a very smooth brown ale with toasted nut flavors. Not a bad beer at all.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darkest rootbeer with no light coming through and a muddy meringue on top... Light tasty malts on the nose, nothing else. The flavor is slightly sweet, with a white sugar sweetness, and a little toasted malt base. Sugar turns brown as it warms. Medium light body with some baby carbonation.
Flavor of a sessionable brown with a little bit of booze.

With almost every Breck beer I've had I just wish it was stronger, bigger. Stronger nose/more diverse flavors/more forward flavors would make these beers much more memorable. This beer fits this impression as well. Too bad.

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and a slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, a good, session-able brown.

Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Ale poured into a pint glass with a very dark brown body, almost black. The head fails to even form to a finger in size. A small ring forms aroud the edges. Some spots of lace.

S- Faint aroma with an overall brown ale malty feel. Nutty, caramel and slightly roast malt notes.

T- Just feels a bit thin flavored for a brown ale. Malt lends notes of nuts, grain, roast hints and caramel. Dark fruit has a significant presence and the beer is also slightly buttery. Slight earthy hop finish. Becomes a bit "off" with medicinal fruit.

MF- Rich and silky moderately thick body with a creamy feel. Just a but warm and bitter.

Just feels a it watered down or something compared to most good Brown Ales. The flavors are there but it doesn't balance out to something I would really buy again.

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American Brown or Munich Dunkel? Hard to say...

Into a tulip it first appears jet black, though when held to the light you can see a glint of smoky dark ruby, that becomes fully crimson when backlit. Fluffy, sticky cap of foam, billowing above the rim of the glass, forming peaks and crags as it slowly settles. Excellent retention, with a sticky sheet of lace that adheres inside the glass.

Nutty malty aroma, dry roasted almonds, tobacco.

Malty and lightly sweet, finishing somewhat dry. Toasty with a bit of malt complexity, little to no bitterness. Fairly straightforward and tasty, though the body is a little thin, supporting the Munich Dunkel theory. Ok, would drink again. Not reinventing the wheel, but not every beer needs to.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich mahogany colored ale. On the pour it produced a small tan head, fades to surface lace inside a foam collor. Carbonation was about average.

Aroma is of roasted malts with some toffee .

Taste is rich, roasted malts. There are sutle notes of toffee and vanilla too. Also, towards the end some hops and biscuits pull through. At the end a slight molasses nuiance.

A rather full bodied brew thats smooth and sweet upfront and ends a bit dry.

Drinks well. At first I thought brown but I do believe this most resembles an old ale.
What ever it is its perfect for the fall.

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A half finger head that was out the door before ever removing its coat. Color is a deep brown, opaque but not at all cloudy. Just deep.

S - Caramel malt and honey seem predominant, with perhaps a bit of fig or raisin.

T - Quite the warming brew. Dark bread notes carry in the sweeter caramel malt. The malt profile is toasty, with a subtle bit of wintery spices like nutmeg. Nothing about this beer is overpowering, which is nice. I’ve had a few malty flavor bombs when it comes to Oktoberfest and autumnal seasonals. This one has a bit of hop bitterness, but finishes sweet.

M - Perhaps on the thinner side, but it works. Breckenridge seems to aim for refreshing brews, nothing that could be in any regard “heavy.”

Overall - I purchased this in a mixed sixer, setting out on a search to find a good autumn beer. With so many pumpkin offerings and obnoxious orange labels, it can be overwhelming. This, though, is a good start. While perhaps not the best out there, it’s a very calm beer. It’s in no way gimmicky, nor is it reaching for a style outside the brewery’s comfort zone. A solid beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another pretty average beer from Breckenridge. I keep hoping one of their beers will hit the spot, but really I haven't found one yet with the possible exception of the 471 IPA. This one pours a very dark brown, but with just the faintest head. Fairly roasty in the nose with a hint of cocoa powder, and some gentle malt. A little thin in flavor, especially upfront, but the finish delivers some more of that same moderate roastiness and dusty cocoa. Not a lot of depth, but pleasant enough, I guess. Also relatively gentle in the mouth with a soft finish. Certainly drinkable, but not moreish.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. There is a code stamped on the neck.

Pours a deep, garnet-brown. Tan head, looks nice. Smell is a smooth, malty excursion. Taste holds less promise. Roasted, but the malt falls & feels way too flat. The hops are almost an afterthought, laying low on the back end. Finishes watery. But a looker..

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