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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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448 Ratings

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 23 | 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 ClockworkOrange
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug. The ale appears a clear dark amber color with about a finger of quickly fading off white foam. Average looking. Nose and flavor are of lightly toasted earthy grains, mild caramel, slightly nutty, some chocolate, a bit spicy. An old ale shouldn't have such a thin body. Not too sure I'll be looking forward to this one again come fall.

ClockworkOrange, May 27, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this one before and this time it didn't seem nearly as good as I remember it. Pours a medium to light brown-ish color with a light sandy head that faded fairly fast. Smelled nutty, roasty. Tasted nutty with some carmel or toffee in there. Mouth feel was medium fairly watery end. decent beer but I probably won't buy it again.

mugglesandhops, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark caramel cola colored body with a rich forming tan head flows thick with a nice lace that sticks to the glass evenly with much intricacy. Aromatics offer up somewhat mint like edge black licorice chocolate with spiced bread dough blends of this seasons offerings. Flavor has yeast driven mild chocolate with herbal qualities that result in sweet cloying tones at times, with fruit accents and mineral water hardness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation, definitely soothing on the palate. Drinkability does me alright with festive qualities of a winter warmer/old ale this one hits early in the fall not bad at all that bad and even a nice mix up from the typical O fest of the season.

WVbeergeek, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of stockingcpl
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Well, I have to agree with Joe os this one. It is indeed a deep mahogany color, but I was not impressed with either the head or that lack of carbonation or the lack of lacings. This beer, after about two minutes, looks like a flat Pepsi that has been left out for a couple hours. Not very impressive.

Smell: This looks to be another poor score. The aroma is very thin. Not much body. There is a faint cocoa aroma & maybe a little allspice thrown in. Not very impressive.

Taste: Ok, there is a little something here in this category. Toasted grain is the predominant peak during onset. Midrange taste is dominated by Munich hops...that's good. Sustain is carried by Cascade hops (I believe). Not too strong but with moderate attenuation which tapers of after about 20 seconds or so. Pretty good job here.

Mouthfeel: Generally the flavor character would give this brew a good score, however the lack of carbonation hurts this selection. There is perhaps 3/4 carbonation unit here. Not very much.

Drinkability: This is a fairly subjective score. It is always kind of an "overall impression", however I'm going to hold myself to the principal of,"do you want another?" Well, in this situation the answer would be no...

stockingcpl, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

This Breckenridge seasonal release was sent to me last week in another great trade with BitterBill, thanks again Bill! This Autumn Ale pours the darkest of browns and comes in just a couple shades short of black. Mahogany highlights run up the sides of the glass and across the bottom when backlit. I had to pour a little harder than normal to conjure up a fingers worth of ecru foam that fell to a skim coat quickly with a solid ring around the glass. The ring left behind a few spots of thin patchy lacing.

This beer brings along some toasty malts the second my nose drops into the glass with a little dirt and earthiness close behind. There's really not a whole lot of aroma coming from this beer. If I try really hard I'm able to pull out a quick flash of vanilla but that may just be my mind playing tricks on me. Moderate spicy hops bring up the rear and are joined by a touch of alcohol. The overall aroma isn't bad but actually smells a little thin.

Caramel and toasted grains rule the roost when it comes to the flavor of this beer. The earthiness is there but muted and confined to the background. There is actually some of the vanilla in here helping to round things out. Those spicy noble hops come along on the finish with the quick flash of clean alcohol on the swallow. This is certainly a malt driven beer but I wouldn't put it in the same category as old ales, it reminds me more of a brown ale.

The mouthfeel fits the flavors of this beer nicely. The body is moderately thick and creamy while the density is on the lighter side of heavy. A few barely noticeable alcohol fumes rise through the nose and out the mouth.

This glass went down easy enough and if I had another I'd probably open it up right now too. I'd pick this up each year for a drink.

This isn't the best of old ales, or much of an old ale at all really, but it's a solid beer from a solid brewery. Thanks again for another great box with plenty of new beer Bill!

joe1510, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- poured this dark brown opaque monster into a duvel tulip expecting something quite different. looks almost like a porter except for the light ecru colored craterous swiss cheese head and certain lack of viscosity. not a glimmer of light shines through but if it did, i assume it would take on a reddish hue. nice fingers of drippy lace attach themselves as the thing shrinks down leaving me with a crescent moon shadow of creamy thick foam. for an old ale, i don't know, but it sure looks good enough.

S- strange 'old' smell. basement? dust? cobwebs? old stone cellar, dirty metallic water that comes out of the taps after they drain neighborhood fire hydrants. alcoholic esters like a cheap whiskey and something strangely floral come through as my nose digs into the glass. the 'old' smell is unmistakable, like old photos in my grandmother's attic, and regardless of what it is, it seems to overtake the other aromas in a sort of kingly fashion. this tones down as it warms allowing some fruity munich malt and a tiny bit of chocolate and coffee come through.

T- old taste as well only more metallic and mineral water. oddly lactic-type tart as well, in the guise of dark berries, black pepper, and plum, similar to a run of the mill shiraz wine. flavors are diluted if served too cold and before i could gain a full appreciation for the malt here i had to let her sit awhile. blackberry, black cherry, and dark chocolate fall into place with some earthy yeast flavors, still retaining this taste of old basement but not really in a bad way. taste of dry stale chocolate is prevalent throughout, increasing as it warms, meeting up with a lightly bitter herbal hop note near the end. finish is very much like a fruit stem, green and clorophyll, like chewing on the seed stem of a grass, old farm style. traces of roasted grain remain with a soft date fruitiness. nicely complex, despite style guidelines.

MF- medium carbonation and a sweet/sour feeling confuse the palate until it levels out into a chalky light porter feel. not syrupy, even as it warms, like a schwarzbier it's incredible how something so dark can remain so 'thin', more or less.

D- gaining a recent HUGE respect for oktoberfest beer, i could hardly appreciate this as a 'fresh take' on the style. as an old ale, it is to me undoubtedly american, a nice flavorful beer, just lacking that authentic taste that really makes a quality english ale, as that is clearly what this one lays its foundation upon. munich malts and one noble hop if you will, but this is no more an oktoberfest than the milk i dunk my cookies in.

hustlesworth, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of kgotcher
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A dark pour with thin brown head. Big roasted malt aroma with coffee and toast with some sweet hints of caramel and dark fruit with some vanilla.

I would call this a porter but old ale also seems appropriate due to the extra sweetness not common with the porter.

Flavor is nice with balance of sweet, roasted and bitter with a hit of vanilla in the finish.

Mouthfeel is okay but with a strange carbonated feel that leads to a dry finish that I did not expect.

Quite drinkable for a heavier ale though it is not really that heavy.

kgotcher, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a dark mahogany color with a one and a half inch light tan head. Decent lacing.

At first the aroma smells like an Oktoberfest - sweet and toasty Munich malts. With a heavier sniff the aromas become a bit more raisiny.

The taste is very mild overall but it starts out with a bit of caramel sweetness then a bit of tart cherry in the middle with a touch of raisin. Finishes with an earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat chewy, with a good level of carbonation.

I just didn't enjoy this one that much. There just wasn't much going on with the flavor that I enjoyed.

roadhouse, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The label says it's deep mahogany, so I'll go with that. There's a good 1 finger head of foam and lots of lacing.

The smell is very light. Some bready malt and some roasted malt with a light touch of chocolate.

The taste is the same as the smell. Light note of chocolate, stronger notes of roasted malt and bread and a slight astrigency right before the finish. It has flavour, for sure, but what's there doesn't appeal to me all that much. Hey, that happens from time to time...;^)

It has a good medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is on the light side of medium.

Bottom line: It's worth a try but it's not something that exactly grabs your attention.

Bitterbill, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance - Very dark. Somewhere between a dunkel and a stout. Deep Amber hue when held to the light. I was very surprised how dark it was. Tan head looks great at first but drops to a film in a few minutes. Just a bit of lacing.

Smell - Breadiness, roasted malt, with a bit of funk. Old wood like smell. Slight alcohol smell.

Taste - Coffee carmel notes, balanced finish. Touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Slightly heavy but doable.

Overall this was an ok brew. The bottle reads "After Rankin' Autumn Ale." Doesn't really have a refreshing quality...more of a warming quality. A nice change from some of the fall brews.

rkinsella, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of brandoneast
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark brown that is translucent to opaque with ruby highlights that holds a tan ecru head that sticks around with sticky lacing. Nose is molasses and chocolate malt with a subtle nuttiness. Taste is a bit complex of toasted almonds and dark fruits like sugar plums and raisins which yields an alcohol warmth and low carbonation perfect for cozy, crisp evenings. I suggest this brew as a digestive - don't let this beer be the only one for the evening as it is not sessional, leaving lackluster and wanting to quaff something less heavy.

brandoneast, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of kylephillips
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle in pint glass

Extremely dark red brown in color, near opaque but not quite. Creamy tan head that doesn't last long at all, but excellent lacing clings to inside of glass.

Sweet smelling with rich malty flavors, very breadlike. A hint of chocolate. Just a bit of roastiness, almost reminds me of a roasted marshmallow.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are average, which works well with this type of beer. Flavor is not completely overwhelming, as nothing really stands out. Initial flavor is sweet, aftertaste is very grainlike, almost a little sourish on the tongue.

Drinkabity is decent but nothing special.

kylephillips, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is nutty malts with a little alcohol and some molasses.

The flavor is some sweet nutty malts and cola with a lightly bitter crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not terribly interesting, but an enjoyable brew.

Beaver13, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a deep brown, almost black, body with a 1/2 finger tan head that quickly dropped to a light lace. While there was some good stick initially, most of it slid down the glass before it could hang around too long.

S- Very malty and sweet. It had something of a fotified wine aroma with raisin-like tones and a hint of alcohol.

T- There were more maly characteristics in the flavor. It tasted like a combination of bitter chocolate and rasin-like flavors.

M- Pretty smooth. Medium to thick viscosity with a slight tingle and medium-light carbonation.

D- It's a pretty decent drinker THe full flavor may lend itself to being more of a late fall sipper in the cooler weather.

GRPunk, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very, very dark brown color with a half-finger off-white head that soon dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells alright. At first there's a huge metallic aroma, but as it warms it gets better. There's a slightly sour malt aroma that gets sweeter as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A metallic taste overpowers everything for the first few sips, then goes away to make room for malty flavors. There's a mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's kind of thin, but the carbonation is at a good level. Could be a bit smoother.

Drinkability is good. Nothing stands out, but nothing is unsavory except for the metallic taste and smell in the beginning.

Overall this was an alright beer but I won't be buying it again anytime soon.

glid02, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of tedsox31
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark red, and there is a tan head with minimal lacing.

Smell is of malts, caramel, a tad of hops. Nothing too exciting for me here.

Taste is a nice balance of sweet and hoppy. There is a sweet taste at the beginning which is followed by a lingering hops. Possibly a touch of chocolate in there as well.

Mouthfeel has a creaminess to it, but is overall thin. There is a goodly amount of carbonation as well.

A drinkable beer. I'm not super-impressed by it, but it's good. The taste is such that one would be able to have a couple or even a few in a sitting.

tedsox31, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of elniko
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep opaque ruby brown bordering on black. Very little head or lacing. Not the best looking brew.

S: Very peculiar smell, mostly roasty smoky tones.

T & M: Taste has coffee tones with a mix of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Strange balance. Almost porter like but without the creamy textures.

D: I felt very eh when it came to this brew. I can't say I enjoyed it much at all.

elniko, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of lastdoctor
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very dark. Reminds me of root beer. One finger of head is all I got.

Smells of roasted barley and burnt coffee. Pretty strong.

Taste's like a cross between day old coffee and a average stout. It's certainly not a great beer. Finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel could surely be better. Fairly thin and fizzy.

Not sure I could drink more than one of these. I'll make it through this six pack, but I don't believe I'll buy it again.

lastdoctor, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Domingo, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of xare
1.8/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

xare, Mar 29, 2008
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.

jackorain, Mar 01, 2008
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.

yemenmocha, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of nvsblman
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

nvsblman, Jan 05, 2008
Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.