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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | 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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Vancer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

VERY surprising brew, expected a fall Oktoberfest type brew, got a deep basting mahogany brown/black winter warmer. Very tasty, full of malt, nuts, toasted grain, and a deep sour ale taste. Lots of pouter similarities.

Plenty of tan lacing, deep and rich. Geez, how the hell did I find a bottle at Corral Liquors?

Yep, checked their webpage ; that’s what I had – I would recommend this in a hearbeat. Very nice fall/winter warmer. I’d luv to have a couple more.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 01:36:04 | More by Vancer
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I picked this autumn ale, during the summer. Poured a dark mahogany red, brown color. Good clarity and decent head. Though the foam lasted there really wasn’t much lacing.

The smell is malty, with some toasted and limited roasted malt aromas. Some syrupy notes with more of a brown sugar essence. A touch of maple notes as well.

The taste is malty with some nice phenolic characteristics. The malt has a good flavor with roasted and some nutty flavors that mix well. The taste isn’t really astringent though. Some plum and raisin flavors that mellow and balance out the beer. At the end is an almost lactic flavor but suble. Flavor is very good.

There is a lighter note in body with some wispy flavors. Very light for an old ale but good overall. Really feels like a light porter but still good, no matter what the season is.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 03:37:20 | More by Oxymoron
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some deep amber highlights. Large amounts of dirty tan head are formed and have no trouble keeping up. Aromas of slightly roasty malts, spices, light floral hops, and malty sweetness abound. Body is kinda weird as the carbonation is low but it finishes rather dry. Flavor is remeniscent of most winter ales with a medium brown type roastiness and some spicy finish. It is certainly easily drinkable, but I'm not sure I would be interested in several, where it would get dull quickly. Look forward to trying this when the cooler weather hits.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 17:25:01 | More by dreadnatty08
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Black crown cap with a back-2-back double BB and the words Breckenridge Brewery sits atop a standard looking 12 ounce brown bottle. 180° half neck label advertises ‘Breckenridge Brewery Fine Colorado Ales”. The main label is different to that one shown on BA, the one I have is a mixture of Autumnal browns, dark yellows and oranges. The design is old style; at the top it has the words ‘It’s Special’ in an autumn orange oval. Lists the brew as ‘Autumn Ale – Munich Malts & Bavaria Malts – Deep Mahogany Fall Seasonal Ale’. No strength listed and the Bottled On numbers on the left hand side are not nicked.

Appearance: A very dark brown-black body that looks murky but it is hard to tell. Soft tan brown head quickly breaks to leave a very thin broken covering and a ¼” thick stiff halo ring around the edge. No lacing. Looks a little flat but a gentle swirl reveals medium conditioning which rises quickly.

Nose: Very light, I struggled to dissect this one to be honest. Hard concentration reveals a nutty caramel aroma with some cooking chocolate.

Taste: Tastes are very much what I got from the nose, but in greater strength and with a little more complexity. Toasted malts with a bitter dark chocolate middle, the finish has some caramel and a nice roasted nutty swirl.

Mouthfeel: A little thin at first, but the high levels of dissolved carbonation lend solid support. The conditioning disperses the flavors with ease, so the finish is very nice, dark and bitter.

Drinkability: The low key mouthfeel and the nice broad spectrum of tastes all contribute to an easy going Autumn Seasonal. I have to say though that the quoted 6.7% strength is nowhere to be found, felt more like say 5% to me.

Overall: Apart from the rather staid nose this one is a highly enjoyable brew, I am wondering now if I should have let it warm up a little, but it’s too good to leave lying around. Next time LOL.

A Leaf Rakin’ Autumnal Thanks to BigHuge for this easy going Seasonal Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 22:42:57 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into traditional pint glass. Bottle promises that this brew "warms the soul, sooths the spirit."

A - Pours a deep, dark mahogany that is not cloudy at all. Light tan head is decent, maybe 1/3 inch. Head is slightly rocky yet fades quickly.

S - Definitely dominated by the dark roasted malts, with a bit of a nutty scent (smell gets much more pronounced as the beer warms).

T - No big surprises here as its very similar to the smell. No bitterness at all, fairly sweet.

M - Smooth and creamy yet nice and light for such a dark looking beer.

D - Very drinkable. Not one to ponder over, but very enjoyable in its own way. Kudos to Breck for trying something different than the usual Oktoberfest seasonal brews. A nice transition into winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 20:44:33 | More by gmcfarre
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice effort...perhaps their best beer...a little light in the shorts for an old ale but very drinkable and tasty.

Pours a dark brown color...tan head....nose is outstanding...sweet malt and nuts, perhaps a hint of vanilla....body is medium at best...smooth, creamy.

Nice sweet malt taste...has just a little booze to it....reminds me a little of bock crossed with a nut brown ale....

Whatever the case this is the type of beer that will short if you sit and analyze the hell out of it but if you just drink it and enjoy it you will love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 04:38:47 | More by ZAP
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Deep burgandy tone. Thin beige head. Lace is sparse, but overall, the appearance is good. On the nose: Nice toasted malts, nuttiness and caramel character. Nice. The palate continues this theme. The flavor is nutty, pretty thick with malts, bready and sweet. Almost like a bock in nature, but not exactly. Good nonetheless. The body is full and rournded. Pretty much everything about this beer is good.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 02:46:17 | More by Bighuge
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first of all...this is not a marzen or an oktoberfest in any manner....

pours out a deep mahoghany colour with crimson edges...little head and lace. aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, and other rich sugary beer related goodies. upon first taste...i'm taken aback by the unabashedly malty flavours....like the x-mas ale with an autumn twist. brown sugar, toffee and cookie dough twisted with a dark choco and caramel surprise. alcohol is present, with a peppery tone...brandy and bourbon come to mind. lots of flavour for the uninitated at this attempt at an "autumn ale". the yeast flavours hint belgian; which complicate the picture...mouthfeel is a bit thin...which slights the body of this concoction somewhat. finishes hastily metallic with residual sweetness. a confounding brew with enough alcohol, flavour and substance to satisfy any "autumn ale" drinker.

i like this ale...it's flavourful and daring. not something one would appreciate at the end of september but perhaps a fine brew come thanksgiving. i'd like to see how this one would cellar.

i'd label it a "Late Autumn Ale." very late.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 01:40:32 | More by budgood1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the label, "It's special" in an oval, above the rest of the design with Autumn in a bedangled banner, and Ale in a circle surrounded by leaves. Just above the word Autumn, the phrase, "After Rakin'"...so there we have it, this is Breck's autumnal answer to the summertime "lawnmower beer."

Deep dark brown color, thick and cloudy, with a slim, cocoa-tan head above.

Aroma is nutty and sweet, caramel toned, with whispering hints of maple, with the ghost of whiskey underneath.

Climbs on board the palate assuredly and spares no time in lounging around the mouth. Slightly Chewy mouthfeel, flavors of nuts and maple, cocoa, spices...but very mildly pronounced. Fuller bodied, but not so substantial. Warm and tasty, though. Peppery, malty finish.

Put short, a nice transitional ale, as we regrettably leave summer behind and embrace richer, darker tastes, ....it's already chilly out, and October looms overhead. This is a nice, easy drinking ale, and very welcome in my glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 02:07:07 | More by feloniousmonk
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Gruntlumber

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the true Oktoberfest style, but that doesn't stop me from buying all that is available each year. It just seems like the right thing to do. Although this is not labeled as Oktoberfest, I was expecting it to be. As soon as I poured it, though, I knew it wasn't. Deep, dark mahogany color and commanding malt aroma. I love the uniqueness of this brew, with slightly sweet caramel notes balanced with toasted nut flavors. Hops hide in the background for the most part. I'm surprised at some of the tough reviews on this one; I think it makes for a remarkable transition to the forthcoming winter season.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 15:33:15 | More by Gruntlumber
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sure is a healthy color, dark brown and as dark as a Guinness pub can (not that's a huge thing these days). One quarter inch head starts to fade in less than a minute. Spread-out punctuation mark laces. Mainly malty aroma, cinnamon toast seems to be most predominant. Mouthfeel strays, not thin but almost soupy or like a thin stew, with lower carbonation. The flavor profile rings mostly malt (not much to pick out in hops), but its muddled and dishwater-like with initial molasses but also with cardboard back tastes that don't work for me. Solid enough to hold on to this profile without any fade, it doesn't go anywhere that nice or interesting however. What's there is tepid (especially for a brew that could be classed as an Old Ale) and not that good tasting, at least IMO...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 23:50:25 | More by ADR
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What kind of beer is this wacky stuff? Old Ale? Sure. Dark maroon colored body, you can only see through at the bottom of the glass. Head is off-white, small off the pour, and fades to a small film of foam. Head is dark roasty malts, slight acidity. Taste is relatively bland, like a watered down, underpowered porter in most respects. Undercarbonated body, very thin. This beer was off in almost every respect, although I am appreciateive of the effort from Breckenridge to try something new.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 02:08:43 | More by TastyTaste
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hero27

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ended up buying a case of this stuff at my local beer store because they were selling the last 4 sixers for $3 each. I couldn't pass a deal like that up.
Pours a deep, reddish brown color with a relatively average, light tan head. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass, at best. Smell is rather strong and of roasted grains, chocolate, and fruit. The taste is a bit off. Astringent tastes up-front of raisins, cranberries, and assorted fruits...roasted chocolately malts in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation..relatively smooth also. Very drinkable and at nearly 7% abv, this could catch up on you pretty quick. Overall, it's a fall seasonal that's worth a try, but nothing to get too excited about.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 02:29:57 | More by hero27
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maxpower

Missouri

2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark reddish brown color with a small off white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing either. Rotten vegatable herbal aromas, some chocolate caramel flavors a bit on the bland side, medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry. I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 18:36:15 | More by maxpower
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marc77

California

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Crystal clear deep garnet hue. Thin, but persistent light beige head leaves sparse lace. Softly toasted malt with subtle hints of roasted grain, bolstered by a sweet, dark toffee undertone in aroma. Slightly raisin like, dark lovibond caramel dominates the flavor profile, due to the meager hop bitterness. Understated herbal hop flavor. Very clean, surprisingly lager like crispness allows Munich malt to add a sweetly toasty contrast. Mellow hints of roasted nutty melanoidins. A touch thin in body, and lacks sufficient dextrins and viscosity to support the overall malt sweetness. Finishes squeaky clean, with fading hints of sweetened biscuit. Immaculately crafted, but understated to the point of being lackluster. Somewhat dangerously quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2003 11:37:52 | More by marc77
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Pretty color but not much going on in the flavor. I found it neither malty nor hoppy. It was not as good as their Christmas seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 09:53:46 | More by Dogbrick
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Pours a dark but quite clear mahogony brown. Modest off-white head, moderate amount of carbonation, thick and sticky lace throughly coats the glass. Sweet caramel aroma with nutty notes and mild hints of alcohol. In general, the aroma is quite appealing. Taste begins with dark toasted malts, followed by nutty flavors, then bitter chocolate notes and warming alcohol. Hops are present towards the end of the taste, but are quite mild. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. As a fall seasonal, this beer will probably be compared to Oktoberfest brews - which it is not. Nonetheless, it stands well on its own merits.

Package reviewed is a 12 oz brown glass longneck with the familiar town scene on the front label, label background is pumpkin orange. Freshness date on rear label.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2002 19:07:59 | More by Pegasus
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