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Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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399 Ratings

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | 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 weeare138


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark brown with crimson edges when held to the light. The small, tan head slowly fades out. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is caramel, roasted nuts, toffee, mild cocoa, and a touch of graininess.
Taste echoes the aromas with more of a citrusy, floral flavor coming through with a fair share of hopping.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet of toffee, along with a nutty, grainy, mildly bitter finish.

09-18-2007 15:18:49 | More by weeare138
Photo of BEERchitect


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

So, is Autumn-Warmer going to be an upcomming catagory? It's not quite a harvest ale because of the moderate hopping (not highly hopped). Not quite a winter warmer (not spicy or the right season). What the beer is, is a really nice non-Oktoberfest Fall-type beer. Quite reminescent of Scottish ales, but light on the peat-smoked malts, but on target with the deep malt profile, toffee / cocoa hints, and moderately high malty texture. Medium hops certainly off-set the sweetness, while adding a mild grassy, piney flavor. Fermentation spices and lactose-like sweetness add character and smoothness. Lingers with a hint of toasty sweetness and hop bittering. Another high quality, well balanced brew from Breckenridge.

09-16-2007 18:18:47 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of kimcgolf


3.33/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a bottle to a dark brown with medium tan head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Even though I had this Octoberfest beer in March, it was still fresh. Aroma was roasted mnuts and coffee, with a hint of malty swetness. Body was thick and flavor more of the nutty-coffee-toffee line. Alcohol crept in very quietly, but added a nice touch to the flavor at mid-glass. Finish was not overwhelming, but somehwat smooth and warming.

A good Autumn beer.

04-06-2007 12:46:22 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

What better day to drink Autumn Ale than when it's -6 degrees with a -19 degree wind chill? The label says this beer warms the soul. I hope that it warms the body as well.

Dark brown that becomes darkest russet when backlit. It looks like the chocolate malt and roasted barley were put to good use. The head looks like the inside of a Three Musketeers candy bar, both in terms of color and texture. Sheets of shotgun-riddled lace grace the glass and add visual interest to an already good looking ale.

Where oh where have the chocolate and roasted malts gone? The nose would suggest that nothing darker than Munich malt (the third member of the malt bill, along with pale malt) has been used. The beer is sour fruity and smells nothing like an old ale as far as I'm concerned. Speaking of concerned, I'm now concerned about how good Autumn Ale is going to be. And the answer is...

... not very. That isn't strictly true, but it is a letdown since it still doesn't taste much like an old ale. It tastes like a cross between a porter and an Oktoberfest; more the former than the latter. Sour, dark fruit leads the way; with earthy, dark caramel-coated Munich malt not far behind. It's an odd conglomeration of flavors that doesn't really work.

I'll say one thing for this Breckenridge seasonal, it's an original take on the style. Trouble is, originality is only worth so much and is far down the list from a whole host of things, not the least of which is enjoyable flavor. Warming increases flavor intensity, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

The mouthfeel is fine for a porter, good even, but lacking for the stated style. I've decided to give it the benefit of the doubt since it's one of the beer's best attributes. More viscosity would be great though.

Breckenridge Autumn Ale has failed to warm my body (a minimum of 8% is required for that) and it certainly hasn't warmed my soul. It doesn't remind me of Autumn and it isn't much of an old ale. What's left? A crazy patchwork of a beer that doesn't fit comfortably into any one style, but that is, nevertheless, drinkable in a 'low expectations' kind of way. A better old ale shouldn't be that hard to come by.

01-16-2007 15:01:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of pmcadamis


4.47/5  rDev +24.9%

A - Dark brown bordering on black ale with chestnut highlights that appear almost purple at times. A thick tan one finger head gets off to a promising start, and then fades quickly to a bubbly collar. A swirl brings back one finger, but then it goes away again....this head is playing peek-a-boo. Lots of really nice lacing going on here.

S - Roasty, rich, and complex scents of firewood and roasted grain. Remeniscent of burining leaves in autumn. Chicory almost in it's bitter characteristics, but also smooth and somewhat chocolatey underneath.

T - Deliciously earthy and roasty, but very smooth at the same time. Sweet and well balanced in it's malt characteristics, it's slightly bitter but never overwhelmes the palate. Hops provide a nice sharp edge to contrast the round roasty malt.

M - Full bodied, nicely carbonated, slightly chalky in the middle and somewhat dry at the finish.

D - Superb. This stuff is very complex and interesting, but the nice thing about it is that it's very well balanced, and none of those interesting qualities ever become annoying or overbearing.

This is my first experience with an old ale, and if this is any indication of what the style is supposed to be like....sign me up for more of this!

11-22-2006 05:35:41 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Sampled at the flying saucer while using their Wi-Fi. What a deal, eh?

Poured a clear chestnut brown color with a lasting 1/8" of tan foam. The head really stuck around and left a bit of lacing on the glass when swirling the beer.

The aroma is subtle with some dark caramel and a subtle roast. There is some notable British style hops here that add a pleasant note to the aroma. Along with the caramel, there is a noticeable fruitiness here that reminds me of cherries.

The flavor is totally malty and I am surprised that I got much hops in the nose at all. They only become noticeable late after the sip. There is a defined raisin even prune like flavor that is a pretty big player in the overall flavor of the beer initially. Late in the finish there is a subtle spiciness that starts to challenge the sweet malt and this leads into the hops starting to contribute in the finish also. The finish is really pretty neutral and just leaves you a bit of hops and sweetness to linger with a subtle spice.

This is a pretty decent beer. I personally prefer the likes of Avery's Old Jubilation when drinking this class of beer. I would drink this beer again, but there really isn't all that much to set it apart.

11-08-2006 21:42:23 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of zeff80


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Pours out a deep black color with a one finger head. It leaves a little lacing.

S - Very malty smell. Roasted aromas, as well.

T - It tastes of coffee and roasted malt. It has a nice bitter quality, too.

M - It is dry and crisp. Medium-bodied.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I've only had one other Old Ale so I have little to compare it to, but it is quite nice.

10-16-2006 00:12:54 | More by zeff80
Photo of Vancer


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

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...

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


2.4/5  rDev -33%

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.

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


3.15/5  rDev -12%

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.

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


2.05/5  rDev -42.7%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev -7%

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.

10-01-2003 11:37:52 | More by marc77
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2.53/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

10-08-2002 19:07:59 | More by Pegasus
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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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