1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Autumn Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

Autumn AleAutumn Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

385 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 385
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%


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)
View: Beers (41) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Autumn Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 184 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of seesnow3
seesnow3

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 21:04:39 | More by seesnow3
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 04:20:08 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of ronniebruner
ronniebruner

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:08:42 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of Nerudamann
Nerudamann

Oregon

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:53:01 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of ONUMello
ONUMello

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 03:01:55 | More by ONUMello
Photo of wingman14
wingman14

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:26:55 | More by wingman14
Photo of ocelot2500
ocelot2500

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:28:13 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of langm12
langm12

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:21:33 | More by langm12
Photo of rfgetz
rfgetz

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 13:31:47 | More by rfgetz
Photo of DavidST
DavidST

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 19:35:19 | More by DavidST
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 04:16:30 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of JoeAmerican77
JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 23:58:35 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of Tone
Tone

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 21:39:08 | More by Tone
Photo of cbutova
cbutova

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:14:28 | More by cbutova
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:42:26 | More by emerge077
Photo of micromaniac129
micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 12:00:06 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of paperbackfoster
paperbackfoster

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:43:52 | More by paperbackfoster
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 20:50:30 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of sixerofelixir
sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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..

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:56:24 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of MrDonQuixote
MrDonQuixote

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass:

A- Dark coffee brown with a slight head

S- Sweet malty aroma, with roasted coffee notes as well

T- very malty, with a roasty kick at the end. Most of the taste is the java roast that is very present. Quite bland in flavor to be honest.

M- Smooth mouthfeel. A tad watery, but it works for this beer

O- Breckenridge Brewery is definitely hit or miss with me. This was definitely a miss

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 14:40:56 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of gtermi
gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is amazing. It is a dark red/brown with a slight creamier head. I smell roastedness and not much else. The taste is watery at first. The beer is easy to drink and has a slight hoppiness on the finish. Over all this is a good fall beer, but not the best Breckenridge has done.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:48:48 | More by gtermi
Photo of samie85
samie85

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown color with red edges when held to the night with two finger of light brown head.

S-Very clean, herbal notes off the bat with some faint dark fruit aromas.

T-Crisp herbal bitterness with some dark fruit and roasted notes and finishes cleanly bitter.

M-Light bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D-Very easy drinking beer, but I wish the mouthfeel had a little more depth. I think that slight change would make this a go-to seasonal for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:52:19 | More by samie85
Photo of NStLincoln
NStLincoln

Nebraska

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

Pint glass. Pours a really dark brown with a foamy white head. After sitting for a minute it looks like a dark brown Guinness.

Nose reminds me of malted chocolate, earth and figs.

Rich coffee on the palate. A bit of a metallic tinge. Heavy malt with some nutty tones. Interesting mouthfeel. Thinnish in the body and lightly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 22:20:06 | More by NStLincoln
Photo of JuicesFlowing
JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Breckenridge Vanilla Porter balloon glass.

The beer is a rich dark coffee black with slight brown barely coming through the edges in the light. A nice light cream colored head recedes rather quickly leaving a cirrus cloud wisp on top. Very light lacing remains on the glass.

The aroma is subdued, but very clean. A nice sweet vanilla note comes through, as well as buttery biscuits and roasted malts.

The taste is warm up front. Dark roasted malts, sweet vanilla, a bit of oak with faint bitter coffee notes. A slightly tangy hop bite in the finish.

The mouthfeel is clean and dry.

Overall, a really nice sipper on a crisp autumn evening, yet very drinkable so that you can have a few and not be overwhelmed. I like the vanilla-oak notes I get in the body. Definitely a good brew to have after rakin', as the bottle suggests.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 16:02:22 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of teetotaler
teetotaler

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into my trusty thrift store snifter

pours an opaque molasses, i was expecting more of an amber for the season. 2 fingers of creamed coffee foam with little or no lacing.

subtle caramel and chocolate, with a mild roastiness.

taste follows aroma, with more of the malty sweetness coming through. roastiness lingers on the back of the throat. the malt and roast improve as the beer warms, but have to compete with the alcohol.

carbonation is average, but a bit much for the style. smooth mouthfeel until the bubbles begin to tickle the tip of the tongue; which is distracting.

i could see drinking this later in the season, as the weather cools; but i might as well just go for a stout..

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 05:20:31 | More by teetotaler
Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.