Autumn Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

Autumn AleAutumn Ale
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English Old Ale
Ranked #143
Ranked #41,927
3.6 | pDev: 12.5%
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
Autumn AleAutumn Ale
Notes: Our fall seasonal combines the malty goodness of a German lager with the clean crispness of an American ale. Brewed with Munich malts and a delicate blend of Bavarian hops, it's a full-bodied treat with a nutty-sweet middle, a warming alcohol level and notes of toasted grains. A pre-winter winner.

21 IBU
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Photo of LostTechnique
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I would say this certainly qualifies as a pre-winter warmer for those cool fall nights or rare grey days. It has that warming character that comes with old ales. I will continue to buy this beer before all the other winter beers come out such as old jubilation. Overall, a well done beer if you are looking for more of an old ale earlier in the year.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours clear, dark reddish-brown with a short beige head that soon reduces to a thin ring.
Nice malty aroma with some complexity. The flavor follows. Very mild bitterness.
Medium-full body that is smooth, with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- dark brown with one finger carbonated head. splotchy lacing on pint. Looks almost like cola.

S- figs and raisins with dark caramel malts

F- sweet figs and raisins. caramel malts like candy almost

M- creamy and sweet. Carbonated and candy like taste

O- a decent brew but the sweetness can be overwhelming at times.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a nearly-black brown with limited head but excellent lacing.

Munich malts hit the nose immediately. Toasty, caramel, nutty malts.

The brew is very malty sweet, with caramel, molasses, and cola flavors. Toasted malts join the fray through the mid-palate. Only hints of spicy, not bitter, hop flavor in the background, and the booze is only a warming note, not a bite or a burn. Root beer and sarsaparilla come to mind.

The brew has a nice slick mouthfeel that isn't sticky at all. More carbonation than expected, and in a good way.

Overall, an interesting brew that could use something to offset the sweetness just a bit.

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Photo of dnmyrick
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured gently at a 45-degree angle from a 12 oz longneck non-twist cap bottle into a chilled Imperial pint glass. Stream of consciousness review: Not super impressive, but solidly decent. A bit boozy and sweet on the tongue. Really not much at the nose but roasted malts and alcohol. This is a campfire/firepit beer. I live in MN so these are part of the beer-drinking culture here. So, my final call on it is...drum roll please...a damn good firepit beer!!

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark chestnut color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of bread malts, a bit nutty. Taste is predominately bready malts, some light nuts and alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely rich, amber-brown color that appears ruby-tinted black in the glass with a finger-and-a-half of lasting tan head. You can just make out the strong effervescence, too, right where the head meets the body. Only upon drinking do you get some sloppy sheets of lacing.

Sweet, roasted malts dominate the nose with a hint of coffee, lighter hints of chocolate and berry, and a definite whiff of carbonation.

The chocolate and berry pop more in the taste. There’s almost like a chocolate-raspberry character cutting through the same roasted malt from the nose. There’s a bit of hop bite in there, and also a flash of brown sugar.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation that creates a prickliness to the feel.

This is a fine fall beer. Plenty of malt flavor with enough bitterness for balance and a heavier ABV than I realized while drinking it.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant surprise and something new and different to me (at least) from the normal fare this time of year from craft beers...

A lovely shade of dark brown with a generous foam top and an even more generous lacing down the glass. The smell was a tad muted, but still appealing with a mouthfeel that was light-bodied, slightly watery, but not so much that it detracted from the overall experience. The taste is what surprised me the most - full of flavor - nutty as described, malty and slightly sweet. Overall this is really a very nice beer, truly a great surprise.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to rate this one higher as its got a lot going for it. About the only thing holding it back for me is the carbonation. It just needed a bit more gas. Other than that, its a rich and malty fall style ale that's heavier than the usual Oktoberfest. Would likely not buy again however but was worth the shot. The remaining 5 bottles will be placed into my rotation and be gone in a few months.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark, fizzy root beer color with a medium head...nice lacing. This is a malt-head's dream. I will get it again in the near future if I get the chance.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped grip glass: color is brown, head is very light tan, head presents less than 1/2 inch and dissipates quickly.

Smell is lightly sweet, with toasty, cocoa, hint of bitterness.

Taste is similar with lighter flavor with not quite as much sweetness or fullness in flavor as some other brown or old ales. Specific components include toast, cocoa, lighter caramel, some nuttiness, - abv is hidden well .

Mouthfeel is moderate with soft to moderate carbonation, crisp feel, light lingering sweetness.

Overall this is a good brown ale

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Photo of jkblr
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 42 days ago (might be 142 days?) poured into a.5L becher pint at fridge temp 7% ABV. Poor bottle dating in black beside label only visible once the beer is poured. The beer pours dark brown with above average retention and lacing on the light mocha colored head. The aroma is noticeable with nutty & toasted malt. The taste is a little sweet up front with some chocolate and toasted bread flavor. The aftertaste is strange and a bit tangy. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, well carbonated and undry. Overall, ok. This beer just doesn't come together. It's like they combined bits of brown & old ale with marzen and missed all the best parts of each.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle lists 7%. Very dark colored with a thick tan head. Wow looks pretty good. Interesting scent of euro hops? wang with some malt which doesn't match what I would expect from the look of this brew. It's got some toasty flavor and the slightest of hops bite. Nothing offensive but yet nothing bold. I am surprised with the flavor after seeing this beer I was expecting something more like a stout. This beer has a thicker feel and less carbonation. All in all very inoffensive but nothing bold.

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Photo of BulletProofTrappistMonk
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

To me, the taste is exceptional. Everything else is good. Head was gone immediately. Carbonation was maintained. I favor dark stronger beers, and recommend this one to those with the same tastes.

Just noticed that the description says 6%, but I thought my bottle said 7.5%.

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Photo of jp32
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

To my surprise, a dark brown beer flows into the glass. By dark brown, I really mean "dark" brown. Good sized khaki-colored head as well. Bready, malty, bavarian aroma. The flavor is of toasted grains with a well-balanced addition of hops. Very drinkable. I'd like to see this with a little more body and carbonation, but overall it's a fair beer and worthy of a fair rating.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark brown color with a creamy white head and lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel and nuttiness, toasted brown bread, slight floral hop presence.

T: Toasted brown bread, caramel and nuttiness, some sweet molasses.

F: Pretty heavy body and lower carbonation.

O: A pretty solid fall beer.

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Photo of IPA1978
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown no head. Smell of dark carmel malts, dark fruit and taste follows with a bit of spicy hops. Good beer but low carb and body hold it back.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nearly black, this beer is topped with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is a little earthy, nutty, and has a bit of toasted bread and caramel notes. The taste is balanced, with solid bitterness and a roasted malt flavor. Some spicy hop character near the finish. FUll in body and worthwhile.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This sounded really good but was a bready kinda lame with also unexpectedly odd darker malt flavors you might expect in barleywines or something. Dark fruits and caramels.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: December 10, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky pint... OCCASION: a nightcap after celebrating the season with my LVR peers... APPEARANCE: bubbly, almost totally dark body that supports a finger's worth of brown head... the head is resilient and remains a strong ring around the lacing to speak of... AROMA: caramel, some chocolate and nut make for an autumnal bouquet; the malts are also earthy and doughy; the suggestion of fruits is faint, but appreciable... PALATE: flat, slightly carbonated at the start, with a medium body and a dry finish...drinkable, but slightly warming... TASTE: immediate experience is grape, plum and caramel, with the doughy aspects giving weight to the profile; evokes a Cabernet-like flavor, with added nuttiness, butterscotch, and toasted oats fulfilling the label's "after rakin'" promise... OVERALL: a lot to like in this one--the Fall definitely has flavors, and Breckenridge captured a few of them here; a great fit even for this balmy December night....

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance has a ruddy burnt orange color with a one to two finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Thin clingy lacing starts and eventually slides into the beer.
The smell started off with some chocolate, nuts, a bit of roast, a light amount of dark fruits and a little bit of caramel malts.
The taste copies the smell and rounds out sweetly and roasty. There's a light quick malty aftertaste running into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the malts to come out in a slight sticky sort of way, but not overbearing.
Overall, its a decent old ale that I think I could do again.

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Photo of Wadestep
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good bark beer, very much like a stout but very little head. End finish less smooth than some stouts, but very good overall. Light stout. Coffee and some chocolate.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pots a dark Amber color. Has an aroma of roared malts and caramel. Flavor is a little sweet, a little boozy and you get the roasted malt backbone. Overall this is ok but I would hope for better out of a fall beer

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Photo of Marraybay
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent: Very much a porter or stout. Pours a near jet black with a great opaque white foamy head. Taste is largely sweet, with a transition to a slightly bitter finish. Does it scream autumn? I'm not really sure of that, but would enjoy drinking this year round.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, nut, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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