Autumn Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

Autumn AleAutumn Ale
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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #291
Ranked #26,906
3.59 | pDev: 12.53%
Dec 23, 2022
Oct 08, 2002
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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Ratings by rkinsella:
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Reviewed by rkinsella from Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.
Oct 14, 2008
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Reviewed by MackJones33 from Washington

5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
For some reason I love a dark brown Ale from Munich malts. It’s really good and fresh going down easy drinking in a bottle only. Never drunk, just damn good easy feeling of fun by the fire
Dec 23, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Best enjoyed by 11/14/22"; drank 10/23/22 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; tree-rung lace.

Acorn, brown sugar & faint cream notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Acorn, caramel, mild brown sugar & faint cream flavors.

A nice American brown ale! I'd have another.
Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Autumn Ale brewed by Breckenridge Brewery, with an ABV of 7.00% This American Brown Ale pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice deep brown color with a nice off white head. The head sticks around on this brew. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains an malts. There is also a slight sweetness mixed with some roasted hop goodness. So far autumn ale is a nice inviting brew . Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. Lots of roasted goodness mixed with mild sweetness. All around a nice well balanced brown ale. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV of this brew. It is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold , Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. This brew would go nice on a cool Fall Day outside or inside or with a meal. Overall I am going to give Autumn Ale a 4.25 out of 5. Breckenridge Brewery did a super nice job with this American Brown Ale.
Oct 20, 2022
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Rated by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
At the Denver airport…very tasty Brown!
Oct 04, 2022
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Reviewed by MartyMaltose from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The best new release to hit our grocery stores (Safeway) in a long time. Exactly as it promises on the label--perfect for fall. A dark brown ale with balanced flavor, surprising opacity, and a whiff of Bavaria. Not quite genius, but at its price point, I'm going back to the store to get everything they've got in stock. Like if Celebrator and Hibernation Ale had a baby, but then it dropped out of high school.
Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by odannyob from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
It ain't yet fall here but this concoction is a good reminder as to what's to come, historically, traditionally, meteorology, hopefully, ya know-AUTUMN.
A post-summer, pre-winter in-betweener ale.
T'ain't a warmer, 'tis an unwinder.
Enjoy one or 2 when available to.
Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
From the bottom right corner of the label: "BEST ENJOYED BY: 111822 BR1529"

Appearance: It is a very dark reddish-brown color with a light opalescence. It has a large creamy textured head with a cream color that has a touch of tan. The head has very good retention. It has thin wisps and sheets of lacing.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma that comes through at all. It has a very light hint of char but that only barely comes through.

Taste: Up front there is a very light nutty character with a hint of malt sweetness. Towards the middle some alcohol comes through. Each time a sip is had the alcohol presence grows. Not much in the back of the palate. The aftertaste is only alcohol and some light residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It is on the upper edge of light bodied and it has a smooth slickness to it. It is easy to drink. No bitterness.

Overall: It is a pretty sub-par American Brown Ale that lacks in both aroma and flavor. The alcohol character comes through pretty strong which doesn't do much to help matters. The label says that this is a "Brown ale brewed with Munich malts and Bavarian hops" but neither of these shine. The label also say "7.0% ALC. BY VOL" which becomes overbearingly obvious when drinking this beer. As a whole it didn't have enough merits for me to want another one or to recommend it.
Aug 10, 2022
Rated: 3.86 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours like an extension of the container it is evacuating, both in color and clarity. The light beige head builds on a strong pour, without threatening to escape its new vessel.

There's a little acidic note to the nose, almost a little like a sourdough bread vibe. Separately, there are dark bread and nutty coffee notes, and perhaps a latent, light woody scent. This brown ale isn't hearty or robust despite its 7% ABV tag. It has a light body could be viewed as near watery, but I find a deceptive depth to the feel, though, with soft carbonation that envelops the palate a bit from the edges.

The opening of the beer somewhat resembles the presumed yeasty note, with a nutty and earthy undertone. Middle veers a little with a bit of a generic fruit flavor (subtle and integrated note of perhaps some apricot with a sprtiz of lemon). This takes over a little more than expected, and hides the bread and light, nutty coffee notes I hoped would come through from the nose (and do peek through in occasional sips).
Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 4 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Sep 23, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This isnt the greatest brown ale but it's really not bad and I guess a smidge unique in their malt selection. The taste is there but lacking a smidge but again being a smidge experimental is nice and I appreciate their fall release is a brown ale.
Sep 09, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by SpdKilz from Illinois

Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear mahogany appearance with an average size beige head and good lacing. Woodsy aroma of toasted malts toying with herbal hops. A toffeeish malt character stays strong into the taste. Some nuttiness also detected. Hops linger in the background. Clean, medium bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel. Has a best by date of 12/02/21.
Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by shreead from Michigan

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2020
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Medium dark tan head is one plus inches above a auburn/cola pour. Spongey textured surface is lively from the solid carbonation beneath, but quickly lapses to a small skim coating. No lace markings on the glass.

S: Earthy dried leaves are first on the nose, some sweet caramel malts and some earthy dried twigs/woodiness. Small spiciness of cola, fresh baked bread crust, nutmeg with some dried pine. Good overall strength, perfectly suited for the fall season.

T: Spicy cola-caramel flavor with a festive spicing of nutmeg and some warm piney hints. Some dark fruit of figs, prunes, and dark cherries add a dark sweetness along with some earthy tones of dried leaves. Raisins and toasted grain base adds a complimentary backdrop along with warming cola-caramel and earthy dried malt leave. Warming pine-honey with some lemon outliners conclude.

M: Nice fullness, able to hold up to the fall chill. Small carbonation gives you a bigger sense of the body, almost chewy feel. A nice heaviness and ample malt body.

O: Overall a flavor profile that is perfectly suited per season and name. Warming dried honey-malt and earthy tones combine with a festive spicing that makes fall the best drinking time of the year. A suitable companion for the northeast chill, bold flavor, full bodied and malt forward.
Oct 14, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
As the leaves crisply dance on my patio, I sit in a hooded sweatshirt on this 60 degree day. Figured it would be a good time to crack this bad boy.
12 oz single bottle from Fogey's, best by 12/12/20, into Ellipsis Trophy glass.

Has excellent color and saturation. Great browns with slight root beer on the bottom of the glass. Head is grey and is merely a thick ring but is very creamy.

Aroma is of metal, floral hop, oxidized coffee grounds, and dirty mens' room. It literally smells like shit.

Flavor is perfumey and like potpourri. It then segues into some super sweet chocolate bar and harsh grassy floral hop. Some metal and cacao. Brown malt and black tea finish up this relative disaster.

Feel is very carbonated which if it weren't, this beer would be an immediate spitter-outter. Has a lot of starch and cling with some dryness throughout, and has a weird slick oiliness to it.

Overall, not something I'm inclined to return to. Probably the worst beer focused with Munich malt I've had yet.

Price paid : $1.89 / bottle
Would buy again : no
Oct 12, 2020
Rated: 3.48 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Jan 12, 2020
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Rated by Jule17 from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Holy mother of fuck I love this marzen. [email protected] me: it WILL fuck you up, also you are allergic to this!!!!
Dec 16, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a nearly completely black color with a tan head. SRM of 23. (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas of chocolate, syrup, molasses. Hints of roasty caramel. (3.50)

Flavor: Roasty chocolate, molasses, with roasted nuts. Hints of fig and spice. Slightly roasty with hints of a bitter finish. Not as bitter or roasty as a porter or stout. Moderate sweetness. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Average carbonation. Finishes mostly sweet, with hints of roasty bitterness underneath. Fairly clean overall. (3.75)

Overall: This beer had more chocolate than I expected. Hints of roast made me feel like I was drinking a porter, but this is not. Its lighter, and less roasty or bitter. Drinks very much like a porter, but even cleaner and goes down smooth. Pretty good and dangerous for 7%. (Final Rating: 3.69)
Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by LostTechnique from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +24%
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.
Sep 23, 2019
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.
Sep 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.
Sep 10, 2019
Rated: 3.46 by whitewizard from Arizona

Sep 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.
Sep 07, 2019
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Reviewed by dnmyrick from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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!!
Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Sayb from Arizona

Aug 11, 2019
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Rated by Nvrmind16 from California

3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
It's a good dark beer, complexity but still easy to drink. Feels like a mixture of Guinness and an Amber.
Aug 09, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by brewtalthrone from Ohio

Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.
Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Oct 29, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by Thecalmdrinker from Montana

Oct 19, 2018
Rated: 3.55 by GreyGooseStout from Colorado

Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.
Oct 04, 2018
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.
Sep 29, 2018
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Reviewed by MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.
Sep 27, 2018
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