Autumn Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

Autumn AleAutumn Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #651
ABV:
7%
Score:
82
Ranked #45,189
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 12.5%
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
632
From:
Breckenridge Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  20
Gots
  83
SCORE
82
Good
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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Reviews by rkinsella:
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rkinsella from Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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
More User Reviews:
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bconsidine from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Jun 10, 2013
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Jacobus79 from Texas

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Oct 15, 2014
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ronniebruner from Arizona

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Oct 30, 2011
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Dougish from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Apr 11, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the IGA in Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a tiny size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 1 minute.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation and it seems almost flat. I can taste malts, caramel, and chocolate. There is also a bit of dark fruits. It ends with a chocolatey malt aftertaste.

Overall - Perhaps I had a bad bottle, but this beer was basically flat. The taste was fine but not something I expected from a fall seasonal. Not something I'd buy again.

Sep 04, 2012
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paulish from New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 15, 2014
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shand from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Autumn Ale pours out a very dark brown with a beautiful clarity. The aroma is chocolatey and malty, with a touch of spicing. On the tongue, a full and wonderful roasty flavor quickly envelops the mouth. There's some bitter chocolate and a bit of fall spicing in here too. Full-flavored while not being overwhelming, it smoothly fades out a little while after the sip. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and fairly smooth, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is an excellent beer that does a great job of balancing drinkability and flavor. I wish we had seasons here in Florida, because I'd love to kick back with this on a cool Autumn night on my deck back in New Jersey.

Oct 16, 2012
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KLHBB from Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Nov 03, 2014
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Graczyk from Kansas

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Sep 14, 2014
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Feb 21, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deeper brown color with a one finger of just off white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a film of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is rather strong of a chocolate and a caramel smell. Mixed with these aromas are some other light brown bready smells and some notes of brown sugar. Some nuttiness rounds out the aroma producing an overall sweet and roasty smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted brown bread taste mixed with a fair level of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances some flavors of cocoa and a little bit of nut comes to the tongue along with the arrival of a cola like flavor. Some lightly hopped flavors of a grassy and earthy nature come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste balancing out some of the sweet. In the end with the bitter coming to the tongue, a rather roasty and lightly hopped cola cocoa flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lighter side for a darker harvest ale of its style with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A slightly thicker body and lower carbonation may have been a bit nicer for the roasted flavors of the brew as the somewhat watery nature of the brew really didn’t support the flavors well.

Overall – Not really the best harvest ales I have even had. The flavors never really complement each other well and the weaker body only further diminishes the impacts of the taste. Nothing too special here.

Oct 16, 2013
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travelguy from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 29, 2017
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alphagnome from Iowa

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Dec 22, 2013
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mike_dawson from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Oct 26, 2014
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Wamba from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Sep 20, 2014
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Zetcha7x from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Mar 12, 2014
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cdwil from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Dec 25, 2011
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hophugger from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

deep golden color with great head a ok lacing. Smells malty. Taste is sweet malt with a hint of caramel. Carbonation and mouthfell is decent and this beer overall is rather light. A good drinker for the summer especially !!!

Sep 15, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Perhaps clean enough to come across as a lager, but the brewer’s intention was sort of a hybrid. Looks like fall, tastes like fall as well. Brewer’s snapshot of the season works here--perfect switch-up if you’re looking for a brew without spice, gourds or oompah.

LOOK: Leather brown

SMELL: Toasted bread, treacle, dried grass, herbal hop

TASTE: Malty sweet, toasted biscuit, herbal, semidry, brown bread, dried fruit

Feb 10, 2012
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wollefdoogylloj from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Oct 02, 2014
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Hohnbaum from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Sep 20, 2014
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marc77 from California

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Oct 01, 2003
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

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

Oct 03, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This autumn ale from a 12 oz bottle pours a deep brown with ruby red highlights and a medium
off white head that dies to a thin pool leaving some decent lacing. The nose is a solid malt
backbone with caramel and light chocolate malts with a light hop in the background. Flavor
is slightly bitter with sweetness coming in on the sides and a light hop characteristic on the
back. A solid autumn ale that satisfies but does not over impress.

Oct 16, 2014
Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 632 ratings