Autumn Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bitterbill on 10-08-2002

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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 588
Photo of BulletProofTrappistMonk
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
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 -0.3%
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 -1.7%
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 -2.2%
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 +1.4%
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 dacrza1
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +1.1%
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 +21.2%
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 +4.5%
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 +15.1%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of cheer4beer_
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is darker than I thought it would be, I was expecting more of a brown ale. The beer had a nice rich smell of toasted grains. The beer has a rich malty taste with a flavor that is not very complex. The mouth feel was a little thin and slightly sweet.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Never had this before but thought I should try some seasonal, non-pumpkin brews. Love Breckinridge's Vanilla Porter, so bought a single bottle of this Autumn Ale today. Poured into clean Belgian-style tulip glass, first beer of the evening. Was surprised that it poured completely black and tastes heavily of molasses. Why is this not called a porter? I really liked it, as I do like porters. (Am now into my second beer, my go-to local, Yuengling Porter.) The Autumn Ale has a very thick, smooth, almost syrupy mouth feel. After it was done, I felt like I'd put on lip gloss, but in a good way. No head to speak of, will make lace if glass is tilted and swirled, but it doesn't last at all. That's OK - it tasted delicious if not terribly complex, and alcohol was the exact right amount of buzz for a fast drinker after Friday deadline stress, 6%. Would definitely buy another.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.0 % abv

Appearance- Pours a dark charcoal color, minimal one finger head fast to dissipate.

Smell- Lightly roasted nut aroma, bready, honey sweetness.

Taste- A sweet caramel flavor arrives first with a nutty element to it as well. Lightly toasted malt, building in terms of sweetness, more molasses like midway through. Finishes faintly chocolate-like with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with low carbonation. Smooth.

Overall- From a malt standpoint this beer seemed to be like a heavier dunkel to me. Quite malty for an ale. Very smooth flavors that blend together nicely. I feel as though this would be a very agreeable beer to give someone used to much more lighter colored beers. Another great seasonal for the Fall.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with brown highlights and a one finger off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, candi sugar, and an earthiness. Taste is similar with toasted malt, candi sugar, dark fruit, and a nuttiness reminiscent of a dark brown ale. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Overall, a very good beer that is a cross of brown ale and olde ale, very appropriate for fall, especially as it warms.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong, malty aroma has an earth overtone that brings to mind fallen leaves, as well as hints of cloves and caramel. Pours a barely translucent warm dark woody brown with a fairly thick tan head. Flavor just says "autumn" with roast malt and earth tones plus a hint of cloves. It’s almost like drinking the very essence of autumn. Smooth texture has decent body and fizz. An excellent brew to celebrate fall.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention isn't anything special, but the texture is nice enough. Webs of lacing are left behind on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Very nutty, almost ridiculously nutty in fact. The aroma is distinctly German, but it's not really as altbier-esque as I initially anticipated. Letting it warm up will reveal some dark fruits, along with some graham cracker, gingerbread, and cumin. The faintest kiss of noble hops also appear. It's malty with a capital M, but give Breckenridge credit for showing the malts off well aromatically. (3.75)

Taste: Again, nuts are the primary flavor here. It develops notes of dark chocolate and spice near the middle and back end. Fruity tinges also appear. It doesn't wow the senses, but honestly? I like it. It fits the weather perfectly. It's far from a world beater, but it's quite decent. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: For a malty ale, it's somewhat dry. It's also reasonably light on the palate. Having said that, there is some residual sweetness left behind, so it's not a chugger. It tries to hit a balance between drinkability and richness...and honestly, it sort of succeeds. There isn't much carbonation, either. (3.5)

Overall: Breckenridge is usually meh in my book, but I'm honestly enjoying this. It's richer and slower drinking than the average oktoberfest, so keep that in mind. This wouldn't be my first choice, but I would buy it again. (3.5)

3.44/5: First Breckenridge beer I properly enjoyed

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Photo of SamN
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark, deep blood red hues to light, seemingly opaque. While clear, the red hue is so deep is seems almost black. Quite impressive, bold coloring from Breckenridge. Smell is mostly well-toasted bread grains, caramel sweetness, dark fruits like figs or even grapes, grassiness, peanut butter. Quite rich aromas, and taste follow closely thankfully. Rich malt flavors, like toffee and butterscotch, with a clean grain finish, minimal hops bitterness, mostly in the finish to round of the dominant malt characteristics. Mouthfeel is about medium bodied with light, subtle carbonation that makes it seem bigger, thicker.

Wow, never expected this from Breck. A great, great ale with lots of autumnal charm and inspiration. Goes great with that not-quite-cold-but-there's-that-chill-in-the-air weather. Tasty, easy-to-drink, a sessionable old ale? Guess so, lucky CO.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost exactly the color of Dr. Pepper, and forms a thin pale head which dissipates quickly. Holding the glass up to sunlight reveals a reddish hue, and one can see the shadows of their fingers on the opposite side of the glass. There is no lacing to speak of, as it falls quickly down the sides of the glass.

S: A rich, toasted malt, of the caramel and nutty variety.

T: Malt bitter strikes right up front, before rounding out into toasted chestnut with toffee hints in the background. Bready malt lingers after the finish.

F: Medium-bodied with a watery finish, and very little carbonation.

O: An enjoyable tour de malt, with the nutty and toffee flavors blending well.

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brownish-copper. There are subtle roasted notes in the nose. The flavor profile has an interesting combination of roasted and bready notes.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +11.7%

10/23/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. On the spot once again.

09/05/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Once I had my face in the glass it was a nose full of stout-like aromas. Chocolate & caramel. But the most memorable feature is the mouth-feel. Smooth & rich but disporportionate to the flavors which are quite subdued. Overall a nice bevvie that could become a fav.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 4, 2014.

The pour is a darker amber color with a long lasting off-white head.

The aroma is fairly routine with a decent enough malt character followed by a a slight hop character. But nothing jumps out.

Medium body.

The taste focuses on the malts more than anything else. Fairly sweet. Mild bitterness. Not bad in the whole scheme of things.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice fall seasonal, just what you'd expect. It's good for those cool nights watching football. A little sweeter than most fall beers, and not quite an Oktoberfest, but close.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance: Dark brown. Basically no head and barely any lace.
Smell: Sweet malt, vanilla, cola
Taste: Sweet malt.

Well, this is pretty lackluster. It's a good beer, but rather boring. The label is the best thing about it. Also, the color is a really deep brown, which was intriguing. However, the taste was rather lacking; almost watery. Sweet malt was dominant. I wouldn't get this again.

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