Autumn Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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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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Photo of xare
1.79/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle has a wild label: "It's Special", "After Rakin'" Autumn Ale, Fine Colorado Ales, Breckenridge Brewery. Munich Malts & Bavarian Hops, Deep Mahogany fall season ale, warms the soul, soothes the spirit... (Bottled on 2nd week of August 2007).

Pours as a very very dark brew that has a dark orange-brown-ruby red tint at the edges. 1/6" tan head was poured that quickly went away. Somewhat dreading this brew instead of looking forward to it. Certainly is mahogany - I'll have to rate this as average.

Smell is that of burnt/toast malts (munich), almost like old coffee somewhat. Does not appeal to me much but maybe someone else likes that aroma mix.

Tastes somewhat odd. Tastes like ground coffee, alcohol, almost like a barleywine/old ale mix. Definitely don't feel this beer so far. A few more sips and it doesn't improve much. Some bitterness at the end from the hops but the flavor doesn't appeal to me. I'm going to have to give this a below average score on taste. It isn't completely awful or devoid of taste, just doesn't appeal to me.

Mouthfeel is somewhat strange. Almost soapy, then an aftertaste of burnt coffee / hops hit you at end. Definitely not a mouthfeel I like. I wouldn't mind it so much if it wasn't so strange to experience.

Drinkability is poor for me. I had to pour out this beer without finishing it - I can't tolerate drinking something that tastes like coffee grounds - and wouldn't order this beer again unless it changed majorly. Overall - not a beer I wish to try again.

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Photo of maxpower
2.04/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark reddish brown color with a small off white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing either. Rotten vegatable herbal aromas, some chocolate caramel flavors a bit on the bland side, medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry. I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of elniko
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep opaque ruby brown bordering on black. Very little head or lacing. Not the best looking brew.

S: Very peculiar smell, mostly roasty smoky tones.

T & M: Taste has coffee tones with a mix of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Strange balance. Almost porter like but without the creamy textures.

D: I felt very eh when it came to this brew. I can't say I enjoyed it much at all.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What kind of beer is this wacky stuff? Old Ale? Sure. Dark maroon colored body, you can only see through at the bottom of the glass. Head is off-white, small off the pour, and fades to a small film of foam. Head is dark roasty malts, slight acidity. Taste is relatively bland, like a watered down, underpowered porter in most respects. Undercarbonated body, very thin. This beer was off in almost every respect, although I am appreciateive of the effort from Breckenridge to try something new.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark brown color with a disappointing 1 finger head of bad thickness. Retention is awful.

S - Heavy caramel, toffee and not much else. Boring and uninspired.

T - Weak toasted malt and caramel mask a bit of cream, building to a watery finish. Hey, at least I wasn't expecting much.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. works for what's there.

D - Not awful, but I'd pass on this one in the future. Bland and not exciting.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Pretty color but not much going on in the flavor. I found it neither malty nor hoppy. It was not as good as their Christmas seasonal.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Notes Munich malt and Bavarian hops. Bottle is MICROSCOPICALLY notched 8, week 3 (sampled 10, week 2).

Aroma: Earthy, almost musty malt base with a mild leafy floral hop.

Appearance: Dark brown showing clarity only in thin parts of my Sam Adams glass.

Flavor: Same earthy malt, with a mildly metallic leafy hop. Total beer is pretty balanced, mild sweetness coming through with a roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, slightly oily texture.

Overall Impression: Meh. Pretty mild, flavors lend themselves towards funky; earthy, leafy, roasted. I was thinking Schwarzbier more than Old Ale. There is a light tannin character that seems to relate to dried leaves, so points for seasonal character. Still; it’s not a terribly tasty beer. Pass.

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Photo of lastdoctor
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very dark. Reminds me of root beer. One finger of head is all I got.

Smells of roasted barley and burnt coffee. Pretty strong.

Taste's like a cross between day old coffee and a average stout. It's certainly not a great beer. Finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel could surely be better. Fairly thin and fizzy.

Not sure I could drink more than one of these. I'll make it through this six pack, but I don't believe I'll buy it again.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very nice reddish-brown color with a half-inch of head on top. Oddly sour aroma with a metallic hint. Flavor, likewise has an sourness that blends terribly with the caramel malt. Body is watery and thin.

Has the recipe completely changed in 2007? This beer used to be a malty, toasty, nutty treat when fall rolled around. I thought it might be a bad batch, but I see other people noting the same flavors.

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Photo of climax
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a lot darker than expected, an almost black brown color, red in the edges. Head was forced and quite weak.

Nose is of dark malt, coffee, a bit nutty, and a grape-like sourness.

Flavor had a sour fruit profile, alcohol warmth was evident. Flavors included nuts, coffee, and apple.

There was a slight bite from relatively mild carbonation. Other than that it was pretty watery and lack-luster.

Haven't been too impressed with Breckenridge, this one doesn't help.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Smells vaguely of cherry. Some amber hops, caramelized/lightly toasted malt is present as well. Lots of malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Tastes quite malty, with hints of fruit - though perhaps not cherry. The malt is on the whole well handled. I don't care horribly for the caramel. It's pretty simple all around, but pleasant. The malt is too heavy for the balance to be right. The finish is bland and off.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body generally.

Dr: Drinkable but largely unremarkable. I might try it on draught but it's far from special. Only give it a spin if you're a huge fan of the style. Elsewise, move along.

10/22/13: Picked this up again by accident. 12 fl oz bottle review; truncated notes below. I wanted to check in on this one given it's been almost two years since my first review of it. Served into a Spaten stangenglas for shits and gigs. Served cold. Side-poured. Reviewed as an old ale because it identifies clearly as such on Breckenridge's website.

A: No bubble show.

Pours a respectable khaki colour head with some nice creaminess and thickness. Soft supple complexion. Head retention is well above average.

Body colour is a semitransparent dark dull amber. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a bit underwhelming.

Sm: Munich malts, caramalt, spicing (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon), pumpkin fruit gourd, brown sugar, chocolate malt, and a restrained generic hop character. It seems more like a hybridization of a festbier and a pumpkin beer than an old ale. The ABV is clearly a bit low for an old ale as well. It's a generally appealing aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character is detectable.

T: Heavy Munich malts, caramalt, amber malts, and some chocolate malt with an edge of cocoa dust. Hop presence is quite timid, and evokes vague stonefruit at best. Okay balance. This is quite the schizophrenic brew; kind of a winter warmer, kind of a festbier, sort-of-but-not-really a pumpkin ale, and anything but an old ale. Some toffee. Plenty of malty sweetness.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Messy incoherent balance. Unfocused build. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Do I like it? Not really.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick and heavy on the palate, with overdone thickness and overbearing presence. Overcarbonated as well. Unrefreshing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Kind of syrupy.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, rough, or buttery.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. Not sure what they were after with this one, but it really needs focus. If we're judging it strictly as an old ale, its build is completely wrong. It's not particularly evocative of the Autumn season, either, even in terms of unpredictable Colorado weather (I lived there for 15ish years). As much as I wanted to love this beer - which is from a brewpub I love visiting - I have to say, this needs some work. A subpar Autumn seasonal. Hides its ABV decently. Maybe it'd get a biteen better with age? I wouldn't waste the cellar space.

I stand by my initial 2.8 rating from two years ago.

Low C

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Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Before trying I assumed this would be an Oktoberfest, but smelled and tasted quite different. Poured black with a light tan head. Smell was a tart roasty maltiness, with slight smoky, almost peaty qualities to it. Taste is dark roastiness, tartness, a bit biscuity. Lightly carbonated, and a touch creamy, and while not bad, the peaty quality is not my favorite.

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Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of shererjt
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, very deep brown color with a touch of red. Carbonation was light. Aroma was stale roasted malt that was appropriate for style. Medium body. Flavor was similar to the smell with some bitterness added. Mouthfeel was average and I scored the drinkability slightly below; this was not something I’d want to drink much of.

Old ales are probably my least favorite style. This one’s a pretty good example, but personally it just didn’t do much for me.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one in the sampler case.
Very deep head after a hard pour. No lacing to speak of. Seemed to be well carbonated, though.
Nose of toasted malts, roasted grains...almost porteresque?
Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and maybe caramel malts.
Decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark caramel cola colored body with a rich forming tan head flows thick with a nice lace that sticks to the glass evenly with much intricacy. Aromatics offer up somewhat mint like edge black licorice chocolate with spiced bread dough blends of this seasons offerings. Flavor has yeast driven mild chocolate with herbal qualities that result in sweet cloying tones at times, with fruit accents and mineral water hardness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation, definitely soothing on the palate. Drinkability does me alright with festive qualities of a winter warmer/old ale this one hits early in the fall not bad at all that bad and even a nice mix up from the typical O fest of the season.

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Photo of riversider76
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a very thin head. Not much retention, and no lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, and maple syrup. Body is thin and mildly carbonated. Taste is of sugary spice, and malts. A bit watered down. Weak version of this style. Not impressed.

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Photo of mentor
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 3 finger light tan head over a clear dark amber liquid. Smells like a scotish ale, not an old ale. Caramel, toffee, and scorch over sweet malt and mild alcohol (clean of fusels). darker fruits don't quite leap into leathery. Some drying chalky biscuity character and gentle hoppy grassiness.

Tastes light-caramel, iron metallic, a touch of scorch, and very gentle alcohol sting. Fruity esters of prune, pear, and dried-blueberry. Modest sweetness dries in the end and leaves a woody sticky in the mouth. Flavors are modest in intensity and sweet does not cloy, as can often occur in a beer with these flavors. Md-light body and modest carbonation. Decent drinkability. Scored as an old ale, which is *clearly* not the appropriate style for this to be classified here on BA.

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Photo of stockingcpl
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Well, I have to agree with Joe os this one. It is indeed a deep mahogany color, but I was not impressed with either the head or that lack of carbonation or the lack of lacings. This beer, after about two minutes, looks like a flat Pepsi that has been left out for a couple hours. Not very impressive.

Smell: This looks to be another poor score. The aroma is very thin. Not much body. There is a faint cocoa aroma & maybe a little allspice thrown in. Not very impressive.

Taste: Ok, there is a little something here in this category. Toasted grain is the predominant peak during onset. Midrange taste is dominated by Munich hops...that's good. Sustain is carried by Cascade hops (I believe). Not too strong but with moderate attenuation which tapers of after about 20 seconds or so. Pretty good job here.

Mouthfeel: Generally the flavor character would give this brew a good score, however the lack of carbonation hurts this selection. There is perhaps 3/4 carbonation unit here. Not very much.

Drinkability: This is a fairly subjective score. It is always kind of an "overall impression", however I'm going to hold myself to the principal of,"do you want another?" Well, in this situation the answer would be no...

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an Old Ale? I'd beg to differ. After having an entire 6-pack of this over the course of a week, and then seeing the brewery itself calling this an Old Ale? I thought the whole time i was drinking a pretty solid Brown Ale. I don't think many would argue that. So ill continue this as if it is called an brown ale,and not dock points for being a terrible old ale.

The Flavor is pretty solid, a bit spicy and pretty sweet, with the obvious carmel malts dominating, with brown sugar and molasses notes revealing itself. Not the most complex beer, but a good beer that's easy to drink and lets you have multiple beers in a night easily. Well worth the $4 i got the pack for. :)

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Photo of hosehead83
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with reddish highlights-Very short off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet malt, caramel
Taste-Toasted malt and caramel, faint hop bite. Rather flat and thin-bodied. Expecting a little more robust flavor. A bit of a letdown overall.

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Photo of seesnow3
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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