Autumn Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

Autumn AleAutumn Ale
BA SCORE
3.58/5
595 Ratings
Autumn AleAutumn Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,953
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
595
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

full bodied and delicious this dark brown ale pours a sturdy black color with almost no head. nose as dark roast coffee, candied sugars, mild alcohol, and fall leaves. quick crisp finish and a big bad body, this is perfect for the season. the lack of carbonation doesn't hurt it, as this beer gets better and better as it warms, mellowing out with a little alcohol tinge at the end. not a typical brown ale, definitely not a porter, this autumn ale is a great evening sipper. one of the better breck brews

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear and very dark brownish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left some bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of Munich malts in the nose. Some hints of caramel and molasses become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of caramel and nutty malts along with a light amount of sweetness. No hop bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty but still quite easy to drink with its lighter bodied; however, it tastes like it is a little one dimensional and could use a little hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, is Autumn-Warmer going to be an upcomming catagory? It's not quite a harvest ale because of the moderate hopping (not highly hopped). Not quite a winter warmer (not spicy or the right season). What the beer is, is a really nice non-Oktoberfest Fall-type beer. Quite reminescent of Scottish ales, but light on the peat-smoked malts, but on target with the deep malt profile, toffee / cocoa hints, and moderately high malty texture. Medium hops certainly off-set the sweetness, while adding a mild grassy, piney flavor. Fermentation spices and lactose-like sweetness add character and smoothness. Lingers with a hint of toasty sweetness and hop bittering. Another high quality, well balanced brew from Breckenridge.

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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.

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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 emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American Brown or Munich Dunkel? Hard to say...

Into a tulip it first appears jet black, though when held to the light you can see a glint of smoky dark ruby, that becomes fully crimson when backlit. Fluffy, sticky cap of foam, billowing above the rim of the glass, forming peaks and crags as it slowly settles. Excellent retention, with a sticky sheet of lace that adheres inside the glass.

Nutty malty aroma, dry roasted almonds, tobacco.

Malty and lightly sweet, finishing somewhat dry. Toasty with a bit of malt complexity, little to no bitterness. Fairly straightforward and tasty, though the body is a little thin, supporting the Munich Dunkel theory. Ok, would drink again. Not reinventing the wheel, but not every beer needs to.

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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out cola brown with a very modest cap that fritters away leaving a speckled pattern of lace

Smell: Treacle and Cadbury's Fruit and Nut bar; perhaps a hint of toasted grain

Taste: Sugary-sweet, with the candied tones from the aroma combining to produce a taste rather akin to Dr. Pepper; a bit grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit cloying
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Overall: Well, certainly unusual, but when I want a Dr. Pepper I will buy when and when I want a beer I want a beer

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a deep black color with a one finger head. It leaves a little lacing.

S - Very malty smell. Roasted aromas, as well.

T - It tastes of coffee and roasted malt. It has a nice bitter quality, too.

M - It is dry and crisp. Medium-bodied.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I've only had one other Old Ale so I have little to compare it to, but it is quite nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 11/11/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, biscuit, toast, chocolate, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pear, biscuit, toast, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, plum, raisin, pear, biscuit, toast, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal carbonation and medium bodied; with a very slick, moderately creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a decent old ale. Good balance and robustness of malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and smooth to sip on for the abv. Could use more carbonation. Pleasantly enjoyable.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Rare Vos Glass

Pours a small light light tan head that fizzles very quickly. No lace. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Deep burnt malts, molasses, burnt caramel, some grassy hops. Not too much here.

Taste: A lot of burnt malts. This beer kind of reminds me of a schwarzbeir. A big roasted taste. Burnt caramel with grassy hops. Some chocolate. A little booze shines through. That's about it.

Mouthfeel: Big surprise, very roasted feel, a little crisp from the decent amount of carbonation. Light to medium bodied, despite the dark color. Ends with a big roasted malt aftertaste that I wasn't expecting from the beginning of this beer.

Overall, this beer was a little different than a lot of fall seasonals. I liked that it was original, but it was a tad smokey for me. Still, I'd take this over some of the other seasonals out there.

EDIT: Still trying to figure out how this is an old ale...

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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/5/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, caramel, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of maple, caramel and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There’s a decent hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD indiscernible.

Pours chestnut with 1 finger of mocha colored head. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Some toasted malt & cocoa

T: Roasted malt with some coffee grounds up front. Dryness, brown sugar & smokeyness, slight fruittyness (apricots & raisins) as this warms along with some tannins. Finishes a bit dry with more coffee grounds, a kiss of leafy hops& a bit of baker's chocolate. Drinks more lake a stout

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit of smoothness

Drinks pretty good, but make me think coffee stout, not old ale, so I have to knock it down for taste

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clearish, very dark brown body with an inch of light beige froth. Light, very light lacing throughout.

Smell: Aromatic tones of dark malts wrapped in notes of chicory and licorice root with a vague but obdurate fruitiness and background earthiness.

Taste: Dark malts lead with tastes of cocoa and a lightly roasty mix of coarse-ground chicory and licorice powder. Medium-low sweetness. Munich malt-derived caramel arrives somewhat late in the taste. Appleskin and grapeskin fruitiness -- curious! Earthy, mild hop character and bitterness. A bit more fruitiness, chocolate, and "chicorice" before the drying, longish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied at best. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Good enough at best, for a beer, but never once did it make me think, "Oh! Now, there's a taste of the Autumn!" There's a taste of something, alright, but not a taste of Autumn.

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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 595 ratings
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