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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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Photo of rkinsella
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of brandoneast
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark brown that is translucent to opaque with ruby highlights that holds a tan ecru head that sticks around with sticky lacing. Nose is molasses and chocolate malt with a subtle nuttiness. Taste is a bit complex of toasted almonds and dark fruits like sugar plums and raisins which yields an alcohol warmth and low carbonation perfect for cozy, crisp evenings. I suggest this brew as a digestive - don't let this beer be the only one for the evening as it is not sessional, leaving lackluster and wanting to quaff something less heavy.

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Photo of kylephillips
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle in pint glass

Extremely dark red brown in color, near opaque but not quite. Creamy tan head that doesn't last long at all, but excellent lacing clings to inside of glass.

Sweet smelling with rich malty flavors, very breadlike. A hint of chocolate. Just a bit of roastiness, almost reminds me of a roasted marshmallow.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are average, which works well with this type of beer. Flavor is not completely overwhelming, as nothing really stands out. Initial flavor is sweet, aftertaste is very grainlike, almost a little sourish on the tongue.

Drinkabity is decent but nothing special.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is nutty malts with a little alcohol and some molasses.

The flavor is some sweet nutty malts and cola with a lightly bitter crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not terribly interesting, but an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a deep brown, almost black, body with a 1/2 finger tan head that quickly dropped to a light lace. While there was some good stick initially, most of it slid down the glass before it could hang around too long.

S- Very malty and sweet. It had something of a fotified wine aroma with raisin-like tones and a hint of alcohol.

T- There were more maly characteristics in the flavor. It tasted like a combination of bitter chocolate and rasin-like flavors.

M- Pretty smooth. Medium to thick viscosity with a slight tingle and medium-light carbonation.

D- It's a pretty decent drinker THe full flavor may lend itself to being more of a late fall sipper in the cooler weather.

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Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very, very dark brown color with a half-finger off-white head that soon dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. There's not much lacing.

Smells alright. At first there's a huge metallic aroma, but as it warms it gets better. There's a slightly sour malt aroma that gets sweeter as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A metallic taste overpowers everything for the first few sips, then goes away to make room for malty flavors. There's a mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's kind of thin, but the carbonation is at a good level. Could be a bit smoother.

Drinkability is good. Nothing stands out, but nothing is unsavory except for the metallic taste and smell in the beginning.

Overall this was an alright beer but I won't be buying it again anytime soon.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark red, and there is a tan head with minimal lacing.

Smell is of malts, caramel, a tad of hops. Nothing too exciting for me here.

Taste is a nice balance of sweet and hoppy. There is a sweet taste at the beginning which is followed by a lingering hops. Possibly a touch of chocolate in there as well.

Mouthfeel has a creaminess to it, but is overall thin. There is a goodly amount of carbonation as well.

A drinkable beer. I'm not super-impressed by it, but it's good. The taste is such that one would be able to have a couple or even a few in a sitting.

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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 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 Domingo
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Jim 'n Nick's BBQ at Stapleton.
Arrives a pretty thick chestnut brown color that reminds me a little of a porter or stout, but the texture's a little less thick and a little more light makes it through.
The smell is subdued, but it reminds me a little of mild coffee and roasted grain, but with a little bit of a noble hop hit. Pretty mild.
Tastes like buckwheat honey and black coffee with a grapefruity hops hit and a dry baker's chocolate finish. You can tell it's stronger than most brews, but there isn't a huge alcohol bite. Flavors remind me of a hoppier, stronger Avalanche.
This was great for a rainy cool evening and I can only imagine it'll be even better once the weather cools down even more.
Give it a shot.

EDIT: I'm finding that this seems to be a little bit like an Oktoberfest and a strong/old ale blended together. The rating here is nothing special, but I really do think it's pretty good stuff and it's become a seasonal favorite for me.

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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 jackorain
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark brown, almost black with garnet highlights when held up to the light. 1 inch head from aggressive pour; tan in color. fell to splotchy coat and collar in about 3 minutes. Collar rose up to a modicum of lace. Looks more like a winter.

S-Caramel malt, mollasses, spicy hops and a whiff of alcohol. Not overly aromatic though.

T-Dark molaasses, roasted malts, coffee, doughy twang. Mild spicy hop finish, not too bad.

M-medium body and a little fizzy.

D-Eh, this beer is good but I need to move on.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours like a standard stout - black, light brown to tan head.

Nose has a whallop of roasty components. Very chocolatey also.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but the nice roastyness, malt, and chocolate make it worth it.

Finish is somewhat short. Although this beer is a notch down in flavor components compared to a winter ale, it is significantly more drinkable. Very satisfying.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a deep brown with good clarity. A light mocha head is thin with large bubbles and has some swirls of lace around the glass.

Aroma - well-roasted grain, almost peat-like. A hint of potential sweetness in there.

Taste - good roasted grain flavor, a little more sweetness than I would have thought, but good. A toasty, warm flavor, not much bitterness. Stays about the same on the swallow, a light raisiny or maybe brown sugar sweetness grows at the finish.

Mouthfeel - moderately smooth, average carbonation levels are complementary.

Drinkability - I think the sweetness would get to me after a few, but for a fireside accompaniment this would be spiffy.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown in color with about half a finger of brown head. Smell is smoky with some chocolate and toast. Maybe a little coffee too, but not much. Flavorful with a nice, smoky, earthy taste. Also some chocolate and brown sugar. Not heavily carbonated, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. This is a pretty nice beer. Nothing too exceptional, but a nice solid beer.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes this one is a deep mahogany colored ale, with a slight tan head that doesn't last. Nice ruby colored edges when held up to some light.

Aroma mostly of roasted malt. Taste is roasted and caramel malts, with some interesting spicy notes. Maybe a molasses like flavor. Finishes dry with no hops to speak of at all. I have not done many old ales, and I'm really not sure about what is right or wrong here. It's not unpleasant at all, but not what I would expect from something labeled "Autumn Ale"

This beer has some body, pretty thick really and quite filling. Not something I would go right back to but I think it could get more interesting 6 months down the road.

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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 mahogany...no 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 jeffmonarch
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice and dark. Darker than I expected. Not much carbonation.

S - Toasted malts. Very light smell.

T - Very light flavor. Not much until the finish. Good malt taste.

M - Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is just slightly too much.

D - Ok beer. Nothing special. I would drink this again but wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what's old ale-like about this, it doesn't have the big sweetness and there's a touch of roasted grains. It's not a bad beer, but I find it bland. The undercarbonation doesn't help, but what are you going to do? At least it goes down easy. Out of the winter beers, I'd call this one nice, but forgetable.

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Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at the Ball Park Breckenridge location in Denver. Recommended by my server, described by him as a 'big brown ale'. $3/pint.
Dark brown color, with a short tan head. Coating layers of lace with good foam stability. Aromas of caramel and toasted malt, a bit nutty and grainy. Very tastey, higher alcohol is hidden well. Touch of smoke along with the maltiness works well. Smooth, lightly carbonated, not too fizzy or foamy. Happy to have tried this one, but would try something different next time.

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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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Photo of hylton44
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, mahogany color with chocolatey-brown head. Sharp aroma of coffee and toasted malts also comes through in taste, along with rye and grapes. Strong alcoholic character of a Scotch Ale, shared with the dark complexity of a Winter Warmer. Nice, robust late fall offering for when the early fall crispness of Octoberfests give way.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Color is very dark with a bit of amber around the edges. I'm not getting a lot of aroma, some faint malts and a hint of alcohol, thats all. Fairly typical for the style.

Initial flavor is dominated by roasted and caramelized malts. The finish is the best part, hints of smoke and dark dried fruit give this average beer an interesting finish. Overall a decent beer, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is very dark brown with ok carbonation. The Head to small and tan yet leaves good lace.

The smell is faint a bit malty with a bit of alcohol. No good descriptive aromas, a little plum perhaps.

The taste is better, caramel, plums, and a hint of pepper.

The mouthfeel is ok a bit light seems less then medium body, the carbonation is average.

The drinkability is OK, I'm not impressed enough to buy more but not a bad beer either. MK

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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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