Autumn Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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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
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
588
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

I picked up a bottle of Breckenridge Brewery's Autumn Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for some new Fall seasonals to try and this one caught my eye and now that I've seen that BA classifies this is an Old Ale I'm pretty interested to see how this turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and fairly simple looking label that's just slightly eye catching. It poured a brown/mahogany color that took on more of crimson hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice caramel, light toasted, light coffee and caramel like aromas with the caramel sticking out the most. Up next comes a nice nutty aroma that is slightly hazelnut like. This beer had a good aroma, it was very malty and I liked the nutty aspect.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with just a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel still being the aspect that sticks out the most. Up next comes that same nutty aspect that I got in the aroma and it seems to show up just as much. On the finish there's no bitterness with a malty, caramel and nutty aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it was just about the same as the aroma and the nutty flavors worked nicely with the other flavors.

M- Smooth, creamy, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and while I didn't think this was really that true to style for an Old Ale it seemed more in line with a Brown Ale or Altbier, but either way it lived up to being a fitting a beer for the season. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, creamy, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention. I could see myself drinking a couple of these and I think it would make for a nice beer to bring to a bonfire. What I like the most about this beer was the nutty aspect, it really worked well with the malty flavors and it showed up at just the right amount. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes an easy drinking beer that's malty and nutty. All in all I was happy with this beer , it being classified as an Old Ale on here is a little confusing, but once I looked past that I was left with a nice fall time beer. This is one of the better beers that I've had from this Brewery and It's one of the better Fall seasonal s that I've had this year. Good job guys, I enjoyed this beer, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 !!!

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Soft, subtle nose of roasted malt, bordering on hints of light coffee. Molasses and dark caramels in the taste, followed by hops reminiscent of dried leaves. Hints of milk chocolate nibs in the finish. Nothing complex or distinctive, it's a pleasant brew for the falling temps of the season.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

A: deep brown - virtually no ruby even at the edges; 1 finger light tan head that receded quickly to a thin ring; moderate lacing;

S: roasted malt;

T: follows the nose all the way through the finish; very little bitterness;

M: a little thinner that I expected; moderate carbonation;

O: OK; a little one note, but what's there is good:

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Photo of KYGunner
3.65/5  rDev +2%

I was impressed with the deep rich hue of brown and burgundy. It looks like an Old Ale. The nose holds some dry chocolate, barley malt, raisin and toasted nut. The flavor is barley, toasted nut, dry chocolate, some dried fruit but without sweetness. This is very dry but easily approachable. Breckenridge products seem to have great attributes but are never particularly assertive and this is no exception.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Classified here as an Old Ale. Not really sure what to expect.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours an extremely dark, flat mahogany color; appears a dark semi-clear ruby in the glass, with barely a finger's worth of khaki head. Some scattered lacing slowly stains the glass. Looks pretty nice, I'd suppose. 4

S - The aroma isn't too pronounced - some cream, roasted / toasted malts, perhaps some faint raisin / dark fruit presence. Could be better. 3

T - The taste is a notch up from the aroma - smooth, creamy / buttery, roasty, lightly nutty / chocolatey / earthy. Some faint indistinct dark fruitiness in there again. Pleasant enough for what it is. 3.5

M - The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Very easy drinking. 4

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. A fine fall seasonal from Breckenridge. I would have it again.

Breckenridge Autumn Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Not your average seasonal. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, almost stout like. The taste was very rich with hints of coffee and dark chocolate but also a toasted nuttiness to it. Very enjoyable. A little thick to the point where you might only be good with two per sitting but still a very delicious beer.

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Photo of brentk56
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 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 ryan1788a5
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown on the pour with ruby hues. One inch white head retains fairly well, but settles after a bit. Lacing sticks to the glass in a thin, broken ring.

S: Rich scents of caramel, cocoa, mixed nuts, toasted grains, and even some coffee roast. Very tight and vague fruitiness at its core, perhaps suggestions of fig. Dry grassy and herbal hop scents.

T: Toasted grain, cola, bread crust, nuts, cocoa. Touch of black coffee and a slight acidity. Underlying berry fruits. Flash of citrus zest, grassy hops and a quick spicy/herbal bite. Grainy finish with fading acidity and mild hop spice.

M: Rich medium body. Soft creaminess, but a little watery still. Forceful scrubbing carbonation. Mild tingle of alcohol.

O: An odd beer. Definitely not an Old Ale, as it is labeled on this site. I'd say it's more of a German-influenced brown, caught somewhere between ale and lager.A little different maybe, but not very thought provoking or memorable.

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Photo of matjack85
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear Dr. Pepper cola color with mahogany highlights when held to the light. It made 1-finger of off-white/beige head that lasted about a minute and left some moderate lacing.

The beer had a roasted barley and caramel malt aroma.

Taste matched the smell, but with the addition of some mild herbal hop bitterness and a very noticeable spicy alcoholic bite.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

It's alright and very drinkable, but still not going on my favorites list.

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Photo of SteadySippin
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured this into a chilled Budweiser goblet because its all I had.

A - Didn't expect it to be so dark! Poured with a nice half inch creamy head, left a thin ring after a minute or two. Minimal lacing on my glass.

S - A nice roasted malt and caramel scent. Slight chocolate hints too, really draws you in.

T - Quite malty. Caramel and coffee are definitely there at the end. Not bad but not amazing.

M - Its thick and a little syrupy. Light carbonation, but still tickles the tongue. A little heavy going down, its not something I would chug.

O - I bought this beer at random and didn't really know what to expect. Its a dark, thick, malty beer. If you like that style, you will probably like this one. I'm not a huge fan of dark malty beers but I'll drink them occasionally. I doubt if I'll go back to this one in the future.

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a sort of dark brown color with lots of red highlights, some brightness in the light though it's opaque. The head is a fluffy sort of almost medium brown. What's left behind is lots of legging and webbing spread out well.
This beer, in both aroma and flavor, has a certain sweetness that's balanced against a very light hops bitterness, which also balances against a strong malt foundation. The malts themselves offer some molasses on a toasty, bready base with some fruits. There's an additional bittersweetness and, flashing in and out, a kind of tartness here and there. The hops are just enough to add a bit of balance giving up raw but lighter elements of grass and herb or leaf.
The body is medium with a firm crispness that runs all the way through and a really steady smoothness playing off it it. It's pretty steadily semi-dry, more so in the finish.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a style I haven't sampled in quite a while.

Pours DEEP amber sporting a thin head that diminished to just a ring but left some receding lace.

The nose of this beer is something I just cant pinpoint but find appealing just the same..

Malty roasty flavor with a mild semi dry finish..lingering malts on the palate. 6.7% seems high given the complete lack of alcohol presence. Slight viscous mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Interesting style. Might go well with a dark wrap cigar.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Autumn Ale pours a dark brownish color with a small white lacing head. There is a rich malty and caramel aroma. The taste has a nice rich malty backbone, nice mellow caramel flavors, with some oakey flavors. Good full flavors, but very weak carbonation, and flat feeling. Overall its a good nicely flavored old ale.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost black color, more reminiscent of a porter, with an eighth of a finger of white head that very quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a thin wispy cloud that settled over the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and roasty. Freshly toasted bread, roasted barley, slight hints of smoke (but not coming close to the aroma of a rauchbier), hints of chocolate, toffee and caramel.

Taste: Very roasted malt forward, with lots of pleasant smoke followed by malty goodness, caramel sweetness and finished by some nicely balanced hops bitterness. The taste is much more like a porter than a fall harvest-style beer. Delicious, but surprising.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. There is some pretty decent carbonation, and with an ABV of 6.7%, there is just the slightest touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: There is a very solid, very surprising beer. Like I stated above, it’s more like a winter porter than an autumn harvest/fest beer. Good flavors of roasted malt, smokiness and caramel sweetness. Solid beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/8

Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. No foam, none. Malty nose, with caramel. Sweet overwrapping taste, some pine. Low carebonation, almost syrup-like. Bready. Not sure what makes this for autumn, So-so,.

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely loved this one. Very dark and crazy lacing!

A: 5. Seriously. Wonderfully dark, a small, very thick head with some of the craziest lacing I've seen in a while- stayed in the glass long after I was done drinking it.

S: Nothing particularly overwhelming. Caramel hints.

T: Sweet, close to a porter really. Hints of coffee, hops (but not as much as a normal porter), sweet, caramel, and toasted hints. Almost like a dessert beer.

M: Sweet. Moderately carbonated, ever so bitter with the slightest taste of a domestic. Sticks to my mustache.

O: Definitely will drink again.

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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 fourstringer
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, I initially poured from the bottle into a Becker glass and was less than impressed. I'm currently drinking directly from the bottle, so I will review as is:

A: N/A. Pretty cool bottle I suppose.

S: Somewhat sweet, malty. Grain.

T: Slight nuttiness. Malt. Mild spice. Honestly, a bit underwhelming. I was expecting a bit more fullness and flavor given the 6.7% ABV and classification as "old ale". However, it goes down very smoothly. Actually, I feel myself chugging this one a bit.

M: Low to moderate carbonation. Seems a bit watery... maybe I need to adjust my expectations...

O: So, let's call this a "Fall Time Lawnmower Beer". I'll imagine that I've just raked a ton of leaves. I'm a bit tired. A bit sweaty. Good. I like this fine.

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Photo of beergoot
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark mahogany color, nice light tan head. Slight roasted grain scent; hint of nuts. Taste is much like the aroma with the addition of a subtle hop bitterness and a twinge of alcohol presence in the background. Feel is smooth, medium-light; clean with a semi-dry finish.

A very good is somewhat mundane old ale. Malt flavors and feel are the highlights and should appeal to lovers of malt-centric flavored beers.

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Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown and nearly opaque, some ruddy highlights, and a fine cap of beige foam that settles out quickly. Low aroma of caramel and cocoa, some toasty malt.

Flavor of dark malt, but smooth rather than roasted and bitter. Hints of cocoa and caramel, some smoke and leather, hints of marshmallow, and a subtle vanilla-oakey finish. Rich and multi-faceted flavors. Smooth and round mouthfeel, not overly full. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow. Open and pour and be shocked at the deep, intense color. Nice. It has a thinish head, but that color is amazing.

The aroma is very complex and nice. It has all kinds of malty smells. Very nice and unique.

The taste is also malty but also with some hops taste. It is a nicely balanced taste. The finish is sweet and pleasant. Overall, this is an interesting, unique variant of the style. I like it and would buy it again if I were looking for a dark change of pace.

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Photo of Ford
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

wow.. much darker brown than I anticipated.. looks good though.

Oh.. this is really good. Not much bitterness. It came out around the same time as most of the Oktoberfests so I wanted to compare it to some of those beers as I was drinking them at the time.

This one has some similarities, but is a bit smoother... caramel and malts are there..

Really good beer. I'd love to have this fresh off the tap.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams glass.
Pours a dark brown with a mahagony hue. Head is very small and dissipates quick. Wish it had more head.

Aroma is malty deliciousness. Toasty malts with obvious notes of molasses and a touch of raisin and smoked meat.

Flavor is pleasantly sweet up front with molasses but is short and dry on the finish, making it a bit quenching. Nice fall flavors including brown bread, touch of smoke and faint raisin again. Flavor is a bit thin on the finish, but it doesnt bother me.

Mouthfeel is full at first but feels thinneron the finish. Culd use more carbonation.

Overall i really like having this as opposed to other beers refered to as fall seasonals and "autumn ales". If i was to compare it to the better old ales it wouldnt score so high, but nothing about it is bad. Its just a very drinkable old ale....a bolder, satisfying "fall beer" if you will. I'll pick this up every year.

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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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