Autumn Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Autumn AleAutumn Ale

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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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Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What better day to drink Autumn Ale than when it's -6 degrees with a -19 degree wind chill? The label says this beer warms the soul. I hope that it warms the body as well.

Dark brown that becomes darkest russet when backlit. It looks like the chocolate malt and roasted barley were put to good use. The head looks like the inside of a Three Musketeers candy bar, both in terms of color and texture. Sheets of shotgun-riddled lace grace the glass and add visual interest to an already good looking ale.

Where oh where have the chocolate and roasted malts gone? The nose would suggest that nothing darker than Munich malt (the third member of the malt bill, along with pale malt) has been used. The beer is sour fruity and smells nothing like an old ale as far as I'm concerned. Speaking of concerned, I'm now concerned about how good Autumn Ale is going to be. And the answer is...

... not very. That isn't strictly true, but it is a letdown since it still doesn't taste much like an old ale. It tastes like a cross between a porter and an Oktoberfest; more the former than the latter. Sour, dark fruit leads the way; with earthy, dark caramel-coated Munich malt not far behind. It's an odd conglomeration of flavors that doesn't really work.

I'll say one thing for this Breckenridge seasonal, it's an original take on the style. Trouble is, originality is only worth so much and is far down the list from a whole host of things, not the least of which is enjoyable flavor. Warming increases flavor intensity, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

The mouthfeel is fine for a porter, good even, but lacking for the stated style. I've decided to give it the benefit of the doubt since it's one of the beer's best attributes. More viscosity would be great though.

Breckenridge Autumn Ale has failed to warm my body (a minimum of 8% is required for that) and it certainly hasn't warmed my soul. It doesn't remind me of Autumn and it isn't much of an old ale. What's left? A crazy patchwork of a beer that doesn't fit comfortably into any one style, but that is, nevertheless, drinkable in a 'low expectations' kind of way. A better old ale shouldn't be that hard to come by.

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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

I picked this up as part of a mix a six - poured chilled from the brown bottle into a willybecker.

The color is dark nutty brown with translucent clarity and thin beige cap w/ stringy lace and ultra fine bead. The smell is very bready with a roasted grainy scent and light yeast ester with gentle fruity tinge and a light stone fruit ester with mild woody notes and hint of raisin. The feel has low roast and mild yeast with slight spice and gentle yeasty tang with moderately high carbonation with medium body and semi-dry nutty feel.

The taste is lightly caramel in the front with a toasted malt and nice fruity yeast flavor with somewhat bready flavor and mild spice w/ a gentle earthy sweet dried fruit taste like cherry with a mild hint of hops which are in the background with a gentle bran cereal quality with slight dry herbal tinge in the finish. Overall this brown is a quality dark ale with plenty of drinkability and subtle dry maltiness yeast breadiness that is very pleasant. This is a beer I would get again for the fact it is well brewed clean and doesn't taste sweet even though it is malt dominated.

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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I actually applaud the American brewers who put out Autumn beers instead of Oktoberfests. This one pours a clear ruby-sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, dry biscuit, and cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light caramel and some very light toasted rye bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's not all that complex, really, but the simplicity is well-executed.

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Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Tone
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, hint of pale malt, and a slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, a good, session-able brown.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the label, "It's special" in an oval, above the rest of the design with Autumn in a bedangled banner, and Ale in a circle surrounded by leaves. Just above the word Autumn, the phrase, "After Rakin'" there we have it, this is Breck's autumnal answer to the summertime "lawnmower beer."

Deep dark brown color, thick and cloudy, with a slim, cocoa-tan head above.

Aroma is nutty and sweet, caramel toned, with whispering hints of maple, with the ghost of whiskey underneath.

Climbs on board the palate assuredly and spares no time in lounging around the mouth. Slightly Chewy mouthfeel, flavors of nuts and maple, cocoa, spices...but very mildly pronounced. Fuller bodied, but not so substantial. Warm and tasty, though. Peppery, malty finish.

Put short, a nice transitional ale, as we regrettably leave summer behind and embrace richer, darker tastes,'s already chilly out, and October looms overhead. This is a nice, easy drinking ale, and very welcome in my glass.

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

Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sabtos
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the IGA in Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a tiny size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 1 minute.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation and it seems almost flat. I can taste malts, caramel, and chocolate. There is also a bit of dark fruits. It ends with a chocolatey malt aftertaste.

Overall - Perhaps I had a bad bottle, but this beer was basically flat. The taste was fine but not something I expected from a fall seasonal. Not something I'd buy again.

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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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Autumn Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 609 ratings