I love it when I open my fridge and it smells like hops! I am most certainly brewing this weekend!
Breckenridge Autumn Ale
This is the fall seasonal from Breckenridge and is classified as an Old Ale. ABV of 6.7%. They bill this one as a fresh take on the Oktoberfest beer, as it has traditional German malts with Bavarian hops but is just a little askew from the standard Oktoberfest style. It fits more in with the Old Ale style at this point. This style fits along the lines of the strong dark Old Peculiar beer that is hugely popular in Europe.
This beer pours very dark, much darker than I was anticipating. It appears to be dark brown until you hold it to the light and then just a bit of rosy red shines through. It forms a tall tan colored head that slowly dissipates.
The aroma is sweet caramel malts, darker grains and a bit of alcohol spice. It smells larger than it is I believe.
The flavor starts off with dark roasted malts and sweet caramel flavorings and then morphs into a strong alcohol finish that leaves quite a tingle on your tongue. Maybe just a bit too boozy for a thin bodied beer such as this?