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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.72%


Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pours a clear, copper color body with a thin, white head. Minimal lacing. Crazy carbonation.

Aroma:
Damp grains and light honey notes. Light sweetness. Rather blah.

Taste:
Lightly toasted malts. Grainy. Fresh biscuits. Earthy hop presence towards the end but is inoffensive.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and light. Semi-sweet finish. Crisp.

Overall:
Nothing special here. It's easy to drink and inoffensive. I wouldn't run out trying to find this one, but on a hot summer day, this could be a fine grilling companion.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 06:11:18 | More by alphagnome
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This poured the obligatory amber hue but had a clean filtered clearness. The head was fizzy and shallow, fluttering away quickly.

The aroma holds nice but subtle toasted grains with a mild caramel sweetness and a tinge of hop bitterness.

The flavor holds the same toasted grain held by the nose. The grains are biscuity, lightly toasted with a caramel malt sweetness. There is some bitterness from the hops but for the most part the toasty grains finish the flavor.

The feel is quite impressive with a velvety smoothness and a water like drinkability without being watery.

The 4 pct ABV gives this away as the malt required to amp up the flavor is not there and it is simply too weak.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:40:24 | More by KYGunner
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ThisLadyLovesBeer

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like this amber ale. Not overly carbonated, nice color, doesn't leave a bitter taste in the mouth, and very drinkable. It doesn't have much of a foamy head, but that's okay. I think it's true to its kind and would not be impossible to enjoy more than one in a sitting. Also doesn't need food to appease the palate, although it would accompany a nice pizza or deli sandwich, steak or chicken dish with no problem. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:06:23 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight caramel, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is easy to drink but it seems fairly watery and lacking all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 08:03:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at reefer temp into a goblet.
Aroma slightly malty.
Head small (2 cm), off-white, creamy, mostly diminishing.
Lacing OK
Body light amber, clear - no chill haze
Initial flavor slightly malty and lager-ish.
Ends with slight malt bitterness - no diacetyl, no hops.
Light to medium body watery.
Carbonation soft.

Overall, drinkable for me but not enough - not enough malt, not enough hops, not enough alcohol - just too light and undecided.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 21:19:39 | More by Ozzylizard
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. It's been a long time coming since I last had a bottle of this, so I figured it was time to revisit it. My bottle is a bit different than the one pictured and says Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Style Ale. Expectations are about average; I don't remember it being great or anything.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a light coppery amber with nice clarity and some fine sediment floating topside. Two fingers of creamy fluffy off-white head. Looks pretty nice actually, for what it is.

S - Smell isn't bad either. Light biscuit malts, honey, toasted grains, a hint of earthy nuttiness. Not a terribly powerful aroma, but it hits it's mark.

T - Taste is comprised of sweet grains, honeyed biscuit malt, some earthy nuttiness, coppery metallics, mildly herbal, some sweet tea leaf flavor, and some crisp green apple.

M - Feel ends crisp, grainy, and herbal. A semi-dry end.

Overall, this surprisingly exceeded my expectations. Crisp, refreshing, flavorful, and sessionable with a low 4.40% abv. I would definitely have it again.

Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Style Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 22:05:15 | More by mfnmbvp
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Triklino

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Poured into a standard pint glass, very little head to be had. Pours a fairly deep amber with a hue of red.

Smell - The first thing that struck me was the smell, It has a sweet malt scent that makes the mouth water. Mainly chocolate, with some hints of caramel.

Taste - First sip was tasty, malty up front with a taste of chocolate that fades quick into a barely noticeable hop finish. The finish is way more watery than hoppy, which is disappointing, not a very complex beer start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Light on the mouth and palette, it lacks a little bit of body that I felt the beer could have benefited from. It finishes clean and leaves a slightly refreshing, watery aftertaste.

Overall - This is by no means a bad beer, and I feel like for what it was crafted as, it does the job well. It is a lighter beer with craft beer taste, it's just a shame that it couldn't escape the light beer feel.

Would I drink this again? If it's on tap I'd definitely give it another shot, however there are other beers akin to this one I'd rather buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:03:48 | More by Triklino
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Westlake1

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avalanche is a great Amber with a clean, refreshing taste. I was very surprised to find it at the local grocery chain in the Cleveland area. Even though it has traveled through many states, it tastes almost as fresh as having one in Breckenridge. This is my favorite among Colorado beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 11:44:30 | More by Westlake1
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - a cloudy fusion of apple butter and liptons powdered tea. Soft beige head that falls a bit too quickly. Minor fine bubbled lacing.

S - yeasty frosty. Sour undertones some malts some hops.

T / M - initially sweet and frothy but initial joy fades too quickly. Strong beginning but a weak slightly watery finish. Hop balance is good. And no off flavors. A solidly constructed beer.

D - overall pleasant. Not award winning but great for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:23:01 | More by jeranbrews
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Disappears quickly. Plenty of rising effervescence and pockets of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. Pretty fair beer ring lacing.

S: Butterscotch, buttered toast, and wood chips.

T: Bitter acetyl, hickory wood, and citrus pith.

M: Hearty feel. Comes across a little bitter and pungent, but not in a positive way.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere is okay. Decent head, and fair lacing. Buttery, bready, woody nose. Bitter wood chips and citrus pith overshadow the bready malt grains. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 03:02:12 | More by bmwats
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Small to maybe medium off white head quickly settles to a quarter inch or less of semi-frothy head above a clear bronze-caramel colored beer.

Very light caramelized grain malts aroma.

Light tasting caramel grain malts is about all there is going on with this light tasting amber.

Almost a wet aftertaste with just a tad of the caramel malts sticking around with this lighter side medium bodied beer.

Not a bad tasting amber beer, just not enough of the taste it has, if the taste of this beer were more pronounced it might actually be a pretty good drink.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 19:25:22 | More by LXIXME
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spoony

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From an undated 355 ml bottle into a nonic.

A-An aggressive pour produces nearly a finger of light-tan head that dissipates quickly into a collar. No lacing. The brew is medium-amber in color with a bit of chill haze. No carbonation is visible. Pretty unremarkable.

S-The smell is a mundane mixture of barley, husk, some caramel sweetness, and a bit of grassy bitterness. Unfortunately, I smell a fair bit of metallic grain and a slightly sulfuric note.

T-The taste is also on the sweet side with grainy barley, some caramel sweetness, and lightly floral, bitter hops on the finish. The metallic taste is lessened a bit from the smell, but this is still not an appetizing brew.

M-The feel is pretty typical for this style with moderate body and soft, passive carbonation.

O-This is a pretty mediocre effort. The hops are nearly non-existent and the malts are not terribly interesting. I don't know if my bottle was too old, but I could not get over the grainy, metallic note that I detected on my first whiff. The barley and grains do provide flavor versus a BMC brew, but I don't know if that flavor is worth partaking in.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:24:55 | More by spoony
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Kevin60

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color. Cloudy with minimal visibility through the pint glass. Absolutely no foam when slow poured from a bottle into the pint glass. Slight bubbling around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Sub par aroma. Smell is very generic with slightly floral hints.

Taste - Bitter throughout the whole drink. Starts more bitter and then eventually opens to some floral hints and again finishes with a hint of bitterness in the after taste. Aftertaste only lasts a minimal amount of time. Tastes almost like a generic Miller Light or Bud Light.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated. Too carbonated for my taste in beer.

Overall - SLIGHT upgrade from generic Miller Light and Bud. Generic looking, sub-par smell with a bitter taste throughout with minimal floral and caramel hints. Stick with the Miller and save yourself a couple of bucks. Would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 03:22:43 | More by Kevin60
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.64/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: light amber colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies at a moderate pace leaving some light clingy foamy lacing

S: biscuity malt, super muted barley, light caramel

T: bland through previously mentioned flavors, muted sweet aftertaste and dry slightly sweet finish

M: light, sessionable, carbonation seems to be spot on for the style and for me

O: uh... just not a very good taste, I was pretty disappointed with this one for me, though I would say only decent for the style

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 03:09:13 | More by BeerKangaroo
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the can into a chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 3.0: Light amber color. Small head dissipated into characteristic CO2 swirls on top.

Smell 3.5: Very nice bouquet. Hints of biscuit malt, barley and a slight bubblegum smell.

Taste 3.0: Front is a dry barley taste. Middle is basically gone. Nothing there. Finish is slightly hoppy: think Kent Goldings type hoppy, though. That's right: more "mossy" flavor and not biting at all. Finish is more malt and barley. Dry throughout and would probably go well with food.

Mouthfeel: 3.0: OK level of carbonation and is clearly 100% CO2.

Overall 3.0: Good, basic beer. Nothing special. Reminiscent of another Colorado brewery's famous beer (namely New Belgium's Fat Tire), this is an OK beer, but certainly nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: can

05-20-2013 22:30:07 | More by BeerDocT
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matjack85

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Binny's as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a clear amber/red color with just a half-finger of white head, but despite the small head it left a decent amount of lacing.

Hardly any smell to this. You have to swirl it around in the glass pretty hard to coax a little malt, sweet caramel, and floral hops out of it.

More caramel malt than anything else, making it a tad sweet. Hops are more floral than bitter as it only has 19 IBU's to it. Not really much to this but it's still tasty in a simple kind of way.

Very thin body, almost watery, with moderate carbonation.

Nothing stands out but there's nothing bad either. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 10:07:17 | More by matjack85
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MickeyD

Kansas

3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden brown, no bubbles, head was small, a little less than a finger and dissipated quickly.

Smell: very mild caramel with a balanced floral hop smell.

Taste: a little malty and slightly floral hops, caramel is very mild as is the hops.

Mouth feel: thin and smooth, leaves a good aftertaste of fruity caramel, little carbonation

Overall: This is a good brew but is very mild. It seems typical for the style. It reminds me of a slightly more robust American pilsner. Might buy again if I want something light and smooth but a little more robust than a wheat type beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 22:58:15 | More by MickeyD
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Brenden

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought I reviewed this a long time ago. This is why I have to sift through my notes every now and then.

Amber...ish, this beer is sort of a pale orange with a certain depth in its body. There's a thickness to it, and even some sediment. I don't think i was expecting an unfiltered beer here, but there's nothing wrong with that. Sort of an off-white/eggshell in color, the head almost reaches one finger but offers pretty good retention and some decent lacing in a mic of spotting and patching in good quantity.
The smell is of caramel malts and a sort of grassiness. There's something of an herbal note sitting in there too. There's a bit of breadiness as well. The hops presence is quite muted, offering only a whiff of the herbal element along with a flowery/perfumey component.
The hops and malts balance well in the flavor. If anything, I'd say it could just use a bit more of everything, but the overall composition isn't bad. A simple, easy drinking amber is what it is.
The body's a little thinner and lighter than it should be, but otherwise it's standard stuff. Moderate carbonation lends itself to an adequate overall feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 19:40:03 | More by Brenden
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MostlyNorwegian

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not feeling this one. It's amber in color and it's hop presence is far back for what an American might be on the lookout for. Its taste? I'm tempted to say it's an off color golden ale, and nearly lager-ish in the mouth, so it's far more on the malt side of things and probably should be paired with a sandwich and salad to bring it alive. By itself, I'm enjoying the nose more than I am the beer itself or perhaps I need to try it again in the summer time when this kind of flavor profile has something more to work with. It smells of some brown sugar and possibly a bit sour and some of the grain is coming in, with a slight plum presence. I'll bury one for a hotter day, but at the moment. This is not a beer I anticipate I'll be looking for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 18:28:06 | More by MostlyNorwegian
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly murky, dull amber color. Very mild head. Slight lacing too.

S-Nose is incredibly soft. A hint of dull herbal hops. The malt is more talkative. Grainy and bready. Neither side of the aroma spectrum is very enticing but still, there is nothing wrong or offensive.

T-Its malt-forward without being very malty. Almost watery. Sweet, multi-grain bread and some light caramel. Quiet floral hops.

M-It drinks quite easily. Light in body with tickling carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O/D-Very bland. Nothing off-putting. I guess it could work if you want something really light that you will never, ever remember.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 00:43:55 | More by VelvetExtract
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeah. Pours a amber colored red with a crystal clear hue. A soft fizzy head with good retention.

The aroma is limited overall. Not much going on but a soft malt smell with a hint of caramel and roast. Some minor hop notes with more of a floral appeal. No off notes from the yeast.

The taste is light. A more malt forward but somewhat harsh almost astringent backing. A more toasted bread and caramel note up front. Some lingering sweetness that blends well with the floral hop note. Some bittering hops that linger. A slight ester, rose peddles but beyond that a clean yeast finish.

The body is light to moderate. An astringent finish which is accented by a higher carbonation level. Overall a pretty easy drinking beer. Would like a touch more malt and more floral hop notes but still mostly clean.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 04:37:26 | More by Oxymoron
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

P- AOH

A- a creamy brown sugar look to it with amber tones. Half giner head that hangs. Average lacing on the pint.

S- brown sugar and caramel malts dominate the nose. i get hints of maybe some dark candided fruit like plum but it is hard to tell.

F- sour caramel malts and no hop tones to it at all. quite sugary as well.

M- tastes like licking brownb sugar of a metal can. The malts just overpower anything else.

O- not a good beer but better than your BMC stuff. Lots of work left to do on this one. Bring out some hops on it please.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 18:28:55 | More by Dodo2step
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with short-lived off-white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, caramel malt, some fruit and staleness. Body is medium and smooth. Grassy hops, sweet caramel malt and brown sugar (too much of it) combine on the palate. Finish is long and semi-sweet. I can’t say I enjoyed the brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 23:07:01 | More by mikeg67
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic.

A: Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a thing, quickly dissipating, tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Smells like, wheat, barley, brown sugars, hints of earthy tones

T: This was a bit of a downer, gives me the after taste of a Miller Lite, which is not good. It's a bit lacking in flavor too, but it is not offensive, just, you know, meh.

M: Over carbonated when compared to the flavor levels, feels like I'm drinking club soda

O: Over all, it was ok, I've had far, far worse, but this just doesn't stand out to me except for the cool looking bottle. Probably won,t have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:06:26 | More by Mavigo
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a finger of head on a copper colored body.
It has a mild aroma of grain.
The flavor is mild overall with bitterness and honey sweetness.
There is moderate carbonation and it is medium bodied.
A drinkable enough ale, nothing special and lacking in aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 16:40:13 | More by Fatehunter
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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.