Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
2.75/5 rDev -15.1%
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish orange color with a 1/4" head of mixed size bubbles that only retained for a few seconds. There are a few bubbles rising, but they don't really maintain the head.
Aroma: Quite a bit of fruitiness is noticeable at first along with some bready yeast and a tad of toasty malts. There is a slight metallic aroma along with a faint sour twang somewhere in the depths.
Taste: The taste is a bit one sided and hollow. There is some malt that you get in the beginning along with the metallic edge and plethora of fruitiness. The middle of the profile is so balanced that it is practically nonexistant. The finish is rather wet and uneventful. There is very little bitterness to back up the malt in the finish. It is light to slightly heavier bodied, but the carbonation is light, so it rolls across your palate a bit watery.
Opinion: This is my first beer of the evening, so I figured that this one would go over better than this. I am pretty disappointed, obviously. This beer is just too light, and the only flavors that I get with any significance are bordering on flaws. I have their pale ale in the fridge also, so I hope it makes a better showing than this one.
12-05-2005 01:00:48 | More by SkeeterHawk
More User Reviews:
3.05/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from the tap a clear amber with a very thin off white head that was gone in a flash,big caramel malt aromas with some fruity esters,not much hop presence found.Flavors are agin sweeter and malt tilted,caramel biscuit with a touch of grain,some lingering fruit notes in the finish.Eh if you like old school malt tilted ambers you'll like this,me not so much.
01-25-2009 23:02:49 | More by oberon
3.2/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Color is dark copper, clear, with minimal head that recedes quickly to a few bubbles. Minimal lacing.
S: Nothing incredibly noteworthy on the nose. Moderate malts and mild hops seem balanced.
T&M: A moderately dry rush of mild and caramel malts engulf the tongue first with a steady medium weight in the mouth. Abundant carbonation keeps this brew active and the overall texture has a mild bite. Hops come in to balance the malts but the malts seem to shine through with slightly more prominence. Finish is mostly short of malt with a longer bitter linger.
D: Generally more flavorful than the average ale but everything else about this brew is pretty mainstream. Not incredibly smooth but still pretty easy to drink. Give it a try if your in the mood.
06-21-2008 22:10:11 | More by SIRIUS2
2.85/5 rDev -12%
Pours a standard pale amber. Smells like a macro-not good. Mouthfeel is thin. Taste isn't all that good at all. It tastes like a Corona, but with some darker malts thrown in. Drinkability? Sure. Good? Nah, not really.
Overall, I wouldn't buy this beer again, not with many other similar, better brews available for nearly the same price. This one's just too weak and blah.
03-13-2005 05:30:54 | More by skybluewater
3.53/5 rDev +9%
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.
01-11-2014 22:06:23 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.3/5 rDev +1.9%
12 ounce bottle, no freshness info..
Pours clouded medium brownish, non exciting, light tan head, looser bubbles, leaves some typical and long sticking blobs of lace.
Wheat bread sniff, malty sweetness.
Malty brew, with nothing special going on, more wheat bread, some ripe fruit, minor slightly metalic note.
Just a bit thin mouthfeel wise.
Put it all together and you get a slightly better then middle of the road amber...yawn
04-30-2011 14:31:28 | More by Billolick
3.65/5 rDev +12.7%
Drank from a bottle in a pint glass. Has a brownish amber color. A slightly off white head that is fairly dense.
The nose is a little surprising. It is not as malty as other ambers. There is plenty hop to it with floral hints along with the breadiness and malts of an amber.
Avalanche is medium bodied with a slight sweetness and maltiness which fades quickly to a hop finish. The hops are fairly smooth and not overbearing. It is almost like a pale ale meets an amber.
01-03-2009 05:37:49 | More by nem2006
3.63/5 rDev +12%
Appearance: amber, minimal head, clear, little carbonation
Smell: slight toasted caramel malt
Taste: well balanced toasted malt, caramel, and hops
Mouthfeel: well balanced, the sweetness slightly dominates, some bitterness, medium bodied, with a clean finish
Drinkability: Nothing out of the ordinary but very sessionable. I do like the mix of malt and hops. This one is better on draft.
10-26-2009 17:20:54 | More by tigg924
3.03/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured 12 oz bottle into Nonic glass. No date available.
Pours a nice head of 1" that dissipates to a layer of fine lace. Color is more amber than red.
Smell is of malt, somewhat toasty and sweet. Flavor is nice, but nothing outstanding. Good clean finish, no aftertaste.
01-05-2008 09:10:15 | More by mattster
3.48/5 rDev +7.4%
12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear bronze color. The white head is weak, dissipating rapidly. No lacing.
The aroma is dry malt, nutty and woody with a bit of nutmeg. The flavor is also almost all malt and barley, some oaty and nuttiness, just slightly hopped and smoothed out with a creamy caramel element. Similiar to a Scottish ale.
It's light bodied, not all that complex. Very drinkable. Not revolutionary, but quaffable.
05-20-2007 23:07:50 | More by Osiris9588
3.63/5 rDev +12%
Typical appearance, nothing too amazing. The smell was very faint, of caramel malt. Taste was better than smell, but sort of one-dimensional- only got the maltiness.
Overall, this beer was OK, drank fine last night. But not very complex, and not worth going out of your way for.
08-06-2011 15:29:02 | More by wo87810
3.03/5 rDev -6.5%
Bomber pour. Amber to brown. Caramel nose and taste, lacking hops.
Taste smacks of typical Breckenridge boring (apologies to Vanilla Porter), very simple style beer, looks nice but doesn't back it up. Just has that craft beer feel of SA, Gordon Biersch etc. . . when they make an amber with no hops. But its not even a hop bomb, it just looks cooler than BMC yellow (well it tastes slightly better too).
Unfortunately, Breckenridge cost does not match their quality. Won't be having this again anytime soon.
07-17-2010 23:11:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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