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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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75
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1,087 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of ficho520
5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Had a dark coppery/orange color similar to a glass of tea. It had a small off-white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Has a sweet orange and brown sugar smell. It is kind of weak and hard to pick up.

Taste: Has a sweet caramel taste with a low carbonation. It also has a citrus taste and has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Has a slight crispness to it and goes down smooth. It has a light/medium body that leaves a sweet after taste.

Drinkability: Very good beer that I enjoyed. I thought the smoothness of the beer made it easy to drink. It is straight forward and subtle which I find appealing. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

ficho520, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of niceonebro
5/5  rDev +53.4%

niceonebro, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jrutigs
5/5  rDev +53.4%

jrutigs, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TrojanWheels
5/5  rDev +53.4%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of THEGENERALISMO
5/5  rDev +53.4%

THEGENERALISMO, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of trim200xc
5/5  rDev +53.4%

trim200xc, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Jdouth
5/5  rDev +53.4%

Jdouth, Saturday at 08:48 PM
Photo of magno3025
5/5  rDev +53.4%

magno3025, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of johndonor3
4.75/5  rDev +45.7%

johndonor3, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of evilkev
4.75/5  rDev +45.7%

evilkev, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.6/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice looking reddish amber brew that has a white head that didn't stay very long and it leaves no lace on my glass. There is a nice hop aroma and a fruity ester in there too. The taste is very clean and follows up with a sweet malty nirvana before the hops hit your tongue. Definitely a easy drinking ale. I will be revisiting this beer in the near future.

RushLimbmalt, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of tang214
4.6/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I fell in love with this brew the first time I had it at the Breckenridge brewpub in Denver. When I finally found it back here in Dallas I was ecstatic. The deep amber color is very pleasing to the eye. You can defenietly smell the caramel flavors right away. The rich malts and the perfect body to it make it taste wonderful. It feels very smooth in the mouth and flows down the throat the same way, which makes it very, very drinkable. In my opinion, this is one of the best beers of this style.

tang214, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of jrupert426
4.52/5  rDev +38.7%

jrupert426, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of MtSmith34
4.5/5  rDev +38%

MtSmith34, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with 2-row pale, Munich, Roasted barley, and Chocolate malts. Hopped with Willamette, Chinook, Tettnang, and Hallertau.

19 IBU, 5.41% ABV (but selling at Albertson's as a 3.2% ABW brew)

Pours out to a very slightly hazy copper, forming a large soapy light beige head with very good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is rich with biscuit and toast notes, mild floral hops and lots of grain husk. Carbonation is moderate but very soft. Mouthfeel is full and also very soft with a medium-light body. Taste starts with some nicely spicy floral hops, followed by a shitload of toast and biscuit...the middle is earthy with some interesting patchouli and cedar notes. The bitterness is earthy and mild. Finish is long on toast with roasted barley and further grain husk. Cleanly fermented, super easy to drink.

This is quite an awesome brew, especially for being 3.2% ABW. This has a ton of flavor, and between the rich biscuit, toast and malt body, always brings a smile to my face. It's true to style and surpasses many of the better ambers out there. Very easy to drink stuff, and it's only $5.99/6'er here in Estes Park and Loveland. Recommended. This could easily become an everyday beer for me.

Mitchster, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This dark ale pours a very nice dark golden brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is spicy and hoppy with some malt hints. Flavor is malty and spicy, with a little bit of a hop bite and plenty of malty smoothness. This is a delicious and very drinkable beer, perfect for a cold night.

Cyberkedi, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Westlake1
4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
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.

Westlake1, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of megahurts4
4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Avalanche Ale

Appearance: amber, medium-large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: slight hops, rich malts, and grain.

Taste: rich biscuity malt, sweet grain, and a faint hop.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:
This is a tasty ale. It is also seems lighter than it is. It has a low ABV and can be drank in large quantities.

megahurts4, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chalk it up as sheer genius, or clumbsy brilliance, Breckenridge has done something great with this one. Out of a can, that I have overlooked for a year in my local shop. Pours a tastilizingly huge head spilling over on the garage floor. Smells rather mundane. Not much to speak of here, moving along to the taste. Nuts and berry's and herbs. Piney, hoppy. Hits the mouth with a zesty bite with lots of creamy overtones. Finishes like something from belgium.Very easy do drink. Goes down too good. This beer is hard to put in a pigeon hole. I think it is all over the board, from its Irish Ale like carbonation and bite, but rather close to a northwest pale ale in character. All I know is I love it and at 14 bucks for a 12 pack of cans, you just can"t beat it. Nicely done.

JohnWaynes44, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer is a barely hazy amber brown. A nice foamy head recedes down to an even film, and nice rings of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is buttery, malty, and with a hint of sweet cookie biscuits. The taste profile is not far off from the aroma. There's a nice mellow buttery biscuit body, while a faint hop bite lingers in and around. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, but smooth and quenching.

Overall, I had to comeback and edit my review. This is simply a beer I could drink all day. I like it's biscuit and buttery profile a lot. Great all year long.

JuicesFlowing, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.28/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.

Appearance: Definitely amber, with an almost orange hue to it. Bright and crisp-looking with medium carbonation. Head is non-existent; very thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. There's something very...canned...about this beer.

Smell: Extraordinary. Cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet bread, raisins, just a hint of hops. The only thing throwing it off is this somewhat out-of-place alcohol contingency.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very malty on the tongue right from the get-go. Purple fruit flavor just before the carbonation explosion. Spices/herbs melt nicely into a gentle/floral hop bouquet. Aftertaste is gently bitter due to the hops, and the beer leaves only a touch of hop oil after imbibing. Nice!

Overall: Better than average...I don't know how this only has a C+ rating at the time of this posting...it's really good.

Lauthaha, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of rshepard
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

rshepard, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin creamy head and amber color. Clear. Aroma is clean and sweet malt and slight butter. Flavor is a mild and very tasty biscuit, caramel, sweet malty mixture offset by unobtrusive bittering hops. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and CO2 is a pleasant low level. Overall, this is a balanced, mild amber session brew that I would put in my kegerator in a heartbeat.

EagleTalon, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Ricklinator
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second time i tried this beer i got a pint and a half bottle that i split with a buddy in two pint glasses. I liked the amber color and the head stayed around for a while. The beer smelt sweet with a big dose of citrus. i enjoyed the distinct orange flavor and medium carbonation. This is easily one of my favorite all around beers.

Ricklinator, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of Anmaglahk
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Anmaglahk, Jul 11, 2014
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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.