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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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1,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 133 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Ratings: 1,157 | Reviews: 439
Photo of DerekP
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown-amber with a decent white head up top.

S: Mild caramel; a little hoppiness. Sweet.

T: Attenuated; caramel again; some hop flavor; fruity. Resiny like tea.

MF: Hops to balance. A bit watery.

D: Drinkable, but lacks depth. Somewhere in the middle. Not that interesting, but certainly decent.

Photo of JMad
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid is a copper color with a thin, white, bubbly head. You can smell lots of toasted malt, butter, there is a slightly herbal presence in the background. The taste consists of toasted bread, there is a tangy bite on the sides of the mouth and a hint of lemon. The beer is light and has sharp carbonation. This is an average beer, I could drink a lot of them but would probably get bored.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle red amber with a light head. Some lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is malty and somewhat sweet.

The taste is malty sour and metallic yet the beer is somehow still on the bland side.

Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

This beer is drinkable but nothing special as far as amber ales go.

Photo of mikeg67
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, a better brew that the pale ale. But this amber ale’s pour was still not to impressive – clear dark orange with minimal heading and lacing. Only slight hint of malts in the aroma and taste. Also noted some earthy grains in the quaff – this one seemed more lager like than an ale.

A medium bodied brew, a basic quaffer for any season – but in the end just not to exciting or one I would seek out.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the ale gave a reddish brown color with a slight off-white head. From the pint glass, any aroma was mild. It could be best described as a malty aroma. The taste was a mild, chalky malt flavor. The texture was interesting for an amber ale. The flavor was much of the same in the aftertaste, though it did tend to veer toward a more bitter note.

By definition, this amber ale is fairly average for the style. A drinker that likes amber ales would likely find it acceptable. Most drinkers need not have it more than once.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is amber hued with a small head. The aroma brings some sweet malt and hints of fruit. the flavor is alright. Slightly sweet, malty, and generally uneventful. A light hop presence emerges in the finish, with a soft bitterness (possibly the most exciting aspect of the beer). The body is relatively thin, with minimal alcohol presence. The flavor dissipates quickly after each swallow. Overall, this beer is unoffensive but really bland. I'll finish my pint, but I don't see myself having this again.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought the Breckenridge Brewery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is an almost translucent brown color. The head is about one finger tall, light-tan, thin lacing, small bubbles, fair retention.
Smell: The aroma is very standard, mostly malt and perhaps some caramel.
Taste: The flavors are caramel, sweet and some boozyness.
Mouthfeel: This mouthfeel is decently crisp.
Drinkability: This beer is decent.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Gavage
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: light amounts of caramel and ripe fruits are barely detectable.

Taste: bready malt profile here. Caramel, ripe plums, and a soft bitterness make up a rather average tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start and smooth late. Very little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability: this one was a bit boring for me personally so drinking more than one or two of these may be difficult if looking for a flavorful session beer.

Photo of SteelerNation
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber, like the style. Half finger head, sub par lacing.

S: Toasted malts

T: Toasted apple cinnamon with lemon. Low bitterness with a low hop flavor. Cidery aftertastes. I'm not picking up the soapy aftertastes that everyone is talking about. Probably because I have never tried soap.

M: Light mouthfeel with a moderate dryness. A bit watery.

D: If you like cider you will definitely like this. I find it only moderately drinkable.

It has a lot of off flavors and isn't very clean. It tastes like too much sugar was added to this brew.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees

Light clear amber color. Good head, but dissipates rapidly. Leaves a very decent foam covering. Great lacing.

Smells sweet and malty. Almost like caramel. Definite earthy grain scent, also.

Caramely malts with dark fruits, like raisins and figs. Slight earthiness quality. Minimal hops bite, almost missed it.

This is a medium-bodied brew. Since I like a big bold-bodied brew, I find this to be way too light. Not enough carbonation to even get a creamy feeling.

If, at a social gathering, this was what was available to drink, I'd be alright with it. I just won't be filling the fridge with it anytime soon.

Photo of spoony
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Light lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of caramel and grape juice. Not that appealing.

The flavor is an improvement over the aroma, but not much. Definately on the sweeter side of the ale spectrum. Caramel malt, nuts, and fruit esters are the dominant flavors. Hard to identify any hop flavor but I would say it is floral and herbal.

Solid body with good, well paired carbonation. Smooth texture.

This is a flashback to the birth of craft beer movement type of amber ale. Does not appeal to this drinker anymore.

Photo of Hopittome15
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: sightly hazy amber brown color with very small head, little carbonation

Smell: Malty tones with slight hints of hops coming through.

Taste: Malty caramel flavors that's about it

mouthfeel: slightly bitter with little carbonation

Drinkability: A medium drink, not a favorite for the cellar but decent.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It was a good beer not memorable, poured red not an impressive smell, it seems to be a beer that is not an impressive amber which happens to be my favorite beer selection besides wheat beers. it is one that I will not kick out of bed but not a go to beer by any means.

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of JasonSiedman
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of DrewBest
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of whatname
3/5  rDev -8%

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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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