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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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1,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 126 | 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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1/5  rDev -69.3%

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1/5  rDev -69.3%

Photo of DSTUR001
1/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm currently living in Breckenridge. I get to drink this beer fresh from the brewery in Breck. I have to say I have had this beer on numerous occasions, and have been very disappointed. The taste is way to malty and has a bad foam head. Has the taste of skunked beer that has gone bad months go.

Every Monday the brewery has $1 pints night. Maybe they are giving us what we pay for.

Photo of Buggs
1/5  rDev -69.3%

Photo of fatstan
1/5  rDev -69.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of Erdinger2003
1.4/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance is lacking head and lacing.

Smell is a little sour and off putting.

Taste is a little sour and unapealing, it does have a slight lager taste to it.

Mouthfeel is like water, this beer reminds me of a miller lite.

I will never drink this again. It tastes pretty watery and leaves no remnance of any beer-even lager.

Photo of jaybags
1.5/5  rDev -54%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
1.5/5  rDev -54%

Photo of jrallen34
1.68/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a very clear light amber, more of a brown, with a light tan that rises about a finger and is gone quickly. Lacing is poor.

The aroma is light rye and ton of skunk, not very appealing.

The taste is horrible, total skunker start to finish.

The feel is light and not drinkable, total drain pour.

Photo of jongillin
1.71/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer on tap here in Colorado Springs.
All I can say about it is that it is a sad excuse for anything resembling a red ale. Check out the BA description of the style. This beer has none of those characteristics.
As the description says: "This style of beer tends to focus on the malts, but hop character can range from low to high. Expect a balanced beer, with toasted malt characters and a light fruitiness in most examples."

This beer is watery through and through. There is virtually NO aroma and the head is all but non-existent. The color, to be honest, is good and is a nice reddish copper color. However, due to the complete lack of head I gave this a 2.5 on appearance.

The taste is like water with a faint hint of hops in the finish. The hops' presence is over shadowed by WATER. There is no malt flavor to this beer and the mouthfeel is similar to soda water. It is thin and bubbly.
Certainly an easy drinker, but if you want any flavor this is not the beer for you.

Photo of Spineypanda
1.84/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown, and one might expect a bit of a head but not much exists.
Smells like nothing. Maybe some roasted malts if one lets their imagination go wild, but really has no smell.
The taste follows suit. Has no taste, almost like carbonated water that gets you drunk.

Wont be buying this again!

Photo of wedge
1.94/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear copper with a thin, bubbly head. Smells cheap...barely grainy aroma has "lite" beer written all over it. Mild sweetness and grain in the flavor, acidic and husky. Thin mouthfeel with a little bite to it.

Decidedly (and confusingly) macro-lager-like and hugely disappointing. Sometimes it pays off blindly grabbing a single bottle to try. Sometimes you wish you could get your money back. Avoid.

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of mynie
2.02/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had one of these at a buddy's house. He handed me a glass of a nice looking hazy orange brew with a good head. I lowered my head to sniff it...

"Jesus god man, what the hell did you do to this?"

"Nothing! That's straight from the bottle."

I took another wiff. It smelled like, no it couldn't. I smelt again. My god, it did. It smelled exactly like a can of peas. Exactly. If I were blindfolded and had this beer shoved under my nose, I would think it was a can of peas.

I took a sip. It tasted like mixed vegetables, peas and corn. It had an okay body, I guess, but it really, seriously tasted like sweet peas. And that's just weird.

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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.