Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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1,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 161 | 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: 1,183 | Reviews: 449
Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poor example of the style. Not very rich or malty.

Photo of Chris7482
4.16/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good easy drinking beer, very enjoyable

Photo of rbrandt22
4.26/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was given to me as a gift and last one I drank out of the mixer but really enjoyable

Photo of V1per41
3.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap straight from the source. Nothing negative to say about this beer. It is very bland and average in every way

Photo of xbrettfavrex
2.72/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Essentially tastes like overpriced Yuengling with a major aluminum tinge. I wouldn't avoid it, but I certainly wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of ordybill
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a malt and wheat/grass smell, not bad.
Appearance- this beer pours a clear golden copper color with a thick white head.
Taste- Big malt flavor up front up the after / finishing taste is rather empty.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation.
Overall- An average beer

Photo of jordanian2
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good brew that I'd drink again.

Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Truncated notes:

A: Head fills ~80% of the glass. Frothy enough, with fair thickness and fullness. Decent complexion. Not real creamy. Could be softer-looking. Leaves uneven light lacing on the sides of the glass. Retention is superb - ~7-9 minutes.

Body is a vibrant copper (NOT an amber). Clear and translucent, with no visible yeasty muck or hop sediment.

Overall, it looks more like a pale than an amber.

Sm: Aroma brings wheat, pale malt, floral hops, and dominant amber malts (which carry a hint of toastiness). I find no caramalt. A biteen bready.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Amber malts, toastiness, mild floral hop character, and pale malts. Shallow and somewhat insipid, with a middling balance. Not gestalt, unique, special, complex, subtle, or nuanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with fair carbonation and an unrefreshing feel. Medium-bodied. Somewhat stale, actually.

Generic in its execution. Meh. There's no harmony of texture to taste.

O: Drinkable but middling. A very generic amber from Breckenridge. I'll be sticking to their vanilla porter going forward.

Low C-

Photo of JohnMachiavel
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nothing great, but drinkable. Would not try again.

Photo of Ian_Lindemuth
4.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't normally like ambers, but this is literally one of the best I've ever had.

Photo of Paul432_1
4.4/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

A great tasting beer to try. Came in a variety pack

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Understandable that this brew is light in size, but more is expected from a name like that—it's like naming a Chihuahua Zeus … forget the name, we guess. So we have a sessionable Amber Ale, one without much of a punch aside from a slight toasted malt character. Even the hops are pretty damn modest. A decent brew, nothing more.

STYLE: American Amber Ale
ABV: 4.4%

LOOK: Reddish copper, thin head

SMELL: Mild caramel, dried hay, mildly fruit, bready, faint hazelnut

TASTE: Light crispness, lighter body, wet, thin graininess, toasted bread crust, nutty, mineral, mild hopping, grass, apple skin; dry, toasty finish

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, dark, amber, mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of biscuity, cereal-like aromas, followed by some caramel and brown sugar, spices of black pepper and coriander, and a touch of vinegary-like corn or rice adjunct-like aromas.

Taste: Really, really good, with strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of biscuits, cereal and sourdough bread. Next comes strong flavors of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness and some black pepper. Finally, the beer finishes with a touch of floral, piney, slightly bitter hops. Thankfully, there are none of the vinegary-like corn or rice adjunct-like flavors that are present in the aroma. Great beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there is some good carbonation present. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: What a nice beer! Malty, slightly sweet, easy to drink. Another great beer from Colorado, and another great beer from Breckenridge. While not quite as good a New Belgium’s Fat Tire, I could easily drink this all day, and be very happy!

Photo of Danlizzle1
4.21/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth despite darker appearance in glass

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very average not much to it.

Photo of brewqueno
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great, so I gave it a great score. That is all.

Photo of bmeehan
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a gorgeous shade of deep reddish brown with the perfect head, but that's where the beauty really ends. The taste is very average a little bitter for such a timid beer, and you don't feel like you'll really remember drinking it after you're done. Solid, but not really anything special.

Photo of JB62
4.24/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not as Amber colored as most but very balanced and drinkable

Photo of PA-hunter
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 4.4% abv

Appearance- Medium amber color and and slighty cloudy. Two finger head that dissipates fast.

Smell- Caramel malts throughout with an earthy crispness.

Taste- Grains come through heavy, followed by the sweet malt which is not as pronounced as in the smell. The herbal hop finish comes in at the end with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light in body, dry finish.

Overall- A decent amber ale that is fairly light and nothing too big or memorable as far as flavor goes. Still not bad; easy drinking.

Photo of MikeRusso
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Not a bad beer at all. Pretty good flavor and pretty light. Not too strong. So nice to sip on and enjoy.

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Many people don't think this beer is that good, but I don't understand why. It's a great warm-weather or session beer. Light and ambery but not too pale, nice clear color, crisp taste. Nothing too adventurous, but great to have around in the cooler.

Photo of Webbey
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to glass.

Appearance: A beautiful copper/amber color with no cloudiness. Great clarity.

Smell: Very malt filled smell with just a hint of hops.

Taste: I really enjoy this one. Your basic Amber Ale. Barely any bitterness at all but not overwhelmingly sweet. A good balance. Very smooth and no flavors that really slap you in the face. This would be a great summer drinking beer and you could drink MANY in one sitting.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated. Not too much up front sweetness. Malt character shines through in the middle and the finish.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer even though it is considered just OK. An easy drinker. Great session ale. Flavor is very basic so I'll just give it a 4 (although I enjoy basic in many beers).

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep true copper to orange amber body. Fairly clear, with virtually no carbonation present. Head is a fluffy light tan consistency and about three fingers tall.

Very light toasted grains, and small caramel presence on the nose. Not much going on but pretty much what an amber should be but seems very quiet on the aroma front.

Palate matches much of the nose but also it's buried flavor. Quite a watery palate and a matching almost faint taffy watery candy sticky quality. Small toast and grains with also faint caramel adding in the mix. Slightly soapy tasting as well.

Overall it's a session amber, and one without much flavor, but it doesn't bring much else to the table other than it's easy drinking and refreshing. No major complaints but nothing too crazy either, sort of a slightly better Fat Tire vein here.

Photo of mjurney
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising to the top. Thin head.

Caramel malts, some herbal hops, very crisp.

Caramel malts, a little toasted. Fruity ester. Hop bitterness is moderate, floral-spicy, a little tea-like. Finish is crisp and dry. Body is light towards medium, very smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing.

It's a good beer.

Photo of Cozuma
4.04/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Caramel clear color with a barely off-white head that's thin and fades to a ring,

S: Caramel dominates the palate with faint apple or a good crisp jicama comes in lightly in the background, mildly floral as well.

T: Again caramel definitely dominates but the light tang of the apple mentioned earlier comes in late and the beer finishes clean.

M: Full bodied beer that has a creamy oily feel to it with a good gulp.

O: A nice amber ale that would be pretty easy to clean out a cooler full. Probably would pair well with a good juicy steak or some kind of smoked meat. Big thanks to KW for sharing this one with me.

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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.