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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of midwestbrewers


2.33/5  rDev -28.1%

A: Pours a light copper color with no head and no lacing to speak of.

S: Very bready sort of bakery like aroma. Slight citric smell as the brew warms up a bit.

T: Malty and smooth but with a strange soapy aftertaste which is not pleasant.

Overall this would have been a decent beer but the soapy taste ruined it for me. Everything but the taste is decent. Will not buy this again.

01-09-2011 05:13:40 | More by midwestbrewers
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -23.5%

$2.49 single from Oak Tree.

Hazy slightly dark orange body, topped by a rocky two finger white head.

Very mild bakery aroma, a quick burst without staying power.

Very light malt base, a small bit of tasty bakery hops at the swallow, and an unfortunate soapy aftertaste. Nothing in any abundance and a bit watery, which increased as it warmed. Fades immediately, for good or bad.

Light mouthfeel slides right over the tongue. May go down easy, but there is a real lack of desire here.

Not a drain pour, but not something to seek either. Certainly plenty of more interesting ambers on the shelves.

01-02-2011 05:37:21 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Kegatron


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, right out of the gate, topped with 2 foamy fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thin filmy look, leaving back some spotty froth that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of caramel, toast, and some citric hops that give this an earthy twang. Pretty straight forward as far as the flavors go.

The taste mirrors the nose, with notes of doughy bread and caramel, which has a bit of a light roasted nature to it. Green citrus flavors and bitter rind gives the profile some zip. This finishes surprisingly bitter and fairly dry overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an equal parts creamy and bubbly feeling on the edges and then firms up and hits the tongue with some crispness as this goes down.

This was a decent Amber Ale. I thought that the hop profile could have been cleaned up a little but this was mostly flavorful and the crisp yet still mostly smooth body helped out the drinkibility. Of their beers, this was probably a good one for Breckenridge to put in cans.

12-14-2010 17:59:50 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Rifugium


2.3/5  rDev -29%

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA

A: Reddish brown color, quickly-receding white head.

S: Nutty, malty, earthy.

T: Matches the nose, not too flavorful.

M: Light-medium body, a little watery.

D: Average brew, not too memorable. Fairly drinkable.

12-13-2010 21:24:14 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Thanby


3.43/5  rDev +5.9%

Served from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a hazy amber-mahogany color with minimal off-white head that dissipates quickly. Barely any noticeable carbonation.

Smells very doughy with a little caramel and almond in the background.

Tastes surprisingly yeasty, light roasted caramel malt, lingering malt bitterness, fairly simple.

Medium body, very doughy but easy to drink, good session beer but overall not terribly impressive.

12-05-2010 19:38:39 | More by Thanby
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass

A - typical for style reddish/copper; clear; thin and short-lived head

S - too earthy

T - decent. somewhat heavy on toasted malt. Yeasty.
down-rated for sour/bitter finish without much hop (or other) flavor.

M - average for style

D - see taste

11-22-2010 23:47:38 | More by chinchill
Photo of zdk9


2.95/5  rDev -9%

A- Pours a deep copper fading into ruby. A finger of head turns into splotchiness.

S- Butter, bread crust, husk, cornmeal, light orange.

T- Musty, malt syrup. Just the tiniest hint of grapefruit pith.

M- A little syrupy, especially for the amount of flavor in this one. I'd prefer more carbonation.

D- Eh a decent standard drinker, I'd say about par with SA BL.

11-11-2010 05:30:17 | More by zdk9
Photo of Nerudamann


3.5/5  rDev +8%

Look - darker amber in color, clear, with about a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly. Very low carbonation.

Smell - somewhat pungent, herbal-like smell. Very peculiar and hard for me to identify.

Taste - fairly bitter even on the onset. Once settled into the mouth, less bitter. Peculiar taste matches the smell. This brewer has used Agave nectar in their brews before, it tastes like something along those lines may have been used for these. Texture is slightly on the creamy side.

Drinkability - Different taste is fairly intriguing. I'd be willing to drink more just to figure this one out.

10-24-2010 04:24:04 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Thorpe429


3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color. A bit thick with an off who're head. Nose is pretty plain with some doughy caramel and a bit of nuts. Nutty in the taste with mild toast and that is about it. Medium body and somewhat chewy. Drinks okay. Nothing wrong, just not super flavorful.

10-19-2010 10:10:49 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of alleykatking


3.53/5  rDev +9%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a rusty amber color. One finger off white head shows light retention. Lacing is light and falls back into the glass with each sip.

S- Nice blend of earthy hops and sweet malts. Caramel malts show up more so in the front and middle with the grassy hops in the front of the beer. Buttery aroma in the backend of the nose.

T- Caramel malts show up first with this beer. There is a light pine hop bit in the tailend of the front of the beer. Caramel malts in the middle of the beer shine but a little too much. There is still a light butter flavor in the ending that blends well with the caramel malts. The final tasting in the beer is a light piney hop bite. A little subdue as a amber ale but I can't complain.

D- This beer is very very drinkable. Not the most in the fuller flavor department but a decent amber ale nevertheless. The ABV on this one makes it a easy drinker but I would want to go with a fuller flavor amber personally.

10-19-2010 04:36:45 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Fnord


3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance - Clear amber with a small but creamy head.

Smell - Orange, brown sugar, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. A slight tart component is there.

Taste - Sweet and caramelly, with a slightly acidic finish. The citrus from the nose is absent from the taste. The hops are subdued, but what is there is crisp and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Notes - In most respects, it's a pretty typical amber ale. The acidic finish is a bit weird, but it's not strong enough to be truly unpleasant. I wouldn't turn one down if offered, but there's better ambers out there.

10-16-2010 16:47:58 | More by Fnord
Photo of Shrews629


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance - Deep orange to amber in color. Almost copper in color. Off-white head that dissipated rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing. Partly cloudy also. Was expecting a clearer beer for this style.

Smell - Malt and hops in the nose. A bit of an earthy smell. Actually rather sweet in the smell. Just a touch of caramel hides underneath. Also, detecting that slightest hint of butter.

Taste - Sweet malt with little hop bite, but some IS present at the very end. Not bad really. Not overdone with malt, but enough to make me want another sip.

Mouthfeel - Actually has a fairly thin mouthfeel, but it is somewhat dry in the finish. Crisp. Does a decent job of hanging around in the throat until the next sip.

Drinkability - This is a decent brew. Not outstanding, but nowhere near horrible. I like it ok and would give it a second try if someone offered. Beats any "macro" by a long shot in my opinion.

09-25-2010 22:23:50 | More by Shrews629
Photo of rootbeerman


3.2/5  rDev -1.2%

just seemed to notice that the can was overly full. poured into my duvel tulip.

A: pours dark amber with a thin off white head which quickly fell.
S: lightly grainy, sweet light caramel and malt. smells almost like a marzen
T: also lightly sweet malt, tastes also like an ale version of marzen, yet has a bit more on the hop earth/light grass bitterness.
M: seems a bit thick, cans and craft never seem, to me to have good carbonation.
D: drinks like marzen, so not too bad. flavors are simple

09-19-2010 06:18:36 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of tlazaroff


3.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Drank from a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy dark amber color with a head that disappeared so quickly that I couldn't even identify it.

S: I get some slight caramel smell, and something that smelled almost bready (biscuity), though I don't think those malts were used to craft this beer.

T: I get some roastyness on top of slight toffee flavors. The backend you get a nice taste of earthy and herby hops.

M: This is a bit watery with moderate carbonation, but it's good. The "watery" feel to it doesn't detract from this beer.

D: High drinkability, easily session-able.

09-17-2010 20:41:38 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of Lukafer


3.3/5  rDev +1.9%

poured into pint glass, review from notes.

Vigorous pour produces 2 fingers of head which quickly fades. It appears a light golden color. I smell bready malts and sone caramel. Tastes are malts, some hops at the end, kinda flavorless. Mouthfeel is very light and has hardly any carbonation. Drinkability is good because it is so light, mediocre.

09-12-2010 05:19:15 | More by Lukafer
Photo of LacquerHead


2.73/5  rDev -15.7%

S: the smell reminded me of peanut shells

T: 1st I must report that my beer was not past the expiration date. That said, this tasted very stale and musty. I was also tasting peanut shells - the kind you get at sports stadiums. It tasted like the whole beer had been roasted. There was a slight caramel malt flavor that cropped up as it got warmer. Overall the flavors weren't working for me.

M/F: left a stale taste.

D: I had one and that was enough. It did get a little better as it warmed up. The flavors started to come together as it warmed but it was still not tasty enough for a second.

Overall: not a very good amber ale. I feel no need to have this again.

09-08-2010 19:46:14 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of budgood1


3.35/5  rDev +3.4%

bought a sixers of cans for a reasonable price, so here it goes...

pours out of the twelve ounce can a slightly hazy copper and bronze hued amber colour with a fine but thickish off white head. slight wispy lace. sweet malty aroma, some brown sugar notes complimented by some juicy hoppiness. taste is sweet with some caramel like maltiness....sugary and slightly cloying in nature. some back end hoppiness but it's neither overly bitter or lip smacking. medium bodied and a somewhat lackluster mouthfeel. there is just nothing outstanding going on here. drinkability is fine. would be a nice compliment to some cheesy snacks at the bar.

just ok. not bad out of the can.

08-20-2010 22:33:45 | More by budgood1
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.4/5  rDev +4.9%

Mostly clear, copper colored, 1 finger head, some lacing. 3.5

Somewhat similar to the summerbright ale in both aroma and taste. Grainy smell with some malted wheat. 3.5

Tastes nicely malted with light hops and a touch of sweet caramel. 3.5

Feels slick and slightly watery. Goes down easy. 3.5

Drinks ok. 3. Not bad but I liked the others in the sampler better, especially the IPA. Not a bad brewery tho, I'd like to sample more of their offerings.

08-17-2010 15:13:31 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of andrewm190

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +10.5%

I'm a big fan of fine canned beers, and this one delivers. I should note a quick caveat: I have a soft spot for this beer because it reminds me of being in Breckenridge. Otherwise, it tastes strong of the amber, goes down cool crisp and refreshing, and you can thoroughly enjoy another one. It may be true that I would drop this to a slightly lower rating if not for some biases I hold in its favor, but whatever, they are there, and this is my review. It's not the greatest of all things, but it treats me right.

08-09-2010 03:00:27 | More by andrewm190
Photo of Halcyondays


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours red with a fair white head, below average retention, light lace.

S: Lots of crystal red malt, notes of orange, grapefruit.

T: A real malty beer, that classic red ale malt flavour dominates, but not as sugary as it could be. Fair balance, the citrus from the hops does a good job.

M: Medium-bodied, lightly cloying. Fairly clean finish.

D: A solid amber, I wish it was a little hoppier, but what are you going to do. I liked it, but really nothing I'd repurchase.

08-08-2010 02:33:16 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of u2carew


2.15/5  rDev -33.6%

12oz. longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head - big bubbled, then settles quite quickly. Some haze to the body. Lacing is thin and sticky. Amber in color.
S) Smells like a wet dog. Earthy. Pungent.
T) Grassy. Lemon. Nutty. Very little malty sweetness. Tastes a how a wet dog smells... maybe horse is a better description. The hops seem a bit strong for an amber.
M) Smooth, but with moments of tart bitterness. Medium body.
D) Not very good at all. I don't know if this is a bad beer, but this is the second one I have tried over the course of three days and both have been unpleasant. I won't be drinking another one of these. In regards to style, I don't think it fits.

08-07-2010 17:47:19 | More by u2carew
Photo of JohnWaynes44


4.35/5  rDev +34.3%

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.

07-24-2010 04:49:55 | More by JohnWaynes44
Photo of indiapaleale


3.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Pour - amber in color (thats a good thing) with some reddish hues and an inch of off-white head that fades relatively quickly.

Aroma - caramel, steeped grains, a little astringent as well as some very slight hints of grass or hay.

Taste - malty, tangy with a little sweet citrus kick. Mainly caramel malt with a decent body but not too much depth as far as flavor goes. A little dry and sweet in the finish. Solid but nothing amazing.

Overall - straightforward and "subtle". This is a great session brew or a good candidate for a gathering. There is a reason this style sells so well.

Would I buy more of it? - can I try some of the Lucky U IPA first and then decide?

07-21-2010 02:10:58 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a small head. Smell is mild, some malts and hops. Taste is good, malts with some notes of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

07-17-2010 17:19:16 | More by tone77
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74 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.