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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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1,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 62 | 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 flyingspatula
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't able to drink this from a glass, so I can't comment on the color or head. Basically, this was a good flavored beer that had a flat characteristic. It is actually not bad, even though it reminds me slightly of two beers I don't like, Bells "Oarsman" and Four Horseman's "Irish Red". Both of those are very flat, yet their sour profiles render them almost undrinkable to me. The nice flavor of this makes it pretty drinkable. Would I buy a six pack of it though? Probably not.

flyingspatula, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber with a small off-white head. Retention is pretty much nothing but a ring and cloud form atop the beer. Nice suds and a few spots of lace.

S- Yeast creates a heavy bread profile which is accompanied by caramel malt and a dark fruit raspberry feel. Some spice notes as well.

T- Plentiful amounts of dark fruit (raspberry feel), toasted nutty caramel malt and bread. Also has some slight spice and hops(herbal, citrus). This all does feel watered down after a bit, it is strange.

MF- Moderate body has a semi-watery feel. Carbonation is smooth and at a nice level. Slight bitterness.

DB- A malty, fruity amber and there is nothing wrong with that. It is fruitier than any amber I have had but it would work better if it didn't feel diluted.

cbutova, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of JMad
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

JMad, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. Slightly hazy amber with a wispy white head, scattered bits of lace.

Smells of lightly sweet and bready malts with hints of nuttiness and leafy hops. Flavors lean more nutty and tangy. Hop presence is modest and tealike. Although it's a keg and thus I must assume it's fresh, there are hints of an odd staleness, almost like some crackers sitting in a box a couple of weeks past the 'best by' date. Not something I'd revisit.

PDXHops, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light copper color with an average/smaller than average light, foamy, tiny bubbles, off-white colored head. Disappears fairly fast leaving a thin lace.

S - Some crystal/pale malt with touches of caramel and toffee aroma. Faint tea/herbal hops. A touch of toasted grain.

T - Similar to the nose, but lighter and more grain flavors. Starts off with a slight bitterness then a slight toffee/caramel malt. More toasted grain than crystal/pale malt though. Finishes with a slight tea flavor but more bitter almost grassy hop finish.

M - Light body and average carbonation. Way too thin and watery. Doesn't have much body at all.

D - The body makes this go down easy, but given the flavors, I don't really want to drink more. There's not enough there to want to come back to.

Notes: Way too faint, watery, and lacking. Has some vague English flavors, but not done well. A touch of caramel/toffee but the taste has too much toasted grain. Similar problem with the hops having a slightly tea flavor but more bitter slightly grassy flavors.

FreshHawk, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy amber with a small head.

S - Soft grain, hints of metal, honey.

T - Sweet honey grain and hints of caramel. Has some tea tannins and slighlty nutty. Finishes dry.

M - Light silky body, adequate carbonation.

This an easy drinker. Sweet but subtle flavors. Has a good finish.

StaveHooks, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 05820B. Sampled on February 19, 2011. The amber colored pour was attractive but little head despite an aggressive pour. Grainy aroma with sweet malts and bread mingled in. The body is rather light. The taste tends to come across as more grainy than anything else. It went down very fast though.

puboflyons, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of SteelerNation
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

SteelerNation, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ficho520
5/5  rDev +53.8%
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 Vdubb86
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at McGonigal's Pub in Barrington, IL

Apparently this is the special of the month, which is honestly the only reason that I had it. This beer pours a nice reddish amber color with a thin remnant of white foam coating the surface of the beer. The smell is a tad bit sweet, there may have been a twinge of adjunct, but the aromatics were so faint I really couldn't pick up much. This beer has a pretty distinct malt characteristic with a gritty earthy bitterness to the back end of the flavor that while not making it unpleasant doesn't make it anything worth going back for more. The mouthfeel is a tad watery and bitter but not too much to take away from the beer itself. I had no problem drinking the beer, but I'm glad that it was on special, because to me that meant it was closer to being priced right.

Vdubb86, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of jlindros
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over clear reddish auburn brown color.

Nose adds some light malts, a bit of a malt extract aroma, a bit of a toasty reddish malt aroma with a slight skunked aroma. Something is really weird about this aroma, not very good.

Taste is not so great either, very light, some light toasty malts but quite a bit of a malt extract and adjunct type flavors, some bad skunked like malt flavors, very light grassy hops, but overall just bad.

Mouth is pretty light, decent carbonation though.

Drink is not great either, its light and crisp, but the bad flavors just don't go well.

jlindros, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of smcolw
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very brief head--within two minutes, all that remains is rim bubbles. Dark amber color. Hazy.

The smell is similar to beef stew; not attractive.

Mostly grainy, some residual sugars, very low hop level. Still there is an off-ness to the flavor which I believe is primarily from the aroma. The body is decent, but can't make up for the rest.

smcolw, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Schneic8
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Schneic8, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a crystal beer mug the beer is amber gold with little white head, which dies not stick around.
The smell is grainy, with very little hint of malt.
Tasting the beer I was rather disappointed. A weak bread taste, and a little malt up front, not much in the middle and a slightly bitter aftertaste.
A beer that promised more than it could deliver.

Hopfenpeter, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ontap at the Breck in Colorado during a ski trip - into a pint glass (as well as out of cans before). Poured yellowish/orange with 1/4 inch white head that limped into a ring. Smelt of slight hints of roast and sweet maltiness. Taste begins sweet and bready and dissipates with a hint of sour fruit and moss merging towards the end. Less hops than a elephant. Mouthfeel was light. Overall, a fairly disappointing amber that could use less sweetness and more malty bite or hops.

CuriousMonk, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into standard pint glass, a creamy off white head about 1/2" thick sat on top then dissipated to a thin bubbly layer. Color is translucent amber, with light effervescence.

Smell is bready, lightly toasted malt, not much else.

Taste is bready, biscuity malt, light toasted notes. Very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is flat across the tongue and cheeks, light bite from the carbonation and bitterness mainly on the tongue.

Drinkability is average, something I could drink all day, but probably would pick up something else instead.

mvanaskie13, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Man has it been a while since I has a can offering!

A - A very solid copper color with a half inch of white head.

S - Well I get some caramel sweetness and hops in the nose. Maybe a bit of grain but it is faint.

T - Eh its really average at best. I get a mild sweetness with very mild hops. Grain is good and sweet in the taste.

M - Light to medium. I took my time sipping

D - Not really something I would seek out again and really not much more flavor than a typical amber lager but it was still cool to try in a can.

DrDemento456, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a tight, white head that leaves a decent ring of lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and some toasted malts.

Tastes of the earthy hops and a malt base. Hops are not very bitter, but give the earthy notes and some herbal notes as well. Malts are toasty bread and do not add much in the way of sweetness. Overall, everything is weak.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

midwestbrewers, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$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.

RonfromJersey, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kegatron, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Rifugium, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Thanby
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Thanby, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

chinchill, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of zdk9
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

zdk9, Nov 11, 2010
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.