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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.72%

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 LXIXME

New Mexico

2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Small to maybe medium off white head quickly settles to a quarter inch or less of semi-frothy head above a clear bronze-caramel colored beer.

Very light caramelized grain malts aroma.

Light tasting caramel grain malts is about all there is going on with this light tasting amber.

Almost a wet aftertaste with just a tad of the caramel malts sticking around with this lighter side medium bodied beer.

Not a bad tasting amber beer, just not enough of the taste it has, if the taste of this beer were more pronounced it might actually be a pretty good drink.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 19:25:22 | More by LXIXME
Photo of BeerDocT


3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the can into a chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 3.0: Light amber color. Small head dissipated into characteristic CO2 swirls on top.

Smell 3.5: Very nice bouquet. Hints of biscuit malt, barley and a slight bubblegum smell.

Taste 3.0: Front is a dry barley taste. Middle is basically gone. Nothing there. Finish is slightly hoppy: think Kent Goldings type hoppy, though. That's right: more "mossy" flavor and not biting at all. Finish is more malt and barley. Dry throughout and would probably go well with food.

Mouthfeel: 3.0: OK level of carbonation and is clearly 100% CO2.

Overall 3.0: Good, basic beer. Nothing special. Reminiscent of another Colorado brewery's famous beer (namely New Belgium's Fat Tire), this is an OK beer, but certainly nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: can

05-20-2013 22:30:07 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of RblWthACoz


2.25/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ouch. This is a rough one. On the first sip, I can tell that this is not too good. The load of malts is too thick with no additional flavors. Bleh. This is pretty bad. One of the worst beers I've had in quite some time. Definitely won't be able to finish it.

Serving type: can

08-27-2012 02:15:45 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark copper to light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film on the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of graininess. Light notes of malty sweetness.

T: This beer is a malt bomb with lots of toasted, caramel, and grainy malt flavors but very little hop to balance it out. The beer is lightly sweet from the malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink but I would prefer this beer to be a little more hoppy - it is just a malt bomb and is not as well balanced as I would like. This is definitely sessionable.

Serving type: can

08-13-2012 20:40:35 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of morimech


3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-13-2012 17:54:13 | More by morimech
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an almost two-finger head of very creamy off-white foam. Liquid is a glassy, bubble-filled amber, as advertised, so it's off to a pretty good start.

Nose is a bit lackluster. Has an almost lager-ish essence, something I can't totally put my finger on, but I do think "red lager" rather than "amber ale." Very mild hints of sweet spices (cinnamon, brown sugar) and a bit of a musty, almost sea-weedy sort of smell. Not offensive, just nothing that great.

Not a great taste. While it offers nothing totally offensive, on the other hand it offers nothing much to report. Watery cinnamon and brown sugar, plus a slightly metallic tinge, and a plastic-y finish. Very little to comment on otherwise. Kinda blah.

Thin body, although not watery. Not even propped up very well by carbonation.

Alright, "nothing offensive" I said, although "blah" is, in my beer-world, offensive. But rather than get all huffy about it, I'll just not buy the stuff again. Easy, over 'n' out...

Serving type: can

09-20-2011 22:47:00 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Winter


2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Avalanche pours amber in color, with a khaki head. Not much on the nose; some malted grain. The mouthfeel is thin in body. This is a watered down (weak-ass) amber ale. The taste is very bland. Light caramel with a slight malt flavor. There isn't much else going on here.

I like Breckenridge, as I think they do have some flavorful and creative offerings. Unfortunately, their flagship beer leaves much to be desired.

Serving type: can

08-22-2011 03:07:18 | More by Winter
Photo of dcall384


4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured out of a can into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange color. About a finger width of head that lasted a while, and had nice lacing on the glass.

S- Not a whole lot of smell to it. Had a mild smell of hops and a hint of carmel.

T- The taste was better than expected. The beer had a nice mild bitterness with a hint of carmel.

M- Texture felt like an average ale nothing special.

O- I was actually surprised by this beer. I usually don't care for amber ales, but this one was mild and refreshing.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 17:10:10 | More by dcall384
Photo of mvanaskie13


3/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-16-2011 00:40:01 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of DrDemento456


3.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-11-2011 03:40:28 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Kegatron


3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

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


3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

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


3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

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


3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

09-12-2010 05:19:15 | More by Lukafer
Photo of budgood1


3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-20-2010 22:33:45 | More by budgood1
Photo of andrewm190

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-09-2010 03:00:27 | More by andrewm190
Photo of JohnWaynes44


4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

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


3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-21-2010 02:10:58 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

07-17-2010 17:19:16 | More by tone77
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can

A - Pours a red tinted amber with a half inch off white head, very little retention or lacing.

S - Smells a little bready and has notes of sweet malt. Very feint nose of bitter in the background.

T&M - Sweet, toasted malts up front, but this is actually nicely balanced with some light hop bitterness; I think any more would be overkill. I'm also digging on some of the breadiness in here. Lighter bodied, very clean feeling finish, with just a touch of the toasted malts lingering.

D - Very sessionable at a low 5's ABV. Crisp and clean flavors; nothing heavy, very drinkable.

Notes: It looks like I'm in the minority on this beer. I've had it bottled before, and I can tell you that it was better out of the can. I especially like the fact that this beer is sessionable, and packs some good flavor for being a lower ABV.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-26-2010 03:45:53 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of Goliath


3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed amber color with a one inch light tan head. There is good head retention and a touch of lacing.

the aroma is near nonexistent. There's a touch of sweet maltiness and that's it.

The taste is not that great. There's not much happening here, but I get a light malty sweetness, almost an herbal tea like effect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low touch of very fine bubbled carbonation producing a light tingle on the finish.

Drinkability is moderate. The beer is relatively sessionable, however the flavor profile is a bit boring which doesn't encourage me to keep picking it back up.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-24-2010 23:15:16 | More by Goliath
Photo of tempest


3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a C+? Man, there are some haters in the room. This is far closer to an amber lager or Irish red in terms of taste and feel, but I'm not going to knock a good beer for deviating from a typical American red. Sure, it's smooth and drinkable, but there's still substance. The malt have an interesting sourdough tang with light caramel and bread crust notes. There's a slight hint of hops and a little bit of roast grain and cocoa. I call this good beer and would be happy to order a pitcher. This beer tastes a lot like Yuengling Lager would if it were made by a craft brewer.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

06-14-2010 00:21:26 | More by tempest
Photo of biggred1


3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin orange with blonde highlights and a creamy tan head that leaves blobs of sticky lace on the glass. Toasted grain, caramel and light fruity hops make up the smell. Sweet and caramely with a mineraly flavor and herbal hop notes in the finish. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. A decent session beer.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-19-2010 23:24:14 | More by biggred1
Photo of jkrich


3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a shaker: clear, copper with orange highlights with a creamy off-white head that receded leaving a white ring of foam.

The aroma was fresh with caramel and fruits.

This is a very refreshing amber ale. The initial taste is largely malt forward followed by some subdued hop flavor. This is well balanced, keeping the ale interesting and never cloying.

Perhaps a little over-carbonated with a slick, refreshing mouthfeel. The body is medium with very little aftertaste.

I am surprised this ale is not rated higher. It is certainly not the most complex ales available but it does have good flavor and drinkability. For an amber style ale, it is very good. Perhaps the ale tastes better when packaged in a can. I noticed there were no other reviews of this product from a can.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

03-07-2010 23:51:05 | More by jkrich
Photo of woodychandler


3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CAN you believe it?!? It came in a CAN and I was the first to review it in a CAN! Love them CANs. Here we go ...

A wide-mouth opening allowed the beer to freely pour when held in the famous bartender's inverted position. Seriously, if you want a beer to have a great head and really open up its aroma, crack the can and hold it upside down into a pint glass. I got a finger of rocky ecru head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very malty sweet, perfect if you like that sort fo thing. Mouthfeel wa medium and it was less sweet on the tongue than what I expected from the nose. Very nice! Finish was really smooth, slightly dry. In an amber! Zounds!

Beach/Shore: Ten Fidy is getting shut out. I have had so many really good CANned micros that to take a monster like that would be criminal. I am going to write a short, fictional mystery story ala Hitchcock about a wife who gives her hubby a sendoff with Ten Fidy at the beach. This is much more suitable for a day on the beach.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

08-03-2009 21:51:03 | More by woodychandler
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