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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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1,011 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,011
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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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kylehayworth

Indiana

2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Has a medium red/orange color. It has a mild head that goes pretty quick.

S: Has a malty smell to it, somewhat sweet and spicy. Also has a mild hop profile.

T: Similar to the smell, mild bitterness to it.

M/D: Mild/moderate carbonation. I would not drink this beer again, wasn't very pleasant. It had a bitter aftertaste, but not in a good way. I would be more upset if I bought an entire 6pk, and not as a single.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 02:44:02 | More by kylehayworth
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Lacesoutcody

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Rosy dark amber color. reddish hue, no real head or lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet and grainy with a hint of metallic after notes, pleasant if a little strong.

T: More of the same, sweet at first glance, then a tad bitter and metallic on the end. I did enjoy it at first but grew less fond of it the more I had.

M: Pretty thick for an ale, It would do with a little more smooth malts or carbonation.

D: I don't know if I would ever have again, but it certainly is worth a try.

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

04-18-2010 21:50:58 | More by Lacesoutcody
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy copper with an OK tannish head (gone quickly..) with little stick. Smell is mostly modest toasted malt. Taste is upper end, tip-of-the-tongue sweet malts with a slightly metallic mid-tongue bitterness to finish. Smooth brew, the light taste lasts for a bit. Nothing too extraordinary, but worth the try.

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

04-08-2010 06:20:59 | More by sixerofelixir
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear orange colored amber color that produced an immediately dissipating grayish head.

(S)- Lots of sugary smelling corn husk.

(T)- Again, lots of a corn meal-like sweetness. Slight grassy dryness on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Rather sugary sweet even for the style.

(D)- Not a big fan of this. Way too sweet & sugary even for the style.

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

03-28-2010 18:01:21 | More by sweemzander
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thedrewski86

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, beautiful deep amber color with a tiny bit of white head, good lacing. Smells is slightly floral with biscuity malt. Taste is a little underwhelming, there is a malt presence but nothing spectacular, the same can be said of the hops to a lesser extent. This is kind of a middle of the road beer. It's very mild and doesn't have anything disagreeable in it. Certainly more drinkable than Miller Lite! I'm glad I only bought one 12 ouncer though, I wouldn't get a six-pack of this.

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

03-23-2010 22:52:57 | More by thedrewski86
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biggred1

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +9%
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
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OStrungT

California

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark golden color, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving a good lace.

This beer has a mild toffee like aroma. It has a slight citrusy hop aroma also. It has a very subtle bready aroma. It is very subtle.

This beer tastes much like it smells, but the flavors are not as subtle. It is mild though.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is carvbonated well for the style. It leaves a bready aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is very mild, and the low alcohol content makes it easy to drink.

Overall: Thanks to Josh for this beer. It is a bit mild for me, but it is good for the style. It is a nice solid beer.

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

03-13-2010 05:36:15 | More by OStrungT
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - A medium amber-brown colour. Some visible carbonation.

S - Malty. Some caramel and citrus.

T - A lot of malt and not much else. The malt profile is caramel and very simple with not much else going on. No traceable hops. Not an impressive palate.

M - light body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Not a beer that I enjoyed. Too much malts and not enough hops. A poor beer overall.

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

03-11-2010 03:32:50 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jkrich

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
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
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of 7/31/09 stamped on the glass. The body of this beer is a faintly cloudy orange color with red highlights. The body is topped by an eggshell white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap. Lacing is sub-par.

S - Not much of a nose here, what I do get is a very mild caramel malt aroma. Not much to smell here people.

T & M - The main flavor is a mild caramel malt that finishes with some buttery diacetyl notes. Rather thin and watery mouthfeel. It does finish clean though...if anything, maybe a little buttery toffee on the sides of my tongue for aftertaste.

D - As average is this brew is compared to others in the style, it's still a beer I would take any day over a macro. I found myself emptying my pint glass surprisingly fast while drinking it, and I could see this as being an excellent Summer brew.

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

03-04-2010 03:27:17 | More by drizzam
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Arnie2709

North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16oz chilled pint glass in JL Beers in Fargo, ND.
Looks Good being poured with a medium amount of carbonation. Color is an amber color with 2 fingers of quickly dissipating head leaving a small amount of lacing. First taste is of sweet caramel and earthy hops. Very nice with a big fried bacon cheese burger. Medium-Light body with a nice light malty finsih.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-23-2010 02:35:51 | More by Arnie2709
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MOB210SA

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a pitcher @ Pizza Italia.

Burnt reddish orange/brown in color. Average pour made a 2 finger light tan head. Decent looking. The upside is that this beer left a good amount of lacing and was probably the beer's best quality. The lacing left a nice ring around each level as the beer went lower and lower.

The nose is where this beer on tap failed miserably. Mostly metallic smelling with no other real distinguishable scents besides maybe a faint malt. Who knows, I haven't tried it out of the bottle. So maybe they both are weak.

This beer is a lot more flavorful than the nose lead me to believe. That doesn't mean its the most flavorful. Starts a good upfront maltiness with a mild earthy hop finish. Maybe a slight nuttiness. Somewhat smooth, and decently drinkable. It seemed a little under-carbonated.

Overall, The pitcher went fast and was enjoyable for the most part. Its really not the most impressive beer, but its worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-19-2010 20:06:22 | More by MOB210SA
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper colored brew with a short livid head and not much lace.

Aroma of bready malts and light floral hops.

Taste: Chewey caramel malt, low bitterness and hop character. Finish is a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied, good level of carbonation. Not a chore to put one of these down but not at all exciting.

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

02-18-2010 14:15:48 | More by Stinkypuss
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Just grabbed a six-pack of this brew at my local beer store, Civera's. I know they wont carry it long, so I had to check it out.

Appearance: Dark, rustic copper brown, with a hint of head and some lacing involded. Looks pretty generic.

Smell: Malty grains, and somewhat dark caramel undertones.

Taste: Right out of the gate it has a slight clean malt tone and a hint of metal maybe. Slight caramel comes through towards the end. I can see them possibly adding more malt and hops, this could actually help it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to above average carbonation. Quite easy brew to bottle down on a regular occasion. Quite clean and somewhat sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: Something struck me as all too familiar once I started this beer. It's just a little too generic. I am a fan of the American amber/red ales, but this one wasn't that surprising and worthy for me to keep this beer stacked in my fridge. I would recommand it to my friend, who is just starting to spread his experimenting good beers wings. Well I don't wish to slam this beer entirely. Cheers!

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

02-14-2010 03:43:46 | More by DMXLOX22
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jrallen34

Illinois

1.65/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

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

01-31-2010 00:17:42 | More by jrallen34
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Spineypanda

Texas

1.83/5  rDev -43.5%
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.
Weird.

Wont be buying this again!

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

01-18-2010 23:23:28 | More by Spineypanda
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SamN

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Clear brownish amber color, no visible carbonation, no head retention despite an aggressive pour to coax it out.

S- Nutty aroma, with hops and a distinct metallic smell that reminds me of an adjunct lager. Not a very aromatic beer and what little smell there is seems artificial and bland.

T- Swirling hoppy flavors surround and sweeter malt center. Initial taste is rather unpleasant. Banana flavors, a slightly nut like character. Not much depth here.

M- Solidly average, thin feel with plenty of carbonation.

D- It'd be easier to drink if it tasted better, but that seems obvious.

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

01-11-2010 01:02:47 | More by SamN
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katan

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color. Appears to be very hazy - could be yeast. Light head formation, quickly down to a film. Doesn't appear very carbonated.

S - A light caramel and nutty malt note - otherwise I would describe the nose as muted overall.

T - Starts off with a light malty note, which is immediately complemented by a nutty roasted malt note. Mid-stream finds some hop bitterness and a light american orange like hop flavor. Finishes with a yeast malt note. Aftertaste is dry, bitter.

M - Light and creamy body. Carbonation bite is not present. Only leaves behind a light puckering dryness.

D - Decent drinkability. ABV doesn't appear to be high. Not filling. Flavors are not overbearing. No unpleasant attributes.

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

12-12-2009 03:55:53 | More by katan
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not extremely impressed with this one. Copper colored with little or no head, smell is malty to start, followed by a hint of citrus. Taste follows suit, bready malts with some hop bitterness, but also some strange metallic taste to it too. MF is light bodied and thin, good for drinking a few of these, but not great for enjoyment. Not bad, but there are definitely better ambers out there.

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

12-10-2009 03:48:14 | More by LordAdmNelson
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange-red color with a small, frothy off-white head, fair lacing. Aroma is sweet, pale malts, nuts, a touch of yeast, and light earthy hops. Flavor is caramel, apples, yeast, a hint of citrus and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium, dry, and bitter. Pretty drinkable beer.

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

11-26-2009 01:44:52 | More by mtstatebeer
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Brandt

Montana

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this poured out a med-dark caramel brown with a good stirdy white head

smell centered around malts, hints of biscut and toasted malts, faintly sweet

tasted decent, nutty flavor and dryer than expected for such a malt driven beer and touch of perhaps almond in the back of flavor.

kinda dry for the style and finishes with a classic english sweetness. nothing too special but a pretty trustworthy amber that is sort of a brown...but not really

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

11-05-2009 21:03:33 | More by Brandt
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BillyBoysPie

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a (rather disappointing) Breckenridge Ales Sampler. Poured into a pint glass.

One inch white head. Beer is the color of a dark caramel sauce and is not transparent. Some lacing, but low head retention.

Smells like an Amber Ale should, but doesn't have anything that is experimental or any depth. Nice malty/caramel smell with a bit of clean piney hops. The hops impart a very crisp quality to the beer - but I'm not sure pine and caramel are a great pairing option.

The taste is fine - except for the odd sweet bit at the very end of the experience. It seems that every drink I take is caramel and pine followed by sugar. I found it off-putting, but not enough to not finish.

Carbonation is nice, and not too much. It adds to the clean bit of pine from the hops.

I won't be buying this again, but wouldn't turn down a free one. If you're an Amber Ale fan - like me - you'll be better served looking elsewhere. If you like the idea of caramel and pine - buy it.

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

10-31-2009 17:21:27 | More by BillyBoysPie
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climax

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*Breckenridge's website claimed an ABV of 5.41%

Avalanche poured an amber/brown with good clarity into my pint glass. Head was good, chunky as it sunk down slowly, very nice.

Unfortunately appearance was the high point. Nose was weak and uninspiring, smelled like beer, maybe a bit biscuity. To be more specific, smelled like the remaining swill that had been sitting out overnight....

Taste was about the same as the nose in terms of what it had goin for it....not much. Taste was kinda sour and skunky. I tried to dig some good out of it, but couldn't.

Body was light, feel was kind of dry.... err yea. It looked good, but the buck stopped there. I was thirsty so I drank it.

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

10-29-2009 23:46:25 | More by climax
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becktone

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: Copper colored and very clear. The big let down here is the poor, very poor head formation and retention. I mean there was no formation and is no head. Sad, very sad.

Nose: Slight grainy notes and some caramel notes as well. Candied apple aroma comes through. Really not all that complex, pretty straight forward. Average amber ale.

Tongue: Really quite uninteresting on the tongue. Not really much of anything going on. Fairly bland. Maybe hints at caramel notes. Some phenols from the yeast make it through, though its hard to put a finger on what they are. They come right out, there's nothing to hide them, I'm not a big fan of what is going on with them. Hard to describe cause there really isn't all that much popping out here. I mean this is beer, but it don't have all that much character. Just a plain type of beer, nothing special about it nothing damning.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium bodied on the palate, enhanced so by the low level of carbonation. This one finishes very clean. It is easy to drink and I can see this easily being a session beer. I wouldn't go in search of this beer, but I'd not be afraid to buy it either. I'll definitely be trying others before coming back to this one. Not bad but not great, just average.

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

10-27-2009 23:53:08 | More by becktone
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber, minimal head, clear, little carbonation

Smell: slight toasted caramel malt

Taste: well balanced toasted malt, caramel, and hops

Mouthfeel: well balanced, the sweetness slightly dominates, some bitterness, medium bodied, with a clean finish

Drinkability: Nothing out of the ordinary but very sessionable. I do like the mix of malt and hops. This one is better on draft.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

10-26-2009 17:20:54 | More by tigg924
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.