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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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75
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1,104 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,104
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 84 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight caramel, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is easy to drink but it seems fairly watery and lacking all around.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8%

djrn2, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -8%

zestar, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -8%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -8%

Texasfan549, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left a bit of bubbles on the surface and a very thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is rather malty with aromas of caramel, grainy and toasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some initial malty sweetness and flavors of caramel, grainy and toasted malts. Not much in the way of bitterness is noticeable. The grainy malts seem to stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth and a bit thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer would probably pair well with food but no more much than that. It really needs some more hops to make this a beer that would be interesting to drink on its own.

metter98, Jun 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -8%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After tearing into a Breckenridge Breweing Company's variety pack this weekend, I beleive this beer to be the best of the selection. Though no standout characteristics, it is well brewed, clean, and easily palatable. Aromas have a medium malt profile with bready, toasty, yeasty, malty, and caramel. Looks...amber with adequate retention and lacing. Flavors are medium malty, with hop bittering to balance. Mild spices and hop flavor for accents. Finishes clean and cool. Quite a nice beer. It will be easily forgotten however, because many preceive this to be a lackluster beer style. Too bad, it's a good beer.

BEERchitect, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-amber with a few small floaties. The eggshell colored crown is large-bubbled and melts to a thin film, leaving a meager amount of lace. The nose features an earthy hoppiness and a bit of apricot fruitiness. Not bad, but nothing special.

This Breckendridge brew is just okay. Flavors include sugared grains and gently fruity hops with a mildly bitter back end. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which doesn't help.

Avalanche Ale isn't a bad beer by any means, but I won't be buying it again.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had not seen this one before, and it was my first chance to get some of the Breckenridge on tap, so I went right in for it. Poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/19/2008.

The pour was decent enough, a nice reddish amber color coming through on the pout rather nicely. Clear, with a good amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass, which combined in the top to form a nice half inch layer of white foam that hung around for the rest of the session.

Aroma was deep caramel malts, much as you would expect. Hints of herbal grass like smells, and a touch of grain all coming together very nicely to form what I could only describe as you fairly typical red ale. The flavor carried more of this as well. Nice touches of caramel malts, hints of a somewhat bready base, and just the lightest touch of hops to finish it out was about all you were getting out of this one. Decent feel, though I have to admit it could have come off just a touch smoother in the end, still though quite drinkable.

Overall not a bad little ale, not the best thing, but a solid effort none the less. I would not have an issue with trying this one again in the future. Cannot wait to get even more quality offerings in around here from Breckenridge, They are a damn fine brewer. Following this up with a vanilla porter hit the spot.

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2008
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3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber with crimson hues. 1.5 finger frothy head with some lace. Good retention.

S: mild sweet caramel malt but faint.

T: Mostly a mild and minimally sweet malt character. Mostly breads and mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

O: Its very easy to drink as there are no offense flavors however there is little to no character either. Though not bad, nothing stands out making this on a C+ or so "decent" beer.

kylehay2004, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single bottle from Total Wine, Ke--what Ding just said.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Pleasant aroma of toasted malts with a touch of caramel and yeast and even lighter floral hop notes.

Taste: Nice balance is maintained between the toasted grain and caramel flavors and sweetness with the flowery hops. Very mild finish. Everything seems to be set up to provide a light, easily drinkable, session-esque ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: You know, it kind of reminds me of just a less sweet Acme Pale Ale. There, I said. And you know what? It felt good. It's good to be honest.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap a clear amber with a very thin off white head that was gone in a flash,big caramel malt aromas with some fruity esters,not much hop presence found.Flavors are agin sweeter and malt tilted,caramel biscuit with a touch of grain,some lingering fruit notes in the finish.Eh if you like old school malt tilted ambers you'll like this,me not so much.

oberon, Jan 25, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a one-finger, bubbly, off-white head. Not much lace.

S - It smelled rather malty with some hoppy/floral notes.

T - It tasted of roasted malts, a little biscuity. It also had some subtle spice.

M - It was crsip and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay amber. Not the best but certainly drinkable.

zeff80, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a decent amber. a malty sturdy nose, malty sweet red pour with a respectable off-white head, quick grainy mild finish, medium body. nothing remarkable in an otherworldly sense, yet a repeatably satisfying drink. 6pack no worries, its just above average, but good vibes...

StonedTrippin, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avalanche Ale is an interesting beer in that it seems to fall halfway between an English pale ale and an American amber ale. The slightly sulphury, mineralish English yeast is just so blatant that I can't think of anything but English ale, and yet it does have a bit more crystal malt to it like an American version. It's got a just slightly hazy deep-amber/orange body and creamy antiqued-white head. The retention and lacing are good. The aroma is nice, particularly if you enjoy the yeast character, and there's a bit of subtly sweetish caramel malt and grassy and leafy hops present as well. The flavor is well-balanced with malt and yeast character stepping forward, and hops and bitterness following. There's a mild fruitiness to it like apricot, apples, and pears, but the yeast also leaves it almost a touch "bloody" or iron-like. I find it reminiscent of Bateman's XXX. It's interesting enough to keep your interest through more than one, and it might make a good session ale. Nicely done.

NeroFiddled, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a clear amber with a light khaki head forms thick initially leaving behind thin lacing around my new Dollar Tree tulip chalice. Aromatics are a bit timid with watery caramel and some mineral tones peeking through as well. Not much hop action going on in the nose or flavor and the aroma just smells like some grains watered down with minimal caramel notes. Flavor is pretty expected of Breckenridge, flagship amber comes watery and not real assertive or cohesive with the flavors. Minimal toasted nut with caramel and a tart grain husk offness, not much hop flavor with minimal bitterness from the lack of hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery feel with a sharp bitey mouthfeel mainly from the carbonation level. Drinkability is pretty weak not a beer I would welcome back in the future, I'd rather drink fresh Goose Island Honker's for 6.50 a sixer or better yet some cans of Yuengling Amber Lager. At least you don't expect much from the canned regional brewery.

WVbeergeek, May 27, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from Slatetank, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready malts, citrus, caramel and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and nuts up front. There's a mild and pale hops presence that should bring some balance but really does not. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, honestly I was expecting a lot more from this beer than what I got, which was a very less-than ordinary beer.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
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 RblWthACoz
2.25/5  rDev -31%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 27, 2012
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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.