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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 951
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 UCLABrewN84


3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 08:03:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 17:54:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 00:08:53 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 15:35:14 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 10:10:49 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:38:12 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 02:49:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-25-2009 23:02:49 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 20:45:19 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

Appearance: perfect amber color, short white head.
Aroma: rich and malty, with herbal/vegetal notes and coppery tinges.
Taste: neat little hop appearance at the fore, with a lingering finish. Body is light to medium, but this ale possesses sufficient character and proves to be consistently flavorful. A nicely downable session brew, an adequate amber.

thanks to Bruiser81 for providing!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 01:15:32 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 04:17:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1st week of april, thought I'd rereview, since I dissed this so bad the prior occasion & this was in the 12 pack variety box I bought

Pours amber with a 1 finger deep white head. good lacing & head retention

Smell: Slight iron & malt scent

Taste; Slight fruittyness & citric hop bite. Finishes fruitty with slight citirc hop bite

MF; Medium to syruppy with good carbonation

Drinks okay, flavors just don't pull together like the summer ale does, would do in a pinch. Slighlty better than the last one I tried

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 03:56:22 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and crystal malt scent along with some mild hopping. The taste is good also. It has a light, yet sweet malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good amber ale. It has good flavor and aroma; a fine sessions ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2005 13:58:31 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


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

Gift from Huhzubendah, thanks. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin lazy head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, some lacing. Looks fine.

Aroma is grainy, sweet, weak but fine.

Beer is not great though, really grainy on the finish, most of the flavors are considerably weaker than the aftertaste. I drank the whole thing so it is palatable but it is not much beyond that. Not a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:02:56 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zeff80


3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 23:46:09 | More by zeff80
Photo of jlindros


2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 03:26:08 | More by jlindros
Photo of jwc215


3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed tea-like amber with a thin white head that partially disappears after the first sip, but mostly hangs around. Thin, spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild toast with light herbal notes.

The taste is mild - slight toast with a touch of tea. I could have mistaken this as an attempt at an English Bitter. Dryish finish.

The body is a bit watery, but enough of a light-to-medium body to hit "average".

It is easy enough to drink, though nothing exciting. An average-ish brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:26:31 | More by jwc215
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 WVbeergeek


2.17/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 05:13:49 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: light amounts of caramel and ripe fruits are barely detectable.

Taste: bready malt profile here. Caramel, ripe plums, and a soft bitterness make up a rather average tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start and smooth late. Very little aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability: this one was a bit boring for me personally so drinking more than one or two of these may be difficult if looking for a flavorful session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 19:55:02 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:48:53 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a thick frothy white head. Smells like a macro. Color is more pale than amber. Taste is not bad, not good. Not enough hops for my liking in an amber. Even though the hops are negligible, the malt taste is not dominant either. This is a slight step above a Macro.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 12:50:11 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 06:33:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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

06-14-2010 00:21:26 | More by tempest
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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.