Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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BA SCORE
74
okay

436 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 436
Hads: 1,191
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 10
Gots: 168 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Binny's as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a clear amber/red color with just a half-finger of white head, but despite the small head it left a decent amount of lacing.

Hardly any smell to this. You have to swirl it around in the glass pretty hard to coax a little malt, sweet caramel, and floral hops out of it.

More caramel malt than anything else, making it a tad sweet. Hops are more floral than bitter as it only has 19 IBU's to it. Not really much to this but it's still tasty in a simple kind of way.

Very thin body, almost watery, with moderate carbonation.

Nothing stands out but there's nothing bad either. Very drinkable. (733 characters)

Photo of MickeyD
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden brown, no bubbles, head was small, a little less than a finger and dissipated quickly.

Smell: very mild caramel with a balanced floral hop smell.

Taste: a little malty and slightly floral hops, caramel is very mild as is the hops.

Mouth feel: thin and smooth, leaves a good aftertaste of fruity caramel, little carbonation

Overall: This is a good brew but is very mild. It seems typical for the style. It reminds me of a slightly more robust American pilsner. Might buy again if I want something light and smooth but a little more robust than a wheat type beer. (649 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought I reviewed this a long time ago. This is why I have to sift through my notes every now and then.

Amber...ish, this beer is sort of a pale orange with a certain depth in its body. There's a thickness to it, and even some sediment. I don't think i was expecting an unfiltered beer here, but there's nothing wrong with that. Sort of an off-white/eggshell in color, the head almost reaches one finger but offers pretty good retention and some decent lacing in a mic of spotting and patching in good quantity.
The smell is of caramel malts and a sort of grassiness. There's something of an herbal note sitting in there too. There's a bit of breadiness as well. The hops presence is quite muted, offering only a whiff of the herbal element along with a flowery/perfumey component.
The hops and malts balance well in the flavor. If anything, I'd say it could just use a bit more of everything, but the overall composition isn't bad. A simple, easy drinking amber is what it is.
The body's a little thinner and lighter than it should be, but otherwise it's standard stuff. Moderate carbonation lends itself to an adequate overall feel. (1,138 characters)

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not feeling this one. It's amber in color and it's hop presence is far back for what an American might be on the lookout for. Its taste? I'm tempted to say it's an off color golden ale, and nearly lager-ish in the mouth, so it's far more on the malt side of things and probably should be paired with a sandwich and salad to bring it alive. By itself, I'm enjoying the nose more than I am the beer itself or perhaps I need to try it again in the summer time when this kind of flavor profile has something more to work with. It smells of some brown sugar and possibly a bit sour and some of the grain is coming in, with a slight plum presence. I'll bury one for a hotter day, but at the moment. This is not a beer I anticipate I'll be looking for in the future. (763 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly murky, dull amber color. Very mild head. Slight lacing too.

S-Nose is incredibly soft. A hint of dull herbal hops. The malt is more talkative. Grainy and bready. Neither side of the aroma spectrum is very enticing but still, there is nothing wrong or offensive.

T-Its malt-forward without being very malty. Almost watery. Sweet, multi-grain bread and some light caramel. Quiet floral hops.

M-It drinks quite easily. Light in body with tickling carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O/D-Very bland. Nothing off-putting. I guess it could work if you want something really light that you will never, ever remember. (630 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeah. Pours a amber colored red with a crystal clear hue. A soft fizzy head with good retention.

The aroma is limited overall. Not much going on but a soft malt smell with a hint of caramel and roast. Some minor hop notes with more of a floral appeal. No off notes from the yeast.

The taste is light. A more malt forward but somewhat harsh almost astringent backing. A more toasted bread and caramel note up front. Some lingering sweetness that blends well with the floral hop note. Some bittering hops that linger. A slight ester, rose peddles but beyond that a clean yeast finish.

The body is light to moderate. An astringent finish which is accented by a higher carbonation level. Overall a pretty easy drinking beer. Would like a touch more malt and more floral hop notes but still mostly clean. (802 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

P- AOH

A- a creamy brown sugar look to it with amber tones. Half giner head that hangs. Average lacing on the pint.

S- brown sugar and caramel malts dominate the nose. i get hints of maybe some dark candided fruit like plum but it is hard to tell.

F- sour caramel malts and no hop tones to it at all. quite sugary as well.

M- tastes like licking brownb sugar of a metal can. The malts just overpower anything else.

O- not a good beer but better than your BMC stuff. Lots of work left to do on this one. Bring out some hops on it please. (541 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with short-lived off-white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, caramel malt, some fruit and staleness. Body is medium and smooth. Grassy hops, sweet caramel malt and brown sugar (too much of it) combine on the palate. Finish is long and semi-sweet. I can’t say I enjoyed the brew. (308 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic.

A: Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a thing, quickly dissipating, tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Smells like, wheat, barley, brown sugars, hints of earthy tones

T: This was a bit of a downer, gives me the after taste of a Miller Lite, which is not good. It's a bit lacking in flavor too, but it is not offensive, just, you know, meh.

M: Over carbonated when compared to the flavor levels, feels like I'm drinking club soda

O: Over all, it was ok, I've had far, far worse, but this just doesn't stand out to me except for the cool looking bottle. Probably won,t have it again. (607 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a finger of head on a copper colored body.
It has a mild aroma of grain.
The flavor is mild overall with bitterness and honey sweetness.
There is moderate carbonation and it is medium bodied.
A drinkable enough ale, nothing special and lacking in aroma. (262 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a bottle.
Bought from a grocery in CO' says "contains no more then 3.2% abv.

Hours clear amber color with a lasting white head. A slight caramel and toffee on the nose but also wet cardboard. Smells like an adjunct lager. Taste is also like an adjunct lager. A touch of light caramel and toffee and not much else. The taste is balanced and remains very drinkable but its a forget table taste. Overall, I don't know if I have a watered down version because of the alcohol laws here or its just a mediocre brew... (541 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale has a medium, foamy, off-white head and a fairly hazy, somewhat bubbly, amber appearance. Lacing is significant with this beer. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, and the flavor is of the same, with sugar, bread crust, and a very mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Breckenridge Avalance Amber Ale finishes wet, pleasant, and highly drinkable. For those who enjoy a mellow, amber ale, this is a wonderful choice. I sure am enjoying this review!

RJT (504 characters)

Photo of DSTUR001
1/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm currently living in Breckenridge. I get to drink this beer fresh from the brewery in Breck. I have to say I have had this beer on numerous occasions, and have been very disappointed. The taste is way to malty and has a bad foam head. Has the taste of skunked beer that has gone bad months go.


Every Monday the brewery has $1 pints night. Maybe they are giving us what we pay for. (386 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was left over in my cooler after a Halloween party.

Hazy amber/honey with a fairly small head...just a bit of lace on this one.

Getting some mild sweet caramel malt but faint...really not much else, not looking so promising.

Wow...this is pretty boring... mild and minimally sweet bready malt character...a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but very little hops coming through. Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. This one is pretty easy to drink, but it's not exactly a beer with character. You can certainly find many more apt choices if you're looking for an amber or red ale. (612 characters)

Photo of magine
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber, lots of bubbles make up a small off white patchy head. Decent lace clings. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of light caramel malts and some minimal hops. Average nose.

Brew is a little thin; light caramel malts and mild cocoa are detected. Mild peppery hops with a subtle mellow finish. A decent, but forgettable brew.

This one is pretty good for a non beer geek. A decent non offensive brew. (414 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.67/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this flat dull beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy looking and poured a very poor head. The smelled smelled pretty good, kinda sweet like caramel candy. I had high hopes. However the taste was fruity kinda like spoiled wine. I will not buy this beer again, it was terrible. (302 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-17-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Hotel lobby

Had this on tap on my hotel stay in Denver.

Appearance is a clear amber/brown beer with average lacing. Aromas are malty and sweet, but not overly so.

Taste is smooth and malty, with a nice nut flavoring as well. Some earthy hops are there but this is not a bitter tasting beer.

Refreshing and clean, the brewery's website says this is their best-selling beer. That probably has something to do with the simple and easy-drinking aspect of it. I thought it was very pleasant and went down nice with my dinner. (617 characters)

Photo of sonata2008
2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Rusty gold copper. A slight bit cloudy with some lacing. About 1/2" of foam. Some bubbles rising up.
Smell: A definite malt smell like rising bread. Not much else.
Taste: Malt taste up front, but needs to be stronger. Almost tastes watered down. No hops presence. Could have used some hops to give a little zip. Comes across rather bland.
Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel.
Overall: Seems strangely mild and bland for an amber. It's OK, but certainly not my favorite amber. (484 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Arrives a dark amber, almost brown, color with an off-white head that drops to a film. Great lacng left behind.
Smell is pear, malt and yeast. The pear part is odd. No indication that it even is an intended part of the flavor profile.
Taste is pear, yeast, malt and tortilla chips. Again, what is with the pear note? Odd note for this style.
Almost medium bodied with a faint effervescence as I've come to expect with cask ales. Decent but gotta say, after almost a half dozen, I'm not loving the cask. Even with familiar brews they are coming across weak and almost watery. The lower carbonation is fine but where does the body go? (632 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber/copper hue with decent clarity. One finger soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Some breadyness and just a hint of pine or some slight spice from the hops or possibly the yeast.

Taste: Sort of a straightforward malty palate. Nothing impressive. There's caramel and amber malts with just a hint of some fruit or spice like in the nose. This could actually pass for an Octoberfest if it had more grain flavor. Leaves you with a bit of a sugar-sweet aftertaste. I feel like it's missing out on the subtle roasty flavors or hop character that could make it stand out.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and light in body. Actually pretty robust for the 4.4% abv. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I wish there had been a little more to this beer. Maybe in body or the selection of malts used. It's a little too generic. However, it'd be the perfect selection for someone who is new to craft beer. (898 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.26/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- clean, chestnut/amber,finger inch white head.

S-sweet grains, light caramel,slightly metallic, no hop presence

T- sweet grainy malt, copper pennies.

M- light bodied, smooth and clean.

O- really not much going on with this beer, not offensive by any means just bland. Can't see myself tryin this beer out again. (321 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of dark orange/light brown with a paper thin offwhite head that quickly fades. Looks pretty gross IMO

S- lots of caramel malt coming through. Nearly a complete bomb of it, but actually pretty good smelling

T- very malty. Slightly sweet. Hoppiness is nil. Pretty much your stereotypical, boring amber ale

M- thin bodied. Meh

O- amber ales as a whole are pretty boring, and this one does absolutely nothing to stand out from the bunch (506 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (845 characters)

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.