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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of sommersb


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 03:57:17 | More by sommersb
Photo of buzzed


4/5  rDev +23.5%

09-16-2012 17:40:28 | More by buzzed
Photo of sonata2008


2.15/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 20:37:49 | More by sonata2008
Photo of jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

09-12-2012 04:00:01 | More by jaminjohnson
Photo of heizerbjj


4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

09-10-2012 22:04:53 | More by heizerbjj
Photo of jcmittag

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

09-09-2012 16:02:48 | More by jcmittag
Photo of PorterLambic


2.95/5  rDev -9%
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?

Serving type: cask

09-08-2012 02:56:49 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of brentblack1

New York

3.5/5  rDev +8%

09-06-2012 23:08:33 | More by brentblack1
Photo of JamesMN


3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 05:03:55 | More by JamesMN
Photo of netshark


3/5  rDev -7.4%

09-02-2012 03:29:18 | More by netshark
Photo of t0rin0


3.5/5  rDev +8%

09-01-2012 23:21:36 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Joshgonzales79


3.5/5  rDev +8%

09-01-2012 03:41:12 | More by Joshgonzales79
Photo of duceswild


3/5  rDev -7.4%

08-29-2012 01:34:18 | More by duceswild
Photo of RblWthACoz


2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
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
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

08-26-2012 17:19:17 | More by Naterobsnyk4
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 03:46:20 | More by gabedivision
Photo of Ranz


2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

08-22-2012 02:23:42 | More by Ranz
Photo of jmathis


4/5  rDev +23.5%

08-22-2012 00:16:15 | More by jmathis
Photo of gigoat


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

08-19-2012 22:30:40 | More by gigoat
Photo of bigfnjoe


2.98/5  rDev -8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 19:37:32 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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 oldvines


3/5  rDev -7.4%

08-13-2012 19:22:15 | More by oldvines
Photo of jandadeboer


3.5/5  rDev +8%

08-12-2012 17:43:19 | More by jandadeboer
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

08-10-2012 23:19:25 | More by MikieV
Photo of schoolboy


3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I had this a few years ago on a ski trip, and I remembered it about how it is today, a good amber. Some ambers are much prettier, but thisis still nice. A little cloudy and thin looking. The aroma is faint and nothing special. The taste is inoffensive. It does not taste too sweet nor too hoppy, actually, more hops and more malt would be nice improvement.

The beer is well made with no defects, and the slight bitterness and lack of excessive sweetness would make this a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:50:23 | More by schoolboy
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.