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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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75
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1,152 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 127 | 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 MickeyD
3.52/5  rDev +8%
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.

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3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -8%

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2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.