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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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1,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,021
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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rlf1810

Missouri

2/5  rDev -38.3%

11-23-2011 17:01:46 | More by rlf1810
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%

11-23-2011 04:53:56 | More by jmdrpi
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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
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aschdave

Colorado

3/5  rDev -7.4%

11-21-2011 20:06:20 | More by aschdave
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Samp01

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber with a small short lived off white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet lightly toasted caramel malt, yeast, some fruity notes, light hops. Palate is light to medium body, moderate carbonation, and kind of watery mouth feel. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, and some light fruity notes, ending is bit of funky nuttiness. Overall needs more backbone and flavor, seems a bit weak for an amber, just an ok brew

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:26:24 | More by Samp01
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-20-2011 20:18:13 | More by DoctorB2B
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mcuccaro

Florida

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-19-2011 23:48:57 | More by mcuccaro
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Brew33

Ohio

3/5  rDev -7.4%

11-18-2011 19:30:52 | More by Brew33
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-16-2011 18:31:42 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Annesemj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%

11-16-2011 01:51:44 | More by Annesemj
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scratch69

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a fingers worth of head that disappears fairly quick. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Slight aroma of bread.

Taste- Malt with hints of bread and a trace of hops.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not an outstanding beer. I have had better amber ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 18:28:38 | More by scratch69
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randomdanger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 15:18:03 | More by randomdanger
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mcorwin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 07:10:34 | More by mcorwin
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jrutigs

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +54.3%

11-15-2011 01:24:06 | More by jrutigs
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mikennat

Missouri

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 15:32:22 | More by mikennat
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%

11-14-2011 07:39:46 | More by Jspriest
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with a fizzy, quickly dissipating white head.

S: Gentle aromas of bready malt, toffee, and cream are just barely detectable on the nose. Pretty much exactly what one would expect out of a beer of this style. Smells a bit generic to me.

T: Malty and rich on the palate with notes of fresh bread, toffee, roasted nuts, cream, and minerals. The finish is bready and lightly sweet with notes of toffee, nuts, and cream.

M: Medim bodied, silky, and smooth with gentle, unobtrusive carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: This is a smooth beer that would pair well with food, but it is not all that memorable on its own. It's one of those beers that pretty much does all that you would expect it to and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:12:58 | More by mrfrancis
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber body. White head is thing but lasts pretty well. Just a little bit of lacing one it.
S- Aroma is mild. Very distant. There is a sweet breadyness to it, but that's about it.
T- Sweet malt, with a bit of caramel up front. Finsih is a honey bread taste, with just a very distant earthy hoppiness.
M- Body is light. Carbonation is medium-high.
O- There's not much to this beer but it did go well with my burger and fries. Nothing exciting but it's an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 21:29:27 | More by jsprain1
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle in my Paddy's Road Race piny glass
A - deep golden color, nice persistent head, sticks to the sides of the glass as you drink it
S - Not a huge aroma, but no bad smells either
T - smooth, slightly malty, with not much hop bitterness
M - good fizz, not as sticky as I would like
O - easy drinking ale, pretty average, nothing bad, nothing memorable

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:51:27 | More by greenengineer
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nimrod979

Maryland

2.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle that pours an amber color with a minuscule white head.
Aroma is mostly light caramel malts. Thats all I really get.
Caramel malt flavor. Light, a bit watery. Perhaps a bit too sweet. Underwhelming and simply not that good. Light to Medium body. Very flat carbonation. Lingering sweet malty finish. Dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:58:28 | More by nimrod979
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had from a bottle at Leaf in Easton, PA. Was marked as a brown ale though it was obviously a red ale. Oh well.

Poured a hazy amber color. Small head that quickly receded. No lacing. Seemed to have above average carbonation. Smells earthy, bready...sweet malts and perhaps a touch of earthy hops...not complex. Bland. Tastes even more bland. Felt pretty peeved that I ordered this one. Almost tasted like it was perhaps a young or green beer...like it needed to age longer to get a taste to it. Simply not complex enough.

Light bodied with good carbonation. I actually thought it was a little over-carbonated. It was fine to have with dinner I guess, but I might as well have gone with having water. The taste was just not there for me. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 22:56:52 | More by MsRif
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Dave128

Kentucky

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - A rigorous pour yields a measly 1 finger head that fizzes away quickly. Cloudy amber in color. No lace. Barely a ring around the glass.

S - Smells pretty basic. Biscuity smells.

T - Also very basic. I can't really taste much hops. Dry malt character without much else to balance it.

M - Thin and appropriately carbonated.

O - This is what I call a "wash it down" beer. Its got simple flavors and equates to not much more than a beverage to go with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 04:37:28 | More by Dave128
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. A little over one finger of white, fairly dense froth. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Mainly dusty and a little metalllic. A sickly fruitiness, earthy hops, and some caramel.

2.0 T: It tastes almost as bad as it smells. Strange combo of caramel, metal, graininess, and earthy hops. Lightly toasty.

3.5 M: Light body. Though I wish the body was thicker, I can't complain about the creaminess it offers. Good moderate carbonation. Best aspect of the brew, easily.

2.5 D: This is a not-quite-mediocre brew. I'll pass on it from now on.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 23:20:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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iSip

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Breckenridge Brewery Avalanche Ale: I have fond memories of good times at the original Breckenridge Brewery in Breckenridge. It has been a while since I have had an Avalanche Ale, and needing to bring a six pack over to a friends for dinner was my opportunity to re-visit is brew. The mahogany brown body is almost clear, with very light carbonation. The off-white head is thin, and the aroma is very faint, almost not there. The color makes you expect a heavy malty roasty brew, but the flavor and feel is actually quite light, with a mild malt flavor and a light bitterness throughout. No flower y hops here! This is very much an English style ale. Quite drinkable, but my taste in beer has moved on to brews with more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 16:44:59 | More by iSip
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown-amber with a decent white head up top.

S: Mild caramel; a little hoppiness. Sweet.

T: Attenuated; caramel again; some hop flavor; fruity. Resiny like tea.

MF: Hops to balance. A bit watery.

D: Drinkable, but lacks depth. Somewhere in the middle. Not that interesting, but certainly decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:30:32 | More by DerekP
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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