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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of superspak
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottling info. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, bready grain, light citrus, and spiciness. Fairly nice aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, bready grains, herbal spiciness, pine, and a bit of citrus. Decent bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bready grains, herbal spiciness, and light caramel. The breadiness and grain flavors are a bit odd. Decent amount of flavor, but it does come off as a bit watery. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with some prickly carbonation. Very smooth to drink at 4.4%, with no alcohol presence. Overall this is an ok amber ale. A little too bready, and not as much hop character as I would like. Easy to drink though.

superspak, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3/5  rDev -8%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of fortheunheard
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

fortheunheard, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this since I haven't had too many Winter offerings lately and this was one of the few Breckenridge's that I had yet to try. This may be categorized as an American Amber but the hops certainly aren't here and had it not been for the hue, I wouldn't know what to categorize this as. This is a malt bomb and went down too easily - not having any burn or spice to remember this by.

The pour was the best part to this - with a bright amber hue, decent head, and just a bit of lacing to be seen. Not much of an aroma to here except for some macro malts and a biscuit-like base underneath. Ditto for the taste, with just a hint of caramel and cinnamon to liven things up. The mouthfeel was thin and there was practically no aftertaste too, which is not how I like my beers this time of the year.

It's hard to believe that there's any alcohol in this since I couldn't taste it and the carbonation was practically nonexistent. This beer reminded me a bit of the Agave Wheat since the back was so light and had a bit of that fruit-type feel to it. This is only worth a try for the die-hard Breckenridge fans and although I like these guys for the lighter offerings that they bring to the table, this just didn't cut it for me.

JerzDevl2000, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of attometer00
3/5  rDev -8%

attometer00, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of caljrjr
2/5  rDev -38.7%

caljrjr, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at a bar on 49th and 8th in NYC. I don't remember the bar, but they had at least 24 taps and two hand pulls. I will be back once they get up to speed. They were open for one week, and they had no beer lists or casks loaded on the handpulls.

I ordered the Avalanche ale blind. I knew the brewery from their IPA's, but I didn't know this beer.

The coloring is a darker yellow. There was plenty of foam.

The smell and flavor is like an english ale. I would have marked it higher for flavor and smell, but it doesn't match the category. It was like a better tasting Bass ale.

It was decently sessionable, but not great overall.

ummswimmin, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Tpsauer
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Tpsauer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color and is very clear. it has a small head, even with a vigorous pour, is off white and fading fast. Minamal lacing. Aroma is malty sweet no hops.
Smooth and flat tasting with a decent malt bill along with so ceral and biscuits.
Taste like a macro micro.

micromaniac129, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of falconxman
2/5  rDev -38.7%

falconxman, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

sevenmoist, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
5/5  rDev +53.4%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of nmeiborg
4/5  rDev +22.7%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Huffaroma
3/5  rDev -8%

Huffaroma, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of burningsnailman
4/5  rDev +22.7%

burningsnailman, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of dmorley21
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

dmorley21, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Stoutsman
3/5  rDev -8%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8%

pirmannt1, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

smithmd4, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +53.4%

trim200xc, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8%

nucmedmario, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Head was very thin and diminished quickly.
Odor was of caramel, sweet and citrus. Pleasant smell overall.
When you taste it you get caramel notes. Also there is come citrus and floral notes as well. Mouth feel is pretty thin and light. It is pretty carbonated.
Overall a pretty light ale. Pretty good flavor, but thin feel.

dexterk1, Jan 11, 2012
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.