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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,024
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 jwc215


3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed tea-like amber with a thin white head that partially disappears after the first sip, but mostly hangs around. Thin, spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild toast with light herbal notes.

The taste is mild - slight toast with a touch of tea. I could have mistaken this as an attempt at an English Bitter. Dryish finish.

The body is a bit watery, but enough of a light-to-medium body to hit "average".

It is easy enough to drink, though nothing exciting. An average-ish brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:26:31 | More by jwc215
Photo of DrinkingDrake


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

Decided on a six of this last week while brewing some of my own beer.
An auburn color with almost no head. The aroma is weak with just a small amount of lightly burnt caramel malt. No hops are present. The flavor is crisp and light with the faintly burnt malt carrying over from the nose. Some grassy hops but only slightly. Ice cold this beer goes down smooth. Overall this tastes like a borderline adjunct.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 13:48:02 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of chaz01


3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass from Archers Tavern, served in a Breckenridge glassware you get to keep ( special promotion ).

A Medium to dark amber color, thick creamy head that recedes to a color.

S: Bready, malty aroma, little hops detected.

T: Very bready and biscuit flavors with some grain notes. Little hops, and a faint malt aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.

D: Somewhat average beer, not bad but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 21:32:37 | More by chaz01
Photo of depechemode1983


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

Copper in color. Light tan head that's gone right quick and in a hurry. Little dots of lacing. Pretty average. Nose is biscuity with some floral hops. Hmmmm. Not to complex but strong. Taste is bitter and a bit sharp around the edges. Has some medicinal properties in the background. Light bodied with high carbonation. Which makes it even less refined. Slightly above average. Got this in a Sampler 12 pack. At 8 to 9 dollars I would not buy a six pack. Worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 18:34:05 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info..

Pours clouded medium brownish, non exciting, light tan head, looser bubbles, leaves some typical and long sticking blobs of lace.

Wheat bread sniff, malty sweetness.

Malty brew, with nothing special going on, more wheat bread, some ripe fruit, minor slightly metalic note.

Just a bit thin mouthfeel wise.

Put it all together and you get a slightly better then middle of the road amber...yawn

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 14:31:28 | More by Billolick
Photo of secondtooth


3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber in color, with a nice off-white (almost tan) head. Decent lace.

Aroma is biscuits and yeast. Like freshly baked bread maybe.

Tastes much the same - bread. A hint of roastiness and a minimal hop snap at the finish. Straight-forward and sturdy, and a solid session amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 02:09:28 | More by secondtooth
Photo of Lauthaha


4.28/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.

Appearance: Definitely amber, with an almost orange hue to it. Bright and crisp-looking with medium carbonation. Head is non-existent; very thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. There's something very...canned...about this beer.

Smell: Extraordinary. Cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet bread, raisins, just a hint of hops. The only thing throwing it off is this somewhat out-of-place alcohol contingency.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very malty on the tongue right from the get-go. Purple fruit flavor just before the carbonation explosion. Spices/herbs melt nicely into a gentle/floral hop bouquet. Aftertaste is gently bitter due to the hops, and the beer leaves only a touch of hop oil after imbibing. Nice!

Overall: Better than average...I don't know how this only has a C+ rating at the time of this posting...it's really good.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 03:29:16 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of rawfish


2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a good shade of amber slightly hazy with very little head, generous half a finger. No retention or lacing to speak of.

Smell is one dimensional malt forward, awfully like honey poured on a biscuit. Not a very noticeable hop profile either, a little bit of pine needles that's all. The honey sweetness is really pronounced.

Um... that strong honey aroma on the nose is gone in the taste replaced by a thin malt profile, bready, caramel malts, simple in presentation and very light. Small hop presence adds very little to the taste, some herbal flavors but does not affect the bitterness or the after taste. Somewhat dry, crisp, no aftertaste or mouthcoating. I know this is made to be sessionable but there is very little here in the way of flavor.

Probably the thinnest mouth feel I've ever had on a craft beer it's somewhat salvaged by a nice crisp carbonation but to little affect as there is very little flavor here to appreciate.

I was under the impression that this beer also had a cult following like another CO amber but I was very disappointed by the lack of taste here, balance is achieved by minimizing. At least it does a good impression of the Beatles, "Help! I need some BODY."

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:52:32 | More by rawfish
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a translucent amber with a quarter inch, loose, fizzy, off-white head that sizzles and dissipates into a sudsy skim. Nose is not much to write home about - cereal grains and a trace of noble hops if I had to guess. Taste follows nose and culminates in a slightly bready aftertaste. There's also a faint citrus character present. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively effervescence and a crisp finish. A pretty lackluster American Amber - closer to a macro in taste and smell. I'm going to need to wash this one down with a Cascazilla.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 22:00:14 | More by Jwale73
Photo of SuperSpy


2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber with very little visible activity. A small, short-lived, off-white head.

S - Sweet. Biscuit and toast. Not very pronounced.

T - The flavor isn't bad, but it leaves a lot to be desired. It starts a little sweet with some toasted malt but is then quickly rounded out by a hint of floral hop flavor that finishes on a whimper of a flat lifeless mouthfeel.

M - Little carbonation, almost a bit watery. There really isn't anything exciting in the mouthfeel.

D - I wouldn't send this beer back but I wouldn't order another. There is nothing technically wrong with this beer but it is so boring. I understand that the style should be expected to be well balanced but there is almost nothing to balance here. The beer is not just middle of the road, which would be understandable, it's like it never really bothers to leave the driveway.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:47:46 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of Beer4Baltimore


2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - amber color for an amber style ale with a little head
S - sweet malt but no hops detectable
T - moderately sweet with insignificant bitter edge
M - quite thin and watery, almost soapy feeling
D - drinkable but why bother

I'll finish what I have but don't need anymore.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 22:57:17 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Photo of thatlongname


3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color. Very little head. No head retention.

Smell: Malt and toasted biscuit smell. Sweet smelling.

Taste: Better than I thought it would be considering the smell wasn't that impressive. Nice malty aftertaste. I think it might be crystal malt? Not sure.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Pretty thin.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. I'd attribute this to the good aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:26:46 | More by thatlongname
Photo of flyingspatula


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't able to drink this from a glass, so I can't comment on the color or head. Basically, this was a good flavored beer that had a flat characteristic. It is actually not bad, even though it reminds me slightly of two beers I don't like, Bells "Oarsman" and Four Horseman's "Irish Red". Both of those are very flat, yet their sour profiles render them almost undrinkable to me. The nice flavor of this makes it pretty drinkable. Would I buy a six pack of it though? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:21:28 | More by flyingspatula
Photo of cbutova


3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber with a small off-white head. Retention is pretty much nothing but a ring and cloud form atop the beer. Nice suds and a few spots of lace.

S- Yeast creates a heavy bread profile which is accompanied by caramel malt and a dark fruit raspberry feel. Some spice notes as well.

T- Plentiful amounts of dark fruit (raspberry feel), toasted nutty caramel malt and bread. Also has some slight spice and hops(herbal, citrus). This all does feel watered down after a bit, it is strange.

MF- Moderate body has a semi-watery feel. Carbonation is smooth and at a nice level. Slight bitterness.

DB- A malty, fruity amber and there is nothing wrong with that. It is fruitier than any amber I have had but it would work better if it didn't feel diluted.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 02:58:13 | More by cbutova
Photo of JMad


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid is a copper color with a thin, white, bubbly head. You can smell lots of toasted malt, butter, there is a slightly herbal presence in the background. The taste consists of toasted bread, there is a tangy bite on the sides of the mouth and a hint of lemon. The beer is light and has sharp carbonation. This is an average beer, I could drink a lot of them but would probably get bored.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:04:33 | More by JMad
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. Slightly hazy amber with a wispy white head, scattered bits of lace.

Smells of lightly sweet and bready malts with hints of nuttiness and leafy hops. Flavors lean more nutty and tangy. Hop presence is modest and tealike. Although it's a keg and thus I must assume it's fresh, there are hints of an odd staleness, almost like some crackers sitting in a box a couple of weeks past the 'best by' date. Not something I'd revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 02:10:27 | More by PDXHops
Photo of FreshHawk


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light copper color with an average/smaller than average light, foamy, tiny bubbles, off-white colored head. Disappears fairly fast leaving a thin lace.

S - Some crystal/pale malt with touches of caramel and toffee aroma. Faint tea/herbal hops. A touch of toasted grain.

T - Similar to the nose, but lighter and more grain flavors. Starts off with a slight bitterness then a slight toffee/caramel malt. More toasted grain than crystal/pale malt though. Finishes with a slight tea flavor but more bitter almost grassy hop finish.

M - Light body and average carbonation. Way too thin and watery. Doesn't have much body at all.

D - The body makes this go down easy, but given the flavors, I don't really want to drink more. There's not enough there to want to come back to.

Notes: Way too faint, watery, and lacking. Has some vague English flavors, but not done well. A touch of caramel/toffee but the taste has too much toasted grain. Similar problem with the hops having a slightly tea flavor but more bitter slightly grassy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 07:21:53 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of StaveHooks


3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy amber with a small head.

S - Soft grain, hints of metal, honey.

T - Sweet honey grain and hints of caramel. Has some tea tannins and slighlty nutty. Finishes dry.

M - Light silky body, adequate carbonation.

This an easy drinker. Sweet but subtle flavors. Has a good finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:26:50 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 05820B. Sampled on February 19, 2011. The amber colored pour was attractive but little head despite an aggressive pour. Grainy aroma with sweet malts and bread mingled in. The body is rather light. The taste tends to come across as more grainy than anything else. It went down very fast though.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:38:49 | More by puboflyons
Photo of SteelerNation

New York

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber, like the style. Half finger head, sub par lacing.

S: Toasted malts

T: Toasted apple cinnamon with lemon. Low bitterness with a low hop flavor. Cidery aftertastes. I'm not picking up the soapy aftertastes that everyone is talking about. Probably because I have never tried soap.

M: Light mouthfeel with a moderate dryness. A bit watery.

D: If you like cider you will definitely like this. I find it only moderately drinkable.

It has a lot of off flavors and isn't very clean. It tastes like too much sugar was added to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:53:50 | More by SteelerNation
Photo of ficho520


5/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Had a dark coppery/orange color similar to a glass of tea. It had a small off-white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Has a sweet orange and brown sugar smell. It is kind of weak and hard to pick up.

Taste: Has a sweet caramel taste with a low carbonation. It also has a citrus taste and has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Has a slight crispness to it and goes down smooth. It has a light/medium body that leaves a sweet after taste.

Drinkability: Very good beer that I enjoyed. I thought the smoothness of the beer made it easy to drink. It is straight forward and subtle which I find appealing. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-15-2011 18:15:37 | More by ficho520
Photo of Vdubb86


3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at McGonigal's Pub in Barrington, IL

Apparently this is the special of the month, which is honestly the only reason that I had it. This beer pours a nice reddish amber color with a thin remnant of white foam coating the surface of the beer. The smell is a tad bit sweet, there may have been a twinge of adjunct, but the aromatics were so faint I really couldn't pick up much. This beer has a pretty distinct malt characteristic with a gritty earthy bitterness to the back end of the flavor that while not making it unpleasant doesn't make it anything worth going back for more. The mouthfeel is a tad watery and bitter but not too much to take away from the beer itself. I had no problem drinking the beer, but I'm glad that it was on special, because to me that meant it was closer to being priced right.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-12-2011 06:00:28 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of jlindros


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

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over clear reddish auburn brown color.

Nose adds some light malts, a bit of a malt extract aroma, a bit of a toasty reddish malt aroma with a slight skunked aroma. Something is really weird about this aroma, not very good.

Taste is not so great either, very light, some light toasty malts but quite a bit of a malt extract and adjunct type flavors, some bad skunked like malt flavors, very light grassy hops, but overall just bad.

Mouth is pretty light, decent carbonation though.

Drink is not great either, its light and crisp, but the bad flavors just don't go well.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-12-2011 03:26:08 | More by jlindros
Photo of smcolw


2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very brief head--within two minutes, all that remains is rim bubbles. Dark amber color. Hazy.

The smell is similar to beef stew; not attractive.

Mostly grainy, some residual sugars, very low hop level. Still there is an off-ness to the flavor which I believe is primarily from the aroma. The body is decent, but can't make up for the rest.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-12-2011 02:48:53 | More by smcolw
Photo of Schneic8


3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Had a dark coppery/orange color similar to a glass of tea. It had a small off-white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Has a sweet orange and brown sugar smell. It is kind of weak and hard to pick up.

Taste: Has a sweet caramel taste with a low carbonation. It also has a citrus taste and has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Has a slight crispness to it and goes down smooth. It has a light/medium body that leaves a sweet after taste.

Drinkability: Very good beer that I enjoyed. I thought the smoothness of the beer made it easy to drink. It is straight forward and subtle which I find appealing. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

02-10-2011 00:26:55 | More by Schneic8
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