Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 100 | 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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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Samp01
2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
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

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of scratch69
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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5/5  rDev +53.4%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of greenengineer
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of nimrod979
2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Photo of MsRif
2.38/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of Dave128
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.