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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ratings: 1,019
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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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AtlasBrew

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The label has a freshness rating system but it's not used!?! What?

Color: A nice deep copper with an off white head that fades quick.

Aroma: Maltyness with hints of caramel. Light spicy hop aroma but not much.

Flavor: Carmel malt with mild bitterness and just a hint of spicy hop flavor. Really not much going on here. Flavor is comparable to one of my malt extract brews, not too good.

Boring really; this is one to avoid, it's not impressive past the cool label. Maybe it's better at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 05:42:42 | More by AtlasBrew
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atpben

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the Flying Saucer Houston. Poured in a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a thin light head. Very weak aroma, just some malts and very faint caramel. Very watery tasting with not enough hops profile. Some very light grassiness in the end but not enough. Very weak and boring. Blaaaahhhh. Was very dissapointing. Will not try again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 02:30:02 | More by atpben
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justincolts

Indiana

2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thick head which dissipates very slowly. A pretty pleasant smell, although not a lot of hints of much of anything. The taste falls rather flat. I don't get much flavor out of it. Easy to drink, but without much taste, why would you?I just purchased one of these from a store that allows mix and match, so hopefully maybe it is just this one beer that doesn't pass inspection

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

04-16-2009 01:18:50 | More by justincolts
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a session beer. Easily.

The smell is okay, with hints of malt and grain present. No real hop odor is present. Pours a medium red color with a half-finger foam. Taste follows suit. A solid malt backbone, but no hops to speak off. Solid, and decent tasting. Mouthfeel is alright, but nothing spectacular. It's highly drinkable. A great session ale if its your only option. Not a huge amount of flavor, but a decent enough offering.

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

04-11-2009 07:30:39 | More by YonderWanderer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Here is my second of the night that I got from another friend and sadly had to drink it out of a bottle due to no glassware.

Aroma is very basic. This beer has some spiced up hops backed up with some simple malts.

Taste is a lot similar to the smell. Has some odd spiced hops that I haven't tasted in a beer, at least not recently. Some simple malts as well. Nothing to special.

Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced. Not crisp, not creamy, but right in the middle. Decent carbonation.

Overall, this is an easy drinking simple beer. Nothing to special about it that and I don't plan on buying any of this. I am still trying to find some decent Red Ales (crossing my fingers for Summit Horizon).

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

04-08-2009 06:37:30 | More by mothman
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a white 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. Color is an amber.

Smells of sweet malts.

Tastes a bit like the smell, of sweet malts. Nothing too special.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Has a fairly clean finish.

Easy to drink but nothing special.

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

04-01-2009 03:19:35 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

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

It was a good beer not memorable, poured red not an impressive smell, it seems to be a beer that is not an impressive amber which happens to be my favorite beer selection besides wheat beers. it is one that I will not kick out of bed but not a go to beer by any means.

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

03-28-2009 05:31:22 | More by skeetermoses
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slighty hazy reddish/brown color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a thin layer arouind the edges. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts and light hop spices.

T: Consistent with smell; sweet malts with an added nutty flavor (almonds?). Mild bitter finish to balance

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and clean (but not real smooth).

D: Drinkable, but nothing special.

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

03-25-2009 15:20:02 | More by Haybeerman
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saradad

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally, this is the last beer from Breckenridge's Sampler, the Agave Wheat and Vanilla Porter were drain pours, while this beer, along with their Oatmeal Stout, have at least redeemed themselves some. It's got a nice light tan head and decent lacing over a dark gold body (I guess that qualifies as amber) with some lighter soft edges. Little visible carbonation though you can feel it. The scent is unremarkable, grain and sweet grass with maybe a little orchard fruit and light citrus. The flavor is about the same with a lingering citrus finish that's not quite dry. There's a medium to maybe a medium full feel to it, possibly from the carbonation. Not a great ale and yet not a bad ale. Not something I'll seek out again as they don't date the bottles or cases and I can get known fresh beers from other breweries. So There!!

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

03-20-2009 17:36:10 | More by saradad
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice ruby red with a bit of short lived white head.

Smells of grain and malt.

Taste is pleasant enough, not a unique amber ale but a solid representatiokn.

Somewhat of a thick feeling on the palate, goes down smooth; no unpleasant aftertaste.

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

03-15-2009 00:47:32 | More by donteatpoop
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BierFan

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notchable freshness lable, but no date was notched. Undeterred, the contents were emptied into my trusty pint glass.

Small off-white head sits on top of an amber body. No carbonation whatsoever. The smell is of malts, no hops are noticeable. This could probably pass as an Irish red ale. The taste is also mainly malts. Little bit of a bitter finish.

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

03-12-2009 03:46:04 | More by BierFan
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

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

I bought the Breckenridge Brewery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is an almost translucent brown color. The head is about one finger tall, light-tan, thin lacing, small bubbles, fair retention.
Smell: The aroma is very standard, mostly malt and perhaps some caramel.
Taste: The flavors are caramel, sweet and some boozyness.
Mouthfeel: This mouthfeel is decently crisp.
Drinkability: This beer is decent.
Don't drink and review.

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

03-08-2009 23:48:42 | More by treehugger02010
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The reasonably thick mouthfeel is the one saving grace for this otherwise bland amber.

Look is sufficiently nice with a golden amber hue and some creamy head.

Smell is weak hops over some sweeter smelling characteristics.

Taste is nutty, caramel. Not bad, just missing anything to bring it above average.

As for if I would buy this again, not likely. It wasn't a bad drink, just average in most areas.

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

03-07-2009 22:34:02 | More by sonicdescent
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argock

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Breckenridge Brewery (Breckenrdige, CO) in a clear pint glass.

A: Crystal-clear caramel brown with inviting 1-2 finger big-bubbled off-white head with decent retention and lacing when poured from a pitcher.

S: A few caramel and toffee notes and a bit of crisp herbal hops -- pretty underwhelming

T: Inobtrusive and pretty run-of-the-mill amber ale with soft toffee and butterscotch flavors with a lilght herbal-floral hops finish which is average-dry. More maltload and hopping would help this beer a lot.

M: Easy to session light-medium body feel with average carbonation and short, sweet aftertaste.

D: A decent session option but not much else to recommend it.

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

03-06-2009 19:22:39 | More by argock
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beachbum1975

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a single of this in a variety six-pack from Root Cellar. I thought I'd try something new, so here we go. Nice label on this one. Freshness date on left side of label, but nothing was notched - so, no idea on the age of this one.

Pours a cloudy, reddish brown with an average tan head. Foam doesn't stick around long, leaving a thin haze of foam which thickens into the shape of a halo around the edges of my snifter.

Smells of sweet malts, caramelized sugars and light spice picked up. Rather simple, sweet nose overall.

Much like the nose... Slight nuttiness picked up, as well. Almost like an almond quality in the semi-sweet malty mix. This beer is light to medium bodied, medium flavored and has ample carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Nice, but average and a bit watery at times.

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

02-25-2009 23:41:36 | More by beachbum1975
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htomsirveaux

Texas

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

Tried 5 Feb 2009 at the brewpub.

Cloudy golden brown color. Small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, slight hops. Starts caramel and bready, faintly nutty. A touch of bitterness lingers in the aftertaste with some astringency. Medium light body. Light alcohol.

Fairly typical amber, not bad not great.

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

02-18-2009 03:56:18 | More by htomsirveaux
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This amber ale has an expected caramel, orange-amber color with some bright orange/copper highlights visible when held to the light. The dingy pearl cap of foam fades at a reasonable pace and leaves some very modest lacing. Little or no rising carbonation visible.

Moderately sweet and bready with a dull caramel note and sparsely detectable floral hops. Mostly mild English malt and a hint of ripe cherry.

Somewhat lifeless on the palate to be frank. Very mild bready malt notes with just a bit more floral hops than the nose would imply. I hint of honey/fruitiness and faint minerally dryness in the finish with an afterthought of cooked veggies. Rather lackluster but still enjoyable.

A very fine textured but minimal amount of carbonation makes for a rather dull mouthfeel. Semidry with a not-so-clean finish. Not a bad tasting or smelling brew but the mouthfeel certainly leaves something to be desired. An average selection at best.

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

02-16-2009 04:21:06 | More by letsgopens
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Douglas14

California

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a typical amber color with a little head that does not leave much lace. The smell and taste are both malty with a little hop presence. Not much to the drinkabllity. I see it as just an average, run-of-the-mill amber ale. It is nothing special and does not impress me very much.

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

02-05-2009 21:08:37 | More by Douglas14
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armock

New York

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt with earthy scents

T - Follows the nose sweet malt some cararamel

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Not a bad session beer at all its very easy to drink with a good taste to it worth trying sometime

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

01-29-2009 21:44:05 | More by armock
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Poured from the tap a clear amber with a very thin off white head that was gone in a flash,big caramel malt aromas with some fruity esters,not much hop presence found.Flavors are agin sweeter and malt tilted,caramel biscuit with a touch of grain,some lingering fruit notes in the finish.Eh if you like old school malt tilted ambers you'll like this,me not so much.

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

01-25-2009 23:02:49 | More by oberon
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orangemoustache

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a caramely amber with rusty highlights, the off-white cap provides ample lacing as it slowly fades to a thin cap that retains the duration. The nose is subtly sweet with caramel, some light floral and soft metallic notes, like dirty water(I'm not impressed). A moderate amount of caramel and lightly toasted bread crust makes up the best this has to offer. Metallic notes work in the opposite direction of the sweet base and creates a conflict with my pallet that I just can't get passed. Some light fruitiness and earthy hoppiness is an effort at complexity and flavor, sadly this falls well short of a complete finish, and really it was off to a poor start. The mouthfeel is even less impressive, thin and boring. I can't say I would never drink this again, but there is no reason to go out of your way to find this.

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

01-16-2009 18:09:40 | More by orangemoustache
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gmfessen

Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, ruby-copper color with a one inch head of creamy looking foam. Smell is pretty much all sweet, crystal malts dominate. The taste is also very malty, almost like amber LME syrup. There is some hops present but not enough to balance. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would have prefered as was the carbonation. Overall, drinkability suffers due to the unbalanced sweetness of the beer but it does go down like water due to the consistancy. Good beer if you like sweet amber ales.

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

01-11-2009 21:06:26 | More by gmfessen
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nem2006

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle in a pint glass. Has a brownish amber color. A slightly off white head that is fairly dense.

The nose is a little surprising. It is not as malty as other ambers. There is plenty hop to it with floral hints along with the breadiness and malts of an amber.

Avalanche is medium bodied with a slight sweetness and maltiness which fades quickly to a hop finish. The hops are fairly smooth and not overbearing. It is almost like a pale ale meets an amber.

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

01-03-2009 05:37:49 | More by nem2006
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy amber colored. Off white head of medium thickness.

Smell: smells of honey and nuts. Interesting aroma. Very different.

Taste: sour. Lemony. Slight roasted flavors overwhelmed by the lemony flavor. Again, very different.

Mouthfeel: slightly puckering and dry. Light bodied.

Drinkability: this is a different beer than I expected and takes a while to get used to. Nice work for a truly unique beer!

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

01-01-2009 23:28:45 | More by Squelch
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WakeandBake

Michigan

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

Notes Oct 2, 2008
A hazy amber color pour with a medium off white head.Aroma of grainy caramel malt,and some spicy hops in the background.Flavor is Matly up front, that mellowed into a fruity flavor. The crisp hops gave it a fairly clean finish, with only a little residual sweetness.Pretty good drinkability.An avrage amber.

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

12-27-2008 15:49:33 | More by WakeandBake
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.