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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 54 | 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 endincolorado


3.65/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance- Clear, golden-amber with nice off-white head. Decent retention. Good lace

Smell- Crisp, pale malt. Vague nuttiness. Grain. Decent hops.

Taste- Great balance. Slightly more malt-dominated. Fresh bread, some good light hop to balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Quite sessionable. I may have found my new stock beer for the summer.

06-03-2009 18:40:09 | More by endincolorado
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -33%

Appears a clear amber with a light khaki head forms thick initially leaving behind thin lacing around my new Dollar Tree tulip chalice. Aromatics are a bit timid with watery caramel and some mineral tones peeking through as well. Not much hop action going on in the nose or flavor and the aroma just smells like some grains watered down with minimal caramel notes. Flavor is pretty expected of Breckenridge, flagship amber comes watery and not real assertive or cohesive with the flavors. Minimal toasted nut with caramel and a tart grain husk offness, not much hop flavor with minimal bitterness from the lack of hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery feel with a sharp bitey mouthfeel mainly from the carbonation level. Drinkability is pretty weak not a beer I would welcome back in the future, I'd rather drink fresh Goose Island Honker's for 6.50 a sixer or better yet some cans of Yuengling Amber Lager. At least you don't expect much from the canned regional brewery.

05-27-2009 05:13:49 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of webbcreative


2.35/5  rDev -27.5%

Poured Amber color with minimal white head that dissipated quickly. Smells pretty much like a sweaty gym sock. Tastes pretty much like a metallic sweaty gym sock. This is a borderline drain pour for me. but im trying to tough it out. I dont know what they were doing with this one but I hope to God that I just got a bad one.

Overall - Avoid at all cost. Makes me appreciate my Local brewery's Amber Ale that much more [Native Amber by COOP Ale Works]

05-25-2009 20:15:20 | More by webbcreative
Photo of flexinwext


2.78/5  rDev -14.2%

Bought this on a whim because I was feeling something light. This definitely was nothing special but good for having a few over dinner and a game. Pours gold with not much head. Smells almost like stale beer. Taste was slightly metalic but more complex than other ambers ive tried. Low ABV makes this a decent session beer. Like I said before, nothing great but not a bad offering in my opinion.

05-06-2009 16:44:48 | More by flexinwext
Photo of AtlasBrew


2.1/5  rDev -35.2%

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.

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


2.53/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

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


2.7/5  rDev -16.7%

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

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


2.9/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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).

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


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev +8%

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!!

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


3.18/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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


3.18/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


2.83/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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


2.53/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

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


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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

New York

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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


2.78/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

01-16-2009 18:09:40 | More by orangemoustache
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.