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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 125 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours red with a fair white head, below average retention, light lace.

S: Lots of crystal red malt, notes of orange, grapefruit.

T: A real malty beer, that classic red ale malt flavour dominates, but not as sugary as it could be. Fair balance, the citrus from the hops does a good job.

M: Medium-bodied, lightly cloying. Fairly clean finish.

D: A solid amber, I wish it was a little hoppier, but what are you going to do. I liked it, but really nothing I'd repurchase.

Photo of u2carew
2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head - big bubbled, then settles quite quickly. Some haze to the body. Lacing is thin and sticky. Amber in color.
S) Smells like a wet dog. Earthy. Pungent.
T) Grassy. Lemon. Nutty. Very little malty sweetness. Tastes a how a wet dog smells... maybe horse is a better description. The hops seem a bit strong for an amber.
M) Smooth, but with moments of tart bitterness. Medium body.
D) Not very good at all. I don't know if this is a bad beer, but this is the second one I have tried over the course of three days and both have been unpleasant. I won't be drinking another one of these. In regards to style, I don't think it fits.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.29/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chalk it up as sheer genius, or clumbsy brilliance, Breckenridge has done something great with this one. Out of a can, that I have overlooked for a year in my local shop. Pours a tastilizingly huge head spilling over on the garage floor. Smells rather mundane. Not much to speak of here, moving along to the taste. Nuts and berry's and herbs. Piney, hoppy. Hits the mouth with a zesty bite with lots of creamy overtones. Finishes like something from belgium.Very easy do drink. Goes down too good. This beer is hard to put in a pigeon hole. I think it is all over the board, from its Irish Ale like carbonation and bite, but rather close to a northwest pale ale in character. All I know is I love it and at 14 bucks for a 12 pack of cans, you just can"t beat it. Nicely done.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - amber in color (thats a good thing) with some reddish hues and an inch of off-white head that fades relatively quickly.

Aroma - caramel, steeped grains, a little astringent as well as some very slight hints of grass or hay.

Taste - malty, tangy with a little sweet citrus kick. Mainly caramel malt with a decent body but not too much depth as far as flavor goes. A little dry and sweet in the finish. Solid but nothing amazing.

Overall - straightforward and "subtle". This is a great session brew or a good candidate for a gathering. There is a reason this style sells so well.

Would I buy more of it? - can I try some of the Lucky U IPA first and then decide?

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber pour. Amber to brown. Caramel nose and taste, lacking hops.

Taste smacks of typical Breckenridge boring (apologies to Vanilla Porter), very simple style beer, looks nice but doesn't back it up. Just has that craft beer feel of SA, Gordon Biersch etc. . . when they make an amber with no hops. But its not even a hop bomb, it just looks cooler than BMC yellow (well it tastes slightly better too).

Unfortunately, Breckenridge cost does not match their quality. Won't be having this again anytime soon.

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a small head. Smell is mild, some malts and hops. Taste is good, malts with some notes of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

Photo of Hopittome15
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: sightly hazy amber brown color with very small head, little carbonation

Smell: Malty tones with slight hints of hops coming through.

Taste: Malty caramel flavors that's about it

mouthfeel: slightly bitter with little carbonation

Drinkability: A medium drink, not a favorite for the cellar but decent.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can

A - Pours a red tinted amber with a half inch off white head, very little retention or lacing.

S - Smells a little bready and has notes of sweet malt. Very feint nose of bitter in the background.

T&M - Sweet, toasted malts up front, but this is actually nicely balanced with some light hop bitterness; I think any more would be overkill. I'm also digging on some of the breadiness in here. Lighter bodied, very clean feeling finish, with just a touch of the toasted malts lingering.

D - Very sessionable at a low 5's ABV. Crisp and clean flavors; nothing heavy, very drinkable.

Notes: It looks like I'm in the minority on this beer. I've had it bottled before, and I can tell you that it was better out of the can. I especially like the fact that this beer is sessionable, and packs some good flavor for being a lower ABV.

Photo of Goliath
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed amber color with a one inch light tan head. There is good head retention and a touch of lacing.

the aroma is near nonexistent. There's a touch of sweet maltiness and that's it.

The taste is not that great. There's not much happening here, but I get a light malty sweetness, almost an herbal tea like effect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low touch of very fine bubbled carbonation producing a light tingle on the finish.

Drinkability is moderate. The beer is relatively sessionable, however the flavor profile is a bit boring which doesn't encourage me to keep picking it back up.

Photo of taylocd
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into pint glass.

A - medium to dark amber; almost NO head, but what little bubbling there was at the edge of the glass managed to leave a slight bit of lacing

S - there was nearly no aroma, and what was there was nothing distinctive

T - good malt/hop balance with pleasantly surprising bitter finish

M - far too thin and too little carbonation in this sample; a bit of a sticky finish

D - though it will not be mistaken for a world-class brew, this one is easy to suck down since it is thin and flavorful; without the sticky finish, it would score a half-tick higher

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a C+? Man, there are some haters in the room. This is far closer to an amber lager or Irish red in terms of taste and feel, but I'm not going to knock a good beer for deviating from a typical American red. Sure, it's smooth and drinkable, but there's still substance. The malt have an interesting sourdough tang with light caramel and bread crust notes. There's a slight hint of hops and a little bit of roast grain and cocoa. I call this good beer and would be happy to order a pitcher. This beer tastes a lot like Yuengling Lager would if it were made by a craft brewer.

Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes--
Poured into Pils glass

After trying the Oatmeal Stout, Pandora's Bock, and Vanilla Porter and being impressed by all three-- I am finally let down by this brewery. This amber just seems to fall flat in my book.

Dark bourbon/amber color with a small amount of off-white head. Seems to have decent lacing.

Smells very sweet. Like caramel or toffee. Slight flowery or herbal hint too.

Not as malty as I expected. There is a biscuity toasty note in there as well as some sweet malts, but isn't what I had hoped for... Also, the hop profile is too muted for my tastes.

Medium bodied that is decently enjoyable although not one I would buy (unless faced with a ball-park scenario in which this is the only craft option). This might make a good, "introduction to amber ales" for people interested in trying the style.

Photo of JamesS
2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent mid-red-copper color, but with just a touch of initial head and no lacing. Very sweet malty scent, very lager-ish with a slightly skunky aroma underneath. Decent flavor, mostly a sweet (almost too sweet) malt flavor with just hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Goes down fairly smooth, but without a lot of interesting flavor profiles.

Photo of tchenery
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to pint glass. I'm not impressed with this beer. No head on pour. Tiny lacing on glass if anything.

Smells almost medicinal on first whiff. Other than that, not much of anything else. First taste was extremely dry and kind of bland. No hop presence, but also not too much malt flavor, giving a slight balance. It tastes thin to me.

Decent beer, but doesn't do much for me.

Photo of kylehayworth
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Has a medium red/orange color. It has a mild head that goes pretty quick.

S: Has a malty smell to it, somewhat sweet and spicy. Also has a mild hop profile.

T: Similar to the smell, mild bitterness to it.

M/D: Mild/moderate carbonation. I would not drink this beer again, wasn't very pleasant. It had a bitter aftertaste, but not in a good way. I would be more upset if I bought an entire 6pk, and not as a single.

Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Rosy dark amber color. reddish hue, no real head or lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet and grainy with a hint of metallic after notes, pleasant if a little strong.

T: More of the same, sweet at first glance, then a tad bitter and metallic on the end. I did enjoy it at first but grew less fond of it the more I had.

M: Pretty thick for an ale, It would do with a little more smooth malts or carbonation.

D: I don't know if I would ever have again, but it certainly is worth a try.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy copper with an OK tannish head (gone quickly..) with little stick. Smell is mostly modest toasted malt. Taste is upper end, tip-of-the-tongue sweet malts with a slightly metallic mid-tongue bitterness to finish. Smooth brew, the light taste lasts for a bit. Nothing too extraordinary, but worth the try.

Photo of sweemzander
2.51/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear orange colored amber color that produced an immediately dissipating grayish head.

(S)- Lots of sugary smelling corn husk.

(T)- Again, lots of a corn meal-like sweetness. Slight grassy dryness on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Rather sugary sweet even for the style.

(D)- Not a big fan of this. Way too sweet & sugary even for the style.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, beautiful deep amber color with a tiny bit of white head, good lacing. Smells is slightly floral with biscuity malt. Taste is a little underwhelming, there is a malt presence but nothing spectacular, the same can be said of the hops to a lesser extent. This is kind of a middle of the road beer. It's very mild and doesn't have anything disagreeable in it. Certainly more drinkable than Miller Lite! I'm glad I only bought one 12 ouncer though, I wouldn't get a six-pack of this.

Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin orange with blonde highlights and a creamy tan head that leaves blobs of sticky lace on the glass. Toasted grain, caramel and light fruity hops make up the smell. Sweet and caramely with a mineraly flavor and herbal hop notes in the finish. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. A decent session beer.

Photo of OStrungT
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark golden color, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving a good lace.

This beer has a mild toffee like aroma. It has a slight citrusy hop aroma also. It has a very subtle bready aroma. It is very subtle.

This beer tastes much like it smells, but the flavors are not as subtle. It is mild though.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is carvbonated well for the style. It leaves a bready aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is very mild, and the low alcohol content makes it easy to drink.

Overall: Thanks to Josh for this beer. It is a bit mild for me, but it is good for the style. It is a nice solid beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - A medium amber-brown colour. Some visible carbonation.

S - Malty. Some caramel and citrus.

T - A lot of malt and not much else. The malt profile is caramel and very simple with not much else going on. No traceable hops. Not an impressive palate.

M - light body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Not a beer that I enjoyed. Too much malts and not enough hops. A poor beer overall.

Photo of jkrich
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a shaker: clear, copper with orange highlights with a creamy off-white head that receded leaving a white ring of foam.

The aroma was fresh with caramel and fruits.

This is a very refreshing amber ale. The initial taste is largely malt forward followed by some subdued hop flavor. This is well balanced, keeping the ale interesting and never cloying.

Perhaps a little over-carbonated with a slick, refreshing mouthfeel. The body is medium with very little aftertaste.

I am surprised this ale is not rated higher. It is certainly not the most complex ales available but it does have good flavor and drinkability. For an amber style ale, it is very good. Perhaps the ale tastes better when packaged in a can. I noticed there were no other reviews of this product from a can.

Photo of drizzam
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of 7/31/09 stamped on the glass. The body of this beer is a faintly cloudy orange color with red highlights. The body is topped by an eggshell white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap. Lacing is sub-par.

S - Not much of a nose here, what I do get is a very mild caramel malt aroma. Not much to smell here people.

T & M - The main flavor is a mild caramel malt that finishes with some buttery diacetyl notes. Rather thin and watery mouthfeel. It does finish clean though...if anything, maybe a little buttery toffee on the sides of my tongue for aftertaste.

D - As average is this brew is compared to others in the style, it's still a beer I would take any day over a macro. I found myself emptying my pint glass surprisingly fast while drinking it, and I could see this as being an excellent Summer brew.

Photo of Arnie2709
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16oz chilled pint glass in JL Beers in Fargo, ND.
Looks Good being poured with a medium amount of carbonation. Color is an amber color with 2 fingers of quickly dissipating head leaving a small amount of lacing. First taste is of sweet caramel and earthy hops. Very nice with a big fried bacon cheese burger. Medium-Light body with a nice light malty finsih.

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.