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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 62 | 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 ttu94
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%

Very forgetable beer. Pours a clear gold color with very little head that fades fast and leavs no lacing. Smell is that of a beer nothing worth noting. Tastes is slightly malty and watery. I don't know if i can pick out a beer brewed with adjuncts but I would say this was one if asked. I suppose I am not a fan of this style but I found this beer to be one that I wouldn't ask for again. It tastes very similar to Shiner 98 but not as good (and shiner 98 wasn't that great either).

ttu94, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Full finger of yellow head over a rust orange liquid. Nearly clear and some streamers running up. Smells tin and oranges. Tomato juice and pine from hops. Malt is nearly absent.

Tastes iron dryyish, but nice malty finish. Hops are present, but quite in line with the intensity of the malt. Woody dry with minimal pine and orange hop flavor. Light caramel is strung a bit thinner than I'd like for the style. fruity sweet in the aftertaste leaves everything nice. Md body and moderate carbonation.

mentor, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured a medium copper color with moderate off-white head. Good lacing found.
Smell is very light with a light caramel sweetness present.
Taste is so light as to be virtually non-existent, with onlt an ever so slight note of caramel present.
Finish is also very light with almost no taste retention.
Very middle of the road beer.

tgbljb, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%

Avalanche Ale is an interesting beer in that it seems to fall halfway between an English pale ale and an American amber ale. The slightly sulphury, mineralish English yeast is just so blatant that I can't think of anything but English ale, and yet it does have a bit more crystal malt to it like an American version. It's got a just slightly hazy deep-amber/orange body and creamy antiqued-white head. The retention and lacing are good. The aroma is nice, particularly if you enjoy the yeast character, and there's a bit of subtly sweetish caramel malt and grassy and leafy hops present as well. The flavor is well-balanced with malt and yeast character stepping forward, and hops and bitterness following. There's a mild fruitiness to it like apricot, apples, and pears, but the yeast also leaves it almost a touch "bloody" or iron-like. I find it reminiscent of Bateman's XXX. It's interesting enough to keep your interest through more than one, and it might make a good session ale. Nicely done.

NeroFiddled, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of wedge
1.95/5  rDev -40%

Clear copper with a thin, bubbly head. Smells cheap...barely grainy aroma has "lite" beer written all over it. Mild sweetness and grain in the flavor, acidic and husky. Thin mouthfeel with a little bite to it.

Decidedly (and confusingly) macro-lager-like and hugely disappointing. Sometimes it pays off blindly grabbing a single bottle to try. Sometimes you wish you could get your money back. Avoid.

wedge, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of sabrills70
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium amber with a 2 finger head, OK longevity and good lace. Lots of big malts aromas mixed with a bit of biscuit/bready smells. Again, lots of malt flavors followed by the same biscuity flavors leaving a decent hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The malts do tend to disappear a bit too quickly though. All in all a decent flagship beer for Breckenridge. Nothing special though.

sabrills70, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of brdc
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%

Average looking golden brew with a white, bubbly head.
The aroma is almost not there at all, and when you swirl the glass vigorously, you get a smell of "beer" - something like what you get on a Coors, very non-descript, alcohol and light hops, perhaps, but difficult to elaborate.
Watery, mild biscuity flavor, but also very little to talk about here.
Another disappointing brew from Breckenridge, and probably the last one I try from them.

brdc, May 29, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tumbler. This beer is a clear, dark red/copper color. the head was well over an inch thick when poured. It settles to a fairly thin surface layer with a decent sized white ring lining the inside of the glass. Fairly good lacing. Has a malty sweet smell with some hop and light spice hints. Flavors of sweet malt and floral hops are present followed by a hint of caramel and some spice or maybe ginger. Overall the taste is a bit bland. Has a medium bodied crisp and smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Nothing special here. Worth a try I suppose.


neenerzig, May 29, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear bronze color. The white head is weak, dissipating rapidly. No lacing.

The aroma is dry malt, nutty and woody with a bit of nutmeg. The flavor is also almost all malt and barley, some oaty and nuttiness, just slightly hopped and smoothed out with a creamy caramel element. Similiar to a Scottish ale.

It's light bodied, not all that complex. Very drinkable. Not revolutionary, but quaffable.

Osiris9588, May 20, 2007
Photo of crayphish
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

This brew poured a clear amber liquid with a nice offwhite head that shrunk quickly leaving some lacing. Smell is sweet malt with a notes of floral hops. Taste is more of the sweet malts, with some grainy and floral hops. Mouthfeel is watery, but the hops that are there help it finish dry. A drinkable ale, nothing special.

crayphish, May 19, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%

the bottle has numbers for the months and weeks bottled but is not notched as it should be. pours a copper/amber with a quickly diminishing off-white head. aroma is mostly of euro vegetal/earthy/floral hops with just a hint of toffee. taste is mostly dry/crisp/astringent. mouthfeel is relatively light. this reminds me of a domestic attempt at a marzen but without the malt sweetness. basically something rather tame that you could have several of, would be a good intro to craft beer for meatheads.

MrMcGibblets, May 11, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured from the bottle red amber with a light head. Some lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is malty and somewhat sweet.

The taste is malty sour and metallic yet the beer is somehow still on the bland side.

Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

This beer is drinkable but nothing special as far as amber ales go.

Monkeyknife, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Extremely clear amber, decent head at first but poor retention. The nose is mostly caramel malt but there's an astringency that doesn't bode well.

The flavor follows through heavy on the sweet malt with some spring earthy hops - not unlike Hallertau hops' mouthfeel and general presence. A bit like a Czech pils brewed with caramel malts. The astringency turns metallic rusty in the finish.

Medium to light body, I thought there was a little too much carbonation although that problem disappeared as the beer warmed. Smooth and drinkable, but honestly the metal was too much for me.

BretSikkink, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%

Sampled on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille; poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear mahogany color with higher carbonation and a mild, off-white head.

S - Some sweet malt with fruity-pine lingering in the background.

T - Tastes more like an APA - slightly hoppy malt with some faint notes of fruit...earthy tones also detected in the finish. No bitterness - more of a sweet finish.

M - A little lacking in the finish...could have used more of a hoppy kick to back up the malt. Light body.

D - Easy to drink, but not a good representation of the style.

JohnnyM2002, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Ricklinator
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

The second time i tried this beer i got a pint and a half bottle that i split with a buddy in two pint glasses. I liked the amber color and the head stayed around for a while. The beer smelt sweet with a big dose of citrus. i enjoyed the distinct orange flavor and medium carbonation. This is easily one of my favorite all around beers.

Ricklinator, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Serving Type Sampled: 22fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Feature painted label that in the state of California will probably kill you but since we are in Colorado we’re fine!

Appearance: This beer pours brilliant, crystal clear amber in color, with a nice 2 finger head that fade to a beautiful tight lace.

Smell: I smell sweet caramel malt, slightly acidy.

Taste: A predicted by the nose, slightly sweet caramel malts. Crisp citrus hops. It’s unfortunate but I also detect a metallic undertone.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, carbonation is perfect for the style. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Great. This is a smooth everyday kind of beer and despite the metallic taste it is one of my go to beers on a hot summer day!

BadRockBeer, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a medium amber, forming a 1/4 inch white head, that quickly faded, leaving light rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is sweet, with a hint of citrus. The flavor is heavy sweet malt, with a slight amount of hops towards the end. The finish is smooth and clean. A medium mouthfeel, being a little thicker than expected from this style. Overall, this is a very easy beer to consume. A great beer to have in between the heavier porters and stouts.

beeragent, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
2.1/5  rDev -35.4%

12 oz bottle. Date code not notched on label.

Very light for an amber. Not really amber, but dark golden.

Aroma is sweet, sugar and caramel.

Flavor is light and sweet. Caramel malt, light grains, touch of sugar. No hops detected.

Amber light? I couldn't see myself buying this again.

Padron4KM, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%

I thought this beer to be a drinkable but unremarkable amber ale marked by a biscuity taste with sour undertones.

It pours an attractive deep red color, with minimal head which quickly disappeared. Aroma is a very mild caramel malt hop flavor. Taste was a blend of maltiness and alcohol at first followed by a lot of biscuity flavor with mild sourness and oakiness in the finish, which I felt in the bottom/back of my mouth.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh. This beer is rather drinkable, but doesn't have a lot of very distinguishing qualities.

BeerBelcher, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of jdoherty
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Very nice drinkable beer, not spectacular but definetely drinkable

A: Clear amber color with a small amount of head which disappears quickly, not to much lacing on the side

S: Very light malty scents with no discernable specific smells, although I think I might have stuffed up nose or something

T: The malty taste has only a mild bit of carbonation which makes it extremely smooth, we'll get to that later.

M: Smooth smooth smooth with a very weak mouthfeel, you cant really taste the beer right after you drink it.

D: This is a very very drinkable beer, it tastes good enough where you can just put them down like water.

jdoherty, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of beveritt
2.38/5  rDev -26.8%

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label seems show the Rockies int he background, maybe the flat-irons? Notch indicates it was bottled in the 4th week of September.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of white, foamy, head. Settles into a ring around the glass and a few islands of head. Beer itself is a medium amber, with a slight chill haze. There is a steady stream of bubbles helping maintain the islands of head.

Smell: The beer has an overwheling smell that I find unpleasant. It is the grassy/skunky smell you find so often in cheap beer. It is hard to ignore, I can smell it with the glass sitting on the table. Underneath, a slight caramel sweetness from malt.

Taste: A solid baseline of malt, slightly sweet. No noticeable hop bitterness or flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Decent body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink because of its lack of any significant flavor. I just can't get over the "cheap" smell.

beveritt, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
2.73/5  rDev -16%

12oz bottle into mug.

Slightly hazy deep amber color with a light tan head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing.

Grainy malt and light musty fruit scents. Very light hints of smoke.

Cracker like malts with a touch of hop bitterness, but not much. The carbonation is low giving it a smoother feel. The finish is mostly clean with a little bit of lingering hop bitterness.

There really isn't much to this one. Nothing too bad, but it seems like there are some other ales like this one that have a little more to them.

BeerSox, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Adamthome1
3.38/5  rDev +4%

Pours a copper, amber color into glass, looks just as expected. Not much of a smell, maybe the smell of barley coming through because the taste is pretty dominant of a abrley malt. Leaves kind of an estra tangy bittersweet aftertaste which is the only thing I didn't really care about the beer. Otherwise the taste is maybe a little bland, not a whole lot of flavor there except for the aftertaste. Another reviewer said it reminded him of vomit aftertaste and I agree...not that it's a nasty naste, just the bitterness in the back of the throat - - very similiar. Worth a try but nothing special here. Enjoy

Adamthome1, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of uwmgdman
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

This amber ale pours a clear, light copper into my mug with a thin white head that quickly diminished to a spotty skim. The beer has a moderate-high sweet malty aroma, sweet like dark fruits and there are hints of spicyness. I cannot much in the way of hop aroma. No surprises in the taste. A rather sweet ale, caramel and maybe some toasted grains? The perceived hop bitterness is low to maybe moderate-low, a little more balance would have been appreciated. A slight metallic taste is also evident, mainly at warmer temperatures. A low hop flavor is also there. The mouthfeel is rather thin and has medium carbonation. For the sweetness of the beer it does finish with a surprising little bit of dryness, which was nice. The beer almost seems like a half-hearted attempt at an Oktoberfest type ale. Overall the beer was ok. There was nothing that really wowed me and nothing that really turned me off terribly. I wouldn’t say no if someone bought me one, but won’t go out of my way to find it.

uwmgdman, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%

Bottled during the 4th week of July.

Light but rich amber yellow color – clear – nicely bubbly – small head

Strong on the barley smell – sweet – fruity-like – mildly bitter

Mild taste – lightly bitter – light malt – bittersweet

Nice little carbonation kick – fairly smooth

Nicely designed label. The smell is strong on barley. The taste is mild yet distinctive; it has a striking resemblance to vomit, not completely in a bad way, giving it a bittersweet tang. I suspect this flavor comes from the meld of sweet malt taste and the acidic taste of the inconspicuous hops. Middleweight Amber. I wouldn’t go out of my way to get another.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 13, 2006
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.