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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 53 | 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 BadRockBeer


4/5  rDev +23.5%

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!

03-06-2007 03:35:47 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of beeragent


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-23-2007 06:43:05 | More by beeragent
Photo of Padron4KM


2.1/5  rDev -35.2%

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.

02-18-2007 08:58:47 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.93/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

01-17-2007 14:06:21 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of jdoherty

New York

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

01-01-2007 02:54:57 | More by jdoherty
Photo of beveritt


2.38/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

12-29-2006 02:29:55 | More by beveritt
Photo of BeerSox


2.73/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

12-16-2006 01:44:40 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Adamthome1


3.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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

12-03-2006 01:17:08 | More by Adamthome1
Photo of uwmgdman


3.45/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

11-29-2006 03:05:01 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

11-13-2006 23:37:42 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.33/5  rDev +2.8%

I usually compare this with Fat Tire and 90 Schilling since they seem similar and are from the region. This one pours a slight reddish amber/brown color and little head; maybe I poured it too cold.
Sweet aroma of caramel and malt, some alchohol as well.
Taste was more sweet than anything else. Caramel and yeast could use more balance with hops. Kind of an oily finish, not what I was expecting.
This is a good beer if you want to try something other than the macros, and I like it better than Fat Tire, but not as much as 90Schilling.

10-30-2006 18:59:19 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of drinknewbelgium


2.83/5  rDev -12.7%

well pours with little to no head smells sweet and malty taste very malty and kind of like some honey with some bitterness the mouth feel is the best thing this beer has going for it but other than that i wouldnt waste the money on it its nothing more than average

10-25-2006 01:01:27 | More by drinknewbelgium
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.23/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a very pale amber with a wispy thin head. No lacing to speak of. Smells of biscuity malt and herbal, tea-like hops.

Very biscuity tasting malt, lightly fruity finished with light herbal hops. But it's the malt that you taste in the finish and aftertaste, Lightly sweet mouth. This is decent, I like the biscuity character but something doesn't mesh well here. Above average but little else.

10-21-2006 03:06:37 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of LordChesterfield


4.1/5  rDev +26.5%

The beer pours dark and has a dense vigorous head. Very smooth and sweet tasting without much malt bitterness. Delicious. The smell is somewhat metallic , though thankfully it doesn't extend to the flavor in any way. It tastes almost like oranges. I'm surprise by how well this beer tastes as I've tried other breckenridge beers with little success. Very enjoyable beer. A definite get.

10-14-2006 05:54:55 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of aaronh


3.93/5  rDev +21.3%

Pours a medium amber topped by a rather solid cream colored head. Head showed decent retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma has a nice sweet malt note and a hint of hops. Flavor has a nice mellow caramel flavor backed by a hint of bitterness and a soft malt backbone. Finishes just a little dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and inviting and perfectly carbonated. Drinkability is good. This was a very enjoyable beer, and I will not hesitate to have this one again. It's a very solid session type beer that also pairs well with food.

10-13-2006 02:00:36 | More by aaronh
Photo of sloejams


3.78/5  rDev +16.7%

sampler at Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub, Denver

Colorado has these American Reds down. Very akin to New Belgium's Fat Tire, Avalanche has a smooth start with a sweet middle and a slighty bitter but crisp finish. In a blind taste, I wouldn't be able to differentiate the two. It goes down easy and balances my pulled pork sammich quite well.

09-13-2006 21:12:22 | More by sloejams
Photo of MDekker


4.1/5  rDev +26.5%

A: Pours a translucent brown-orange with some head, but not much.

S: I mostly noticed the typical ale aromas of malt and hops, along with some maple, wooden notes.

T: Nothing stood out to me, but it was a high-quality, simple amber ale flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Nothing lingered.

M: Good good good. Smooth, inoffensive, and satisfying.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this. It hint all the right notes for me, and although it wasn't outstanding, I would gladly return to it.

08-27-2006 01:58:04 | More by MDekker
Photo of xav33


2.6/5  rDev -19.8%

Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Conceived 11/05, gulped 07/06

Poured disappointingly yellowish/orange with 1/4 inch white head that limped into a ring.

Smelt of slight hints of roast and sweet maltiness.

Taste begins sweet and bready and dissipates with a hint of sour fruit and moss merging towards the end. Less hops than a elephant. Mouthfeel was light.

Overall, a fairly disappointing amber that could use less sweetness and more malty bite or hops.

07-30-2006 07:13:35 | More by xav33
Photo of kimcgolf


2.95/5  rDev -9%

Had a two-2 ounce glass of this draft as part of a 6 beer sampler at the brewery. Amber color with thin white head, and little lacing. Finish was somewhat metallic. Not the best of the lot, and in fact, probably the one I enjoyed the least of the six.

07-29-2006 19:59:26 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of sacfly


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz. has a place to notch for freshness date, but it is not notched.

Pours a yellow/orange color. Little head. Aroma is sharp. Grassy hops. Light sweetness. Light malt flavor. First thought was that it tastes kind of like Yuengling but with more body and less refreshing (and much more expensive). Little to no aftertaste.

You could drink this one any place, any time and it will not get in the way. I guess there is a place for beers like this, but I’ll stick with something cheaper.

07-24-2006 16:46:49 | More by sacfly
Photo of cameraman


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

A light orange color with some darker tones, and a small white head forms, that quickly dissolves. A mild malty scent, with a bit citrusy hop aroma. A very, very, very mild malt flavor, the hops are not evident in the taste. In the mouth it is medium bodied, very smooth going down, a bit of tingle from the carbonation. A good session beer, the mild flavor makes easy to want more, but nothing to totally be excited about.

07-14-2006 00:54:42 | More by cameraman
Photo of hylton44


3.33/5  rDev +2.8%

Fairly robust copper orange with a fairly short-lived head that fades to a thin fizziness. Imbibing reminded reminded me of opening an old cellar, though not necessarily ni a bad way. It had an aged resiny and nutty taste that released a mind of pungent and tart vapor that really settled onto the back & sides of my tongue. That was kind of the highlight, but the taste did not blow me out of the water, overall. There was also a slightly sticky, lingering aftertaste I could have done without.

07-02-2006 17:26:02 | More by hylton44
Photo of russpowell


3.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottled 1st week of april, thought I'd rereview, since I dissed this so bad the prior occasion & this was in the 12 pack variety box I bought

Pours amber with a 1 finger deep white head. good lacing & head retention

Smell: Slight iron & malt scent

Taste; Slight fruittyness & citric hop bite. Finishes fruitty with slight citirc hop bite

MF; Medium to syruppy with good carbonation

Drinks okay, flavors just don't pull together like the summer ale does, would do in a pinch. Slighlty better than the last one I tried

06-20-2006 03:56:22 | More by russpowell
Photo of Blakaeris


3/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours orange-copper with a creamy head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is toasted caramel malt and mild fruit.

Taste is quite malty and fruity, but very little hops. finish has lingering fruitiness and slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is an OK Amber. An easy drinking session beer.

06-04-2006 06:43:09 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


2.63/5  rDev -18.8%

Slightly cloudy amber color with little bit of light colored head and no lacing or retention.

Smell has a semisweet grainy quality with a bit of sourdough breadiness.

Taste is mostly light bready malts and slightly sweet grains, no hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Overall another in a long line of bland American Ambers.

06-04-2006 06:19:30 | More by bashiba
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.