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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 84 | 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 rye726
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with a thin white head. The nose is composed of mild malts and possibly some English hops. A nice mild ale flavor. Good malty base to it. The medium body is paired with some fizzy carbonation. A drinkable brew. Somewhere between a red, mild and brown ale. Good session beer.

rye726, May 08, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber with a foamy smooth white head. Aroma is very malty and sweet with some light pancake syrup. Taste is malty and grainy, but a little thin overall. Finishes a tad dry, but tasty.

Not all that bad brew, perfect for pizza or just a session brew. Wish it had a little more oomph, but still solid and drinkable.

saintwarrick, May 07, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a golden amber with no head to speak of. the smell is a bit sour perhaps, perhaps not. i detect citrucy hops and a nice malty sweetness. the taste is very natural and clean, but much sweeter than i expected. the mouthfeel is pretty normal for this style beer and it is certainly good enough to drink every once in a while. i used to visit this brewpub when i lived in memphis, so it was good to have a beer from them again.

deepsouth, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of lowbrau
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great amber color. Slightly darker than I expected. Thin head that leaves a nice lace on the glass, with moderate retention.

Smell: Nothing too remarkable here. Smelled a little 'green', with a little matlyness.

Taste: Matly bite up front, that mellowed into a fruity flavor. The crisp hops gave it a fairly clean finish, with only a little residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and crisp, I could drink these all day.

Overall, a very solid amber. I really enjoy Breckenridge beers, and this is no exception.

lowbrau, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a one-finger, bubbly, off-white head. Not much lace.

S - It smelled rather malty with some hoppy/floral notes.

T - It tasted of roasted malts, a little biscuity. It also had some subtle spice.

M - It was crsip and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay amber. Not the best but certainly drinkable.

zeff80, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of ewright
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A vigorous pour results in a hefty finger of head that dissipates to a thin layer with islands of coarse bubbles. The beer is a brilliant amber color, just right for the style.

S: A muted hop aroma lays over some mild caramel. I'd give this a higher score if the aroma was more pronounced. It's good, but a bit too subtle.

T: Caramel dominates the taste, with notes of light brown sugar. The hops balance this just enough to give a slight spiciness in the aftertaste, almost like a gingerbread cookie. The taste opens up significantly as the beer warms.

M: A bit thin, but overall, a very pleasing sensation.

D: Just a tad too cloying with the cookie-like aftertaste, but overall it's not a bad amber ale.

ewright, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of scottbrew4u
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A hard pour left a fairly small light tan head that quickly dissipated into sparse foam.

Amber in color with descent clarity. Small bubbles rising to the surface.

Aroma of caramel malt and toasted grains with a faint earthy hopiness. Some coppery aroma is there but not desirable.

Flavor is semi-sweet with toasty, bready malt and a slight hop bitterness that comes through as somewhat acidic. Medium body with sharp carbonation. This beer does not have much depth to it and it becomes pretty boring after a few tastes. Not impressed with this one.

scottbrew4u, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a light amber color with a 1 finger head that recedes slowly into some spare clinging lace.

Smell- Malty Amber syrup, A touch of cinnamon.

Taste- Malty with just enough light hops to balance out the malt. A little bit of residual cinnamon is on the finish. It's a little plain, but I could see it pairing well with some BBQ.

Mouthfeel- A little thin with very low carbonation. A touch more carbonation would probably improve the body of this otherwise thin offering.

Drinkability- I'm not a huge amber fan, but this one, although a bit thin, has better balance than previous ambers I have tried.

Greggy, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of BeanBone
2.1/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear amber color (as you would expect) with ruby tones and a thin head that evaporates quickly

Aroma: Grainy light malt with toffee, caramel and citrus undertones

Taste: Very thin and watery, grainy and somewhat malty with a non-hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Flat, thin and watery

Drinkability: I probably wouldn't be ordering another one of these

Verdict: Pretty weak stuff. It almost seems like a fake craft-brew, I keep looking for a hidden Anheuser-Busch logo somewhere. Bland, flat, and rather soulless, Breckenridge Avalanche is forgettable in every sense.

BeanBone, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rich red-brown body... thin offwhite head.. lots of lacing...

S: Roasted malts. mostly caramel.. some grains..

T: Mostly malty.. a bit unbalanced.. kind of bland yet chewy..

M: Medium body. Moderate Carbonation. At times thin... At other times thick.

D: Not bad... but not likely that I have another.

callmemickey, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of andreasmwatt
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Hints of Caramel and Honey. Strong smelling brew.

Taste - Slightly Bitter taste, regular american red. Good but not great

Mouthfeel - Nothing extraordinary. Very Basic feel.

Appearance - Dark Orange, slight copper color.

Overall - Descent Beer that is definately worth a go round. Nothing extra special but good.

andreasmwatt, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a orange-ish/ amber color with a small tan head. In the aroma, a sweeter malt, with caramel hints. In the taste, sweet maltiness, with roasty and caramel hints. A smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and a semi dry, caramel like aftertaste. Nice roasty and caramel malt, easy to drink and non offensive, good and basic.

OWSLEY069, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks really pretty nice, a decent red brown color with an off white sticky as hell head, got to love the lacing.

S: smelled originally of caramel but this fades and there isnt much behind it.

T: this beer is not bad, a little unbalanced and a flavor i can not name but seems a bit off. it is also a bit bitter with a slight peanut brittle finish.

M/D: this is a more basic example of this style i do however like it and find it to be a pretty easy drinking beer. good solid beer, nothing too fancy but still good

Redwood21, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of ccrida
2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Silk-screened bomber depicting mnts, poured into a shaker, Avalanche is a clear bronze, with a decent, olive-tinged ivory head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is fairly classic American amber, wet grassy hops and a little bready, but with a bit of an unusual zing that I can't place

Taste is not very good, thin and watery, sharp metallic bite on the finish that really lingers, yuck. I noticed this in their Oatmeal Stout, although it was better hidden by the roast. Here it just overwhelms (and is probably the zing on the nose), must be their water...

Mouthfeel is slick and watery.

Drinkability is pretty low for me, that metallic aftertaste as was just too much, I could barely finish the first glass let alone the whole bomber...

ccrida, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up from the newly installed singles shelf at Green's. The beer poured out hazy amber in color, and had a small, thin head. The smell was very mild, and predominantly that of sweet malts. The taste followed the smell as a mostly malty offering with a vague fruitiness and a floral hop presence. Somewhat watery and seltzer feel rounded out the experience. Instead of an avalanche, this was more like the snow sliding off the roof when you slammed the door too hard.

rajendra82, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 2/19/08.

A - Clear honey amber/orange body with tiny white head that quickly diminished into a thin film. Modest amount of carbonation. Little head retention or noticeable lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, honey and a unique floral/perfumy hop bouquet.

T - Flavor is sweet at the beginning, but turns slightly bitter toward the finish with the same floral/perfumy hop character as the aroma. Some bready malt rears its head in the finish as well.

M - Kind of flat on the palate with very little carbonation. Texture is slightly syrupy, but ultimately watery and thin. Finish is mildly bitter, with the floral/perfumy hops coating the back of the tongue.

D - This one's a little odd. Hop profile caught me off guard and the mouthfeel is pretty weak. Not too bad, but I wouldn't go out of the way to get more.

ffejherb, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of scaliasux
2.03/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Medium to dark brownish red. Slightly hazy. Short off-white head.

Smell - Sweet caramel malt. Faint citrusy hops.

Taste - Light malt flavor. Stronger, but funky citrusy hops. Flavors are not very strong, but seem a little off. Kinda like a sour lemon-lime drink thats gone bad.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Crisp.

Drinkability - I wouldn't ask for another of these.

scaliasux, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice session beer. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small-medium white head that fades fast. Leaves good lacing on the glass. Very mild aroma probably malty but not much definition.

Tastes fairly good, crisp with a little hops bitterness up front and then a very mild sweet malty taste to follow.

Mouthfeel is ok, crisp beer not too watery but not that rich either.

Would be a good session beer. Tasty enough to drink large quantities. Low enough abv to be sessionable. Not particularly memorable, as far as seeking it out.

JayQue, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful and clear out of the bottle with nice head.

Smell is sweet. Makes me want to drink it. Many beers I have been reviewing lately have been weak in the smell department, but not this one.

Good taste. Nice and even. A great session beer. I am glad to say this is named appropriately as an amber. Too many American beers are named the wrong style and give me the wrong impression.

Mouthfeel is nice and velvety smooth. Not too heavy.

I could drink the hell out of this. I will likely buy a sixer of this one.

MerkinMan, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of theformula
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #32 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/1. My second Breckenridge offering, the first was 471 Small Batch IPA.

A: Reddish-amber body into a tulip glass, w/ a white head of 2 fingers, decent retention. Great clarity and soapy lacing left over.

S: Pleasant, but nothing overly complicated or complex. Mostly toasted barley grains w/ chestnuts and a pretty solid caramel backbone. Faint cherry notes as well.

M: Nice for the style. Light body, firm & smooth. Very crisp and refreshing.

T: This is a traditional amber and nothing spectacular, but it's tasty. Lightly sweet caramel malts, cherry, raw sugar and of course that toasted grain character which is the most pronounced flavor. Hops need to be more assertive.

D: Don't expect extreme or unique here, but it's good. A solid and very sessionable beer on a hot day, but there's many better examples out there. Worth a shot.

theformula, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a clear, amber color with a foamy one and half finger head. At best, retention and lacing were pretty average.

Smell: It's predominantly grainy in smell. There are some secondary toffee malt and citrus grapefruit aromas. Hops are very faint.

Taste: Much more crisp than I expected. Grainy flavor again is the primary feature. Toffee malts give it a sweet flavor. Hops are more noticeable in taste, but far from strong. They do balance it out pretty well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Carbonation is good. Drinkability is definitely above average. This would actually be pretty nice on a hot day. It's worth a try.

prototypic, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of hops4me
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was deep amber about two steps away from brown. Thin head quickly settled back into beer. Smelled toasty, vanallia, and caramel. No real hop aroma to speak of. Tasted very close to how it smelled with a hint of chocolate and bitterness in the aftertaste. Bitterness was just enought to balance it out. Body was light. Overall, pretty good. Because of its light body and no flavor profile being overbearing, this would make a good thirst quencher if you are looking for a little more beer then the wheats and blondes. So, obviously the drinkablility is good.

hops4me, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of patsalvaggio
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, A bit cloudy, with decent head

Aroma: Smelled sweet,notes of vanilla and molasses

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not light a happy medium

Taste: Not very Hoppy, pretty balanced,Not too heavy or over bearing like some winter ales are.

Drinkability: I could drink quite a few of these it is pretty well balanced and easy to drink.

patsalvaggio, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of mualphapiper
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very nice amber or dark gold color. Nice head for a bottle, thick and somewhat off-white.

S: Nice, fruity and flowery. A little bit of dark cherry, maybe a little levender.

T: A little too hoppy for an amber ale. Not enough malt to balance the hops, almost like a thin IPA.

M: Rather watery, a little too pure for an ale.

D: Meh

mualphapiper, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear copper color with a short-lived whitish head. Lacing was not in the picture at all here.

Aroma is earthy and bready malt. Very primitive, almost grainy in nature. Taste is sweet with malt, thick and earthy, with some hops appearing late as the beer finishes slightly bitter.

This Amber has some body to it, almost heavy with a pretty good feel. Interestingly it could trick you into thinking you're having a draft. I could dirnk another but I wouldn't session it much past that.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 05, 2008
Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.