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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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1,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 133 | 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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Ratings: 1,157 | Reviews: 439
Photo of sonicdescent
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beachbum1975
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of letsgopens
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Douglas14
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of armock
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.76/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of gmfessen
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, ruby-copper color with a one inch head of creamy looking foam. Smell is pretty much all sweet, crystal malts dominate. The taste is also very malty, almost like amber LME syrup. There is some hops present but not enough to balance. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would have prefered as was the carbonation. Overall, drinkability suffers due to the unbalanced sweetness of the beer but it does go down like water due to the consistancy. Good beer if you like sweet amber ales.

Photo of nem2006
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle in a pint glass. Has a brownish amber color. A slightly off white head that is fairly dense.

The nose is a little surprising. It is not as malty as other ambers. There is plenty hop to it with floral hints along with the breadiness and malts of an amber.

Avalanche is medium bodied with a slight sweetness and maltiness which fades quickly to a hop finish. The hops are fairly smooth and not overbearing. It is almost like a pale ale meets an amber.

Photo of Squelch
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy amber colored. Off white head of medium thickness.

Smell: smells of honey and nuts. Interesting aroma. Very different.

Taste: sour. Lemony. Slight roasted flavors overwhelmed by the lemony flavor. Again, very different.

Mouthfeel: slightly puckering and dry. Light bodied.

Drinkability: this is a different beer than I expected and takes a while to get used to. Nice work for a truly unique beer!

Photo of WakeandBake
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes Oct 2, 2008
A hazy amber color pour with a medium off white head.Aroma of grainy caramel malt,and some spicy hops in the background.Flavor is Matly up front, that mellowed into a fruity flavor. The crisp hops gave it a fairly clean finish, with only a little residual sweetness.Pretty good drinkability.An avrage amber.

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

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium amber color wtih an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grain and caramel. Tastes of grain with light caramel. I found the body to be a little thin and watery at times.

Notes from and tasted on: 12/14/06

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle:

A: The beer poured a murky brownish color with a nice 2 finger tan head. Carbonation could be seem streaming to top of the glass.

S: Aroma was ok, expected more, but it was malty with some slight hops and a bready hint to it.

T: The taste was good, a nice malt-hop balance with some hints of some spices. Nice malt aftertaste.

M/D: The beer has a medium to light body, with good carbonation for the style. The beer was smooth and easy to drink. Not a bad beer but not a great one either, just a down the middle good beer. This is a beer that I won't seek out or necessarily order if I see it on tap, but one that I will pick up from time to time.

Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Bridgid in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.

Sampled this at a Colorado Bee event during Philadelphia Beer wek and wasn't very impressed. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin foamy white head. Aroma is mostly malty with a bit of a hop presence. Malty flavor with hints of caramel and a dry hop finish.

Photo of Soneast
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish, copper color. A 2 finger, tan colored head which dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer. Not much lacing.

Smells of caramelized malt with a little earthy hoppiness on the end. A hint of biscuits throughout.

Has a pretty sweet toffee-like malt front with very little hoppy bitterness to balance the back end. Unfortunately it has a light metallic aftertaste.

A pretty light bodied beer. A tad watery, but not altogether bad with just the right amount of carbonation. Leaves a sort of sweetness on your palette. I thought this actually tasted better than what I was expecting, but still not very impressive.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had not seen this one before, and it was my first chance to get some of the Breckenridge on tap, so I went right in for it. Poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/19/2008.

The pour was decent enough, a nice reddish amber color coming through on the pout rather nicely. Clear, with a good amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass, which combined in the top to form a nice half inch layer of white foam that hung around for the rest of the session.

Aroma was deep caramel malts, much as you would expect. Hints of herbal grass like smells, and a touch of grain all coming together very nicely to form what I could only describe as you fairly typical red ale. The flavor carried more of this as well. Nice touches of caramel malts, hints of a somewhat bready base, and just the lightest touch of hops to finish it out was about all you were getting out of this one. Decent feel, though I have to admit it could have come off just a touch smoother in the end, still though quite drinkable.

Overall not a bad little ale, not the best thing, but a solid effort none the less. I would not have an issue with trying this one again in the future. Cannot wait to get even more quality offerings in around here from Breckenridge, They are a damn fine brewer. Following this up with a vanilla porter hit the spot.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/7/2005 (16oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a body that is golden brown in color, and medium sized head that is fairly diminishing. Has a complex aroma, hops and fruit. Taste is slightly dry, semi-sweet, but with not much aftertaste. Not too complex a palate.

Photo of tronester
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy amber/red in color that has a creamy, thin tan head after a medium pour. Smell is of rust, really not very good. Taste is better, biscuity malt, a hint of woodyness and tartness, with a slightly sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, good carbonation. Pretty drinkable, I've had much better Amber Ales before though. I would drink it again, but would not seek it out specifically.

Photo of glid02
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a mixed sixer from Whole Foods on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not much going on as far as lacing's concerned.

Smells of coarse noble hops and metal. There's a very small caramel malt aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A funky noble hop flavor that's a bit too intense with some fruity flavors. There's a caramel malt flavor that pokes it's head through from time to time, and a decent amount of bitterness. The flavors linger a bit too long.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit too watery, but the carbonation is good.

Drinkability is not so great. There's not a whole lot about this beer that makes me want to drink it.

Overall I continue to be disappointed by Breckenridge's brews with the notable exception of 471 Small Batch. One of these days I'm sure I'll find another one that measures up, but I'd stay away from this one.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
2.06/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This ale pours a dark amber, with very little head. Not very attractive. There is no nose detectable to me. This is matched by a very light flavor, disappointing for an amber ale that should have more robust flavor. The malt is simple and not at all complex, and the flavor dissipates completely at the finish. Drinkable if you're thirsty, but not if you're craving some good beer flavor.

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a half inch of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Not a much of an aroma here, though I did pick up some malt and a small amount of hops.

T: Aside from the maltiness of flavor there's little else of note here. Very thin and simplistic.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a terribly average beer in many ways. It's just very, very uninteresting.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark caramel color with small white head, heavy lacing.

S - Very light scents of roasted malts and fresh cut hay. Light floral hops. Very subdued smells.

T - Tastes follow the smells. Not bad, but not much there. Light malt flavors with light bitterness at mid-palate. Well balanced, but too mundane.

M - Light bodied, light mouthcoating.

D - An easy drinking beer but not special enough to rate much above average.

Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought in a twelve pack with three other breck brews. pours clear amber with a one finger off white head. head thins out. some lace.

hoppy nose. citrus. some bisquit aroma in there also. no off odors.

sweet caramel with a good hop presence. dry bitter hop aftertaste. good balance.

mid body with good carbonation. could do session. drinks well. i like this beer.

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