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Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Ratings: 1,121
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 93 | 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 NJpadreFan
2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Breckenridge- Avalanche Ale

A- Light orange copper brown with no head.
S- Practically nothing going on here, faint caramel malt thats about it.
T- Very watery buttery caramel malt. Slight sugary finish.
M- Again, watery and lifeless. A slight sugary malty presence.

Overall- What a dud. This 1 has barely an aroma or flavor. Avoid.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Showed a very thick long lasting and sticky white head with an amber red color throughout the glass.

S: Potent yeast, weak caramel hops, and sugary like a coke.

T: The malts really showed through on this one only it was a little dank with a weird yeast aftertaste. The caramel notes also shown through in the front.

M/D: Sharp feel on the tongue with a bit of alcohol feel and kinda rough as well. Not the most desirable beer in Breck's inventory but ok to drink.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear copper with a finger of head that recedes quickly to a thick collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel and toasty malts with a touch of grassy/floral hops.

T - Starts off with caramel sweetness, but gradually dries out to a bitter earthy finish from the hops. Slight apple flavor is present mid-palate.

M - Moderate carbonation and silky smooth.

D - Certainly a decent session ale in many respects, but a little too sweet for me.

Photo of gkatsoris
2.3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice clear brown, w/ a thin uber white whispy head. Very similar to a lager.

S: Musky, funky, soury, and yucky. Wet blanket.

T: Blech. And I mean blech.

M: Very thin and crisp. High carbonation.

D: Sorry, not for me (at all).

But I am glad I had the opportunity to at least try it.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Color is dark copper, clear, with minimal head that recedes quickly to a few bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: Nothing incredibly noteworthy on the nose. Moderate malts and mild hops seem balanced.

T&M: A moderately dry rush of mild and caramel malts engulf the tongue first with a steady medium weight in the mouth. Abundant carbonation keeps this brew active and the overall texture has a mild bite. Hops come in to balance the malts but the malts seem to shine through with slightly more prominence. Finish is mostly short of malt with a longer bitter linger.

D: Generally more flavorful than the average ale but everything else about this brew is pretty mainstream. Not incredibly smooth but still pretty easy to drink. Give it a try if your in the mood.

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

Had this in a 12 oz bottle poured into a glass in Lake Okajobi, Iowa

The beer poured a rudy tan color with almost no head. Not much smell.

The taste is insipid with some mild citrus and a touch of caramel. Not much bitter hops taste and there is a bit of a sour dough just before the slightly bitter finish.

Carbonation was very light. Considering this and the lack of a head, I suspect this is an old bottle. While there is the ability to indicate the bottling date on the label, it wasn't used by the brewery. Thumbs down on them for not making this indication.

I guess I'll give Breckenridge another try in the future since this bottle might not be indicative of what they are capable of.

Photo of stephens101
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Breckenridge brews have always flow under my radar for some reason, so I should get on the ball and fix that. A dark brown brew with big ruby streaks throughout is topped of by a light tan one-finger head which fades pretty quickly and leaves some inconsistent streaks of lacing behind. Smells of malts, some subtle sweetness and maybe some spice. Tastes of tea and a bit of hops. Pretty drinkable, and not bad tasting, but nothing to write home to mom about. This is a one night stand that is nothing to be ashamed of, but you probably won't be giving it a booty call anytime soon.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from Slatetank, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready malts, citrus, caramel and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and nuts up front. There's a mild and pale hops presence that should bring some balance but really does not. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, honestly I was expecting a lot more from this beer than what I got, which was a very less-than ordinary beer.

Photo of KeefD
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color, as the name would imply, creating a very small head that settled into a thin cap and left little lacing. Smell is of sweet caramel malts. Taste is much the same. Sweet, bready malts, light caramel infusion and a hint of hops in the background. Good mouthfeel, decent carbonation. An average brew of this style.

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

A notch or two above average, at the very least it was better than I was expecting. Poured a cloudy red colour similar to watered down tea with a single finger thick sand coloured head that stayed in place for all of 60 seconds. Smell was dominated by sweet malts with what I would pereive to be biscuit-y, if that makes sense. Flavor, too, was almost all malt with a bizarre sourness to it. Unsure if the sourness is *meant* to be here or not. It wasn't offensive or anything, but it certainly did not augment the taste in any way. Everything was pretty average with this one. Not a bad beer, but certainly forgettable.

Photo of drxandy
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle to pint glass, pours a highly carbonated reddish brown, white head fades

smells of malts, metallicy, wet dog.. hum

taste is crisply carbonated which brings the malts out nicely, bitterness is light and not overpowering, mild hints of chocolate?, dry finish

mouthfeel is light, malty, bitter, crisp - a nice choice for sessioning.

Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-24-08

Pours a hazy light amber, with a filmy head that leaves clingy lacing.

Smell is thin, unoffensive, not much going on.

Taste is thin but with a nice hop balance, no harsh adjuncty flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation keep everything nice and light.

Drinkability is very good, this is a super session beer.

Overall, a tasty beer at a very tasty price.

Photo of david131
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A nice, clear amber and copper colored beer with a pretty creamy white head that leaves excellent lacing.

S- Very subdued. All I can get in this is some fruitiness and a little malt backing.

T- Not bad, but nothings impressive. Some fruitiness and a light carmely malt. A tad bit of citrus.

M- A bit watery, but the carbonation is about right.

D- I did not find anything I disliked about this beer per se, but there was nothing that I really liked about it either. A good drinking beer I suppose.

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

Poured a thick frothy white head. Smells like a macro. Color is more pale than amber. Taste is not bad, not good. Not enough hops for my liking in an amber. Even though the hops are negligible, the malt taste is not dominant either. This is a slight step above a Macro.

Photo of MOShepp
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a light tan two finger head. Pretty good retention with good lacing. Lots of microscopic carbonation bubbles.

Smells of malt, citrus and a hint of spice.

Metallic taste with hops evident. Tastes watered down.

Light and easy to drink, but I won't buy again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,121 ratings.