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Avalanche IPA | Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company

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Avalanche IPAAvalanche IPA

Brewed by:
Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woodychandler on 09-18-2004

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 26
Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrus and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and citrus sweetness.

Overall: Average IPA, but not bad, would have again.

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Photo of EMV
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap in their brewpub near Altoona

L: Pours a semi-transparent deep copper color with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Floral hops and biscuity malts. A bit citrusy with pine notes.

T/F: Nicely balanced between the hops and the malts. Citrusy and herbal, slightly astringent. I do like the balance. Decent carbonation and an ooch on the fizzy side.

O: A nice IPA and a solid representation of the style. One of Marzoni's better beers and a solid sessionable brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark amber with a thin cream colored head. A bit darker and heavier than I was hoping for.

S-smells like aged hops and weeds and spices. A lot of caramels. Large malt backbone.

T-comes in with a strong flavor of malts and caramels and grains. Not too much hoppiness, but a decent amount of bitterness. Tastes a bit more boozy than the abv suggests, but not in a bad way. Leaves with a matching after-taste. Not too bad.

M-heavy with creamy medium carbonation. Crisp finish

O-it's a good IPA for such a small brewery. It might disappoint some hopheads, but it is a flavorful beer. Also quite drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a copper-amber with a moderate size off white head.

S: a nice dry hopping of grapefruit, smelling like Chinook hops. A nice dried citrus and pine aroma is also detected. The aroma hoppiness is fairly strong and dominate.

T: pungent citrus notes, really nice with strong grapefruit and pine coming through. There was a nice toasted caramel malting before finishing with a dry floral and pine hopping.

M: medium body with a good level of carbonation in the mouthful with a dry citric hop fade on the swallow.

D: Good drinkability making for a decent session ipa that is moderately hopped.

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Photo of psinderson
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a 6oz taster at the Allison Park, PA location.

Appearance: Clear, light red color with a caramel head and strong lacing.

Smell: A mixture of floral and citrus hops. Strong hops, but not as "in-your-face" as some other IPA's

Taste: Complex - Hop bitterness throughout with caramel maltiness and slight roasty flavors. Floral undertones and a hoppy-yet-smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with nice hop oils and carbonation.

Drinkability: Darn smooth for an IPA!

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First pint from a Marzoni's growler, sealed until today and bought on 10/10/06. Unfortunately, somehow it still seems kind of flat.

Reddish color, pretty dark for an IPA and quite cloudy, with a quickly diminishing head, again, very low carbonation. Disappointing, especially compared to having it from the tap.

Smell is of citrus and pine with a little malty sweetness. Fills the nose with hops.

Taste is all hops. At Marzoni's Bluescooter said he tasted Simcoe but I'm not that good just yet, though I can definitely pick up a biting hop flavor. I really get pine on this beer. The taste is kind of diminished by the flatness.

Mouthfeel is a tad too light and there's very little crispness to the beer. I definitely enjoyed this when it was fresh but now, it seems a little flat.

Drinkability is ok, the lack of carbonation kinda ruins it for me, but the flavors are good. I _really_ wish this were as fresh as it was on tap. Bummer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The ale is a copper red color with amber orange hints and a decent-sized head.

S: The ale has a citrus hop aroma that fights for attention with a grainy, spicy malt profile. The malts have a robust caramel element that compliments the hops.

T: The malt body of the ale is rather dynamic, strong with a caramel element taht really stands out. The flavors try to be a little more than they are (shooting for a chocolatey roasted body but falling just short). The hops are citrusy, but sweeter and not so biting nectarine, apricot and tangerine. The sweet bitterness lingers nicely on the palate.

M: The malt body needs just a touch more intensity to push this over the top. The hops are strong and do their part but a touch more of the roasted flavors and this would work.

D: A good solid IPA, no bells or whistles just a good hop flavor.

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Photo of Phatz
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall this is a decent (meaning above average) IPA. Marzoni's does not usually disappoint me.

Appearance: Hazy copper color.

Smell: Bold floral hops fill the nose.

Taste: The feature of this beer is the big hops, like "Super-Hop" from Barley Creek or "Hedonism from Legacy" this beer leans heavily on the bitterness. I like that and if you do to then you'll enjoy this one.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness covered the palate and made it difficult to notice there could have been a stronger backbone.

Drinkability: I would easily drink this beer all night. It is a hop fans IPA.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great aroma of grapefruit, ozone, and that 'cat pee' oily smell you get from a well-hopped IPA or Imperial IPA. Cloudy copper brown with off-white head. Heavy watery body with medium smooth carbonation. Starts with good malt, alcohol, and fruitiness. Heavy bitterness and light acidity, some from the hops and some from a bit of carbonic gaseousness. Alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering - certainly not in a warming way like a barley wine or imperial stout. Finishes with big bitter punch to wash away the malt sweetness. Leaves you puckering for more. Not a session beer, for sure, but a couple of these a night is a great way to end the day. A real nice IPA - big.

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Photo of maltydog
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA has gone through a series of transformations since Marzoni's opened in November of 2003. All of them have involved adding more hops at different times and finally dry hopping. Bill Kroft, master brewer, is an avowed hop head. I must say that each change has seen this beer develop more character and drinkability. The latest version features chinook and amarillo hops added virtually throughout the entire boil with a dry hop addition of amarillo. WOW!! Hop heads rejoice!

Now for the review:

Serving: 20 oz. nonic imperial pint glass.
Appearance: copper in color with a fluffy opaque head that dissipates to fine lacing by the end of the pint.
Nose: big hops, but not overpowering, from the dry hop addition with a distinct citrus (grapefruit) aroma.
Flavor: Hops are the focus with the grapefruit of the amarillo shining through. Nicely balanced with enough malt to provide a full body. This hop monster comes in a 6.9% abv.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet very drinkable.
Finish: Lingering grapefruit with a rush of sweet maltiness.

All in all, this is one of the best American IPA's available. I encourage you to find the Marzoni's booth at some of the PA beer festivals this summer and fall. Or better yet, stop by to visit the brewpub here in central PA. Good food, great beer and a comfortable setting. I should know, I think they are considering giving me stock options in the place because I spend so much time there!

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a dark copper, almost cider color. For an IPA, it's entierly too dark. Looks more like a barleywine than an IPA.

Smell: Smells of earthy and floral hops, with a nice amount of malts. Smells very complex and quite hoppy.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A decent tasting beer, but a not rounded enough. The hops don't compliment each other well enough. Hardly any malts available in the taste. Not bad though. In the mouth its smooth and clean.

Drinkability and Overall: A good beer. Nothing special, but nothing bad. I wouldn't have a problem drinking a nother, but I couldn't put back more than a few. Not one of the best offerings from Marzoni's, but not too bad,

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Photo of Boto
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ brewery: There is a fairly strong off-white head that subsides down to a bit of lacing on the glass. The color is a slightly hazy amber/copperish color. The aroma is fairly strong and somewhat pleasing. Mostly a big whiff of grapefruity hops. The taste is a bit hit of citric hops up front. A little un-balanced, and a tad harsh. Still, a very good beer. A pleasant suprise to find this brewpub.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came to me for sampling purposes courtesy of the owner and brewer following the last Stoudtfest in Adamstown. I wanted a growler for my collection but they would not hear of me walking out with an empty one and filled one with some of their IPA asking only that I write something nice about it. I can't promise that, but I do promise that this is an honest, unbiased review.
Everyone that I shared it with agreed that it was a very good beer and this from some people who only drink good beer when I lay it on them, so high marks for drinkability, gents.
It had a unique hop front in that the hops were very assertive and unending from nose to finish. There was also a barley flavor in the mouth and on the tongue. The other flavor that presented itself was a smoky flavor on the finish. It looked and smelled like cider and one person said that it reminded him of Yuengling's Lord Chesterfield Ale, but with more hops. Despite all of the varying flavors, there was no bitterness in the aftertaste and almost everyone in attendance requested another pour. The overall sensation that we gathered from this beer is that it may have been a little raw and could have used some more conditioning. At the very least, it should be fined to bring up the clarity as not everyone may like a cider-looking beer. Otherwise, it got high marks and I look forward to an opportunity to visit the brewpub and get a refill.

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Avalanche IPA from Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.