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Avalanche - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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BA SCORE
85
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jreitman on 12-14-2002)
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%

Pours out a dark, clearish ruby-brown-amber with a thin light tan head; The head fals away to a thin covering, but leaves immense lacing, constantly fed by softly rising bubbles.

Oak, oat bread, rum, lemon are all characteristics in the scent; It's definitely full of character, warm and inviting, like a familiar old friend, a woodsy cabin, a scotch on the rocks by the fire....

Exceptional, delicious flavor... Quite a treat... This is actually one of the best beers I've had recently. The flavor begins with a nice, creamy, fresh dairy farm buttery-smooth caramel, continues to an oak-aged vanilla malt, then proceeds with a rich smack of hops - full, deep, bassy hops that carry a finish which is absolutely extraordinary, like no finish I've encountered so far - it's absolutely like cherries dipped in chocolate and drizzled with rum. Freakin' spectacular. The most deliciously flavored winter warmer I've had this year.

Slight spritz to the mouthfeel livens up the heady, decadent flavors, keeps them brisk and light and free to swirl around the mouth - the finish is lingering, sticky and delicious, begging you to go back for more.

This is one evil mistress of a beer - It demands that I rate it highly. It doesn't ask, it positively demands that I do. It's so good. This reminds me of how good small craft breweries can make their beer. Hurrah!

03-10-2006 01:13:02 | More by Tupperwolf
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance – Dark brown and murky with a wonderful, lasting, lacing head.

Smell – The aroma is musty as well. There’s some spicing inside, but I can’t quite pick it out. The malt base has the faintest hint of yeast.

Taste – Egad! What the hell is this? The malt base is toasty with loads of caramel and a big hop balance, but nothing fits right. This is like trying to stick a square peg in a round hole. I’m getting a bunch of flavors that just don’t go well together. Dark, almost burnt malt, bland, unidentifiable hops, old socks, and a Pixie Stick.

Mouthfeel – This is actually kind of refreshing and big on the medium-bodied side.

Drinkability – If I preceded this with a 3 L bottle of Arrogant Bastard I might be “Stoned” enough to finish this one, but otherwise it was quite the chore.

Update – Wow, did I ever trash this beer! I happened upon an ’05 bottle so thought I’d give it another go.

Boy, was I surprised. I’m leaving my original review up just for comparison purposes, but this year’s bottle was hopped up to the max. It also had a wonderful, caramel malt base and the spices were right on. My original review had an Overall rating of 3.05 but I’m bringing this up to straight 4’s.

11-26-2003 03:08:33 | More by RoyalT
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and citrus notes with some light spicing. Not as complex as I typically expect from a winter ale.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of orange citrus with some toffee, grass and biscuit notes. There is also a little bit of spice in the flavor but it is fairly subtle. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

10-27-2011 05:00:25 | More by Mora2000
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-13-2013 21:43:18 | More by mdaschaf
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bum732

Lesotho

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a nice orange red, decent head leaving behind nice lacing. Smells of strong piney and grapefruit hops. Tastes of strong bitterness with a nice subtle caramel maltiness. Finishes with a nice hoppy twang. A good amount of carbonation throughout.

A nice beer, doesn't really fit the bill of a winter warmer, but good nonetheless. Reminds me of a more hoppy celebration ale. Not too shabby.

02-19-2009 05:03:58 | More by bum732
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-14-2013 00:44:32 | More by Hopmodium
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Telestic

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-19-2013 02:17:53 | More by Telestic
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eggplantwiz

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%

Boured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A: A Deep amber with significant lacing. thick head.

S: Carmel and grapefruit, hint of pine. A mellow aroma overall, without much further.

T: More malty than I would have anticipated based on the aroma, but with a pleasant hop bite. Overall a balanced beer, but does not taste much like what I would expect a winter warmer to be.

M: Smooth and velvety, slightly viscous.

D: Quite drinkable, but I'm not sure I'd want to drink a whole bomber myself. While this was an enjoyable beer, it didn't have enough complexity that I'd want to get through a whole 750mL bottle myself.

01-12-2011 02:55:42 | More by eggplantwiz
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MTNboy

Germany

3/5  rDev -21.1%

Appearance- This beer poured a nice deep red/brown hue and quickly produced a moderate tan head with some very nice lacing.

Smell- It smells slightly fruity with a rich spiciness.

Taste- I thought it and sort of a stale and sour wood taste. It was very complex. It bitter, sour and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Somewhere between medium and heavy bodied.

Drinkability- Not bad but I do not think it is something I would go out of my way to buy again.

06-18-2008 19:35:51 | More by MTNboy
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-08-2013 05:54:48 | More by Birdlegs
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-23-2012 15:40:10 | More by Braz
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery.
Has a clear garnet color with a 2 finger tan head. Smell is of flowery hops and dark grain breads. Super smooth mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. Light to medium body. Taste is a malty toffee, caramel sweet flavor with a mildly bitter alcohol tang to finish.

A pretty good beer here and my favorite of the Falls Ales seasonals.

07-12-2005 15:44:22 | More by beerceller99
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-02-2013 02:38:03 | More by CanisMajor
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JerryRiso

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-25-2013 18:21:36 | More by JerryRiso
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brinkdeer

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

09-24-2013 20:00:35 | More by brinkdeer
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jreitman

California

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

A surprisingly uninteresting brew from a brewery I have really come to respect. Had this on tap at The Taphouse. Copper with a light white head. Nuts and fruits come through as does some underyling malt sweetnes. Moderately bitter. Overall I found the beer to be pretty tame and uninteresting.

12-14-2002 21:55:36 | More by jreitman
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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-15-2013 10:13:05 | More by bernat1971
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kozmo

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at the brewery and 3 22 ounce bottles purchased at the source as well.

Easy drinking pale ale. Fresh flavor, hoppy enough for me without being too strong for the unitiated crowd with which various bottles were shared. Medium brown with nice level of bubbly-goodness.

11-29-2005 20:34:21 | More by kozmo
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draheim

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a fluffy eggshell head, patchy lace.

Aroma is malty and sweet, floral, fruity, hoppy.

Taste follows nose. Light brown sugar, caramel, toffee, floral hops. Clean bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Just right.

Overall a very nice winter warmer, perfect for a chilly December night.

12-12-2013 05:48:59 | More by draheim
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DogFood11

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Bomber poured into a pounder glass it forms a lively off white head that leaves sturdy lace behind. Brown to copper body and medium carbonation. Bottle label leaves alot to be desired but the contents are the most important thing.

This has a nice hop profile albeit mellow but effective. Brown sugar enters the arena and some mild dark fruits. A slight bubblegum backdrop gives it some depth.

Notes: This brewery kicks some ass. The porter is a MUST TRY. Just about every offering has been good to outstanding. The winter warmer is more towards the "good" side of things. The candied/bubblegum on the backside took away from the drinkability and "wanting to have it again factor" but it was enjoyable and well brewed. Congrats to a fine brewer.

12-30-2006 07:38:12 | More by DogFood11
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Malty and fruity with a light hop presence in the aroma. Lots of caramel too. Smells like an ESB.

Deep amber colored and very clear. Has a solid layer of fine foam that leaves huge amounts of lacing.

Malt is in the forefront. There's tons of caramel malt and even a deeper malt that may be some Munich? The malt complexity makes me think there's a bunch of specialty malts in there. Kind of a high level of buttery diacetyl though. Hop bitterness is pretty restrained but definitely there. Aftertaste is fruity yeast and more malt.

Medium bodied with nice creamy carbonation level.

Pretty nice beer. Not highly hopped but not sweet either.

01-15-2009 03:23:08 | More by czechsaaz
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flagmantho

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich tawny brown with a two-finger light tan head. Pretty nice.

Smell: caramel malt, big, earthy hops and a certain element of tartness. A motley crew of aromas if ever there was one. Not bad, though not what I typically expect of a winter brew.

Taste: rich caramel malt flavors and nowhere near the hop presence which exists in the aroma. Hops are still there, in greater abundance than most winter warmers, and are earthy in character. There's definitely a warmth as well. Again, pretty good, but not your typical winter warmer formula.

Mouthfeel: medium body, a little carbonation. Perfectly in character with the style.

Drinkability: it's not a challenging beer to drink, so downing a few of these could put you in a festive mood right quick.

Winter warmers are extremely popular in this area (Pacific Northwest), so I've had more than my fair share of these types of beverage; and frankly, Snoqualmie's effort doesn't quite do it for me. It's certainly not bad, but with so many other choices out there, I don't think I'll be going back to this well again soon.

12-20-2009 15:08:52 | More by flagmantho
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-20-2012 23:16:18 | More by irishgreensoda
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wsucoug96

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-25-2011 07:06:46 | More by wsucoug96
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Murrhey

Montana

3.14/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date.

A- Three and a half finger head. Long retention. Lasts five minutes or more and leaves fluffy lacing up and down the glass. Cedar-colored body with high clarity. Carbonation appears limited.

S- Fruity. Some bitter notes, dark fruits. Quite hoppy character. Like a light quad...if that's an apt comparison.

T- Much more bitter here than in the aroma. Caramel malts, dark fruits, creaminess. Nice flavor.

M- Creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- Decent beer, looks very nice, smell is complex but both it and the taste are somewhat lacking. Nice feel.

04-05-2013 23:23:45 | More by Murrhey
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Avalanche from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.