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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 beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerceller99, Jul 12, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RoyalT, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mdaschaf, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of bum732
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bum732, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Telestic, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of eggplantwiz
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

eggplantwiz, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of MTNboy
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

MTNboy, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Birdlegs, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Braz, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of CanisMajor
4/5  rDev +5.3%

CanisMajor, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of JerryRiso
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

JerryRiso, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of brinkdeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

brinkdeer, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of jreitman
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jreitman, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of kozmo
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kozmo, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

draheim, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of DogFood11
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

DogFood11, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

czechsaaz, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

flagmantho, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

irishgreensoda, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of wsucoug96
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

wsucoug96, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Murrhey, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of loren01
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dirty brownish/red color. Good sized white head. Lots of lacing down the glass
S: Not too strong in this catergory. Strong piney hoppiness is the only thing I can pick out. Smells like a nice spring pale ale.
T: Good sweetness up front followed by a nice crisp hop flavor toward the back. Nice and warming, very well balanced.
M: Medium/heavy bodied, goes down well
D: Perfect beer for the weather, as it is -12 F right now, may have drank this one a little cold as it was out in my garage for a good part of the night but an excellent beer regardless.

loren01, Jan 12, 2007
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Avalanche from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.