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Avalanche - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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BA SCORE
85
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%


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

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22ozs to freedom bomber into a 22oz Hefeweizen glass.
I finally found this today at the Fred Meyer in Bellevue, WA on 148th ave NE. Recent flooding in the area delayed the release and I've beeen on pins and needles contemplating rapacious deeds awaiting its arrival.

Appearance -- Very clear beautiful deep amber. Nice head poured a few inches thick. an appealing off-white that settled down to a thick foamy romp with an attractively uneven dollop effect. the lacing is superb, not just rings, but thick dollops actually cling to the glass and stay for the duration. The best glass clinging, foamy dollop rings I have ever seen. The staying power of the lace is equalled only by the fortitude of the lasting flavor. I like less clarity and lots of yeast sediment. Not this year, I guess.

Smell -- Faint hop slightly caramel with an alcoholic balance.
As it warms I notice the smell of the floral citrus hop melds with the malt sweetness to make it like a tangerine smell! A swirl (that fails to erase the stalwartly sticky rings) gives a better whiff of this unique phenomenom. Like an appeasing concubine this succulent brew is ready to please and gives you a depth of character that evolves readily over time.

Taste -- Balanced, crisp alcoholic, caramelly malt mixed with nice floral hoppiness, hints of sweet dark fruit. Maybe some cedar leathery flavor there too? The finish: mildly toasty slightly hop acidic boozy malt and a persistently thick and decidely winter brew like thickness lasts and lasts. O me, O life!

Drinkability -- consider drinking this in low light at a warm hearth. You'll soon find the need to pop the cap off that second bomber.
Surprisingly drinkable for the style. I would say this is possibly related to the relatively low 7.0% abv proclaimed on the bottle. A lot of IPAs and such 'round here pimp out at about 7.0%. I'm more impressed by winter brews that rock the house around 9% ABV.

I'm a little scared to say that I liked the 0'5 offering better. This is still ties with my favorite winter brew: Maritime Pacific's Jolly Roger x-mas ale. Different brews to be sure, but both striding purposefully down the path of Rightousness: Winter Brews!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 05:04:07 | More by deathonthemounta
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draheim

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

12-10-2013 19:00:45 | More by TwoTrees
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brinkdeer

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-24-2013 20:00:35 | More by brinkdeer
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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Montana

3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:23:45 | More by Murrhey
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leedorham

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-28-2013 17:54:38 | More by leedorham
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Telestic

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

02-02-2013 16:44:53 | More by powdersoldier
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5%

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sam_bliss

Washington

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap into pint glass

A- Dark amber hue with persistent head that leaves stellar lacing.

S- Sticky-sweet caramel candy and buttery biscuit malt with an inkling of coniferous hops. Absolutely aromatic.

T- Sweet caramel kisses the tip of the tongue and then roasted malt flavors of dark chocolate mocha fill the palate. Tingling, resinous hops tickle the tongue and a bit of apple taste is present as it goes down.

M- The light carbonation, sharp hops, and robust body feel pleasant in the mouth but this ale leaves a coating of thick honey from the roof of the mouth down the throat.

O- A very complete winter warmer. Easy to drink and, more importantly, enjoyable to drink. I have not smelled individually wrapped chewy caramels in any beer to this extent, typically it's just a caramelized sweet malt aroma. Normally I value taste way over smell, but the succulent scent makes this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 02:40:49 | More by sam_bliss
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

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

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

12-24-2012 06:40:59 | More by NickThePyro
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

11-23-2011 06:57:52 | More by twelveinches
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark ruby red/brown with a thick fluffy head leaving fair lace. Smell of rich buttery malts, dark fruits and aromatic hops. Taste has the rich malts and grapefruit bitter of the hops with a little saline in the background. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not the top of my list for a winter ale, but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:42:54 | More by Bookseeb
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eggplantwiz

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep reddish garnet color with a nice tan head.

S: Nose is floral and hoppy and dark grain breads.

M: Super smooth mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. Light to medium body.

T: Taste is a malty toffee, caramel sweet flavor with a mildly bitter alcohol tang to finish and some allspice

D: Good, above average.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 23:48:15 | More by barleywinefiend
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philbertk

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SNOQUALMIE Avalanche Winter Ale--A Northwest-style winter ale. Big, rich, smooth and satisfying. 22 oz. Bottle. $4.49. 42 IBU's. Remarks Rich lacy light tan head.Clear dark ruby color.Sediment hint.Toasted floral malt hop front.Toasted toffee malty mild creamy sweet black cherry vanilla roasted bisquit fruit winter spice body.Mild hot hop spice cloying malt rich mild EtOH end.Hoppy malty. 2009 Release.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE-Perfectly Balanced Hand Crafted Ales--Avalanche Winter Ale--A Northwest-style winter ale. Big, rich, smooth and satisfying. 2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 48 IBU's. (4.05 / 5.0) No sediment. Big dense rocky lacy lasting light tan head. Haze hint rich dark bright amber red color. Floral malt mild hop front. Mild sweet toasted toffee hint malty mild fruit subtle hop spicy Amber Ale body. Mildly hot clean balanced hoppy Winter end. Sampled 11/30/2010. Purchased for $4.25 each @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/19/2010.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 01:27:57 | More by philbertk
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Avalanche from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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