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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:
No notes at this time.

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

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Hilltop Alehouse, Avalanche is a mahogany with creamy off-white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is soft, slightly sweet, clean malt, a touch of orange. Perhaps a hint of gingersnap (but this is not a spiced beer as far as I can tell).

Taste is pretty good, classic winter warmer malt profile, essentially a strong amber with some spicy hops. Would come off a bit generic if it wasn't for the fact that it is very well made, full yet balanced, with a smooth ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium light, on the dry side.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty winter warmer, if a bit forgettable (in fact, I reviewed a bottle about 2 years ago, but forgot). Well made though for sure, a classic example of the local style of winter warmers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2010 01:46:48 | More by ccrida
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beertunes

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a deep reddish-copper color with a thick, khaki colored head that had very good retention and decent lacing.

A pleasantly balanced aroma featured both malt solidness and hop sharpness. There was also a slight spice scent at the end. The flavor featured the spice and hops more than the malt, but the malt is the strong, silent type supporting the others aspects.

A good, firm, well-rounded body was very good. Drinkability was also very good, I could drink several of these strong beers and be very happy.

Overall, a very good example of the style, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 21:33:07 | More by beertunes
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flagmantho

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 15:08:52 | More by flagmantho
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bum732

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 05:03:58 | More by bum732
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erikm25

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a sludgy and deep hued amber. Hints of crimson highlights throughout. The head was two plus fingers of off white fluffy richness. Amazing retention and webs of lacing coated around the glass.

S: Very heavy caramel malt aroma. Some candied sweet and peppered licorice smells drape down the back of the nose. Little bit of grapefruit but overall the hop hints are limited.

T: Much like the nose this is heavy on the malts. Their website says they use two-row pale, munich, and aromatic malts plus those ever famous northwest hops. A sweetened fruity taste makes ("vbnmjknbhj" - the cat typed that) an appearance. Nuttiness and with some slight burnt toffee taste. Has a nice crisp sweet tinge and the hops come in towards the finish.

M: Medium body with a great amount of carbonation.

D: In my quest to continue trying all the local beers this was a nice treat. I'm hoping to get this straight from the brewery if that is an option. Great beer and one that would be great for a growler's worth.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:32:12 | More by erikm25
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

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

Germany

3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 19:35:51 | More by MTNboy
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a pub in Fairhaven, Washington.

Very dark, almost porter-esque colour. Smelled delicious with a slightly fruity and spicy aroma. The taste was great. Nutty and fruity all at the same time. Pretty much a fruit cake in a glass. I actually like fruit cake so it was aiiiight in my book. Chestnut type of richness that was really pleasant while enjoying my blue cheese ground chuck burger. Great stuff. I'll be honest, if my girlfriend wasn't there and I was out with the boys, I probably would have gotten extremely drunk since this beer is so drinkable. On tap it is so smooth it's unreal.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2007 05:27:48 | More by Hornet2003
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loren01

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 10:19:38 | More by loren01
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DogFood11

California

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint glass, with a nice head.

Pours a rich redwood brown and is clear. There is a rich foamy tan head. The head has good resiliency and produces nice lacing.

The smell is not very strong, but what is there is sweat, floral and fruity.

The taste is very good. A rich malty flavor, slightly sweet, with a big hop presence. The flavors are quite well balanced.

Mouth feel is incredibly smooth and buttery. Very good.

Avalanche is a very drinkable beer. It's a little high on the alcohol content, but it still makes a nice session beer if you go slow. Outstanding, and I'll have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 21:58:52 | More by RJLarse
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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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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 20:34:21 | More by kozmo
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt.6oz. bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99.

Colored a dark reddish brown, with a big creamy tan head. Lots of lace.

Smell was malty - like caramel and brown sugar - and of dry, piney hops. The malts are the dominant partner here.

The taste started out with a toasty, brown sugarish sweetness, which gradually faded into a dry, piney hop finish. This was less interesting tasting than I had hoped it would be. While it's not bad tasting at all, I had hoped for more.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full bodied.

This is an ok beer, not bad, but nothing earthshattering. I might try this again on tap if the opportunity presents itself, but I don't think I'll go out of my way for this.

BTW, if this is a Belgian Pale Ale (as listed), I'm a Chimay goblet.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 06:11:54 | More by woemad
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Bierpapst

Austria

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may be biased when writing this review - because there are two facts that may make me like the beer better than I might rate it when fresh in the Seattle area or with samples of similar beers at hand:
1) I got the bottle from a friend who brought it over from the US to Europe on a trip that lasted some 3 month - and the beer seems to have travelled much better than many others.
2) the beer I sampled just before this was Zlatopramen's Bernstein (the dark-amber coloured brew they produce for export to Germany) which is about the same colour as the Avalanche, but with no sophistication - just a clean, but relatively sweet lager.

Well, this is what Avalanche was like tonight as I am typing this with my wife and daughter (legal drinking age in our country, not in the US) joinig me: It came in a large brown bottle, poured in a dark amber colour with a lot of haze and sedimented (dead ?) yeast cells.Very little head, stable only for a minute or so.

The nose was surprisingly fresh and had a hint of walnut and caramel.

While overall refreshing and less bold than you might expect from it's strength, the taste surprises with a dominant bitterness that goes along with toasty, malty and again nutty notes - while the bitterness was always a bit stronger than the slight sweetness I was even reminded of absinthe.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 22:20:49 | More by Bierpapst
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Avalanche from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.