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Avalanche - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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BA SCORE
85
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
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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MTNboy

Germany

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Montana

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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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jreitman

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-24-2014 00:28:16 | More by tastymug
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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 15:08:52 | More by flagmantho
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 05:00:25 | More by Mora2000
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DogFood11

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

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.

Serving type: growler

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

Austria

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 05:48:59 | More by draheim
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erikm25

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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kozmo

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 20:34:21 | More by kozmo
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Avalanche from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.