Avalanche - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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4/5 rDev +5%
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. Theres some spicing inside, but I cant 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. Im getting a bunch of flavors that just dont 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 Id give it another go.
Boy, was I surprised. Im leaving my original review up just for comparison purposes, but this years 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 Im bringing this up to straight 4s.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2003 03:08:33 | More by RoyalT
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
During a recent outing to the Taphouse Grill in Bellevue, Washington I had the chance to enjoy a pint of Snoqualmies Avalanche amber. Snoqualmies Avalanche winter seasonal beer immediately reminded me of another local brew and tap favorite, Mac & Jacks African Amber, with its cloudy amber tones, sharp hop and malt blends and robust characteristics. This one just has a slightly higher hop factor.
It pours with a thick white foamy head that slowly dissipates is a thin surface foam cover complete with a tight collar and excellent lacing on the glass that stays for the long haul. Visually, it is a fairly complex looking beer, highlighted by a deep murky amber hue.
Aroma and taste wise, the brew delivers a fairly complex malt and hop blend that leaves a strong tingling sensation in the mouth while drinking. If you take a real small sip and let the brew slowly slide along your tongue the distinct hop factor (Cascade and Yakima grains) leaves a bubbly sensation that follows straight down the throat. Thats not necessarily bad, but its not something that one would generally expect with a 6.8% abv rated beer. Features some caramel and fruity flavors and has an almost estery hit on the palette. This is a fairly complex offering for an amber styled brew, but as a seasonal warmer, the almost Belgian-like tone of the beer is quite enjoyable.
Debuting November 1, 2002, this limited edition winter seasonal brew is expected to be in short supply. Im not 100% sure if its available in bottles like their other offerings, but if you find it on draught, and youre looking for a flavorful amber style brew, dont hesitate to give this one a nod. But, if you miss this one, you can always check its little cousin, Mac & Jacks.
[ STATS:>> SERVING: 16 oz. Draught / ABV: 6.8% / PRICE: $4.50 USD ]
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2003 22:25:09 | More by 49degrees
3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
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
Avalanche from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.