Avalanche Amber Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

Avalanche Amber AleAvalanche Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
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3.32 | pDev: 15.66%
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
Avalanche Amber AleAvalanche Amber Ale
Notes: This classic American amber ale blends pale, chocolate, and caramel malts to create a well-rounded, flavorful beer. Caramel malts lend whispers of toffee and an enjoyable sweetness, while a touch of bittering hops gives this beer its clean finish. Crafted for balance, Avalanche is a versatile and satisfying anytime beer.
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Poured from a 19.2 ounce can. Pours a clear amber with a 3 finger white fluffy head that has at best average retention, but does have plentiful side glass lace.
AROMA: Sweet candy aroma with some caramel most evident.
TASTE: Caramel and sweet, to sweet for my liking. The sweetness hides any malts that might be there.

Dec 28, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a tulip. Dated 05JAN21.

Pours a clear medium amber with a smallish head. Smell is sweet and malty, maybe a hint of nuts or toffee.

Taste is kind of watery, grainy and tealike.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, smooth. Overall...it's fine. Not inspiring, not bad.

Nov 08, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice amber color, slight fruity smell, brown sugar and hop taste, low carbonation. Overall good ale. This would be a session ale if on tap int he Colorado mountains.

Oct 09, 2020
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - transparent body of amber under 2 fingers of khaki suds; high visible carbonation

S - caramel sweetness, toasted grains, fruity and earthy

T - toasted malts, caramel sweetness, grassy bitterness, light fruitiness, earthy

M - medium body, medium/high carbonation, dry finish

O - just another refreshing amber

Sep 03, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost see through copper color with a slight, almost gone head. Looks ok for the style I guess. This smells sweet almost like vanilla cola with some grassy hops added in. I actually like this scent and from the can it’s pretty potent. The flavor is sweet slight caramel malt and pretty tasty but there isn’t enough bite to counter and the ending seems watery. Ok carbonation and a thinner feel to this beer. I could certainly drink a bunch of these without complain but wouldn’t seek it out.

Aug 18, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh, this is an okay Am Amber beer. There is nothing that really stands out about it. It is not a horrible tasting beer, but nothing really seems super good about it.

Aug 03, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

4.06/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper, white head that sticks around, rings of lace.
Smells like caramel, bread crust, and herbal hops.
Lots of caramel, bread crust, a touch of herbal hops
Kinda sticky, good carbonation.
Definitely a throwback, but I can see how this is how they made their bones back in the 90s.

Jul 28, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb 24OCT20 poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright light copper in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island. The aroma is mild with caramel malt. The taste is semisweet caramel (more like caramel coloring) with a very brief, mildly earthy, mild to moderate final bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, entirely average.

Jul 24, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a best by date of 01OCT20, opened on 7/10/20.
2 finger sand colored dense head of foam, very good retention. Slow fade down to a 1/4" solid cap.
Glowing amber/orange - clean and clear. Spotty and slippery lacing.
Sweet grain, slight feed store, caramel, toasty.
Very simple, a touch of grainy, caramel malt sweetness and not much beyond that.
Light bodied, medium carbonation. Initial malt sweetness but fairly dry in the finish surprisingly.
Well made, no faults but could use a little more oomph.

Jul 11, 2020
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Greenlabel from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see a few Breckenridge products available at a Craft Beer Cellar store in MA. Products were fresh and seemingly undamaged by the long trip from CO. This was my favorite of the 3 that I purchased and I rate this as one of the best Amber Ales I've consumed during the past year or so. Deserves a repurchase on my next visit to the CBC location if it's still available.

Feb 29, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours classically: reddish amber with a thick and sudsy white head. Sweet malts, caramel, slight earth, and hops in the nose. Taste is sweeter in the malt than smell let on, hop bite helps, but want more earth and rye bread that is trapped underneath the sweet malts. Feel is smooth with hop textures in the finish, light bodied, and can get a little watery. Ok amber

Jan 31, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this in a restaurant in Jacksonville Florida, on tap poured into a pint glass.
Smells lightly bready, slightly floral
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is light for the style.
Overall, quite sessionable. But I prefer a beer either hoppier or maltier, I probably wouldn't order again.

Jan 25, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can. Deep golden in color with a small head. Smells of malt and caramel. Flavors are subdued, bread, caramel, needs something more. Body is really light and thin.

Dec 07, 2019
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Martin194 from Iowa

3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear, dark amber with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Caramel malts, sort of an earthy scent like good maple syrup as well as the sweetness of rich, dark fruits.

Taste: Malts, a bit more of the hops in the mouth and especially after swallowing. Kind of a roasty flavor. Not as much of the sweetness as the scent might indicate. Pretty cool, crisp flavor.

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation. Leaves a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: I wasn't blown away, but this is a fine beer. If you like Fat Tire, you'll like this (I'd say this is better than Fat Tire). I wish the taste followed the scent a bit more.

Nov 30, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Avalanche pours a darker, cloudy amber color, with a small, but long lasting head. Sweet, malty and earthy aroma. Flavor is sweet, malty, lots of caramel. Good body and feel. Overall, a very nice full bodied amber ale, lots and lots of caramelized flavors, that does finish very sweet.

Nov 03, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden colour bordering on amber, no head. Smells sweet, tastes sweet and has a minimal hop finish. See carbonation feel on the tongue, not bad!

Nov 02, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a 1/4 inch cream colored head. Very clear. Nice lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is a bit of caramel notes, slight maple.

Taste is a bit of sweetness, caramel, maple, vanilla. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and bubbly.

A beautiful colored, easy drinking ale, light and refreshing.

Oct 09, 2019
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable beer with OK flavor. Nothing too special but not one that I would turn down either. A good toasted malt note throughout and a slight sweetness. Run of the mill.

Jul 05, 2019
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Kolb from Montana

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with a nice head. Bready, crisp, drinkable, and as other reviewers have noted oddly lager-like. A decent brew that I wouldn't turn down but nothing special.

Jun 05, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of iced tea with a generous foamy/creamy head. Smell is earthy,decaying leaves,some nuttiness. Tastes like black tea,mild lemon, Feels watery and not very substantial. On a hot summer day this would work well. Much more like a watery bock beer than a red. Overall OK.

May 08, 2019
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ShortCircuit from Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

While this is probably a perfectly good beer, I personally didn't care for it. The yeast flavor is much more lager than ale to me, and I am an ale exclusive drinker. It has a weird flat taste that reminds me of a big commercial beer like Budweiser. I also don't get much malt flavor, and very little hops. While this beer may appeal more to others, I will not be buying it again.

Apr 20, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good ale...

I really liked this beer. From the moment I poured it to the moment it met my tongue I was simply surprised. I really didn’t expect much so maybe that’s what caused my surprise but after taking the time to really enjoy this I really really liked it.

It’s got a great reddish copperish coloration with good thick foam and some decent lacing. Smell is mostly malty, but the mouthfeel is watery though still light and crisp and it all really helps with the sessionable nature of this beer. Hints of caramel and oranges I noted in the taste making this one of the better reds I’ve had in quite some time.

Apr 14, 2019
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ChrisBeerDrinker94 from Colorado

4.92/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As a white ale drinker, I’m not big on darker beers but this one is probably the best amber ale I’ve had. Nice, caramel-coffee flavor followed by sweet malt and just a touch of hops. The perfect amber ale if not a perfect ale by itself.

Mar 16, 2019
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Lareoner from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Copper amber ale. Has a slight coffee flavor with a roasted malt taste. Slightly hoppy but not over powering. Definitely my go to in a Amber ale. I buy it year around!

Jan 30, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy brownish copper color with a half finger of head. The nose has faint notes of caramel. This offering is drinkable and very sessionable but not at all memorable.

Dec 09, 2018
Avalanche Amber Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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