Avalanche Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #1,174
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
76
Ranked #47,338
Avg:
3.31 | pDev: 15.71%
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
1,406
From:
Breckenridge Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale
Notes: That's what makes our Avalanche amber ale such a treat. We blend pale and caramel malts — and just a kiss of bittering hops — to create a refreshing-but-flavorful, anytime beer. Aromas of pale grains, a semi-sweet middle and a clean-as-Colorado snow finish make this our best-selling beer.
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Photo of Singlefinpin
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

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Photo of BucBasil
3.41/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Kolb
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ShortCircuit
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of ChrisBeerDrinker94
4.92/5  rDev +48.6%
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.

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Photo of Lareoner
4.64/5  rDev +40.2%
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!

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Photo of 57md
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of dnmyrick
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not gonna spend much time on this review because it's not worth it. It's a decent amber. Nothing stands out about it at all. Average at best. Drinkable if you don't have a better amber around. It's ok.

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Photo of Lucular
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can with a best by date of mid-December, so I assume that means this is about 3 months old. A decent amber ale. A little bit too sweet with just a touch of hops. Fairly one-dimensional.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.47/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant amber, generous, creamy golden tinted foam. Amazed this is from a can.
No fancy descriptors involving notes of sunset infused raisins or Himalayan coffee drenched in mid morning dew, just really yummy, smooth beer flavor.

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Photo of gvickery
4.17/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, one of the reviews says it has a “sour malt” and a “tart” flavor, it DOES NOT. Reviewer must have been drinking something else or just “special”. Anyway, I will try to be more accurate. It is a pleasing amber/brown, slightly hazy, with a light tan head. The smell is Carmel, sweet, with an indistinguishable hop that’s slightly floral and a little spicy. I think it smells really nice. The taste was not disappointing, it’s malt forward with the Carmel being prominent but not overpowering. It starts off sweet but is balanced by enough hops to make it very drinkable. This would be a great “gateway brew” to introduce a novice to craft brews or someone who might be scared of darker beers. I’m a little surprised the rating wasn’t higher. Cheers

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mild scent of sour malt. Pours with a fast fading head, leaving only the toasted amber brew. Sharp carbination gives way to a tart, dry sensation. This is a medium bodied beer and there is a nice balance between the sweet and sour toasted malt and bittering hops. There are lingering spicy and nutty notes with a curious akali like taste.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of tea, hint of pale malt, citrus hops, hint of yeast, and hint of bread dough. Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Fits the style of an American Amber/Red Ale. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, tea, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, better aroma than body and a sharp feel.

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Photo of puck1225
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Clear reddish brown color with a very nice initial head and decent lacing. Grassy, sort of caramel smell. Taste is malty with some earthiness. A bit thin feel. Not one I would seek out.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this off a single shelf somewhere. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of caramel malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt at the front. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer and easily sessionable.

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Photo of RedhawkPoke
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Beers pours a very dark and clear orange body with a nice white head. Fair amount of head remains while drinking but almost no lacing.

S: The main smell here is of malt. Beer has a biscuity life smell. Not many other aromas present with the beer; hops nonexistent.

T: Similar to the nose the main taste is of the malt backbone. Lacking much of the usual amber spice profile, however. The tastes seem to have more in common with an average lager than an amber.

M: Beer has a light body but the overall mouthfeel is pretty bland. Beer is watery and thin and lacks much feel.

O: Poor example of the style. Beer seems to relate better to a typical lager.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can't believe that I've never reviewed this old school beer, first brewed in 1988. No dating on the bottle.

Pours a clear amber, a finger of foam.

The smell has caramel malt, toasted malt with an interesting fruity character.

Caramel malt taste, light fruitiness, toasted malt, very light bitterness to temper the sweetness. Some grainy notes as well.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Quite the tasty Amber. I should buy it more often.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is an average beer for the style. It pours a cloudy darker orange color, and the head dissipates rather quickly. There is some spotty lacing on the glass.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Impressed by its wonderful softness. Avalanche's flavor is full, sweet, balanced. For malt-heads, this is a must try

This is a good-looking style and Avalanche is barely above average. It Smells sweet. Tastes continue that way, but in mid-palate gets well-balanced by the right amount of hops. As I stated, it leaves a very smooth and full mouth for 4.4%.

OA: As most of the reviews from 2017 to today are considerably higher than the average, something either must have gone wrong in the calculation or Breckenridge improved the beer or... something else. But the average for the last 19 months must be (I'm guessing, of course) at least .5 higher than before. This is very odd. So, approach this beer with an open mind.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a single-serve into a pub glass at a local bar in Breckenridge, so hopefully a freshie.

Pours somewhat thin and "light" in color for the style. Moderate head, very little lacing. The aromas are proper but muted. Toasted malts, biscuit, and hops can all be perceived, but they are muted. The flavors follow the same profile. There are "proper" toasted malt flavors, and there is a touch of hops to balance the brew, but overall, this is a fairly muted flavor profile. The mouthfeel is neutral---neither crisp nor cloying.

Overall, this is only a "decent" amber. If the only other choices on tap were the usual lineup of macros, it would easily win hands down, but placed alongside other offerings of the style, it's worthy of a solid "average" grade, but not much more. In short, ok, and worth a try, but little more.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.19/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avalanche Ale | Breckenridge Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head is two fingers thick and off-white, with solid lacing, and a deep amber body.

Smells like light apricot with bold grains and full-bodied malts.

I taste a clean and refreshing version of the smell with fully caramelized malts.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll go ahead and rate Avalanche Ale | Breckenridge Brewery with a 4.25

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