Avalanche Amber Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

Avalanche Amber AleAvalanche Amber Ale
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #438
Ranked #29,556
3.31 | pDev: 15.71%
Sep 18, 2022
Dec 16, 2001
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.
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of Bouleboubier
Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
(shaker pint pour at the brewery on 13 Sep around 2p - review copied from notes I took on my phone)

One of the more stuck-in-the-past, mediocre amber ales I've ever tried. Dry and hollow. Only peripheral caramel and toasted grain notes

what I can add from memory: dirty glass, little foam, ice cold; though I sipped it slow, little else was revealed (2017)
Sep 18, 2022
Photo of Hailseweizen
Reviewed by Hailseweizen

3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This beautiful beer leads to you to an underwhelming beginning flavor and then ends with a satisfying sweetness. While I enjoy the touch of toffee and Carmel; I could go for a stronger flavor overall. This beer would be perfect for a stranger to the amber ale family as it's light but still delivers the notes that matter. This beer pairs best with a ski lodge and campfire tales. Burpability 2.75/5
Jul 31, 2022
Photo of MightyBrewBear
Reviewed by MightyBrewBear

2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Rays of light shining through the glass are painted a beautiful deep copper hue, but unfortunately looks are the only place this beer is remarkable. With a smell and flavor mixing sweet and bitter in a less than ideal way, this might be the one for you but it's just not quite doing it for me. Still, the best kind of beer is the one sitting in front of you!
Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 3.21 by Sethw400 from South Carolina

Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by njbusa from New Jersey

Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jun 28, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jun 20, 2022
Photo of bbtkd
Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale, 5% ABV. Pours clear red, with a half-finger white head. Nose is malty and slightly sweet. Taste is malty with caramel and nuts, slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Decent mouthfeel, if a bit over-carbonated. Overall very good.
Jun 11, 2022
Photo of crazyspicychef
Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A standard Amber Ale.
A bit thin in the body and fizzy.
It's not bad, but not great either.
May 28, 2022
Rated: 3.49 by QuintusHorace from California

May 28, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by AustinRT from Texas

May 03, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by SkiBum22 from New York

Mar 03, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2022
Photo of JZH1000
Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
REVISIT AND UPDATE: My roommates picked up a Breck brewing 15er mix pack so I snagged one of each, and this was the only beer I have reviewed out of there. Best by December 13 2022, drank in late August.

So it seems either I got a bad bottle or I was just hating either way the head has better retention but it still settles to a small ring after a while.

Smell has some present but still light English style ale esters and a light malty nuttiness. Still quite light but not to the point of being completely empty. Some earthy bitter hops are hiding at the way back.

Once again the taste is stronger than I remember. Not a big beer by any means and a very sessionable amber but for being light it is quite balanced with Tha malty nuttiness and a pretty decent bitterness. Still again quite easy to drink and light, but not a terrible beer by any means.

Again feel is still light but the head does give it a bit of body. Quite drinkable with a reasonable co2 bite. A shorter finish still but not immediate.

Overall this is a middle of the road amber ale that is probably best in a can. Very light and easy drinking. It is an ale but very clean, and relatively light. Not bad but I still do want a bit more from my amber ales.

Poured from a 12oz bottle

The look is a dark amber with light carbonation, crystal clear. Not all that much head and what does form dissipates in a few seconds to just a ring around the rim. Again very light carbonation, but what's below shows promise.

The smell is very vague but what is there is some vague fig and molasses that fades into barely existent malt. But you have to look for it. Not much is coming off. Maybe some alcohol and yeast. Maybe hard to tell. Theres not much actual scent here.

Taste follows the smell almost to a tee but with some bittering hop. It all blends together and the tastes and aromas just arent strong at all. Everything hints to amber ale, but the flavor just isnt strong enough almost a watery flavor.

Feel is also quite light and watery. Kinda weird for an amber ale should have more substance in my opinion.

Overall a bit of a disappointment. I havent been loving brackenridge for a while, but this has almost no substance. Trying to find tasting notes was almost a joke. The tasting note should be hints of amber ale. It's not a failure as a beer. Its light and very drinkable, but for buying "craft" beer I expect more flavor. Even some lagers have more going on.
Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Danzifer from Ohio

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 3.29 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 19, 2021
Rated: 3 by rpw from New York

Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 2.75 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Sep 14, 2021
Photo of Drewpalmquist
Rated by Drewpalmquist from South Dakota

3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Lots of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Minuscule head.
Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
Photo of MORon
Reviewed by MORon

4.54/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A great sipping & all day drinking beer!! Has a great malt taste more of a brown/red ale taste to me but a wowzer of taste! Had at the slopes on tap in Breckinridge & couldn’t get enough. Just a wonderful smell, taste, & refreshing feel to a beer!!! One of the best! Took two cases of 15 back home with me
Jul 17, 2021
Photo of teromous
Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
On the front, bottom right of the label, it states: "BEST ENJOYED BY. 27 OCT 2021" followed by some numbers that were very difficult to read.

Appearance: The beer has a dark reddish-amber color with hints of gold as the light shines through and brown at the edges where shadows take over. the head is short and somewhat fluffy with a more stippled appearance like pockmarked and pimpled drywall.

Aroma: Notes of both coffee and tea come through on the nose in a very seductive scent that laces strings of toffee throughout.

Taste: Up front there isn't much to say other than a watered down toffee flavor. Towards the middle there's a very mild representation of watered down toffee and a ghost of a hint of an herbal hop character. The aftertaste has a bit of a pleasant caramel flavor. As a whole it is very dull and largely devoid of flavor. Drinkable but noticeably boring.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light with a watery character. There is some residual sweetness but it leaves much to be desired.

Overall: As a whole I don't recommend it and it's not something I would drink again. The beer is boring and devoid of character. It tastes watered down.
Jul 17, 2021
Photo of KT3418
Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
The tall boy can is great, it's not the best product all the time but this will definitely have its moments at ballparks, stadiums and bars. It's solid for what it is.

UPDATE... another tall can... I must have been in a great mood or something this is pretty damn average and thin in the mouth. The imperial was nice though....
Jul 13, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Jul 06, 2021
Rated: 3.6 by shreead from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2021
Rated: 4 by summitsippin from Colorado

Mar 02, 2021
Rated: 3.12 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by megamick from Iowa

Jan 24, 2021
Photo of jadpsu
Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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
Rated: 3.25 by Myboymi from Kansas

Dec 28, 2020
Rated: 2.48 by Demi from Minnesota

Dec 12, 2020
Rated: 3.4 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2020
Photo of snaotheus
Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Rated: 4.12 by RyanPollie from California

Nov 02, 2020
Rated: 3.29 by funku2 from Colorado

Oct 31, 2020
Photo of vi11am
Reviewed by vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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
Photo of BobbyBeer123
Rated by BobbyBeer123 from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Oh man this is a nice tasty beer, try it, you like
Sep 05, 2020
Photo of lwillitz
Reviewed by lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev +3%
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
Photo of Vetbidder
Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
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
Rated: 4 by Captain_Spaulding from Kansas

Aug 05, 2020
Avalanche Amber Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 1471 ratings