Avalanche Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,722
Reviews:
468
Ratings:
1,360
pDev:
15.81%
Bros Score:
3.41
 
 
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Ratings: 1,360 |  Reviews: 468
Photo of Chilmer
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gvickery
4.17/5  rDev +26.7%
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 Jrogg
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Photo of npdevil27
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of S-Taylor
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hackattack
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +7%
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 Zylod
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bstoeckel
3.81/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kelly10359
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of puck1225
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +17.9%
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 Sevinup07
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RedhawkPoke
3.39/5  rDev +3%
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 Meatsticks
4.39/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a ale should taste.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreyGooseStout
2.21/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Psquared93
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kainalu
3.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great anytime beer. Good smooth taste and not too heavy.

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Photo of Jasoncpace
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't like but wife does

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Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average goodness. Not as syruppy or offensive as other ambers.

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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 1,360 ratings