Avalanche Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,381 |  Reviews: 474
Reviews by prototypic:
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3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a clear, amber color with a foamy one and half finger head. At best, retention and lacing were pretty average.

Smell: It's predominantly grainy in smell. There are some secondary toffee malt and citrus grapefruit aromas. Hops are very faint.

Taste: Much more crisp than I expected. Grainy flavor again is the primary feature. Toffee malts give it a sweet flavor. Hops are more noticeable in taste, but far from strong. They do balance it out pretty well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Carbonation is good. Drinkability is definitely above average. This would actually be pretty nice on a hot day. It's worth a try.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Notebook entry from craft beer expo last year.

Appearance : 2 finger head, amber/honey colored, 50% opacity.

Smell : Oaky, slight rotten lemon, an off-putting wheat note. Unmistakably amber with toasted malts.

Taste : Light, easy drinking...some wheat and red ale flavors in there, slight oak and char.

Feel : Light to medium bodied, creamy, ends semi-dry.

Overall : A bit of sour funk is the off-putting factor here, otherwise it goes down easy for an amber ale.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear, light amber colored beer with a beautiful white head. The aroma is pleasant...malty, with a light spicy hop scent in the background. The taste is similar...malt, a touch of fruit, and a light hopiness. It's not an aggressive beer, but is rather a straightforward, approachable, and very drinkable beer. This reminds me of many brews from 20 years ago, solid and drinkable, but not overly creative.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't know why this is rated so low.....pours a nice amber semi-cloudy color, nice taste not overpowering, nice malty finish without much bite. Its a above average for the type. Good job.

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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap a clear amber with a very thin off white head that was gone in a flash,big caramel malt aromas with some fruity esters,not much hop presence found.Flavors are agin sweeter and malt tilted,caramel biscuit with a touch of grain,some lingering fruit notes in the finish.Eh if you like old school malt tilted ambers you'll like this,me not so much.

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Photo of mojohawk21
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Turbo
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Color is dark copper, clear, with minimal head that recedes quickly to a few bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S: Nothing incredibly noteworthy on the nose. Moderate malts and mild hops seem balanced.

T&M: A moderately dry rush of mild and caramel malts engulf the tongue first with a steady medium weight in the mouth. Abundant carbonation keeps this brew active and the overall texture has a mild bite. Hops come in to balance the malts but the malts seem to shine through with slightly more prominence. Finish is mostly short of malt with a longer bitter linger.

D: Generally more flavorful than the average ale but everything else about this brew is pretty mainstream. Not incredibly smooth but still pretty easy to drink. Give it a try if your in the mood.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Understandable that this brew is light in size, but more is expected from a name like that—it's like naming a Chihuahua Zeus … forget the name, we guess. So we have a sessionable Amber Ale, one without much of a punch aside from a slight toasted malt character. Even the hops are pretty damn modest. A decent brew, nothing more.

STYLE: American Amber Ale
ABV: 4.4%

LOOK: Reddish copper, thin head

SMELL: Mild caramel, dried hay, mildly fruit, bready, faint hazelnut

TASTE: Light crispness, lighter body, wet, thin graininess, toasted bread crust, nutty, mineral, mild hopping, grass, apple skin; dry, toasty finish

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poor example of the style. Not very rich or malty.

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Photo of skybluewater
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a standard pale amber. Smells like a macro-not good. Mouthfeel is thin. Taste isn't all that good at all. It tastes like a Corona, but with some darker malts thrown in. Drinkability? Sure. Good? Nah, not really.

Overall, I wouldn't buy this beer again, not with many other similar, better brews available for nearly the same price. This one's just too weak and blah.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Meatsticks
4.39/5  rDev +33%
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 SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like this amber ale. Not overly carbonated, nice color, doesn't leave a bitter taste in the mouth, and very drinkable. It doesn't have much of a foamy head, but that's okay. I think it's true to its kind and would not be impossible to enjoy more than one in a sitting. Also doesn't need food to appease the palate, although it would accompany a nice pizza or deli sandwich, steak or chicken dish with no problem. Would buy again.

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Photo of Rojohns22
4.77/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info..

Pours clouded medium brownish, non exciting, light tan head, looser bubbles, leaves some typical and long sticking blobs of lace.

Wheat bread sniff, malty sweetness.

Malty brew, with nothing special going on, more wheat bread, some ripe fruit, minor slightly metalic note.

Just a bit thin mouthfeel wise.

Put it all together and you get a slightly better then middle of the road amber...yawn

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Photo of nem2006
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle in a pint glass. Has a brownish amber color. A slightly off white head that is fairly dense.

The nose is a little surprising. It is not as malty as other ambers. There is plenty hop to it with floral hints along with the breadiness and malts of an amber.

Avalanche is medium bodied with a slight sweetness and maltiness which fades quickly to a hop finish. The hops are fairly smooth and not overbearing. It is almost like a pale ale meets an amber.

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Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber, minimal head, clear, little carbonation

Smell: slight toasted caramel malt

Taste: well balanced toasted malt, caramel, and hops

Mouthfeel: well balanced, the sweetness slightly dominates, some bitterness, medium bodied, with a clean finish

Drinkability: Nothing out of the ordinary but very sessionable. I do like the mix of malt and hops. This one is better on draft.

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Photo of locckdown
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mattster
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into Nonic glass. No date available.

Pours a nice head of 1" that dissipates to a layer of fine lace. Color is more amber than red.

Smell is of malt, somewhat toasty and sweet. Flavor is nice, but nothing outstanding. Good clean finish, no aftertaste.

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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 1,381 ratings