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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of ficho520
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Had a dark coppery/orange color similar to a glass of tea. It had a small off-white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Has a sweet orange and brown sugar smell. It is kind of weak and hard to pick up.

Taste: Has a sweet caramel taste with a low carbonation. It also has a citrus taste and has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Has a slight crispness to it and goes down smooth. It has a light/medium body that leaves a sweet after taste.

Drinkability: Very good beer that I enjoyed. I thought the smoothness of the beer made it easy to drink. It is straight forward and subtle which I find appealing. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DavesBeerReviews
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best amber ale I ever had!

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.87/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spider1001man
4.86/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 johndonor3
4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.6/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice looking reddish amber brew that has a white head that didn't stay very long and it leaves no lace on my glass. There is a nice hop aroma and a fruity ester in there too. The taste is very clean and follows up with a sweet malty nirvana before the hops hit your tongue. Definitely a easy drinking ale. I will be revisiting this beer in the near future.

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Photo of tang214
4.55/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I fell in love with this brew the first time I had it at the Breckenridge brewpub in Denver. When I finally found it back here in Dallas I was ecstatic. The deep amber color is very pleasing to the eye. You can defenietly smell the caramel flavors right away. The rich malts and the perfect body to it make it taste wonderful. It feels very smooth in the mouth and flows down the throat the same way, which makes it very, very drinkable. In my opinion, this is one of the best beers of this style.

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4.52/5  rDev +37%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with 2-row pale, Munich, Roasted barley, and Chocolate malts. Hopped with Willamette, Chinook, Tettnang, and Hallertau.

19 IBU, 5.41% ABV (but selling at Albertson's as a 3.2% ABW brew)

Pours out to a very slightly hazy copper, forming a large soapy light beige head with very good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is rich with biscuit and toast notes, mild floral hops and lots of grain husk. Carbonation is moderate but very soft. Mouthfeel is full and also very soft with a medium-light body. Taste starts with some nicely spicy floral hops, followed by a shitload of toast and biscuit...the middle is earthy with some interesting patchouli and cedar notes. The bitterness is earthy and mild. Finish is long on toast with roasted barley and further grain husk. Cleanly fermented, super easy to drink.

This is quite an awesome brew, especially for being 3.2% ABW. This has a ton of flavor, and between the rich biscuit, toast and malt body, always brings a smile to my face. It's true to style and surpasses many of the better ambers out there. Very easy to drink stuff, and it's only $5.99/6'er here in Estes Park and Loveland. Recommended. This could easily become an everyday beer for me.

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4.47/5  rDev +35.5%
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 nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avalanche Ale brewed by Breckenridge Brewery, with an ABV of 4.40% However the bottle says 5.00% ABV . This American Amber/Red Ale pours out a copper color this a nice off white head. I really like the copper color of this brew. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sicks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sweetness. You pick up on roasted grians and malts. There are are also some nice milder hops in the smell of this brew. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold but Smooth with flovors. You pick up on a nice amount of clean Roasted grains and malts. Avalanche Ale, also has a nice mild sweetness to it, this a nice added touch to this brew. There is a lot going on in Avalanche Ale , it has a super nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. The body of this brew is a soild medium. I like how smooth this brew goes down. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean Roasted, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Avalanche Ale , a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the chance to. Breckenridge Brewery, did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This dark ale pours a very nice dark golden brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is spicy and hoppy with some malt hints. Flavor is malty and spicy, with a little bit of a hop bite and plenty of malty smoothness. This is a delicious and very drinkable beer, perfect for a cold night.

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Photo of Joe_recker
4.42/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paul432_1
4.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

A great tasting beer to try. Came in a variety pack

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