Avalanche Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

Brewed by:
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 +54.8%
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 RushLimbmalt
4.6/5  rDev +42.4%
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 +40.9%
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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Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +37.2%
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 Trailboss76
4.38/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber tea-like color. Not a real big head. You can see the carbonation bubbling up. Smooth, pleasant, a little nutty. One of my favorite everyday beers.

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Photo of Westlake1
4.34/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avalanche is a great Amber with a clean, refreshing taste. I was very surprised to find it at the local grocery chain in the Cleveland area. Even though it has traveled through many states, it tastes almost as fresh as having one in Breckenridge. This is my favorite among Colorado beers.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Avalanche Ale

Appearance: amber, medium-large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: slight hops, rich malts, and grain.

Taste: rich biscuity malt, sweet grain, and a faint hop.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a tasty ale. It is also seems lighter than it is. It has a low ABV and can be drank in large quantities.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer is a barely hazy amber brown. A nice foamy head recedes down to an even film, and nice rings of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is buttery, malty, and with a hint of sweet cookie biscuits. The taste profile is not far off from the aroma. There's a nice mellow buttery biscuit body, while a faint hop bite lingers in and around. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, but smooth and quenching.

Overall, I had to comeback and edit my review. This is simply a beer I could drink all day. I like it's biscuit and buttery profile a lot. Great all year long.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.29/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chalk it up as sheer genius, or clumbsy brilliance, Breckenridge has done something great with this one. Out of a can, that I have overlooked for a year in my local shop. Pours a tastilizingly huge head spilling over on the garage floor. Smells rather mundane. Not much to speak of here, moving along to the taste. Nuts and berry's and herbs. Piney, hoppy. Hits the mouth with a zesty bite with lots of creamy overtones. Finishes like something from belgium.Very easy do drink. Goes down too good. This beer is hard to put in a pigeon hole. I think it is all over the board, from its Irish Ale like carbonation and bite, but rather close to a northwest pale ale in character. All I know is I love it and at 14 bucks for a 12 pack of cans, you just can"t beat it. Nicely done.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.26/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.

Appearance: Definitely amber, with an almost orange hue to it. Bright and crisp-looking with medium carbonation. Head is non-existent; very thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. There's something very...canned...about this beer.

Smell: Extraordinary. Cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet bread, raisins, just a hint of hops. The only thing throwing it off is this somewhat out-of-place alcohol contingency.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very malty on the tongue right from the get-go. Purple fruit flavor just before the carbonation explosion. Spices/herbs melt nicely into a gentle/floral hop bouquet. Aftertaste is gently bitter due to the hops, and the beer leaves only a touch of hop oil after imbibing. Nice!

Overall: Better than average...I don't know how this only has a C+ rating at the time of this posting...it's really good.

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Photo of Ricklinator
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second time i tried this beer i got a pint and a half bottle that i split with a buddy in two pint glasses. I liked the amber color and the head stayed around for a while. The beer smelt sweet with a big dose of citrus. i enjoyed the distinct orange flavor and medium carbonation. This is easily one of my favorite all around beers.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this brew! Pours an amber golden color with a thin white head. Initial taste is very mild, kinda like a Belgium ale, mild caramel nutty aftertaste. This is a very tasty drinkable beer, the best one I've had for a while. Would definitely buy a 6-pack

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin creamy head and amber color. Clear. Aroma is clean and sweet malt and slight butter. Flavor is a mild and very tasty biscuit, caramel, sweet malty mixture offset by unobtrusive bittering hops. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and CO2 is a pleasant low level. Overall, this is a balanced, mild amber session brew that I would put in my kegerator in a heartbeat.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avalanche Amber Ale - I am a fan of Colorado beers and wanted to give this a shot

Appearance - A beautiful brown to (copper) red amber ale. The head pours light brown which is a pretty one.

Smell - A nice earthy to a sweet carmel smell that permeates the mug.

Taste - I am fan of this complex amber ale! The initial flavor of almost too complex and hoppy turns into a nice grassy and carmel flavor that sits happily in my mouth

Mouthfeel - A mouthfeel needs a bit more, maybe a bit more carbonation would make this beer

Overall - This is a nice daily drinker for any season

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Photo of dcall384
4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured out of a can into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange color. About a finger width of head that lasted a while, and had nice lacing on the glass.

S- Not a whole lot of smell to it. Had a mild smell of hops and a hint of carmel.

T- The taste was better than expected. The beer had a nice mild bitterness with a hint of carmel.

M- Texture felt like an average ale nothing special.

O- I was actually surprised by this beer. I usually don't care for amber ales, but this one was mild and refreshing.

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Photo of Looneybiz
4.14/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was rather tasty!

Not as pretty as some amber beers and the bottle labeling was lacking in a description. Head doesnt stick around.

The smell was very rich and malty. Strong scent after pouring it into a pint glass.

The taste, which is always the most important thing, was really good for an amber ale. First time trying a sampler from this brewery and Avalanche was a great flavor. Has a rich caramel malt flavor but only a very tiny hop finish.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent looking amber ale, rich amber color body and eternal creamy froth, tannish color. Active. Lots of lacing. Smell's full of dry roasted grains with lots of flavor and a sweet underlie.

Taste jibes completely with the nose, showing big malted grain character, roasted and toasted and very dry. Bitter hops.. Mild carbonation and smooth, medium body. A great, unique amber ale that I found highly drinkable.

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Photo of MDekker
4.1/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent brown-orange with some head, but not much.

S: I mostly noticed the typical ale aromas of malt and hops, along with some maple, wooden notes.

T: Nothing stood out to me, but it was a high-quality, simple amber ale flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Nothing lingered.

M: Good good good. Smooth, inoffensive, and satisfying.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this. It hint all the right notes for me, and although it wasn't outstanding, I would gladly return to it.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.07/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful and clear out of the bottle with nice head.

Smell is sweet. Makes me want to drink it. Many beers I have been reviewing lately have been weak in the smell department, but not this one.

Good taste. Nice and even. A great session beer. I am glad to say this is named appropriately as an amber. Too many American beers are named the wrong style and give me the wrong impression.

Mouthfeel is nice and velvety smooth. Not too heavy.

I could drink the hell out of this. I will likely buy a sixer of this one.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Avalanche Ale pours a clear ruby hued amber from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Light tan head of fine bubbles went to well over two fingers before going down to a firm full carpet of foam with ample lacing all along the inside walls of my 22oz beer glass.

Nose is a firm citrus pine with some barley malt moving in and out. The alcohol is also present with the nose, but in a subdued fashion.

Palate is a barley malt balanced with citrus and pine hops. The mouth feel is a smooth silky flow over and through the palate.

Fragrant smooth and tasty, Breckenridge Avalanche Ale will find its way back into my beer glass real soon.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark and has a dense vigorous head. Very smooth and sweet tasting without much malt bitterness. Delicious. The smell is somewhat metallic , though thankfully it doesn't extend to the flavor in any way. It tastes almost like oranges. I'm surprise by how well this beer tastes as I've tried other breckenridge beers with little success. Very enjoyable beer. A definite get.

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Photo of Cozuma
4.04/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Caramel clear color with a barely off-white head that's thin and fades to a ring,

S: Caramel dominates the palate with faint apple or a good crisp jicama comes in lightly in the background, mildly floral as well.

T: Again caramel definitely dominates but the light tang of the apple mentioned earlier comes in late and the beer finishes clean.

M: Full bodied beer that has a creamy oily feel to it with a good gulp.

O: A nice amber ale that would be pretty easy to clean out a cooler full. Probably would pair well with a good juicy steak or some kind of smoked meat. Big thanks to KW for sharing this one with me.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.01/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 22fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Feature painted label that in the state of California will probably kill you but since we are in Colorado we’re fine!

Appearance: This beer pours brilliant, crystal clear amber in color, with a nice 2 finger head that fade to a beautiful tight lace.

Smell: I smell sweet caramel malt, slightly acidy.

Taste: A predicted by the nose, slightly sweet caramel malts. Crisp citrus hops. It’s unfortunate but I also detect a metallic undertone.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, carbonation is perfect for the style. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Great. This is a smooth everyday kind of beer and despite the metallic taste it is one of my go to beers on a hot summer day!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale has a medium, foamy, off-white head and a fairly hazy, somewhat bubbly, amber appearance. Lacing is significant with this beer. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, and the flavor is of the same, with sugar, bread crust, and a very mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Breckenridge Avalance Amber Ale finishes wet, pleasant, and highly drinkable. For those who enjoy a mellow, amber ale, this is a wonderful choice. I sure am enjoying this review!


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