Avalanche Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale
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
Ratings:
1,317
Reviews:
455
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
248
For Trade:
0
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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 DavesBeerReviews
5/5  rDev +54.8%
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 +54.8%

Photo of jrutigs
5/5  rDev +54.8%

Photo of TrojanWheels
5/5  rDev +54.8%

Photo of THEGENERALISMO
5/5  rDev +54.8%

Photo of trim200xc
5/5  rDev +54.8%

Photo of Jdouth
5/5  rDev +54.8%

Photo of magno3025
5/5  rDev +54.8%

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.87/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spider1001man
4.86/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johndonor3
4.75/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of evilkev
4.75/5  rDev +47.1%

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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4.52/5  rDev +39.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

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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4.42/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paul432_1
4.4/5  rDev +36.2%
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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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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4.34/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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