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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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale amber with a wispy thin head. No lacing to speak of. Smells of biscuity malt and herbal, tea-like hops.

Very biscuity tasting malt, lightly fruity finished with light herbal hops. But it's the malt that you taste in the finish and aftertaste, Lightly sweet mouth. This is decent, I like the biscuity character but something doesn't mesh well here. Above average but little else.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of matjack85
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Binny's as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a clear amber/red color with just a half-finger of white head, but despite the small head it left a decent amount of lacing.

Hardly any smell to this. You have to swirl it around in the glass pretty hard to coax a little malt, sweet caramel, and floral hops out of it.

More caramel malt than anything else, making it a tad sweet. Hops are more floral than bitter as it only has 19 IBU's to it. Not really much to this but it's still tasty in a simple kind of way.

Very thin body, almost watery, with moderate carbonation.

Nothing stands out but there's nothing bad either. Very drinkable.

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3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Disappears quickly. Plenty of rising effervescence and pockets of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. Pretty fair beer ring lacing.

S: Butterscotch, buttered toast, and wood chips.

T: Bitter acetyl, hickory wood, and citrus pith.

M: Hearty feel. Comes across a little bitter and pungent, but not in a positive way.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere is okay. Decent head, and fair lacing. Buttery, bready, woody nose. Bitter wood chips and citrus pith overshadow the bready malt grains. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper colored brew with a short livid head and not much lace.

Aroma of bready malts and light floral hops.

Taste: Chewey caramel malt, low bitterness and hop character. Finish is a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium to full bodied, good level of carbonation. Not a chore to put one of these down but not at all exciting.

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3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Breckenridge brews have always flow under my radar for some reason, so I should get on the ball and fix that. A dark brown brew with big ruby streaks throughout is topped of by a light tan one-finger head which fades pretty quickly and leaves some inconsistent streaks of lacing behind. Smells of malts, some subtle sweetness and maybe some spice. Tastes of tea and a bit of hops. Pretty drinkable, and not bad tasting, but nothing to write home to mom about. This is a one night stand that is nothing to be ashamed of, but you probably won't be giving it a booty call anytime soon.

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3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rich red-brown body... thin offwhite head.. lots of lacing...

S: Roasted malts. mostly caramel.. some grains..

T: Mostly malty.. a bit unbalanced.. kind of bland yet chewy..

M: Medium body. Moderate Carbonation. At times thin... At other times thick.

D: Not bad... but not likely that I have another.

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3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Moderately Dark Amber. Mine was cloudy. Kinda interresting.

S-Not much. Malty but a tad sour.

T-Not bad. Just the tiniest bit of hop bite smothered in caramel malts. I almost taste a little rasin or something.

D-It's alright. I have certainly had worse. A little boring, but not at all offensive.

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3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very nice drinkable beer, not spectacular but definetely drinkable

A: Clear amber color with a small amount of head which disappears quickly, not to much lacing on the side

S: Very light malty scents with no discernable specific smells, although I think I might have stuffed up nose or something

T: The malty taste has only a mild bit of carbonation which makes it extremely smooth, we'll get to that later.

M: Smooth smooth smooth with a very weak mouthfeel, you cant really taste the beer right after you drink it.

D: This is a very very drinkable beer, it tastes good enough where you can just put them down like water.

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3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.23 out of 5 based on 1,317 ratings.
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