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Avalanche Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#43,716
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,338
pDev:
15.81%
Bros Score:
3.41
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JamesMN
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber/copper hue with decent clarity. One finger soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Some breadyness and just a hint of pine or some slight spice from the hops or possibly the yeast.

Taste: Sort of a straightforward malty palate. Nothing impressive. There's caramel and amber malts with just a hint of some fruit or spice like in the nose. This could actually pass for an Octoberfest if it had more grain flavor. Leaves you with a bit of a sugar-sweet aftertaste. I feel like it's missing out on the subtle roasty flavors or hop character that could make it stand out.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and light in body. Actually pretty robust for the 4.4% abv. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I wish there had been a little more to this beer. Maybe in body or the selection of malts used. It's a little too generic. However, it'd be the perfect selection for someone who is new to craft beer.

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Photo of netshark
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ouch. This is a rough one. On the first sip, I can tell that this is not too good. The load of malts is too thick with no additional flavors. Bleh. This is pretty bad. One of the worst beers I've had in quite some time. Definitely won't be able to finish it.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of gabedivision
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- clean, chestnut/amber,finger inch white head.

S-sweet grains, light caramel,slightly metallic, no hop presence

T- sweet grainy malt, copper pennies.

M- light bodied, smooth and clean.

O- really not much going on with this beer, not offensive by any means just bland. Can't see myself tryin this beer out again.

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Photo of Ranz
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jmathis
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of gigoat
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of dark orange/light brown with a paper thin offwhite head that quickly fades. Looks pretty gross IMO

S- lots of caramel malt coming through. Nearly a complete bomb of it, but actually pretty good smelling

T- very malty. Slightly sweet. Hoppiness is nil. Pretty much your stereotypical, boring amber ale

M- thin bodied. Meh

O- amber ales as a whole are pretty boring, and this one does absolutely nothing to stand out from the bunch

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark copper to light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film on the surface and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of graininess. Light notes of malty sweetness.

T: This beer is a malt bomb with lots of toasted, caramel, and grainy malt flavors but very little hop to balance it out. The beer is lightly sweet from the malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink but I would prefer this beer to be a little more hoppy - it is just a malt bomb and is not as well balanced as I would like. This is definitely sessionable.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MikieV
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I had this a few years ago on a ski trip, and I remembered it about how it is today, a good amber. Some ambers are much prettier, but thisis still nice. A little cloudy and thin looking. The aroma is faint and nothing special. The taste is inoffensive. It does not taste too sweet nor too hoppy, actually, more hops and more malt would be nice improvement.

The beer is well made with no defects, and the slight bitterness and lack of excessive sweetness would make this a good session beer.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of flyingmick
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 1,338 ratings
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