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:
1,323
Reviews:
458
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
Wants:
13
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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber with crimson hues. 1.5 finger frothy head with some lace. Good retention.

S: mild sweet caramel malt but faint.

T: Mostly a mild and minimally sweet malt character. Mostly breads and mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

O: Its very easy to drink as there are no offense flavors however there is little to no character either. Though not bad, nothing stands out making this on a C+ or so "decent" beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight caramel, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is easy to drink but it seems fairly watery and lacking all around.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a decent amber. a malty sturdy nose, malty sweet red pour with a respectable off-white head, quick grainy mild finish, medium body. nothing remarkable in an otherworldly sense, yet a repeatably satisfying drink. 6pack no worries, its just above average, but good vibes...

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.66/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The flagship beer and last one to try in the mixed pack. Pours a cloudy orange, nice little head to it. Bit of a macro beer smell to it.. uh oh. Taste is medium bodied, surprisingly good mouthfeel. Well balanced with a nice bit of hops to it, super drinkable and really hits the spot. I know this may be the 'generic mass produced micro' for this brewery, but for some reason I find it delicious and really refreshing. Yummy and no frills, give it a try.

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Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left a bit of bubbles on the surface and a very thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is rather malty with aromas of caramel, grainy and toasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some initial malty sweetness and flavors of caramel, grainy and toasted malts. Not much in the way of bitterness is noticeable. The grainy malts seem to stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth and a bit thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer would probably pair well with food but no more much than that. It really needs some more hops to make this a beer that would be interesting to drink on its own.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After tearing into a Breckenridge Breweing Company's variety pack this weekend, I beleive this beer to be the best of the selection. Though no standout characteristics, it is well brewed, clean, and easily palatable. Aromas have a medium malt profile with bready, toasty, yeasty, malty, and caramel. Looks...amber with adequate retention and lacing. Flavors are medium malty, with hop bittering to balance. Mild spices and hop flavor for accents. Finishes clean and cool. Quite a nice beer. It will be easily forgotten however, because many preceive this to be a lackluster beer style. Too bad, it's a good beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Truncated notes:

A: Head fills ~80% of the glass. Frothy enough, with fair thickness and fullness. Decent complexion. Not real creamy. Could be softer-looking. Leaves uneven light lacing on the sides of the glass. Retention is superb - ~7-9 minutes.

Body is a vibrant copper (NOT an amber). Clear and translucent, with no visible yeasty muck or hop sediment.

Overall, it looks more like a pale than an amber.

Sm: Aroma brings wheat, pale malt, floral hops, and dominant amber malts (which carry a hint of toastiness). I find no caramalt. A biteen bready.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Amber malts, toastiness, mild floral hop character, and pale malts. Shallow and somewhat insipid, with a middling balance. Not gestalt, unique, special, complex, subtle, or nuanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with fair carbonation and an unrefreshing feel. Medium-bodied. Somewhat stale, actually.

Generic in its execution. Meh. There's no harmony of texture to taste.

O: Drinkable but middling. A very generic amber from Breckenridge. I'll be sticking to their vanilla porter going forward.

Low C-

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a one-finger, bubbly, off-white head. Not much lace.

S - It smelled rather malty with some hoppy/floral notes.

T - It tasted of roasted malts, a little biscuity. It also had some subtle spice.

M - It was crsip and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay amber. Not the best but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Small to maybe medium off white head quickly settles to a quarter inch or less of semi-frothy head above a clear bronze-caramel colored beer.

Very light caramelized grain malts aroma.

Light tasting caramel grain malts is about all there is going on with this light tasting amber.

Almost a wet aftertaste with just a tad of the caramel malts sticking around with this lighter side medium bodied beer.

Not a bad tasting amber beer, just not enough of the taste it has, if the taste of this beer were more pronounced it might actually be a pretty good drink.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of superspak
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottling info. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, bready grain, light citrus, and spiciness. Fairly nice aromas with good strength. Taste of caramel, bready grains, herbal spiciness, pine, and a bit of citrus. Decent bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bready grains, herbal spiciness, and light caramel. The breadiness and grain flavors are a bit odd. Decent amount of flavor, but it does come off as a bit watery. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with some prickly carbonation. Very smooth to drink at 4.4%, with no alcohol presence. Overall this is an ok amber ale. A little too bready, and not as much hop character as I would like. Easy to drink though.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here is my second of the night that I got from another friend and sadly had to drink it out of a bottle due to no glassware.

Aroma is very basic. This beer has some spiced up hops backed up with some simple malts.

Taste is a lot similar to the smell. Has some odd spiced hops that I haven't tasted in a beer, at least not recently. Some simple malts as well. Nothing to special.

Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced. Not crisp, not creamy, but right in the middle. Decent carbonation.

Overall, this is an easy drinking simple beer. Nothing to special about it that and I don't plan on buying any of this. I am still trying to find some decent Red Ales (crossing my fingers for Summit Horizon).

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color. A bit thick with an off who're head. Nose is pretty plain with some doughy caramel and a bit of nuts. Nutty in the taste with mild toast and that is about it. Medium body and somewhat chewy. Drinks okay. Nothing wrong, just not super flavorful.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass

A - typical for style reddish/copper; clear; thin and short-lived head

S - too earthy

T - decent. somewhat heavy on toasted malt. Yeasty.
down-rated for sour/bitter finish without much hop (or other) flavor.

M - average for style

D - see taste

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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap a clear amber with a very thin off white head that was gone in a flash,big caramel malt aromas with some fruity esters,not much hop presence found.Flavors are agin sweeter and malt tilted,caramel biscuit with a touch of grain,some lingering fruit notes in the finish.Eh if you like old school malt tilted ambers you'll like this,me not so much.

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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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