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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 famous_mortimur
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sacfly
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. has a place to notch for freshness date, but it is not notched.

Pours a yellow/orange color. Little head. Aroma is sharp. Grassy hops. Light sweetness. Light malt flavor. First thought was that it tastes kind of like Yuengling but with more body and less refreshing (and much more expensive). Little to no aftertaste.

You could drink this one any place, any time and it will not get in the way. I guess there is a place for beers like this, but I’ll stick with something cheaper.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper in color. Light tan head that's gone right quick and in a hurry. Little dots of lacing. Pretty average. Nose is biscuity with some floral hops. Hmmmm. Not to complex but strong. Taste is bitter and a bit sharp around the edges. Has some medicinal properties in the background. Light bodied with high carbonation. Which makes it even less refined. Slightly above average. Got this in a Sampler 12 pack. At 8 to 9 dollars I would not buy a six pack. Worth a try though.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the can into a chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 3.0: Light amber color. Small head dissipated into characteristic CO2 swirls on top.

Smell 3.5: Very nice bouquet. Hints of biscuit malt, barley and a slight bubblegum smell.

Taste 3.0: Front is a dry barley taste. Middle is basically gone. Nothing there. Finish is slightly hoppy: think Kent Goldings type hoppy, though. That's right: more "mossy" flavor and not biting at all. Finish is more malt and barley. Dry throughout and would probably go well with food.

Mouthfeel: 3.0: OK level of carbonation and is clearly 100% CO2.

Overall 3.0: Good, basic beer. Nothing special. Reminiscent of another Colorado brewery's famous beer (namely New Belgium's Fat Tire), this is an OK beer, but certainly nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of wvbrewcrew
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't know why this is rated so low.....pours a nice amber semi-cloudy color, nice taste not overpowering, nice malty finish without much bite. Its a above average for the type. Good job.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Pensfan0782
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of drxandy
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle to pint glass, pours a highly carbonated reddish brown, white head fades

smells of malts, metallicy, wet dog.. hum

taste is crisply carbonated which brings the malts out nicely, bitterness is light and not overpowering, mild hints of chocolate?, dry finish

mouthfeel is light, malty, bitter, crisp - a nice choice for sessioning.

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Photo of koes0024
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of smithmd4
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jdhasse
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Cris4545
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PA-hunter
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 4.4% abv

Appearance- Medium amber color and and slighty cloudy. Two finger head that dissipates fast.

Smell- Caramel malts throughout with an earthy crispness.

Taste- Grains come through heavy, followed by the sweet malt which is not as pronounced as in the smell. The herbal hop finish comes in at the end with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light in body, dry finish.

Overall- A decent amber ale that is fairly light and nothing too big or memorable as far as flavor goes. Still not bad; easy drinking.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
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 jordanian2
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good brew that I'd drink again.

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Photo of sloejams
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampler at Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub, Denver

Colorado has these American Reds down. Very akin to New Belgium's Fat Tire, Avalanche has a smooth start with a sweet middle and a slighty bitter but crisp finish. In a blind taste, I wouldn't be able to differentiate the two. It goes down easy and balances my pulled pork sammich quite well.

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Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of glinnebur
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmsedgwick
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of barryjg
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of xav33
2.57/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Avalanche Amber Ale
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Conceived 11/05, gulped 07/06

Poured disappointingly yellowish/orange with 1/4 inch white head that limped into a ring.

Smelt of slight hints of roast and sweet maltiness.

Taste begins sweet and bready and dissipates with a hint of sour fruit and moss merging towards the end. Less hops than a elephant. Mouthfeel was light.

Overall, a fairly disappointing amber that could use less sweetness and more malty bite or hops.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a caramely amber with rusty highlights, the off-white cap provides ample lacing as it slowly fades to a thin cap that retains the duration. The nose is subtly sweet with caramel, some light floral and soft metallic notes, like dirty water(I'm not impressed). A moderate amount of caramel and lightly toasted bread crust makes up the best this has to offer. Metallic notes work in the opposite direction of the sweet base and creates a conflict with my pallet that I just can't get passed. Some light fruitiness and earthy hoppiness is an effort at complexity and flavor, sadly this falls well short of a complete finish, and really it was off to a poor start. The mouthfeel is even less impressive, thin and boring. I can't say I would never drink this again, but there is no reason to go out of your way to find this.

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Photo of LuckyJohn
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 1,333 ratings
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