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

Avalanche is amber-orange in color with a average-sized, off white head. The aroma consists of medicore amber malt aroma with just a touch of hops thrown into the mix as well. The taste has a decent malt profile, not quite rich enough and a little grainy. Citrussy hops make an appearance mid-way through a sip and give this beer some needed character. My overall impression is that this beer is just tasty enough to be good, but still seems a little raw around the edges. At $4.99 a sixer this is a good find.

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Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with a rather plain label. Bottle date is notched on the side.

Appearance: Pours amber with a slight haze, and a thin head.

Smell: Aroma is very malty, with a slight grain smell to it.

Taste: Again, the taste is dominated by malt. Slight sweet and bready quality, with just a bit of hops at the end.

Overall impression: Not the most exciting beer - kind of a generic amber. Watered down Fat Tire comes to mind. Not bad, but there are many many other beers from Colorado I would prefer.

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Photo of palliko
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma consists of faint herbs and spices. Mouthfeel is mid-range as far as carbonation. Initial taste is a mild maltiness, barely present hops, and a vegetable taste redolent of green beans. There is a hint of citrus, but it is subsumed by a bland, unpleasant taste, and, combined with its lack of flavor makes this beer a “pass.”

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and crystal malt scent along with some mild hopping. The taste is good also. It has a light, yet sweet malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good amber ale. It has good flavor and aroma; a fine sessions ale.

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Photo of deejaydan
2.31/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Starts out easy enough. Looks,well, amber, as it should. Decent lacing, moderate head. Aroma is carmelly, but lacking anything else. Taste is a myriad of faults. Starts again, good, with some carmel notes, but then into a strange Granny Smith apple taste.

I had hopes for this beer, but I just couldn't get past the Granny Smith Apple.

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Photo of cokes
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Faintly smoggy amber with a thin lace that whittles itself away in less than a minute.
Nose of peanuts, grain husk, and caramel.
Begins with a toasted caramel maltiness, and immediately cleaved in two with a sticky lacto tartness. The milk fade, but the sourness remains with green apples, as it settles towards as a coarse graininess. The close is full of grassy hop greeness, and dilute tea bitters.
The carbonation is so low as to be nearly nonexistant.
Vastly unimpressive.

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Photo of scottum
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle of ale as per BIF16

Pours out a sexy amber color with a white heaadskie on top. Nice smooth body makes for good drinkability factor. Nice balance, tastes good, but not great. An above average amber ale worth checking out me thiNks because anyone could easily put down these one after another.

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Photo of skybluewater
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a standard pale amber. Smells like a macro-not good. Mouthfeel is thin. Taste isn't all that good at all. It tastes like a Corona, but with some darker malts thrown in. Drinkability? Sure. Good? Nah, not really.

Overall, I wouldn't buy this beer again, not with many other similar, better brews available for nearly the same price. This one's just too weak and blah.

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Photo of mschofield
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, topped with a two finger creamy light tan head, left webs of lacing.
Floral, tea and malty-toast in the aroma.
Lots of caramel in the taste (relatively), light toasted malt, citrus, note of toffee, nice bitterness for the style, fruity.
Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber color, fair head and lacing. Aroma is sweet, grainy malt. Pleasant caramel malt flavor up front and moderate bitterness balance out fairly well. Finishes slightly grainy but mostly clean. Moderate carbonation, with a body resembling light lagers more than winter-warming ales.

Breckenridge's least interesting beer.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light off-white head atop a clear amber hued ale. head dissipated within about 30 seconds or so and left miniml lacing clinging to the sides of the pint glass.

The aroma has just a lsight bit of floral hop bouquet.

Taste is of caramel malt, with a little bit of fruitiness. Nice piney hops with a good balance between hops and malts.

Average carbonation level for this style with a light to medium body. A good session beer for enjoying football on the tube.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.6/5  rDev +39.8%
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 ADR
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium to darker amber appearance, clear and attractive with a middling head of 1/8 of an inch after a half a minute. Simple vertical string laces. Aroma has a touch of spiciness, approaches cardammon in some aspects. The mouthfeel is lighter, the carbonation is about average. Flavors start out simple, brown sugar maltiness, fairly straightforward, but with a little orangey tang that magnifies to a decent hoppiness and balance toward the back of the profile. Seems to sweeten on further sips, and takes on a vegetal funkiness. A little ordinary, and the carbonation flattens quickly

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Photo of walleye
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

got another bargin from trader joes.poured amber with light tan head. aroma sweet , malts, caramel,with a hint of sourness. flavor sweet, caramel, watery. I am glad I did not spend more than a $1.25 on this one it is not going to be one of my favorites.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%
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 donnebaby
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent looking amber ale, rich amber color body and eternal creamy froth, tannish color. Active. Lots of lacing. Smell's full of dry roasted grains with lots of flavor and a sweet underlie.

Taste jibes completely with the nose, showing big malted grain character, roasted and toasted and very dry. Bitter hops.. Mild carbonation and smooth, medium body. A great, unique amber ale that I found highly drinkable.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
I bought this as a single that was being sold because of the rest of it's six-pack mates had been killed in a dropping accident. Very light carmel color, tiny white head. Moderate lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is some burnt carmel malts. Faint bitter hops, with a big grassy malt backing. Somewhat of a forgettable beer.

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Photo of mynie
2.02/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had one of these at a buddy's house. He handed me a glass of a nice looking hazy orange brew with a good head. I lowered my head to sniff it...

"Jesus god man, what the hell did you do to this?"

"Nothing! That's straight from the bottle."

I took another wiff. It smelled like, no it couldn't. I smelt again. My god, it did. It smelled exactly like a can of peas. Exactly. If I were blindfolded and had this beer shoved under my nose, I would think it was a can of peas.

I took a sip. It tasted like mixed vegetables, peas and corn. It had an okay body, I guess, but it really, seriously tasted like sweet peas. And that's just weird.

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Photo of findlayfan
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a modest head, which quickly dissipated. Left very slight lacing in the glass.

Copper-colored body with very little aroma.

Moderate mouthfeel – seemed thicker in the aftertaste, and left a lingering coat on my tongue. Aftertaste also held a slight bitterness.

Quite drinkable – it goes down very easily and could certainly go down in multiples. Too bad it doesn’t have a bit more character, though.

Overall, a decent enough beer, but nothing to get too excited about.

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Photo of ElGordo
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber hue with a light foamy head. Roasted malt aroma, not much else. Very foamy body contains a palate of roaste malt, light toffee, and a faint amount of hops that builds on the finish. Overall flavor is nice, but the body is way too carbonated. Of course, I had this in a crappy airport bar, so maybe it's usually better.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-amber with a few small floaties. The eggshell colored crown is large-bubbled and melts to a thin film, leaving a meager amount of lace. The nose features an earthy hoppiness and a bit of apricot fruitiness. Not bad, but nothing special.

This Breckendridge brew is just okay. Flavors include sugared grains and gently fruity hops with a mildly bitter back end. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which doesn't help.

Avalanche Ale isn't a bad beer by any means, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is small, off-white and dense but fizzy. Clear, clear darkish orange/amber liquid. A touch rosy, if I'm sane. Sweet, fruity, nutty aroma is just a little bit sour. Tangy, nutty front. The middle gets sweetish, fruity. It's a little thinnish and there's a strange, tangy, sour touch. Almost like a rye or buckwheat. The finish is dry and a touch fruity (apples?). Nice roasted grains. This is ok, but it doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper with a low tan head and decent carbonation but no lace. All malt aroma and taste; little hop aroma at first pour disappears quickly; a bit sweet overall. Medium bodied with a lingering malt finish. Lightly smooth.

Not as balanced as I normally like.

Per B.B. website:
Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Hops: Two Row Pale, Caramel (SEEM A BIT OFF HERE :-)
Bitterness Units: 19
Alcohol ByVolume: 5.41%

Per Microbrews book: Caramel malts. Chinnok, Willamette, Tettnang, and Hallertau hops.

Bottled: Week 1, Nov ('03)
Tasted: 02/08/04

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of AudioGilz
2.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber of course. The head is somewhat worth mentioning. Hmmmm....overall bland beer here. I can't get much of an aroma at all, just a bit of buttery malts. The mouthfeel is enjoyable crisp with bland malty notes comprising the flavor. There isn't much hop presence to speak of. I'm a bit disappointed. They should use the name Avalanche for a more "throaty" beer instead of this Hyundai beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.29/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a clear ruby amber with a white head that is compact, but lingering. The aroma is pure buttered popcorn. Super strong diacetyl aroma. Slight caramel behind that, no hop aroma. The flavor is diacetyl as well. Slick butter feel on the tongue and the finish is dry butter. There is no real caramel flavor and only enough hops to balance the butter. I could not choke down much of this.

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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 1,348 ratings