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 kmpitz2
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a finger of head that falls to a patchy coating over top. Small tendrils of lace cling to the glass. Nose is very grainy, almost spicey from the grain. That is really all I get from the nose. Flavor is more subdued on the grain than the nose, but it is still the dominant flavor. There is a touch of caramel sweetness that takes the edge off the graineyness. Flavors don't hang on into the finish much at all other than the nice toasted grain. Rather tasty beer. Feel is very solid moderate with a light carbonation. This is a pretty enjoyable beer. As with many, nothing makes it stand out, but there are no overriding flaws that would keep me away from it. This one would is nice for watching some NCAA football on an early fall evening. Could easily session it all day.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
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 karengarys
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours slightly hazy rich amber, giving a finger of head which dissipates rather quickly. As it sits, even the foam ring goes away. No lacing.

Smells citrusey, with some hops.

Taste is rather good - sour, but hoppy enough to balance. Not lots of character, but what is there is interesting.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, Somewhat coarse but it is a thick rich pillow of foam.

Finish is clean, dry, and slightly sour.

Nice medium body.

this is a really good beer. Not a lot of hit you in the face flavors, but enough interesting going on to make me want more. I recommend it.

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Photo of Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, a better brew that the pale ale. But this amber ale’s pour was still not to impressive – clear dark orange with minimal heading and lacing. Only slight hint of malts in the aroma and taste. Also noted some earthy grains in the quaff – this one seemed more lager like than an ale.

A medium bodied brew, a basic quaffer for any season – but in the end just not to exciting or one I would seek out.

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Photo of chilidog
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Breckenridge to show up in my area ( I think ). It did so in 22oz. bottles for $2.99
The beer poured a nice copper/orange, with a good carbonated, full, soft, egg-shell head. Looked good
At first open a round of hops hits the nose but softens as the malts show themselves.
The taste is smooth with malted grain and a slight crisp citric hop shows up mid-drink to the end. The body seemed average and the mouthfeel abit watery.
Although the watery feel aids the drinkability, for it was easy to put this 22 oz. offering away, to easy. The 5.41% abv can sneak up on you.
If this beer had more backbone to its body it would only make it that much better. Alittle richness wouldnot hurt thisone.

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

12oz from their mixed 12 pack poured into a pint. The side of the label is not notched for bottled on date.

Clear copper with a thin head of white that dies into a ring in less than a minute.

The nose is mostly caramel with some floral hop way underneath.

Again, caramel makes up most of the taste, but the dry hops are a little more pronounced this time, still not much going on overall.

Mouthfeel could be fuller. Drinkable but rather boring.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -4%
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 -16.4%
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 +23.8%
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 -28.5%
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 -22.6%
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 +10.2%
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 -12.4%
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 +13.9%
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 +10.8%
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 +14.6%
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 +42.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -21.7%
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 +39.3%
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 +27.9%
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 +9.9%
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 -37.5%
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 -2.2%
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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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.23 out of 5 based on 1,313 ratings.
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