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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4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin creamy head and amber color. Clear. Aroma is clean and sweet malt and slight butter. Flavor is a mild and very tasty biscuit, caramel, sweet malty mixture offset by unobtrusive bittering hops. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and CO2 is a pleasant low level. Overall, this is a balanced, mild amber session brew that I would put in my kegerator in a heartbeat.

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Giggy
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle

A: amber pour with a slight white head. Nice and clear.

S: malts and grains. Smells like your basic amber

T: slightly sweet, not much hops. Caramel malty flavors dominate.

M/O: easy to drink. Nothing special. Not to memorable. This is a beer that you could drink several in a row.

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled.

A) Amber... Minimal head and poor retention. No lacing noted.

S) Aroma of toasted bread and a little caramel sweetness.

T) Near the nose flavor wise. A bit more earthy. The hops does come through with a bit of a grassy finish.

M) Seemed a medium body with soft carbonation. Came off a bit flat. Easy drinking...

O) Decent, but quite forgettable. There are many Amber Ales I prefer, so I don't see myself heading back to this one any time soon.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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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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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Breckenridge Avalanche Ale

Appearance: amber, medium-large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: slight hops, rich malts, and grain.

Taste: rich biscuity malt, sweet grain, and a faint hop.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a tasty ale. It is also seems lighter than it is. It has a low ABV and can be drank in large quantities.

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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1/5  rDev -69%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.23 out of 5 based on 1,325 ratings.
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