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Avalanche Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#43,410
Reviews:
460
Ratings:
1,333
pDev:
15.81%
Bros Score:
3.41
 
 
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
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 justinp
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Overall:
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 +21.6%

Photo of crobinso
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of LvanB
1/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of Pamola
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
2.5/5  rDev -24%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cjgator3
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed amber color with a large creamy off- white head with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is a lot of biscuity malt, caramel and jus a touch of hops. The aroma is predominately malty with little hop presence.

T- The taste like the aroma is predominately malty with sweet biscuity malt and caramel with a very moderate hop presence in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

O- Overall, Avalanche Amber is a pretty solid malty amber that is worth a try.

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1/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of morimech
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Light lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of caramel and grape juice. Not that appealing.

The flavor is an improvement over the aroma, but not much. Definately on the sweeter side of the ale spectrum. Caramel malt, nuts, and fruit esters are the dominant flavors. Hard to identify any hop flavor but I would say it is floral and herbal.

Solid body with good, well paired carbonation. Smooth texture.

This is a flashback to the birth of craft beer movement type of amber ale. Does not appeal to this drinker anymore.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear copper color with a quickly fading finger of white head.

The aroma gives off some sweet bready malt characters with hints of fruity hops in the background. A bit lackluster. The pallet is a bit more of the same. Some sweet bready malts come forward with just a little bit of a bitter hop bite in the finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this one isn't very impressive. I wouldn't say it's bad but there are much better offerings.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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