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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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced a white dense, frothy 1/2" head that dissipated somewhat slowly leaving thin head lacing. Carbonation was moderate in a clear amber body.

AROMA: Moderate hops and caramel malt. Kind of an average aroma -- nothing spectacular.

TASTE: Same as the aroma: moderate floral hops with a bit of pine and grass, together with light caramel malts, a bit of fruit and a hint of spices. Nice, but pretty ordinary.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a moderate body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and very little body lacing that dissipates quickly. The initial flavor is somewhat sweet with a very light touch of bitterness and a lightly bitter finish with a hint of dryness to it that lasted for a moderate length of time, leaving a slightly metallic aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: Easy to drink and repeatable, this beer is fairly well balanced but it doesn't have a very distinct profile. The malts are a bit to sweet and leave a sort of metallic aftertaste which is a little off-putting. It needs more distinctive flavors and, with all of the really good amber ales that are readily available, I probably won't buy or serve it again.

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber with a one-finger, lacy, off-white head

S- Good sweet malt aroma, light tartness reminiscent of green apple

T- Malt sweetness forward, some tartness similar to the green apple smell, next a touch of bitterness comes in and fades, nice chewy caramel grain flavor on the finish and aftertaste

M- Light carbonation, moderate body, very smooth and clean

O- Very enjoyable brew, the drinkability is great and the flavors are just strong enough and varied enough to hold interest but mellow overall

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the ale gave a reddish brown color with a slight off-white head. From the pint glass, any aroma was mild. It could be best described as a malty aroma. The taste was a mild, chalky malt flavor. The texture was interesting for an amber ale. The flavor was much of the same in the aftertaste, though it did tend to veer toward a more bitter note.

By definition, this amber ale is fairly average for the style. A drinker that likes amber ales would likely find it acceptable. Most drinkers need not have it more than once.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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1/5  rDev -69%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-gold with a frothy head into my glass. It looks like the style at the least.

Sweet malt dominates the nose with a scant notice of hops. Not bad.

Ditto for the taste. This is malt-forward, albeit slightly cloying. The hops are firmly in the background and do add a bit of heat to the back.

Mouthfeel is tolerable with a good mix of malt and hops. As mentioned, finishes a bit "hot". Must be what I ate beforehand.

Not bad. An accessible winter seasonal for those who prefer such a thing.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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