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 aschdave
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Samp01
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber with a small short lived off white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet lightly toasted caramel malt, yeast, some fruity notes, light hops. Palate is light to medium body, moderate carbonation, and kind of watery mouth feel. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, and some light fruity notes, ending is bit of funky nuttiness. Overall needs more backbone and flavor, seems a bit weak for an amber, just an ok brew

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of mcuccaro
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Annesemj
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of scratch69
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a fingers worth of head that disappears fairly quick. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Slight aroma of bread.

Taste- Malt with hints of bread and a trace of hops.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not an outstanding beer. I have had better amber ales.

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Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jrutigs
5/5  rDev +54.8%

Photo of mikennat
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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

A: Pours a clear amber with a fizzy, quickly dissipating white head.

S: Gentle aromas of bready malt, toffee, and cream are just barely detectable on the nose. Pretty much exactly what one would expect out of a beer of this style. Smells a bit generic to me.

T: Malty and rich on the palate with notes of fresh bread, toffee, roasted nuts, cream, and minerals. The finish is bready and lightly sweet with notes of toffee, nuts, and cream.

M: Medim bodied, silky, and smooth with gentle, unobtrusive carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: This is a smooth beer that would pair well with food, but it is not all that memorable on its own. It's one of those beers that pretty much does all that you would expect it to and nothing more.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber body. White head is thing but lasts pretty well. Just a little bit of lacing one it.
S- Aroma is mild. Very distant. There is a sweet breadyness to it, but that's about it.
T- Sweet malt, with a bit of caramel up front. Finsih is a honey bread taste, with just a very distant earthy hoppiness.
M- Body is light. Carbonation is medium-high.
O- There's not much to this beer but it did go well with my burger and fries. Nothing exciting but it's an easy drinker.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.36/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle in my Paddy's Road Race piny glass
A - deep golden color, nice persistent head, sticks to the sides of the glass as you drink it
S - Not a huge aroma, but no bad smells either
T - smooth, slightly malty, with not much hop bitterness
M - good fizz, not as sticky as I would like
O - easy drinking ale, pretty average, nothing bad, nothing memorable

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Photo of nimrod979
2.35/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle that pours an amber color with a minuscule white head.
Aroma is mostly light caramel malts. Thats all I really get.
Caramel malt flavor. Light, a bit watery. Perhaps a bit too sweet. Underwhelming and simply not that good. Light to Medium body. Very flat carbonation. Lingering sweet malty finish. Dissapointing.

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Photo of MsRif
2.41/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had from a bottle at Leaf in Easton, PA. Was marked as a brown ale though it was obviously a red ale. Oh well.

Poured a hazy amber color. Small head that quickly receded. No lacing. Seemed to have above average carbonation. Smells earthy, bready...sweet malts and perhaps a touch of earthy hops...not complex. Bland. Tastes even more bland. Felt pretty peeved that I ordered this one. Almost tasted like it was perhaps a young or green beer...like it needed to age longer to get a taste to it. Simply not complex enough.

Light bodied with good carbonation. I actually thought it was a little over-carbonated. It was fine to have with dinner I guess, but I might as well have gone with having water. The taste was just not there for me. Not recommended.

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Photo of Dave128
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - A rigorous pour yields a measly 1 finger head that fizzes away quickly. Cloudy amber in color. No lace. Barely a ring around the glass.

S - Smells pretty basic. Biscuity smells.

T - Also very basic. I can't really taste much hops. Dry malt character without much else to balance it.

M - Thin and appropriately carbonated.

O - This is what I call a "wash it down" beer. Its got simple flavors and equates to not much more than a beverage to go with dinner.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.34/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. A little over one finger of white, fairly dense froth. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Mainly dusty and a little metalllic. A sickly fruitiness, earthy hops, and some caramel.

2.0 T: It tastes almost as bad as it smells. Strange combo of caramel, metal, graininess, and earthy hops. Lightly toasty.

3.5 M: Light body. Though I wish the body was thicker, I can't complain about the creaminess it offers. Good moderate carbonation. Best aspect of the brew, easily.

2.5 D: This is a not-quite-mediocre brew. I'll pass on it from now on.

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Photo of iSip
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Breckenridge Brewery Avalanche Ale: I have fond memories of good times at the original Breckenridge Brewery in Breckenridge. It has been a while since I have had an Avalanche Ale, and needing to bring a six pack over to a friends for dinner was my opportunity to re-visit is brew. The mahogany brown body is almost clear, with very light carbonation. The off-white head is thin, and the aroma is very faint, almost not there. The color makes you expect a heavy malty roasty brew, but the flavor and feel is actually quite light, with a mild malt flavor and a light bitterness throughout. No flower y hops here! This is very much an English style ale. Quite drinkable, but my taste in beer has moved on to brews with more complexity.

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

A: Brown-amber with a decent white head up top.

S: Mild caramel; a little hoppiness. Sweet.

T: Attenuated; caramel again; some hop flavor; fruity. Resiny like tea.

MF: Hops to balance. A bit watery.

D: Drinkable, but lacks depth. Somewhere in the middle. Not that interesting, but certainly decent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a decent amber. a malty sturdy nose, malty sweet red pour with a respectable off-white head, quick grainy mild finish, medium body. nothing remarkable in an otherworldly sense, yet a repeatably satisfying drink. 6pack no worries, its just above average, but good vibes...

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Photo of tbern007
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy red/copper, lots of carbonation, thick tan head that remains thick for a while. Good lacing. Good appearance.
Scent is what I expect: malty, earthy, some hops come through but mostly a caramel malt.
T - it's a red. Earthy, caramel malt, there are a little bitter hops at the end.
M - lighter than expected.
Overall decent. A little bitter at the end. Could be fuller.

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Photo of atr2605
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours light amber/copper color with an off white head that has fairly poor retention.
S- moderate hop aroma with a subtle caramel malt aroma
T- pretty well balanced but the hops don't have a real distinct profile and the malt is a little sweet but has a slight metallic flavor
M- medium-light body with a fair amount of carbonation
O- falls short overall. Needs more distinguishing flavors and better head retention. Drinkable but would have to be at the right price to buy again

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Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.23 out of 5 based on 1,318 ratings.
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