Avalanche | Fyne Ales Ltd

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Brewed by:
Fyne Ales Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mizx
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisterBanks6
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Light golden colour and texture. Not a huge fan of Pale Ales but this was very nice to drink and one of a few I can drink. Light and crisp with citrus and hoppy notes followed by a balanced bitterness and maltiness. The smell did however remind me of a regular pale ale with nothing amazing to note.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

These Fyne ales always seem to look fine, this has a lovely bright yellow body & huge foamy head big lemon peel aroma & flavour too
a highly competent pale ale

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Photo of hdtrice
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevinodonnell91
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sdghall1
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Good not amazing decent bottke

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Photo of ZachT
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle in Edinburgh.

Golden body has excellent clarity and a fine head.

Aroma: the weak point of this beer

Flavor: fruity hops over rather faint bready malts. Cascade hops.

O: very drinkable, American style PA.

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Photo of Foley67
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msondel
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Hanglow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mick303
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a generous 3-4 fingers of creamy soft head, into a shaker pint glass. Colour is a slightly cloudy yellow straw. Really good retention as it slowly dies away, with nice lacing.

S- apricots, clean bready malt, sweet lemon citrus, subtle floral notes, heather,

T- mild malty body with nice accents of citrus and fruity hops, mild apple note, some lemon, bitter cherry, light almond nuttiness, some honey sweetness with some more lemon oil on the end. Finish is clean with biscuity malts and some slight drying hops, lingers for quite a bit.

M- Quite light, a light carbonation, but a well-balanced body. Big enough to be satisfying and not watery, but really sessionable for sure. Initial softness leads to a bigger hop profile on the mouth with a nice lingering finish.

A well balanced Pale, the citrus is there but not too bitter, by British standards this has some more of a hopforward profile, but stays quite drinkable without much extra complexity, the balance is pretty good though I wasn't blown away by it. For the style though this is quite nice, and a tastier session option I would certainly get again if I saw it.

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Photo of solid98
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a short lived head of white color, crowning a beautiful straw-colored pint. This beer just looks visually stunning, though it’s not necessarily reflected in this photo. Avalanche has a very promising nose of citrus and spice to it, and first drink reveals a light bodied, softly carbonated winner. The malt profile seems absolutely suited to highlighting a superbly balanced hop package. While drinking this I had the sudden idea of a Kolsh made with Northwest hops come to mind. There is a very pronounced and lovely citrus fruit character to this, particularly lemon in flavor but without any of the sourness you usually get from that fruit. All in all, a beer that truly sings and one of the most interesting I’ve had in some time. A real champion for the cause of light-yet-full-flavored ales.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Acquired from a webshop some time back. Described on the label as a straw-coloured, well-hopped ale.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle-conditioned. A hazy light-gold colour with floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam with a creamy texture and good retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Looks superb. Aroma of light malt with floral hop notes and earthy yeast. Subtle hints of grapefruit and citrus. Nice.

Tastes of light malt with a hoppy character and a dry finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, earthy yeast, grain and stewed hops. A restrained dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent carbonation and a relatively light body. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and dry yeast.

Tasty - a quality pale ale. The light, hoppy style is nice and very refreshing. Plenty of aroma but you don't feel like you're drowning in hops - would make for perfect summer day drinking. Well worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of beer2day
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Baker's Corner off-license in Dun Laoghaire.

Clear straw gold pour with pillowy 2-finger white head. Decent retention and nice sheets of lace all around.

Very light nose. Straw, lemon, and even lighter bread malt. Not much there.

Taste is more pronounced. Lemon zest and light pepper hit me first. Biscuit from the malt compliments, but again lightly. Zest and pepper coming on stronger later in the glass. Fairly standard English malt for a pale.

Body is pretty light, even a bit watery. From the flavor, though, that may be what they were shooting for.

Overall, not bad and pretty good for the style.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gravity halfpint at the Euston Tap.

A: Clear pale gold body under an ultra-fine white head. Tons of lace. Terrific.

S: Restrained by pleasant aroma of citrus and tropical fruits above a bready malt base. Very smooth and balanced.

T: Follows the nose: fruity hops are foremost, with delicate but substantial malt sweetness behind. Light bitterness on the finish. Just lovely balance. So creamy, fruity, and delicious.

M: Creamy, smooth, well-carbonated medium body. Luxurious.

O: Fantastic EPA. I've been really impressed with everything I've had from Fyne Ales.


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Photo of Zimbo
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foams in the bottle when opned.
Slight but sparky citric nose with some obvious hop to tjhe nostril; and a rather pale tsraw yellow appearance.
In the glass there is a constand one quarter inch head which has an appealing glossy shine ands sparkle.
Bitterness is on the dry side but it does come across a bit thin in the mouth. Sort of feels like the prototype in which Fyne Ales based many of their better beers.
Decent enough but more like a small cascade of stones and gravel than a full frontal avalanche.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium golden color ale with a nice thick white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light hoppy notes with floral malty notes. Taste is a delicate mix between some light hoppy notes with some floral malt and limited sweetness. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very well brewed with great level of complexity for such an easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of Brabander
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is a good beer! Got it from my Scottish beerbuddy Craig (Zimbo). Thanks Craig for this very nice beer.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice. lightyellow fluid with a bit of cloudyness in it. Wonderfull carbonation all trough the glass. Some problems to get a nice head, i had to pour the beer firmly.

Smell is neutral with some citrus. The citrus comes back in the taste with a very crisp mouthfeel. The hops have some bitterness. For the rest a good and hoppy beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - a Scottish ale, produced with an excess of American style hops, and thus put forth in a wintery ‘avalanche’ theme.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy and yet rocky white head, which leaves a well spread, fuzzy web of lace around the glass as everything duly sinks away.

It smells of lightly bready, crackery pale malt, a touch of grapefruit citrus pith, some mild earthy yeast, and bitter floral hops. The taste is more bready malt and a little bit of crackery edginess, some faint, indistinct tart citrus notes, and persistent, fairly bitter grassy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive all the same, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt and bristling hops engaging in a low-fi end game.

Overall, more of a mild bitter, with fruity tendencies, and a rather decent one at that. Hoppy enough to keep this new world denizen satisfied, and worthy of the label’s posturing, though I am not quite convinced of the overwhelming deluge that we in the New World associate with the titular term.

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Avalanche from Fyne Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 34 ratings