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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Added by kmacphail on 11-17-2008

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

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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 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 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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2011, bottle. A pleasant malty aroma. A good sized head on golden coloured body. Very sessionable and enjoyable at lower abv. Fruitiness, peach and grapefruit. Balanced malt, low IBU. Very Good for what it is.Quenchable and satisfying. Suitable carbonation.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - mildly hazy pale yellow, decent fluffy white head left lots of sticky lacing
S - leafy greens, orange and sour fruits, fresh herbs and spices, very enticing
T - hops lean more towards a pilsner with crisp metallic and leafy character, some sweet orange seeps through, fresh cut grain, the yeasty belgian qualities are more subdued than the nose but yeasty esters of fruit and spices do come through
M - crisp refreshing carbonation, starts sweet and quickly moves to a strong hop bitter that gets in the nostrils, dry spicy finish
O - all of the Belgian IPA's I have tried are big high octane brews, so it is a nice treat to find a sessionable brew with a pleasant belgian IPA mix, more hoppy than yeasty but that is right up my alley, worth a second try

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

Photo of paperwerewolf
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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 msondel
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%

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 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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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 Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a clear light gold. Pours with a thick head that has good retention, and leaves decent lacing. Eventually dissipates to a fine ring.

Smells floral, fruity--I'd say raspberry, and of green hops.

Taste is subtle. Lightly malty, it has a fruity, raspberry flavor, along with a nice green hop profile. Has a dry, green hop and mildly bitter finish.

Body is light as is the carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA with some hop character and yeast fruitiness. At 4.5% ABV, it is highly drinkable.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy, pale straw colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - A touch mild with leafy green hops, light citrus notes, touch of peat and a touch of toffee on the finish.

T - The bitterness hits you off the top, the flavour is quite earthy with some fresh cedar and pine spriggs. A bit of a bready malt lingers on the palette, but the citrus bitterness dominates.

M - Lighter bodied ale, but goes down smooth, though finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

O - Overall a tasty Belgian IPA, and certainly more hoppy than fruity. I quite enjoyed this one and would rank it as comparable to some of the mild American IPA's. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Platinum gold with healthy pillowy lumpy white head that clings and trails webs. Doughy, lemon rind nose. Corn husk and strong flour malt followed by big woody hops with slight grapefruit pith. Lemon sorbet end and bitter linger leaving cottonmouth. Very soft, round, light to medium, slight chew.

Belgian IPA?! It says "straw coloured ale" right on the bottle.

Very drinkable blonde with big English hop character. Sturdy malt (Maris Otter) base, too, though - great balance. I'd place this behind Jarl but ahead of Piper's Gold among Fyne's golden ales.

Impressed once again by Fyne.

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

Photo of Hanglow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 6/22/11

A clear straw yellow with lots of big bubbles feeding a short lived two finger bone white head that leaves just a few patches of lace

S dry cereal with grassy hops and a little citrus

T taste has much more going for it with some white crisp fleshed fruit I can't place pear perhaps with some yeast and a little earth, loads of flavor for the alc%

M very light and fluffy in the mouth with a little bite and a lingering aftertaste

O I'm not exactly marking this as a Belgian IPA but I can see some similarities to that style and several others. Regardless of the classification this is a very tasty beer for such a low alc% and I could drink it all day in the sun without getting board

if this was a 12$ 6er I'd be chugging these back all summer, but at nearly 8$ for a 500ml I'm not so sure how many I'll enjoy between now and fall (late August here in Calgary)

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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 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 BDTyre
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this, but I have a hard time seeing it as a Belgian IPA.

Very light, straw coloured beer with a big, fluffy white head. Light malt and big, citrusy hops. Smooth, almost creamy taste, very nice blend. The hops are quite strong, but they don't overpower the malts.

Dry-ish, slightly grassy finish on the taste. A bit heavy on the carbonation, but not out of control.

This is a really nice beer, but it seems to me more like an American IPA, or even a well-hopped English IPA. The alcohol and yeast profile aren't quite "Belgian" enough, and it doesn't have that Belgian character to it.

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