Avalanche | Fyne Ales Ltd

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

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 msondel
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%

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

Photo of Brewer1980
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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

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

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

A: Pour is hazy golden with a medium-large white creamy head that leaves decent lacings.

S: Citric and floral from hops. Some douhgy sweet breadyness.

T: Really citric and a bit piney. Grapefruits. Sweetness from malt, maybe faint wheat. Nice bitterhops.

M: Aftertaste lasts for a long time and holds dry bitterness. Body is medium and carbonation quite offensive, but still mediumstrong.

O: A nice Belgian IPA, maybe a bit to strong in bitterness for the style, but I like it.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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