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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 kmacphail
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I sampled this on cask at the 4th Ullapool Beer Festival.

The beer poured a golden colour with a white head that displayed good retention and showed decent signs of lacing on the glass.

The nose was of wheat, hops and citrus melon, very refreshing fragrence. These continued through to the mouth with the hops taking up the dominant, initial taste and the wheat followed by a citrus bite in a lingering aftertaste.

The body was only medium, this was not unexpected as it is an IPA style, but I though it could have done with a bit extra. A very pleasant beer, ideal for a summer BBQ or after a hard days work.

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