Avalanche | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Washington, United States
fallsbrew.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jreitman on 12-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
8.4%
 
 
Wants:
2
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4
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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark, clearish ruby-brown-amber with a thin light tan head; The head fals away to a thin covering, but leaves immense lacing, constantly fed by softly rising bubbles.

Oak, oat bread, rum, lemon are all characteristics in the scent; It's definitely full of character, warm and inviting, like a familiar old friend, a woodsy cabin, a scotch on the rocks by the fire....

Exceptional, delicious flavor... Quite a treat... This is actually one of the best beers I've had recently. The flavor begins with a nice, creamy, fresh dairy farm buttery-smooth caramel, continues to an oak-aged vanilla malt, then proceeds with a rich smack of hops - full, deep, bassy hops that carry a finish which is absolutely extraordinary, like no finish I've encountered so far - it's absolutely like cherries dipped in chocolate and drizzled with rum. Freakin' spectacular. The most deliciously flavored winter warmer I've had this year.

Slight spritz to the mouthfeel livens up the heady, decadent flavors, keeps them brisk and light and free to swirl around the mouth - the finish is lingering, sticky and delicious, begging you to go back for more.

This is one evil mistress of a beer - It demands that I rate it highly. It doesn't ask, it positively demands that I do. It's so good. This reminds me of how good small craft breweries can make their beer. Hurrah!

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Photo of beerceller99
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery.
Has a clear garnet color with a 2 finger tan head. Smell is of flowery hops and dark grain breads. Super smooth mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. Light to medium body. Taste is a malty toffee, caramel sweet flavor with a mildly bitter alcohol tang to finish.

A pretty good beer here and my favorite of the Falls Ales seasonals.

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Photo of sam_bliss
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap into pint glass

A- Dark amber hue with persistent head that leaves stellar lacing.

S- Sticky-sweet caramel candy and buttery biscuit malt with an inkling of coniferous hops. Absolutely aromatic.

T- Sweet caramel kisses the tip of the tongue and then roasted malt flavors of dark chocolate mocha fill the palate. Tingling, resinous hops tickle the tongue and a bit of apple taste is present as it goes down.

M- The light carbonation, sharp hops, and robust body feel pleasant in the mouth but this ale leaves a coating of thick honey from the roof of the mouth down the throat.

O- A very complete winter warmer. Easy to drink and, more importantly, enjoyable to drink. I have not smelled individually wrapped chewy caramels in any beer to this extent, typically it's just a caramelized sweet malt aroma. Normally I value taste way over smell, but the succulent scent makes this brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of deathonthemounta
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22ozs to freedom bomber into a 22oz Hefeweizen glass.
I finally found this today at the Fred Meyer in Bellevue, WA on 148th ave NE. Recent flooding in the area delayed the release and I've beeen on pins and needles contemplating rapacious deeds awaiting its arrival.

Appearance -- Very clear beautiful deep amber. Nice head poured a few inches thick. an appealing off-white that settled down to a thick foamy romp with an attractively uneven dollop effect. the lacing is superb, not just rings, but thick dollops actually cling to the glass and stay for the duration. The best glass clinging, foamy dollop rings I have ever seen. The staying power of the lace is equalled only by the fortitude of the lasting flavor. I like less clarity and lots of yeast sediment. Not this year, I guess.

Smell -- Faint hop slightly caramel with an alcoholic balance.
As it warms I notice the smell of the floral citrus hop melds with the malt sweetness to make it like a tangerine smell! A swirl (that fails to erase the stalwartly sticky rings) gives a better whiff of this unique phenomenom. Like an appeasing concubine this succulent brew is ready to please and gives you a depth of character that evolves readily over time.

Taste -- Balanced, crisp alcoholic, caramelly malt mixed with nice floral hoppiness, hints of sweet dark fruit. Maybe some cedar leathery flavor there too? The finish: mildly toasty slightly hop acidic boozy malt and a persistently thick and decidely winter brew like thickness lasts and lasts. O me, O life!

Drinkability -- consider drinking this in low light at a warm hearth. You'll soon find the need to pop the cap off that second bomber.
Surprisingly drinkable for the style. I would say this is possibly related to the relatively low 7.0% abv proclaimed on the bottle. A lot of IPAs and such 'round here pimp out at about 7.0%. I'm more impressed by winter brews that rock the house around 9% ABV.

I'm a little scared to say that I liked the 0'5 offering better. This is still ties with my favorite winter brew: Maritime Pacific's Jolly Roger x-mas ale. Different brews to be sure, but both striding purposefully down the path of Rightousness: Winter Brews!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint glass, with a nice head.

Pours a rich redwood brown and is clear. There is a rich foamy tan head. The head has good resiliency and produces nice lacing.

The smell is not very strong, but what is there is sweat, floral and fruity.

The taste is very good. A rich malty flavor, slightly sweet, with a big hop presence. The flavors are quite well balanced.

Mouth feel is incredibly smooth and buttery. Very good.

Avalanche is a very drinkable beer. It's a little high on the alcohol content, but it still makes a nice session beer if you go slow. Outstanding, and I'll have it again.

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Photo of hepcyisp
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loren01
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dirty brownish/red color. Good sized white head. Lots of lacing down the glass
S: Not too strong in this catergory. Strong piney hoppiness is the only thing I can pick out. Smells like a nice spring pale ale.
T: Good sweetness up front followed by a nice crisp hop flavor toward the back. Nice and warming, very well balanced.
M: Medium/heavy bodied, goes down well
D: Perfect beer for the weather, as it is -12 F right now, may have drank this one a little cold as it was out in my garage for a good part of the night but an excellent beer regardless.

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Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Hilltop Alehouse, Avalanche is a mahogany with creamy off-white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is soft, slightly sweet, clean malt, a touch of orange. Perhaps a hint of gingersnap (but this is not a spiced beer as far as I can tell).

Taste is pretty good, classic winter warmer malt profile, essentially a strong amber with some spicy hops. Would come off a bit generic if it wasn't for the fact that it is very well made, full yet balanced, with a smooth ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium light, on the dry side.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty winter warmer, if a bit forgettable (in fact, I reviewed a bottle about 2 years ago, but forgot). Well made though for sure, a classic example of the local style of winter warmers.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown and murky with a wonderful, lasting, lacing head.

Smell – The aroma is musty as well. There’s some spicing inside, but I can’t quite pick it out. The malt base has the faintest hint of yeast.

Taste – Egad! What the hell is this? The malt base is toasty with loads of caramel and a big hop balance, but nothing fits right. This is like trying to stick a square peg in a round hole. I’m getting a bunch of flavors that just don’t go well together. Dark, almost burnt malt, bland, unidentifiable hops, old socks, and a Pixie Stick.

Mouthfeel – This is actually kind of refreshing and big on the medium-bodied side.

Drinkability – If I preceded this with a 3 L bottle of Arrogant Bastard I might be “Stoned” enough to finish this one, but otherwise it was quite the chore.

Update – Wow, did I ever trash this beer! I happened upon an ’05 bottle so thought I’d give it another go.

Boy, was I surprised. I’m leaving my original review up just for comparison purposes, but this year’s bottle was hopped up to the max. It also had a wonderful, caramel malt base and the spices were right on. My original review had an Overall rating of 3.05 but I’m bringing this up to straight 4’s.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CanisMajor
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Rogerlb
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Ballast Point pint glass (hey, sue me). Dark, almost coffee in color but very attractive dark amber. Thick beautiful rusty-looking head, which doesn't stick around too long.

Scent is surprisingly hoppy and floral. I expected more toffee or malt. Smell is almost citrus grapefruit. Very interesting.

But the taste is heavier, and immediately bitter followed quickly by those dense malts and caramel I expected. The sweetness of the hops comes in, and it's cherry or burnt char. Has the mouthful of stout, sticky and oil coming in. Good mix. Since the sweetness is more citrus than chocolate, I don't think I taste caramel but the feel is caramel.

Finish is thick and malty, and damn those hops are still there. The underlying but constant bitterness in this winter ale is throwing me a little. Listed at 48 IBU and that seems a little low. I swear, this is verging on Arrogant Bastard territory with the forward taste. Alcohol warming is there but not overpowering (6.8%).

This beer is unpasteurized and unfiltered, so at the bottom of the glass was sediment, which I kinda dug.

This is a solid warmer, a Winter ale that really all about malt and hops.

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Photo of bum732
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange red, decent head leaving behind nice lacing. Smells of strong piney and grapefruit hops. Tastes of strong bitterness with a nice subtle caramel maltiness. Finishes with a nice hoppy twang. A good amount of carbonation throughout.

A nice beer, doesn't really fit the bill of a winter warmer, but good nonetheless. Reminds me of a more hoppy celebration ale. Not too shabby.

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Photo of philbertk
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SNOQUALMIE Avalanche Winter Ale--A Northwest-style winter ale. Big, rich, smooth and satisfying. 22 oz. Bottle. $4.49. 42 IBU's. Remarks Rich lacy light tan head.Clear dark ruby color.Sediment hint.Toasted floral malt hop front.Toasted toffee malty mild creamy sweet black cherry vanilla roasted bisquit fruit winter spice body.Mild hot hop spice cloying malt rich mild EtOH end.Hoppy malty. 2009 Release.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE-Perfectly Balanced Hand Crafted Ales--Avalanche Winter Ale--A Northwest-style winter ale. Big, rich, smooth and satisfying. 2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 48 IBU's. (4.05 / 5.0) No sediment. Big dense rocky lacy lasting light tan head. Haze hint rich dark bright amber red color. Floral malt mild hop front. Mild sweet toasted toffee hint malty mild fruit subtle hop spicy Amber Ale body. Mildly hot clean balanced hoppy Winter end. Sampled 11/30/2010. Purchased for $4.25 each @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/19/2010.

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Photo of kozmo
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery and 3 22 ounce bottles purchased at the source as well.

Easy drinking pale ale. Fresh flavor, hoppy enough for me without being too strong for the unitiated crowd with which various bottles were shared. Medium brown with nice level of bubbly-goodness.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a pub in Fairhaven, Washington.

Very dark, almost porter-esque colour. Smelled delicious with a slightly fruity and spicy aroma. The taste was great. Nutty and fruity all at the same time. Pretty much a fruit cake in a glass. I actually like fruit cake so it was aiiiight in my book. Chestnut type of richness that was really pleasant while enjoying my blue cheese ground chuck burger. Great stuff. I'll be honest, if my girlfriend wasn't there and I was out with the boys, I probably would have gotten extremely drunk since this beer is so drinkable. On tap it is so smooth it's unreal.

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Photo of erikm25
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a sludgy and deep hued amber. Hints of crimson highlights throughout. The head was two plus fingers of off white fluffy richness. Amazing retention and webs of lacing coated around the glass.

S: Very heavy caramel malt aroma. Some candied sweet and peppered licorice smells drape down the back of the nose. Little bit of grapefruit but overall the hop hints are limited.

T: Much like the nose this is heavy on the malts. Their website says they use two-row pale, munich, and aromatic malts plus those ever famous northwest hops. A sweetened fruity taste makes ("vbnmjknbhj" - the cat typed that) an appearance. Nuttiness and with some slight burnt toffee taste. Has a nice crisp sweet tinge and the hops come in towards the finish.

M: Medium body with a great amount of carbonation.

D: In my quest to continue trying all the local beers this was a nice treat. I'm hoping to get this straight from the brewery if that is an option. Great beer and one that would be great for a growler's worth.

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Avalanche from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
3.81 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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