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Avalanche | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jreitman on 12-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,008
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
50
pDev:
8.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich tawny brown with a two-finger light tan head. Pretty nice.

Smell: caramel malt, big, earthy hops and a certain element of tartness. A motley crew of aromas if ever there was one. Not bad, though not what I typically expect of a winter brew.

Taste: rich caramel malt flavors and nowhere near the hop presence which exists in the aroma. Hops are still there, in greater abundance than most winter warmers, and are earthy in character. There's definitely a warmth as well. Again, pretty good, but not your typical winter warmer formula.

Mouthfeel: medium body, a little carbonation. Perfectly in character with the style.

Drinkability: it's not a challenging beer to drink, so downing a few of these could put you in a festive mood right quick.

Winter warmers are extremely popular in this area (Pacific Northwest), so I've had more than my fair share of these types of beverage; and frankly, Snoqualmie's effort doesn't quite do it for me. It's certainly not bad, but with so many other choices out there, I don't think I'll be going back to this well again soon.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and citrus notes with some light spicing. Not as complex as I typically expect from a winter ale.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of orange citrus with some toffee, grass and biscuit notes. There is also a little bit of spice in the flavor but it is fairly subtle. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a deep reddish-copper color with a thick, khaki colored head that had very good retention and decent lacing.

A pleasantly balanced aroma featured both malt solidness and hop sharpness. There was also a slight spice scent at the end. The flavor featured the spice and hops more than the malt, but the malt is the strong, silent type supporting the others aspects.

A good, firm, well-rounded body was very good. Drinkability was also very good, I could drink several of these strong beers and be very happy.

Overall, a very good example of the style, worth trying.

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep reddish garnet color with a nice tan head.

S: Nose is floral and hoppy and dark grain breads.

M: Super smooth mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. Light to medium body.

T: Taste is a malty toffee, caramel sweet flavor with a mildly bitter alcohol tang to finish and some allspice

D: Good, above average.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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 woemad
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt.6oz. bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99.

Colored a dark reddish brown, with a big creamy tan head. Lots of lace.

Smell was malty - like caramel and brown sugar - and of dry, piney hops. The malts are the dominant partner here.

The taste started out with a toasty, brown sugarish sweetness, which gradually faded into a dry, piney hop finish. This was less interesting tasting than I had hoped it would be. While it's not bad tasting at all, I had hoped for more.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full bodied.

This is an ok beer, not bad, but nothing earthshattering. I might try this again on tap if the opportunity presents itself, but I don't think I'll go out of my way for this.

BTW, if this is a Belgian Pale Ale (as listed), I'm a Chimay goblet.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DogFood11
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pounder glass it forms a lively off white head that leaves sturdy lace behind. Brown to copper body and medium carbonation. Bottle label leaves alot to be desired but the contents are the most important thing.

This has a nice hop profile albeit mellow but effective. Brown sugar enters the arena and some mild dark fruits. A slight bubblegum backdrop gives it some depth.

Notes: This brewery kicks some ass. The porter is a MUST TRY. Just about every offering has been good to outstanding. The winter warmer is more towards the "good" side of things. The candied/bubblegum on the backside took away from the drinkability and "wanting to have it again factor" but it was enjoyable and well brewed. Congrats to a fine brewer.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a fluffy eggshell head, patchy lace.

Aroma is malty and sweet, floral, fruity, hoppy.

Taste follows nose. Light brown sugar, caramel, toffee, floral hops. Clean bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Just right.

Overall a very nice winter warmer, perfect for a chilly December night.

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Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 MTNboy
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- This beer poured a nice deep red/brown hue and quickly produced a moderate tan head with some very nice lacing.

Smell- It smells slightly fruity with a rich spiciness.

Taste- I thought it and sort of a stale and sour wood taste. It was very complex. It bitter, sour and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Somewhere between medium and heavy bodied.

Drinkability- Not bad but I do not think it is something I would go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Murrhey
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date.

A- Three and a half finger head. Long retention. Lasts five minutes or more and leaves fluffy lacing up and down the glass. Cedar-colored body with high clarity. Carbonation appears limited.

S- Fruity. Some bitter notes, dark fruits. Quite hoppy character. Like a light quad...if that's an apt comparison.

T- Much more bitter here than in the aroma. Caramel malts, dark fruits, creaminess. Nice flavor.

M- Creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- Decent beer, looks very nice, smell is complex but both it and the taste are somewhat lacking. Nice feel.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark ruby red/brown with a thick fluffy head leaving fair lace. Smell of rich buttery malts, dark fruits and aromatic hops. Taste has the rich malts and grapefruit bitter of the hops with a little saline in the background. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not the top of my list for a winter ale, but not bad either.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Avalanche from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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