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Tuesday, July 20th 2010

Avalanche Amber Style Ale
(Breckenridge Brewing Company)

Avalanche Ale was Breckenridge Brewery's first canned offering, its also the brewery's best selling brew. Recently the brewery announced that they will be releasing their Lucky U IPA in cans as well. I say the more the merrier. 

From the Breckenridge Brewery site:

"Subtlety. That's what makes our Avalanche amber ale such a treat. We blend pale and caramel malts – and just a kiss of bittering hops – to create a refreshing-but-flavorful, any-time beer. Aromas of pale grains, a semi-sweet middle and a clean-as-Colorado-snow finish make this our best-selling beer."

Here we go...

Pour - amber in color (thats a good thing) with some reddish hues and an inch of off-white head that fades relatively quickly.


Aroma - caramel, steeped grains, a little astringent as well as some very slight hints of grass or hay. 


Taste - malty, tangy with a little sweet citrus kick. Mainly caramel malt with a decent body but not too much depth as far as flavor goes. A little dry and sweet in the finish. Solid but nothing amazing.


Overall - straightforward and "subtle". This is a great session brew or a good candidate for a gathering. There is a reason this style sells so well. 


Would I buy more of it? - can I try some of the Lucky U IPA first and then decide? 


Note - Breckenridge Brewery began its life in 1990 when Richard Squire opened the Breckenridge Brewery & Pub in Breckenridge, Colorado. In 1992 a second location was opened in downtown Denver. Nowadays they also operate a BBQ joint in Denver as well as an Ale House in Grand Junction. Breckenridge beers are available in 25 states. 

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Avalanche Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery
Denver, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Hops: Willamette, Chinook, Tettnang, Hallertau
ABV: 5.4%
IBUs: 19
Date: July 20th, 2010

Posted by Russ

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