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Review: Breckenridge Avalanche Ale

Avalanche AleI’ve been looking for Avalanche Ale for some time and hadn’t been able to find it near my house. So my dear friends Shobha and Ed brought me a sixer from World Market (a surprisingly good place to pick-up beer). I must say that this is one tasty, sessionable beer. I can admit that I’m always a bit put off by the can, but I would happily pick up this beer again despite the aluminum.

Considering the beer was from a can, it had decent carbonation with a light head and subtle lacing on the glass. It pours into a deep amber color – a really pretty beer.

The aroma was a little malty with hints of nuts and caramel. Avalanche Ale has a really nice, smooth taste. Again, its subtle caramel flavor comes through on the front with a slight hoppiness on the back. I really enjoyed the crispness of the beer and found it really refreshing.

  • Beer: American Amber Ale
  • Brewer: Breckenridge Brewery
  • Price: NA
  • Sampled 1/16/11
  • Serving Type:  12oz. can
  • IBU:  19
  • ABV:  5.41%
  • Rating:  4.5
  • Brewery Website:
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  • Reply Erin Yancey! January 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    That looks delicious! Aluminum is most easily and profitable recycled… I’m in favor.

  • Reply Andrew April 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Why no love for the can?! I’m from the land of the craft beer can (Colorado), and I can’t be happier. Off the top of my head, New Belgium, Avery, Boulder Beer, Oskar Blues, SKA, Wynkoop, Upslope, and the above reviewed Breckenridge Brewing all can at least some of their retail beer. Cans are the ultimate green package for beer. Aluminum cans weigh a fraction of what a bottle weighs, reducing the carbon footprint and costs of shipping. Cans do a better job of protecting beer from things that can harm the beer, like light and oxygen. Also, cans can go a lot of places bottles can’t, like the beach, or the park, or camping. Canning in the craft beer industry is the future and we’ll continue to see more and more great offerings in cans. I think it’s a good thing!

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