WHEN CONSIDERING that Breckenridge’s year-round lineup includes not a single lager, Avalanche Amber Ale makes even more sense. With its crystalline amber color, wispy pale head, and gentle aroma showing off its 2-row malt base, one might reasonably mistake Avalanche for Vienna lager at first blush. It does eventually come back around to ale, however delicately, with more middling carbonation levels and light wafts of Willamette hops (19 IBUs), balanced if a little piney, both in aroma and midsection of the flavor. The mouthfeel is quite light, with medium carbonation and a dose of biscuit to crisp up the midsection, and the finish reserved, showing some of the pleasantly pure water that allows Avalanche to be so neutral overall. Which, again, is the point. At 4.4% ABV, Avalanche is intended to be easygoing and pure, and this transparency is its virtue—and its limitation.
Served: 12 oz bottle