We’re home from the big vacation. I’m about to start sorting through 350 photos I took while there. We had a ridiculously awesome time. Portland, ME is a beer lover’s paradise. I expect a number of blog posts (maybe an entire week’s worth). I wasn’t able to get online long enough on Saturday to post this week’s episode of Silvio Saturday, but late is better than never, so this week we’ll have Silvio Sunday! Sounds like Silvio is planning a trip himself…
I booked a flight to Denver this week to visit see a few good friends later in late July and I’m pretty psyched for my trip. Beyond seeing two old friends, catching a few Rockies vs. Cubs games, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, I’ll get to experience first-hand the cool Colorado craft beer scene. I’ve reviewed several of these beers for LIBA and they’re usually solid.
Given all this, I thought it entirely fitting to review Breckenridge Brewery’s Avalanche Amber-Style Ale. I’ve previously reviewed Breckenridge’s Remarkable Vanilla Porter and really liked it, so I had high hopes for the Amber. The pour was interesting, with a nice foam head that evaporated pretty quickly into a dark amber hue. I’ve been noticing this low-foam trend lately and think it may be my pilsner glasses. Inspired by a commenter’s suggestion, I plan on picking up some new glasses this week and hope it does the trick.
The overall hallmark of this beer is a sweet malty flavor. Even though it’s considered an amber, the smell tipped me off that this was no ordinary amber ale. It was sweet and hoppy at the same time, and definitely pulled through to the taste. My first sip was so sweet that it almost tasted like caramel – that’s how heavy the malt was. There are definite wheat undertones, but they transition into a slight hoppy finish. Given the malts and hops, it’s a little heavy but the finish is really clean and light with almost no aftertaste. According to the Breckenridge website, the Avalanche weighs in at a respectable 5.4% ABV.
Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. I noticed the serious malt flavor in my review of Denver-based Great Divide’s Titan IPA and Pale Ales, and wonder if this is a Colorado thing. The Avalanche blended hops and malts better than the Titan, but with much less lacing.
Safe to say, I’m seriously looking forward to trying these on tap!