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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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Pours reddish amber with small white head. Aroma is difficult to identify. I want to say cigarette butts, but that is not fair or articulate. Flavor is equally strange and difficult to place. Not much that I like here. It's beer, and it's not macro swill, but I wouldn't buy it again. The label is pretty cool...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Copper colored. Not much nose. Flavor, not much there. My assessment: Alone, not good. With salad with Caesar dressing, not good. With lamb and bean stew, not good. With sugar free cranberry Jello, not good. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this one isn't very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Draft. Orange, little head that rapidly died completely. Faintly bready aroma. Flavor is somewhat malty, with an undefined hop presence. Not much going on here. 1/17/04 - Had this bottled, possibly even less exciting, with a thin, slightly sourish body. Bottle version would rate a 2.3.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Paid $1.09 for a 12-oz single. Very average looking. Amber, with just a dusting of head. Very average smell too... not much there at all. A slight bit of sourness, without any floral or fruit at all. Not the greatest taste. Tastes a bit like Bud would taste like if it was amber. In fact, I think this IS Budweiser with some food coloring in it. I'll never have this again... but it's drinkable. I'm not gonna dump it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Clear light copper with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, some caramel, some spice. Taste is moderately sweet, floral, spicy, some caramel, finishes with decent earthiness. Medium body. A bit oversweetened, but this is a nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2004
This beer has a clear sparkling cooper body topped by a medium off-white head. It has a very run-of-the-mill malty aroma, with a tiny bit of hops. The flavor is basically pure malt with a very bready middle and finish. Body is medium-light. Overall the beer is very one-dimensional and needs some help to rescues it from the depths of obscurity. I propose that Amber Ale is the official style of the micro-swill movement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Pours copper with a splash of ruby . Head is small and very light tan. The aroma is nice! Sweet malts, butter, light hops and caramel. The taste seems to replicate the nose but with less effectiveness. There is some sweet malt notes, more of the hops are present and very little in the way of the caramel remaining. Very easy to drink with only a slight bit of bite during the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Malty nose but as noted by some others, somewhat sour as well as having malt sweetness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3693) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
It is a shame that the word "amber" has become a code word for "transition beer" and "boring". Subtlety (its commercial description)? Perhaps. This does present a good balance, which allows the palate to begin to decipher the underlying malts and hops. More than can be said for many other beers in classic American varieties. Yet, from its color to its carbonation, this is a plain, mildly malty, quick finish beer with lager overtones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jaymobrown (1677) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Really malt nose which was unexpected. Some malt and rye flavors. Nothing else to really add to it. Some bitterness in the end would have complemented this one well. Pretty clean, clear and short finish.

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