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Backcountry Amber - Backcountry Brewery

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backcountry Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.38% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Switchback Amber," it is reminiscent of a German Oktoberfest-Style brew with a deep copper color, smooth malty flavor and pleasantly noble hop aroma and bitterness from German hops. Prost!

Original Gravity: 13.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 5.38% / Bitterness: 28 IBU’s / SRM: 16

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-13-2003)
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Reviews by HeroJH:
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

This was a pretty good beer. It seemed to fall off quick at the end though, diminishing my interest, so I probably wouldn't order 2 in a row, but I'd certainly have it again.

A - Dark Gold, nice lacing
S - Earthy German hops. Slightest Oktoberfest caramel. Flowery hop aroma.
T - Full, bitter Amber. Nice. Feels American w/ roots of European.
M - Dry. Thin, watery.
D - Gets a bit dull eventually. Thin and watery.

HeroJH, Jul 09, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

The Switchback Amber poured a copper-orange with a frothy off-whiet head that had nice lacing and good retention. It looked very similar to an Octoberfest.

The aroma was of light, grassy hops with some citrus tones.

The taste was very sweet malt up front (a little too sweet) with some caramel and slight citrus. It had a slight bitter, earthy finish.

It was medium bodied and very drinkable. Overall, I thought it was a nice amber. It had and interesting, appealing sweet flavor with an IPA-like aroma.

Beaver13, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of mkrass
3.25/5  rDev -10%

mkrass, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.9%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Rymish, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

blindpiggie, Sep 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

harry323, Feb 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Basoos1, Yesterday at 04:58 AM
Photo of u2carew
3/5  rDev -16.9%

22oz bomber. Picked up on a road trip through Denver.
A) Pours with a quarter inch head. settles quickly to some thin bubbles at the edge of the glass. Lacing is nearly nonexistent. Some chill haze. Upward carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Fruity notes - orange, peach. Subtle malt aroma.
T) Orange citrus notes upfront, then a mellow hint of nuts and caramel toward the finish. Sugary sweet, almost soda-like.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Light to medium body.
D) An average brew. I'd drink if I had nothing else to choose from...

u2carew, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Darhawk
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Darhawk, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at the Backcountry Brew Pub.

Poured a medium orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, oranges, toasted malts and a little bready. Tastes of caramel, citrus, toasted malts, and bread. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 12/15/06

hopdog, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

Beer poured to a pale copper color with a thin head. The head lasted during the first half of the pint. A more floral aroma was sported from this than the IPA which surprised me. Very good carbination with a great balance of malt and hops. A wonderful tasting version of the Amber style. Very drinkable and would be a good session beer.

Gavage, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a creamy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak crystal malt scent with little hops; nothing special. The taste is great. It has a smooth and creamy malt flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy and finishes with fruity hops. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking amber ale. It's got good flavor and mouthfeel; highly drinkable.

WesWes, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of SamN
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Back country Amber pours a slightly cloudy honey amber color, with a thicker than expected head of fine soapy bubbles, better than average head rention. Pretty good looking brew. Aroma is a slightly toasted, slightly sweet honey-like aroma, bready with light fruit-like happiness. I'm really liking the toasty aromas in here. Tastewise, the malts loose a bit of there toastiness, but it still has a upfront malt flavor; nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are muted all the way through its clean finish. Carbonation is active but not distracting, smooth and almost creamy.

Pretty good beer here. I like my ambers maltier, and this one fits that bill pretty well. Not a stellar beer, it could use more hops presence first of all, but in all a decent sessionable CO amber ale.

SamN, Aug 13, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

This is a very easy drinking beer. It fits well in the category with an amber poor, medium sized white head that fluffed up and settled down to a collar.

Sweet aroma, probably could use more malt in it, but it's still there. Hops give it a floral sense to it.

This is smooth. Any more hops and it would dry out a bit. The floral the hops provide really showcase the malts up front. The sweetness of the malt, adding the floral, and finally the crispness make this beer very easy to drink. I had it with a burger from my grill. Looking down, I couldn't believe I had almost drank the whole bottle. Solid beer

Mebuzzard, Jul 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of RevDru
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%

A - Pours a medium brown/red, with almost no head formation. Minimal carbonation.

S - Very slight hoppy citrus tones. Orange flowers.

T - Sweet, candied orange. Lacks the hops bitterness one would expect from an ale with the orange-citrus tones found in this beer.

M - Flat and somewhat thin.

D - This was a disappointing and boring brew. Upon further inspection, the bottle was marked with a "Best By" date of 12.06 (One month ago). I don't know how much a difference this makes, but I will give the brewer the benefit of the doubt, and try this again at another time.

RevDru, Jan 14, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

JMBSH, Jul 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

eawolff99, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

alexipa, Nov 27, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a amber with a wooden brown kinda hue and a nice thick, foamy thumbs width white head. Very nice lacing. A nice, bright floral aroma hits you at first, the sweet caramel malt follows providing some doughiness. A very bright, crisp flavor to this.. Floral, caramel, and some toffee that is cut with some apple. Overall, one of the better amber ales I have tried. The ability to capture the sweet maltiness of an amber while also provide some crisp brightness to the beer really worked for me. This is the second beer from these guys I have tried, and the second one I really liked. Definitely going to have to check out their other stuff.

denver10, May 24, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear tapered glass goblet. Best by inked 06/10 on side of label. Purchased at Skee-Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $3.49.

A: Light-to-medium amber with 1-finger off-white head with decent retention and impressive lacing.

S: Toasted caramel is strong with light herbal, tea-like hops

T: Caramel sweetness is tempered by nice roasted character and complemented by floral, herbal hoppiness which is light to let the great malt flavor palate

M: Crisp and clean with light-medium body and active carbonation to provide a pleasant creaminess to the feel

D: A surprise brew that dazzled with its great feel and wonderful toasted caramel character. Pick this one up if you are out and about in Breck or Frisco.

argock, Mar 11, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage and consumed a couple evening later. Best before N 05. Pours a one finger light tan/yellow head over very cloudy rust colored liquid. Smells biscuit malt and caramel sweet, but has a cottony dry feel about it too. A bit of floral hops that have earthy and grassy qualities. Tastes sweet malty with a very intriguing floral hop. The hop flavor has a granite flavor to it, as well as a mild saaz tiny character. After many sips, I pull out just a little bit of oranges, too. The hops are really tasty above the malt sweet. The malt sweet plays a nice supporting role and tastes like mild biscuit malt, or perhaps it's a decent-strength vienna malt. This beer is really tasty and very drinkable. It's quite hoppy flavored, but in a spritely floral manner. Md to md-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Right to style and works well with the flavor of the beer. Final note, the aftertaste has a flavor I know, but just can't place. It's in the floral hops...cardamon? Rye bread? Pumpernickel bread?

mentor, Aug 10, 2005
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Backcountry Amber from Backcountry Brewery
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