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Backcountry Amber - Backcountry Brewery

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82
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
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 MUSHROOMCLOUD:
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, copper color with a dense, pillowy 2" head. Very good retention w/ thick lace. Malty aroma - caramelly crystal malt - clean with some lightly spicy hops - nice! Very good balance - it starts out malty sweet but dries out in the finish. Toffee, caramel and spicy finish. Clean mouthfeel - carbonation seems in line for the style. Very drinkable and I would guess sessionable! Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:34:23 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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this is easily the worst beer going at backcountry. it is utterly devoid of flavor. it doesn't taste bad at all, it just doesn't taste like anything. If I wasn't at a brewery, I might not even know this is beer, no kidding. it pours a fine clear amber color with an inch of just off white head, pleasant enough. the nose is mildly sweet like caramel and maybe a little stale yeast, but not much else. the flavor is just absent. I thought maybe my palate was ruined from the ipa I had before this, but I kept at it, and the flavor never came. I got a little residual sugar and some funny mineral complex on my tongue, but literally no taste at all. by the time I realized it has a nice mellow carbonation and an appealing medium body, it was way to late for this to be saved. backcountry makes a lot of quality beer, and they sell it nice and cheap, but trust me and stay away from this amber. I don't know how its possible, but it honestly has no taste whatsoever. wtf mate?

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3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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22 oz. bottle tried 19 Feb 2009. Best before April 2009.

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Backcountry Amber from Backcountry Brewery
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