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Backcountry Amber - Backcountry Brewery

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Backcountry Amber
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
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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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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Dec 05, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -9.7%

mkrass, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Nose fresh grain and malt
Brilliant golden amber, 1" white foam cap collapses to a thick film, some nice lace
Palate: starts dry and ends with a burst of rich malt with traces of caramel. The hops are light and the beer is very drinkable, lingering malt tastes with a light touch of sweetness.
Medium high carbonation, medium body.

pat61, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.7%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Rymish
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Rymish, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +11.1%

blindpiggie, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of harry323
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

harry323, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of u2carew
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 BodyPolitic
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BodyPolitic, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of HeroJH
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of Darhawk
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Darhawk, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +11.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of RevDru
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 +4.2%

JMBSH, Jul 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

eawolff99, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Ispeakforthetrees, Jun 10, 2013
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Backcountry Amber from Backcountry Brewery
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