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Switchback Extra Pale Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback Extra Pale AleSwitchback Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Extra Pale Ale is a hop-forward pale ale that employs an abundant use of whole cone hops. We designed our Extra Pale Ale utilizing Vermont grown hops from the UVM Hop Extension Program. In this beer we have used Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops in their whole cone form, allowing us to selectively pull lively aromas from them through a brief steeping at the end of the boil as well as dry-hopping during cellaring. We use a malt bill that is tailored to complement and showcase the hops, which, when coupled with a gentle bitterness, make this beer all about the glorious aromas and flavors of these hops.

(Beer added by: waston on 04-28-2014)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JMScowcroft, Jul 11, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 9/4/14

A: Mostly golden with and orange tinge some tangerine hues - lightly cloudy - pours with a medium-sized, white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some streaks of lacing [3.75]

S: Nicely hoppy - tangerine and orange flesh, with some grapefruit - very floral, leafy hop cones, hints of pine, some dank aromas - not the strongest aroma, but it is pleasantly non-aggressive - pale malts with some caramel at the base, light grains - very bready with some light bread, crackers, and undercooked biscuits - some light sweetness [3.75]

T: Flavorful, hoppy citrus flavors well-balanced with the pale malts - ripe tangerine and grapefruit flesh - a touch of citrus zest, but it's mostly a fleshy, floral flavor - lightly leafy, too, with some resiny pine - non-aggressive, though, and very mildly bitter - pale grains and bready malts - lightly toasted bread - minimal sweetness [3.75]

M: Medium-light body, nice carbonation, finishes very clean [4]

O: Please can now plz [3.75]

I am consistently in favor of highly drinkable pale ales with a well-crafted hop profile. This is one of them. I think this is even easier to drink than Switchback Ale, which can basically be consumed like water. If this were readily available in a smaller format (sorry, bombers), I would definitely drink more.

angrybabboon, Sep 05, 2014
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Sean802, Jun 22, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my friend Michelle's pop who extra'end me this beer when he did a goandpickitupformebro for some heady. Enjoyed from a lccb snifter.

a - brew pours a murky orange yellow with a finger of frothy hard that didn't hang out long. Spotty lace at best.

s - nose is that hoppy happiness of citric tropical fruit. Ripe orange and ripe tangerine. Dank.

t - as the nose suggests fairly dank hops. Really ripe oranges and nectarines. Very ripe fruit which makes it a bit IPA like but still damn fine.

m - medium bodied a bit chewy, rich.easy drinking.

o - overall a super delicious pale ale that I would be happy to have again and again.

cosmicevan, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Switchback Extra Pale Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.