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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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578 Ratings
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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Switchback Ale (First sold October 22nd, 2002)

Using only traditional ingredients, Switchback Ale is a reddish-amber ale which is particularly well-balanced, allowing for complexity of flavor coupled with an unusually smooth and refreshing character. Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast's contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish. Our own special process uses the yeast to naturally carbonate the beer, and we leave it unfiltered. The result is a satisfying brew full of flavor with a remarkably clean and smooth finish.

(Beer added by: kaszeta on 08-06-2003)
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.64/5  rDev +30%

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4/5  rDev +12%

fossage78, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

DCLAguy11, Oct 13, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +4.2%

Matt73, Oct 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

mklisz, Oct 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

andrew8626, Oct 10, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wouldn't call this a reddish-amber, per se, though it does achieve amber. It's clear with a bit of brightness to it. The head is a sudsy white one that falls somewhat quickly but leaves bubbly foam on top that translates in the lacing.
This is one of few beers that I can say is just kind of beer. I figured what friends who weren't into beer were saying when they made that claim, and now I understand it. There's moderate aroma and flavor, a bit of leaf with some toast, a bit of fruit underlying.
It is smooth in its light body with a soft, fluffy feel. Crispness is even, not too hard or too soft. What it gives up in body it makes up for in its smoothness and a bit of depth.

Brenden, Oct 10, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Brewsed, Oct 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

tb4475, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

sbrock22, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

wonothesane42, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

WoostaBia, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

Had this in tap at Generations in Lake Placid, NY. It's a nice light beer that is not too hoppy and subtle hints of fruit. The perfect beer after a day of hiking. Would definitely have again10/5/14

Alissa2579, Oct 05, 2014
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2.68/5  rDev -24.9%

KWolf, Oct 04, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%

Apollo98, Sep 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Enjoyed on tap at the Lucky Dog Tavern in Plymouth, NH.

Appeared amber in color with barely any head retention.

Smelled of light malt sweetness and a slight pine scent on the end.

Taste was pretty well balanced but also pretty boring. Nothing wowed me about this one.

Mouthfeel was fine.

Overall an ok beer but nothing really great about it.

TWStandley, Sep 28, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +7.6%

A 3.75 The bottle is a 22oz with instructions to introduce the yeast that settles on the bottom. As a result my glass is filed with an opaque and light orange brown fluid. Good head, light brown eggshell with healthy lacing.
S 3.75 Lots of bread and biscuit. Some light fruitiness with some caramel sweetness.
T 4.0 I really like this one. Deep bready malt front with a biscuity finish. Clean dry hop finish has earth and a light astringency. Great balance.
M 3.75 Smooth and crisp carbonation. Perfect weight. Quenching and refreshing.
O 3.75 A perfectly balanced and highly drinkable brew. Thanks to my good beer buddy Chris Brady for the opportunity to sample a superb session ale. More please!

scootny, Sep 27, 2014
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2.24/5  rDev -37.3%

brianVT1, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

A- light amber/brown color that pours a 2 finger head but runs off quickly. A poor lacing made around the glass. mildly opaque with bits of yeast floating.

S- hints of caramel but mainly and earthy bready aroma. maybe some hints of dark candied fruit.

F- Flavor mimics the nose with the caramel malts being dominant. I also detect molasses as the possible dark candied fruit that comes through. bready and earthy tones as well.

M- carbonated and chewy and medium bodied

O- not a bad ale.....the caramel actually makes the beer in my opinion.

Dodo2step, Sep 24, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

TimWakimika, Sep 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

d_brommer_nh, Sep 21, 2014
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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.