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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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633 Ratings
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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 97 | 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:
Beer added by: kaszeta on 08-06-2003

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 633 | Reviews: 129
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2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Underwhelming and flat out disappointing.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris33
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a bomber from my parents (I live in Ohio now but from Vermont). No date on the bottle but drinking 3/16/15 and was given the bottle around 1/5/15 and has been in the fridge since.
Usually one of my favorite beers to pick up (or get) when I'm back at home. Lots of particulates, which i expected because of the long refrigeration. Still has that very smooth APA taste thats a more hoppy but smooth ale flavor. Can't go wrong with this beer at any point and time. I will always pick up a few bottles whenever I'm back at home. It's as much of a Vermont staple as Long Trail Ale for me. Great overall.

Photo of Ringersol
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hippieflip
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jrainvil
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScottP
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roy1586
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of engineer_drinking_song
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ainman11
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from tap. It was golden amber color with a light malty smell. It was crisp and something I could have for a dinner beverage.

Photo of 31Sam13
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Roundly disappointed...avoid unless you are looking to drink unfiltered water.

Photo of dunruh
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dizzy242
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Joe_Grizzly
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jhmiv
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of hurricanes56dan
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Its hit or miss with this beer. I get it pretty often, and ill have one and it will be good, then ill be at another bar another night and it will be terrible.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light but present hops

Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bhagman77
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oclassene
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCimpi
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dpmill1
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickTinyRace
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.