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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
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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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Purchased in Winooski outside Burlington on my mid-April Vermont trip.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a; Slightly hazy Amber-orange with a finger thick white head which receded to thick even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s:Mild biscuit malt.

t: Light to moderate hop bite forward over a medium bscuit malt base. Pretty dry finish.
Light fruit notes later, but also some lingering bitterness.

m; Light to medium with good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o; A pleasant, easy drinking ale which feels substantial yet is quite refreshing.

08-27-2014 03:29:59 | More by scotorum
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sourdog

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-23-2014 02:25:31 | More by sourdog
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9%

08-22-2014 23:08:55 | More by MNBeerGeek
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argock

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

Served on-tap in a plastic Shaker pint at Ken's Pizza (Burlington, VT).

A: Washed out amber-light brown with a short-lived beige 1-finger head that leaves no lacing. (3.0)

S: A bit of sweet caramel malt and herbal/earthy English style hop notes but really nothing providing much inspiration (3.25)

T: The flavor lands with about as much of a thud as the aroma -- some unassuming one-dimensionallight-to-medium caramel maltiness with some herbal-earthy-lightly haylike/tealike hopping. No off-flavors or yeast character, just not a lot of character overall. (3.0)

M: Smooth and easy to consume with low carbonation and light body. (3.25)

O: A completely forgettable beer.

08-20-2014 01:59:08 | More by argock
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Nbdreher


3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-19-2014 18:37:49 | More by Nbdreher
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Burkbom23

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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J-Bonestradamus

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Florida

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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +2%

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California

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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New York

4/5  rDev +12%

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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Vt_beer_sampler

Vermont

4/5  rDev +12%

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ContentmentDIPA

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Abilow33

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-03-2014 16:46:00 | More by Abilow33
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4/5  rDev +12%

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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

08-01-2014 14:53:39 | More by MattTastrophee
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-31-2014 11:11:42 | More by stevehagy
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Florida

2.75/5  rDev -23%

07-30-2014 13:08:26 | More by suckaj
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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.