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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback AleSwitchback Ale

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

On at 3 needs. Seems to be called Switchback ale, and not this name here. White head and lace and pale colour. Light mouthfeel.Some citrus. Drinkable but minimal for the style.Well malted. Sour finish. Why others want to put this on, I do not know why.

05-17-2008 00:09:29 | More by Sammy
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

10-20-2013 20:58:32 | More by djrn2
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-11-2013 00:39:25 | More by metter98
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-07-2012 18:43:18 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Tap: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus based hops with some light caramelized malt. Taste is also dominated by citrus hoppy notes with light bitterness notes and some light caramelized malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. No major complexity with average hops profile but good drinkability factor.

07-08-2013 17:46:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

08-16-2014 03:21:04 | More by nickfl
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

i feel like this beer is everywhere in the northcountry now, despite being newer right? it pours almost clear pale ale looking darker than golden color with a better than average white head thick as cool whip. smells like a pretty standard pale ale, with some pine in the hop profile, but generic otherwise. flavor is beautifully balanced but kind of basic. lots of hop character leveled out by a surprisingly sturdy malt body. i love the quick bitter finish too. the mouthfeel is fine, nothing special, perhaps a touch overcarbonated, but nice full medium body on it. overall im afraid of its pandemic spreading, but it tastes pretty good, especially ice ice cold. somewhere between a B and a B+

06-15-2012 03:32:50 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Rifugium


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

First had: on tap at The Tavern at the Essex, Essex Junction, VT

Poured a light, slightly hazed, golden brown with a small head, that all but disappeared after a few minutes. Decent balance of malts and hops in the nose. Sweet and bready on the tongue, with citrus hops sneaking in about mid-drink. A decent brew, light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable, but not too distinctive.

07-03-2011 16:45:52 | More by Rifugium
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-12-2014 14:54:17 | More by mendvicdog
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12%

11-22-2011 18:11:43 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

10-08-2012 00:48:52 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3/5  rDev -16%

03-26-2014 17:27:57 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of weeare138


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

On draft at American Flatbread...
Appears a light gold with a 1 finger white head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of a mix of different varietels of hops and malt and an odd fruity citrus.
Taste is a bit of a weird one that challenges the pallet for respect and it seems to get it. I detect sweet malt, crisp wheat, along with a slight hop finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and medium carbonation that zips to the back of the tongue from the citrusy sweet start on the front of the tongue.
Drinkability is alright. Nice and refreshing with different styles being represented.

07-20-2005 19:22:44 | More by weeare138
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-27-2013 16:07:12 | More by InspectorBob
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-26-2014 14:36:43 | More by duceswild
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3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head over the clear golden amber brew. Head holds on well, with average lacing. It should be noted that there is a lot of sediment in the bottle, which I did not roughly pour into the glass. Aroma is earthy yet balanced.

Taste is pale malt sweetness, balanced with earthy hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch rocky, with drinkability being just okay. Something just seems a bit off to me.

07-08-2013 22:15:16 | More by ppoitras
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%

Poured on tap at Burlington's airport restaurant into a shaker pint. From notes. No head given.

With no head given only a small white collar presented. Body color though is a real nice dark gold color with chestnut brown hues. Slightly opaque (mentioned to me as unfiltered) with slow crawling pin head bubbles rising continuously.

Great solid nose on this of toasted grain and soft graham cracker like malts. Faint fruit ester sense of red fruit, and seems to have a good chewy angle, of soft baked bread and cookies. Really dig this.

Taste brings all the nose forward. Chewy soft milk graham cracker malts, cookie dough, brown bread. No major sense of hop angle present or noticeable. Sweet light brown sugar finish also. Very lightly carbonated, good density also.

Overall this was one easy drinking for pale ale, I could see myself finishing off lots of these easily, or perhaps trying to.

05-07-2012 18:58:36 | More by smakawhat
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

On draft at a waterfront bar, adjacent to the ferry terminal, Burlington, Vermont.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft malts and a light grassy hop.

The taste was balanced with round malts and caramel in the front and a utilitarian grassy hop on the back end.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall an average ale experience. Certainly servicable but otherwise uneventful.

09-06-2011 16:02:05 | More by plaid75
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-04-2013 07:14:05 | More by Kelp
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3/5  rDev -16%

08-25-2012 20:09:35 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Brad007


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a cloudy blondish amber color with a one finger head.

Aroma is full of a decent amount of malt and hops. Somewhat fruity.

Taste is smooth with biscuit malt and some hops upfront. A bit sweet as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and malt. Smooth. Goes down well.

A decent, middle of the road ale. Not much to write home about though.

03-15-2009 01:29:42 | More by Brad007
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured on-tap into a pint glass, the beer was a dark, cloudy brownish-tan coloring that is hazy enough to be completely opaque. There is a slight head to the brew that is little more than a film as you drink. The beer has a well blended nose, with characteristics of malt, nut, and slight chocolate sweetness. The beer's flavors are toasty, with nut and butter sweetness throughout, and come citrus highlights. Flavors tend to be a bit of a muddled mess, but tasty. The aftertaste is semisweet, with a bit of hops bitter at the very end. The finish is a mid-linger, with a creamy smooth feel to it. Interesting brew, but a bit all over the place. I would definitely get it again, though. Good flavors.

09-16-2011 02:57:00 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-26-2012 05:03:02 | More by rolltide8425
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New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

On tap at sweet water in Burlington VT. Pours an almost clear reddish amber color with a stingy white head that almost made it to the table with the glass. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of earthy hops and butterscotch. Taste follows the smell fairly well caramel and butterscotch with earthy herbal hop flavor. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick earthy mouthfeel. Meh. This tastes like an earthy long trail ale to me. I could drink these, but I wouldn't choose them from the cooler.

02-27-2012 00:29:31 | More by johnnnniee
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-24-2012 16:58:24 | More by THECPJ
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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
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