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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Sammy, May 17, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -9%

djrn2, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2%

acurtis, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2%

metter98, May 11, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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+

StonedTrippin, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -9%

nickfl, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -2%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rifugium, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -2%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Rich short lived head. No spots for lace. Dark amber with a bit cloudiness.

The smell is relatively neutral and mild.

A malty beer, almost like the base of a pumpkin beer. Low hop. Short aftertaste. Rich body. Good carbonation.

smcolw, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -16%

oriolesfan4, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +5%

InspectorBob, May 27, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours an amber color with a 1" head that lasts a long time. Some lace develops on the glass. Caramel, fruits, and some yeast are detectable by the nose. The flavor profile follows the aroma, as caramel, dark fruit sweetness, a mild bitterness, and yeast are detectable. This is a nice malt forward beer. Light crispness from start to finish.

Gavage, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2%

duceswild, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

weeare138, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, May 07, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

ppoitras, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

plaid75, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Kelp, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -16%

PEIhop, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +5%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Rhettroactive, Nov 10, 2012
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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.