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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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mfreund7

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-09-2014 21:28:00 | More by mfreund7
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Custom151

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

02-09-2014 13:56:07 | More by Custom151
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shortkut

New York

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle when visiting Vermont a month ago and left it in my refrigerator. I poured it into a pilsner, and when really cold, I would not rate it above a 3/5. I left it on the table for a little while as I made dinner and when I drank it later it was a little cooler than room temperature. The increase in temperature led to a dramatic improvement to the taste and jumped it up to a solid 4/5.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:35:13 | More by shortkut
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beerasaurusrex

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-04-2014 22:54:08 | More by beerasaurusrex
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dar482

New York

3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in an extremely hazy peachy orange color.

The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, orange, floral, and a bit of a bready malt.

The flavor follows with bright citrus of orange and fresh grapefruit. A gentle bready malt, with a bit of a grainy flavor in it. The finish is drying, floral, and a bit of bitterness.

A good session ale without much strong bitterness and a reasonable amount of hoppiness.

The beer comes in a dark amber orange color.

The aroma has tons of caramel sweetness, light peach juice, Belgian yeast, some phenolic.

The flavor follows of that extreme sweetness, hints of candied peach, Belgian yeast and breadiness, some tinges of alcohol. The extreme amount of sweetness actually hides the alcohol and we were very surprised to find out that the beer was 12%.

However, this is quite a disappointment. Overly sweet and sticky, lacking in complexity as a complete beer. Too light on the hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 05:43:23 | More by dar482
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Hendry

Vermont

3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich amber color, no head in the 16 oz plastic cup served at a Johnny Winter concert.

Aroma is mostly malty and brown sugar sweet, hops barely present.

Taste is the best part of this local ale, it has a sweetness to it with an almost English Bitter finish, semi creamy.

Mouthfeel is medium,carbonation was relatively low but not bad.

Lots of to do about this ale when it was first available in stores, but this is a relatively pedestrian offering that has some good qualities that are likable.Worth trying at least once.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 03:10:51 | More by Hendry
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jbhollis1180

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-03-2014 17:47:40 | More by jbhollis1180
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-02-2014 21:14:20 | More by groleau
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ipc2000

New York

3/5  rDev -16%

01-26-2014 06:07:56 | More by ipc2000
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paresis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

01-26-2014 03:26:57 | More by paresis
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-24-2014 00:21:38 | More by Seattle_Suds
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T-34-85

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-23-2014 02:32:30 | More by T-34-85
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TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-19-2014 17:49:51 | More by TT--Cashout
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -23%

01-19-2014 16:25:59 | More by carteravebrew
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brianmandell

New York

3/5  rDev -16%

01-19-2014 05:51:33 | More by brianmandell
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Aewachiw

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-19-2014 01:22:30 | More by Aewachiw
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ThisLadyLovesBeer

New Hampshire

3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A = unfiltered orange-amber color, a quickly dissipating head that leaves no lacing on the glass.
S = Lightly flowery, I can smell hops at first sniff.
T = I found that the malts are outplayed by the hops in this brew.
M=carbonation is okay, medium body but somehow watery as well.

Overall, I was hoping for more balance between the hops and the malts, but found the hops took over and left a bitter hoppy aftertaste. The finish was somewhat clean, except for the aforementioned hoppiness. It is a lighter feeling ale than most in its class, but I think would be a good pub choice with burgers or a wrap. Best way I would describe this is that it's kind of like a "Light IPA."

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 17:33:34 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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RADRACING

Connecticut

3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving type. i have had on tap many many times but for this review it came from a bottle

Appearance. bit cloudy but expected as it says it will be on the bottle. nice golden to amber color

Smell. Not a lot of hop profile but very nice balance of malt and hop.

Taste. very balanced. nice malt taste and good hop to round it out. fantastically refreshing brew for after a ski or boarding day. Goes great with all types of BBQ

Mouth feel higher end of light body lower end of medium. very very smooth and drinkable.

Overall. this is a quality brew. when we go out for eats in Vermont and they have it, i get it. as a professional chef ill have to say this is my favorite beer to pair with all foods! looking foreword to the brown ale and porter

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 21:20:03 | More by RADRACING
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braedon_peluso

New York

4/5  rDev +12%

01-15-2014 02:28:44 | More by braedon_peluso
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gwiedman1

New York

4/5  rDev +12%

01-13-2014 20:41:01 | More by gwiedman1
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johnecjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

01-12-2014 00:51:20 | More by johnecjr
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twillingthenoz

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-10-2014 21:14:16 | More by twillingthenoz
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jrand2621

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-09-2014 13:52:53 | More by jrand2621
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Kruja5

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16%

01-08-2014 21:54:51 | More by Kruja5
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beergoot

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Review taken from notes dated October 17th, 2013 while vacationing in New England...

Appearance: cloudy orange; thin white head.

Smell: warm bread; light fruit character.

Taste: light, grainy malt flavors; mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp & dry; tingling carbonation.

Decent ale. Served too cold to fully appreciate flavor possibilities.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 21:53:16 | More by beergoot
Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
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