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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

twillingthenoz, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

jrand2621, Jan 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

Kruja5, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of beergoot
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.

beergoot, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Nathan_Snyder, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

lzepplin01, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Rhf9120, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

lgmol, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

ctwybeerguy, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

bubseymour, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

JamieDuncan, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

80x2HopHead, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

timwardjr, Dec 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

iwillhaveanother, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

Mleblanc25, Dec 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

GeoffreyM, Dec 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

yuenglingade, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ScotNH, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

NHhomebrewguy, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

kuhndog, Dec 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

MichaelAllenVT, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an almost clear light amber with an inch of off white foam for a moment finally a ring and island. Decent legs of lace cling.

Not much going on in the aroma. I catch a hint of some grainy sweet and a bit of herbal and grassy hop in this light strength aroma, not much else. Hope this gets better.

Tastes more like an English Pale, some herbally hop and hints of tart yeast, lackluster sweet, and really not a whole lot to say about this, good or bad.

Low carb., and light viscosity, not a great flavor profile, and not a clean linger nor is it refreshing.

Don't really recommend this beer. It's not that it's terrible, just that it is far surpassed by at least 300 easier to get,less expensive, and better pale ales.

cavedave, Dec 15, 2013
Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.