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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback AleSwitchback Ale

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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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2.5/5  rDev -30%

kabritz, Mar 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Chakri, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -2%

JC333, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle.

Appearance: Very slight chill haze on a solid copper leaning toward amber color. Head is clumpy and fluffy off-white. Drops to a small cap and chunky collar. Small notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Slight fruity esters with a mild caramelized malt sweetness. Apple skin and toasted malt. A push of cereal grains and some minor nutty influences. Grassy hops with a solid earthy push as well. Nicely balanced and mellow. Slight bready and biscuity malt as well. All around easygoing.

Taste: Grassy hops right up front. Solidly toasted malt base with some roasted and caramelized malt sweetness. Assertive (for this beer) cereal grain backbone. Yeast adds some mild fruity esters. Apple skin, a touch of mealy pear, and a vague general fruitiness. A nice balance of slightly sweet malts and mild, and what I have to imagine are English hops. Warming tamps everything down a bit, but it works.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and easy drinking.

Overall: Not as fancy as a switchblade, but it'll work in a pinch.

I could drink this and then some. No frills, but it's a good beer through and through.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of mpedara429
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly hazy amber color. one finger of off white head and low retention.

S: Floral notes, pine, and bready yeast.

T: Very much like the smell, not very malty.

M: Medium, slightly creamy body with medium carbonation.

O: Not too bad. Reminds me of a lighter version of Founders Centennial IPA.

mpedara429, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Dag48
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Dag48, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Ewhite2121
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Ewhite2121, Mar 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

jkeefe1800, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

maxhock, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of braican
3.25/5  rDev -9%

braican, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of JKama
3.5/5  rDev -2%

JKama, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -2%

bkwhoppa66, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of timmy2b
3.75/5  rDev +5%

timmy2b, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of dheacck11
3.25/5  rDev -9%

dheacck11, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of koutkid41
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden amber color with a decent white foam head. There is some lacing.

S: Not really smelling much in the way of hops, very bready and malting on the nose. Reminds me of a German Lager in aroma.

T: Tastes alot of bread and caramel malts again reminds me alot of a German lager. Slight citra taste. Although the taste is not very prominent.

M: Leaves a nice clean slightly bitter taste on the palate. Good carbonation

D: Easy to drink, lighter on the flavor and aroma then I'm used to in a Pale Ale.

koutkid41, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of woooobeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%

woooobeer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of mfreund7
3.5/5  rDev -2%

mfreund7, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Custom151
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Custom151, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of shortkut
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.

shortkut, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

beerasaurusrex, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of dar482
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.

dar482, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Hendry
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.

Hendry, Feb 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

jbhollis1180, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

groleau, Feb 02, 2014
Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.