1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Switchback AleSwitchback Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

549 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 549
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 549 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rodmanfor3
3.5/5  rDev -2%

rodmanfor3, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of beardsonbrews
3.64/5  rDev +2%

beardsonbrews, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of sugarman
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

sugarman, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Brihon
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Brihon, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of awillick
4/5  rDev +12%

awillick, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SHerninko
3.25/5  rDev -9%

SHerninko, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Vt_beer_sampler
4/5  rDev +12%

Vt_beer_sampler, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of ContentmentDIPA
3.75/5  rDev +5%

ContentmentDIPA, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Abilow33
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Abilow33, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of AsaDunk
4/5  rDev +12%

AsaDunk, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of MattTastrophee
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

MattTastrophee, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +5%

cp45, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of stevehagy
3.5/5  rDev -2%

stevehagy, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of suckaj
2.75/5  rDev -23%

suckaj, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of GJ40
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle.

Gold with good clarity and a very small white head. A grassy, earthy and odd hop aroma that's not all that enticing. The flavor improves a bit but still has that grassy hop aspect. Some toasted malt comes through but not enough to distract you. Good consistency and carbonation.

Drinkable but not especially enjoyable.

GJ40, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of MacQ32
3.25/5  rDev -9%

MacQ32, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Didier
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Didier, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of AmericaGWShark
3.75/5  rDev +5%

AmericaGWShark, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of mschofield
4.25/5  rDev +19%

mschofield, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Andrew041180
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Andrew041180, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.5/5  rDev -2%

322wingedfoot, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of mjhall1989
3.5/5  rDev -2%

mjhall1989, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +12%

tbone1384, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of costanzo_mike
3.5/5  rDev -2%

costanzo_mike, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of gatheredwaters
2.75/5  rDev -23%

gatheredwaters, Jul 22, 2014
Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.