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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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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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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Shawn_Money, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

edmiglia, Sep 13, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -7%

gonzo000, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

olafphysics, Sep 12, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Djd085, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

ryang1428, Sep 06, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +16%

Pint on tap at Flatbread in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with some orange character. Small white head. Decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: This is a malt-forward beer with some citrus notes and slight hop bite. It has a lot of bready, biscuity presence up front. Also some hints of caramel and earth.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. Very tasty malt-forward beer with a nice citrus bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly-less-than medium bodied. Decent body for a sessionable ale. Very smooth and easy on the palate.

Overall: Very nice beer from this Vermont brewery. I had this with pizza and salad and it was perfect pizza-and-salad beer. Would look for this in bottles if available. Bonus points for being unfiltered - always preferable, I feel.

illpass78, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

MattWatson37, Sep 03, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted, bready, cereal grains, pale malts, light citrus, and a little fruitiness.

Taste: Definitely malt forward with the hops and yeast notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, light to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Nice take on the pale ale style. More of an English take than an American. Still enjoyable though.

Flounder57, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

Nunya, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

fishguyac, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

ZDSmith87, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Purchased in Winooski outside Burlington on my mid-April Vermont trip.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a; Slightly hazy Amber-orange with a finger thick white head which receded to thick even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s:Mild biscuit malt.

t: Light to moderate hop bite forward over a medium bscuit malt base. Pretty dry finish.
Light fruit notes later, but also some lingering bitterness.

m; Light to medium with good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o; A pleasant, easy drinking ale which feels substantial yet is quite refreshing.

scotorum, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

sourdog, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

MNBeerGeek, Aug 23, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

Served on-tap in a plastic Shaker pint at Ken's Pizza (Burlington, VT).

A: Washed out amber-light brown with a short-lived beige 1-finger head that leaves no lacing. (3.0)

S: A bit of sweet caramel malt and herbal/earthy English style hop notes but really nothing providing much inspiration (3.25)

T: The flavor lands with about as much of a thud as the aroma -- some unassuming one-dimensionallight-to-medium caramel maltiness with some herbal-earthy-lightly haylike/tealike hopping. No off-flavors or yeast character, just not a lot of character overall. (3.0)

M: Smooth and easy to consume with low carbonation and light body. (3.25)

O: A completely forgettable beer.

argock, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Bnjmnlws, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Burkbom23, Aug 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

J-Bonestradamus, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Petegrieco, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Lovely85, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

nickfl, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rodmanfor3, Aug 16, 2014
Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.