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Switchback Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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)
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-24-2014 19:45:46 | More by Kmlund
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Msudukie

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

03-22-2014 21:07:47 | More by Msudukie
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j0hnc2468

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-22-2014 19:42:15 | More by j0hnc2468
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rpetroni

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-19-2014 11:54:50 | More by rpetroni
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goalie33

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-18-2014 23:35:07 | More by goalie33
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Cascade77

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

03-17-2014 16:55:50 | More by Cascade77
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grahuba

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-16-2014 20:02:36 | More by grahuba
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mletten

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-15-2014 20:58:16 | More by mletten
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sgregory

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-15-2014 01:15:55 | More by sgregory
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CBodamer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-15-2014 00:28:08 | More by CBodamer
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-12-2014 01:30:45 | More by Zetcha7x
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sarahfrancesca

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

03-10-2014 22:10:00 | More by sarahfrancesca
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kabritz

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

03-10-2014 17:52:28 | More by kabritz
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Chakri

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

03-09-2014 19:14:50 | More by Chakri
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JC333

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-09-2014 03:48:31 | More by JC333
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:58:37 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 01:44:52 | More by mpedara429
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Dag48

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-04-2014 23:09:24 | More by Dag48
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Ewhite2121

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

03-02-2014 18:11:42 | More by Ewhite2121
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jkeefe1800

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-02-2014 03:40:52 | More by jkeefe1800
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maxhock

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-27-2014 23:34:20 | More by maxhock
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-26-2014 14:36:11 | More by Griffith
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braican

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

02-22-2014 01:42:45 | More by braican
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JKama

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-15-2014 06:40:15 | More by JKama
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bkwhoppa66

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-13-2014 03:48:05 | More by bkwhoppa66
Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.