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Switchback Roasted Red Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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87
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Roasted Red Ale (First sold November 2007)

Switchback's Roasted Red Ale is a deep mahogany red colored ale. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this ale uses a combination of caramel and roasted malts and specially selected hops to create a beer with a flavor that leads with a rich malty sweetness balanced with a bold hop signature, followed by a luscious chocolate/cocoa roasty finish.

(Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 08-20-2008)
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Rheaume17

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-10-2013 16:29:24 | More by Rheaume17
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jpwadd

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-04-2013 14:32:48 | More by jpwadd
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Had this on tap in downtown Burlington. A nice head with very good lacing throughout. A very intriguing roasted malty aroma. Not very bitter at all, but there were some subtly earthy tones. It had a great overall taste and a nice body that was a bit light although still very warm and full. If you see this in a bar make sure to get a pint of it!

05-30-2009 02:03:11 | More by kingcrowing
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.29/5  rDev -15%

First time having a beer from Switchback. A friend of mine (my source for Heady Topper) brought back one of these from his recent trip to Vermont

The initial pour was UN-eventful. A light reddish tone with a small but very dense head.,
The nose was somewhat surprising.. The previous red ale's that I've tasted, I never had that 'citrus' IPA-like nose. There was a definite aroma of grapefruit here.

The taste was full. Lots of malt going on here. Almost like a barley wine, yet the ABV is low.. Hard to make sense of that.

An enjoyable like beer, nothing to get excited about, nothing to find fault with.

I think the best aspect of this beer, is that the finish is so smooth, full and roasted all the way

10-03-2013 02:25:17 | More by rdilauro
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-27-2014 01:27:29 | More by prdstmnky
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Bnjmnlws

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-19-2014 15:18:57 | More by Bnjmnlws
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%

From the 22 fl oz. bottle that seems to stamped 13148. Sampled on July 4, 2013.

The color is copper to brown with a slight haze and big head. No red that I can see.

On the nose I get a decent caramel malt note, citrus, and an earthy hop aroma. Smells pretty nice.

Medium body with a vague acidity.

The taste is up front malty and citrusy but only for a second as the earthy hops roar in from behind and leave a dry finish on the palate. Overall a pretty decent beer but just shy of what a red ale should be in my opinion.

07-04-2013 16:48:40 | More by puboflyons
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Mattgruv

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-29-2013 03:08:20 | More by Mattgruv
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Med amber colour with a small amount of white head

S - Citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. Fresh and balanced

T - Sweet caramel malts with a hint of toffee. Grapefruit and piney hops. Good balance, as the nose indicated

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Light carbonation

07-24-2012 01:19:29 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jmarvin4189

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

Appearance - It has an amber red color with pretty minimal head.

Smell - Was kinda sweet with some malt thrown in there. I didn't pay too much attention to the smell once i tasted this amazing beer.

Taste - It is the perfect balance of malt and hops. When you first take a sip its just so smooth and then as it goes down the throat you pick up a little bit of the bitterness. This is my new favorite beer.

Mouthfeel - It is a very smooth beer, it left my mouth watery.

Drinkability - I can't wait to have another one. Switchback needs to come out and sell there beer in bottles.

05-27-2010 01:48:26 | More by jmarvin4189
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civicm87

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-04-2014 13:21:40 | More by civicm87
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cameron_chapman

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-24-2013 18:31:02 | More by cameron_chapman
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a bomber, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a very hazy, murky brown color with dull red tinges and a pock marked head that's quite healthy. Nuts and toasted malt in the aroma and also the same for the flavor. Would have liked more hops to shine through as this was ordinary enough.

05-19-2014 20:28:35 | More by papat444
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CHickman

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-29-2014 03:08:51 | More by CHickman
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Nmgreen

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-06-2014 20:15:27 | More by Nmgreen
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-29-2013 20:34:58 | More by bubseymour
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Bilco

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-02-2013 00:08:09 | More by Bilco
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patrick802

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-04-2014 16:05:32 | More by patrick802
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nafredet1

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-02-2013 19:00:04 | More by nafredet1
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DrewGingras

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-05-2013 17:55:54 | More by DrewGingras
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-08-2013 01:54:12 | More by AnitaBrewski
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-11-2013 00:04:19 | More by JTomczak
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-13-2013 20:42:29 | More by bccrosley
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kgbfromvt

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-08-2013 23:12:47 | More by kgbfromvt
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waston

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-28-2014 16:50:44 | More by waston
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Switchback Roasted Red Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.