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Switchback Roasted Red Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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86
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a pretty red/auburn color. Head is thin and bubbly. Seems to be mostly transparent but dark.

S-Sweet caramel, roast and spicy hops. Leans more toward the sweet side. Light cinnamon. Hops are spicy and floral and not very intense.

T-The flavor beats out the nose. Balanced and the two sides of the spectrum play well with one another. Roast sets in effectively. Minute hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit slick and creamy.

O/D-A mediocre brew that went well with my dinner. Stresses balance and has the nice roasty addition.

VelvetExtract, Jul 23, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of jpwadd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jpwadd, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

kingcrowing, May 30, 2009
Photo of rdilauro
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

rdilauro, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev +3.6%

prdstmnky, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Bnjmnlws
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bnjmnlws, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

puboflyons, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Mattgruv
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mattgruv, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep copper red, a bit cloudy, with a two finger light tan head. Ring like lacing while drinking and a creamy puck on top.

Bouquet seems to have some mild caramel, subtle hints of florality with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Subtle and simple, nothing too crazy or mindblowing just fine.

Palate comes with a light body. Slight hints of toasty brown bread, with mild caramel sweetness. Slight crackling texture and grainy flavor. Minimal hop presence with light carbonation and a good coating feel and palate coating. Fleeting aftertaste and finish that doesn't stick around.

Overall an ok amber ale, but really limiting on flavor and drive.

smakawhat, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of edmiglia
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

edmiglia, Saturday at 07:19 PM
Photo of jmarvin4189
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jmarvin4189, May 27, 2010
Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

civicm87, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of cameron_chapman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cameron_chapman, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

papat444, May 19, 2014
Photo of CHickman
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

CHickman, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Nmgreen
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Nmgreen, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bubseymour, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bilco, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of patrick802
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
Photo of nafredet1
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nafredet1, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of DrewGingras
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

DrewGingras, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

AnitaBrewski, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JTomczak, Aug 11, 2013
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Switchback Roasted Red Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.