Switchback Roasted Red Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Switchback Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 08-20-2008

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.
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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 17
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Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of rdilauro
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second time tasting. I did enjoy thisore this go around. A good amount of malt balanced with a bit of hops slightly carbonated and has a good body

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

Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/9/14

A: Medium amber, with some caramel around the edges - lightly cloudy - pours with a small, off-white cap, fades to a few wisps, leaves a few spots of lacing

S: Pale malts, caramel malts, with a touch of citrus - caramel grains, toast, light biscuits, and a touch of toffee - light, bready sweetness - some floral citrus, with a hint of grapefruit - definitely mild overall

T: Grainy bread - very grainy, with pale and caramel malts - light toast, with some floral citrus - low bitterness - lightly roasty with a lingering earthiness - some light fruits - light sweetness and toffee

M: Medium body, light carbonation, earthy finish

O: Yup, it's a red

This definitely tastes like a beer from Switchback, and that is not a bad thing. It's very drinkable. Unfortunately, this is probably the most mild and unexciting beer I've ever had from Switchback. It would be good with food, but it's not as inherently tasty as their other offerings.

Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Ranbot
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't do written reviews often these days, but this beer deserved it, because it's probably the best red ale I've ever had! The roastiness is moderate but not overwhelming, which allows for some of the nutty aspects of grains to shine through. Hopping is moderate and very distinct yet perfectly balanced with the roasted malts, so that one does not overwhelm the other. I find most beers with roasted and hoppy aspects have difficulty balancing them so that one does dominate or feel like they are fighting against each other, but not so here! mouthfeel is moderate and the beer is refreshing. This is a very complex beer. The only real negative I noticed are the chunks of yeast swirling around that don't look very appetizing (maybe I should have been more careful with my pour). After finishing it I looked at the ABV and was very surprised that it was in the 5% range. Switchback packed a variety of perfectly balanced flavors into a relatively low ABV.

Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild reddish-copper color with a one-finger head. Good presentation.

Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt with a slight fruity/bubblegum-like hint to it.

Taste is full of sweet, grainy malt. Once again, its slightly fruity with just a hint of roastiness. Interesting dynamics at play.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering graininess from the malt. Not much else.

Tasty and highly drinkable. I'd have it again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Andrick
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is easily the best offering from Switchback, and is the best red ale available in the state of Vermont. It is extremely balanced, a nice hop character that isn't overwhelming, and an awesome caramel, malty backbone. The only weird thing is that they offer this Spring-Fall, when I would much rather be drinking one of these from Fall-Spring. They should switch the availability between this and the slow-fermented brown in my opinion.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured off the tap at my favorite dive bar in the old North End. Great amber/red color with a one-finger tan head that showed nice retention and good lacing. Nose was semi-sweet with roasted malts on top of some lighter hops. Flavors are similar, biscuity malts, some roasted malts and a bitter hops finish that cuts nicely. Clean and solid. Medium body, medium/light carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Not complex but a very good example of the style.

Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on the 183 day of the year. Pours deep amber with a 2 inch off white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is caramel, toffee, biscuit, pine, and some grapefruit

Taste follows well, some caramel and toffee up front, leads to some pine and citrus in the finish.

Body is almost medium, plenty of life, maybe a touch dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is a solid amber ale, that can be drank all seasons.

Photo of MDDMD
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark red amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-toasted malt, caramel, citrus, earthy

T-roasted malt, caramel, citrus, pine, earthy, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-well-balanced with good flavor, I liked this better than their regular ale

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a couple weeks ago on-tap in Burlington VT at one of the restaurants on the Church St strip, can't remember which one. Reviewed from notes scribbled on a napkin.

Copper-colored brew with a red hue and a thin ivory head. Not a huge aroma, but it smells much like the locally-ubiquitous Switchback Pale Ale. Taste and mouthfeel are also very very similar to the pale ale. Imagine the pale ale with a bit more malt and some diacetyl butteryness and that's about it. Like 90% the same beer. Decent stuff.

Photo of lancecenter
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glasswhales Saturday with mom and girlfriend.

A - Amber color, very little head retention.

S - Roasted and caramel malts with a nice hop finish.

T/M - Taste follows the nose and it's pretty pleasant. Nice roast finish. Good carbonation.

O - This is good. Even better than the original.

Switchback Roasted Red Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
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