Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale - Switchback Brewing Company

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Switchback Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-29-2010

Slow-Fermented Brown Ale (available August 2nd 2010)

The newest offering from Switchback Brewing Company, Slow-Fermented Brown Ale is a beautiful chestnut brown colored beer. It is fermented at an unusually cool temperature which slows down the fermentation. These conditions stress the yeast, resulting in a slow methodical fermentation in which the resultant flavors are clean, somewhat like a lager, with the added characteristic of a creamy smooth mouthfeel. This brown ale has a rich roast caramel flavor, with a subtle sweetness in the finish, delicately balanced with hop undertones.
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of kingcrowing
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark hazy brown color with a small white head with light white lacing.

Taste is sweet and malty with a light hoppiness that's really refreshing and nice but not too bitter. It's a really tasty beer that's well balanced.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a rich, amber-brown coloring with a filmy, slick, off-white head that coats the surface and clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted notes, nutty sweetness, and some earthy tones. Subtle nose. Flavors are roasted and sweet, as well. Nutty characteristics forward, with a roasted caramel backbone and slightly bittersweet profile at the end. Smooth, light body with a crisp end feel. The aftertaste is rich hazelnut and subtle cream sweetness. Clean, crisp finish with only the slightest hint of roasted sweet lingering behind. Solid brew, and very drinkable.

Photo of svraines
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfect match to my sausage-butternut squash-cabbage-maple mustard dinner at The Farmhouse in Burlington. Tastes like fall even though it says it is a summer release. If you like easy drinking brown ales, drink the heck out of this if you get the chance.

Photo of Brad007
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation, though it could be darker?

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a hint of brown sugar in the nose. Not overpowering, just right.

Taste is much of the same: sweet, slightly chewy malt with a hint of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is kind of light for some reason with an odd aftertaste that kind of dries the throat.

Not bad. Not many examples of this style around. Worth a try at the least.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is killer beer, nice to see these guys make something else. I love the technique of cold fermenting ale yeast, and I use it a lot in my own brewing, so cool to see one at the commercial level declare it. A nutty broth, with red malt traces, almond flavor, cocoa powder, even cola for a second, all very well integrated and thought out. I love the light crisp body, almost like a lager, this is the perfect fall beer. Super dry, and not a ton of heave grain roast, which creates a nice space for the more subtle malt notes to develop on the palate. I love this beer, and could drink it for miles. I think they should do a Vermont maple edition, this beer screams for the inclusion of good maple syrup!!!

Photo of berliner07
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im a HUGE fan of the pale ale, so I went in with open mind on this one. Really excited. It wasnt as stand-out as the pale ale. A good beer, but not as unique as their original offerings. This beer is not too dissimalar from most browns i've had. I'm not sure what slow fermenting does here. I'll surely drink again, but my mind was not blown.

Photo of MDDMD
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-medium brown with rad tones, nice off-white head and little lacing

S-malt, brown sugar, slight earthy

T-toasted malt, brown sugar, pine, light caramel, moderate bitter finish, agree that this has some lager quality

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-solid brown ale, easy drinking

Photo of SFLpunk
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Preview sample. Beer released for VT Brew Fest and will be available on draft and in kegs soon.

Appearance: A slightly hazy amber/brown with rich, creamy tan head that stands up 1.5 inches.

Nose: Fresh cream, some toffee and medium caramel. Very creamy aroma. Some toasted malt comes through but it doesn't smell like it's going to be a bitter brown.

Palate: Medium-light bodied and smooth. Texture fluctuates between creamy and roasty. Some bitterness is present, both from hops and malt. Toffee and caramel, plus fresh figs. The house yeast is noticeable, but it is integrated nicely.

Notes: American Brown Ale is one of my least favorite categories and I was expecting that I wouldn't like this. But I have to say, this is one of the best examples of the style I've come across. The slow fermentation gives the beer a nice creamy texture, but there's some bitterness there to balance things out. I appreciate that this release does not taste like a reformulation of regular Switchback, but is it's own beer. Well done Tony, Gretchen and crew!

Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.