Switchback Extra Pale Ale | Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback Extra Pale AleSwitchback Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Extra Pale Ale is a hop-forward pale ale that employs an abundant use of whole cone hops. We designed our Extra Pale Ale utilizing Vermont grown hops from the UVM Hop Extension Program. In this beer we have used Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops in their whole cone form, allowing us to selectively pull lively aromas from them through a brief steeping at the end of the boil as well as dry-hopping during cellaring. We use a malt bill that is tailored to complement and showcase the hops, which, when coupled with a gentle bitterness, make this beer all about the glorious aromas and flavors of these hops.

Added by waston on 04-28-2014

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Reviews by cosmicevan:
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4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my friend Michelle's pop who extra'end me this beer when he did a goandpickitupformebro for some heady. Enjoyed from a lccb snifter.

a - brew pours a murky orange yellow with a finger of frothy hard that didn't hang out long. Spotty lace at best.

s - nose is that hoppy happiness of citric tropical fruit. Ripe orange and ripe tangerine. Dank.

t - as the nose suggests fairly dank hops. Really ripe oranges and nectarines. Very ripe fruit which makes it a bit IPA like but still damn fine.

m - medium bodied a bit chewy, rich.easy drinking.

o - overall a super delicious pale ale that I would be happy to have again and again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 9/4/14

A: Mostly golden with and orange tinge some tangerine hues - lightly cloudy - pours with a medium-sized, white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some streaks of lacing [3.75]

S: Nicely hoppy - tangerine and orange flesh, with some grapefruit - very floral, leafy hop cones, hints of pine, some dank aromas - not the strongest aroma, but it is pleasantly non-aggressive - pale malts with some caramel at the base, light grains - very bready with some light bread, crackers, and undercooked biscuits - some light sweetness [3.75]

T: Flavorful, hoppy citrus flavors well-balanced with the pale malts - ripe tangerine and grapefruit flesh - a touch of citrus zest, but it's mostly a fleshy, floral flavor - lightly leafy, too, with some resiny pine - non-aggressive, though, and very mildly bitter - pale grains and bready malts - lightly toasted bread - minimal sweetness [3.75]

M: Medium-light body, nice carbonation, finishes very clean [4]

O: Please can now plz [3.75]

I am consistently in favor of highly drinkable pale ales with a well-crafted hop profile. This is one of them. I think this is even easier to drink than Switchback Ale, which can basically be consumed like water. If this were readily available in a smaller format (sorry, bombers), I would definitely drink more.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of juicebox
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. "Stubby" bottle.
Unfiltered. I word I seriously love to see on the label of the beer I'm about to consume.
Hazy as a humid, late July day. Golden straw color. Moderate to thin white covering of lacy foam.
Aroma is big, tropical fruits mostly, slight spice mix , hop aromatic complexity is neat.
Feel is ponderous, long and heady, clean bite....so darn refreshing.
Flavor is much of the same, unique balance of flavors, herbal, wheat, yeast forward with clean malt in the back seat. In a unique way, this is right on stylewise.
Endlessly ponderous and fun.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Highbury09
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of coldshowers
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty beer! Soapy, mild taste profile, however. Thin mouthfeel with a ever-so-slightly bitter aftertaste. Falls on my palate kind of strangely. I'm pretty underwhelmed with this one and with the standard Switchback amber. Decent price point and easily found anywhere in Vermont. Nothing too exciting, but reliable, I guess.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazyburnt yellow color with a one finger white foamy/soapy looking head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing is quite messy and clingy. The smell starts off crisp sweet breadiness laced with sweet citrus and leads into a semi-sweet to bitter citrus rind. Light pine slightly makes a breakthrough. The taste was semi-sweet sticky citrus leading into a lip smacking good citrus aftertaste and finishes semi-sweet with a side of bitterness. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed decent for the style and for me. Overall, it’s a decent APA that I could have again.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bnjmnlws
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle marked 15189. Sampled on July 27, 2015.

Unfiltered murky looking pale yellow with a long lasting white foamy head.

The aroma is quit a conglomerate of esters including toasted bread, corn, pine, floral, and grapefruit. The hops are present but more low profile.

Light to medium body.

The hop bitterness is more apparent in the taste after I get through the toasty malts. A little spice, florla, and pine.

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Photo of mlefebvre7
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque Amber with a nice 1 inch head that recedes very slowly leaving a moderate amount of lacing behind.
Smell-mostly grapefruit and tangerine.
Taste is of hoppy grapefruit, tangerine bitterness, citrus, grassy wheat.
Very light bodied and easy to drink.
Overall this is a very nice pale ale.

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Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigPapaMolar
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy due to yeast in bottle. Great scent, pine and citrus. Crisp refreshing brew. Finishes clean. A great low abv brew for summer. I would buy this again

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bobbyhands
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chefdave37
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patrick802
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.21/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Switchback Extra Pale Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 94 ratings