Switchback Ale | Switchback Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
switchbackvt.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Switchback Ale (First sold October 22nd, 2002)

Using only traditional ingredients, Switchback Ale is a reddish-amber ale which is particularly well-balanced, allowing for complexity of flavor coupled with an unusually smooth and refreshing character. Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast's contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish. Our own special process uses the yeast to naturally carbonate the beer, and we leave it unfiltered. The result is a satisfying brew full of flavor with a remarkably clean and smooth finish.

Added by kaszeta on 08-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,228
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
894
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of Dchansen54
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at Mews Tavern in Rhode Island. It poured a clear orangish with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hop hints that included some citrus flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with some fruit notes present. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This red ale pours a murky medium brown color with a slight red tint and some sediment. There is a small white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is of grain and caramel primarily. The taste is the same with kind of a weird mild citrus and very slight piney bitterness in the finish. The body is medium. This is a pretty standard malt forward red ale with a very slightly off flavor. Not much else to say.

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Photo of rfahrner
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LukeGude
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labeled as difficult to fit into a single style, it's most similar to an amber ale. That tells you all you need to know unfortunately.

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Photo of Korymiller
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pete9094
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A bit unbalanced but it gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a 16 oz (473 ml) Libbey can shaped beer glass at Red Heat Tavern in Bedford, Massachusetts.
A: Pours a murky, amber to light copper color with a minimal short lived head, but rings of solid lacing.
S: Aromas grassy and grainy, almost like a Pilsner, with a strong peppery note.
T: The caramel malt backbone is the most identifiable element. Hard to characterize other flavors, although present. Perhaps a bit grainy. The bitterness serves to cancel any sweetness subtly.
M: Light-bodied with good carbonation. Clean finished
O: Enjoyable without being a stand out Amber Ale. Likely good with any food pairing. Had it with batter fried haddock which it complemented nicely.

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Photo of flgimp
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alt-ale
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beernoobie
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elfdog
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChipChaight
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbinette
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of antimasone
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coshag
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Velivolus
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hall22
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sulldaddy
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle was bottled on May 09 2017. I think Ive had it in the cellar for about 4 of those months of existence.
The beer pours a clear amber color with LOTS of white particulate suspended in the liquid. A fizzy eggshell white head of 1 cm foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer and one large island in my glass.
The aroma is a lot of caramel and biscuity malt. Some grainy notes mixed in with just a bit of grassy hop note. Pretty mild nose in general on this beer.
The first sip reveals a light to average body with very fine gentle carbonation. Very easy to drink brew.
Flavor is what I expect from the nose. I get caramel and biscuit notes. Also a bit of grainyness and maybe a bit of butterscotch/diacetyl. There are some mild grassy hops in the background and there is no booze appearance on this lighter beer.
Not sure if the diacetyl/butterscotch is intentional on this beer, it kind of works and may be on purpose. The beer is an easy drinker and not outstanding in any arena. Good for sessioning, not sure I would chase down a bottle again.

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Photo of benjaminsa
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

VT staple. Easy to drink, best from the tap.

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Photo of hacefresco
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 894 ratings