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
Ratings:
854
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
241
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 854 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -64.8%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of rregan
2.12/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Super light yellowish color, fairly transparent. Not a good head but could have been because of the servor.

S- I think a trained nose would pick out the malt and hops, but frankly it was nonexistent.

T- Solid ale I guess, but nothing special. Rather bland. Below average quality.

M- Pretty crisp and bubbly. Goes down easy.

D- This beer bored me to death. Probably won't have another one. I'd rather have a Bud.

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Photo of 31Sam13
2.19/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Roundly disappointed...avoid unless you are looking to drink unfiltered water.

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Photo of KMC
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Underwhelming and flat out disappointing.

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2.24/5  rDev -36.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Msudukie
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Philcassella
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of gfreed
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A nice looking, vapid brew: that summarizes things in a nutshell about this beer and, I'm afraid, about Vermont beers in general. I have yet to have anything from this state that tastes as good as it looks. This one has almost no flavor or aroma that goes beyond soap. Blah.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of GilboBaggins
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Meh...good initial taste, but the after taste is not appealing and lingers.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of JMScowcroft
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I snagged one of these in the new 1pt 6oz (bomber) bottles since they started shipping these around in stores, they are still selling quite fast but if you are out and about on the delivery day you are almost guaranteed to get one.

Look - Bottle is clean and inviting, good marketing. Pours thick and caramel, frothy, full head. Unfiltered in all its glory. I followed the recommendation of thumb cover and half pour to mix the yeast back in, once or twice.

Smell - Rather plain, unimaginative, lightly scented, surprisingly lacking for what appears to be such a full bodied beer.

Taste - Heavily carbonated, rather dull flavor, not quite as good as it is on-tap. Almost like a light red ale without a full body.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special here, goes down rather smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste. Leaves the palette rather quickly, you will forget how it tastes between sips.

Overall - Not an amazing beer, but not bad, I would say it is about as average as it gets for a craft beer.

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2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I hear tell this is a big deal 'round Burlington.

@ Strange Brew, Manchester NH. Hazy, rust tinged amber color. Arrived with a thin skim head that ran away as soon as it reached the table. I suspect a bad pour.

Doesn't smell like anything other than beer glass and my hand. At least it doesn't smell bad.

Taste is sweet munich-y malt with marmalade spice. Doesn't taste of any particular hop but brings forth pleasing hoppy belches. Carbonation is week and juice-like.

After doing some research I find this ale may be more favored by the Vermont crowd for it's sometimes $2 price tag rather than any particular palette appeal. It's not bad by any means but I could find plenty of options I'd prefer more.

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2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer at Mahar's where the bartender described it as a decent session beer. I found it to be an acceptable session beer; lacking in taste somewhat and aroma completely though. It pours a cloudy amber color with a white head. It had almost no aroma at all though, which was a bit disappointing. The flavor had very light malt aroma with no hop aroma with a bit of lemon in the background. It also had a flavor I couldn't exactly place, but might have been some smokiness. It had a light body and fairly low drinkability.

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2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Its hit or miss with this beer. I get it pretty often, and ill have one and it will be good, then ill be at another bar another night and it will be terrible.

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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 854 ratings.
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