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:
834
Reviews:
156
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
228
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On at 3 needs. Seems to be called Switchback ale, and not this name here. White head and lace and pale colour. Light mouthfeel.Some citrus. Drinkable but minimal for the style.Well malted. Sour finish. Why others want to put this on, I do not know why.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i feel like this beer is everywhere in the northcountry now, despite being newer right? it pours almost clear pale ale looking darker than golden color with a better than average white head thick as cool whip. smells like a pretty standard pale ale, with some pine in the hop profile, but generic otherwise. flavor is beautifully balanced but kind of basic. lots of hop character leveled out by a surprisingly sturdy malt body. i love the quick bitter finish too. the mouthfeel is fine, nothing special, perhaps a touch overcarbonated, but nice full medium body on it. overall im afraid of its pandemic spreading, but it tastes pretty good, especially ice ice cold. somewhere between a B and a B+

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus based hops with some light caramelized malt. Taste is also dominated by citrus hoppy notes with light bitterness notes and some light caramelized malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. No major complexity with average hops profile but good drinkability factor.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Texas bbq

Nice creamy head, 1 finger head, fades slowly, nice lacing, murky toasted orange brown color.

Nose malty aroma, mild sweet malty reddish amber malt, hint of grassy hops, little candy caramel malt.

Taste is a malty flavor, mild toasted reddish malt, caramel, little candy malt. Grassy hop, turns mild herbal earthy, little pine note. Fair bitterness, a weird earthy skunky weird bitterness almost icky oil. Weird yeasty thing too, not really skunky but something unhappy. That lingers in the finish the weird skunky bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall eh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Switchback Brewing Co. "Switchback Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled On: 02.25.16" on 06.10.16
$2.00 @ 802 BWS, Burlington, VT

Switchback Ale pours a hazy copper body with golden highlights beneath a creamy head of white that holds well and leaves spots and streaks of lace about the glass as it goes.

The aroma expresses caramel malts as well as just a tinge of chocolate or cocoa, yeast, and just a hint of herbal/leafy hops.

The flavor opens up a bit, adding some non-specific fruitiness into the mix (some apple, very soft berry, ... ?), and perhaps a bit of a floral character to its hops. It's nicely balanced with a leaning towards sweetness although it does dry readily in the finish, leaving a minor bit of bitterness and some floral and then herbal hops lingering.

One of the best things about it, however, is it's natural conditioning which leaves it very fine-bubbled and smooth across the palate. It feels like a "real ale" because it is a real ale! And the combination of sweetish caramelish malt, floral and leafy hops, yeast, and subtle fruit is also quite English in nature. Utterly quaffable!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/19/2015 at Pour Farm, in New Bedford, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit that are quickly followed by a strong creaminess that you typically don’t find in this type of beer. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at The Tavern at the Essex, Essex Junction, VT

Poured a light, slightly hazed, golden brown with a small head, that all but disappeared after a few minutes. Decent balance of malts and hops in the nose. Sweet and bready on the tongue, with citrus hops sneaking in about mid-drink. A decent brew, light-medium mouthfeel, and easily drinkable, but not too distinctive.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev 0%

Rich short lived head. No spots for lace. Dark amber with a bit cloudiness.

The smell is relatively neutral and mild.

A malty beer, almost like the base of a pumpkin beer. Low hop. Short aftertaste. Rich body. Good carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at sweet water in Burlington VT. Pours an almost clear reddish amber color with a stingy white head that almost made it to the table with the glass. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of earthy hops and butterscotch. Taste follows the smell fairly well caramel and butterscotch with earthy herbal hop flavor. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a slick earthy mouthfeel. Meh. This tastes like an earthy long trail ale to me. I could drink these, but I wouldn't choose them from the cooler.

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