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:
849
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
239
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 849 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of toadsmoto
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crewfan1952
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScottJergenson
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matthowland
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BobbyLu14
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edward_boumil
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Solid, super easy drinking beer, especially on draft. Tons of toasty malt, even slightly crisp hint of citrus on the finish. Smooth finish, but tons of flavor and a touch of bitterness as well.
Honestly this is a simple beer, but for those who appreciate simplicity, quality ingredients and balanced flavors (me) this is a great beer.

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Photo of mecmd
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mcataldo8
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JDW4195
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Butznutz
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

God this is a great beer and one of the treasures of Vermont in that it is usually on tap anywhere within the state. Super easy drinking with a nice breaded malt backbone. Pours hazy and unfiltered. Medium body, medium finish with slight toffee/nut. Surprised it is rated as low as it is. Would drink this all day

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

Photo of Bill69
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ESPN_Woodsy
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6470zzy
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours hazy and golden with a one finger head that settles down and lingers throughout the session with nice lacing.

Smell: Very mild, some dust and grain

Taste: Subtle hop bitterness with a dry crisp finish

Mouth-feel: Medium body and carbonation

Drink-ability: Definitely an easy drinking beer and not one that it going to tire out your taste buds.

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Photo of digs5446
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Kinger22
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a solid brew. A good level of carbonation, with an enjoyable hop/malt combo of a finish. Beautiful color poured from its bottle into a beer glass.

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Photo of Tarheel219
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jared-beer
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Very easy to drink, and for all the local "macrobrews" in Vermont this one always seems to be the cheapest on tap and easily available in most Vermont retail locations. this slightly amber ale is very rich going down and has a very pleasant malty sweet aftertaste that's very satisfying. Although it's a darker rich beer if never seems to bloat me of leave me feeling overstuffed. Overall, great brew will drink again many times.

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Photo of JeanJacketLover
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unfiltered everyman beer that has a clean malt/hop taste. Best served cold after a hearty day of activity. Nothing outstanding but it'll satisfy, for sure. Real easy drinker.

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Photo of riy3rd
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 849 ratings.
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