Switchback Ale | Switchback Brewing Company

Switchback AleSwitchback Ale
BA SCORE
40.9%
Liked This Beer
3.59 w/ 860 Ratings
Switchback AleSwitchback Ale
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:
#37,215
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
860
Liked:
352
Avg:
3.59/5
pDev:
13.09%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
248
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 860 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattEdwards
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Notninja
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A bomber poured into a pint glass. The brew appears a clear copper color with off-white cap. It smells of minerals/carbonics light fruity alcohol and buttery diacetyl with a faint backing of caramel malt. The taste is sweet with minimal caramel malt, fruity alcohol, mineral character and some buttery diacetyl. A slight bitter aftertaste and tea-like astringency is left lingering.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Lets be honest - this really is not good. When my buddy told me he was bringing me some beer back from his VT trip, I was excited to try something new. Now that I had it, I hope I never have to drink it again.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Red-amber with an off-white head. Initial impression is roasted malt, bready/biscuity, with a slighly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Quite refreshing and drinkable. Good beer.

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Photo of lupercmda
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JLK7299
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uzarnayme
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Exeggutor
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMustard2012
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toadsmoto
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crewfan1952
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScottJergenson
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matthowland
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BobbyLu14
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edward_boumil
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
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 -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mcataldo8
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatsgoody
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A-Sox
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDW4195
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Butznutz
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
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 -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 40.9% out of 100 with 860 ratings
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