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Switchback Ale | Switchback Brewing Company

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867 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:
#38,500
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
867
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
257
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magister_Beav
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fitzy84
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Valley Brew Fest. Served in a sampler size glassware provided by the festival. The beer had a cloudy amber appearance with a white-color head and good lacing. The beer had a grassy hops aroma mixed with some malts and a bready smell. Taste was pretty good and followed the smell with an earthy malt taste. Not a bad mouthfeel; very drinkable. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of TedStrosser
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of agreenman19
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hopsrus
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ricknelson
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tgatort
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VaTechPhilly
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of STLine
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bobbyhands
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber in color with a half finger of head that dissolves rather quickly. Mildly malty nose and flavor.

This is a fine and sessionable beer but it certainly gets lost amid the outstanding beers in the State of Vermont.

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Photo of rorjets
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of bakkerman1
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GFD400
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lpc1978
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gravityrider2
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A well crafted ale, simple and clean.

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

Photo of khamer
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nfiorini513
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Switchback is the beer I compare to other beers. Like its not a bad beer, it's like switchback drinkable but there are other beers I like more.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: opaque pale amber ale with a fluffy head a few fingers high that left a bit of lace behind

S: mild malt and hop aromas suggesting a little bread and fruit with earthy accents

T: again, mild flavors bringing malts and hops into balance - slightly bready and biscuity, some hop accents of citrus and pine, but very muted and subtle, vague sweetness reminiscent of soft fruits

M: medium weight, fuzzy, smooth, soft, moderate carbonation; easy to drink, nice aftertaste

O: decent enough to warrant a try, but nothing I'd seek out.

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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 867 ratings
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