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:
840
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
230
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 840 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of psweendogg
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rharris27
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CNoj012
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Carolvs
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just nothing interesting here at all... nothing offensive, but no good reason to drink again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the brewery. Wasn't a fan of this one, with some unpleasant finishing flavors for me. Gonna have to step things up if they want to compete.

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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 zotzot
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InVinoVeritas
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CJRubes
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jdubes8
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Vermont beer for anyone - not too hoppy

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

Pours an amber to amber-red color.
Creates a frothy light density head that was short lived.
This pour seemed quite effervescent.
A small malt nose bearing hints of yeast.

At the first sip-- I declare this beer to be an excellent warm weather beer.
Perhaps it should be served slightly chilled. It is not a beer to call attention to itself, I did not find myself basking in its flavor cornucopia. None of it's attributes bring attention to themselves. This is a fairly light bodied ale-- perfect for quenching a summer-time thirst rather than a serious tasting session.

The mouthfeel is cordial-- that is as it's flavor I found little to remember.

Overall I call this a very enjoyable American Pale Ale. The other thing I like about it is that the alcohol content is not particularly high so I enjoyed a bomber bottle w/o being welded to my seat as the bottom of the bottle was up.

It has

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patches826
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of elvisdoc
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Split a pitcher with a buddy. Better than the Redhook ESB pitcher we had before it.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Moderately tasty but totally un-noteworthy. It's, like, the average of every APA I've ever tried.

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

Photo of coombski
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 840 ratings.
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