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 Bogdawg
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ned57
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_ski
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitburger
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced ale.

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Photo of wbizbot
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a good and wise friend once said about Switchback Ale,

" It's not the best beer, but it is the most perfect beer. "

Reliable. Un-pretentious. Well balanced. The perfect unfiltered ale for daily use.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of heerboth
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the last beers from a recent New England haul. Had many really good brews, and some not so good ones, so here's hoping for the best.

Light, hazy amber in color with a finger of tan froth. Caramel and persimmon in the aroma. More fruit and caramel on the tongue before a faint hop presence is noticed. Light to medium in body.

Not a huge let down here, but nothing special either.

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Photo of Brewper
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgido759
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swierczt
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nater919
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jordanian2
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of I3eer
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp with smooth finish. Liked this more than expected.

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Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 834 ratings.
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