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Switchback Ale | Switchback Brewing Company

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3.59/5
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866 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:
#38,422
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
866
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
257
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 866 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of JorgesThemeSwimming
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of macrosmatic
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 7/27/16. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cigar City goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber, with a thin off-white ring of foam. Has fairly low visible carbonation, and some chunky floaters as well. This isn't a particularly pretty beer.

S: Lightly toasted malts, toffee and light caramel sweetness. Grassy and noble hops. Decent, but not a huge aroma.

T: Toasted malts, grassy and light citrus hops. Biscuity malt sweetness and toffee. There's maybe just a bit of oxidation (cardboard) as well - not terrible, but I don't see any freshness information on the bottle. Some more citrus, herbal, and grassy hops sweet up, and ultimately finishes fairly balanced.

M: Body is a bit on the light side. Fairly low alcohol presence. It seems a bit over-carbonated for style, which accentuates the light body.

O: Not my favorite beer ultimately. It seems to be a decently made, balanced amber ale, and I’m not sure I'd find a lot of overt faults here other than the oxidation (and I can't find any freshness information on the bottle). But it’s a little bland, and does nothing to inspire. It's certainly nothing to seek out, but if there was a keg at a party I’d drink it.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Tough review because Switchback Ale is really a good "go-to" brew but comparing to other ales, it's certainly middle-of-the-road. Pours an orange-amber color with lots of leftover yeast (which doesnt bother me but may bother others). Retains a thin head well after the pour. Smell is biscuit & crackers and not a whole lot else. Taste follows the nose but with a faint hint of hops and apricots. Mouthfeel is wonderful and is very drinkable. A go-to ale if you're in that sort of mood.

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Photo of seanh99
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ned57
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_ski
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitburger
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +20.1%
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 +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of heerboth
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 866 ratings
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