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 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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Photo of Roberto11232
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Barleycorn
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJoe
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erndogg
4.78/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kewharton
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of juicebox
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Duffman79
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of theja8989
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of daudelin2000
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've never been a huge Switchback fan as I believe there are SO many better Vermont beers. However, I can appreciate what it has done for the craft beer movement in Vermont. If you were already a craft beer fan before you tried Switchback, you probably weren't blown away by it. If you were not a fan of craft beer, Switchback is the kind of beer that could be a gateway beer into the craft beer world. In any case, here's my official review.

It pours a copper color with a decent off white head. Smell is mostly bready malts with some caramel mixed in. No hop aroma detectable. Taste is caramel sweetness with a slight earthy flavor. Almost no real hop flavor or bitterness detected. Pretty easy drinking, but mostly because it lacks any big flavors. As I've said, it pales in comparison to many other Vermont brews, but I would still select this over the Buds/Coors/Miller's of the world any day of the week.

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Photo of socon67
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bpasseser
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy Unfiltered Ale smooth refreshing malty finish great to be enjoyed with a meal.

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Photo of FAT_mike
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting beer!

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Photo of Prost76
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Casterbridge
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MamaHoney
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a true american amber ale. There is nothing too fancy. It has a nice crisp pour with a darker tone and heavier aroma, but a lighter and almost fruity taste. Unfiltered and smooth - it's no wonder this is a staple for so many locals.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a bit of an odd one, especially considering how fondly VT locals seem to feel about this beer. It sorta defies categorization. A hazy, unfiltered, only mildly hopped amber ale. It's a bit nutty and biscuity, but also possesses some witbier qualities. Almost like a Fat Tire that's been mellowed by some wheat. Pretty drinkable, but not remarkable.

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Photo of dippy
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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