Switchback Roasted Red Ale | Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback Roasted Red AleSwitchback Roasted Red Ale

Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Roasted Red Ale (First sold November 2007)

Switchback's Roasted Red Ale is a deep mahogany red colored ale. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this ale uses a combination of caramel and roasted malts and specially selected hops to create a beer with a flavor that leads with a rich malty sweetness balanced with a bold hop signature, followed by a luscious chocolate/cocoa roasty finish.

Added by thekevlarkid on 08-20-2008

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by wizo:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of irrevjim
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a cloudy, muddy mahogany with hints of amber, nice 1" off-white head leaves behind soapy lacing
nice but underwhelming aroma, hints of caramel, cocoa powder, fresh cream, fruity hops
taste is... delicious. Fruity, slightly bitter hop note out front is joined by cocoa, caramel malt. hint of cream soda, nicely balanced,
feel is smooth enough but also lively, some carbonation, a little yeasty, fresh.
I really enjoyed drinking this fresh, bottle conditioned, fresh, tasty, fresh, flavorful amber ale. interesting, full flavor, though no flavor acrobatics as some reviewers seemed to expect. Now that it's gone i feel like it looked better... my first switchback but not my last ... will get this again and try others

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Photo of jpwadd
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle without freshness info

Pours hazed reddish Amber, moderate cap leaving a blotchy film and some strands of lace

Caramel malts on the nose

More caramel and bready malts, smooth and tasty enough, probably a crowd pleaser but nothing all that exciting going on here

Carbonation a tad on the prickly side

Meh...not my favorite one glass and done...I'll let my daughter finish this one...

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap in downtown Burlington. A nice head with very good lacing throughout. A very intriguing roasted malty aroma. Not very bitter at all, but there were some subtly earthy tones. It had a great overall taste and a nice body that was a bit light although still very warm and full. If you see this in a bar make sure to get a pint of it!

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Photo of rdilauro
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second time tasting. I did enjoy thisore this go around. A good amount of malt balanced with a bit of hops slightly carbonated and has a good body

First time having a beer from Switchback. A friend of mine (my source for Heady Topper) brought back one of these from his recent trip to Vermont

The initial pour was UN-eventful. A light reddish tone with a small but very dense head.,
The nose was somewhat surprising.. The previous red ale's that I've tasted, I never had that 'citrus' IPA-like nose. There was a definite aroma of grapefruit here.

The taste was full. Lots of malt going on here. Almost like a barley wine, yet the ABV is low.. Hard to make sense of that.

An enjoyable like beer, nothing to get excited about, nothing to find fault with.

I think the best aspect of this beer, is that the finish is so smooth, full and roasted all the way

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Vermont Tap House. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy semi-transparent amber/copper color. Bar pour’s kind of slim white head slides quickly into the beer. The aroma breathes in a very nice balance of roasted nuts to sweet caramel/toffee malts, very clean and smooth. The flavor is pretty much the same with that nice balance of roast to sweet nuts and malts smoothly running into each other and sliding into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable quality about it. Nice carbonation. Overall, well done amber ale that I would love to have again.

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Photo of Matt73
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mscudder
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bnjmnlws
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl oz. bottle that seems to stamped 13148. Sampled on July 4, 2013.

The color is copper to brown with a slight haze and big head. No red that I can see.

On the nose I get a decent caramel malt note, citrus, and an earthy hop aroma. Smells pretty nice.

Medium body with a vague acidity.

The taste is up front malty and citrusy but only for a second as the earthy hops roar in from behind and leave a dry finish on the palate. Overall a pretty decent beer but just shy of what a red ale should be in my opinion.

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Photo of Mattgruv
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Holderness
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L -- Lovely reddish brown with a two finger off-white head that has good retention and moderate lacing
S -- Nice balance between caramelized malts and fruity hops.
T -- Bitter herbal hops, mild roasted malts, bread, and a hint of citrus on the finish. Slightly too hoppy and bitter for the style, in my opinion
F -- Strong mouthfeel with an astringent and bitter finish

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Med amber colour with a small amount of white head

S - Citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. Fresh and balanced

T - Sweet caramel malts with a hint of toffee. Grapefruit and piney hops. Good balance, as the nose indicated

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Light carbonation

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Photo of imbibehour
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Deep copper red, a bit cloudy, with a two finger light tan head. Ring like lacing while drinking and a creamy puck on top.

Bouquet seems to have some mild caramel, subtle hints of florality with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Subtle and simple, nothing too crazy or mindblowing just fine.

Palate comes with a light body. Slight hints of toasty brown bread, with mild caramel sweetness. Slight crackling texture and grainy flavor. Minimal hop presence with light carbonation and a good coating feel and palate coating. Fleeting aftertaste and finish that doesn't stick around.

Overall an ok amber ale, but really limiting on flavor and drive.

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Photo of edmiglia
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - It has an amber red color with pretty minimal head.

Smell - Was kinda sweet with some malt thrown in there. I didn't pay too much attention to the smell once i tasted this amazing beer.

Taste - It is the perfect balance of malt and hops. When you first take a sip its just so smooth and then as it goes down the throat you pick up a little bit of the bitterness. This is my new favorite beer.

Mouthfeel - It is a very smooth beer, it left my mouth watery.

Drinkability - I can't wait to have another one. Switchback needs to come out and sell there beer in bottles.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/9/14

A: Medium amber, with some caramel around the edges - lightly cloudy - pours with a small, off-white cap, fades to a few wisps, leaves a few spots of lacing

S: Pale malts, caramel malts, with a touch of citrus - caramel grains, toast, light biscuits, and a touch of toffee - light, bready sweetness - some floral citrus, with a hint of grapefruit - definitely mild overall

T: Grainy bread - very grainy, with pale and caramel malts - light toast, with some floral citrus - low bitterness - lightly roasty with a lingering earthiness - some light fruits - light sweetness and toffee

M: Medium body, light carbonation, earthy finish

O: Yup, it's a red

This definitely tastes like a beer from Switchback, and that is not a bad thing. It's very drinkable. Unfortunately, this is probably the most mild and unexciting beer I've ever had from Switchback. It would be good with food, but it's not as inherently tasty as their other offerings.

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Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cameron_chapman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rocketman2013
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a very hazy, murky brown color with dull red tinges and a pock marked head that's quite healthy. Nuts and toasted malt in the aroma and also the same for the flavor. Would have liked more hops to shine through as this was ordinary enough.

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Photo of CHickman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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Switchback Roasted Red Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
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