Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale | Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown AleSwitchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Slow-Fermented Brown Ale (available August 2nd 2010)

The newest offering from Switchback Brewing Company, Slow-Fermented Brown Ale is a beautiful chestnut brown colored beer. It is fermented at an unusually cool temperature which slows down the fermentation. These conditions stress the yeast, resulting in a slow methodical fermentation in which the resultant flavors are clean, somewhat like a lager, with the added characteristic of a creamy smooth mouthfeel. This brown ale has a rich roast caramel flavor, with a subtle sweetness in the finish, delicately balanced with hop undertones.

Added by SFLpunk on 07-29-2010

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 101
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a rich, amber-brown coloring with a filmy, slick, off-white head that coats the surface and clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted notes, nutty sweetness, and some earthy tones. Subtle nose. Flavors are roasted and sweet, as well. Nutty characteristics forward, with a roasted caramel backbone and slightly bittersweet profile at the end. Smooth, light body with a crisp end feel. The aftertaste is rich hazelnut and subtle cream sweetness. Clean, crisp finish with only the slightest hint of roasted sweet lingering behind. Solid brew, and very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark hazy brown color with a small white head with light white lacing.

Taste is sweet and malty with a light hoppiness that's really refreshing and nice but not too bitter. It's a really tasty beer that's well balanced.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Switchback Brewing Co. "Slow-Fermented Brown Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled on "02.19.16" and sampled on 06.16.16
$2.00 @ 802 BWS, Burlington, VT

Appearance: Slightly hazy chestnut brown with a light ruby cast and orange highlights beneath a frothy head of yellowed off-white. The head retention and lacing are both quite good.

Aroma: Chocolaty, nutty, and softly toasty with a touch of leafy and grassy hops.

Flavor: Chocolaty, nutty, and softly toasty with a touch of leafy and grassy hops! It's also caramelish and grainy. It suggests sweetness, but it dries so quickly at the swallow that it can hardly be called sweet. Oddly, the hops don't seem any more bitter than median in level. Their flavors are more pronounced than found in the aroma though, they and linger a bit in the finish with an additional floral note, and some subtle herbal character.

Mouthfeel: Unfiltered and naturally conditioned, I'm not sure you can find a smoother beer. It's like I just received a pint via cask in Liverpool, UK.

Overall: Quite enjoyable. I didn't find any fruitiness to it, which I guess is the idea behind fermenting it cool, and that allows the grainy malts to come across more directly.

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fitzy84
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought in Vermont a t Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury. Beer pours with a brown appearance in the light and a foamy brownish-white head that dissipates into a ring around the glass with little retention. Aromas do include some roasted nuts with coffee and chocolate, but its pretty light. The taste is decently sweet with a light malt mixed with cocoa, caramel, and a very light feeling of dark fruit. The mouthfeel helps the beer maintain a medium crispness in a creamy textured drink. Overall, not too bad with its best attributes in taste and mouthfeel.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jtk21351
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jmason01524
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tekstr1der
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting spin on brown ale. Pours dark copper with a lasting clingy half-finger of tan foam - looks great. Smell was the weakest point for me as it's dominated by earthy, even slightly sour, notes among the slight malt and just-detectable nut. Flavor is better, with more malt coming out alongside the lager-ish-ness. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but understandable for low abv.

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Photo of Matthowland
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fritzparker
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

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Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale from Switchback Brewing Company
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