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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Switchback Ale is an American red ale brewed to celebrate spring and the promise of warmer sunnier days to come. It has a rich red color with a pleasing sweet caramel flavor that comes from four specialty malt varieties. This medium bodied ale is hopped with Cascade hops that have a wonderful fruity character which balance the malt sweetness and give the beer a subtle citrus aroma and flavor. Switchback Ale is extremely smooth and easy drinking.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"good flavors, malt and cascade hops, but it came out a little thin. not quite boring, but not very exciting either. i’d drink it again, but wouldn’t go out of my way for it."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Full Sail Brewing Company--Switchback Red Ale--2004 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV--30 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Red Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear bright amber red color. Malty mild floral fruit hop front. Tangy dry sweet fruity toasted caramel mild crusty bisquit body. Crisp smooth satisfying mild citrus hop end. Tasty. Sampled 6/7/2004.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours a bright deep amber color. Aromas of sweet malt and some hops. Flavor of sweet caramel, a touch of fruit, and a nice hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
I don’t think these guys have disappointed me yet. This one’s nothing special, but it’s a solid offering. Aroma is slight caramel, more malt than anything else. Has a darker red than the usual, but still looks nice. Very balanced flavor, maybe a little in favor of the malts. Mouthfeel is very much like velvet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2005
This beer pours a surprise..amber red color with a thin soapy white head which dissipated quickly and left a small amount of islandy lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is light and grassy with hints of malt, twigs, perhaps a waft of orange peel, but pretty much its just very earthy. The flavor is medium bodied, syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Pretty much a malty and citrusy flavor dominated brew. Some hints of grapefruit and orange peel yet again with a hint of bitterness near the finish. Long lasting finish, fairly dry finish, but not as much as would have been expected. Malty and somewhat cloying in the finish, but good in its own respect and what it tries to accomplish it does well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) Malty and caramely, lightly bitter, moderately sweet, but not what I’d call sugary. Sounds like a beer I might really enjoy, but the result is just an okay, but not great red ale. It starts off quite nice, but the maltiness fades away and the finish has a light roastiness, but a slightly unpleasant bitterness that sits on the palate forever. Medium in body, but it still seems a bit thin to me for some reason. The nose is entirely sweet, malty, and caramely. Medium to dark amber in color. Light tan head gradually fades to a bubbly sheen, but it leaves a solid ring of lace at the top and plenty of swiss-cheese lacing down the rest of the glass. Promises made, but promises not kept: looks good, smells good, tastes okay.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (6968) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2004
on tap at the pilsner room in portland. pretty average interpretation of a boring style. copper colour with a sweet red berry aroma and dryish finish

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle poured a nice orange amber with a good thick head, good aroma of fruit and hopps. good lacing. Medium hoppy and tangy flavor makes a nice easy drinking beer. All full sails I have tried tend to be very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
(Bottle) Pours amber with a slight orange hue. Creamy white head with a Malty toasty carmel aromas with some sharpness of hops but not over powering. A very ballanced taste of maltyness and a bitterness growing on the tongue to the the finish and then almost completely dissapearing. Very smooth session beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
The malt/hop ratio is great and it has a slight hop lingering taste, but finishes very clean


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