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Full Sail Switchback Ale



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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Large frothy head which recedes quickly to a thin foam. Decent lacing with light carbonation. Slight hops aroma with a bit of malt for balance. Color is a dark orange/amber. Flavor is good with a bit of hops and pepper balanced nicely with the malts. Soft mouthfeel. Finish is short lived and clean ith a littel hops for bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance: clear, fully crimson color, with a slight tan head. Aroma: malty and fruity, dank and deep, with nutty notes, as well. Taste: great, bristling hops start us off, though they settle down swiftly and sink in a lush, nutty malt flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, nicely textured. Light-bodied, very smooth drinkability, with a resounding flavor. A perfect session ale, in my eyes. Flashes of fruit notes occur later on, only adding to my enjoyment. Switchback was an ale I enjoy becoming acquainted with, and would like to get to know better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Not really a great summer/spring brew. Pours average, and stays there throughout. Suffers from wateriness and lack of balance from start to finish. Better than the mass market stuff but not by a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 2, 2004
This is a decent middle tier beer that I will probably never buy again. Decent taste but nothing special at all

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2004
This has a dark caramel color and small creamy head; aromas of toasty bread, and a hint of lemon; the flavor is uninspired and weak. Next...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Pours a dark amber with a frothy off-white head. Sticky lace. Aromas of burnt toast and carmel malt. Flavor is carmel and sweet citrus with a little hops in the finish. Nothing spectacular, but a nice refreshing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Bottle Pours a medium reddish brown with only a small frothy head quickly dispersing and leaving very little lacing. Dark roasted, malty aroma. Flavor is again a dark roated, nutty, with a good Cascade hops zing. Aftertaset is a bit heavy on the bitters, but fades fast leaving a clean fresh palate. A fair Amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
bottle-pours a deep coper "red" hue with rocky off-white head. pretty standard aroma of toasty malts and piney hops. thin body and the flavors didnt meld very well. pretty average amber ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dubios (7) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2004 does not count
American Red Ale (Brown Ale) Nice malty slight taste of maybe molasses or brown sugar. Color correct good hop balence not to much. Could have a bit more roasted malt .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 18, 2004
A bit different than the average Red ale. A very wierd finish. A bit of a woody flavor. Just weird. A slight hoppy finish. I won’t buy this again

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