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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2004
Tap@The Pilsner Room, Portland. Shouldn’t have had this after the Imperial Porter, because i couldn’t taste much. A fairly bland red, sweet, with the standard toffee and nuts, some tangy hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5496) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Deep amber with a thin head. Looks like the Rip Curl but without the cascade. Lightly hopped. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Reddish amber pour with a light head of eggshell white and nice lacing. Malt aromas with a piney hop aroma. Some bitterness detectable from the hops as well. Creamy. First up are the hops. Coming in bitter and a touch citrusy. Next we have the malts. They hang in the background and tease us with base and some crystal. As I said before, the palate is rather smooth and creamy, lightly coating the mouth leading us to a finish of alcohol laced bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Beautiful red/amber color with a nice fluffy head and lots of tiny bubbles. Swet malt aroma. Malty flavors of cherry and slight tartness, mild grapefruit. Lingering flavors of a throat lozenge. Decent red ale. Thanks to Derek Arent for the sample.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2004
pours a darker amber color, with a small white head. aroma is filled with hops and citrus. Flavor starts of sweet and rich and ends with a slightly bitter taste. Great red, almost as good as Red Seal.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Pellucid peanut orange, light amber, average micro looking head, some lacing. The aroma has some very fresh hop notes along with some lingering spices from their wassail, an intermediate before hangtime. The flavor has a very unique gorganzola-like cheesyness in the finish. Lightly musky. Good caramel flavors with some medium body. Well balanced & yummy. Comes out good without being over the top.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Pours a nice amber with a very sticky-looking lace that does a nice job on the glass. Scent is a nice balance of hops and malt. I gotta say here that RB needs to get a "Red" catagory, as I don’t care for most Ambers, but Reds pique my interest. So if I were to compare this to most Ambers out there it would rate out the roof. Anyway... Flavor is indeed well balanced. Nicely hopped with an almost citrus presence, but very subdued. Rather impressive, but not very complex. Palate is crisp yet creamy, and would do an excellent job of cleansing the palate. Overall, as an Amber it kicks ass, but as a Red it’s pretty good and worth a try.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Bought a six-pack because mountain bikes rock. Thin and orange-gold-tan color, no head with one bottle, huge head the next...we'll call it a medium head. Obviously cascade hops, this tastes like a Full Sail mimic of a Deschutes beer. Mild floral fruits are kind to greasy pub foods and never interfere with the complexities of my Heinz ketchup. "Smooth and easy drinking," they claim (like Busch Light?) and they are right. this beer will never hurt your feelings, but it will not have you itching for another. Just a common NW ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1806) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle..with the more modern style label..some guy on a mountain bike..Full Sail seems to be changing its image of late. This beer pours a magnificent foamy off white almost cream coloured head..atop a lovelly dark red beer. Wow what a great aroma for an "amber" beer!!..loads of malt but more Cascade hops spicy ..wonderful. mmm what a great taste ..nice malts to start and great hopping to finish,,though it is not a dry finish..fruity even..nicelly balanced..great stuff. Wonderful on the palate doesnt over-bear! All in all a wonderful amber very drinkable. For me this has to be the one of the best "ambers"..up there with Rogues American Amber..well done good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Interesting look, almost red. Yeah, it's thin, but I like the malts in there, I taste some caramel. I don't think full sail can make anything bad, but this is the weakest beer I've tried from them so far.


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