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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Amber color and thin head. Fruity malts and cascade hops meld to form a distinct quality of berries and fruity hop bitterness. I played the name this style game from start to finish with this one, vacillating between APA, EPA, and amber. In the end, I chose APA, but I guess I was wrong. Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 4, 2003
subtle citrus aroma my ass... the only thing subtle about this beer is it's quality, which I have yet to find. Smokey corn, with a bitter gaggin flavor sets up the beer, and the corney rotten mouth-puckering hops finishes off the flavor. NARSTY

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Sweet corny aroma but not to be confused with "sweet corn." In fact, the corn smell is somewhat rancid but is redeemed by the sweetness. The coloration is good, a coppery amber. Flavor is trange: sweet hoppiness up front that crashes and burns on the way down. A mediocre amber ale from an otherwise decent brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Medium to dark copper. Smokey corn aroma. Taste is a bit sour, of stale malts and maple syrup. Can't say much more, just not enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Rocky, slightly off white head. Typical aroma of an amber, carmelly and soft. Flat tasting despite a fair amount of apparent carbonation. A little vinous with carmel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Rich orange/amber hue, relatively light head, nice sheet lace. Nose pleasantly caramelly. This same caramel comes across more lightly in the taste, augmented by the moderate Cascade hop profile, which is most distinguished in the surprisingly dry finish...Carbonation is quite light, accentuating this effect. Body is on the light side of medium, and the watchword here is "smoothness." Overall, I think this is an interesting combination of a lighter-bodied amber with a substantial flavor burst. I found this to be a quite interesting taste, and more than I expected...a nice surprise.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Deep amber with an off white head. Very sweet and smooth drinking. Could have a better finish but this is a good start. $7.19/6 is slightly pricy for this beer. I agree with BeerLimey the amber is better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Full Sail make an excellent amber ale alreday so I was a little confused as to why they needed to make another one. Sweet toasted cramel aroma and flavor accompanied by a mildly bitter citric hoppy finish. Their "Amber Ale" is better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 Frothy, off-white head with a deep amber-red body. Enticing nose, with fresh, malty-yeasty, bread-dough notes. Easy-to-drink mouthfeel; light, fluffy and mildly carbonated. Rich and roasted malts with only a mild sweetness (chocolate). Hint of cinnamon in the aroma. Is this some sort of Octoberfest or Winter beer? Really nice hop flavors (zingy, fruity) and malt flavors (roasted caramel and dough) flavors, but damn it, just not enough of them. Kind of teased and left me hanging, yearning for more. Nevertheless, pretty good beer.

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