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Full Sail Switchback Ale



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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (7977) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (6472) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Bottle pours a rusty color, quite translucent, frothy head, spotty lacing, with very little carbonation.   Very malty on the nose.   Malty again on the tongue, somewhat grainy.   Good mouthfeel, seems wel balanced.   Light hop tinge, with some nutty flavor as well.   Not as good as their normal Amber, but still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6196) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic. Very watery, very citric, very yaaawwwwnnnn...zzzzzzzz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5645) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Deep amber with a thin head. Looks like the Rip Curl but without the cascade. Lightly hopped. OK.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - APR 11, 2003
Reddish amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied ale. Malts are nutty and carmely and kind of sweet. Hops are grapefruity and citrusy. A touch weak at the finish, but nicely balanced. A nice spring beer. Spritzy carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3431) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, 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.

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