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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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3859) - 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 (3597) - 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3059) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Bottle. A mahogany color with a laced tan head. Malty, toasted, hops, and a touch of fruits in the aroma. A medium body with a malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2003
A winsome transpicuous burnished copper color, the head mountainous in size, creamy in texture, light tan with a fine coating of lace. Nose is sweet, caramel, malt, clean and crisp, a nice beer for the sniffer and the eyes, now let’s see about the palate. Start is sweet, loads of malt, top is fair to middling in feel, the finish spitefully bitter, perky in its acidity, dry aftertaste, a quaffable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2542) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2339) - Salem, 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.

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