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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2235) - 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.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Full Sail Brewing Company--Switchback Red Ale--2004 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV--30 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Red Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear bright amber red color. Malty mild floral fruit hop front. Tangy dry sweet fruity toasted caramel mild crusty bisquit body. Crisp smooth satisfying mild citrus hop end. Tasty. Sampled 6/7/2004.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2003
I didn't think this would turn out so well, but it did. Light hopping balanced well with adaquate maltiness. Balance is the key here. I can see myself making this my default amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kyzr (1316) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 17, 2003
Deeper copper color with an average head. Nice malty aroma with touches of orange. Hops up front with roasted malt . Finish of hop that stays.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle poured a nice orange amber with a good thick head, good aroma of fruit and hopps. good lacing. Medium hoppy and tangy flavor makes a nice easy drinking beer. All full sails I have tried tend to be very good.

   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.

   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.

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