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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2005
This beer pours a surprise..amber red color with a thin soapy white head which dissipated quickly and left a small amount of islandy lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is light and grassy with hints of malt, twigs, perhaps a waft of orange peel, but pretty much its just very earthy. The flavor is medium bodied, syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Pretty much a malty and citrusy flavor dominated brew. Some hints of grapefruit and orange peel yet again with a hint of bitterness near the finish. Long lasting finish, fairly dry finish, but not as much as would have been expected. Malty and somewhat cloying in the finish, but good in its own respect and what it tries to accomplish it does well.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2004
This has a dark caramel color and small creamy head; aromas of toasty bread, and a hint of lemon; the flavor is uninspired and weak. Next...

3
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2003
Copper color.Nice full flavor of hops with a good balance with the malt. The fruity character really didn't come out for me. My palate wasn't blown away but that's ok. Another good beer from Full Sail.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Pours a dark amber with a frothy off-white head. Sticky lace. Aromas of burnt toast and carmel malt. Flavor is carmel and sweet citrus with a little hops in the finish. Nothing spectacular, but a nice refreshing beer.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
I don’t think these guys have disappointed me yet. This one’s nothing special, but it’s a solid offering. Aroma is slight caramel, more malt than anything else. Has a darker red than the usual, but still looks nice. Very balanced flavor, maybe a little in favor of the malts. Mouthfeel is very much like velvet.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Dark red color with an off white head that soon diminishes. An aroma of cookies are apparent. Medium bodied dry in texture with malt flavors and a long lasting bitter finish.

3.4
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 18, 2004
A bit different than the average Red ale. A very wierd finish. A bit of a woody flavor. Just weird. A slight hoppy finish. I won’t buy this again


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