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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dubios (7) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2004 does not count
American Red Ale (Brown Ale) Nice malty slight taste of maybe molasses or brown sugar. Color correct good hop balence not to much. Could have a bit more roasted malt .

   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.

   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 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance: clear, fully crimson color, with a slight tan head. Aroma: malty and fruity, dank and deep, with nutty notes, as well. Taste: great, bristling hops start us off, though they settle down swiftly and sink in a lush, nutty malt flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, nicely textured. Light-bodied, very smooth drinkability, with a resounding flavor. A perfect session ale, in my eyes. Flashes of fruit notes occur later on, only adding to my enjoyment. Switchback was an ale I enjoy becoming acquainted with, and would like to get to know better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2003
solid sour malty aroma, amber with a nice head, good solid body, caramel maltiness then a spritzy hop finish

   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.

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