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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1844) - 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 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.

   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.

   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (799) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours a bright deep amber color. Aromas of sweet malt and some hops. Flavor of sweet caramel, a touch of fruit, and a nice hop finish.

   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 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.

   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.

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