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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Interesting look, almost red. Yeah, it's thin, but I like the malts in there, I taste some caramel. I don't think full sail can make anything bad, but this is the weakest beer I've tried from them so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Bottle pours a rusty color, quite translucent, frothy head, spotty lacing, with very little carbonation.   Very malty on the nose.   Malty again on the tongue, somewhat grainy.   Good mouthfeel, seems wel balanced.   Light hop tinge, with some nutty flavor as well.   Not as good as their normal Amber, but still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
(Bottle) Pours amber with a slight orange hue. Creamy white head with a Malty toasty carmel aromas with some sharpness of hops but not over powering. A very ballanced taste of maltyness and a bitterness growing on the tongue to the the finish and then almost completely dissapearing. Very smooth session 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Deep amber with a thin head. Looks like the Rip Curl but without the cascade. Lightly hopped. OK.

   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 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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3845) - 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 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.

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