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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2668) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Bottle. A mahogany color with a laced tan head. Malty, toasted, hops, and a touch of fruits in the aroma. A medium body with a malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Deep amber with an off white head. Very sweet and smooth drinking. Could have a better finish but this is a good start. $7.19/6 is slightly pricy for this beer. I agree with BeerLimey the amber is better.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Sweet corny aroma but not to be confused with "sweet corn." In fact, the corn smell is somewhat rancid but is redeemed by the sweetness. The coloration is good, a coppery amber. Flavor is trange: sweet hoppiness up front that crashes and burns on the way down. A mediocre amber ale from an otherwise decent brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 4, 2003
subtle citrus aroma my ass... the only thing subtle about this beer is it's quality, which I have yet to find. Smokey corn, with a bitter gaggin flavor sets up the beer, and the corney rotten mouth-puckering hops finishes off the flavor. NARSTY

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Bought a six-pack because mountain bikes rock. Thin and orange-gold-tan color, no head with one bottle, huge head the next...we'll call it a medium head. Obviously cascade hops, this tastes like a Full Sail mimic of a Deschutes beer. Mild floral fruits are kind to greasy pub foods and never interfere with the complexities of my Heinz ketchup. "Smooth and easy drinking," they claim (like Busch Light?) and they are right. this beer will never hurt your feelings, but it will not have you itching for another. Just a common NW ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
bottle-pours a deep coper "red" hue with rocky off-white head. pretty standard aroma of toasty malts and piney hops. thin body and the flavors didnt meld very well. pretty average amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 2, 2004
This is a decent middle tier beer that I will probably never buy again. Decent taste but nothing special at all

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Large frothy head which recedes quickly to a thin foam. Decent lacing with light carbonation. Slight hops aroma with a bit of malt for balance. Color is a dark orange/amber. Flavor is good with a bit of hops and pepper balanced nicely with the malts. Soft mouthfeel. Finish is short lived and clean ith a littel hops for bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
The malt/hop ratio is great and it has a slight hop lingering taste, but finishes very clean

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