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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Five different malts, select hop varities, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeasts contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish.


SuIIy's rating

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark orange color with a small white head. Nose is light fruity with dry yeasty notes. Palate is clean with a crisp, refreshing note. Very easy drinking. Flavors of light dry fruit with a nice grassy hop note. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (4239) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Tap. Pours cloudy amber, medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is malty, bready, a bit of caramel. Flavor is light sweet, malty, a hint of citrus. Light bitterness comes through in the end and lingers. Medium body, a bit of acidity. Better than its ratings...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2015
Bomber drunk 4/17/15
Pour is a clear muted amber with some drab olive tints and a fluffy white head that is mostly well-retained.
The nose is a very lovely balanced mix of fresh, floral hops (read: no pine whatsoever) and just a touch of citrus hoppiness thrown in for good mesaure (lemons and oranges). The leafy, fragrant hops combine well with a dry, but assertive maltiness of brown bread and lightly toasted grains. No crystal malt, thank god. Yeastiness is lightly apparent, contributing light cellar notes and moderate fruitiness that adds a welcome complexity and livliness to the beer. No alcohol, no flaws.
Flavor is wonderfully bitter but immaculately balanced as well. Brown bread-like maltiness provides just enough sweetness to balance the floral and lightly citric hoppiness. Touches of light dough, strong pepper (hops) and a zesty, tight carbonation all keep the beer interesting and flowing to the end, where a crisp finish leaves well-attenuated malts and plentiful hop bitterness. Floral hop flavors abound and the beer is supremely refreshing. Perhaps a touch more softness/depth of malt would make this even more comforting to drink but as is, I have few complaints. Itís refreshing to see a moderately hoppy beer these days that has neither tropical fruits or pine (or even a heavy citrus character). I donít remember Switchback being particularly good back in the day; if I remember correctly they were very given to diacetyl and sloppy production of the beer. Seems those days are over? Whatever the case, this was excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2046) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Grabbed from a gas station since all ber stores close at 6pm apparently. Pours medium Amber, off white head. Minimal nose. Taste is some sweet malt, mild bitterness, faint citrus hop, medium body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2015
New England Bucket List Trip #251. Bomber from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Pours a hazy orange with a thin fizzy off-white head. Poor head retention. Aroma of pale malt, mild toasted malt, earthy hops. The taste is toasted malt, caramel, floral and earthy hops. Medium bodied, drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2430) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2015
On tap at the adirondack hotel. Light colored for something named amber. Pleasant floral nose. Okay. Tasted a bit stale perhaps I should retry.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jamesthebrit (329) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Thanks to marc for the bottle. Aroma is spicy. Like cumin. Oily hop note. Subtle caramel. Brown sugar. Look a pale brown. Nice head. Some decent lacing. Taste is like the smell. Cumin. Cinnamon. The hops are really oily in this one. A lot like serria Nevada after the moved. Very wet spicy. Medium light body. Finish is not bad but is insanely long. The hops just stay there. This is gonna be a love it or hate it beer. It tries to bring some things to the table that a more complex beer lover would like but wraps it in a light appeal to the masses package. Not the beer for me. Check it out if you like lighter styles.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2015
The aroma is caramel, vegetable, weak. The appearance is red amber, white head. The flavor is caramel, Nobel hops. Weak aroma and flavor. This beer is almost like the second running of another beer. Lke a small beer. Medium, slightly thin in body. Not really good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1504) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Grainy malt aroma, subtle fruit. Dark hazy orange like a wheat beer. Taste is sweet and spicy, not very bitter. Heavier body, thought this to be a winter warmer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (1112) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Consumed many times, but finally wrote it down. Gold pour; whitish head. Tastes and smells of lettuce, American noble hops, and spent grain. Basic but drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesewelch (167) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 4, 2015
From 22oz, had several times before, trying to rate the beer I drink this year

Aroma: Citrus hops like Cascade or one of the "C"s, slight breadiness, sweet fruits, caramel

Appearance: Amber-Orange, Hazy (unfiltered), white head

Taste: Light sweet, Medium Bitterness

Palate: Medium body, creamy to sticky texture, average carbonation

Overall: Fine beer with nothing exciting or special going on. A bit fruity and yeasty, but overall a pretty good beer.


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