Switchback Brewing Company Reviews




Mark_Eck
3
Switchback Ale
Bottle. Pours a hazy copperish color. Aroma and taste are grains and a little hops.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

muzzlehatch
2.6
Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #9. Vermont Brewer’s Fest, July 2008, sample 1. I have very scattershot notes from the fest; I had just recently lost my job, had been depressed for a couple of weeks, and was unable to find anyone else to go with to the fest, and started out pretty depressed and irritated. Looking at the recently-uncovered notebook from that period I see all kinds of despairing comments in between the beer ratings, and it gets me down - until I realize that, if my life still isn’t on anything like the track it should be on, at least it’s on a different line...

Which brings us to the brewery named Switchback, never one of my favorites in Vermont. My guess is that the "belated" part of this beer’s name has something to do with the fact that it took them a while to get it into real production; this sample comes from a year and a half before it was generally available. Anyway, it wasn’t an auspicious start - the pour decently murky-dark brown with a wisp of head (rare that you get more in those narrow fest tasting glasses anyway), and there’s a typical roasty character to the nose - although a touch of sour cherry isn’t necessarily welcome - and then in the body it was, alas, worty and underdevolped, like some of the brewery’s other products from this period, lightly sour, and thin on the finish. They’ve apparently improved quite a bit over the last few years though, and I’ll make sure to try a couple of their newer works if/when I visit the state again this fall.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Quake1028
2.5
Switchback Ale
Friend brought me back a couple of bottles from Vermont. Pours a dark amber that is impossible to see light through. Huge head, very sudsy, pillowy head and leaves a really nice amount of lacing on the glass. Very good looking beer. Some malt on the nose, with maybe a faint amount of some hop spiciness. Doesn’t smell as good as it looks, but there is nothing offensive in the aroma, just fairly weak. Watery, slick and oily mouthfeel. Some hop bitterness in the flavor profile, but watery and pretty weak. Maybe I am having a bad day with all of these misses. Not a drainpour, can finish this one, but there is nothing here that is going to make me sad that this is my last bottle of it. Glad I got to try it, but can safely move on from here.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

williamherbert
3.5
Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale
The color is a cloudy red-brown: dirty honey. I really like the cloudiness. The aroma is brown sugar nuttiness. It is nutty and not saccharine, which is always a fear with this style. Pleasant, inviting scent...at first. The more you agitate, there is a phenol/plastic and cooked vegetable aroma that brings it down a point. The flavor is much more sugary, although retains that nutty balance. The plastic and broccoli is much less in the taste than in the nose. The nutty finish is rather exquisite. There is a dusty feel to it, which overrides the slickness. It’s a pretty decent, malt-forward brown ale.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

siliconghost
4.8
Switchback Ale
Excellent smooth and light taste. Easy drinking beer. I often refer to this as the "Budweiser of real beer drinkers", because it is extremely popular when drinking several beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, August 13, 2016

ACHops
3.5
Switchback Thai Lime Gose
On tap @ Switchback. Very similar to the Berlinerweisse, the Thai lime added melds with the lemony flavor of the original Weisse, and really cuts the tartness nicely.
Monday, August 08, 2016

ACHops
3.4
Switchback Berlinerweisse
On tap @ Switchback. Pours hazy milky yellow with thin white head. Aroma is tart juicy lemon, dry on the back. Taste is big fresh lemon, medium tartness. Not bad, could use some syrup to cut the tartness.
Monday, August 08, 2016

ACHops
3.9
Switchback Connector IPA
On tap @ Switchback. Pours lightly hazy bright golden with thin white head. Aroma is big juicy tropical hops, dank resiny notes on the back. Taste is spot on similar - hops are even juicier. Lingers bitter on the finish. Solid.
Monday, August 08, 2016

ACHops
3.5
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
On tap @ Switchback. Lightly hazy. Loaded with dank, juicy, bitter hops - way more flavor than the regular ale. Almost in IPA territory. Quite bitter on the finish.
Monday, August 08, 2016

ACHops
3.3
Switchback Bohemian Pilsner
On tap @ Switchback. Listed here as Bohemi-l.e.m. Pils. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow with thin white head. Aroma is lightly roasty Pilsner malt, earthy dry hops. Somewhat grainy. Not bad, probably better than the regular ale.
Monday, August 08, 2016

ACHops
3.1
Switchback Ale
On tap @ Switchback. Pours hazy opaque orange with thin white head. Aroma is muted caramel malt, light sweet orange hops. Taste is similar. Kinda meh, but drinkable and easy.
Monday, August 08, 2016

BuckeyeBoy
3.9
Switchback Connector IPA
On tap at Switchback brewing. Pours out a golden copper color topped with a white head. Nose is nice pine tropical fruit hops and a little sweet malts. Taste is more of the nice tropical fruit hops a solid caramel malt sweetness.
Friday, July 22, 2016

BuckeyeBoy
3.5
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
On tap at Switchback brewing. Pours out a hazy apricot topped with a fluffy white head. Nose is vegetable floral hops and a nice sweet malt. Taste is more of the floral some grain and a little bitterness on the end.
Friday, July 22, 2016

BuckeyeBoy
3.8
Switchback Bohemian Pilsner
On tap at Switchback brewing. Pours out a pale straw color topped with a small white head. Nose is grassy fruit notes and a nice malt. Taste is more of the fruit notes a great grain wow this is very nice.
Friday, July 22, 2016

BuckeyeBoy
3.5
Switchback Ale
On tap at Switchback brewing. Pours out a hazy peach color topped with a white head. Nose is grain some earthy hops and a fruit note. Taste is more of the grain cereal malts earthy hops and a stone fruit note.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Chalumeaux
3.4
Switchback Ale
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer orange color with a nice white head. Aromas of clove bananna fruit malt. Taste is slightly sweet dry fruit floral grass and caramel malt.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Handypaul
2.9
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
Bottle. Thin body, lightly bitter, zero sweetness, lively carbo, weak aroma of grass, not much flavor, if the person who had served it to me wasn’t there, I would have poured it down the drain.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ron
3.2
Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a small head that disapated quickly. Nose is fairly malty and nutty. Fairly creamy with nuts, almonds and oak. OK brown flavor, but thin body.
Saturday, July 09, 2016

polo_marco
4.4
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
Sweet grassy malts on the front note with tons of grapefruit at the end smells white nice. Super dense cloudy golden color with little to no head of lacing. Sweet floral malts at first then awesome grapefruit bitterness in the middle followed by slightly tart but smooth lemon finish that lingers what seems like forever never get sick of this flavor. Light body with super zingy crisp carbonation, super refreshing. One of the best pale ales I’ve had this year especially being under 5 ABV. Nice work!
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

MaBeer1972
3
Switchback Ale
Bottled version. Pours out a medium russet amber. Frothy off white head. Very earthy. Light malts. Thin body. Lingering sticky malt finish. I probably need to let this one warm up more.
Friday, June 17, 2016

polo_marco
4.1
Switchback Citra Pils
Smells of sweet malts and a bit of lemon zest at the end. Slightly cloudy yellow color one of my favorites with one finger white head that slowly dissipates. Very complex flavor starting off with sweet malts then orange and lemon rind. Then followed by a nice crisp semi strong bite from the Hops. Light Sticky Buddy with zesty crisp delicate carbonation. All in all I have to say this is definitely a great light go to summer beer. Nice work.
Monday, June 06, 2016

puboflyons
3.6
Switchback SwitchBock
From the stubby 12 oz. bottle dated 1/28/16. Unfiltered amber-orange pour under a long lasting white foamy head. aroma of sweet malts, spice, grass, and earth, The body medium to full. Malt forward taste with a big dry bitterness to finish - more than I expected for 38 IBUs.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
4.1
Switchback Connector IPA
On tap at Bobcat Café and Brewery. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy/transparent burnt orange/yellow color with a one finger/slim white foaminess maintaining just right above the body. After dissipation, decent lacing. The smell started off with sweet to bitter resin to citrus to even a slight dried grassy sweetness. All combines, smells really nice. The taste was basically the same with an overall fully combined bittersweet fullness of the hops to the malts just blending just the right way. Light sweet to dry aftertaste. Drawn about semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation rides underneath just enough to allow appropriate (AIPA) wonderful bitterness to hit my tongue. Overall, damn nice AIPA, and of course I’d have this one again, holy moses!
Saturday, May 28, 2016

commonmac
2.6
Switchback Ale
Tap at the brewpub with commonshawn, rosskyle, samadouche. Half pint. Deep orange with hints of amber. Good lacing. Nose has malty/cereal qualities with some hop bitterness. Taste is very basic and approachable. You won’t find complexity here. Mild bitterness filling in the gaps between the dominant malty, grainy notes. Strange fruity finish that joins in with a mostly herbal tea bitterness. This feels like a beer I’ll forget soon after I’ve finished it.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

rosskyle
3.4
Switchback Connector IPA
Served on tap at Switchback. Hazy yellow color with a white head. Citrus pine hops aroma. Citrus funk up front with a flight hops finish. Medium light body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, May 22, 2016

rjplumer
3.2
Switchback Ale
Light malt and grassy aroma. Hazy dark orange body with on a thin bubbly head. Light malt, grainy grass taste, Mild sweetness. Has a hint of tartness. Finish is on the dry side. The only negative is that it seems kind of plain. It is drinkable light bodied.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

bavarian81
3.3
Switchback SwitchBock
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a big glass mug. Dark orange/gold color and a bit on the cloudy side. It smelled of caramel, bread, grass, and dark fruit. Taste is a little sweet, and a little spicy.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

jamesewelch
4
Switchback Smoked Marzen
Had this beer in the taproom, bought a 22oz bottle (about $7, I think). Bottled on 2/23/16. Consumed on 4/14/16. Limited run.

Aroma: smoke, vanilla, bread, caramel, roasty,

Appearance: orange, clear, tan foam,

Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter,

Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation,

Overall: I really enjoy smoked beer and especially smoked marzens. A really good beer made by switchback. I love stopping into their taproom every couple of months to see the new limited run beer on tap (and sometimes limited run of bottles). They make some great limited beer there. A very nice smoky marzen. Nice body and taste. Really great aroma. A solid smoked marzen which I could enjoy year round. Smokiness might be a tad too much for some, but it’s just right for me.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Chalumeaux
3.3
Switchback SwitchBock
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer effervescent golden pour with a thin white head. Aromas of grain honey and lager yeast. Taste is well balanced and follows aroma.
Friday, April 08, 2016

AirForceHops
3.2
Switchback SwitchBock
Bootle thanks for sharing Willrunforbeer. Clear golden color, thin head. Aroma of German lager yeast, light honey, mild grass.

Flavor is right on the money for the style. Lager yeast with a slight skunk note is the main character. Lighter in body with a sweetness that is grain or corn. ABV is not noticed. Overall as it should be.

Friday, April 08, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.3
Switchback SwitchBock
Stubby little bottle. Pours copper gold with a greyish off white head. Aroma is honey, light grains, floral hop. Flavor is honey, light grains, grass, floral hop. Not a favorite style, but a well balanced example.
Friday, April 08, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.7
Switchback SwitchBock
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a hazy semi-dark burnt bronzed golden orange to brown color with a slim finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some messy lacing roaming around the glass. The smell starts off with a sharp sweet bready to sweet grassy hoppy to malty balance. The flavor wraps it up and asks is this a Maibock or a Kellerbier? I say that because of the lower body on this beer. Doesn’t quite taste like a maibock/hellerbock as the toffee, bready, biscuity flavors hold tight around the sweet grassy flavors. Good carbonation on the feel. Overall, hard to rate to style as ratebeer says maibock but the brewery and I both say Kellerbier, as there’s not enough body, heavier caramel/toffee and even the roasty portion of some nuts to be a maibock. I’d have again for me. Enjoyable offering.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

tekstr1der
3.7
Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale
Interesting spin on brown ale. Pours dark copper with a lasting clingy half-finger of tan foam - looks great. Smell was the weakest point for me as it’s dominated by earthy, even slightly sour, notes among the slight malt and just-detectable nut. Flavor is better, with more malt coming out alongside the lager-ish-ness. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but understandable for low abv.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
3.9
Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a semi-dark hazy burnt brown color with a slim less than a finger’s worth of off-white head that just glazed the top of the mug. Nice semi-thick to thin foamy lacing glossed along the sides of the glass. The smell starts off with some rich sweet nutty / somewhat walnut-like to toffee and caramel rich fragances. The taste replicates the smell mostly. Definitely has a dry nutty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good. Overall, as an English Brown ale, I really don’t see much wrong with this. I’d have again.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

AdamChandler
3.2
Switchback Märzen Fest Bier
Bottle from Grant, reddish orange appearance. Has a corn, maze, amber ale aroma. Decent mouthfeel, good overall taste, has a nice amber ale taste, some saaz and nugget taste at the finish. decent.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

polo_marco
3
Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale
Smells of roasted barley. Dark in color. Taste nutty and of roasted malts. Med body light carbonation. Worst beer from switchback should go back to the drawing board and come out with the work I know you guy can.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

malrubius
3.7
Switchback Connector IPA
Growler from Lisai’s. Clear gold with creamy white head and lace. Mild piney fruity toffee aroma. Apricot toffee crackery honey butterscotch sweetness with spicy grapefruit tangerine bitterness medium finish. Some lingering sweetness. Medium creamy body enough carbo to accentuate hops. Something very complex about the blend of fruity candy sweetness and spiciness but I’m not sure it’s entirely pleasant. Wife likes it, so that counts for a lot.
Friday, March 04, 2016

rodenbach99
3.7
Switchback Connector IPA
Style et résumé: Très bonne IPA américaine houblonnée au Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic & Centennial à 6,2%.
Comment: Bouteille de 660ml embouteillée le 2-2-2016, merci Vincent.
Portrait: Une robe dorée translucide avec une belle mousse blanche qui laisse une dentelle. Le citra arrive dès l’ouverture, ensuite des agrumes, des oignons et un léger malt blond. Une bouche fraîche avec des saveurs d’agrumes, de pin et d’oignon. Une amertume tranchante en finale à la limite de l’astringence, qui n’est pas déplaisante. Désaltérante à souhait.
Note: 7+/10

Thursday, March 03, 2016

VastActiv
3.2
Switchback Ale
Tap at Switchback Brewery, Burlington. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dryness, some hops and malts. Can’t find this one special but drinkability is quite OK.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

VastActiv
3.5
Switchback Roasted Red
2-3 pints at Switchback Brewery, Burlington. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Some dry fruits, caramel, some hops and malts. Pretty good.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

VastActiv
3.2
Switchback Connector IPA
Tap at Switchback Brewery, Burlington. Colour is slightly cloudy light orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops and malts. Nothing special.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

jnortonvt
3.2
Switchback SwitchBock
Purchased bomber at Winooski Beverage. Poured a medium with golden-orange color (maybe the best looking beer I’ve seen in a while) Citrus, bread, spruce aromas. Medium carbonation with piney, citrus aftertaste. Difficult for me to describe the taste. Yet I liked it in the beginning of a glass, not so crazy about it in the middle, but I drank it down quickly in the end. Maybe due to the 7% alcohol...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

mcox90
3.4
Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter
22 oz. bottle from a local Shaws grocery store. Pours a basic brown with a one finger off white head. Roasted malt aroma. Light sweetness on the flavor. Roasted malt with an ever so slight whisper of chocolate. Thin nosh body. Pretty decent and fairly inexpensive.
Sunday, January 24, 2016

polo_marco
3.3
Switchback SwitchBock
Smells way to malty. Color is clear solid gold. Huge head of white foam. Taste of sweet malts not much else there. Body is medium with light carbonation. Not a big lager fan but not bad all an all. Would like to see a really strong bitter ipa come from you guys.
Thursday, January 07, 2016

probstblueribbon
3
Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter
12 oz bottle from Winooski Beverage, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Cute bottle!

App.: Deep brown-black with a fairly tight tan head. Aroma: Dusty dark-roasted, malt, a touch of acidity, floral hops, a bit of dark chocolate, faint coffee, such a cute bottle. Palate: Medium+ body, low to moderate carbonation. Flav.: Dark-roasted malt, a little dark chocolate, a bit ashen, lightly acidic, light grape jelly; quite dry with fairly high bitterness and a dark-roasted malt and lingering bitter finish.

Again, great packaging. A solid Porter, which isn’t my fave.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Jow
3.2
Switchback Roasted Red
Bottle at home grabbed from Latham Beverage. Murky red with floaters and fine one finger head. Nose is malt, pine, and berry. Tastes of malts, berry, grape juice, apples, pear, caramel, pine tar, cardboard. Medium bodied and not too sweet.
Saturday, January 02, 2016

beerbill
3.3
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
12 oz. bottle at my in-laws Christmas party. Pours a hazy gold with a moderate white head. Centennial, Chinook and Cascade are among my favorite hop varieties, but that’s not what I get when I inhale this beer. The aroma is mostly grassy and herbal. No citrus at all. Bottle says it was bottled Dec 10 so the beer is certainly fresh. The flavor is pale malt and herbal hops with light grassiness. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. Dries out considerably at the finish too. Medium bodied. As a side note, really cool retro look stubby bottle.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

polo_marco
4.2
Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter
Smells of straight coffee bean right to the nostril. Got a nice dark brown almost black eyes color. Taste is delightfully of coffee bean with a nice clean crisp finish. Strong multi solids rent across your tongue. All know nice Porter could use a bit more sweetness from the malts. Nice work switch back.
Sunday, December 20, 2015

polo_marco
4.3
Switchback Connector IPA
On tap at Ricks grill. Faint but nice tropical fruit smell. Light gold color. Small head with nice lacing. Taste is smooth with slight bit and malt with super smooth finish. Best swichback yet. Wish the carbonation was a bit crisper but nice well rounded brew maybe Sam adams could take lessons o, perfect balance brew. Nice work.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

tekstr1der
3.2
Switchback Märzen Fest Bier
Perhaps I was late on this one and it doesn’t age well? I just can’t agree with the general take on this. Pours a cloudy copper with thin white top. Aroma has the expected malty bread, but also a slight metallic skunkiness to it. The same comes through in the otherwise fairly bland flavor. Finish is dry with the taste of a penny lingering. Also more carbonated than I enjoy.
Sunday, November 15, 2015