Switchback Brewing Company Reviews




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

mathieuc
3
Switchback Ale
Pours a clear golden with a thin white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of cereals and slight english hops. Taste is a bit fruity with some light cereals husk and not too bitter. Body is medium and carbonation high. Just OK.
Friday, November 13, 2015

kaser
2.8
Switchback Ale
Orange clear pour from draft at great lost bear in Portland Maine. English bitters on the nose. Fruit and pine taste. Not bad
Saturday, October 31, 2015

jamesewelch
3.8
Switchback Bohemian Pilsner
From 22oz bottle, about $6-7 at taproom, had a pint of it there a few weeks ago, poured into pilsner glass

Aroma: grassy hops, pilsner malt

Appearance: golden, clear, frothy, white foam,

Taste: lightly bitter, light sweetness,

Palate: light body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter,

Overall: One of my favorite styles. A very good pilsner. The Pils malt is very present and upfront paired with grassy and spicy hops. Great body with a very long lingering grassy bitterness. Now that I’m drinking it for a second time, it doesn’t taste like Saaz hops. It’s much more grassy than spicy. Definitely some dry hopping going on there as well. Overall, a slight spice taste late on the finish that’s somewhat overpowered by the grassiness of the hops. Very good beer that I’d buy 6-pack of cans in the summer and spring.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stine
4
Switchback Citra Pils
Beautiful, misty gold. Lemon oil, limestone, and hay aroma. The citrus zest of citra is woven into the fabric perfectly, as it lends its brightness without being obvious. Herbal touches can hint at soapiness. The flinty yeast coloration is intoxicating. Dry grass and apricots are prevalent in a feathery, tightrope crisp flavor. Dry wildflowers, herbs, citrus skins; same as the aroma, the ever present mineral surrounding flavor is sprightly and engaging, and intelligent. Pillowy texture with the right sparkle of carbonation, spot on. Fresh white bread flavors start to spread out as warmth and air set in, and the tangy lemon-mineral pairing can lean metallic. Truly excellent, subtle, smart stuff.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

micmillon18
2.5
Switchback Ale
22 oz bomber into a nonic glass. No born on date. Aroma - Nose is primarily floral hops with faint malt/ cooked corn. Slightly metallic as the beer warms. Appearance - Beige complexion. Thin band of white lacing coats the rim of the glass. Fluffy white head. Taste - Sweet bread, toasted malt followed by fruit (apricot) and balanced with lemony, but more prominently, earthy hops. Empty finish. Palate - Light bodied, lending to an unsatisfying overall experience. Within the style, 5% typically lends a more fuller, chewier body. This one leaves you hanging. Overall - Used to go nuts for this stuff in college. A good a gateway beer, as its just interesting enough to steer you away from the usual suspects.
Sunday, October 18, 2015

puboflyons
4
Switchback Märzen Fest Bier
From the 650 ml. bottle marked 15259. Handsome mahogany-amber-copper pour with a tremendous cream colored head. The roasted caramel malts are vibrant in the aroma with only a hint of grassy hops behind it all. Creamy, medium body. The flavor is sweet and rich with a crisp, clean bitterness coming up on the backside.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

AirForceHops
3.4
Switchback Märzen Fest Bier
22 oz. bottle from Prost Beer and Wine, paid $4.25. Nice looking amber / orange color with spotty white head down the sides of the glass. Aroma has a nice bready character with yeast and light earthy malt.

The is a carbon copy of the aroma. The texture has the malt and yeast that gives it a near medium mouthfeel. Texture is dry with the malt giving a lightly sweet finish. Hops are here but hidden by the malt bill as it normally is for the style. The malts and yeast are correct for the Marzen style and it drinks easily enough.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bulk_Carrier
3.4
Switchback Märzen Fest Bier
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange color with a slim almost finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipates to a concave sticky round-about lacing sticking in a messy sort of way. The smell started out with a dried caramel malts with a gentle earthy dry nuttiness to it. The taste rounds out to a balance between the previously noted flavors. Once again, the dried caramel leads into the aftertaste and giving off a quick subtle crisp finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a sly roasty nuttiness drying over my palate gently. Overall, its an okay o-fest/marzen. I don’t mind it for me, but fans of o-fests/marzens, eh maybe, give it a shot, maybe you might like it a tad more than me.
Friday, September 25, 2015

Handypaul
2.8
Switchback Ale
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a small quickly diminishing beige head that leaves little lacing. Faint aroma of hay. Lightly bitter, average carbo, light to medium body and a brief lightly bitter finish. Not as bad as I suspected it would be, or shall I say, better than expected.
Friday, September 25, 2015

nimbleprop
3.4
Switchback Citra Pils
22oz bottle pours a clear gold with some soft, white head. Nose is what you’d expect given the title, light grist, a little peanut skin, yeast and then bright citra hop, orange, a little tangerine. Flavor follows, a bit corny with some grist as well, yeast, peanut skin, light white grape, tangerine, some grass. Crisp finish. Decent enough.
Monday, September 21, 2015

Bulk_Carrier
3.5
Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with hues of dark orange/red tints along the sides of the glass. A one finger white to off white foamy level head hung around for a good minute and a half before gracefully dissipating leaving some messy tones of lacing. The smell started off with a nice blend or roasty to sweet and bitter coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. Light tones of caramel, nuts, vanilla and dark fruits balance nicely. The taste was mainly sweet trying to balance in the roasty and bitter portion of the prior flavors. There’s a dry bitter to roasty caramel and nutty aftertaste leading into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation is refined enough to allow a nice sessionability about it. This one runs fairly smooth and trying to bring about a decent creaminess over my tongue. Overall, its a good American porter, lightly hopped allowing a nice roasty to sweet blend allowing this beer to be what it is. I’d have again.
Friday, August 21, 2015

ben4321
2.8
Switchback Ale
Location: 22 oz bottle from Winooski Beverage, 8/12/15

Aroma: The nose has grainy and bready malts, a little earth, some pale malt, and a bit of corn
Appearance: It pours an unclear amber color with a thin, beige head, and average lacing
Flavor: The flavors are similar to the aroma, some light sweetness and light bitterness
Palate: The feel is only okay in my opinion, average carbonation, and a lightly dry finish
Overall Impression: Fairly average beer for me. It’s not memorable at all. Isn’t close to the best out worst thing I’ve tried. Just very okay, average, and unremarkable.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

John25
2.9
Switchback Ale
Draft at our hotel in VT. Free so that's a plus. Clear dark gold. Corn syrup aroma. The taste adds fruit esters and light floral hops. Light crisp bite on the feel and finish. Not bad. Plain and easy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bulk_Carrier
3.4
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazyburnt yellow color with a one finger white foamy/soapy looking head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing is quite messy and clingy. The smell starts off crisp sweet breadiness laced with sweet citrus and leads into a semi-sweet to bitter citrus rind. Light pine slightly makes a breakthrough. The taste was semi-sweet sticky citrus leading into a lip smacking good citrus aftertaste and finishes semi-sweet with a side of bitterness. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed decent for the style and for me. Overall, it’s a decent APA that I could have again.
Sunday, August 09, 2015

OsuStu
3
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
Draft. Hazy yellow orange. White head. Citrus and grass. Grapefruit and lemon juices. Astringent finish.
Friday, July 31, 2015

OsuStu
3.1
Switchback Berlinerweisse
Clear straw. Good sour taste. Low ABV. Fun to drink. Aroma is sour with a little funk.
Friday, July 31, 2015

nealblind
3.4
Switchback Citra Pils
Light gold pour. Plenty of foam. Aroma sorta grassy. Tastes mangos. Bready.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

puboflyons
3.8
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
From the 650 ml. bottle marked 15189. Cloudy, unfiltered yellow pour under a white foamy head. Aroma of toasted malts, bread, corn, pine, floral, and spice. But all low profile. Light body. More spicy hop bitterness emerges in the taste after those toasted malts play out. Lingering.
Monday, July 27, 2015

bigda83
3.9
Switchback Berlinerweisse
Draft at the source a little over a week ago. Poured clear, golden, bright, and had a small fizzy white head. Aromas of citrus, grass, hay, funk hit the nose. Flavor was very nice with straw, grass, lemon, sour, and funk in it. Very tasty and refreshing. Light body and a creamy texture to it. Fizzy and bubbly carbonation and a dry finish. Nicely done.
Friday, July 24, 2015