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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (10458) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"good flavors, malt and cascade hops, but it came out a little thin. not quite boring, but not very exciting either. id drink it again, but wouldnt go out of my way for it."

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9210) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Medium to dark copper. Smokey corn aroma. Taste is a bit sour, of stale malts and maple syrup. Can't say much more, just not enjoyable.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2004
on tap at the pilsner room in portland. pretty average interpretation of a boring style. copper colour with a sweet red berry aroma and dryish finish

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7438) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic. Very watery, very citric, very yaaawwwwnnnn...zzzzzzzz.

3.3
   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6450) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Deep amber with a thin head. Looks like the Rip Curl but without the cascade. Lightly hopped. OK.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2004
[email protected] Pilsner Room, Portland. Shouldnt have had this after the Imperial Porter, because i couldnt taste much. A fairly bland red, sweet, with the standard toffee and nuts, some tangy hops.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Pellucid peanut orange, light amber, average micro looking head, some lacing. The aroma has some very fresh hop notes along with some lingering spices from their wassail, an intermediate before hangtime. The flavor has a very unique gorganzola-like cheesyness in the finish. Lightly musky. Good caramel flavors with some medium body. Well balanced & yummy. Comes out good without being over the top.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - APR 11, 2003
Reddish amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied ale. Malts are nutty and carmely and kind of sweet. Hops are grapefruity and citrusy. A touch weak at the finish, but nicely balanced. A nice spring beer. Spritzy carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours a bright deep amber color. Aromas of sweet malt and some hops. Flavor of sweet caramel, a touch of fruit, and a nice hop finish.


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