Switchback Brewing Company Reviews




emier88
5
Switchback Ale

Monday, November 20, 2017

tfontana
3
Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass from Andover Liquors. Appearance is hazy dark red/brown with trace sparkle, 1/2-finger width light brown foamy head with poor retention and light soapy lacing. Aroma is strong roasted malts, bordering on burnt, with light chocolate. Taste is roasted malts with light chocolate giving way to bitterness and an almost metallic flavor. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture, lively carbonation and very dry, bitter finish. Overall, balance is too far to the bitter side and finish is excessively dry for me.
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Metalchopz
3.7
Switchback Citra Pils
Enjoyed for Easter 2017 in Vermont with friends. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white frothy cap, nice lasting and foamy lacing. Cereal malt aromas with the citra hops. Citrus tasting with orange notes and light grapefruit zest that is well-blended. The mouthfeel is lightly dry. Quite nice, as not overly zest-peel dry. This is a nice blend of a few styles that go down very nicely. A different twist on the hoppy brews.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kleg
3.2
Switchback Ale
12 oz stubby bottle bought in NH. Murky dark gold pour with a khaki head and decent retention. No lacing. No real distinct flavors. Crisp and smooth with almost no bitterness. Lightly sweet and light fruity hops. I would have guessed this was a weak pilsner. This beer doesn't know what it wants to be.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

bbbeer
3.2
Switchback Citra Pils
Clear yellow. Small white head. Lemon, grass aroma. Light body, lightly carbonated. Light refreshing citrus flavor with some white grape components and grain and yeast in the finish, lacks a bit of crispness which is too bad as the flavors are nice. Decent overall.
Sunday, October 29, 2017

bbbeer
3.4
Switchback Ale
Brown-orange with small tan head. Aroma malt, toasty, touch of hops. Medium-light body. Flavor is off-dry malt, some roasted flavors, fruitiness, very slight bitterness. Simple, good balance.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FLBH
4
Switchback Citra Pils

Monday, October 9, 2017

Leighton
3.6
Switchback Citra Pils
Bottle at home in Salisbury - picked up in NH. Pours clear yellow-gold, subtly effervescent, with a creamy, pure white head. The aroma has some citrusy hops, biscuits, a little grass. Light sweet flavour with a little rindy bitterness, pale bread, sturdy grassy hops, tangerine peel. Light bodied with massaging carbonation. Decent balance in the finish, some more citrus fruits, pale grains, grass, melon. Fun stuff.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Smooney249
4.7
Switchback Ale

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ron
3.3
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
I had this draft during dinner with Patty and Kara at Smoke signals in Lake Placid NY. This was a cloudy, unfiltered yellow pour with 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.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

dlovell2
3.9
Switchback Citra Pils
Poured from unique shaped bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with fluffy white head. Bready malt aroma with herbal hops and citrus. Flavor is citrus followed by bready malt and herbal spiciness. Citrus peel finish. Really enjoyed this one.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Leighton
3.4
Switchback Ale
Bottle shared in MV. Pours clear orange with a fairly tight, foamy off-white head. The aroma holds toasted grains, some English yeast, a few leaves, citrus peel. Light sweet flavour with more toasted grains, more orange rind, a little grassy bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with some further leafy hops, citrus peel, further lightly toasted grains, more bread. Not bad overall.
Monday, August 14, 2017

j663dp
2
Switchback Citra Pils

Saturday, July 29, 2017

j663dp
3
Switchback Ale

Saturday, July 29, 2017

smashbros
4.3
Switchback Citra Pils
This Burlington favorite stuns with its unique presentation and delightful taste qualities. This effervescent hoppy pils is noteworthy for its distinctive combination of lagery body and ale palate. Perhaps the ambiance of a fine brew enjoyed while gazing at Lake Champlain has something with our glowing review, too.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

tjlarso3
3
Switchback Ale

Saturday, July 15, 2017

17Beer
3.3
Switchback Connector IPA
Tap at Biedeman’s in Plymouth. Scents of pine and citrus. Pours orange gold with a white head that is gone fast. Lots of lacing. Nice sour tastes and a lingering light hop sour finish. Very drinkable.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hotle
4
Switchback Ale

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

mansquito
3.4
Switchback Connector IPA
From my brother: pours light copper with a white head. Aroma is citrus, pine and malt. Standard, simple IPA. More on the malty side. Solid IPA.
Sunday, July 2, 2017

kaser
4
Switchback Connector IPA
Has this as part of a flight at switchback brewery in Burlington. Super juicy and fruity flavors. Not much on the nose. Delicious.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

kaser
4
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
Has this as part of a flight at switchback brewery in Burlington. Delicious. The aroma was candy and the taste didn't let down
Thursday, June 29, 2017

kaser
3
Switchback Citra Pils
Has this as part of a flight at switchback brewery in Burlington. Yellow with white head. Dry and bitter. Some hops. Not bad for the style.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

shawnmurphy
3
Switchback Ale
I’ve had this in the bottle and on tap, but this rating is for a pint pour at Our House Bistro in Plattsburgh, New York. Pours clear amber, minimal off-white head and lacing. Aroma: brown sugar, some nuts. Flavor: pretty much the same Mouthfeel: medium-bodied. It’s OK, drinkable, non-offensive, but really boring. I can’t understand why it’s so popular.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

17Beer
3.2
Switchback Ale
Mild aromas of bread. Pours an orange gold with a thin white head and a lot of lacing. Sweet and sour balance with a light lingering sour finish. Good carbonation. A nice drinkable ale.
Monday, May 22, 2017

JBell14
3.6
Switchback Ale
Nice amber color with an off white head. Medium body, malty, with a little bitter from the hops on back end John L - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, May 21, 2017

ctlane
5
Switchback Citra Pils

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

radbrews
3.5
Switchback Connector IPA

Friday, May 5, 2017

AirForceHops
3.2
Switchback Roasted Red
Bottle solo domed most of it. Pours a dirty amber color, thin off white head. Little or mild nose. Light caramel and light fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, weak bitterness in the finish. I was hoping for just a bit more flavor than the Caramel/ toffee. I don’t get chocolate (wish I did)

Higher carbonation in a near medium body. Not bad, seems like it was brewed for the masses. Kind of ordinary, nothing here to give it any jazz.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

rjplumer
3.6
Switchback Citra Pils
Lemongrass aroma. Bright clear yellow body with a lingering foamy head about a half inch thick. Tart grainy taste. Finishes on the dry side.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

thornecb
2.8
Switchback Citra Pils
Pours hazy straw into a shaker. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sourdough and lemon aromas. Soft with sourdough and biscuit upfront turning to rotting vegetables before the lasting earthy bitter twig finish.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

thepatrickman
3.6
Switchback Citra Pils
On draft. This proves that you can take any style of beer and make it taste more immediately impressive by adding Citra hops. Crisp and clean, like a standard lager, with a big orange juice aroma from all the Citra. Fun and refreshing.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Handypaul
2.7
Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a 2-finger, creamy, beige, fully-lasting head that leaves very good lacing. Weak aroma of hay and grass. Lightly bitter, a tiny bit of hazelnuts, thin texture, light body, appropriate carbo, and a brief, lightly bitter finish. Not so hot.
Monday, April 10, 2017

shawnmurphy
4
Switchback Connector IPA
22-ounce bottle pours hazy golden with off-white head, leaving behind chunks of yeast floating in the glass (it’s unfiltered, after all). Aroma: mango, pineapple, peach, orange, pine. Flavor: pretty much what you smell is what you taste. Mouthfeel is medium weight. Clean, crisp, dry -- very drinkable.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

wattoclone
3
Switchback Ale

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bebum
3.2
Switchback Citra Pils
Hazy, deep straw. Medium body, flavorsome, low carbonation but average heat, richer mouthfeel than most american lagers, average length. Crisp, dry. Hoppy but significant malt, resiny, citrusy. Pleasant, tasty and refreshing but not very original. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, March 11, 2017

argo0
3.4
Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter
Bottle. Small beige head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast, light molasses/honey. Taste is sweet, roast, caramel, light molasses. Light-medium body, light stickiness, low carbonation.
Sunday, February 26, 2017

proscriptus
4
Switchback Citra Pils

Thursday, February 23, 2017

omhper
3.1
Switchback Citra Pils
Keg at Switchback, Burlington. Hazy golden, creamy head. Bready nose with some tangerine. Mid dry with light-medium body and clean mouthfeel. Spicy grainy bread, mild citrus. Mid bitter finish. Flawless, but somewhat sterile. Lacks the malt softness which is the soul of kellerbiers.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

omhper
2.3
Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter
Keg at Switchback, Burlington. Dark brown, small head. Caramel and coffee up front. Mid sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Coffee and fudge. Lightly metallic finish.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

omhper
2.9
Switchback Roasted Red
Keg at Switchback, Burlington. Hazy amber, small head. Cloudy amber, small head. Citrusy hop aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Floral and citrusy, some toast. Mid bitter finish.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

omhper
2.7
Switchback Slow-Fermented Brown Ale
Keg at Switchback, Burlington. Hazy nut brown, small head. Fruity nose with some hazelnuts and caramel. Mid sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Fairly low bitterness. A bit sterile with lots of crystal malt.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

omhper
2.6
Switchback Ale
Keg at Switchback, Burlington. Cloudy amber, small head. Fruity bready nose. Mid sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Crystal malt and bread, some hay. Mid bitter finish.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

czar
3.3
Switchback Citra Pils
pours unclear light but bright gold with a small creamy white cap offering some retention and lacing. golden pilsner maltiness, caramel-ish angles to my disliking, melon-driven citra, which is odd, candied grapefruit as well, very bitter herbs, light sulphur traces, clean lagering yeast. moderate carbonation, light body - thin; drying and crisp herbal-melon-citrusy finish. perhaps american pils with light citra input yet imparting unusual melonness. quenching anyhow.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

shawnmurphy
3.7
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
12-ounce bottle pours hazy golden (it’s unfiltered, after all). Aroma is of fresh-cut hay, honey and hops. Flavor is pretty much the same with a little citrus zing in the aftertaste from the hops. Light body, very drinkable. A great summer guzzler.
Friday, January 27, 2017

TaktikMTL
3.3
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez Shaws (Fair Heaven, VT) au coût de 5,50$. Arôme: Légère odeur d’agrumes. Apparence: La couleur est orangée voilée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de pamplemousse et de pin. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’agrumes en arrière goût. (Rating #7226)
Friday, January 27, 2017

johnnnniee
3.4
Switchback Citra Pils
Bottle from the Lazy dog Slightly hazy deep yellow with a firmly bubbled white head that persists. Somewhat odd meaty note up front dissipated quickly. The nose has bits of earthy spicy floral citrus and some faint bready pilsner underneath. The flavor is about what the aroma promised but add a light skunk. Not horrible but certainly not as clean as the German beer they are trying to emulate.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

bnokk
1.6
Switchback Ale
APPEARANCE- lightly orange (in this bar’s light). Odd for an ale. It is plenty turbid, so I believe it’s unfiltered. NOTES- I’ve already said the most interesting things about this beer.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.9
Switchback Roasted Red
On tap at Vermont Tap House. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy semi-transparent amber/copper color. Bar pour’s kind of slim white head slides quickly into the beer. The aroma breathes in a very nice balance of roasted nuts to sweet caramel/toffee malts, very clean and smooth. The flavor is pretty much the same with that nice balance of roast to sweet nuts and malts smoothly running into each other and sliding into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable quality about it. Nice carbonation. Overall, well done amber ale that I would love to have again.
Friday, January 13, 2017

mahkus
3.8
Switchback Ale
A very pleasant bitter. Quickly dissipating head. Cloudy appearance because of the sediment. Slightly malty aroma. Nicely balanced flavour.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Handypaul
3.7
Switchback Connector IPA
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a creamy, white, somewhat lasting head that leaves ok lacing. Full aroma of floral and sweet citrus. Light body, lightly bitter and light to medium sweetness, average carbo that looses its bubbles a bit too quickly, an odd dry sort of flavor late in the game and a lightly sweet, very brief finish. One of this brewers better brews but not very exciting.
Thursday, December 15, 2016