Switchback Brewing Company Reviews




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

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

BroSpud
3.4
Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter
From a 6 pack of oddly shaped 12oz bottles. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with flavor notes of coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel. Better than expected though nothing spectacular.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

rosenbergh
3.6
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
22 oz bottle. Thanks Timo A! Cloudy golden color with a small white head. Fruity hops, freshness, citrus, moderate bitterness and mild tartness in the aroma. The flavor is fruity hops, moderate bitterness, dryness and malt. Fresh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

olio
3.6
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
65 cl bottle.
Pours hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy, slightly soapy and herbal, tangerine, some spice notes. Flavor is citric, bitter hoppy, herbal, some gooseberries. Solid.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Onslow
3
Switchback Ale
Draft. Copper brew with tan head. Nutty aroma, sweet malt, hints of grass and floral hops. Taste is modest sweet malt, earth and a little grass.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

johnnnniee
3.6
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
Bottle from the Lazy Dog Clear pale golden color with a decent bubbly white head. Earthy resinous pine hops on the nose and flavor. Faint crackery crisp malt underneath. Somewhat like most of the session IPA’s these days, not a bad brew.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Lunkie
2.8
Switchback Märzen Fest Bier
Hop herbal spice aroma. Clear Amber colour good head and lacing. Hop spice stale ashtray aftertaste. Flat palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, September 25, 2016

vanvenlo
2.9
Switchback Märzen Fest Bier
Windsor Alehouse ontap(25-Sep-16)Sweet sour light sulphur ester aroma.Cloudy light amber, spider lace&ok head.Sweet citrus sour caramel bread flavour.Skunk ester finish and skunkish malt aftertaste.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

brokensail
3.7
Switchback Berlinerweisse
On tap @ Switchback. Very milky, turbid, almost grapefruit juice colored beer. Pretty strong lemon character. Lots of grass, some green grape, and green apple. Notes of straw and some cracker. There’s a lot of tartness and acidity here, which I enjoy. Not a whole lot going on here except for the acidity and citric qualities, but it’s a nice one.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

brokensail
3.9
Switchback Thai Lime Gose
On tap @ Switchback. Milky straw colored beer with a white. Lemon and lime on the nose. A lot of citrus zest and juice on particular. Strong bready malt base, some biscuit, and a touch of cracker. Pretty heavy on the sourness, in terms of the flavor. A good amount of lime juice and zest here, too. Slight green grape on the finish. Pretty crisp, acidic, and refreshing. Nice beer.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

brokensail
3.6
Switchback Connector IPA
On tap @ Switchback. Mostly clear golden beer with a white head. Lots of pineapple, melon, and peach. There’s some dank going on here, too. Mildly herbal, lots of citrus, and some bready malt. Definitely has a touch of that green onion on the finish. Notes of watermelon on the finish, particularly on the finish. Good floral, citrus, tropical fruits, and grassy hop flavor. One of their better offerings.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

brokensail
3.3
Switchback Extra Pale Ale
On tap @ Switchback. Turbid golden beer with a sticky white head. Pretty earthy hop profile on this one. Somewhat floral and grassy, too. Has a little bit of a tannic, husky finish. Lots of straw aroma, too. The flavor is on the dry side with a lot of cracker, grass, straw, and leafy hops. Some bitterness of grass and citrus rind. Mild orange peel notes in there, too.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

brokensail
3.6
Switchback Bohemi-LEM Pils
On tap @ Switchback. Hazed bright golden beer with some white foam. Quite strong on the citrus character which is a bit unusual for a pils. It’s actually kind of nice, though. Some melon notes, bitter grass, and a fair amount of grass. Has a decent malt profile as well. And some bready sweetness. Light twang to it on the finish and a fairly substantial bitterness. Not bad, though not sure it’s really a traditional pils.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

brokensail
3.4
Switchback Märzen Fest Bier
On tap @ Switchback. Clear orange-amber beer with some white foam. Lots of toasted grains and bread on the nose. Some raw biscuit dough, floral hops, apple esters, and some sort of a weird herbal aroma that I can’t quite pin down. Definitely on the sweet side. Fairly mild ester character here. Light bitterness, though perhaps a bit husky and tannic. Otherwise, I guess just the typical bread, toast, and mild caramel malt sweetness here with a touch of floral and grassy hop bitterness.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

brokensail
3.4
Switchback Ale
On tap @ Switchback. Cloudy orange beer with a white head. Lightly earthy and floral hops on the nose and tongue. Some sweet caramel, bread, and toasted malts as well. Pretty malt forward beer, in fact. There is a light bitterness, some apple esters, and woody hops. Maybe a little bit on the grassy side. It’s okay.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 9, 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 6, 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 6, 2016