I first had Switchback this Summer on a trip to Burlington and then found it again at The Great Lost Bear in Portland a few months later. When I heard it was going to be bottled I knew I had to get a bottle. On my last trip to Vermont they had bottles at Hunger Mountain Coop for a very reasonable price (I think it was less than $5).
The packaging is simple but effective and the bottle states it is an unfiltered and naturally conditioned ale. Pours a nice amber color with a slight white head. Not a lot happening with the aroma but I really don’t expect a pale ale to have a lot of aroma. The taste is well balanced with a very nice blend of pale malts, a touch of sweetness and just enough hops so you can taste them but it shouldn’t scare aware those that do not like hoppy beer.
The bottle has a bit of extra stuff in the bottom, probably my fault for not pouring properly but it certainly is unfiltered. Overall this is a quality pale ale that both craft beer and non-craft beer drinkers would enjoy.
Pros: Well balanced
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 28
Brewers Website: Switchback Facebook Page
Brewers Description: Using only traditional ingredients, Switchback Ale is a reddish-amber ale which is particularly well-balanced, allowing for complexity of flavor coupled with an unusually smooth and refreshing character. Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast’s contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish. Our own special process uses the yeast to naturally carbonate the beer, and we leave it unfiltered. The result is a satisfying brew full of flavor with a remarkably clean and smooth finish.