Thursday, February 23, 2012

Switchback Ale (Burlington, VT)

So, we're at Dinosaur BBQ and I'm thinking I might want a local beer as we're standing there waiting for our table. Of course, on my list, local comes first. I scan the tap handles looking for something different. It's then I see the Switchback logo, and I know exactly whaat I am looking for.

Located in Burlington, Vermont, Switchback Brewing Company was founded in 2002 by a formally trained master brewer and his friend, the vision was to concentrate limited resources into making just a few beers to achieve the highest quality possible. The success of Switchback Ale beer has driven constant expansion for over 7 years and made the release of three Rotating Specials.

Switchback Ale was first sold October 22nd, 2002. Using only traditional ingredients, Switchback Ale is a reddish-amber ale. Five different malts, select hop varieties, and their specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (the yeast’s contribution), followed by a malty finish. Their special process uses the yeast to naturally carbonate the beer, and they leave it unfiltered. This ale contains 5.0% alcohol by volume. IBU 28.

The beer is excellent. Smooth and clean, well balanced. It's got lots of complex flavors, including a nice burst of hops, as well as some wonderful malty notes, but finishes refrreshing. Had some with the BBQ wings, and it proved an exceptional accompiment to food! A great beer!