Switchback Slow Fermented Brown Ale

Switchback Slow Fermented Brown Ale

I gotta tell you, it’s going to be tough to top Sunday’s post, as far as entertainment value anyway. Thus, I’m not going to try to! Tonight is a straight-up beer review for your reading pleasure.

I’m drinking the last of my Christmas beer (courtesy Moms). The last beer standing is Switchback Slow Fermented Brown Ale. This is a 5.5% American Brown Ale, but I have to tell you that I was convinced that it was an English Brown. English browns tend to be less boldly flavored than their American counterparts. This beer fits the English description far better than the American style. It’s a true sessionable brown that goes down like water, but in a good way. The main flavor is a caramel maltiness. There is virtually no bitterness to the beer. That said, it’s not particularly sweet either…truly well balanced. Delicious!

Interested in what the name of this beer was referring to, I googled “Slow Fermentation”. I only found references to home brewers who had trouble with fermentation not occurring in their batches (clearly an issue). I didn’t dig much deeper than that, so if someone wants to educate us on why Switchback may be claiming this is slow fermented (and why that’s good), that would be great!


Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.