Okanagan Spring Switchback Summer Ale

Reviewed by on July 16, 2018 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Okanagan Spring Brewery

  • Origin: Vernon, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 16, 2018

  • Best Before: canned March 5, 2018

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Golden Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Switchback Summer Ale comes as part of OSB’s 2018 summer mixed-pack. The label describes this as a ‘true golden ale’.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of awkwardly webbed lace around the glass as it steadily evaporates.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy cereal malt, pink cotton candy, dollar-store orange slices, and very faint earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, a hint of earthy yeastiness, hard candy, and more well-understated leafy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-baiting frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of indistinct pithiness perhaps marring the ideal at this particular juncture.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and other sundry sugary essences showing some lingering chutzpah.

Overall – yeah, this is one fruity and essentially enjoyable blonde/golden ale, but not too sweet, all of which could engender a decent drinkability, I would imagine.  Pleasantly simple, and worthy of its inclusion as the seasonal star in the mixer.

Brady White



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