Okanagan Spring Switchback Summer Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on July 16, 2018 in Summer Guide
- 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 !
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.