Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.79/5 rDev -7.6%
Lighthouse Brewing 'Switchback IPA' @ 6.5% , served from a growler purchased for $10 , the day they posted that they are having a contest to 'switch' the name of this beer ; )
A-pour is a light/pale gold from the growler to glass with a small off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
T-more citrus at the start , bit of pine presence in the background
MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok/good beer , decent IPA , plus it's local
03-17-2014 06:07:48 | More by LampertLand
4.26/5 rDev +3.9%
Sampled a single 355 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. For some reason that I cannot really articulate I went into this experience with fairly low expectations ... OK, this will be yet another reasonably tasty and well-crafted but not earth shattering west coast IPA, like something from Tree or another BC brewer a notch or two below Phillips or Central City. I was very happy to be wrong on this occasion. This one looks nice, a peachy orange-red with around three inches of beige bubbles. Nose is chock full of tropical fruit, with melon, guava, passion fruit, and grapefruit rind detectable along with a mellow yet persistent caramel malt backbone. Apparently this brew contains two hop blends (Zythos and Falconer's Flight) and when you do the math there are something like 17 different hops making contributions here, which could account for why this tastes so wicked. There is a real New Zealand influence here, with the tropical fruit and gooseberry flavors very prominent. I even get some floral rosewater and strawberry, lemon tea, and a darker floral note (tobacco?). This sucker is complex. However, instead of remaining fruity and floral, an aggressive pine resin flavor gathers steam like a menthol cough drop and the finish is bitter and aggressive but not coarse. There is a cool evolution from sweet flavors to green pine bitterness, with a tannic tartness throughout. On top of all this, the malts go beyond the typical IPA sweet profile, starting with some butterscotch and moving toward some toasted and near-roasted notes. Body is just shy of moderately chewy and this does coat the mouth a bit. What a super-tasty package all told. Dare I say this is almost as good as Red Racer and probably has a few extra layers of flavor.
02-09-2014 20:43:49 | More by CalgaryFMC
Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.