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Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Switchback IPASwitchback IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.56%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Siriusfisherman on 03-15-2012)
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ivyman

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-12-2014 12:38:43 | More by ivyman
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KingHoppy


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

07-10-2014 01:03:30 | More by KingHoppy
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

06-04-2014 00:44:39 | More by Beervana
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

06-01-2014 04:16:28 | More by Coastal_Brew
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-10-2014 16:29:26 | More by Niceroad77
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-18-2014 03:21:59 | More by goalie35
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-13-2014 23:37:41 | More by Idrankthat
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Justindouglas7


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-02-2014 23:43:04 | More by Justindouglas7
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-02-2014 15:21:22 | More by sclitch
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-21-2014 15:12:47 | More by Caudalie
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22%

03-18-2014 02:50:22 | More by EskimoDave
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

S-lemon citrus

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

prost LampertLand

Serving type: growler

03-17-2014 06:07:48 | More by LampertLand
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phys1028

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-05-2014 03:28:43 | More by phys1028
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Hoptoria

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-28-2014 21:27:53 | More by Hoptoria
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-28-2014 04:17:16 | More by maclean25
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 20:43:49 | More by CalgaryFMC
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

02-01-2014 05:05:44 | More by MylesMac
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-04-2014 05:12:24 | More by DamageCase76
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-10-2013 14:51:38 | More by rogerdandy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this

Golden-Honey colour, one finger sticky white head, lots of lace here as well. Nose is a mix of citrusy hop and sweet malts, honey dew melon, sugar dusted grapefruit, orange , lots of sweet citrusy fruits. Taste is sweet and malty with a lot of floral hop flavour as well, some citrus and pine, sugary malts and a bit on the sweet side, mild-medium bitterness, grapefruit aftertaste. Carbonation is a touch high, lightish-medium body. This was pretty good but not what I typicaly enjoy in an IPA in the sense that there wasn't a ton of hop flavour or bitterness, still pretty drinkable though and drinks farily quickly.

Serving type: can

12-09-2013 12:47:07 | More by peensteen
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-30-2013 16:02:50 | More by GoHabsGo
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-16-2013 15:18:26 | More by mtomlins
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-16-2013 07:03:42 | More by Exeter
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StJamesGate

New York

3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Chill Winston, Vancouver.

Bronze with thin film.
Papaya and melon nose.
Apricot Danish with gooseberry, tangerine and rose petal hops.
Peach cobbler finish and flowery linger.
Lt-med, some chew, round.

Aussie + NZ hops stand tall. But plays like an APA, especially the body, which is light rather than over-attenuated + lean. Drinkable, just not memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 12:03:41 | More by StJamesGate
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-27-2013 16:37:23 | More by bigox420
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Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.