Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company
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Reviews by biboergosum:
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz pint at Three Boars on a pleasant spring Monday evening.
This beer appears a clear, medium golden amber hue, with a thin cap (no worries, I always appreciate a decent pour - kudos, Chuck!) of thinly foamy, yet faintly creamy off-white head, which leaves a few sparse instances of streaky lace around the glass as things sink away.
It smells of grapefruit and orange peel, caramel cream, fairly bitter pine resin, a bit of near-stale lemon, and a soft green earthiness. The taste is a surprising uptick in the bitterness, spread deftly across a somewhat tropical fruitiness - grapefruit, papaya, and mandarin orange - with further dank pine needles propping things up, before slowing ceding minority control to a simple, and softly bready caramel malt. That indistinct drying earthiness hangs out, kicking it a bit as well.
The carbonation is a tad frothy at times, but generally low-key in its support, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops nicking in here and there. It finishes off-dry, a wee bit surprisingly, as the now musty caramel malt benefits from the (time well) spent-seeming nature of the hops.
A rather enjoyable bitter, fruity Yankee IPA, whose grace stems from its ability to convince me from the outset that this is a truly balanced affair. Sessionable? Sure - unless all the other patrons ordering it around me drain the keg first (and at 8 bones a pop at that!).
Serving type: on-tap
05-14-2013 01:36:18 | More by biboergosum
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.79/5 rDev -7.3%
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
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
Serving type: growler
03-17-2014 06:07:48 | More by LampertLand
4.26/5 rDev +4.2%
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
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
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
Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.