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Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Switchback IPASwitchback IPA

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-16-2013 15:18:26 | More by mtomlins
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-12-2013 06:09:18 | More by cam477
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-02-2014 23:43:04 | More by Justindouglas7
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

Poured into 4oz taster @ The Island Beer Fest
FWIW, this beer was HEAVILY advertised...like, by far and away more than any other beer @ Club 919!

A: Light and transluscent gold, almost pilsner-like, with that big head characteristic of Coast IPAs. Dissipated fast, with clean white lacing.

S: Not very strong, but certainly citrusy: pineapple and grapefruit, with some light hop. This was tasted late in the festival, though, so my olfactory sense was slightly compromised.

T: Light and surprisingly refreshing, much like a hoppy grapefruit juice. Some pineapple, lots of hop on the finish.

M: Creamy but light, this beer has it all. Long-lingering on the tongue, with moderate carb.

O: A nice beer, certainly more chuggable than Fat Tug (as I've seen it compared) but not as much as Hop Circle. A good intro to IPAs, and it will certainly see its place on the Victoria scene.

03-23-2012 04:08:14 | More by BashOnABike
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-26-2012 01:41:41 | More by chickenm
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-26-2013 02:32:47 | More by MJ63
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-11-2013 19:03:21 | More by JonnyBeers
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-15-2013 07:13:34 | More by intoxabroad
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev 0%

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!).

05-14-2013 01:36:18 | More by biboergosum
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-20-2012 04:30:24 | More by Tmappin
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

12oz bottle (355 mL) served in pint glass. Beer pours a clear pale amber with a thin white head. Fresh, cascadey aroma.

Beer is dead on with a load of alpha acid and citrusy goodness. As the ABV would indicate, this is a pretty big beer -- a healthy balance in between a west coast IPA and a double/imperial IPA. Mouthfeel is relatively thin in terms of weight, which works well with the moderate carbonation and hop-forward style. Overall I am very pleased.

03-27-2012 23:53:16 | More by hreb
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-11-2013 04:10:12 | More by CWVegas
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-18-2013 06:29:23 | More by 1stOffender
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8%

Appearance. Pours a very clear, rich yellow-gold with a bit of amber and a finger of white head.

Smell. Big, big hops. Tons of citrus, sweet pineapple, and a bit of grass and cedar.

Taste. Nice toasty malts and again big, big hops. Loads of citrus rinds and grapefruit juice. Not an excessively bitter finish, but the hops do linger a bit. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. An awesome ipa. Instant addition to the regular local rotation.

04-01-2012 01:01:16 | More by Rutager
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-12-2014 12:38:43 | More by ivyman
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Can: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops notes is quite pleasant with some lightly sweet notes from the caramel malt. Taste is a good mix between some citrus hoppy notes with some notes of caramel malt which are sweeter then I would have liked. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well brewed but a tad too much caramel malt and sweet for my own taste.

10-04-2013 16:57:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Thanks to Rutager for this bottle. No freshness info apparent. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Light to medium orange. Translucent. One finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Nice mix of citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit, peach, mango and tangerine. A very slight sweetness is present.

T - Sharp bitterness up front with grapefruit, pine and tangerine notes. The tropical fruit from the nose doesn't translate to the palate. A trace of malt sweetness is present in the background.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

06-10-2012 19:50:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-28-2013 02:44:55 | More by ThinkAgain
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-15-2013 19:18:05 | More by irishkyle21
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

04-17-2012 01:32:04 | More by pudoo
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

330 ml bottle from the BC Craft Beer sampler 6 pack.

Pure gold with 1 inch of fine beige head that left very good lacing.

A real piney aroma along with ripe mango and a touch of lemon. Wonderful.

Tons in the taste. Bitter grapefruit and mango. Very hoppy and complex. Grassy and herby bitterness. I find myself sipping this since a full mouthfull is almost overpowering. There is a touch of carmamel maltiness.

A medium mouthfeel that could use more carbonation.

Overall a very good American IPA. The best in the sampler so far with one to go.

09-04-2013 23:30:42 | More by ssmack
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-04-2014 05:12:24 | More by DamageCase76
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9%

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. bottle.

Appearance: Mostly clear with a slight chilled haze on a yellow-gold body. Eggshell white head that is easily 4 fingers and slowly recedes but not less than a fat finger. Some hanging lacing.

Smell: Fresh fruit, hops, melon, sweet mango and light pineapple. Very powerful aroma.

Taste: Starts a bit tame with some grapefruit, nothing strong then segues into a peach syrup flavor. Strong biscuity malt upfront kind of overshadows the hops. Gets better as it warms as some spiciness and plush orange appear.

Mouthfeel: Very balanced but maybe a bit too conservative? The finish is nice and the overall feel is crisp.

Overall: Don't drink this one too cold or you might miss some nuances. A good IPA but for me, not top tier.

06-27-2012 23:01:50 | More by papat444
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-21-2014 15:12:47 | More by Caudalie
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Pours with barely a finger of white head that dissipates to a thin ring round the glass. Interesting pumpkin orange, clear and very low on bubbly carbonation.

S: Piney wet wood, with grapefruit rind and hints of pineapple.

T: Taste pops with hoppy bitterness. Similar to the smell, the taste starts strong with woodsy pine resins and white grapefruit rind. There's a funkiness of wet earth, if you know the Pacific North West you may get a taste reminiscent of a wet PNW morning.

M: For the lack of carbonation in the glass there seems to be a prick of carbonation in the mouth. Medium bodied nice to drink - not to thick not to thin.

O: Unlike Red Race IPA, there is no floral scent. Switchback rides heavy on the woodsy taste and smell. If Switchback and Red Racer IPA were perfumes, Switchback would be "for Him" and Red Racer would be "for Her". Excellent hoppy citrus/woody taste, I may actually have to change my preferred beer from dark Belgian ale to IPA.

04-02-2012 03:08:43 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.