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Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Switchback IPASwitchback IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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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5/5  rDev +22.5%

EskimoDave, Mar 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

pudoo, Apr 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

ZachT, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over amber coloured liquid with excellent clarity. Can't ask for much more out of an IPA.

S: Pine, earth, grass, grapefruit; smells like we have a hop bomb on our hands. It smells similar to Pliny the Elder.

T: Pine, grapefruit, grass and earth up front that gives way to a tasty and sweet malt base. Extremely tasty.

M: Medium viscosity and medium level of somewhat foamy carbonation.

O: Beautiful. Red Racer IPA and Driftwood Fat Tug move over; there is a new kid in town and he's not pulling any punches. I have no problem saying that this is easily one of Canada's best IPAs. It has the smell profile of Pliny the Elder and the taste profile similar to Stone IPA but more grassy and earthy, and with a better tasting and sweeter malt backbone to finish it up.

DaftCaskBC, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

cam477, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

chickenm, Apr 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Idrankthat, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

beerhaver, May 08, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a frothy white head, great retention & lace. I don't usually comment on the packaging, but they've done a REALLY great job here. Great art work on an open six-pack, non-twist-off, 355mL bottle like a newer American stubby (like Sierra Nevada). As much as I love it, I'd love to see this in cans!

S: Very perfumy. Definitely some Simcoe and Amarillo here, with a few other new school hops for plenty of depth: Tangerine, pine, lemon grass, gooseberry, nectarine, a bit dank.

T: Piny resin, tangerine, lemon grass, nectarine, mango, gooseberry (but not really catty), bit of sponge toffee from the malt, solid bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity.

D/O: Really an all-around great brew. This is in the same league as the Red Racer and Fat Tug IPA... and the bitterness and hopping (aroma & flavour) do seem to fall between the two. Actually, the plethora of hops is probably on-par with Red Racer, but the bitterness is a bit less assertive than the mighty Fat Tug.

I'll be buying this one. Lately I've preferred the assertive bitterness of the Fat Tug over the Red Racer Hop fix (bong water?)... but I don't always feel like opening a whole bomber. I can see myself drinking this new-school IPA, as well as the more sessionable, old-school Hophead from Tree.

Their small brewer, big flavour series has certainly showed they have talent. I'm glad this is now routinely available.

Derek, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

McBastard, Jul 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bulldogops, Aug 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

KingHoppy, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BarneyGumble, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

robuncorked, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rutager, Apr 01, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn , Lighthouse is shooting for the stars with this new IPA. Big , hoppy and a citrus nose to die for. I remember how their first IPA was very conservative and styled after the British versions but this IPA is pure PNW and ranks alongside Phillips,Tree and Driftwood as one of the best In BC.

canucklehead, Mar 17, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excelllent beer served on tap at alibi room in Vancouver. Not picking much up smell wise besides citrusy grapefruit. Told this has a bunch of NZ hops. Whatever it is its quite delish. A well balanced beer. I get more of a dank tangerine profile going on. So the sips of this beer start off dry and bitter and finish with a slightly sweet nectarine oiliness. A very unique beer. Incredibly drinkable. Goes well with food too.

dazdave, Mar 31, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip this had a large rocky white head and left some pretty solid lacing. Colour is a bright medium gold with fair bit of carbonation. Leaves a nice lacing. 4

S – a bit hop kick to it. Lots of oily delicious hops, grapefruit, pine sap, mango, lots of florals, clean biscuit malt with a mild marzipan note. Exotic fruits, papaya, cherry, and a herbal spiciness to boot. Lots of hops. 4

T – starts fruity, with more of the exotic tropical notes, mango, pine, grapefruit, with some light tree nuts, stone fruits and florals coming in, a clean biscuit malt. Oiliness and a herbal kick, olives, lemon, has a distinct creaminess to it before the finish dries it out and leaves a pleasant balanced bitterness, herbal oils and long aftertaste. Really full profile and the balance is pretty great, bitterness is not extreme and the hops are really tasty. 4.5

M – moderate body and carbonation, creamy body with a good degree of oiliness to it, finish is crisp with some dry carbonation and a long aftertaste. Gets the job done nicely. 4

The market for pacific IPAs is competitive to say the least. I think this is definitely capable of holding its own, lots of juicy citrus fruitiness, really bright and clean, and a balanced profile with a pleasant dry finish. All works quite well together, this is a winner, and very drinkable. 4.25

mick303, Sep 12, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Justindouglas7, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

intoxabroad, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Tmappin, Mar 20, 2012
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Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.