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Shipwreck IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Shipwreck IPAShipwreck IPA

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 112
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: Siriusfisherman on 03-15-2012

Formerly Switchback IPA
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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DaftCaskBC for hooking me up with this one a couple weeks ago. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy golden straw yellow color, with about a half inch of off-white head that had medium light retention and light lacing.

The aroma was pine hops upfront, with some grapefruit/citrus notes behind that. There wasn't much grain or malt in the aroma. On the tongue, the pine hops again grabbed your attention first, with the citrus notes following along. There was just enough malt to notice on the taste buds. The beer had a lingering bitter-grapefruit finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, although a bit thinner than i personally prefer. Drinkability was good, if you're a hop head, you could easily drain several of these. Overall, a very nice take on the style. Nothing earth-shattering or groundbreaking, just a pretty good take on a favorite style for a lot of folks. Certainly trying if you see it, and probably worth setting up a trade for.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

6.5% ABV, 65 ibu, 355ml bottle.
A - golden clear with no head.
S - grapefruit, tangerine, lychee, melon, peach sweetness. interestingly somehow there's a intense syrupy aroma as it gets warmer, good thing.
T - light body with reasonable malty n hop. not as happy as 65ibu suggested, really good malt backbone. lychee malt syrup. dry, little malty lasting.
O - very refreshing IPA, that is acceptable for any whom is not a hophead, gotta make some effort to discover the bitterness. actually it's more complex when it warms up a bit, malty dominates hop.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(draft, The Local, Victoria B.C. 7/8/15) golden, approachable and refreshing for the style, a gateway IPA of sorts. Paired up nicely with this mac n cheese with chorizo meatballs in red sauce.

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Photo of BashOnABike
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Clear golden colour with an average size off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, light hops, grass/herbal

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and a bit of mango. It ends with a mildly bitter buttery hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - I am sure this is fantastic fresh. I can't find a date on my bottle, but this must be at least a few months old. I will definitely look to try this again if I see it fresh, I can tell it has some promise.

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Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the new name and label.

A: Colour of honey, visible carbonation, a finger of head, lots of sticky-looking lacing.
S: Floral, citrus.
T: Floral, citrus, pine.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of peensteen
3.82/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Citra, Zythos and Falconer’s Flight

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

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ssmack
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of hreb
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber/copper colour with two finger of foamy white head. Good lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Citrus hops, caramalts, tropical fruit, hint of pine resin.

Taste - Citrus hops with a moderate bitterness level, along with caramalts and tropic fruit. Nice touch of pine to balance it out.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that leaves a nice tingle.

Overall - A well-crafted and enjoyable American IPA by Lighthouse. Nice hop profile that is on par with the style.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rutager, 12oz into a tulip.

Clear orange with a nice two finger white head. Nice retention and lacing. Nose has some light citrus, pale malt and a light pineiness. Taste has some solid citrus flavours, and a light earthy/piney bitterness. Lightly sweet bready malt. Medium feel, fairly notable bitterness. A solid IPA.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 355ml bottle poured into a small pint glass

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a hint of coper. On top sits 2 fingers of bright white, thick foamy head.

Smell - A strong hop aroma: pine, grapefruit citrus. There's also some bready maltiness.

Taste - Following the nose, strong citrus grapefruit up front, followed by sweet/caramel malts. There is a lingering pine taste and a strong but not overpowering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

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Photo of TerryW
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is beer #4 out of the BC craft brewery sampler pack available at the LCBO and it is the first truly decent one of the lot -- finally!

Clear bright orange gold under a moderate head that settles to a film, lots of spotty lace.

Nose is rich with citrus and pine hops, tropical fruit with something oily or resiny lurking in the background. Interesting and appetizing.

A tasty brew. Well balanced hops and malt. Grapefruit, pine and fruit to taste. Nice resiny mouthfeel. Just enough bite from carbonation. Pleasant lingering bitterness. A very rich feeling mouthful. Enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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!).

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Squat 355 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, courtesy of the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler. The box is stamped "05/23/13", which I have to assume means that this probably isn't the freshest IPA I've ever tried. Still, let's at least give it a fair chance, eh? Served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear golden-amber colour, generating about 1.5 fingers of puffy, pillowy white head. Great retention - it takes the better part of five minutes to recede, caking the sides of the glass in a doily pattern of lacing as it slowly seeps away. Enticing aroma, with a lot of the usual West Coast IPA tropes - grapefruit pith, orange pulp and pine resin can all be detected with ease, in addition to vibes of mango and pineapple. Quite inviting.

And not at all misleading, as the first sip confirms that this is a delicious, quality IPA. Caramel sweetness and bready malts contribute much more strongly here than on the nose, but the hops soon come screaming in, offering up a mixture of grapefruit and orange rinds, lemon zest, and some tropical fruit notes. It becomes increasingly earthy into the finish, culminating in a resiny finish combining pine sap and bitter grapefruit. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and fairly high drinkability for the style.

Final Grade: 4.14, an A-. Switchback IPA is a well-crafted Canadian IPA, offering enough of a malt backbone to keep things somewhat balanced, while still packing in plenty of West Coast hop punch - more than enough to please the real fans of this style. Probably the best inclusion in this sampler pack by a comfortable margin, although the other 5 brews are certainly worth a look, too. A great IPA that I'd love to try a fresher sample of - give this one a shot if you spot it locally and are in the mood for something hoppy.

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Photo of Kmat10
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Golden orange, two fingers of white head that reduces to a thin layer

S- Mix of citrus and tropical fruits, touch of sweetness, little pin hops

T- Lots of tropical fruits, little citrus fruits, orange rind and pines

M- Good carbonation, medium bodied, bitter but not over bitter, the citrus lingers for a long time

O- Very good, very well balanced not too hoppy or bitter, really like the tropical and citrus fruits

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A perfectly clear gold, could fool anyone into believing its a lager. A nice soapy head on top and some good lacing.

Smell: Huge tropical and fruity hop notes! This beers aroma explodes in the nose, so much flavor. I can get mango, passionfruit, a little pineapple, and maybe some peach, very diverse. One of the best smelling IPAs I have ever come across.

Taste: Very bitter, right off the bat. After that there is a strong citrus presence that comes into play, and then the tropical fruitiness. This is a very tasty beer, very one sided, I can hardly get a trace of malt character, but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very crisp and clean, but the body lacks character and the beer feels a little thin if I am being picky.

Overall: A must try if you are into the Tropical hop profile, and highly recommended to even those who aren't. Another great IPA from BC, these breweries around here know what they are doing.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a pint glass, courtesy of the Lighthouse rep.

A - Dark gold, white head not too frothy and with a bit of bubbles.

S - This beer smells fantastic, maybe even better than it tastes. Pineapple dominates the nose, with hints of citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Bitter is the order of the day. Citrusy hop flavour, didn't get much tropical fruit, no malt to be tasted here. This is not to say it's an unbalanced beer or an overdone hopbomb - quite bearable.

M - Tangy bite, but very refreshing. Not too smooth.

D - This is quite a tasty beer, comparable to other BC brews such as Fat Tug or Red Racer. It does wear out the palate a bit from hoppiness.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/12

A golden yellow with a thumbs width of off white head doesn't last all that long but leaves lace where it existed

S tropical notes, tangerine, pineapple, guava, mango, gooseberry (avec chat tinkle) the list keeps going, floral with a little pine, smells like a sexy West Coast IPA too me

T whats listed above but less tropical flesh, more rind and pine with some earthy hops, still very solid but I preferred the nose

M perfect carbonation, bitter for sure but not enamel stripping, flavors linger of citric rind for quite a while, pretty solid here

O a big winner in my books, 4.25 would be useful here for taste and feel so overall scores adjusting accordingly, somewhat balanced and I'm loving the hop profile

When this one popped up on the Canadian top 100 my interest was sparked for sure, when it showed up in a box from the most generous Rutager I now understand why. This one would be in my fridge on a constant basis if I could buy it in this part of the world.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Shipwreck IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.