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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
THE BROS
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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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3/5  rDev -26.5%

cfalovo97, Aug 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Knuckles2531, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

beertunes, Apr 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Howlader, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Mike_Yallits
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Mike_Yallits, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of BashOnABike
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

BashOnABike, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

papat444, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

CWVegas, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Caudalie, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

sclitch, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

thefullpython, Oct 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

604growler, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Coastal_Brew, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

cbnz, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

MylesMac, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Beervana, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jmkoscie, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

kelvarnsen, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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

LampertLand, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

peensteen, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

StJamesGate, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of 1stOffender
4/5  rDev -2%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
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Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.