Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company
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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
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
3.4/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
04-29-2012 18:56:46 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
03-18-2012 23:19:46 | More by Derek
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-30-2012 04:23:02 | More by liamt07
4.18/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-13-2012 03:14:26 | More by wordemupg
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
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
08-30-2013 00:35:46 | More by spinrsx
British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +8%
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.
03-17-2012 00:40:09 | More by canucklehead
3.91/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
10-30-2013 12:03:41 | More by StJamesGate
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
03-23-2012 01:36:16 | More by schopenhauerale
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
12-09-2013 12:47:07 | More by peensteen
4.14/5 rDev +1%
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
06-10-2013 00:00:41 | More by Kmat10
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
4.06/5 rDev -1%
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.
09-08-2013 22:51:28 | More by TerryW
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
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
09-12-2013 00:21:24 | More by mick303
British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-25-2012 03:00:53 | More by DaftCaskBC
Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.