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Shipwreck IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Shipwreck IPAShipwreck IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.24/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4.14/5  rDev +2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mick303
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Shipwreck IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.