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Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Switchback IPASwitchback IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-16-2013 07:03:42 | More by Exeter
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StJamesGate

New York

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 12:03:41 | More by StJamesGate
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-27-2013 16:37:23 | More by bigox420
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-26-2013 02:32:47 | More by MJ63
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:20:44 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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georgiaboy8686

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-07-2013 02:39:54 | More by georgiaboy8686
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-07-2013 00:41:58 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 16:57:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 16:37:09 | More by thehyperduck
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

09-23-2013 15:08:52 | More by kelvarnsen
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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

09-21-2013 01:29:00 | More by sbarre
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

09-15-2013 19:18:05 | More by irishkyle21
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

09-14-2013 23:20:02 | More by yancot
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10%

09-12-2013 06:09:18 | More by cam477
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:21:24 | More by mick303
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

09-08-2013 23:36:16 | More by RedAleMan
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:51:28 | More by TerryW
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:30:42 | More by ssmack
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

09-01-2013 01:54:40 | More by ZachT
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-30-2013 00:55:03 | More by andrenaline
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:35:46 | More by spinrsx
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-28-2013 02:44:55 | More by ThinkAgain
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-26-2013 23:57:35 | More by kjyost
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-26-2013 00:07:31 | More by jmkoscie
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.7%

08-15-2013 14:57:40 | More by cfalovo97
Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.