Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
07-01-2013 04:14:40 | More by leaddog
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
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
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
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
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
Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.