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Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Switchback IPASwitchback IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 87
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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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-18-2013 06:29:23 | More by 1stOffender
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-02-2013 23:52:01 | More by IanSpindler
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McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-02-2013 03:48:43 | More by McBastard
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 04:14:40 | More by leaddog
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:00:41 | More by Kmat10
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!).

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 01:36:18 | More by biboergosum
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-07-2013 04:24:12 | More by ericj551
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-27-2013 23:37:57 | More by 604growler
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-08-2013 10:15:42 | More by smekermann
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-11-2013 19:03:21 | More by JonnyBeers
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-09-2013 01:16:36 | More by cbnz
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2012 02:33:10 | More by KalanM
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thefullpython


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

10-31-2012 10:10:46 | More by thefullpython
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robuncorked


4.5/5  rDev +10%

10-18-2012 20:55:24 | More by robuncorked
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-25-2012 03:16:45 | More by ChuckGnarly
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-06-2012 06:24:34 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 04:23:02 | More by liamt07
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 23:01:50 | More by papat444
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 19:50:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-09-2012 05:40:44 | More by oldp0rt
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-09-2012 02:13:06 | More by bumchilly25
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beerhaver

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-08-2012 03:03:36 | More by beerhaver
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beertunes

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 18:56:46 | More by beertunes
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-26-2012 01:41:41 | More by chickenm
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

04-17-2012 01:32:04 | More by pudoo
Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.