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Switchback IPA - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Switchback IPASwitchback IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev -2%

ThinkAgain, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of kjyost
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

kjyost, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of jmkoscie
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jmkoscie, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.5%

cfalovo97, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of intoxabroad
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

intoxabroad, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

CWVegas, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of 1stOffender
4/5  rDev -2%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

IanSpindler, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of McBastard
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

McBastard, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of leaddog
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

leaddog, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Kmat10, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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!).

biboergosum, May 14, 2013
Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev -2%

ericj551, May 07, 2013
Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

604growler, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of smekermann
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

smekermann, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

cbnz, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of thefullpython
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

thefullpython, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of robuncorked
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

robuncorked, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of ChuckGnarly
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ChuckGnarly, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

liamt07, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

papat444, Jun 28, 2012
Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.