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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev -2%

oldp0rt, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of beerhaver
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

beerhaver, May 08, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

beertunes, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

chickenm, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of pudoo
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

pudoo, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/12

A golden yellow with a thumbs width of off white head doesn't last all that long but leaves lace where it existed

S tropical notes, tangerine, pineapple, guava, mango, gooseberry (avec chat tinkle) the list keeps going, floral with a little pine, smells like a sexy West Coast IPA too me

T whats listed above but less tropical flesh, more rind and pine with some earthy hops, still very solid but I preferred the nose

M perfect carbonation, bitter for sure but not enamel stripping, flavors linger of citric rind for quite a while, pretty solid here

O a big winner in my books, 4.25 would be useful here for taste and feel so overall scores adjusting accordingly, somewhat balanced and I'm loving the hop profile

When this one popped up on the Canadian top 100 my interest was sparked for sure, when it showed up in a box from the most generous Rutager I now understand why. This one would be in my fridge on a constant basis if I could buy it in this part of the world.

wordemupg, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with barely a finger of white head that dissipates to a thin ring round the glass. Interesting pumpkin orange, clear and very low on bubbly carbonation.

S: Piney wet wood, with grapefruit rind and hints of pineapple.

T: Taste pops with hoppy bitterness. Similar to the smell, the taste starts strong with woodsy pine resins and white grapefruit rind. There's a funkiness of wet earth, if you know the Pacific North West you may get a taste reminiscent of a wet PNW morning.

M: For the lack of carbonation in the glass there seems to be a prick of carbonation in the mouth. Medium bodied nice to drink - not to thick not to thin.

O: Unlike Red Race IPA, there is no floral scent. Switchback rides heavy on the woodsy taste and smell. If Switchback and Red Racer IPA were perfumes, Switchback would be "for Him" and Red Racer would be "for Her". Excellent hoppy citrus/woody taste, I may actually have to change my preferred beer from dark Belgian ale to IPA.

FondueVoodoo, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a very clear, rich yellow-gold with a bit of amber and a finger of white head.

Smell. Big, big hops. Tons of citrus, sweet pineapple, and a bit of grass and cedar.

Taste. Nice toasty malts and again big, big hops. Loads of citrus rinds and grapefruit juice. Not an excessively bitter finish, but the hops do linger a bit. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. An awesome ipa. Instant addition to the regular local rotation.

Rutager, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of dazdave
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excelllent beer served on tap at alibi room in Vancouver. Not picking much up smell wise besides citrusy grapefruit. Told this has a bunch of NZ hops. Whatever it is its quite delish. A well balanced beer. I get more of a dank tangerine profile going on. So the sips of this beer start off dry and bitter and finish with a slightly sweet nectarine oiliness. A very unique beer. Incredibly drinkable. Goes well with food too.

dazdave, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (355 mL) served in pint glass. Beer pours a clear pale amber with a thin white head. Fresh, cascadey aroma.

Beer is dead on with a load of alpha acid and citrusy goodness. As the ABV would indicate, this is a pretty big beer -- a healthy balance in between a west coast IPA and a double/imperial IPA. Mouthfeel is relatively thin in terms of weight, which works well with the moderate carbonation and hop-forward style. Overall I am very pleased.

hreb, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over amber coloured liquid with excellent clarity. Can't ask for much more out of an IPA.

S: Pine, earth, grass, grapefruit; smells like we have a hop bomb on our hands. It smells similar to Pliny the Elder.

T: Pine, grapefruit, grass and earth up front that gives way to a tasty and sweet malt base. Extremely tasty.

M: Medium viscosity and medium level of somewhat foamy carbonation.

O: Beautiful. Red Racer IPA and Driftwood Fat Tug move over; there is a new kid in town and he's not pulling any punches. I have no problem saying that this is easily one of Canada's best IPAs. It has the smell profile of Pliny the Elder and the taste profile similar to Stone IPA but more grassy and earthy, and with a better tasting and sweeter malt backbone to finish it up.

DaftCaskBC, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of BashOnABike
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 4oz taster @ The Island Beer Fest
FWIW, this beer was HEAVILY advertised...like, by far and away more than any other beer @ Club 919!

A: Light and transluscent gold, almost pilsner-like, with that big head characteristic of Coast IPAs. Dissipated fast, with clean white lacing.

S: Not very strong, but certainly citrusy: pineapple and grapefruit, with some light hop. This was tasted late in the festival, though, so my olfactory sense was slightly compromised.

T: Light and surprisingly refreshing, much like a hoppy grapefruit juice. Some pineapple, lots of hop on the finish.

M: Creamy but light, this beer has it all. Long-lingering on the tongue, with moderate carb.

O: A nice beer, certainly more chuggable than Fat Tug (as I've seen it compared) but not as much as Hop Circle. A good intro to IPAs, and it will certainly see its place on the Victoria scene.

BashOnABike, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a pint glass, courtesy of the Lighthouse rep.

A - Dark gold, white head not too frothy and with a bit of bubbles.

S - This beer smells fantastic, maybe even better than it tastes. Pineapple dominates the nose, with hints of citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Bitter is the order of the day. Citrusy hop flavour, didn't get much tropical fruit, no malt to be tasted here. This is not to say it's an unbalanced beer or an overdone hopbomb - quite bearable.

M - Tangy bite, but very refreshing. Not too smooth.

D - This is quite a tasty beer, comparable to other BC brews such as Fat Tug or Red Racer. It does wear out the palate a bit from hoppiness.

schopenhauerale, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Tmappin
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Tmappin, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a frothy white head, great retention & lace. I don't usually comment on the packaging, but they've done a REALLY great job here. Great art work on an open six-pack, non-twist-off, 355mL bottle like a newer American stubby (like Sierra Nevada). As much as I love it, I'd love to see this in cans!

S: Very perfumy. Definitely some Simcoe and Amarillo here, with a few other new school hops for plenty of depth: Tangerine, pine, lemon grass, gooseberry, nectarine, a bit dank.

T: Piny resin, tangerine, lemon grass, nectarine, mango, gooseberry (but not really catty), bit of sponge toffee from the malt, solid bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity.

D/O: Really an all-around great brew. This is in the same league as the Red Racer and Fat Tug IPA... and the bitterness and hopping (aroma & flavour) do seem to fall between the two. Actually, the plethora of hops is probably on-par with Red Racer, but the bitterness is a bit less assertive than the mighty Fat Tug.

I'll be buying this one. Lately I've preferred the assertive bitterness of the Fat Tug over the Red Racer Hop fix (bong water?)... but I don't always feel like opening a whole bomber. I can see myself drinking this new-school IPA, as well as the more sessionable, old-school Hophead from Tree.

Their small brewer, big flavour series has certainly showed they have talent. I'm glad this is now routinely available.

Derek, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn , Lighthouse is shooting for the stars with this new IPA. Big , hoppy and a citrus nose to die for. I remember how their first IPA was very conservative and styled after the British versions but this IPA is pure PNW and ranks alongside Phillips,Tree and Driftwood as one of the best In BC.

canucklehead, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A perfectly clear gold, could fool anyone into believing its a lager. A nice soapy head on top and some good lacing.

Smell: Huge tropical and fruity hop notes! This beers aroma explodes in the nose, so much flavor. I can get mango, passionfruit, a little pineapple, and maybe some peach, very diverse. One of the best smelling IPAs I have ever come across.

Taste: Very bitter, right off the bat. After that there is a strong citrus presence that comes into play, and then the tropical fruitiness. This is a very tasty beer, very one sided, I can hardly get a trace of malt character, but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very crisp and clean, but the body lacks character and the beer feels a little thin if I am being picky.

Overall: A must try if you are into the Tropical hop profile, and highly recommended to even those who aren't. Another great IPA from BC, these breweries around here know what they are doing.

Siriusfisherman, Mar 15, 2012
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Switchback IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.