Numbskull - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ericj551 on 07-06-2013

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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass, an orange-bronze color with a decent quantity of thick off-white foam. I was particularly interested in this brew after how great Switchback was, some very nice Kiwi hopping in a pungent West Coast IPA. Straight up, this is Switchback's big brother, similarly tropical but with even more massive pine/cough lozenge hops, particularly in the finish. Aroma is one of the more pineapple- and guava forward in recent memory, decidedly musky, tropical and sweet ... Huge guava presence accompanied by toffee and gummy candy notes. Palate is more of the same coupled with navel orange and grapefruit juice, a little licorice. The hops come off like an amped up Red Racer albeit less floral and more tropical. This one evolves away from the bright and sweet fruit flavors into a pine/spruce forest, intensely resinous and bitter by the end (not a criticism, although seriously, this thing gets medicinal). Very low carbonation adds to a syrupy sweet mouthfeel that gets scrubbed away during the resinous finish. Not a ton of malt presence although there is a little toast and toffee. The hops shine through because of this. Lighthouse appears to have conquered the American IPA/DIPA field as of late, more than keeping up with the guys along Government Street.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Some nice-sounding antipodean hops in this brew - those illogical islanders!

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and yet somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some broad swaths of spectral webbed lace around the glass as things quickly move south.

It smells of fairly pungent leafy pine resin, a lemon, underripe grapefruit, and orange rind bitterness, crackery pale and caramel malt, and a softly sidling alcohol warmth. The taste is bready, crackery caramel malt, a touch of sourdough, more peppy fruit salad (grapefruit, orange, and lime, mostly), hints of grocery aisle tropical fruit, a minor stoney flintiness, and further floral, mildly perfumed hops.

The bubbles are average in their frothy goings-on, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight for the style, and fairly smooth, with a soft fruity creaminess growing as it warms. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the caramel malt gaining some toffee outgrowths, while the bitterness of the still heady hops starts to lose serious ground to the equally inherent fruity side of their nature.

One pleasantly rendered, big and hoppy, and at the same time beefy and malty DIPA. The amped-up ABV is well integrated, making this just a touch too easy to drink, the appreciation of the well engineered simplicity of it all going to waste when it goes down so readily! Sigh, such is the way of things.

Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a hazy rich gold with a little amber and is topped with a finger of thick looking, cream coloured head.

Smell. Sweet yellow grapefruits and nice smooth grainy malts, some caramel and fresh pine, oranges and mango. Nice.

Taste. Sweet yellow grapefruits and oranges, mango and pineapple, smooth grainy malts. Sweet but very nice. A little bitter citrus rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, creamy smooth medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, a dipa done right. A little on the sweet side but it goes very well with all of the citrus and tropical flavours. Recommended.

Photo of LampertLand
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighthouse Brewing 'Numbskull Imperial IPA" @ 9.1% , served from a lot of 650 ml bottle's purchased for $6 each & Growler's for $10

A-pour is a clear gold from the growler/bottle to a dirty amber in the glass , with a small off- white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-pine and ton of citrus/grapefruit,

T-smooth big tasting DIPA , with a slight dry bitter finish

MF-low mild carbonation , big bodied beer , although the finish is dry
it doesn't linger on the palate

Ov-good beer , this will give local's another fine brew to enjoy and compare against why enjoying a good local DIPA here in Victoria

prost LampertLand

Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a light copper colour with two fingers of creamy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, tropical fruit aromas, caramel malts.

Taste - Nice bitter punch from the citrus hops followed by the tropical fruits and caramel malts. Finishes with bitter hit of pine resin.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Lighthouse Brewing Company has delivered yet another stellar brew. A very nice hop profile with supporting caramel malts makes this a true winner for the style.

Photo of ericj551
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lighthouse's Numbskull purs a bright, orange with a nice head. The aroma is sweet, tropical fruity hops with some nice orangey citrus and almost a bit soapy. Big sweet (but light) malt leads quickly into the tropical, fruity hops. More citrus, sweet orange and grapefruit. The soapiness is there just a bit, but not in a bad way. The bitterness is relatively mild due to the heavy malt sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden and the bitterness lingers just a bit with a resiny character.

Photo of wordemupg
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 12/4/14

A clear golden orange, a couple streams of bubbles make their way to a finger of foam that sits around for a couple sips leaving a couple squiggly rings of lace

S mango, tangerine and guava at first, lots of juicy fruit gum, a bag a jujubes, spruce, soft caramel shines through all the hops, catty if you look for it, no complaints here I'm living the nose

T some candied pineapple and lemon hard candy, has some sweet malty balance but still hoppy as hell and something I just can't place but it works well with everything I can

M medium full, silky entry but it ends up quite creamy, slick on the palate and no heat at all with a fruit punch finish

O 9.1 goes down like 6, this ones a little to easy to drink and I was a little surprised by how much I actually liked it

Sometimes I forget that Lighthouse can brew some amazing stuff, I've had great luck with some of their hop bombs and this one is no exception

Photo of canucklehead
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best DIPAs in BC . Big and bold with a layered hop effect as it opens up with warmth.
The beer seems to cover the ABV very well and all I am left with is a great hoppy experience. Lighthouse has proven that they know how to make IPAs but this may their crowning glory .

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Deep amber liquid with one finger of white head.

S: Passionfruit, grass, nectar flowers, peach, mangoes.

T: Passionfruit, mangoes, peaches, dark stonefruit, and a malt backbone consisting of toffee and a touch of toasted malt.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Tropical deliciousness, albeit a touch heavy on the crystal malt.

Photo of hotmailmsn
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9.1% ABV, unknown ibu.
A - dark orange, amber color. half finger head.
S - tropical fruit, toffee, camrel, piney & honey sweet. not much hint of floral.
T - medium body, moderate carbonation. fruity n malty, ibu unknown but I would say it's sth around 80, bitterness comes front, then the bready malt taste. not overly powering from the 9.1%
O - great value of this IIPA, 9.1%, got it at the price $5.5 CAD a bottle. absolutely one of my daily IIPA!!

Numbskull from Lighthouse Brewing Company
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