Beacon IPA | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Beacon IPABeacon IPA
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Beacon IPABeacon IPA

Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beacon IPA is a copper coloured, medium bodied, generously hopped India Pale Ale. Beacon possesses just the perfect balance of sharp hop flavour without being overly bitter. The crisp, inviting aroma and unique, spicy taste will leave the palate yearning for more.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into an English pub glass. A light reddish gold color with an initially large white head, the latter quickly breaking down to leave some patchy clumps of lacing on the glass. Aroma is largely that of cracker-like malts, along with some lightly toasted caramel and an almost noble-like floral hop spice and some unripe stone fruit. The aroma is low key overall but pleasant enough. Tastes like a classic English IPA really, malt-forward but with some reasonably assertive floral and spice hop flavors, some generic citrus is present up front and in the finish. I am enjoying the caramel and nut backbone although there is a co-occurring lighter cracker flavor that I am not enjoying in this style and I keep expecting the hops to push out more. There they are, a bit ... A green vegetal or "forest floor strewn with stalks" note that does grow with repeated sips. Carbonation is on the low side and things are rather flat truth be told, although the semi-chewy body and crisp earthy finish work well. I am getting something like a chalky grape flavor at the back end along with some medicinal plastic-like esters that another reviewer noticed. I like English IPAs and this one has some of that classic hop character, floral, tea-like, vaguely spicy, a little citrus. On the other hand, the malts are all over the map and something seems off. Race Rocks is a better English ale from these guys.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml near-stubbie bottle, 5.3% ABV, a fortuitous find at my new favorite down-market liquor store.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a low broken headland of painted lace around the glass as it quickly wafts off.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a bit of citrus pith, earthy field honey, and grassy, hay-like hops. The taste is grainy, crackery pale malt, a rather leveled-off caramel malt essence, some almost plastic-like esters, which fade thankfully soon enough as the wet straw, leafy, and earthy hops take a more or less stern hold.

The carbonation is on the low, innocuous side, maybe throwing out a slight frothy edge at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually quite smooth, the hops not really possessing the chutzpah to interfere at this junction. It finishes pretty much dry, the grainy, dry bready malt and inconspicuous grassy, weedy hops playing well enough together.

A so-so IPA, even for the normally underwhelming British ilk. More of a bitter, but with weakly sassy noble hops - the unpleasant flavours are fleeting, at least. Not really worth seeking out for the style, but generally and acceptably drinkable for those times when substance dictates the next round.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of atigerlife
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/golden with a big fluffy white head. Great lacing. Good amounts of carbonation rising.

Aroma has light hops, sweetness, hay,and citrus.

Taste is just like the aroma: hops, sweetness, hay, citrus and some floral notes thrown in there.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied

Overall, it is very drinkable. Worth a try.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of lumikuuro
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

2x355ml cans poured into large glass similar to hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Brown amber, clear, moderate white head with some lacing. Not bad so far.

Aroma: Metallic hop when the head remains, but when it recedes, it's replaced by an unbalanced vomitous sweetness that also reminds the drinker of wet dog. Really unappealing.

Taste: Like the aroma. After a brief burst of metallic hop, the flavours go all over the place, tasting like vomit and ending diacetyl. Nasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Nothing exceptional but functional.

Drinkability: This is horrible. The only pacific northwest IPA I've had to pour down the sink. There are some slightly unbalanced ones out there, but this is dreadful. Avoid.

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3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighthouse Beacon IPA is a great introduction to the wonderful workd of IPA beer.

Dark amber in colour. Decent head.

Taste was a solid IPA with good hop taste with subtle hints of grapefruit, orange. Slight hint of a floral bouquet but hard to detect with the alchohol.

Tastewise, a pint is fine but after that the alchohol (low ABV though) got in the way.

A good IPA beer but not outstanding.

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3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At one point, it was considered poor form to thank someone publicly for a beer as it created a deluge for the person who could lay hands on said beer if it were coveted by others. The previous review seems to counter-indicate that, or at least that the provider does not mind public thanks. That said, Thanks, BigBry! He and I are CAN phreeks, each with our own agenda. He sent me a massive batch recently and I have returned the favor. Once we get caught up, many more CANs will be be exchanged in support of the cANQuest.

My CANadian beer was apparently anxious to be consumed here in the States. I cracked the top and immediately got a bunch of foam coming out through the opening. The pour resulted in a JacktheRipper-like head: two fingers' worth of dense eggshell-white foam with excellent retention that created beautiful lacing as it settled. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a slight lemony scent along with a woody odor underlain by a bready characteristic. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly bitter biscuitiness. Definitely an English-style IPA. Frankly, even as a self-avowed hophead, I am finding that it does not take as much hops to keep me happy as it once did. This was very satisfying. Finish had a pleasant lemon-pine interplay that lingered. A very nice beer with a relatively low ABV that could certainly go into my cooler!

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3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigBry for this one.

The beer color is copper and slightly veiled. The head looks very good and is soapy looking. The aroma is earthy with some woods. In the taste, I get again this woody taste with some caramel malts. I don't get citrus or any grapefruit hops that some have mentioned. After more sniffing, I get the caramel too in the smell. The body is medium. The bitterness is present in the after taste. One good thing is that it lingers for quite some time too. Not a bad IPA and I think it is well balanced.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack of cans, brought back from last Vancouver trip, as pictured above, 5.3% alc.
Pours copper colored with a bubbly white head. Foam shrinks slowly leaving some thin lacy strings down my pint glass.
Smell is light, grapefruit-like hops are present but not overly strong.
Taste has some hoppy bitterness, balanced out by the sweet, caramel malts. Piney, resinous hops aftertaste. OK body, could be a bit thicker, good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel to finish.
Not a super bitter NW hop bomb, a solid flavor filled, sessional IPA.

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3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from Ritzkiss poured into a Wild Rose glass courtesy of Wildone.

This is a nice looking IPA - a radiant light bronze body, and a long lasting white head, that gives a little lace. The aroma s fairly subdued, but there some toast and honey, along with floral and citrus notes. Orange pith bitterness combines with earthy, fruity and toasty malts to produce a solid North Western take on this English style. The hops seem very delicate upfront, but become more assertive in the finish, though this is by no means a hop bomb. Body and carbonation are par for the style.

This is a nice canned beer, and I'm glad that Eric sent this my way. For the English style it shows exceptional balance and great drinkability... a few of its American cousins could learn a lesson from that. A good everyday drinker that would be welcome in my fridge as a counterpoint to more assertive brews.

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3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper with 2 fingers of head that very quickly dissipates. Light, watery lacing down the glass.

Smell is light, almost lager-ish. Hints of pear, oranges, grapefruit, even slighter hints of hops.

Taste is bitter but not the lovely, quality hops bitter - it seems like it's missing the body. Light caramel notes, oranges, light grapefruit. Hops builds a little as the glass warms. Carbonation leaning to the heavy side. Dry mouthfeel, slightly metallic.

Overall, pretty solid for the style. If you're needing something in a can for camping - this could be it. Lighter ABV means you could be drinking the one for the evening and be alright the next morning. You could do a lot worse.

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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lite copper orange color with an off whiteish head about 2 fingers high and leaves some mild lacing.Nose is of pine and floral some wet grass,that's about all i get.Taste if of pine with a tangy edge to it,got a sharp bitterness to it with each sip,mild floral comes thru,quite hoppy and thin and kinda watery as it goes down,finish's off flat,not a bad brew,did'nt mind it at all,but i think theres a lot of better ones out there,well worth a try though.

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Beacon IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 35 ratings