Uncharted Belgian IPA | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Uncharted Belgian IPAUncharted Belgian IPA
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Uncharted Belgian IPAUncharted Belgian IPA

Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uncharted Belgian IPA was fermented with two different yeast strains; a Belgian Abbey style that produces a nice ester flavour profile with spicy notes and a classic West Coast India Pale Ale strain that showcases the punchy and tropical fruit flavoured Riwaka hops from New Zealand. This is a lively and dynamic 7.5% alcohol beer that is presented to you in its purest form, cloudy and unfiltered. Uncharted Belgian IPA is a very unique style of beer that is best enjoyed well chilled and served in a stemmed tulip glass.

Added by BDTyre on 09-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Cookeeman:
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighthouse just re-released this brew this week, and as a beer geek I couldn't be happier! I think their initial release was back in April of 2011, but we were forewarned that it was a single batch (unlike the Deckhand) and that it might not be an annual seasonal. It still stands as my favourite Lighthouse beer to date, and the name is just perfect, because this brew is off-the-charts good. It's a veritable triple threat; with a creamy malt body, a Belgian yeast twist, and a tropical fruit hop close. The backbone on this beer is maybe what impresses me the most. Most Belgian IPA's I've had so far tend to skimp on the body of the beer in favour of a heavier yeast and/or hop flavour. But this beer is built like a bomb shelter, with a deep foundation that is able to provide a great balance to the heavy-handed hop flavour. Typical of New Zealand Riwaka hops, we get notes of pineapple, mango and melon on the finish, as opposed to the pine and grapefruit that we NorthWesterners are used to. It's a dry finish too though, with a Belgian yeast overtone, so it creates more thirst in your mouth. Thus, before you even realize it, the first bottle is gone and it's time to crack the second :) I really hope Lighthouse continues to make batches of this beer, even if it's on a less-than-annual basis.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, a nicely offsetting find at my local guilty pleasure liquor store, where I choose to shamefully buy my Minhas rant-worthy materiel. Sufficiently salacious-looking sea-dragon depicted on this particular silkscreen label.

This beer pours a clear, though glassy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some specked concrete lace around the glass as it lazily settles down to the surface.

It smells of musty back roads yeast, a blend of subtle orchard and tropical fruit notes - flat orange juice, grapefruit rind, overripe pineapple, and under-ripe Anjou pears - a bready, almost rye-like malt, and soft wet pine needles. The taste is still held tightly via the gonads by the omnipresent earthy yeast, only letting in a measured amount of understated bready pale malt and muddled fruit - orange, pear, and aged lemon the most discernible - before clamping back down again. Ok, maybe a bit of pine/spruce astringency has the chutzpah to make anything close to a dent thereafter.

The carbonation is neither here nor here, which is the best kind, really, the body a hefty medium weight, and mostly smooth, the niggly yeast and heretofore purported hops having a late conversation epiphany. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt and neutered hoppy fruitiness contending well with the persistently lingering yeast.

A somewhat strange Belgian IPA, as usually the Belgian yeast pricks at, but does not quite invade the domain of the dominant bitter (often, as here, West Coast USA) hops. Here, the roles seem to be switched, and lo, it's the hops trying to curry favour, and only modestly succeeding. I guess that mindfucks, be they underwhelming or overtly gob-smacking, are all indeed uncharted. That aside, this is actually weirdly drinkable - huh.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, split

Cool bottle design - served in hilliards can-pint. Sticky orange body, lots of lace - nice looking. This should have been better than it was - a grainy finish distracts from what seemed like a nice hop bouquet. Yeast strain was underplayed for my taste.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - just slightly hazy copper golden, plenty of rising carbonation, thumb of head held at half a finger with pretty solid lacing
S - mandarin and grapefruit zest, some clove and pepper, grains, grass, and a touch of ginger
T - big grapefruit and mandarin up front with nice yeasty phenols, grains and leafy greens, light pepper to finish, this is a super tasty treat
M - light and nicely carbonated, minerally feel with a dry finish
O - SUPER impressed with this brew, it has big IPA character with the sweet and phenolic character of a mellow Belgian dubbel that makes for an outstanding example of the style ... extra impressed since a dozen mix pack from Lighthouse I had a while back was all sub par

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Photo of ZiggyPop
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. This pours a clear burnt yellow, in spite of the fact that the description here on BA saying it is "unfiltered." There's a thin beige head. When this is fridge cold, it is a little tight aromatically and flavour wise. We initially got big grainy, candied malt aromas with some Belgian yeast notes when first opened, but as it warmed, some really nice tropical/citrus fruit notes developed. Same with the taste. Initially the massive swack of hops at the finish seemed a bit unbalanced, but after 30 mins, some nice dried apricots and other fruit flavours appeared. This shows much better in every way if allowed to warm just a touch.

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Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle from EskimoDave. Cheers!

Pours into my snifter a crystal clear burnished orange, a finger of head which leaves some spotty lacing down the glass.

Quite a tropical nose with hints of banana and other fruity yeasty esters, a light spiciness and a sticky sweetness.

Really unique character, really well integrated beer which is rare for a Belgian IPA. Yeasty esters with a decided spiciness, some tropical notes, candi sugar, a pleasant dryness with a moderately sticky caramel sweet body, hint of booze but in a pleasant way, perfect body and carb. Really struck by the balance and how the yeast works with the hop profile. A truly premium example of the style.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

recommended by staff at Brewery Creek Liquor Store, a wonderful private store on Main Street in Vancouver. What a selection!

A: golden honey
S:big, floral, pine -- very solid and balanced; not overtly hoppy
T: a big rich full flavoured beer that develops nicely into a long taste; really well balanced and integrated malt and hops; dry finish;
M: full but clean
O: a delicious IPA that I will definitely look for again.

Another winner from a Victoria brewery. Proving again that for beer and coffee it's the Portland of the Great White North.

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Photo of papat444
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: A nice hazy honey colored body, good white head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast is prominent with it's spicy notes but there are also tropical fruit, pineapple, pear and maybe rye(?).

Taste: Biscuity, candied malt, pears with some cloves, lingering herb finish but mixed with some hops.

Mouthfeel: Lively, medium-low bitterness.

Overall: I think the Belgian influence is stronger here but this is a solid brew worth trying.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper, short burst of head maxing at 1 finger and quickly calming down to thin cap. Just one stream of carbonation. Although the bottle indicates that this is unfiltered and cloudy, our pour was clear through to the bottom of the bottle.

S: Yeast scent, tropical fruit notes of pineapple and musky mango.

T: Bitters are present, bitters of orange and lemons, some hints of candied yellow fruits. Dry on the finish with some malty hints.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Has a nice syrupy feel.

O: This was not as balanced as I was expecting. For me it was too pithy in its bitterness without the malty balance was hoping for from the Belgian side. It improved as it warmed but I couldn't get the plithiness out of my palate.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a first run beer I'm looking forward to reviewing Lighthouse Belgium IPA local offering
A-poured into a chalice burnt copper/bronze with a fluffy head with lacing on the glass
S-fruity with hints of floral and spice
T-papaya and mango start followed by caramel into bitter yeast finish
MF-high carbonation and a bit too much resdue at the end
Ov-a bit too bitter for my palate , glad I gave "Uncharted" a look

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of LongRoad
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin retention, hints of lace.

Aroma is tropical (mango & papaya), with a light phenolic spicing. Some caramel and candied pineapple, with hints of grainy biscuit.

Papaya and mango are upfront in the flavour as well. Sultanas/golden raisins, marmalade, candied pineapple, figs, caramel, biscuit, peppery spice, balanced bitterness with a hint of alcohol warmth. Plenty of depth. Nicely done.

There's a light residual sweetness with a slightly drying alcohol finish. Bubbly Belgian-like carbonation.

Very nice blend.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge props to my bro for including this in our Christmas beer exchange.

A - Pours a nice copper colour, thumb of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice earthy pine and citrus hop notes, hints of cotton candy, and a touch of cloves.

T - This brew shines through on the palette boasting an incredible hop profile with the earthy pine and citrus notes, hints of fruity yeast esthers, a touch of cloves and a butter caramel finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - This brew nails the style offering a great balance and a complementary fruity hop profile. Highly recommends to any fan of the style. I wish this were accessible in town, because this is a go-to brew that is dangerously drinkable at 7.5%.

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of leaddog
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Spicy yeast, clove, light herbal/leafy hops, citrus.

Taste - Nice spicy Belgian yeast. Transitions to leafy hops with citrus fruit. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian IPA by Lighthouse. I liked that the Belgian yeast strain wasn't too overpowering. Hits all the right marks for the style. Glad to see more BC bottles heading into AB.

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Photo of smekermann
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Lighthouse's IPA/tripel hybrid, brewed with New Zealand hops and two different yeast strains: a Belgian Abbey one and a West Coast IPA one (at least that's what the bottle blurb says). The result is a pretty impressive beer, with a cloudy dark orange/amber appearance and a modest off-white head that doesn't last very long. The smell is of faint hops and Belgian yeast. Not the most impressive thing I've smelled, especially given that earlier on I'd just cracked open a Russell Hop Therapy, which probably skewed my expectations of how hoppy beers should smell like.

Regardless, it's the taste that matters most, and this beer definitely delivers on its promise in my opinion. It's similar in style to Hoperation Tripel Cross, yet where that felt like an IPA with Belgian yeast, this feels more like a hoppy Belgian tripel. The initial mouthfeel is dry and very hoppy, with the tropical fruit character specific to the New Zealand hops used. The aftertaste is all Belgian malt/yeast, with almost no beta acid bitterness. What that means is that it's a really sessionable beer, which might prove unfortunate for the folks who can't handle the 7.5% abv found within.

Again, the closest beer I've had that could be compared to this is the Hoperation Tripel Cross. I can't really choose which is better, as they're both really awesome Belgian/IPA hybrids, full of up-front hops, no bitterness in the aftertaste and with some pretty punchy abv to back them up. I will say, though, that I'm quite enjoying the New Zealand hops in this beer. They add a really nice, almost exotic character to it.

It's safe to say that if you've enjoyed Hoperation Tripel Cross, you will like this beer, as well. It's a similar take on the style, but different enough to have its own style and identity. I'm also hoping to see more beers from Lighthouse brewed with New Zealand/Australian hops, hopefully something that isn't a one-off.

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Photo of ericj551
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncharted IPA pours a bright copper with a nice fluffy head. The aroma is fruity with some nice grapfruity hops. The flavor is sweet and fruity up front with some nice caramel malt. The hop flavor melds nicely with the fruity esters. The beer finishes slightly dry, with fairly mild bitterness. Overall this is a really nice balanced Belgian IPA.

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Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 26/2/13

A clear light copper with just the slightest haze and a few bubbles struggling to make it up to the thumbs width of cream colored foam that has great retention and leaves some random lace

S the yeast profiles strong, almost a farmhouse yeast with some very faint bubblegum, lots of tropical notes, passion fruit, pineapple, grapefruit rind, lychee and mango, some faint cereal and spruce

T thankfully it mimics the smell quite well, the yeasts strong and hides some of the wonderful hop characteristics, don't get me wrong there's still plenty of hops to enjoy

M medium bodied with a nice bitter bite, slightly sweet on the finish with a lingering yeast and green leafy thing going on

O I rather like this beer and will probably grab another bottle next time I see it. Nice blend of yeast and hops and the booze is well concealed

If anything I'd say the yeast has to much to say in this beer, that being said I suppose having a Belgian yeast profile in a Belgian IPA is on par for the style. I'd like to see this hop showcased in a brew with a yeast profile that can highlight the hop itself but I sound like I'm being hard on this great beer

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Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of 604growler
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Uncharted Belgian IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 37 ratings