Lighthouse Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,109
Ranked #8,594
4.06 | pDev: 8.37%
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with moderate carbonation in four fingers of beige head.

Smells of malt and bananas.

Tastes of caramel, orange, rust and is fairly sweet.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly oily feel.

I got this in British Columbia and I’m drinking it in Redding California September 5, 2019.

Sep 06, 2019
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchill's in Victoria, BC. Poured into a shaker pint.

The best DIPA-like beer I’ve had in Victoria during this trip.

A - Pours a light amber clear with great lacing. 4.25

S - Herbal and floral hops. 4.0

T - A hoppy beer with the bitterness balanced by a malty backbone. Not sweet. 4.0

MF - Medium bodied with a barely dry finish. 4.0

May 07, 2018
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle, 9.1% abv Citra and Galaxy hops.This bottle was bought Dec/2015 and has a new label.
L: Pour a clear Amber very thin white head and spotty lacing,looks flat.
S: A nice citrus hoppy nose some floral and fruits.
T: Hops are there with the malts needs more hops.
F: Somewhat low on the carbonation maybe just this batch a nice bitter finish.
O: Well for me this one is missing lots for a Imperial IPA i bought one to try but this one needs work in my opinion.

Jan 24, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy notes is pretty refreshing with some residual sugar notes and bitterness also perceptible. Taste is also a mix of citrusy notes with medium level of bitterness with some residual sugar and light caramel malt notes distinguishable. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer but would improve with more attenuation and less bitterness.

Jul 15, 2015
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hotmailmsn from Canada (BC)

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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. foam lacing on the glass.
S - tropical fruit, tangerine, mango, toffee, caramel, piney & honey sweet. floral.
T - medium-big body, nicely carbonation, smooth. big sweet fruity n malty, ibu unknown but I would say it's sth around 80+, bitterness comes front and all the way, then the bready malt comes later along with the hoppy. not overly powering from the 9.1%. sticky favors, raisin. dry.
O -well-balanced, not as "big" as expected from a 9.1%abv imperial ipa, but all the aromas and tastes are there, and also great value of this IIPA, 9.1%, got it at the price $6 CAD a bottle. absolutely one of my daily IIPA!!

May 09, 2015
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DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Oct 29, 2014
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage - This has improved since earlier releases!

Copper bronze with a white head, leaves a little lace.

Piny resin, citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma... echoed in the flavour as well, with some sponge toffee sweetness that's overwhelmed by the bitterness.

Well attenuated, moderate to full body has a drying alcohol finish.

Oct 11, 2014
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Beervana from Canada (BC)

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant orange colour with a small off-white head. Tangerine dominates the nose, a little grapefruit and a little malt sweetness too. Taste is much the same, tangerine and grapefruit mainly, maybe some guava as well. There is a decent malt backbone which seems to balance the beer really well, hiding the 9.1% ABV. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side, almost creamy, certainly some bitterness but it's cut through nicely by the richness of the malt.

I've had very few high ABV IPA's that manage to stay as balanced as this. Every component of the beer seems to shine through. It won't necessarily blow your mind, but there's no doubt that this is an expertly crafted brew.

Jun 01, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

May 26, 2014
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Apr 20, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Apr 13, 2014
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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 .

Apr 01, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Mar 30, 2014
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Aug 14, 2013
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighthouse Brewing 'Numbskull Imperial IPA" @ 9.1% , served from a $10 Growler , $6 Squealer & $6 bomber's
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 & 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 & compare against why enjoying a DIPA here in Victoria
prost LampertLand

Jul 21, 2013
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ericj551 from Canada (AB)

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Jul 06, 2013
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 61 ratings