Numbskull | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ericj551 on 07-06-2013

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Tmappin
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pudoo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CurtisD
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Ghrymm
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of Aggro
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Whatup14
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Braz
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Photo of Derek
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Slongie
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Numbskull from Lighthouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 59 ratings