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Lighthouse Shipwreck IPA (formerly Switchback IPA)

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Brewed by Lighthouse Brewing (Canada)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This hoppy IPA is 80 IBUs and 6.5% alc/vol. Citra, Zythos and Falconer’s Flight hops combine to produce citrus, stone fruit and tropical flavours. The assertive bitterness of these hops is nicely balanced by medium bodied, fresh malt characters. Switchback IPA is a Pacific Northwest style IPA.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1506) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2016
Bottle@Teahouse, Vancouver. Golden color, frothy white head. Citric hop aroma. Smooth flavor that follows the aroma. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1257) - CANADA - JAN 17, 2016
Appearance: bright pale gold with one fat finger of rocky white head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, tropical fruit, pine, pale malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry clean bitter finish. (4/5) Excellent. Exactly the balance of hop-forward citrus, tropical fruits, and pine I like, with just enough pale malt supporting it. Lovely and bright, both in the aromas and in the pale gold colour. Despite the higher ABV and IBUs, it’s very drinkable. (16/20)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WhiskyBraj (12) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
Creamy and tropical. An easy drinking inoffensive IPA that is sure to please most IPA drinkers. Won’t blow you away with the body being a little thin. Crushable.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
martyfishman (3) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2015 does not count
Hold your horses here... Shipwreck is NOT simply Switchback re-named. It is not a Pacific NW style IPA, and lacks the citrus/grapefruit, melon and pine aroma and flavour. It is now labeled as a "modern" style IPA. Not sure why they abandoned Switchback, perhaps because they wanted to do something the other local craft breweries weren’t doing, but I wish they’d "switch back" to Switchback. Shipwreck is a light beer with lots of flat bitterness but no depth, malt or aroma. Sorry, but I would substitute the "p" with a "t".

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markschiedon (502) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2015
Drinking from a 355 ml bottle. In the aroma citrus, hop bitterness. The clear golden beer has a medium white head. In the taste citrus and (surprise!) bitterness. Medium carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackmetal (185) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Tasted some caramel and grassy notes. Aslo noted some subtle fruit flavour. This is certainly above average

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (653) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
355 ml bottle. Pours a pale, clear gold with a medium, short-lived, white head that laces. Nice citrus hop aroma with pine and some tropical fruit. Sweet fruity flavour of grapefruit and tropical fruit with a dry, bitter, resiny, pine finish. Medium body with a slick texture and average carbonation. Nicely done, I enjoyed this brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2015
On tap. Pour is light yellow/orange with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor of light citrus hops, slight caramel, and a bit of spice. Not bad, sessionable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Don2711 (349) - - APR 4, 2015
Aroma floral. Golden appearance. Nicely balanced earthy hopy flavour and bitterness just right. A little sweet but no harm. Strength excellent will try again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeevan (231) - SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
On Cask at JDW. Pours golden. Floral nose. Moderate bitterness. Slight fruitiness, maltiness and bubblegum. Earthy with some citrus tang. Not bad


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