garthicus (2923) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Troy. Appearance: Dark orange. Small white head. Aroma: deep hops, perfume, malt and wood. Flavour: tangy malt, alcohol, licorice, tar.
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Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very simple but pleasant sweet IPA with sharp citric/citrusy hops. I liked it.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh approximately 3 months after bottling. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Clear golden body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose is grassy and citrusy and reminds me very much of a slightly muffled version of the Driftwood Sartori’s aroma, another BC IPA I had just few days prior to this one. Taste is has plenty of crisp caramel, a bit of white sugars (crystal malts?), citrusy hops that go in grapefruits, oranges and lime. The hops are assertive enough but lacks the dry bitterness that this beer needed. The hop profile here is very sharp and citric. The 10% is relatively well hidden, more so than the sweetness. The beer sharp character makes it rather drinkable for a 10% IIPA. I easily drank my bomber in 20 minutes and could have gone for another one. Overall this is a very simple beer, forget about complexity here. But it is a pleasant strong hoppy beer nonetheless. A light Lighthouse offering. And a side-note to all artist painters out there: We have more than enough lighthouse paintings right now, please turn your attention to other man made buildings. Thank you.
Boutip (6269) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a large frothy head with good retention and some very lacing. Aroma of bittering hops with light floral notes. Taste is also a mix between a non-descript malt base with some clear definitive bittering hops and some light floral notes. Body is about average with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as hoppy as I would have expected from the triple hops description on the label.
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Marzipan, caramel and honey are strong in the musty nose along with with damp earthy, floral and lightly spicy hop notes. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent white head that recedes to a lasting cover with some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Intense sweetness up front is balanced by a pungent lemon-spruce hop flavour and rather strong bitterness. Alcohol is notable in the aftertaste and offers quite a pleasant warming. Sweetness lingers. Medium body with good forceful but soft bubbled carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in November 2010.
Crit (3949) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling deep gold,small beige head.Balanced hop/malt nose.Big body,carmel start,lightly perfumey.Long strong bitter hop end. Mild alchol heat
mcberko (16920) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650mL bottle, pours clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of strong citrusy hops, but strong caramel malt-heavy. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, citrusy and piney hops- not as hop-heavy as I’d like. Good IIPA though.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours an extremely clear copper orange with thick cream head that vanishes quickly to nothing. Fair degree of carbonation for a higher alcohol beer. Aroma is deep, funky hops with a very evident caramel malt backing. Slight waft of raisins and honey suggesting sweetness to come in the taste. Taste is complex and slightly bready. Hops have a restrained bite but an elegant mixture of bitterness. Malt is bready with caramel notes. The alcohol is evident but very liqueur like and not unwelcome. Bitterness lingers in the finish as does the warming sensation of the alcohol.
I’m very impressed that a BC brewer can craft such a quality higher alcohol beer. However, to judge it on the larger range of offerings available south of the border, it is excellent but not exceptional. Congratulations Lighthouse for blazing the trail. More of your "Small brewery - Big Flavour" beers please.
One last note - Do yourself a favour and sample this at cellar temp. Refrigeration will nub the complexity. I also suggest you drink it sooner than later. Cellaring a beer as hop forward as this seems foolish.
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquors in Victoria, B.C., for $6.50. Firstly, a big congratulations to Lighthouse for adding another offering to their line-up. I look forward to cellaring a few to see how well they age. Pours a lasting, frothy almond-head with a deep orange body. Nose of iodine and pine. Cloyingly sweet malt, and resiny hop flavour instead of leafy hops. Nice punch but doesn’t lead on that its 10%. All in all, its a great value - being a 10% ABV in a 650ml for $6.50; but too sweet and malted - unfortunately not comparable to Phillips Amnesiac which better plays-up the 9% ABV and has a strong hops profile, while only $4.70. Something I’d be able to drink weekly but not daily - but it will be interesting to see how it cellars? I may make this a mainstay in my revolving collection.