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


on tap

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JAN 23, 2013
Pours a perfectly clear gold, with a moderately thick head with great retention and lovely lace. Spicy hop aroma, with light malt sweetness. Nice hop bite and biscuity, lightly toasted malt flavour. Thick, creamy body - unusual for an IPA but tasty all the same. This is a solid, sessionable ale. Very nice!

tmalaher (304) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2017
On tap. Excellent IPA. Light yellow. Nice Hoppy bitterness and balanced malt. Enjoyed.

Christpuncher (3112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Aroma is earthy and dank. Flavor is hoppy, bitter, citruscy. Pours light yellow with a thin head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

JoeZasada (317) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2016
Can. Pours to a hazy yellow with a thick head. Medium carbonation. Spicy hoppy aroma, floral notes. Taste is mildly bitter, with moderate floral flavouring hops. Also some citrus notes. Warms to a very mild malt sweetness. Full-bodied. Finish is floral hops, maybe a touch of spruce. Pretty good, although with bitterness levels it would be more of an aggressive American Pale Ale than a IPA, but regardless it has a lot of nice hop flavours.

tlind2 (1718) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2016
[email protected], Vancouver. Golden color, frothy white head. Citric hop aroma. Smooth flavor that follows the aroma. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Nice.

UXO (1896) - 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)

WhiskyBraj (13) - 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.

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".

markschiedon (682) - 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.

blackmetal (236) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Tasted some caramel and grassy notes. Aslo noted some subtle fruit flavour. This is certainly above average

cmacklin (1171) - 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.

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