Leapbeer Reviews #304-306 A Few Lighthouse Signature Beers
I realized a little while ago that, while I’ve been more than content covering the limited releases and new beers from my beloved Vancouver Island Breweries, I have unintentionally ignored the staple brands from these said breweries. I intend to do some rectifying of this situation, starting today.
Today I have a trio of, as fresh as I could get them (read: straight from the brewery) beers from the Lighthouse Brewing Company. These beers are available all year round, as well as in their mixer packs. They do a summer and winter mixer available in most government liquor stores in BC, as well as six packs of most of their beers, either cans or bottles. My friend Aaron shared a summer mixer with me earlier this year on a fishing trip, but I was too preoccupied to take notes on the beers.
Starting off I went with the Beacon India Pale Ale. This isn’t a super hop forward IPA like their delectable Switchback IPA, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tasty in its own right. It pours to a deep golden colour with an off-white head. I get a nice aroma from this beer of hops and grains, only mildly but still present. The real surprise was tasting the beer. It took my taste buds for a bit of a ride. Starts off a bit strong with a bitter punch, then it smooths out with malty goodness, followed by a bitter back. The rich maltiness is really accented well by the bitter notes.
Leapbeer #304 is Beacon India Pale Ale by Lighthouse Brewing Company
Next up is the Race Rocks Amber Ale. This beer was literally my first ever Lighthouse beer. When I worked in the interior of BC, up in a town called Smithers, a coworker of mine there gave me one. She had them special ordered in by the government liquor store for her husband because he was a fan. This was probably ten years ago or more. I can honestly say I don’t remember what I thought of it then, so this will be a revisiting of a forgotten beer. This beer pours to a clear chestnut brown colour with a thick tan head on top. It has a nutty and malty aroma. Not a big hop presence in this beer. It tastes very malty. There’s also a hint of a near pear like-flavour. It is a lovely and rich amber ale, lovely.
Leapbeer #305 is Race Rocks Amber Ale and a second picture to show the colour of the beer
Next I’m covering the Keepers Stout. This is a jet black stout with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. There’s an aroma of light licorice and malty goodness to this beer. It is a light and playful stout, with a tasty coffee note to it. This beer is very smooth, easily drinkable with a gentle bitter back to it. I would really enjoy seeing if Dean @ Lighthouse could do an imperial version of this stout.
Leapbeer #306 is Keepers Stout
Brewery: Lighthouse Brewing Company from Victoria, BC
Size/ABV: 355ml Bottle/5.2% (Beacon IPA), 5.3% (Race Rocks), 5.1% (Keepers Stout)
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