Road Trip – Lighthouse Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Road Trip Fresh-Hopped Dark Ale – Lighthouse Brewing, 6.2% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“Fresh-hopped or wet-hopped beers use fresh, green whole, undried hops directly from the hop bines, and can only be brewed at hop harvest time. Road Trip is an American-style hoppy brown ale brewed this year with Cascade and Chinook hops picked fresh at Chilliwack Hop Farms.”

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  • Style: (fresh-hopped) Brown Ale
  • Taste: Sweet brown sugar barley malt background resiny green hops gag reflex finish
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Bby
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Love the artwork, big fan of the Beatles. Pours very dark brown with minimal head, thin ringed retention with a medium island, scattered singular streams.

Nose: sweet brown sugar barley malts, cocoa (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: very crisp bite

Mid-palate: brown sugar barley malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), airy-green grassy hops,

Finish: low hop bitterness, light toasty barley malt, residual lingering med sweetness, cocoa exhale

Summary: The initial brown sugar malty sweet attack is pleasant but once the hops kick in it becomes too resinous-airy and looses its structure. The finish has a bit of a gag reflex.

Rhubie Rhubarb Wheat Ale – Lighthouse Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Rhubie Rhubarb Wheat Ale – Lighthouse Brewing Co., 6.2% ABV – 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“Rhubie Rhubarb Wheat Ale was brewed with Pilsener malt, flaked wheat, hops, Belgian wheat ale yeast and organic Fraser Valley rhubarb.

  • Style: (Rhubarb) Flavoured Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Lemon sweet fizzy wheat malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 (5% off) – 650ml, July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: I dig the basic label, like a Rubix cube or Chiclets gum… Whatever happened to Chiclets? Pours clear light almost-neon yellow, not much head, barely any lacing, thin ringed retention, many many active streams.

Nose: very fruity sweet lemony citrus malts, (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: ultra crisp, light fizzy, incoming sweet malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruity rhubarb*, lemon citrus, wheat malt, yeasty

Finish: lingering barley sweetness, thinnish body, pleasant sweet malt finish.

Summary: *Truthfully I haven’t rhubarb by itself so I cannot pinpoint it’s flavour. Either way, this beer is a bit above average but nothing to write home about. Decent textures and crisp ability, but not that deep nor memorable.

Pumpkin Ale – Lighthouse Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Pumpkin Ale – Lighthouse Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Ingredients on the front side label: water, malted barley, pure CANADIAN PUMPKINDEMERARA SUGAR, MILK SUGAR (LACTOSE), hops, spices, yeast.

  • Style: (seasonal, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: crispy fizzy-silky -> milk caramel malts/pumpkin -> brown sugar/ginger/malt finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 650ml, January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Simple label, unique ingredients for a pumpkin ale; namely the demerara and milk sugar. Pours cloudy copper brown with a small dissipating head, light lacing, ringed retention, several slow streams.

Nose: sweet caramel malts on the nose with a hint of chocolate. (5)-aromatic strength

Attack: sharp crispness, silky-fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, milky, pumpkin

Finish: brown sugar, traces of ginger, semi-sweet malt.

Summary:  Not a whole lot of detectable spice but a damn smooth brew with depth and balance. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

3 Weeds (Witbier) – Lighthouse Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

3 Weeds – Lighthouse Brewing, 7.5% ABV – 650ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Ingredients: A Belgian style Wit brewed with pilsener and wheat malts, rolled oats, coriander, ginger and hops.

  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste Profile: creamy crispness -> pineapple/banana/yeast/malt -> coriander/ginger/soft bitter hop finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6, July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: low-rez sticker label, seasonal, and no other info other than the ingredients. Pours cloudy light marmalade orange with a small lasting foamy head, thin layer of retention, some lacing, lots of activity.

Nose: Sweet fruity banana and pineapple malts on the nose.

Attack: creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, crispness

Mid-palate: 5/10-sweetness, pineapple, banana, light yeasty in the malts,

Finish: dry coriander, hints of ginger bitterness, banana exhale, mild soft bitter hoppy finish.

Summary: Good balance and complexity in this one. Flavours are soft and subdued but blend together well.

Deckhand Belgian Saison (Seasonal) – Lighthouse Brewing (Victoria, BC)

Deckhand Belgian Saison (Seasonal) – Lighthouse Brewing, 8% ABV, (Victoria, BC)

On the back label:

“Deckhand Saison is a rich, golden, Belgian farmhouse style beer. Pilsner and Vienna malts added with flaked wheat gives this beer a soft malt character while the unique attributes of a true Belgian yeast strain add spicy, peppery and fruity flavours. The acidic sourness and dry finish complement the noble hop character of Styrian Goldings hops. True to this artisan style of beer we present it unfiltered so that you can taste the full flavour of this complex and very satisfying brew. A stemmed tulip glass will enhance the aroma and support the large foamy head.”

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: refreshing tangerine tang with a dry bitter backdrop
  • Where I got it: W.16 (?)
  • How much: ~$8, 650ml, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours golden orange with a decent thick foamy head, ringed retention, lots of fast-moving CO2 streams. Barnyard, tangerine, light malts, and honey on the nose. Creamy and tingly mouthfeel, tastes of bitter orange peel, 7/10-level sweetness, tangerine, medium malts, transitions into a long off-dry lingering heavy bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, decent drinkability. Slightly thin at the finish and a somewhat overly aggressive lingering bitterness.