‘Road Trip’ Fresh Hopped Dark Ale by Lighthouse Brewing

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OH WHAT! Another wet hopper?! I thought we were done with these for the season and I was pleasantly surprised when I ran across this at the local intoxicant dispensary. A wet hopped dark ale?! Fuckin sign me up buddy!

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Funk as druck!

I’ve had a couple of brews from Lighthouse, the best in my opinion being their Tasman pale ale. The best in my opinion, of course being synonymous with ‘best in class’, as my opinions are the foremost authority on the subject. Obviously.

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With great power, use the force Harry. - Captain Picard

Lighthouse is not a new kid on the block, they’ve been around since the late nineties and with the recent explosion of craft breweries, I imagine they are experiencing a bit of a business boom in the last couple of years. I hope they continue to thrive in the ever-expanding sea of beers, it would suck to get pushed out when you are essentially an original. Like me, completely original. Nobody has ever done a kinda funny beer blog before, ever.

I SAID EVER. JUST LET ME HAVE THIS.

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Completely original! Just like these average Vancouverites.

Fuckin neckbeards.

I love the label here, it grabbed my attention immediately what with the apparent Beatles referencing. I’m not even a fan, but if you missed the reference or don’t know who the Beatles are, congratulations on waking from that coma. You have some catching up to do. There’s a black president now, even though racism is still alive and well! Maybe I’m way off base here but that’s what I think they are aiming for, changing the ‘Yellow Submarine’ just enough to not get sued by Michael Jackson’s estate. Good luck with that.

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YOU! I SEE YOU WEARING ONE GLOVE! YOU'RE SO FUCKING SUED!

Hey Jude, you pour a pitch black (and make it better), that’s tinted red when back-lit. You get about a finger of tan foam that ebbed immediately to light hazing and a small collar. There is some light lacing that holds well.

The smells are dark chocolate, wheat, and a brown sugar sweetness. A nice sweet and flowery aroma overall.

The flavors are bitter cacao and wheat malts, with floral, citrus fruits and a dab of pine on the finish. Interesting and unique, it works very well. It’s like a crisp lager with the toasty dark malt base and neat hop highlights. A tasty little diddy!

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No not that Diddy. Silly irrelevant wannabe rapper doesn't recognize a one.

The mouthfeel is medium – heavy, it has a bit of weight to it but remains fairly crisp. It strikes a good balance between thick and thin, with noticeable light carbonation. This is a pretty easy-drinking brew.

4/5 You don’t get many (any?) dark beers that are fresh hopped, so it’s a unique take and I like it. If you can actually find one, give it a go.

“Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude
Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude” – The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ (duh)

Bang-up job on those lyrics, boys.

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