Lighthouse Pacific Sunset

Reviewed by on September 15, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lighthouse Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: September 15, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgo-American Mild

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Pacific Sunset is the result of Lighthouse Brewery’s ‘Ramshackle Brewers’ Challenge’, where the winner’s recipe is used for the subsequent seasonal bomber release.  It is proclaimed as a ‘Belgo-American Mild’, due to, I would imagine, the Amarillo hops, as well as the Vic Secret, um, wait, Australian, ones.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy and streaky splattered lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, lightly doughy pale malt, muddled tropical fruit (mixed melon, mostly), Belgian yeast, white pepper and coriander spice, and further leafy, weedy, and floral hops. The taste is rising bread, grainy pale malt, rainbow peppercorn, zesty citrus, earthy clove/coriander, a sassy Low Countries yeastiness, more dry white cracker notes, and a steady leafy, floral and herbal hop bitterness. The bubbles are quite pervasive in their flitting and challenging frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as the yeast and hop acridity settles in like a overstaying houseguest. It finishes barely off-dry, the same hoppy and yeasty character hell-bent on palatal domination.

Overall, an interesting meshing of brewing worlds, the Pacific Rim hops jousting with the old-school yeast and spice measures. Not sure where the ‘mild’ designation comes in, as this seems like a scaled down version of a Belgian IPA – ah, right-o, then!  Kudos are thus in order to the aforementioned competition winner, Matt Lyons, for this aptly named offering.

Brady White

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