Cujo Imperial Golden Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
750ml bottle, Curtis Joseph's rabid-dog painted goalie mask and autograph depicted on the sexy silk-screened label. Reasonable enough, methinks, that since he played for both the Oilers and the Maple Laffs, that first dibs on this offering should be for we beer geeks in Alberta and Ontario, no?
This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of somewhat morose, tightly foamy, and rocky off-white head, which leaves a bit of splattered pock-marked lace in places around the glass as things duly recede.
It smells of mildly toasted pale grain, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, neutered lemon and orange citrus rind, stale, but still serviceable honey, and leafy, grassy, and kind of perfumed hops. The taste is biscuity, bready caramel malt, the toastiness becoming harder to identify, lemon meringue pie, more muddled, and somewhat dry orchard fruitiness, fading clover honey notes, and weak leafy, grassy, and dirty earthy hops.
The carbonation is fairly unobtrusive, in a pleasantly understated frizzy manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and haltingly smooth, as the alcohol seems to choose this particular moment to make its point of ingress. It finishes more dry than I might have imagined, the toastiness making a sort of reunion gesture to the still heady malt, the fruitiness stickin' 'er in neutral, and the hops starting to write their absence note.
A restrained in its overt booziness golden ale, in sort of the Belgian tradition, as those Low Country scamps appear to be the only ones usually able to get away with such a thing. However, as the yeastiness is kept on the down-low, to my delight, I have to proffer this as a new Canadian beer paradigm - a well-wrought golden/blonde/pale ale, all dressed up in Canadian Heritage sports minutiae, and generally easy-going (eh?) in its elevated hooch warming.
04-27-2014 07:45:01 | More by biboergosum
3.44/5 rDev -8%
First beer of a potential 3 available to me from my favorite little beer depot. Pours very nice with a thick head of foam dissipating into a thin light bead of bubbles, very light lacing on the glass. Earthy herbal notes on the nose with sweet caramel and Belgian style candy sugar. Lively carbonated dry mouth feel. Belgian candy malts up front, very light bitterness from hops, light apple like taste with a lightly dry sweet finish, all well within balance. Alcohol warmth is an added bonus. Extremely drinkable and a very solid offering from Lake of Bays Brewing Company. Not a knock out, but far from a bad interpretation of a Belgian blonde.
05-31-2014 21:46:20 | More by Brutaltruth
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around for a long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready malt, grassy hops, caramel, and a bit of apricot. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some nuttiness and light butterscotch. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a nice, enjoyable Imperial Golden Ale. Definitely worth trying, I liked it. $9.99 a bottle.
06-27-2014 21:33:21 | More by bluejacket74
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of toasty/buiscuity malts, some nuttiness, sweet caramel, some earthy hops and faint citrus.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some toasty/buiscuity malts followed by sweet caramel, a light earthy bitterness and some citrus. (Witch is more prevalent here)
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.
06-16-2014 19:56:14 | More by SebD
3.79/5 rDev +1.3%
750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Aug 31 2014. I haven't had a lot of American strong ales, but I've had more than a few English-style ones (not to mention plenty of Lake of Bays beers), so I only have a rough idea of what to expect from this one. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a sunny golden-amber colour, bright and clear in hue. Seated atop is one finger of soapy white head, which proceeds to wilt away steadily over the next few minutes until only a wide collar and a delicate pattern of lace remain. The aroma is fairly sweet and fruity, with some toasted, nutty malts, mandarin orange, apricot and caramel notes.
This is a nicely balanced, clean-tasting strong ale. Big malty flavours come at you initially - toasted wheat/nuts, doughy raisin bread and toffee being the most prominent. The tail end of the profile balances things out nicely with some candied orange citrus and leafy, earthy hop notes, the latter of which contribute an unassumingly sturdy bitterness. Off-dry finish, with a touch of raisiny sweetness that vanishes instantly. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with a smooth, silky mouthfeel and gentle carbonation that barely bothers to agitate the palate. Dangerously drinkable, though this actually tastes fine as it warms so there's really no reason to rush, as with any decent strong ale.
Final Grade: 3.79, a B+. Curtis Joseph was a pretty good goalie, so it isn't terribly surprising that Cujo Imperial Golden Ale is a pretty good beer - although it is definitely not a world-beater. A properly-brewed, highly approachable example of its style that doesn't necessarily require you to be a beer geek to enjoy it. This one is a bit more up my alley than the last entry in the series, but at the current price point it's going to be a one-and-done for me.
06-29-2014 02:08:01 | More by thehyperduck
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
750 ml bottle purchased from LCBo for $11.95 CDN. Image of the goalie mask of Curtis Joseph "Cujo" one of my favorite goalies on the bottle. Served well chilled into glassware.
Appearance - Rich, clear golden and copper colored blend, capped by a one finger frothy white head. Retention isn't terribly impressive but leaves a nice dense ring around the top of the glass and finish with some spotty white bubbles. Some nice looking bubbles rise up slowly to the top of the glass.
Smell - Rich yet light and fruity aromas abound, very springlike in its aroma. Peach and tropical fruit and most prevalent, but the nose isn't terribly strong, especially when its colder.
Taste - Moderate hoppiness cuts through the fruity sweetness that was apparent on the nose, it's not bitter, but the sweetness level just isn't quite what was expected which works nicely here. There's the faintest trace of earthy undertones, and also a chewy bread like characteristic throughout. Bit of booziness comes through on the back end.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and silky, yet not heavy of mouth coating. Moderately sweet finish, as the mouth is nowhere near dry after a sip. reasonably well carbonated suits this beer.
Overall - This is a pretty solid effort from lake of Bays, something that is at once easily drinkable, yet shares some characteristics with some finer beers. I left a little underwhelmed as the sum of the beer seemed a little less than each individual part, but definitely something I wouldn't turn down if offered. probably won't pick up another one, give the higher cost of this beer however.
05-07-2014 22:02:09 | More by DenisKolkin
4/5 rDev +7%
Appearance - Pours a golden amber colour with two fingers of foamy white head.
Smell - Bready/biscuity malts, touch of nuttiness, earthy/grassy hops, lemon zest.
Taste - Bready and biscuity malts along with a touch of sweet nut-like flavour. A little bitterness from earthy, grassy hops. Very interesting flavours going on.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a little dryness.
Overall - A crisp and refreshing golden ale. Very surprising to detect a bit of nuttiness in the flavour and aroma, but the surprise made for a nice addition.
06-22-2014 02:11:06 | More by leaddog
Cujo Imperial Golden Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.