Crosswind Pale Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
341ml bottle, day 16 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, lightly creamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves some creepy layered fishbone lace around the glass as things duly recede.
It smells of orange creamsicle, semi-sweet, almost cake-like bready caramel malt, a sugary melon fruitiness, and a tame piney, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is more sweet orange fleshiness, not quite so candy-esque now, a decent caramel malt, touched by a toffee/maple blend, more grainy, sweetened bread, and prominently low-key, but sneakily effective herbal, leafy hops.
The carbonation is pretty soft and innocuous, just strong enough to provide basic support, the body an adequate medium weight, and rather smooth, with a lilting creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel malt, breadiness, and fruit barely tempered by the remaining bittering hops.
One of those offerings that inspires that conundrum of 'well, it tastes all right, but it's hardly even close to the purported style. What to do, what to do?' Here, we have a pretty heady cream or blonde ale (as it is justly classified on this site), one with actual inherent flavours as such. However, the hops that one should expect in the advertised pale ale are barely noticeable, so, sadly the overall score suffers accordingly.
12-17-2013 02:18:17 | More by biboergosum
4.16/5 rDev +26.4%
Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for the 473mll can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.
A- Very nice unfiltered pale ale. Not much head as expected but nice film
S- Excellent. The grapefruit and coriander hits you right away
T- Excellent! Enjoyed this mildly hoppy IPA. Very good try
M- Pretty good. Nice and dry without much hop aftertaste
O- Very good. Enjoyed this one enough to put on the regular list
This nice little IPA paired well with... Lemon Chicken. The lemon citrus and grapefruit really accentuates the chicken. Give it a try!
02-22-2014 20:29:01 | More by DaveBar
2.78/5 rDev -15.5%
lcbo taster packs are consistenly disappointing. want more atomic smashbomb.
anyway..golden yellow hue with thin white head. head is gone immediately. looks like someone spit in the glass with a white glob sitting in the middle of the drink
i think i smell booze. at 5% that is a tad of a let down. poured in a duvel glass i do get some beery aromas. but sort of all over the place. grassy skunk-like notes. some off smells.
medicinal bitterness followed by malty booze. just a poorly balanced offering. some of the flavors are acceptable but this just doesnt blend well.
gulping it down leaves a chalky taste with some sourdough notes. but not in any good way if you like sourbread.
i suppose gulping this in one sitting would promote a headrush and quench the thirst but as for flavor and craft i find this unworthy.
08-27-2011 23:17:12 | More by paxkey
3/5 rDev -8.8%
Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a nice large foamy head with OK retention and limited lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet cereal notes with some unrefined grain notes also detectable. Taste is also a mix between some cereal notes with some unrefined grain notes and some light dry hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall but light notes of unrefined grain are more or less interesting.
03-21-2012 17:28:09 | More by Phyl21ca
3.73/5 rDev +13.4%
A: Golden with an orange tinge, little carbonation, huge 4 finger off white head, chunky lacing, clear filtered.
S: Citrus, orange, sweet orange candy, slight red chili spice, dark toasted malt. There is almost a slight smokiness not like a smoked beer, just a hint of it. Somewhat earthy and wild as in the smell of a forest.
T: Citrus and orange candy, earthiness and light toasted notes as well as the herbal forest qualities come through. Rather light overall, but the presence of these make this one interesting.
M: Medium light body, very little carbonation almost a little flat.
O: Upon tasting, the lack of carbonation stood out before the flavours. The tastes that do come through were really interesting, yet are light on the palate. I am enjoying this one, and it has a cool style on the can. Could enjoy this one on a summer day at the cottage.
04-25-2014 02:33:42 | More by patre_tim
3.3/5 rDev +0.3%
Bottle from the singles bin at the LCBO, 341ml into a pint glass. Enjoyed on July 30.
Pours a gold, with a light amber tinge to it. Transient white head, that leaves some thin bubbles as a collar. Good amounts of carbonation visible in the body. Nose is quite moderate some orange, with hints of grapefruit and cracker. Some white bread. Light sweetness. Taste has more citrus, yet still presented in moderate amounts. More grapefruit and some lemon. Somewhat of a dry body, medium light feel. High medium carbonation. Simple, inoffensive yet passable. Unexciting, but drinkable.
09-03-2011 17:33:08 | More by liamt07
3.13/5 rDev -4.9%
Appearance: It has a nice pale golden/orange colour to it. It has a white head that dies down quite fast and has some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready malts, some graininess with floral and citrucy notes.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bready and grainy taste to it but the hops only add a bitterness to it.
Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a slight watery feel to it.
Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavours and aromas. Not quite what I was expecting from a Pale Ale but a decent beer.
08-02-2011 22:27:56 | More by SebD
3.36/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a golden blonde colour, with slight cloudiness. The white head is about a half-finger thick, and loses cohesion quickly leaving behind a creamy cap and collar, with lots of lacing. The smell is pretty nice - grapefruit citrus, grassy hops, some sweetish grain malts underneath. Looks like a blonde ale, but definitely smells more like a pale ale...
It tastes like one too. Caramel, lightly roasted grain malts, a bit biscuity or bready. This sweetness is nicely balanced with a nice, earthy, slightly bitter hop bite in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a bit in the finish, encouraging you to keep sipping. Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation that prickles the tongue. Easy to throw back, and the flavour is nice enough that it would be a pleasure rather than a chore to do so.
This isn't anything fancy but it's still refreshing as hell. A tasty summer patio beer that I would consider getting again; unfortunately I have never seen this in my LCBO with the exception of inside the OCB mixer pack this one came in.
[Updated Jan. 21 2014]
Tried this stuff again, re-branded as 'Crosswind Pale Ale'. This is one of those beers that I have had on multiple occasions and seems to have a few different 'faces'. Sometimes I will get an odd split pea soup aroma - and this time in particular, there is a lot of popcorn butter flavour, even though the expiry date is in February. Most of the cans I've had of this have been pretty decent (like the original review), and I'm only bringing up this anecdote because it doesn't really make me want to keep purchasing the stuff. There are too many other reliably great blonde or pale ales available these days for me to want to return to this occasionally good one.
Final Grade: 3.36, a B-.
08-10-2011 01:26:52 | More by thehyperduck
3.51/5 rDev +6.7%
Another of local, in-person trader tone77's many bottles. I marvel each and every time he comes by to drop off beer.
From the bottle: "Fresh citrus notes and medium hop bitterness are balanced by the subtle sweetness of premium malt and roasted grains, resulting in a crisp finish that always lands clean."; "Brewed & Bottled in Baysville, Ontario Handcrafted in Small Batches".
Wow, but the finger of foamy, tawny head disappeared in the blink of an eye! Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had citrus hops offset by a biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops interacted well with the malt to give it a honey-like sweetness, more reminiscent of a lager than an ale. Finish was semi-sweet and eminently quaffable. I got some nice lacing along the sides of the glass as I drank through it. It was nothing stand-out or particularly memorable, but nor was it tough to swallow (no pun intended). It was a nice, simple beer and a nice way to wind down at the end of another day. Worth a try.
04-29-2013 22:31:36 | More by woodychandler
Crosswind Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.