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Crosswind Pale Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

Crosswind Pale AleCrosswind Pale Ale

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%


Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Although pale ale is one of the world’s most common beer styles, Crosswind is anything but. Light in colour but not flavour, our pale ale is a surefire hit among drinkers of full-flavoured premium imports.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 05-26-2010)
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Reviews by OWSLEY069:
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus like hops. In the taste, dryer citrus hops and a nice malt balance. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with and dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Balanced, nice hops, and not water, not too shabby!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 14:43:14 | More by OWSLEY069
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Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

1/5  rDev -69.9%

04-19-2014 14:16:37 | More by Jones153
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bucky had been wanting to try another of Lake of Bays brews for quite some time, and finally found some single cans of their Crosswind Pale Ale in his local liquor store. Crosswind came in a 473 ml can with the 'Best Before' date blurred beyond distinction. The beer was 5.0% alcohol by volume.

Crosswind poured an attractive clear deep gold, which became deeper still when backlit. Plenty of fast rising bubbles were visible. Pouring produced about 1/2" of frothy white head, which faded to a thin collar of foam and patchy film within two minutes. For a beer that didn't retain much foam, Crosswind left a surprising amount of lacing and some spotting down the glass.

Crosswind's aroma was a combination of sweet, light malts, with notes of grapefruit and pine. Its taste followed the aroma exactly, beginning with a caramel sweetness which gave way to light notes of grapefruit and pine, and finishing with a mild bitterness which lingered briefly as an aftertaste. Very refreshing...just a touch of the grapefruit and pine without too much bitterness. There is a nice balance to the flavours here. Crosswind had a medium level of carbonation, was relatively light bodied, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel.

Overall, I was happy I stumbled across these single cans and gave Crosswind a try. A solid, easy drinking pale ale that does indeed deliver "surprising depth for its lightness". Crosswind Pale Ale sells for $2.65 per 473 ml can...not cheap, but a 'not unreasonable' price.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 22:23:13 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-10-2014 23:20:18 | More by hunterjames
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Will12

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-10-2014 19:51:33 | More by Will12
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RyanPollock

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%

04-01-2014 03:07:50 | More by RyanPollock
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Brody1714

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

03-13-2014 17:46:48 | More by Brody1714
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nhaimes

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-01-2014 13:24:55 | More by nhaimes
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA paired well with... Lemon Chicken. The lemon citrus and grapefruit really accentuates the chicken. Give it a try!

Enjoy

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 20:29:01 | More by DaveBar
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

02-12-2014 03:43:16 | More by KrisDLSmith
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-28-2014 01:43:32 | More by mattsander
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BeerClubNiagara

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

01-19-2014 18:32:04 | More by BeerClubNiagara
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-05-2014 18:10:23 | More by lgmol
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Westvleteren12

Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-18-2013 23:06:53 | More by Westvleteren12
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randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

12-17-2013 17:12:06 | More by randallpink
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

12-17-2013 07:46:50 | More by Erik-P
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

12-17-2013 04:21:56 | More by Derek
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

12-17-2013 02:47:19 | More by ZachT
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:18:17 | More by biboergosum
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for about $2.50 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear, crisp dark golden color with honey hues and lots of bubbles. 2.5 fingers of frothy dense white head and surprisingly good retention time and leaves some streaky lacing. After a few minutes left with a nice foamy cap on top.

Smell - Sweet, maple syrup-esque aroma with some faint grains and bready smell. Definitely malt dominated as caramel is quite perceptible and overall a faint sweetness permeates from the glass. Pretty good overall.

Taste - Again the maple syrup, caramel and molasses flavor are well ingrained, and the layers of malt keep hitting you but in a refined balanced sort of way. Hops not really present here, but just enough to keep from malt overkill.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with light mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation.Close to being considered watery in thin, but the way the beer coats the tongue is close to be described as syrupy at the same time which is a bit odd.

Overall - really pleasantly surprised with this beer as it was quite good and enjoyable, maintaining its thirst quenching properties but also giving you a dose of multiple malts.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 04:26:00 | More by DenisKolkin
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-04-2013 12:17:35 | More by DamageCase76
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%

10-26-2013 00:32:34 | More by MJ63
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Kmat10

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Crosswind Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.