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Crosswind Pale Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Viggo on 05-26-2010

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.
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Photo of Markpotts13
4.62/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good Ontario pale ale. Flavourful without being heavy. Many sub flavours with a light smokiness.

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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of DaveBar
4.16/5  rDev +26.4%
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

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.99/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Photo of decimator
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473ml can poured into a mug. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear deep gold with a 2cm frothy white head. Head reduced to a ring and some surface bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Mild caramel, some honey, some citrus, herbal, hint of spice.

T - Light honey like sweetness, grain notes, hint of citrus, hint of spice, medium-mild herbal bitter finish. Barely any aftertaste.

M - Medium-light carbonation, medium body, dry & clean finish.

O - I like this one. Easy to drink. Good pale ale. (Judging by other reviews, I'm in the minority that appreciate this beer.) It has recently become a staple in my fridge.

Notes: I've also had the 5L mini keg. Tastes pretty much the same but the carbonation is much lower and the mouthfeel a tad creamier as a result making it more reminiscent of some British pale ales I've had.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of patre_tim
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Crosswind Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.