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Crosswind Pale Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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Crosswind Pale AleCrosswind Pale Ale

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
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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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 28
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2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo.

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy amber orange with a touch higher carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, some floral aromas and a touch of honeydew melon. Okay, but mild.

TASTE: Pale malts, light caramel notes with some grainy bread and hop bitterness at the swallow. Somewhat empty through the middle. Medium but lingering finish of bready sweetness, floral hops and grass notes. Some bitterness lingers. It's a beer.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. A little watery on the palat,e goes down fine and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: This is okay, but a little watery and not all that exciting. The label says there are roasted grains in here too, but obviously none of that is to be found. Decent to drink, but nothing worth remembering, and certainly not something worth going for if you're looking for a real drinking experience. Something I'd buy again if I wanted to watch the Arsenal take on the Spurs without any distractions.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.92/5  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!

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3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
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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3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color. Okay clarity. Weak regarding head. Thin ring still available.

Pale malts with a touch of honey or light caramel. Light pine and thin slices of citrus fruits, compliments of the hop bill. Well-balanced, but unexceptional.

Mucky and tinny. Malty sweet with pine hops and herbal astringency. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Dry finish. Still lingering with a note of buckwheat honey. Latent roastiness. Mostly cereal grains, of note. Orange pith and slight lime zest. Average, if not a smidge better.

Medium-bodied. Carbonation has some flight, but it's down a notch. Easy to get through.

A so-so ale. Distinct, in that I can recognize its flaws. Nothing to turn away from. Try-able.

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3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour with 2 fingers of bright white, fluffy head which dissipates slowly, leaving some spectacular lacing along the glass.

Smell - Very faint smell. What is there is grainy and unremarkable. There are also some fainy traces of citrus.

Taste - Following the nose, there isn't a whole lot going on here. There is some very light grains and citrus. There is next to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly light body and low carbonation makes for an incredibly watery drink.

Overall - 3/5

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3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
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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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uninspired, pretty much indistinguishable from what you'd get from any one of the big boys. Grassy hop nose is probably this one's best feature. Sweet up front, slightly bitter finish. Moderate head settles to heavy film. no lace. Clear golden brew. That's it.

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Crosswind Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.