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Spark House Red Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Crafted without artificial flavouring or colouring agents, Spark House gets its deep mahogany hue and distinctive taste from a unique blend of domestic and European hops and dark-roasted specialty malts.

(Beer added by: hopsolutely on 06-09-2011)
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Reviews by spinrsx:
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of the winter OCB 6 pack for 13$

Appearance - Dark reddish-brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There's an average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, grassy notes, caramel, light hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and a hint of chocolate. There is also a touch of dark fruit flavour, some grassy notes, and some caramel. It ends with a malty aftertaste with a bit of a herbal/hoppy lingering spiciness.

Overall - Not really what I was expecting given it's listed on this site as an american amber. It's kind of like a ESB or a nut brown if anything. It's okay to drink but not something I'd buy again.. there are too many other better beers to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 00:55:37 | More by spinrsx
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Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

07-07-2014 15:42:53 | More by Idrankthat
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Back home in Canada for the 4th of July. I'm enjoying the canned offerings here in Ontario.

Clear coppery red with a short beige cap of fine bubbles. Decent head retention with a little stickage on the glass. Malty, nutty nose, mild citrus/pine nose, perhaps some faint smokiness. Balanced flavour, bittersweet overall with nutty, caramel sweetness up front and a slightly more citrusy back end. Lingering malt and smoke notes with a hint of cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation, decent texture. Quite nice overall. Nicely balanced and well crafted.

Serving type: can

07-04-2014 20:49:33 | More by DrJay
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CMM


3/5  rDev -12.8%

06-29-2014 21:12:01 | More by CMM
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-18-2014 04:17:35 | More by Socialiste
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ToddMopps


3/5  rDev -12.8%

06-15-2014 19:55:53 | More by ToddMopps
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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.8%

06-05-2014 02:01:35 | More by Pmicdee
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.75 CDN. Served cold into a non- descript pint glass.

Appearance - reddish brown beer that is clear and has crazy looking carbonation rising to the top. A half finger of foam quickly dissipates leaving a small soapy centre on top.

Smell- malt grain all the way with a faint black cherry aspect that is quickly smothered again by the biscuity aroma.

Taste- very similar to the nose in that it is all biscuity malt flavour with some sweetness from perhaps molasses. Very little bitterness overall.

Mouthfeel- not quite enough carbonation for my liking of a beer in this style and the beer leaves a syrupy feel in the mouth. Not bad but probably the weakest point of the beer.

Overall - a pretty tasty red ale, something I could see picking up again and for those who like a malt dominated sessionable beer this is right up your alley. However, it remains on the simpler side in that there is the biscuity and molasses malt side of this beer and that is it. I think counteracting this with some additional hop bitterness could have elevated this tremendously. Still worth a try.

Serving type: can

05-07-2014 01:05:21 | More by DenisKolkin
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Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-02-2014 03:59:07 | More by Tivlavrie
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ArrogantPrick

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.8%

04-17-2014 20:48:59 | More by ArrogantPrick
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-12-2014 22:14:13 | More by boszormeny
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The-Jolly-Imbiber

Antarctica

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Less than one finger of head which disappeared in under a minute. Appearancewise, a dark brown, or a very deep amber.

Fruity, raspberry aromas. Hints of caramel. I love the smell. It keeps inviting me to continue enjoying this beer to the bottom of the glass.

Nice taste. Mild sweetness which tails off into a moderate bitterness.

Little carbonation. Smooth and thin mouthfeel.

This is the best amber that I have tried so far (out of 4).

Update: Upped my rating of Taste a notch. Over the past few months, this has become one of my favourite beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:51:55 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-14-2013 08:06:23 | More by Erik-P
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Yanka

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-11-2013 08:02:27 | More by Yanka
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JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A browner beer than I expected, given that it is named House Red and is an Amber Ale. Poured with a decent head that thinned quickly. It had a very sweet smell that was intriguing. The taste was darker than I expected with chocolate overtones and a slight bitterness. It had a slightly unpleasant aftertaste but overall was an enjoyable ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:56:31 | More by JeanDuteau
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Westvleteren12

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-09-2013 23:08:42 | More by Westvleteren12
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-09-2013 14:30:47 | More by Vyronian
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Day 8 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. More brewing from up there in cottage country, eh? Critical mass can't be all that far off, then.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and broadly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent melting iceberg lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of gritty, biscuity, and lightly toasted caramel malt, an oily dry nuttiness, a sweet, almost red berry-like fruitiness, a touch of hard water flintiness, and very subtle earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more of the same, but tighter and more focused - biscuity, bready caramel malt, almost salty bar-top nuts, dry, faintly buttered toast, a hint of bittersweet cocoa, and earthy, moderately bitter leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad tight, but generally agreeable in its basic support duties, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and adequately smooth for the style (just a wee twinge of hop play here). It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel malt, nutty breadiness, and lingering understated dark fruitiness calling the shots.

As far as Canuck amber ales go, this is all right - relatively robust in its tastiness, and no off-flavours. Worthy of a try, especially if you're the poor sap sitting in that lookout tower, searching for telltale sparks in the surrounding forest.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 04:41:22 | More by biboergosum
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-09-2013 04:00:56 | More by Derek
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-09-2013 02:03:35 | More by ZachT
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

11-19-2013 20:25:37 | More by schopenhauerale
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-04-2013 12:18:56 | More by DamageCase76
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

10-26-2013 10:32:21 | More by smekermann
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

10-26-2013 00:32:46 | More by MJ63
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

10-21-2013 17:16:59 | More by Kmat10
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Spark House Red Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.