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Spark House Red Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Yanka, Dec 11, 2013
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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.

JeanDuteau, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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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.

biboergosum, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Derek, Dec 09, 2013
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ZachT, Dec 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

WillAndSarah, Aug 10, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 06, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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: "In the heart of the forest, the spark house stands alone. Drawing its deep, smooth character from ... and roasted malts, this full-bodied red ale finishes dry and stands high above the rest."; "Brewed & Bottled in Baysville, Ontario Handcrafted in Small Batches".

A toast to the late Sparky Anderson! Spark up, lads! I'll be arcing and Sparking here shortly.

I got just over a finger of dense, mocha-tan head with reasonable retention from my pour. Color was a deep, coppery-red with NE-plus quality clarity and it reminded me of a former girlfriend's hair. Hers had a really coarse feel to it and it was like running my fingers through rusty wire. It even got her the nickname, "Rusty", which may have been why we drifted apart. What a beauty! The woman or the beer? Let's go with both. The nose was prevalently malt with a nutty quality to go with its inherent breadiness. Lots of sticky lacing appeared in the wake of the falling head. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was almonds or pecans and freshly-baked bread. I remember a time when I used to eschew these types of beers in favor of heavily hopped IPAs but I feel like I now have a greater appreciation for this sort of thing. Finish was semi-dry with the yeast having done its job. I saw where they have begun CANning their lager, so if they expand and CAN this one, I would definitely recommend it.

woodychandler, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of atr2605
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a deep red amber with an off white head with decent retention
S-roasted malt and a bit of sweetness
T-toasted malt with a dry biscuit malt flavor in the finish with nice hop bitterness supporting the malt
M-medium bodied
O-a well balanced beer that is very drinkable but not the best red ale I have had

atr2605, Apr 11, 2013
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3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear chestnut red under a moderate head. Some lace. Looks better than your average brew.

Nose is malty and a little sweet. Noticeable graininess. Similar to taste, sweet up front, but gently bitter and slightly metallic to finish. Grassy to taste. Moderate body. Better than a macro, but nothing special.

TerryW, Mar 26, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin off white head. Some lacing.

S - Caramel, bread, some nuttiness, earthy.

T - Malts upfront with caramel, bread, & hint of toast. The finish has a a mild earthy & grassy bitterness.

M - Average carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O - Decent tasting beer that's certainly drinkable. Above average.

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Spark House Red Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.