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10 Point India Pale Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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10 Point India Pale Ale10 Point India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally developed as a celebratory ale for owner Darren Smith’s wedding, our ambition was to create the most full-flavoured and balanced IPA on the market. Into the lab we went, coming out with a modern-day British-style India pale ale that stands proud of its hoppy heritage.

(Beer added by: hopsolutely on 04-29-2012)
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Reviews by DaveBar:
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3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in a 12oz bottle in a pre-packaged 6pk from the brewer. Pretty good selection for $13.40 or so. Excellent way to try them without buying the bomber at big dollars.

A- Nice coppery, amber colour. Very clear. NO head what so ever.

S- Nice, nice, not thrilling but nice. Hints of hops, touch grassy.

T- Subdued. Rather mellow by an IPA standard. Hints of caramel and a touch bitter. Flavours are blended well but overall taste is nothing special

M- Dry. Touch bitter

O- Alright. Nothing special. Very glad I had a chance to try it in a 341ml bottle at a reasonable price instead of the nearly $10.00 bomber. Will not buy the bomber or this one as there are much better Canadian IPA's out there now. This one would be a nice novelty at the cottage by the fire once but that would be it for this one.

Thx for reading!

DaveBar, Nov 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

beerhunter13, May 01, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky red/brown, mahogany; poured a good head but fades after a few minutes

Aroma: balance of sweet caramel malt and exotic hops; some citrus

Taste & Mouthfeel: rich caramel, maple malt flavours mingling well with just a moderate spiced hop note; malt character is a bit more forward, but neither side dominates - good balance and not expected; thinking of caramel cake - but with bite and chewiness , while still remaining silky smooth; getting some pine too

Overall: great full bodied texture and spot on balance considering the strong flavours

BGDrock, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +12.4%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - weird to see this serving format without an attendant NHL hall of famer predominating the label. I like how the top five suggested examples of this style on the sidebar here are all American in origin.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, frothy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some crazily accurate sudsy world Mercator projection lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of biscuity, bready, and faintly toasty pale and caramel malt, surprisingly peppy orange and white grapefruit citrus, a pine-forward, astringent leafiness, subtle earthy yeast notes, and a further mild grassy hoppiness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, the mildest of caramel add-ons, a growing flinty stoniness, some reduced pithy citrus notes, still somewhat edgy, yet kind of watered-down pine tree effluvia, and once again late-arriving herbal, leafy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly involved and tight in its robust frothiness, the body on the lee side of full medium (I know) weight, and plain in its otherwise unassailed smoothness. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the strangely complex and cross-cultural hops having no small role to play here.

A sort of mixed-breed, as it were, in terms of IPA heritage - generally English, sure, but with enough Yankee chutzpah to make you wonder often enough. Anyways, tasty, enjoyable, and since we're all Canucks here, if not at heart, than certainly by law, out of 'ten points', this veritable buck comes in at a solid eight, through my now duly fogged-up scope.

biboergosum, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber at LCBO. Lagerish mouthfeel. Something between a slight pale and lager aroma. Medium yellow body with a modest amount of foamy head. Slightly above medium mouthfeel. Decent hoppiness. Certainly closer to a pale in style than an IPA. Good summer drink as refreshing, and this worked on a hot day.

Sammy, May 04, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before Aug 22/12. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured medium amber with one finger of bright white head with decent retention. Some light lacing.

S - Pine, floral and herbal hop aromas up front. The bitterness is evident but not overly strong. A big sweet caramel malt backbone seemingly provides a good balance. Appears to be an English IPA.

T - A moderate bitterness up front with floral, herbal and earthy flavours. A huge caramel malt backbone enters in the middle and provides a big sweetness. Slight bitterness returns in the finish. Very balanced.

M - Light to medium body. Somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

O - Too malty for me. I wouldn't buy this one again, especially considering the price point.

TheSevenDuffs, May 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

ThinkAgain, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

WillAndSarah, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

dipso123, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

CurtisD, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Derek69
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

part of an Ontario Craft Brewers tasters pack. Poured into a pint glass, half a finger of head, aromas of hops, nothing too overpowering however. Ruby colour, tastes a very palatable amount of hops. This brew will offend no one. Very enjoyable, light carbonation, no lacing whatsoever. I would recommend for anyone as a gateway to more hoppy IPA's.

Derek69, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

MaltyClarkey, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

RedAleMan, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a pint glass. Best before September 17, 2012.

Copper red with an offwhite head - a bit rocky, but not that dense. Some sticky lace and OK retention. Earthy, herbal and some citrus hopping and malts on the nose, a bit of caramel. Appears to have some English and American characteristics, but there are some stronger citrus and more straightforward American-style hopping when you dig a bit. Sweet caramel and toffee malt flavours initially, and quite bready. Citrus, and some grassy/herbal hop notes and bitterness is quite moderate. Medium body and fairly gentle on the carbonation, a decent maltier IPA (certainly not a classic American IPA, but perhaps a bit moreso than an English IPA); still probably not worthy of the $9 pricetag.

liamt07, May 05, 2012
Photo of SebD
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear deep golden/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet caramelly malts with some citrusy, grassy and earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramelly malts and a nuttiness along with some citrusy/earthy/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Oct 25 2012. This is one I've been curious about for a while, but avoided until now because the price tag was a bit of a deterrent. There are only so many Ontario-made IPAs though, so I was bound to get around to this eventually.

Pours a brilliant colour halfway between copper and bronze, topped with a modest finger of creamy, off-white head. It soon thins out to a wispy cap, but leaves behind a ring of sticky lacing. Fresh, herbal/spicy aroma with lots of earthy, citrusy hops and some some sweet caramel malts.

More balanced flavour than most American IPAs, with a stronger malt profile to counter the still-prominent hops. The sip starts off sweet, with toasted, honey-glazed bready malts and caramel, leading into some grapefruit astringency that intensifies. Herbal, earthy, slightly-piney dryness in the finish, with minimal lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a slightly slippery mouthfeel. The gentle carbonation and natural smoothness give this a good mouthfeel in my opinion, but it does feel a bit heavier than 6%.

Final Grade: 3.73, a respectable B grade. I've tried this twice in the last two days, and I think it's probably more English than American, but it's a relatively good IPA regardless of which box you want to stuff it into. Many hopheads aren't looking for something as malty as this (and that's their prerogative), but others will certainly appreciate the balance. My opinion falls somewhere between those two extremes - it's tasty, plenty drinkable and I might get it again, but with so many other great choices I'm not that enthusiastic about it... so we'll have to wait and see. The price really doesn't do it any favours either. In short - 10 Point is a pretty good English-style IPA, but it probably lacks the intensity needed to please the more hardcore hopheads.

[Updated Oct. 13 2013]

A friend and I split another bottle last night. I'm bumping the score slightly; the hop bill seems a little sturdier than last year's batch, and as far as IPAs go this is a relatively light, highly drinkable example. I still think it's overpriced, and I still doubt it's going to impress a lot of American IPA fans, but it's not a badly-brewed beer at all. In fact, it's probably one of this brewery's best offerings, and something I hope to see made available in six-packs or cans at some point - because honestly, the bomber isn't really worth it.

thehyperduck, Jul 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

WCW, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 4 of 6 from LCBO taster's pack. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Bronze colored beer with 1 finger of of white head resting on top, which dissipates quickly. Average head retention and few bubbles in the beer, which is very clear.

Smell - Mild tropical fruits blended with malts and an earthy slightly piney hoppiness.

Taste - Earthy feel, some tropical fruits, lingering bitterness and a nice balance between hops and malts. Not too bitter.

Mouthfeel - Mild mouthfeel, with medium body, smooth creamy and low carbonation.

Overall - Not a lot to say here other than its a fairly good IPA but is not mind blowing in any sense.

DenisKolkin, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

MattPS, May 05, 2012
Photo of ToddMopps
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ToddMopps, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Props to my brothers-in-law for this treat!

A - Pours a nice dark copper color, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, hints of citrus, biscuit notes, leafy greens and a touch of pepper.

T - The hops are subdued, sweet earthy presence with a leafy character and a lingering sour citrus bitterness. A weak caramel backbone comes through in the finish with a touch of bready malts.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes a tad dry.

O - A tasty IPA that is flavorful, but not certain it lives up to the price tag. I would certainly enjoy this as a 6-er, with a decent hop profile, but nothing mind blowing. Given te presentation, I must admit I had some higher expectations.

andrenaline, Jul 14, 2012
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10 Point India Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.