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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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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Photo of decimator
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a mug. ABV 6%.

A - Poured a clear orange brown with a thin head. Head quickly vanished to just a few bubbles, no lacing.

S - Roasted grains, caramel, some earth, some grass, some citrus. Nose is malt forward but still very well balanced.

T - Caramel, some roasted notes, hint of citrus, hint of pine, some generic nuttiness, some herbal, moderate bitterness in the finish. Tasty stuff.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium-heavy body, some stickiness, somewhat dry finish.

O - Easily drinkable. Another solid beer from Lake Of Bays.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Nice...well balanced maybe too balanced the 2014 autumn version is the first of this seasonal I've tried. Their website says the IBU has been raised a wee bit to 45. Personally if they brought it even a wee bit higher and they would really get the taste buds tingling.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Albeit expensive, a nice addition to the burgeoning Ontario-brewed IPA scene.

750 mL bottle is well styled and visually appealing, regardless of standard bottle cap. Pours a beautiful dark amber with decent off-white head and lacing. Aroma is maltier and not as "west-coast" hoppy as I'd hoped, but the flavour makes up for it. Sweet caramelized malts blend nicely into a delightfully bracing hop bitterness. Tropical fruits and citrus hop tones are well balanced with the sweet malts. The bitter finish lingers for an impressively long time...

Too pricey to be a session beer, but a nice treat that I'm glad to have tried and will purchase again.

Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +7%

Photo of leaddog
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a pale copper with two fingers of creamy, billowy beige head.

Smell - Bready malts, mild leafy hops, hint of lemon peel.

Taste - Strong bready and biscuity malts. Very low hop profile, just a bit of leafy hop spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - An English IPA with a good malt backbone and leafy hop spice playing a supporting role.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 750ml bottle, poured into a pintglass

Appearance - Light brown/amber colour. Two fingers of fluffy white head. Moderate retention with magnificent lacing.

Smell - More malt than hop aroma here. Caramel/crystal malt, some light hop bits, and some earthy tones. Hop's are pretty subdued for the style. What is there has hints of citrus and pine...not cascadian but I don't think but along those lines.

Taste - Medium body, light carbonation. Smooth and creamy finish.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10 Point's toasted hazelnut brown is a fair bit darker than I like my hoppy IPAs - this one looks almost like wet clay - but I won't deny that it's a good lookin' pint. Clear, peppered with bubbles and with a healthy glow, it's a beer I'm anxious to drink, to hell with whatever style it is. Its frothy, undying head only seals the deal.

Hops impart a rank grapefruit citrus and an earthy, ganja-level stink. The malts are (if anything, a little too) toasted and have distinctive walnut and almond butter qualities. The opposing forces - the one bitter, the other sweet - pair wonderfully. It's amazing how something that smells as dank as a wet basement can be so appealing.

Not all the earthy, herbal qualities of the bouquet are appreciated in the taste, but it retains elements of pine serum and pineapple. The malts, however, assert ultimate dominance as things start to go the way of a coffee cake: toasted nuts and crunchy nougat suddenly reign supreme, with white grapefruit and papaya taking the backseat.

10 Point is a fine IPA assuming you like sticky, nutty, toasted dark malts served alongside your hops. This has plenty of that. Mind you, there is a fair dose of pine needles and orange peel flavors, enough to get by anyhow. If the deer antler reference wasn't enough to tip you off, this is a *Canadian* IPA (read: well hopped, but even better malted).

Considering I don't see the word "American" anywhere on the label, but do read "sturdy caramel notes" and "roasted barley", I have no problem with 10 Point. Goods as advertised. In the end, it's more an IPA of differing emphasis than actual discord. I consider it a fine beer and have already repurchased (and might very well again).

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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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10 Point India Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.