10 Point India Pale Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-04-2012 20:55:55 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
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).
05-25-2012 02:28:54 | More by biegaman
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
05-04-2012 23:29:18 | More by liamt07
2.85/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
05-04-2012 02:33:31 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.01/5 rDev -15.2%
From really old notes. It was Best Before November 27, 2012.
A - Poured amber and bright with good carbonation. No lace and a finger of retention.
S - Well balanced. Citrus, earthy, toffee.
T - Peach, stone fruit, toffee, a bit of citrus.
M - Mild carbonation, light to medium body, no real bitterness. Oddly light body for the ABV too.
O/D - A pretty average IPA. Leaning more English made this more tame than it needed to be. Probably not gonna revisit this one and I wasn't really interested in finishing the bottle. Tasty, but it was held back.
04-22-2013 14:20:11 | More by tbeckett
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
07-14-2012 00:38:42 | More by andrenaline
3.1/5 rDev -12.7%
Amber colour with minimal white head with no lace left behind. Smell is of malt and pine initially before leading into some citrus fruit, grapefruit, fairly hop forward with some dry earthy scents as well, also touches of buttered bread are revealed. Taste is quite dry and bitter, malty with touches of caramel, some citrus and pine, hoppy with an unbalanced sense of malt, dry bitter finish. Medium carbonation that actually feels much higher due to the dry hop flavours, touches of hop oils and resin, medium body. This was quite a let down, and a pricey let down at that, most certainly a one and done for me.
04-30-2012 14:33:30 | More by peensteen
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
07-24-2012 20:31:45 | More by SebD
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
04-29-2012 23:14:44 | More by hopsolutely
3.26/5 rDev -8.2%
Looks like a clear, thin cola under a moderate head that settles to about a 1/4" cap.
Hoppy nose with plenty of malt. Hoppy up front to taste, but a lot of malt sweetness and burnt caramel - kind of unexpected for the style as the hops are not quite a dominant as you might look for. A fair bit of sugar, almost reminiscent of an old school, light weight bock.
Mouth feel is slighty watery and sugary.
OK, but not my thing. Nothing so far out of LoB has made too much of an impression. A lot of very average, not too memorable stuff.
08-19-2013 02:11:39 | More by TerryW
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
07-02-2012 07:43:35 | More by thehyperduck
3.76/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
12-26-2013 01:26:13 | More by leaddog
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
11-22-2013 04:36:40 | More by DenisKolkin
10 Point India Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
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