Crosswind Pale Ale | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
lakeofbaysbrewing.ca

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Although pale ale is one of the world’s most common beer styles, Crosswind is anything but. Light in colour but not flavour, our pale ale is a surefire hit among drinkers of full-flavoured premium imports.

Added by Viggo on 05-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Sammy
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, day 16 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, lightly creamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves some creepy layered fishbone lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of orange creamsicle, semi-sweet, almost cake-like bready caramel malt, a sugary melon fruitiness, and a tame piney, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is more sweet orange fleshiness, not quite so candy-esque now, a decent caramel malt, touched by a toffee/maple blend, more grainy, sweetened bread, and prominently low-key, but sneakily effective herbal, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty soft and innocuous, just strong enough to provide basic support, the body an adequate medium weight, and rather smooth, with a lilting creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel malt, breadiness, and fruit barely tempered by the remaining bittering hops.

One of those offerings that inspires that conundrum of 'well, it tastes all right, but it's hardly even close to the purported style. What to do, what to do?' Here, we have a pretty heady cream or blonde ale (as it is justly classified on this site), one with actual inherent flavours as such. However, the hops that one should expect in the advertised pale ale are barely noticeable, so, sadly the overall score suffers accordingly.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a nice large foamy head with OK retention and limited lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet cereal notes with some unrefined grain notes also detectable. Taste is also a mix between some cereal notes with some unrefined grain notes and some light dry hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall but light notes of unrefined grain are more or less interesting.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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: "Fresh citrus notes and medium hop bitterness are balanced by the subtle sweetness of premium malt and roasted grains, resulting in a crisp finish that always lands clean."; "Brewed & Bottled in Baysville, Ontario Handcrafted in Small Batches".

Wow, but the finger of foamy, tawny head disappeared in the blink of an eye! Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had citrus hops offset by a biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops interacted well with the malt to give it a honey-like sweetness, more reminiscent of a lager than an ale. Finish was semi-sweet and eminently quaffable. I got some nice lacing along the sides of the glass as I drank through it. It was nothing stand-out or particularly memorable, but nor was it tough to swallow (no pun intended). It was a nice, simple beer and a nice way to wind down at the end of another day. Worth a try.

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Photo of liamt07
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the singles bin at the LCBO, 341ml into a pint glass. Enjoyed on July 30.

Pours a gold, with a light amber tinge to it. Transient white head, that leaves some thin bubbles as a collar. Good amounts of carbonation visible in the body. Nose is quite moderate some orange, with hints of grapefruit and cracker. Some white bread. Light sweetness. Taste has more citrus, yet still presented in moderate amounts. More grapefruit and some lemon. Somewhat of a dry body, medium light feel. High medium carbonation. Simple, inoffensive yet passable. Unexciting, but drinkable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A fairly bland pale ale. Not much hop aroma or flavour. Just some bitterness with a slightly sweet malt bill. Standard form LOB.

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Photo of Derek
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This definitely looks like something I'd like to have with me down by the lake. Its golden colour not only emulates the sun but is quite well suited to it; the beer's complexion is brilliantly clear and its tone shines resplendently. The few bubbles that float around do so at a lazy, summer-appropriate pace. Its head, unfortunately, has mostly evaporated.

The brewery's own description of 'sweet caramel malt tones being balanced by fresh hop aroma and just a hint of roasted grain' sums up the aroma to a T. It has a delicate, ambiguous but ever-wafting floral component that largely veils the bready notes of raw, perhaps lightly toasted, whole grains and their husks. It comes together well.

'Insipid' seems like too harsh a word to describe the flavour this beer (doesn't) have, but in truth, it is largely tasteless. Whether that is by design or not, I cannot say, however, we have to assume that if the brewer intended more flavour he'd know enough to brew it with more malt (and hops); its carbonation makes by far the most notable impression.

Which is a shame because, frankly, this lightly toasted biscuity malt, the teaspoon of honey and the vaguely floral aftertaste is all rather pleasant and exceedingly palatable. It is actually the kind of flavour I appreciate in this style, but it need be more pronounced, more weighty before it can even be recognized. The cure is simple: up the dosage.

But the beer wasn't conceived to be a sensation on the palate, but rather a widely appealing thirst-quencher that is well suited to warm weather drinking. And, indeed, Lake of Bays offers exactly that. This clean and unadulterated flavour is enough to make even anyone's most favourite macro-lager taste awful by comparison and it's agreeable enough to remind even aficionados that any beer enjoyed is a good beer!

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into tulip 25/9/15

A clear golden liquid with fine sediment suspended throughout, a short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S orange cream, leafy herbal hops, cooked veggies, and some bread crust

T bread and butterscotch, leafy, earthy, metallic, maybe even some nuttiness? kinda ho hum

M medium bodied, bubbles fluff up and flatten out, slick on the palate, herbal, caramel finish

O OK pale ale but plenty of room for improvement, maybe some diacetyl popping up, drinkable though just nothing special

Nothing really worth seeking out but I wouldn't say no if someone passed me one either, just another beer

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Photo of andrenaline
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the OCB mixer pack...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Rather mild, some grassy hops with some caramel malt undertones.

T - Caramel malts off the top, some subtle grassy hops, and bready flavours linger on the finish. Hop presence is a bit disappointing for an APA.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet. Would prefer something a bit more dry.

O - A tasty ale, but a bit disappointing for an APA. Glad I had the opportunity to try it, but there are certainly better offerings from OCB for this style.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus like hops. In the taste, dryer citrus hops and a nice malt balance. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with and dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Balanced, nice hops, and not water, not too shabby!

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Jeffo
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo.

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy amber orange with a touch higher carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, some floral aromas and a touch of honeydew melon. Okay, but mild.

TASTE: Pale malts, light caramel notes with some grainy bread and hop bitterness at the swallow. Somewhat empty through the middle. Medium but lingering finish of bready sweetness, floral hops and grass notes. Some bitterness lingers. It's a beer.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. A little watery on the palat,e goes down fine and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: This is okay, but a little watery and not all that exciting. The label says there are roasted grains in here too, but obviously none of that is to be found. Decent to drink, but nothing worth remembering, and certainly not something worth going for if you're looking for a real drinking experience. Something I'd buy again if I wanted to watch the Arsenal take on the Spurs without any distractions.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kwjd
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at C'est What's 2010 Fall Festival of Craft Breweries. Pours fairly bright orange with thin white head with a small bit of lacing. Smells earthy and floral, but hops were pretty low profile in this. Flavour has a nice sweetness to it. This beer is ok and I'd order it if I saw it in a place with bad selection, but it probably shouldn't be thought of as an APA, even though the brewer does call it a pale ale.

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Photo of peensteen
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale bloned colour, one finger of white head, no lacing on the glass. Smell is malty, bread like notes, floral hoppy notes are revealed, grassy with light toffee like sweet scents. Taste is malty and cereal like, biscuit notes, lightly hoppy, bitter toward the finish, slightly sweet finish and aftertaste. Light-med carb, medium body, fairly nice feel. Quite pleasant and easy drinking, refreshing and quite nice. Don't think I'll be buying much of this but its not bad for what it is.

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Photo of DaPan
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of patre_tim
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden with an orange tinge, little carbonation, huge 4 finger off white head, chunky lacing, clear filtered.

S: Citrus, orange, sweet orange candy, slight red chili spice, dark toasted malt. There is almost a slight smokiness not like a smoked beer, just a hint of it. Somewhat earthy and wild as in the smell of a forest.

T: Citrus and orange candy, earthiness and light toasted notes as well as the herbal forest qualities come through. Rather light overall, but the presence of these make this one interesting.

M: Medium light body, very little carbonation almost a little flat.

O: Upon tasting, the lack of carbonation stood out before the flavours. The tastes that do come through were really interesting, yet are light on the palate. I am enjoying this one, and it has a cool style on the can. Could enjoy this one on a summer day at the cottage.

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Crosswind Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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