Crosswind Pale Ale | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada | website

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

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30
Ratings:
127
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
30.88%
 
 
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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 pootz
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft: sampled at brewery 7/3/10:

Misnomer; this is definitely a cream ale and a decent one at that.

Taps a clear gold with a 2 finger white cap - fair retention, decent lacing, moderate carbonation. Nose is malty-grainy, light fruits, some grassy hops.

Medium-light body, rounded mellow character.

Flavor profile has lightly sweet malts out front then some fruity pear-apple tones and mild hop balance...clean finish punctuated by great hop-malt balance, light bittering right at the end.

Boilerplate lawn mower ale, fresh tasting, easy drinking and refreshing

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Photo of cratez
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle courtesy of my girlfriend's mom. Thanks Debbie! Pours a golden amber hue, one finger of frothy white head, sheets of lacing on the shaker. Good clarity, lots of bubbles in the body. Smell is toasty, grainy, and musty aromas, mildly floral fruitiness, slight bubblegum, grassy hops. Taste is bready pale malts, cereal grains, toasted oats, light hop bitterness, more mustiness, touch of metal, kinda watery for the style. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp, spicy carbonation, nice bite on the tongue, some juicy astringency toward the end, clean and chalky finish. A drinkable session pale that fails to distinguish itself from other APAs in the Ontario market. The website claims "this beer has enough flavour to satisfy even the most demanding connoisseur," but if the brewery wants to have its cake and eat it too - appealing to the cottage crowd while garnering praise from beer geeks - it will have to do much better than this.

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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 bobsy
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale ale limited to the muskokas, but fortunately available at the session beer festival.

Light gold pour with a white head. Nice retention and lace. Sweet malt aroma with hints of cereal and lemon. Slightly malty body with a hint of corn, lemon and grass. Some citrus, but not as much as I like, and somewhat of a lager taste for a pale ale. This is a passable ale, but should really appeal to the mainstream markey (hopefully). Medium-light body with a medium carbonation is okay for the style - could perhaps be smoother.

For a first attempt its a little ho-hum for me, but should hopefully get them some good business from the macro market. I'd like to see these guys develop a little bit more.

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Crosswind Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.
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