Spark House Red Ale | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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Spark House Red AleSpark House Red Ale

Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted without artificial flavouring or colouring agents, Spark House gets its deep mahogany hue and distinctive taste from a unique blend of domestic and European hops and dark-roasted specialty malts.

Added by hopsolutely on 06-09-2011

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Photo of droogy
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't expecting much of this one but after finishing was very impressed. Obviously going after the Rickards Red market and does a MUCH better job of it.

A - two fingers of head. very dark / amber colouring
S - Malty
T - Caramel, Malts, Not as watery as Richards; likely what that beer SHOULD taste like :)
M - creamy

head retention was awesome; tasted great throughout. a big recommendation for fans of Richards.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a 6 pack.

Poured into a nonic glass. Brilliant red-ruby colour on this; the name "rousse" is certainly appropriate here. The pour generates about an inch of frothy head, which survives very well as a thick ring with some webbed lacing. A very nice looking brew.

The nose is a malty affair, with strong notes of caramel, a bit of earth, baked bread. Also quite pleasant.

A vast improvement over their pale ale, the Rousse has a nice malty profile that is quite bready and sweet. Caramel is quite prominent, but there is a slightly acidic bitterness to the finish. Quite pleasant to drink, has enough depth to make this an enjoyable sipper. Might be a bit sweet for some palates, but for me it's doing the job admirably. Creamy, medium bodied (!), nice mild carbonation.

An enjoyable brew, and certainly reminds me of some fine red ales I encountered from Quebec breweries. A great little Ontario red that is well-worth picking up.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly more flavour than the Rickard's Red against which I assume it is competing!

Colour is a dark amber with very red tones. Aroma is heavily malted, with a slight yeasty background. The taste is also very malt focused; with caramelized, roasted & toasted notes highlighted. There is a surprisingly smoky finish with the hint of a bittering hop.

I give Lake of Bays full credit, being a new microbrewery trying a completely new flavour profile - good for them. Personally, this isn't an ale of which I would enjoy more than one or two in a sitting, but would recommend everyone try it and I will certainly try anything else this brewery puts out!

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Spark House Red Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
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