10 Point India Pale Ale | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

97 Ratings
10 Point India Pale Ale10 Point India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by hopsolutely on 04-29-2012

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml can, sample from the brewery.

Lots of lacing action on top from a healthy looking head, lots of stickage. The clarity is there with a glowing amber hue in the light. Slightly pungent hop nose with orange rind, earthy grass, and faint tobacco. A bit puckering from the hop bitterness, more rind with a grass tone. Hints of caramel and toasted bread show some balance. Fallen apples, leafy hops, green tea, and faint peppercorn come to mind in the middle. All in all a very well done IPA.

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Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into tulip 28/9/15

A clear light copper with bubbles of all sizes feeding a finger of foam that hangs around for a few sips leaving a couple random parches

S heaps of toffee, herbal leafy hops, faint citrus, earthy, bread, some iced tea powder, everything's fairly tame though

T much like the nose with lots of herbal, leafy, earthy notes, bready caramel, a little spice I didn't smell

M medium bodied, almost creams up, very slick on the palate, herbal, spicy finish lingers faintly

O OK but nothing your going to remember, I know its a EIPA but its a little tame

Nothings really wrong with but I'm a little board, even being a super cheap pint I doubt I'd bother with a second

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Photo of Erik-P
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Guessing this is an old can.. getting no hop aroma or taste. Not having great luck picking up ipas in alberta so far!

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Photo of bylerteck
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Howlader
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at the LCBO back home this summer.

From a 750 into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, looser, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Clear burnt umber orange with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full foamy cap and leaves some foamy lacing on the glass. A ring remains leaving some dots of lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, light toffee, melon, some floral notes and grassy hops. Medium strength.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness with floral hop notes up front. A touch of melon at the swallow with a medium finish of caramel, melon sweetness, a bit of grassy hops and some bitter floral notes lingering on the palate. Quite a bit of bitterness hangs around for a while.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, smooth going down and finishes a touch dry. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This was okay but not really my style of English IPA. There was plenty of floral bitterness to balance the hefty sweet malt bill, but it was a little light on the fruity character that often comes with the style. Instead, there was a lot of grassy and floral notes. A nice beer all around but not quite my style.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of peensteen
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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: 3.72, 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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Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of byronic
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of _morandi_
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Omnium
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TerryW
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Electros
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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10 Point India Pale Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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