This American pale ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company in Baysville, Ontario is hazy and pencil yellow colour, with a fairly small, but creamy off-white head that leaves a stringy collar and some lace when settled. The smell of Crosswind Pale Ale is built on a chocolaty roasted malt base and accented by aromas of toasted oats and rice, butterscotch, grapefruit and limestone.
Crosswind Pale Ale is led by earthy, roasted grains in its taste and is countered by a punchy grapefruit flavour that brings with it a moderate bitterness. I also get hints of chocolate, light nuts and a tart note in the finish that reminds me of lemon seed. A medium body and carbonation, as well as a fairly resinous and earthy mouthfeel give way to a sharp, mineral-like aftertaste.
The packaging of Crosswind Pale Ale is predominantly a mocha colour with the image of a prop plane outfitted for water takeoff printed in yellow and red. The back of the can contains a list of ingredients and description of the beer. This information is on the sleeve of bottled six packs as well. You will also find a clearly stamped best before date.
Crosswind Pale Ale is a mellow offering that has a very English feel to it. The brewery’s beers tend to have distinct malt and mineral characteristics that really work well with the tart citrus flavours provided by the hops.
I’ve enjoyed this beer with fresh breads, grilled meat and poultry, and stews. You can find Crosswind Pale Ale in bottles at The Beer Store and in cans and 5 litre mini kegs at LCBO stores. You can also visit the brewery seven days a week for sampling or a tour.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Baysville
Brewery: Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL / 6 x 341 mL
Price: $2.65 / $12.95
Alcohol Content: 5.0%