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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lake of Bays Brewing an IPA

The crew over at the Lake of Bays Brewing Co. in Baysville, ON are working on a new India Pale Ale that they hope to release to the LCBO April 1st.

The young brewery, who have two year-round offerings in their Pale Ale and Rousse, will add the IPA to their seasonal program which at this time only includes their popular Mocha Porter.

Darren Smith, the President of Lake of Bays, told me in an email that the IPA will include Magnum, Amarillo, Citra (dry hop), and Centennial (dry hop) hops and will be packaged in a 750ml bottle (same as the Mocha Porter) and will be available at various LCBO retail stores across the province.

Smith describes the IPA as follows:
Lake of Bays India Pale Ale is a moderately hopped IPA with an emphasis on hop flavour and aroma. It has a pleasing malt character with notes of caramel and roasted barley to balance out the hops. All in all, a refined take on this popular North American style. The aim with the IPA, as with all of our beers, is for it to represent a superb example within the IPA category. This means that we haven't sought to go to extremes with this beer, either in terms of bitterness or alcohol content. It's made to taste damned good, and that's it. Hop bitterness is one thing, but hop flavour and aroma are really what make an IPA enjoyable and distinct. On the malt side, the beer sits at 6% ABV, with some dark roasted malts for colour and flavour, and some caramel flavours too from our crystal malts. This will make it a medium-brown IPA, and provide the needed flavour balance for a beer with fairly pronounced hoppiness.

Smith confirmed that there are a couple of special "sneak preview" casks and kegs of the IPA already making their way out to bars and restaurants across the province, including many in the GTA. As mentioned, the 750ml bottles will hit LCBO as of April 1st and will be around until late September.

"We're excited! This beer is the seasonal counterpart to our Mocha Porter, and we're now halfway to our long-term goal of a seasonal beer for each season," said Smith.

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