2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar: Lake Of Bays Spark House Red Ale

Lake Of Bays Brewing Company

THE BREWERY: Lake of Bays Brewing Company from Bayville, Ontario.
“At Lake of Bays, our philosophy is simple – Beer drinkers deserve the best.

We are dedicated to bringing you the finest in premium craft beer; tried-and-true year-round brands, as well as exciting seasonal beers. Rest assured, all of our beers are brewed in small batches using all-natural ingredients right here in Baysville, Ontario. The result: beer that sets the standard for quality and flavour, while staying true to our Northern roots.”

THE BEER: Spark House Red Ale
“Pours with a deep copper, almost reddish-brown hue resembling teak, with an ivory-coloured foam that lingers nicely. The aromatics are all malt – caramel, toffee, roasted grains, darker breads like pumpernickel and rye, and a very slight note of smokiness. The flavours are roasted grain, nutty and toffee with that subtle smoky note. The mouth feel is dry and roasted with moderate bitterness and a well-balanced finish.”

2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar Spark House Red Ale

TASTING NOTES: via 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Despite its name, the colour of Spark House is more brown than red, but it features delightfully light, fruity flavours. A lot of people know that hops can contribute fruity flavours, but don’t know that malts can contribute fruity flavours as well. In this beer, the malt contributes a gentle caramel note, but also some fantastic apple fruitiness. A light roasted bitterness emerges in the finish. Fantastic!

MY REVIEW: 3.5/5 on Untappd
Nice red ale. This one is right in my wheel house with just the right amount of bitter tartness mellowed with fruitiness.

Click here to see all the beers in the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

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