Lone Pine IPA - Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA

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88
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 12-22-2011

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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by WeedKing4:
Photo of WeedKing4
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle pours a clear golden orange with good head. Smells floral and citrusy. Taste is very piney and the chinook really stood out in this ipa. Some slight citrus and grapefruit in there too, but the taste is dominated with chinook. A very easy drinking IPA and its a pleasent suprise coming from Ontario. Regular availability would be nice to see for once in this province.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the LCBO, handsome, simple label. Had this on tap a few times and enjoyed it, so I figured it deserved some extra contemplation.

Light caramel amber, with a small head that produces some sticky lace and decent cap of foam.

Nose is a blend of the varying hops involved, with some grapefruit, peach, orange, earth and good resin/piney-presence. Good malt sweetness, smells somewhat thick.

Tasty IPA, that begins with a tropical fruit malty sweetness, before transitioning to a lingering bitter pine finish.

Somewhat dry to the finish, medium bodied, has some heft to it . Carbonation is a bit sharp.

A solid IPA indeed, which certainly lives up to its coniferous name in terms of resin hop flavor. First from this brewery, and hopefully not the last. I'm always excited to see more bombers in the LCBO, especially when they are of a quality such as this.

Photo of BGDrock
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear copper body; egg white head is fine and creamy, sticky and lasting

Aroma: fresh citrus and pine hops; orange, grapefruit, and even some sweeter fruit like mango; great balance and very appealing

Taste & Mouthfeel: stinging bitter resin, almost soapy, sitting in the back of the throat for ages, like lemon pith - not expected at all; however it balances out nicely midway through with the sweeter fruit flavours coming through, mostly of orange, clementines

Overall: took a little too long for the flavours to come together, and the pince hop flavours were not the best, but in the end a good IPA with some variety

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap release party at the Burger Bar, regular tap version. Orange citrus aroma but also a bit funky smell in there. Carbonation right there. Served way too cold. Waited till warmed. A bit astringent. Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade. Would like more malt backbone, the IBU comes right at you. hop juice, making drinkability somewhat difficult. Good head retention, 3/8"

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +2%

Purchased at the LCBO for a steep $6.00ish or so. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- 4.0 Opens well and pours a slight head that is gone in no time. Dark gold and unfiltered

S- 4.25 Excellent dry hopped beer.

T- 4.0 Pretty good. Not great but has a goodly amount of hops. Not bitter all that much. Nice blend of hops

M- 3.75 Dry and tart

O- 4.0 Pretty good but not good enough for this price. Would like to try the DIPA from them.

Food Pairing

This pretty good IPA went well with..... Moo Goo Guy Pan and Almond Soo Guy

Enjoy

Photo of Stocean1
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a one finger off white head upon a golden semi clear body, little retention with some sticky lacing - plenty of citrus and pine with some bready malt in the scent, taste follows the nose - oily citrus pine salad - one of the truly best Canadian "American" ipas I have had - hits all the right notes - lingering bitterness with a medium oily body - oh so drinkable - overall a tremendous brew which is now firmly in my rotation - really does hold up against its counterparts south of the border - hit beers of the world on the weekend in Rochester and stocked up on all of their west coast ipas - this stands up well with them - bravo

Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes. 500ml can. Cheers, Sammy.
Pours a hazy, honey-gold with a touch of amber. 1.5 fingers of sticky looking cream coloured head, nice thick lacing.
Dank pine with lots of citrus, some sweet caramel malts, leafy hops, touch of cedar.
Oranges and other citrus, nice toasty sweet malts, maybe a touch of honey, some light tropical fruits, nice medium bitterness in the finish.
Medium(+ maybe) body with a nice chewiness, medium low smooth carbonation.
Great stuff. Hitting all the right notes here

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of citrus hops with light earthy notes. Taste is also dominated by citrus hops with medium sweet malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed thought missing a little something to differentiate from the pack.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 4/21/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange colour with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Piney aroma dominates with some lighter tangerine and grapefruit notes and some sweet caramel coming through int he background.

T - A good bitterness up front but the palate falls short of the nose and is completely one-dimensional pine (as expected, i suppose). A slight caramel malt sweetness is also present.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Light carbonation.

Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle into stemmed tumbler

A light golden honey colour with one inch of medium white head. Great lacing with strong retension.

A wonderful aroma of mango and pine along with some toffee maltiness.

The taste is all hops. Pine resin and grassiness. The malt taste is barely detectable.

A medium mouthfeel. Bit watery

Overall a solid American IPA.

Photo of SuperMartino
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn good. Tastes like a pine forest.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to hopsolutely for including this in the CANBIF 2014 box
A: Copper orange clear pour with a bubbling 2 fingers worth of rocky head. The head leaves all but a thin singular layer side to side.
S: Sweet malts followed with orange flower water and capped with dry hoppy fresh pine.
T: Dry citrus rind with sappy pine resins and notable alcohol presences at the end. Hops hang heavy and acrid with pithiness on the palette.
M: Medium bodied with a small twang of carbonation, dry puckering hops are the end suck on and hold the tongue.
O: A decent IPA that offers a nice pine & citrus rind profile, not especially complex but does a good job of the style.

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the Orleans LCBO for $5.50

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, grapefruit, malts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, hops, and caramel. There is also some apricot mixed with grapefruit and a bit of pineapple. It ends with a fairly bitter hoppy aftertaste with a light tropical fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Good stuff, up there with Camerons RPA in my books as far as west coast flavoured Ontario beers. It reminds me a bit of something Lagunitas would brew taste wise. I'll buy more if it's still around.

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at WVRST, served in a 1L stein. Freezing cold when it arrived.

Hazy reddish orange with a dense white cap and sheets of lace. Good retention. Nose is wonderful, peach, nectarine, mango. Bright fruity hop notes all around and really juicy. Taste has more mango and juicy tropical fruit hop flavours. A long bitter piney/herbal finish, assertive in terms of bittering. Some sweet malt characteristics intertwined, but hops are the definite focus. Medium feel, and a bit of alcohol, perhaps more of a product of the serving size rather than the beer itself. Appropriate lighter medium carbonation. A substantially bitter IPA, which could be a solid addition to the Ontario scene if this saw greater production.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on April 21 2013. This is a new brewery for me - normally I wouldn't splurge on a bomber from an unknown source, but this one's reputation seems to precede itself. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a mug.

Pours a lovely, transparent golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of loose, foamy, off-white coloured head that seeps away over the next few minutes. In its wake, a dense, creamy cap remains, beneath a veritable curtain of lacing on the glass. The aroma is unsurprisingly hop-heavy, with the bouquet being comprised primarily of citrusy, fruity notes - largely orange and grapefruit, but also with elements of apricots and pine sap. The malts are buried well beneath the aforementioned features, but a persistent nose might be able to pick out a faint wisp of toffee sweetness.

The taste follows the nose closely. A backbone of sweet, malty caramel starts us off, but from this point on it's all West Coast hops, all the time. Accordingly, there is plenty of white grapefruit pith and mandarin orange, as well as notes of pine sap, apricot and pineapple. It finishes with a hint of booziness and a bitter, pithy bite that lingers in the mouth and clings to the palate well after swallowing. Medium-bodied, with restrained, somewhat limp carbonation. Probably my only real issue with this beer - the weak carbonation leaves this brew feeling very oily and slippery, and these features (combined with the relatively sturdy abv) leave my mouth feeling somewhat scummy afterward. A good sipper, certainly not something I'd be in a hurry to drink; partially because of the abv, but also because it remains tasty as it approaches room temperature.

Final Grade: 3.81, a very respectable B+. Sawdust City's Lone Pine IPA is an enjoyable example of the style, but not one that really offers anything out of the ordinary. This bottle is over 2 months old, so it's far from the freshest IPA I've ever had - but I still enjoyed it, and would be willing to pick up another, fresher bottle at some point in the future to determine where this really ranks among my favourite OCB IPAs. Freshness aside, I'd say it's definitely worth a try, and I hope to see more offerings from this brewery on shelves in the future. The price isn't bad either, as far as bombers go.

Photo of Roby923
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A promising pine smell. Anti-climactic on the taste - was expecting a hop explosion as per the description of being "pine bow[ed] across the face". "Mounds" of hops, but 60 IBUs. Hops: summit, simcoe, Columbus, and Chinook. Dry and lingering aftertaste -perhaps from the Canadian 2-row barley and carafoam.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%

650 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $5.25 CDN. Served cold into glassware.

Appearance - Hazy honey brown colored, capped by three fingers of fluffy light white head that leaves a nice swath of lacing behind. Crazily carbonated by appearance .

Smell - Big pine and grapefruit mixture on the nose, with the grapefruit being stronger giving this a rather citrusy aroma. Some lemon zest and maybe a touch of orange combine for a big citrus hop bomb. The aroma is big, but not overdone.

Taste - Significant but not overdone bitterness, plenty of grapefruit and a touch of lemon, missing the sweetness from the ripe orange that I picked up on the nose. A little bit earthy tasting as well, but the malts while present are subdued here.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated yet surprisingly light and spritzy body, dry finish.

Overall - A very well crafted IPA, that's up there among the best accessible IPA's in Ontario with the likes of Nickel Brook Headstock Ale, and Amsterdam Boneshaker. If the cost was a bit lower, this would be a regular in my rotation, when I want a good Ontatrio IPA.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass

A: copper gold in color with a very slight haze. There is a frothy two to three finger head that retains nicely eventually breaking and leaving a full foam cap.

S: hops - pine and grapefruit come to the fore, there is a background smell of some malt too.

T: the hops bitterness grabs you up front, but then dulls and there is a soapyness on the finish. There is a sweetness of malts there trying to get through but it seems to be washed out by the hop bitterness.

M: lower carbonation with a medium mouth feel.

O: this was a bit dull in my opinion. The bottle was just over a month old, not the prime for freshness, but still it should be drinkable. I just found the hops bitter and they did not provide any of the flavor the nose promised. I won't give up on this though,I am hopeful it was just an off batch and I will get a better result next time.

Photo of leaddog
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with copper highlights and two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, pine resin, tropical fruit (mango, guava), caramel malts, lemon notes.

Taste - Good solid punch of citrus hops and pine resin so that the bitterness sticks to the back of the palate. Accented by tropical fruit and caramel flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent bitterness in the finish and sticking to the roof of my mouth. Dry finish as well.

Overall - This has been on my want list for quite some time and there are no disappointments. Excellent citrus hop and pine resin flavours that stick to your palate - hop lovers rejoice!

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Smell dominated by hops (grapefruit and tangerine) pine and and a hint of caramel
Mouthfell is tasty. Botter tropical fruits and pine. The sugar makes its presence in finale.
Bitterness is moderated, piny and dry.

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Want to try more from them, but difficult to find in my area

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep brass with a rocky eggshell head. Retention is excellent and huge swathes of lace cover the glass on the way down. Grapefruit, orang and pine fill the nose, with a balancing biscuity specialty malt. The taste is a smack in the face of hops - massive pine, apricot, white grapefruit rind and orange flavors mix with a sturdy, nutty malt profile. The mouthfeel is light on carbonation with a mouthcoating bitterness that lasts long in the infinitely hoppy finish.

For hours after consuming, I had a Vicks Vaporub feel on the palate. Very hoppy stuff. I highly recommend and will be seeking out more bombers myself. This is a great IPA reminiscent of some of the best West Coast examples. Fiercely hoppy stuff.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking design on this can.

Beer pours a slightly darker golden hue with a very frothy and active off white head. Lots of pine going on here with a somewhat salty accent thrown in as well. Nice robust character and very easy to drink.

Awesome to be able to try a Canadian brew that I probably never would have had the chance to if it wasn't gifted to me. Thanks to Coronaeus for the generosity.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken during a tap takeover at Imbibe (Kitchener) last night:

A stunning new Ontario APA. Although have enjoyed several times in the past, this is the best batch I have ever tasted and am delighted to hear it may be entering the LCBO as early as this April. Pours a beautiful golden copper with a decent off-white head and impressive lacing.

Offers an unbelievable aroma of pineapple and pine – all the best of all the “c" hops – truly magnificent for a west-coast hop lover. Flavour is also ideal for a hop lover, with the initial caramelized malt sweetness transitioning into a well balanced bitterness with loads of tropical fruit and citrus hop tones. A slick mouthfeel but not too oily, with enough malt to give it a satisfying body.

6.8% ABV is higher than I'd choose, but this is a truly stunning beer that can proudly stand up beside any Michigan or Californian APA. Well done, Sawdust City!

Photo of kevinlater
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473ml can into nonic pint. brewed with summit, simcoe, columbus, and chinook hops. canned nov. 19, 2014, enjoyed on dec. 17, 2014

a: a somewhat opaque but glowing light orange or golden mango kind of colour. two fingers of dense, fluffy, bone-hued head. little lacing

s: super pungent hop punch -- citrusy and tropical. pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit, pine. slight caramel character coming through

t: excellent stuff. big pop of fruits up front -- pineapple, bitter pink grapefruit, sweet ripe oranges, slight mango. then comes this bitter and hugely dank pine kick in the middle. the caramel malt flavours are there towards the end, but are subdued. the finish is clean and dry

m: medium mouthfeel, medium-minus carbonation, slightly creamy

o: the hop profile is massive and excellent here, both in the aroma and in the taste

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