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Lone Pine IPA | Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 12-22-2011

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 131
Photo of Derek
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice head, shows some lace.

Big, piny aroma. The same hops come through in the flavour as well, with a little underlying spearmint and herb. Total lack of fruit and citrus, which is a welcome change. Solid bitterness, but not overbearing.

Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with a light hop acidity.

A good drinker.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a cloudy orange color, With less than one finger off white head. This beer seems lightly carbonated.

Aroma - The first smell that hits your nose is a fresh pine smell, dig a little deeper and you get a strong orange peel and grapefruit citrus smell followed by some light malted barely.

Taste - First you get a strong bitter/fresh pine and orange peel flavor followed by grapefuit and Barley on the end finish, this is a very fresh beer and easy drinking for a bitter IPA.

Feel - This is a medium full bodied beer with a very creamy carbonated body. Its bitter and very smooth going down as long as your used to bitterness.

Overall - This is a decent IPA, the flavors are pretty simple and are classic west coast IPA flavors. it is way more Piney than it is citrusy. Enjoy!

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lone pine poured a dark orange colour that was almost copper, and was relatively cloudy. It had around two fingers of creamy head. The beer left a nice lacing on the glass as well.

Nose: Had a hoppy aroma of grapefruit, as well as a touch of pine. Pleasantly aromatic beer.

Taste: Tasted heavily of grapefruit, pine, and lemon. Lone Pine had a very dry finish as well. As the beer began to warm, it started to display a sweeter, orange like taste.

Feel: Light-medium body. Slightly creamier than other IPAs on the market.

Overall: This beer is tasty. complex hints of grapefruit, pine, and lemon make this beer a winner compared to others offered in the style . Lone Pine also opens up nicely as it warms, revealing sweet hints of orange around halfway through the bottle. A good offering from Sawdust City which I would recommend to all IPA lovers.

edit (4/19/2016): I just had this beauty again, and I think I should revise several parts of my review. This is probably my favourite local IPA, beating out the likes of Twice as Mad Tom (Muskoka), Headstock (Nickelbrook), and Ransack the Universe (Collective Arts). This beer truly stands out as an exceptional IPA, and my rating should reflect that. I therefore change my rating in "smell" to 4, "taste" to 4.5, and my overall rating to 4.5.

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Photo of RQuigley
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lone Pine IPA - Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Number 20 - 473ml can – 6.5% - 65IBU

A> 3.25 golden, white foam…lots
S>3 fruity, just get a hint of hope
T>4.5 Nice, hoppy with grapefruit
M>3.5 Good carbonation , lingers a bit
Oall>4.5 Great beer, with add it to one of my top 10 Hoppy picks
rq @RorQuig

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Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good head. Good retention. Golden.
Great crisp taste with pine that stays on the tongue a long time. Love that part. Light bitterness. Great clean brew.

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Photo of staubot
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw colour with a nice 2 finger hear that has retention that keeps a layer on top for the duration of the drink. Nice lacing. Citrus grapefruit smell is nice and strong and pleasant. Taste of grapefruit with some orange. Plenty of hops with some malt hiding in the wings. Feels dry with an excellent amount of aftertaste to keep you happy. Pleasant carbonation. Flavourful and fun to drink.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Roby923
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the LCBO. Dated December 16th, 2014. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that settles to a collar and partial cap. Specks of lace dot the sides of the glass. Slightly hazed golden body.

S - Big C hop aroma, with tons of zesty orange and grapefruit. A bit of tropical fruit, and a sugary malt backdrop. I'd say more Midwest than West Coast in balance, but quite punchy all the same.

T - Taste is heavier on the mix of grapefruit rind and hop bitterness. There's a mild yeasty bread note mid-palate that doesn't totally integrate, but for the most part it's an aggressively hop-forward beer without being overly bitter or astringent. Less sweetness for sure.

M - Medium body, super dry, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Lingering oils on the palate. No discernible alcohol.

D - Probably the best IPA regularly available at the LCBO. Just make sure to check the freshness. Happily guzzled a can on a Sunday night while catching up with friends. This might turn into a new go-to beer while I'm in Toronto.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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Photo of leaddog
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of pine
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing fair – rings with large bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins very bitter with an astringent citrusy aftertaste; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

A decent IPA with a welcome bitterness, a well-made example of a basic American IPA.

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Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty interesting. An odd rusty gold colour - something I've not seen a lot of before. Pours a big, firm, long lasting head. Coats the glass nicely as the head settles and gives up lots of lace as it goes.

Piney nose and grapefruit. Very bitter to taste, hop hammer, lots of grapefruit rind. Dry and bitter to finish. Very one dimensional I'm afraid. Not too interesting.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the LCBO in Waterloo.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 65
15 plato - 2.5 plato
Bottled 22 May 2013
Hops: Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus and Summit
California ale yeast

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, tighter looking, fluffy, white head with very good retention. Brunt orange in color, clear, with no carbonation evident. Decent wisp remains until the end leaving some solid lacing down the glass. Really good looking.

SMELL: Piles of hops on the nose. Pine, grapefruit and some sweet honeydew melon on the nose. Some caramel and pineapple too. Lots of pine and pineapple for sure. This is great.

TASTE: Pale malts, some caramel up front, with honeydew melon, pineapple and grapefruit at the swallow. Big and bold, lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, grapefruit, pine and hints of melon sweetness. This is my style of IPA for sure. Really flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE; Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Very nice, full, creamy feel. Great.

OVERALL: This was outstanding. Totally proves that making a top notch, world-class IPA in Ontario s more than possible. Rivals Nickelbrook's Headstock IPA for top spot in my books, and I really hope they decide to brew this regularly. I've had my fair share of well-received, highly publicized IPA in my day, and this is just as good, if not better than all of them. Not sure why the other reviews aren't as positive. This is really, really good.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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

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Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Lone Pine IPA from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.