Lone Pine IPA - Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA

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87
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 12-22-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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 biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lone Pine IPA has a faded yellow colour that heats up to amber in the light. It has an autumn leaf kind of tone that is deceitfully light-looking for a beer of 6.5% alcohol and 65 IBUs. As well as perfectly clear it is also entirely flat, somehow offering even less head than it does lacing.

The combination of Simcoe, Chinoook, Columbus and Summit hops offers a diversity of tastes and textures. This beer should serve as a hop pamphlet. In the nose, however, the earthy, leafy features of Columbus hops eclipse fruitiness and dank onion-y notes set-in courtesy of Summit.

These circumstances persist onto the palate where citrus fruit and pine are merely teases and the earthy/onion-y combination carry on, raking the tongue with oily, herbal bitterness. I remember previously tasting the juicy tangerine and grapefruit flavours that I long for now, but that was in earlier batches and poured from draught. Pineapple emerges as it warms.

Still, the hop notes should have more energy considering they've hardly spent a month in the bottle. The malts too for that matter - while they add plenty of body, it's rare to find caramunich and crystal malts so reserved with their toast and sweet caramel flavour.

I loved Lone Pine IPA the few times I had it on-tap. The few bottled versions I've tried since, however, haven't lived up to those initial impressions. I like it enough to keep ordering it - whether at the bar or retail store - and plan to re-review in the near future. In the meantime, rest assured that this new brewery is one definitely worth supporting.

Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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 spinrsx
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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 tbeckett
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm assuming this was bottled April 21. From notes.

A - Strong carbonation, medium golden colour. Bright. One finger of soapy white head left good sticky lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Pacific Northwest hops. Citrus, sweet fruits. Nice.

T - Sweet malt and a good hop note. C hops. Boozy grapefruit and some pine.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, decent bitterness.

O/D - Decent IPA here. A bit later than I'd like to have tried it, but it seems to have held up. Nothing outside the box, but properly done and easy to drink.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, one finger of dense white head, some lace as well. Smell is quite hoppy, lots of citrus and tropical fruits coming out, grapefruit and orange being dominant, hints of biscuity malt, faint butter and a light sugestion of alcohol. Taste is dry and hoppy, mostly citrus fruits but some pine flavours are there, some malty points as well but mostly a hop bomb, there is also a mineral like earthy flavour present as well. Medium carbonation, medium body, fairly oily, drying sensation across the palate. Quite nice asctually, something I will defintley hit up when I see this around.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
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 TerryW
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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 ZachT
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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: 3.8, 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 yancot
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of leaddog
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Lone Pine IPA from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.