Lone Pine IPA - Sawdust City Brewing Company
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3.74/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-12-2013 03:26:54 | More by biegaman
4.14/5 rDev +7%
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.
06-03-2013 00:30:36 | More by spinrsx
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
05-31-2013 02:20:59 | More by WeedKing4
3.41/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
05-29-2013 02:17:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
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
05-24-2013 01:55:19 | More by Stocean1
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
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!
02-08-2013 23:03:40 | More by hopsolutely
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
05-16-2012 16:53:23 | More by peensteen
4.23/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
05-03-2012 16:45:48 | More by liamt07
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
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"
12-22-2011 03:55:24 | More by Sammy
Lone Pine IPA from Sawdust City Brewing Company
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