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Lone Pine IPA - Sawdust City Brewing Company

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Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 12-22-2011)
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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.

thehyperduck, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.9%

cfalovo97, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Digimaika2
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Attractive hazy copper colour with a modest amount of creamy and bubbly foam that slowly leaves a big patch in the middle and a thick ring around the glass – beautiful stuff.

(4.0) S: Pine, buttered breads, toffee, nutty qualities, and citrus pith. Full and robust with a buttery bread focused aroma.

(3.75) T: As per aroma with pine, buttery bread, and toffee the most dominant tastes. Citrus pith pops up in the finish. The emphasis is certainly on the pine but it’s a smooth pine (not a dominant dry woody taste) and brings out the other flavours nicely.

(3.75) M: Medium-lighter bodied with an average carbonation for the style. Semi-slick with a cleaner texture for the style but it works well.

(3.75) D: Delicious IPA and something I will be picking up again. After only trying this at establishments that offered it on-tap I’m glad to see this in the liquor stores now.

Digimaika2, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle from the LCBO $5.25 served into a pint glass. dated 04/21/13

A- Clear golden/bronze color with a smallish head of light foam leaving minimal lace. a few stream of small bubbles rise to the top of the beer.

S- smell is as the name would suggest with strong aromas of pine as well aromas of freshly squeezed orange juice with a nice malty presence.

T- The taste though not bad is far from transcendent with strong flavors of pine and grapefruit with a balancing sweetness derived from the collection of malt which adds slight flavors of caramel and fresh bread. Finish is relatively clean with slight bitterness.

M -The mouthfeel is on the low side of medium with fairly light carbonation. Smooth.

D- The fact that the taste is well balanced and not overpowering greatly adds to the drinkability of this beer.

Overall I actually really enjoyed this beer from first pour to last sip. The flavor profile though good is far from dominating, that couple with the smooth mouthfeel and 6.5% abv make for a fairly good drinkable IPA. Sessionable even. My fist beer from Sawdust City and im liking it. Its also nice to see the actual varietals of hops and malts used noted on the label. I wish more Canadian breweries did this rather than just put - water,malt,hops,yeast. - Great job Sawdust!

drinkininthewood, Jun 22, 2013
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.

tbeckett, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ThinkAgain, Jun 13, 2013
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.

biegaman, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +2.8%

yancot, Jun 05, 2013
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.

spinrsx, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of WeedKing4
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

WeedKing4, May 31, 2013
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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 29, 2013
Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +2.8%

korguy123, May 24, 2013
Photo of Stocean1
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Stocean1, May 24, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

RedAleMan, May 22, 2013
Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
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!

hopsolutely, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of mjacquard
3.5/5  rDev -10%

mjacquard, Jan 08, 2013
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.

peensteen, May 16, 2012
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.

liamt07, May 03, 2012
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"

Sammy, Dec 22, 2011
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Lone Pine IPA from Sawdust City Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.