1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Lone Wolf - Fernie Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Lone WolfLone Wolf

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biboergosum on 04-20-2012

This IPA has four select malts in combination with four classic hop varieties & time honored traditional brewing methods including dry hopping, resulting in a golden ale with exceptional flavour & complexity. A true IPA in every sense.
View: Beers (20) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 13
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Now available in cans. Poured into a Red Racer pint glass. A light yellow-orange with ample thick creamy off-white foam. Nice head retention.

Aroma is citrus hops, bitter salad greens, and pine, quite medicinal really. Lemony in the way Cascade hops can sometimes be (see Anchor Liberty Ale, for example), maybe a whiff of grapefruit and orange as well, but mainly pine and pot resins. Subtle honeyed malt sweetness in the background.

Palate is on the dank side, more green resins and menthol cough drop, lemon rind, parsley, flower water ... The citrus is nondescript and blurry but present. No tropical notes apparent. This is a no frills IPA. One gets the impression that this tastes awful but it works (apologies if this reference eludes you). Truth be told, its not awful. Don't expect a whole bunch of Citra or Mosaic type flavors or you'll be disappointed. Think high caliber Cascade by the bushel and maybe some old school spicy Nugget. Very, very resinous. The malts are buried underneath but taste vaguely nutty.

I want to deem this on the thick side for the style, which adds another wrinkle. Moderate carbonation. Finish is more of the aforementioned resinous hops but there's an ill-defined fruit-vegetable sweetness as well. Pumpkin? Curious. I'll give this one points for being a tad atavistic ... Not every IPA has to taste like mangoes or kiwis. Rustic. I might even return for another romp.

Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

If the ABV were lower, and a little more floral, this would be a great session. Its simple enough as to not overpower the senses, and tasty enough, light and crisp enough to make for an easy drinking brew.
Its pretty one dimensional, but its crisp, light and moderately carbonated.

Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fernie Brewing 'Lone Wolf IPA' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-piney

T-weak tasting PNW IPA , no big hop bomb or deep brooding malt base , somewhat smooth , with a slight pine resin on the swallow

MF-mild carbonation , feels like a medium body

Ov-ok beer , somewhat dissapointing IPA

prost LampertLand

Photo of souvenirs
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle available at the BC Liquor Store.

A: Two fingers of bubbly head, dissipating leaving white film with holes where the bubbles were, up the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation. Clear light copper.

S: Yeast, pine. I'm not really picking up any floral, citrus or tropical fruits.

T: Pine. No overpowering hop flavours.

F: Clean.

O: Not at all bad, but I'd like more depth. This beer is certainly very drinkable. Although I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of maclean25
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a pair of 650 mL bottles.

Pours with delicious looking creamy beige head. The body is clear (maybe a slight haze) with a tawny-copper color. It has a aroma of cider and reminiscent of fall, forest leaves. The taste is strongly bitter and it has a heavy body with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a classic and strong IPA. I like it a lot; one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to joemcgrath27 for another cross Canada treat...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange colour, thumb of fluffy hea wit solid retention and some nice spotty lacing.

S - Scent is dominated musty earthy cedar hops, hints of lemon rind and a metallic caramel finish.

T - Much like the nose with a solid dose of bitter earthy cedar and pine hops, a sugary caramel malt balances it out and a citrus rind bitterness lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Light, crisp and flavourful. This is an easy drinking IPA that hits the basics of the style and is easily sessioned. A great tasting brew!

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: bright golden honey, hints of copper
S: nice intense pine, grapefruit
T| mellow, rich, heavily bittered. neither hops or malt dominate; a big ball of flavour.
M: full bodied. More like an Imperial IPA.
O: needs focus and freshness. A wonderful aroma but the taste doesn't live up to my high hopes.

Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, good retention, awesome lacing.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit and floral aroma.

T: Tangerine, biscuity malt, grapefruit, hints of rind and piny resin, pleasant bitterness. Not a lot of depth, but it's really well-balanced and extremely drinkable.

M: Exceptionally smooth moderate body, hint of hop acidity, off-dry finish.

O: This is the sort of brew I like to drink... must pick up some more!

Future 6 packs? Cans?

Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I must give props to Fernie as they have evolved from terrible homebrew like beer to producing one the best IPAs in BC. This is a luscious IPA that delivers the big hops but backs it up with a smooth malt backbone that creates a full mouthfeel. It tastes a lot like Fat Tug in its hop profile but does not all the complexity of that beer. I do really like this IPA and will buy it again. Put it in cans and it is will become a big seller

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - mostly clear copper with a finger of head that held its own leaving some random lacing
S - mild well balanced aromas of butterscotch, pine and herbs with a hint of citrus
T - much like the nose with more pronounced citrus rind and piney hops, some butterscotch malt and light fruitiness, again well balanced
M - medium to light body and carbonation, smooth with a light bitter through the finish
O - a great example of an IPA with balance, the hop flavours are the star of the show but the sweet malty backbone holds up well, glad to see this brewer stepping it up

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 26/5/12

A clear golden copper with a few slow bubbles that feed a long lasting thumbs width of foam that leaves lots of random lace

S bready butterscotch with a little tropical twist, pineapple, passion fruit and mango with just a little booze on a deep whiff. like a EIPA with a little bit more too it

T a little rind and faint pine, not as much butterscotch but a little more fruit, not a hop bomb but there's some balance and it works fairly well

M medium bodied and just a little bitter, somewhat slick and well carbonated, some lime rind on the finish lingers

O a good beer but not a West Coast style hop bomb, well balanced and well rounded

I'm curious to what hops were used because it tastes like a beefed up EIPA, well concealed booze would make me think I could session this but it could be costly

Photo of leaddog
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light amber topaz hue with a finger width of frothy white head.

Smell - Pine, citrus, passionfruit and mango.

Taste - Starts off with a nice piney hop presence, then transforms to showcase the tropical and citrus flavours. Slight breadiness. Very impressive flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall - An excellent and impressive American IPA by Fernie Brewing Co. Well balanced flavours with excellent hop presence, making this brew a great example of the style. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. The newest offering from my favorite purveyor of after-ski brews when on the BC side of the Continental Divide.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of rabid broad foamy dirty white head, which skedaddles in an agreeable time frame, leaving a layered array of limestone dripping lace around the glass after the fact.

It smells, from a good distance away (I almost always love that!), even, of rich caramel, toffee, and butterscotch malt sweetness, and equally pungent grapefruit cocktail, orange smoothie, and pine freshener hops. Oh boy! The taste is more hoppy up front - though moderated at the same time - bitter citrus, pine and herbal notes, against a seemingly more heads-down bready caramel malt, that lose some of the complexity promised in the nose. A mild metallic booze warming increases its swirling radius as things warm up.

The carbonation is quite even, and unobtrusive, the body a solid medium weight, and well, just plain smooth. It finishes quite well balanced - bready malt and still game, if a bit neutered, bitter citrus hops.

Though it promises more than it delivers, that's just splitting hairs, for the most part. An enjoyable Yankee-style IPA, my only complaint being the tailing off of the proclaimed, and initially viable, 'exceptional flavour & complexity'. Not that I'm Adbusters, or anything of the kind.

to view more.
Lone Wolf from Fernie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.