Lone Pine IPA
Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,558
Ranked #11,169
3.97 | pDev: 8.82%
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
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Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA
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deedric from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw colored, slightly hazy. Head stays nicely.

Smells piney, citrus.

Orange citrus to grapefruit with a hint of piney resin. Wow - the biscuity, bread, deliciousness.

Great mouthfeel, lovely C02 levels.

I would love to get ahold of a fresher version of this beverage.

Sep 13, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

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

Canada rocks and they prove it over and over again - they are right there on the tails of the good old US when it comes to blasting IPAs - no surprise because they are full on classic US hops: summit, simcoe, columbus and chinook set the standard. Okay, they have plenty of Canadian ingredients in there as well. And there you have it: an amazing IPA as it should be. Citrusy, fruity, piney. Great. Very mild though! No bitterness there, almost. A tiny bit in the end maybe. A proper and feelgood IPA nevertheless - somewhere between the East Coast and the West Coast tradition, not that dry but not that full bodied either - just great! Now I'm ready to crack another Canadian IPA open!

Jun 16, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color, off-white head. Aroma is resiny with orange rind and sweet malt background. Taste follows with bitter hop resin and astringent notes. Medium body and carbonation. Old school, a bit harsh.

May 17, 2018
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Harry_C_Peters from Canada (MB)

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow orange and unfiltered look. Lots of aroma, pine and citrus. Delivers same on the palate. Flavour all over the tongue, not isolated. A bit more sweet than my favourite IPA: Ransack the Universe. One of the “juicy” IPAs. Long after taste. No bitterness, but clearly hoppy. I’d recommend it to everyone. Worth trying, especially if your budget is tight.

Mar 02, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the only beer i got to try from sawdust city on my trip, but its a petty solid ipa, and one i saw around town a little bit. its got a nice orange glow to it and a little chill haze, but not all fogged up and new school looking, lively and heady too. it smells quite well balanced, perhaps a little maltier than is on trend right now, with more of a crystal malt profile presenting itself. it has a great hop complexion though, bitter and grapefruity and northwestern, very robust and more bitter than a lot of the other hoppy beer i had in ontario. its also well dry hopped it seems, with a juicy fruity citrus complexion to match the bitterness in the taste, maybe some citra and simcoe at work, but there is enough grain in here that the hops arent totally obvious. orange and pine and zest, dry bready too, less sweet from the more sturdy grain composition than expected, and thats a nice touch. good full body, plenty of carbonation from the pint can, and overall a very enjoyable, if a little straight forward ipa. fresh and tasty. i would have liked to try a little more beer from these guys on my trip, it will have to wait until next time!

Feb 12, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

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

From a can from the LCBO. Beautiful pale amber with a rocky off white head with great lacing. Herbal, piney, spicy hops on the nose. Flavour includes fruit and bready malt balancing a full slightly piney hop flavour. Good mouthful without being overwhelming.

Jul 31, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I brought a can of this back from Hamilton, ON last January whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a hazy orangish with floaters and white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was pine bitterness presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

Jun 03, 2017
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byronic from Canada (ON)

3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin white head, almost no lacing. Pine hits you right in the nose and follows through in the taste. Makes this feel very one dimensional. The bitterness is a bit overwhelming and becomes very muddled in the finish. Quite underwhelming.

Oct 21, 2016
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orangie golden with a lively white head. Aromas of pine and stone fruit. Flavour is similar with a lingering earthy bitterness that's not aggressive

Jul 15, 2016
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biker30x from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a pint glass. Poured a sharp golden with a lush white head. Hops. Big hops in the nose which was spicy and sharp. More hops on the first sip which were sharp rather than resinous and which would have signaled an unbalanced hop-bomb but for the immediate follow of deep caramel malts. This made for a surprisingly balanced beer after the initial assault of hops. well worth seeking out.

Jul 07, 2016
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Derek from Canada (BC)

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.

May 20, 2016
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CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

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!

Feb 06, 2016
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Chris_r2112 from Canada (ON)

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.

Jan 08, 2016
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RQuigley from Canada (ON)

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

Dec 21, 2015
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Samuel_Merryweather from Canada (ON)

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.

Sep 08, 2015
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staubot from Canada (MB)

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.

Sep 07, 2015
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 07, 2015
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

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.

Mar 09, 2015
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

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.

Dec 29, 2014
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

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

Dec 17, 2014
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Franck from Canada (QC)

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.

Oct 09, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

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.

Sep 04, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

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


Aug 24, 2014
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

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!

Jul 06, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 13, 2014
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