Lone Pine IPA
Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,435
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,993
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 8.82%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
152
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Sawdust City Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
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88
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Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA
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Reviews by RedAleMan:
Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of monkist
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!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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"

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of biker30x
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. 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.

[Updated Jan 19 2016]

A tallboy can this time. The mouthfeel is much-improved since I last reviewed Lone Pine IPA, with assertive carbonation and good body. The profile is very pine/resin-forward, but lacks complexity. Certainly one of the better widely-available Ontario IPAs - and I'm bumping its grade upward accordingly - but for the price it's not exactly unbeatable.

Final Grade: 4.09, an A-.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of yasky
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.85/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lone Pine IPA from Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 152 ratings