Lone Pine IPA | Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Lone Pine IPALone Pine IPA
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Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
sawdustcitybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 12-22-2011

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Reviews:
41
Ratings:
136
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
16.33%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 136
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Franck
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 kevinlater
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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 leaddog
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of Stocean1
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of biker30x
4.26/5  rDev +7%
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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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 MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes. 500ml can. Cheers, Sammy.
Pours a hazy, honey-gold with a touch of amber. 1.5 fingers of sticky looking cream coloured head, nice thick lacing.
Dank pine with lots of citrus, some sweet caramel malts, leafy hops, touch of cedar.
Oranges and other citrus, nice toasty sweet malts, maybe a touch of honey, some light tropical fruits, nice medium bitterness in the finish.
Medium(+ maybe) body with a nice chewiness, medium low smooth carbonation.
Great stuff. Hitting all the right notes here

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 WeedKing4
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 DenisKolkin
4.06/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle into stemmed tumbler

A light golden honey colour with one inch of medium white head. Great lacing with strong retension.

A wonderful aroma of mango and pine along with some toffee maltiness.

The taste is all hops. Pine resin and grassiness. The malt taste is barely detectable.

A medium mouthfeel. Bit watery

Overall a solid American IPA.

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Photo of staubot
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Enjoy

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RQuigley
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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!

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