The Princess Wears Girl Pants
Sawdust City Brewing Co.

The Princess Wears Girl PantsThe Princess Wears Girl Pants
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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #169
Ranked #27,666
3.81 | pDev: 12.86%
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
The Princess Wears Girl PantsThe Princess Wears Girl Pants
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Slightly hazed gold, big chunky head to a cap and some good lace. Weakest part of the brew is its aroma. It's boozy, chemical, harsh. Citrusy hops are there, but they are overwhelmed. Big juicy mouthfeel. Also finishes harsh. Bitter, boozy finish. Taste profile is similarly unrefined. I dont mind rough edged stuff, but this is past that and on into brutal. Lacks polish, finesse. No thanks. Very disappointing, clumsy.

Apr 05, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Not really a saison, it is too high in ABV and too hoppy. More an imperial belgian IPA, but who cares! Delicious, full but never out of balance, American hops over the phenolic quality of a Saison least. A hard act to balance but this manages it.

Jul 31, 2017
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An interesting saison brew from Sawdust City. The incredible Galaxy and Amarillo hops are prevalent. Ella hops are also added giving a distictive taste. Very boozy. Canned from the LCBO.

May 30, 2017
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw with a gigantic chunky pure white head that lasts the entire glass. The aroma is of fruity, citrusy hops and fruity, spicy yeast esters. Tropical fruit, pear, lemon, cloves, cotton candy mix in the hoppy, Belgian flavor. Alcohol heat is evident throughout but not distracting. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety, creamy carbonation. Light bitterness and lingering fruityness in the finish.

A nice Belgian ale. Less hop centric and more entering Tripel territory. Very complex. Definitely worth a try.

Aug 08, 2016
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portwood from Canada (ON)

3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Smell: spicy yeast, acidic citrus, slight funk & cardboard.
Taste: prickly & highly carbonated, lemon rind.
Finish: very acidic, bitter citrus rind.
Disappointed with this one. Not enough "Belgian" character. Can says 35 IBU but feels more bitter than that!
(canned 03/30/16)

May 30, 2016
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SSS from Canada (QC)

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Murky yellow with a white head
S-No much aroma that I can detect
M-I am not a fan of the higher carbonation as it add a spice
T-Too floral for me, not enough bitterness
O-Interesting beer. I am not a fan of Belgium brews and the IPUs are low for my taste.

Jul 04, 2015
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

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

What a wonderful find! Perfect carbonation and a plethora of flavours. The bitterness gets cut in half about mid-way, as it slides down your throat. The alcohol is also well hidden and it retains a lovely head throughout.
A bit pricey, but as it's retired, it's worth a quick pick up while supplies last.

Jun 10, 2015
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ssmack from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden honey colour. Half inch of white head quickly gone to a slick. Only a couple bubbles of carbonation. Bit of lacing with no retention. Not a great look.

Bright citrus aroma. Mixture of orange, lemon and grapefruit. With a nice Belgian yeast aroma.

Complex taste that comes in 4 waves. Belgian yeast taste. Sweet malt. Bitter citrus. Tart chaulky bitter aftertaste. The 9 % alcohol is not too strong and adds to the flavour mix.

Medium to heavy feel with a malty coating.

Excellent taste. Well made. Lack of head and carbonation prevents this from being a real winner. I will search for this one again.

Jan 10, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you're going to put "Belgian-inspired" anything on your label, regardless of what Belgian style you're after, you absolutely must ensure a rocky, moussy, lasting head and the accompanying lace. The Princess Wears Girl Pants, a "hoppy Belgian-inspired Golden Ale", does exactly that and covers the glass like an area rug with whipped cream-like lacing.

The dense but bright complexion foreshadows a dense but bright aroma that features notes of citrus blossoms, chive flowers, peach, pear, and green apple skins. It's part tropical, part vegetal, part floral, and also part fresh-baked bread owing to the malt and fresh-cracked peppercorns owing to the yeast. There's no shortage of activity for the nose.

If I didn't know any better I'd think I was drinking the The Princess Wears Peach Pants. Each sip simulates not only the juicy, sweet flesh of a peach but also the fuzzy, tart skin too. That sweet/tart orchard fruit profile lends itself to vivid apricot and nectarine flavours too. A bit of white onion too. All this to the backdrop of a dry cereal grain maltiness.

The lemony qualities of the hops are most appreciated on the finish, and more appreciated with warmth. The citrus lends a kind of 'soapy' character that blends well with the bready, biscuity flavours of the malts and the yeasty notes. The 9% alcohol is virtually undetectable though the beer's strength has a presence; it's big but plenty approachable.

Sam Corbeill knows what he's doing. If there were any doubts after all these years then Princess Wears Girl Pants should put those to rest. This is a solid rendition of a Belgian strong ale and is tastefully, generously hopped - exactly as advertised. The price point is a little steep but what's in the bottle is very good stuff. I'll look forward to having this again.

Aug 07, 2014
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Ericbeech_87 from Canada (BC)

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber that I bought In Ontario when I was out for my cousins wedding. Brought it back to B.C. to enjoy. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy, golden yellow. Reminiscent of pineapple juice. The wheat certainly contributes to the cloudiness of the beer. Also reminiscent of a strong golden Belgian ale with its colour. Two fingers of fluffy, bright, white head with plenty of retention. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

Aroma: Very nice exotic fruit aroma. Not so much on the hoppy bitterness but tons of fruit. Pineapple, mango and passion fruit. Very different hop contribution than what I am used out in the North-West. A little bit of yeast spiciness to compliment it nicely. Minimal alcohol and next to no malt on the nose. Beautiful aroma; probably the highlight of the beer.

Taste: Exotic fruit sweetness right up front. Slight bitterness and not as hoppy as I was expecting. Definite spicy yeast contribution as well as a hint of wheat in the background. Slightly dry finish with a modest dose of alcohol. A very pleasant degree of lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated as is typical with the Belgian style. Medium to full body. The carbonation certain adds very well to the style. I've had a number of Belgian style beers and they can often be over powering with the carbonation. However, this beer's carbonation adds tremendously to it.

Overall: A very good beer from a part of the world that I rarely venture to. It was nice to try a good beer from Ontario as I am somewhat limited to the North-West beers. However, I am not complaining about lack of selection or style in the North-West. Appearance was quite lovely with a nice golden haziness. Alcohol may be a little over powering but not much. Good with one bottle. Exceptional aroma with a solid taste. The mouthfeel was also very good and very well may have been as good as the aroma. I definitely recommend this beer. A nice little hybrid of the Belgian golden strong ale and a Belgian IPA. Cheers.

Jul 30, 2014
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle from the LCBO, Poured a clear medium gold with a good initial white head, good retention and lacing.

S - noticeable hop character, quite a tropical character with guava/passionfruit, but tempered with a strong yeasty and hay dryness,pronounced malt backbone, and the yeasty floral esters develop more as it sits, has quite a spicy and grassy character, red currents also. Interesting hop profile here, and they do push the yeast a bit to the back seat but it still is interesting.

T - Progresses along similar lines, a dry tropical start lots of limes and passionfruit, currents, then a big transition to a dry full body showing a lot of hay and rustic malt body, drying out nicely with a balanced bitterness. The yeast and belgian character is a little tart but otherwise not incredibly flavourful, a bit of an acidic barrel-ness, which balances the hoppy fruitiness and lends it some crispness toward the end but it lingers quite long.

M - full mouthfeel with a filling carbonation initially leading to a coating bitter dry character, a bit yeasty here, and then a dry finish, lingering with some hop spiciness.

Thoughts? It's good, but this is one of my favourite styles and carries a high standard. I like the choice to go for a uniquely tropical hop profile that also lended some spiciness, I almost feel as if they had not tried to match(overwhelm) the yeast with that and just gone for a DIPA it might have worked really well. This offered a satisfying beer but on that jumped around a lot between the flavours that came forward, full tropical start before drying completely out. Quite sessionable though, and one that I might recommend but probably wouldn't pick up again.

Jul 24, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 or so for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a slight head that stays for a while. Unfiltered and golden good

S- A bit lacking here. Familiar warrior hops present. Dry hopped slightly but still low on the IBU's

T- Ok. Hops are ok. Nothing special here.

M- Dry and good.

O- Pretty good. Nothing special but still good. Dry and open bodied. Not complex at all.

Food Pairing

This pretty good IPA went well with... BBQ hamburgers! Top 'em the way you like 'em


Jul 20, 2014
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: slightly hazy, pineapple-gold body, almost pure white head with good retention - getting the impressions of pina colada when couple with the aroma

Aroma: big citrus aroma; bright lemon, orange - sweet and bitter elements; some more exotic fruit as well, pineapple, mango

Taste & Mouthfeel: vigorously refreshing citrus and malt open things up, very clean tasting - swear I'm getting a sense of high quality water, it's so pure - transitioning to a bitter, dry finish that isn't too heavy on the astringent bitters, it maintains some fruitiness; medium body and great carbonation.

Overall a fantastic refreshing feel and flavour, like a good pilsner given a liberal does of citrus hops

Jul 06, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served fairly cold into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for something under $7 CDN.

Appearance- bright yellow fairly hazy color. Nice 2 finger white head with good retention. Lots of action with the bubbles. Tons of sticky lacing and great head retention.

Smell - big grapefruit and other citrus nose. Some more earthy aromas are brewing underneath the big citrus smell. Some lemon aromatics as well. Any funky Belgian aromas are pretty subtle.

Taste - pretty interesting. Big hoppy mouthfeel and a tone of citrus, namely grapefruit and lemon. A certain candied sweetness shines through momentarily before finishing with a bitter and more earthy than the initial citrus burst.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated but also has a silky smooth feel. Fairly heavy body and sticky in the mouth but pretty good overall.

Overall - a worthy purchase that has an unusual balance as it is very hop heavy and contrary to many Belgian IPAs is more IPA geared, with Belgian subtleties, as opposed to others in the style which are more Belgian leaning. A repeat purchase if I can find it later in summer.

Jul 04, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; listed at 9% with no freshness info provided. It's not every day that a new Belgian-style IPA pops up locally, and I very much enjoyed this brewery's Lone Pine IPA, so grabbing this bottle seemed like a safe bet. Served well-chilled.

Pours a hazy golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy white foam that proceeds to shrink away steadily. In the end, a filmy cap, narrow collar and a beautiful ring of lace remain behind. Lovely aroma; very floral and fruity, with notes of citrusy orange, bready malt sweetness, floral hops and a touch of yeast. Kind of a 'wet pine forest' vibe going on; not the most aromatic BIPA I've ever had but I'm still liking it.

The hops really take control of this one's flavour, providing a powerful astringency that ranges from the usual suspects, such as orange/lemon citrus and earthy pine resin, right up to some intensely floral, unusually cat-spray-like notes toward the finish. The malt backbone is grainy, with some wheat malt sweetness occasionally peeking through the more-dominant hop aspects. It finishes with a touch of grapefruit peel astringency and some apricot flavour; the former lingers briefly on the palate, drying it out. Medium in body, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a decent bite, comparable to that of most standard IPAs. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, making this easier to drink quickly than it probably should be.

Final Grade: 3.94, a worthwhile B+. The Princess Wears Girl Pants is an interesting beer, with a nice mix of assertive North American hop notes and mellower Belgian ale ones. This brew should sit well with the majority of hopheads - but those of you seeking out a hopped ale with a solid malt base/Belgian yeast characteristics may be a little disappointed with this one. The pilsner and wheat malt used do not provide enough 'oomph' to counter the aggressive hop bill, at least in this reviewer's humble opinion, but this is still a delicious beer that is well worth at least one try. A great beer to crack open on a hot Canada Day afternoon - cheers, fellow Canucks, and enjoy your well-earned holiday!

Jul 01, 2014
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

1.77/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was given a sample of this a Bar Hop about a week ago. I had been looking forward to giving this a try. The server suggested the sample before I ordered a full serving. The smell of the beer was, most certainly the reason why. It smelled like bad blue cheese. The smell was so off-putting, I didn't think I'd be able to even take a sip.

It didn't taste as bad as the smell, but there was something seriously off about this beer. It my have been a bad keg. I don't know.

I've liked other offerings from Sawdust, so would try again to determine if this particular keg was off.

Jun 24, 2014
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Bar Hop.

A - Cloudy medium yellow colour with a thin layer of white head.

S - Big barrel notes. Toasted oak, sweet bread, fruit eaters and a light funk.

T - Huge oak flavour. Some caramel, bread and a touch of spice. Fruit esters present throughout.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

Sep 24, 2013
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is clear golden in colour. Minimal white head, very small.

Nose contains yeast and some pepper. A bit of fruit.

Taste is spicy, some light fruit and then yeast. A bit funky. Fairly strongly hopped for the style. Flavourful.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit astringent.

Overall, a pretty good beer. There is something about it that turns me off a bit but I can't place it.

Sep 14, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

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

Bottle at Volo. Citric white wine aromas. Light coloured yet thick body, with some retained head. Grows on me, decent drinkability, though some off bandaid. Complex, hop oils still there significantly after two months. Above average mouthfeel. A different entrant to the market, mostly owing to the Nelson Sauvin hops.

Jun 29, 2012
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ritzkiss from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spring seasonal, a Belgian golden ale with additional hopping, using New Zealand hops such as Nelson Sauvin.

Murky golden, nice lacing, radiant colour. Nose is quite grainy, some floral esters, coriander and other spicing. Not much hop presence.

Wishing for more hop balance here, a hint of the Nelson, a light to moderate bitterness and drying in the finish, sweetness through the middle, typical BPA grains and spicing, spicing comes through evidently. Sweet without cloying, quite a drinkable feel to it. ABV is hidden, quite a straightforward but nice brew, just wishing for a little more jazz from the hops - always thought Nelson went so well with a BPA/BIPA. Good but not great.

May 30, 2012
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 69 ratings