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Lone Wolf | Fernie Brewing Co.

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Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 62
Photo of JonCorbett
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a wonderful semi-clear golden orange, good solid pale yellow head that has both chunky and creamy attributes. The dissipation is fairly leisurely, and leaves unorganized congregations of globby webbed lace.

Aromatics: Fantastic and oh so fragrant, you don’t even need to stick your nose right to the glass to catch the earthy and piney hops and citruses that meld grapefruit and lemon with maybe a bit of orange. This is what I like to smell in an IPA.

Taste: A very nice up front hop, the bitters are not that aggressive as you’d think, has a great balance with the bready dough following in a

Palate: Medium bodied, crisp, and slightly warming as each sip passes. Though it has it’s moments of a creamier composition, the carbonation keeps the bubbles flowing, which in turn pretty much keeps the bitter in the relatively dry finish from sitting too long on the palate.

Overall: A very nicely balanced IPA, the sweetness in the malts are like backstage hands at the theatre, working behind the scenes but not unnoticed - the show was fabulous not just because of the actors but because the back up crew had their $h!t together and supported all the main players with superior professionalism.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a very bland IPA that had a somewhat weak nose with some spice and citrus notes and an equally underwhelming palate with similar hop notes to the nose.

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Photo of hreb
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass. Beer is crystal clear, a medium pale to orange golden color, and forms a decent head. Citrus IPA aroma, which is quite pleasant, though not particularly strong. I am not expecting an IBU bomb here. Flavor is right in line, pleasantly bringing C-hop bitterness, and apparently weighing in at 70 IBUs (I'd have guessed only slightly lower). The major defect with this beer is that it's seriously over carbed. Maybe the higher gas pressure is more enjoyable if kept at elevation? No wait that makes no sense. Anyway I was happy enough to find this in a mixed 12 pack of Fernie cans, even if I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sample from a can, taken from a "Hop Trick Mixer Sixer" six-pack of Fernie's more hop-forward beers.

Beer pours a copper/orange, with almost slight ruby touches around the edge, quite cloudy, topped by a cap of two fingers that recedes to a few millimetres and then some islands quickly but leaves some lacing.

Smell is cat pee hops (Simcoe?), a bit of crisp citrus (grapefruit, orange), some slight biscuit or cracker malt. Some darker malt as well, though--something a bit caramelized or sweet. Taste is less intense than the smell promises--much more balance between the hops and the malt, with some pine/resin, citrus going up against biscuit, crackers, pepper, and a touch of roasted malt. Carbonation is moderate, body feels good.

It's a good--not great--IPA, but also a very refreshing, crisp, drinkable one.

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Photo of Danomeister
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a distinctive IPA to be sought out and analyzed, but still a remarkably awesome beer considering it comes in a can and is relatively affordable.

It hits all the notes of a good IPA: Aromatic citrus and floral nose, dry body, and solid hop flavor. However, it does all of this without being too overwhelming. Sessionable.

I would love to have a few of these kicking around a BBQ party to smoothyl introduce non hop heads to the IPA style.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another solid beer from Fernie. Lone Wolf is not distinctive in the IPA kaleidoscope, but it is nicely balanced. The malt dominates, but there is enough hop kick to keep it true to the style. Nothing really stands out about this beer, aside from how agreeable it is.

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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.

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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.

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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


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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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 and broadly 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 even a good distance away (I almost always love that!), 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, which seems to 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 middleweight, and well, just plain smooth. It finishes quite well balanced - bready malt and still game, if a bit neutered, bitter citrusy 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.

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Lone Wolf from Fernie Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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