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Lone Wolf | Fernie Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada | website

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.

Added by biboergosum on 04-20-2012

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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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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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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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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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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3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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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Lone Wolf from Fernie Brewing Co.
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