Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sawdust City Brewing Company - Lone Pine IPA

ABV 6.5% (Bottle 650ml)

The Brewery (Under Construction)


The Brew
"Sawdust City's Lone Pine IPA is aggresively hopped and bursting with flavours of pine and citrus, loaded with mounds of hops and balanced with a blend of 4 different malts...each glass is like a pine bow across your face.  You've been warned!"

The Pour
Pours crystal clear and golden coloured with vibrant fall leaf orange at the edges.  The body is bubbly with a pure white head that sinks into some nice sudsy lacing.  The brew quickly settles still with no visible carb.

Aroma
Delicious, with generous portions of orange peel, tangerine slices, OJ with vodka and light pine.  Overall the smell is fresh, alive, juicy and full of grapefruit and citrus tang.

Taste
This quaff presents a medium body upfront and big pine flavours that come through as alcohol warmth rather than resin.  The four malts lend the brew a smooth body and even balance in flavour and feel throughout; it all ends with a sticky finish of pine and earth that doesn't overwhelm the senses.

Overall
"A pine bow across your face" is truth in advertising.  If a lone pine on the Canadian Shield had a taste, this would be it.  The pine is present but not overwhelming and everything is nicely balanced and delivers on every level.  A real class act from an emerging craft brewery.  I give it an A. Can't wait to see what they come out with next.


Check out what other beer geeks think of this brew at  Ratebeer and Beer Advocate.

Up next...
I tackle three brews from LCBO's latest brewery feature: New Zealand's Renaissance Brewing Company.

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