Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA (LCBO #339531, #398263) is brewed in Gravenhurst, ON and is also the recipient of the 2014 Golden Tap Award for “Brewmaster’s Choice- Best Beer in Ontario”. It has been around for a while, but its recent nod at the Golden Tap Awards perked my interest and I finally gave it a try. The Golden Tap Awards are put on annually by the Ontario Craft Brewers association and the twelve year strong competition boasts to be the most democratic beer awards because the voting is all done online by the public in a number of categories. We enjoyed some Lone Pine IPA with friends at the beginning of our holiday’s in December before a holiday party. Here are my notes:
Lone Pine IPA
Colour: Bright cloudy orange, frothy to start and minimal bubbles throughout.
Smell: Grapefruit, pine gum with a floral, fruity nectar.
Taste: Heavy grapefruit IPA intensity without stepping too far over the line. Slight melon undertones.
We all enjoyed this decorated Ontario IPA, my only concern would be that I had pushed the limit on its hop characteristics and them being at their peek. I remember reading somewhere a while back that this IPA is intended to be drank in the first 2 months after production in order to experience the hop characteristics as they were intended. After that time they can kind of mellow out. The Sawdust City site claims that taking a sip from this IPA is like getting slapped in the face by a pine bow. I can’t say that I felt that sentiment, but I really enjoyed this brew. Give it a try and let me know what you thought! Also shout out to our friends at the Red House in Kingston, ON. We are making good use of our cask festival glasses!