Sawdust City Brewing Co: Lone Pine IPA

Located in Gravenhurst, Ontario Sawdust City Brewing is a relatively new craft brewery that was launched in 2013.  They have five core brands and brew the occasional sessions.  I tried their Lone Pine IPA a few years ago but had mostly forgotten how it tasted other than it was a hoppy IPA. I also think the Lone Pine is the only beer from Sawdust City Brewing that I’ve seen at an LCBO – granted the local LCBO is often pretty sparse in terms of craft beer.  I loved the design of the can, the stark lone pine is an iconic Canadian image that they’ve made into a simple but visually appealing label design.

The name of the beer is well chosen as it has a distinctly pine smell.  There’s a bit of a citrus hop smell buried under the pine but it’s minimal. In terms of taste it was an interesting blend of pine, hops, and a citrus (maybe grapefruit?) taste.  It was relatively dry with lots of hops.  It’s definitely a hop forward beer but manages to avoid being too bitter.  I tried this beer while camping and it was a great beer to have in the evening after a hot day of hiking. Refreshing and a tad sweet.