Saturday, 30 April 2016

Canadian Craft Beer Review: Lone Pine IPA from Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Canadian craft beer review is for Lone Pine IPA from Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Lone Pine was a cloudy amber. Very fragrant tropical hops, lime and mango scent, but bitter and almost smokey, aromatic woods like cedar or sandalwood. It tasted like a fire made of almond wood smells, almost oily like olive. This beer was so interesting and way off the IPA norm. Loved it.

Lone Pine IPA from Sawdust City Brewing Co. gets the official Snail of Approval!

So as well as beer being on tap, your other choice in Canadian bars is bottles or cans. At the liquor store (yes in Canada you need to go to a special store to get booze) the craft beer was mostly in tall cans. Totally different than what I am used to.

And I didn't mind the cans. I thought it would interfere with the flavour but as long as you don't drink out of the can it isn't a bad experience. You don't get a lot of real ale or craft beer in bottles (cans are still unheard of) at English pubs or bars but I found that many places in Toronto have very good selections. Likely because it is cheaper to have more variety in cans and bottles than trying to support a lot of beers on tap. The consumer gets way more choice.

It could also be the distribution distances. Canada is big with very few people in it. A craft brewery might be 600 miles away from anywhere that could distribute their produce in any kind of volume. Transporting cans to bars and restaurants and liquor stores is more efficient. I was really surprised by the number of breweries. Craft beer has definitely exploded since I was last there in 2008.

I also found that many of the craft beers had high ABVs. Like over 6% and even up to 7% or 8%. This one was 6.5%. That is unusual for English beers. Maybe due to the fact that booze is taxed on ABV.

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