From the Sawdust City Brewing Co. of Gravenhurst Ontario comes their Lone Pine IPA. In a 473 ml can with a production date of April 2, 2015 printed on the bottom, and 6.5% alcohol by volume. Purchased from Bucky's local liquor store for the reasonable price of $3.25.
Lone Pine poured a very cloudy golden/amber colour, topped by 1” of fluffy, off-white head that slowly fades, but never dies. Remarkable staying power…the head never fades to anything below a 3/8” cap of foam which leaves plenty of beautiful lacing down the glass as the beer level drops. No big surprise that the aroma is an all-hop production, dominant grapefruit with a touch of pine in the background. Lone Pine's taste starts with a short-lived malty caramel sweetness, quickly washed away by a flood of bitter grapefruit with a touch of pine in the finish. The bitter grapefruit/pine resin flavours linger long. As the beer warms, the flavours achieve a much better balance, however, with a sweet orange citrus creeping into the equation and mitigating the bitterness somewhat. Medium bodied with a surprisingly subdued carbonation given the strong steams of visible bubbles, and a corresponding smooth mouthfeel. A solid, enjoyable IPA once it warms sufficiently.
Rating: 8.00 / 10
From the Brew Box came a 473 ml can of Winding Road For 7 km, an Autumn Saison from Sawdust City of Gravenhurst, Ontario. 6.0% ABV with a production date of October 16, 2015 printed on the bottom of the can.
Winding Road poured an opaque, amber colour topped by 2” of off-white head with good staying power. The head eventually faded to a cap and collar of foam leaving some sporadic lacing down the glass. Its aroma was a mix of spicy rye, yeast and lemon, with a ginseng-like earthiness. Its taste began with yeast, lemon and orange, moving on to a spicy rye with that ginseng-like earthiness again, with a peppery finish that lingers for a few seconds as an aftertaste. Winding Road had a medium level of carbonation, leaned toward the medium side of light/medium bodied and had a dry mouth feel. A very different sort of beer if that's what you're looking for, and a tasty one to boot.
Rating: 7.97 / 10
From the Brew Box, Bucky chose a 473 ml can of Campout S'More Stout by Sawdust City Brewing, intrigued by the possibility of a beer that smells and tastes like S'Mores. 5.7% alcohol by volume with a production date of December 11, 2015 printed on the bottom of the can.
Campout poured an opaque very dark brown colour verging on black. An aggressive pour was required to raise a thin, tan head that faded quickly to a thin collar and film, leaving some sporadic lacing and spotting down the glass. Its aroma was a combination of dark-roast coffee and dark cocoa…nice enough, but where are the S'Mores? The taste was dominated by dark-roast coffee, with cocoa and the very occasional faint note of white marshmallow. A mild dark-roast coffee bitterness lingered as an aftertaste. Not a bad tasting beer by any stretch, but I'm disappointed with the complete lack of graham cracker and almost complete lack of marshmallow in a beer that is billed as a S'More stout. Campout had a mellow carbonation level, was light bodied and had a thin mouthfeel. In summary, a decent tasting beer, but not as advertised.