On my way back from my parent’s house in Maine a couple weeks ago I made a stop in Portland and visited a few breweries in the East Bayside neighborhood, which has quickly grown into another beer hub in a city full of amazing breweries. One of the places I stopped with Lone Pine Brewing. This isn’t my first visit to Lone Pine, but it’s been a couple years and a lot has changed at the brewery in that time. Lone Pine recently opened a large new facility in Gorham, and substantially expanded distribution, you can now find their beers regularly in Massachusetts. While their core beers routinely make the trip south, Lone Pine also frequently brews special brewery-only releases. The weekend I visited happened to coincide with one of these special releases, a collaboration with the popular Portland donut shop The Holy Donut. Lone Pine Holy Donut Triple Berry Glaze Double IPA probably doesn’t need more description beyond the title, it’s a DIPA brewed with triple berry glaze donuts. I wasn’t sure what to think of the combination, but I had to give it a shot.
Lone Pine Holy Donut Triple Berry Glaze pours murky purple-pink with a small off-white head. The aroma features lots of hops, mostly fruity scents. The hops also lead the flavor, notes of orange, mango, and passion fruit along with a little bitter bite at the end. The flavors imparted by the donut are also present, raspberry and strawberry that work well with the fruity hops. There is also a little lingering sweetness, but not cloying at all. A mild malt backbone rounds out the flavor, hints of bread dough and cereal. Holy Donut Triple Berry Glaze is medium-bodied and goes down pretty easy for a beer with 8% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop/berry/donut flavors. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this beer but I ended up enjoying it, an interesting flavor combination that works. I guess I am in on pastry IPA! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.