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Lost Dog - Napa Smith Brewery

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 211
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Offa on 04-22-2009

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Photo of T100Mark
4.21/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, in a pint glass, at the brewery.

Appearance - Nice copper color. Amazing clarity. Moderate white, foamy head. Moderate stickage. A fine looking beer.

Smell - Malty/bready. A touch sweet. A bit toasty. Nice.

Taste - Big carmel flavor. Faint vanilla taste. A little toasty. A mild hop hit on the back-end.

Mouth - Fine carbonation. Clean.

Overall - A nice, straight-forward ale. British in character (think ESB). Balanced. Very chugable. I don't know why the ratings aren't a little higher (although the fact that the beer I was sampling came out of the fermentation tank yesterday might have something to do with this).

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bomber and on tap at Prima. L: Hazy amber with a light copper tint under a 1” clingy white foam collar. S: Bread and citrus T: Starts with sweet malt, light bread crust and finishes with a bitter hop accent. F: Medium body and medium carbonation. O: I tend to prefer more assertive styles but this beer has character and is easy to drink.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Glassy aroma with some herbal hops mixed in. Crystal malt smell.

T- Flavor's a bit better than the aroma leads on with some hop spiciness and a decent malt backbone. Fits the profile of a red ale but there's not much character behind it. Easy to drink.

M- Slightly oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Has a decent drinkability to it even if it is lacking in flavor. Could be a lot worse (see their Organic IPA).

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Photo of avwrite
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Not as bad as I thought it would be. Color is amberish, and comes out a little cloudy. However, taste wise, it's decent. Kind of steely, but definitely has the kick of a red ale. A little spicy. It's nothing to scream about, and tastes a little standard, but still not that bad.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Napa Smith Brewery's Lost Dog Red Ale: Appearance: clear reddish amber; Smell: slight hop, slight malt; Taste/Mouthfeel: slightly hoppier than pale ale; bit of pine; pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: August 22, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick... OCCASION: last night of camp thoughts--a good eight weeks...APPEARANCE: handsome reddish-brown body supports a thick off-white head that laces reasonably well; subtle bubbles... AROMA: sweet caramel and cinnamon; hops are light and aromatic--suggestive of soft pine; malts lend a Scottish allure...PALATE: like a brown ale, beginning with a solid malty backbone; hops tickle the teeth, but the malt holds the trump in the profile...TASTE: significant warming aftertaste; medium-bodied, almost an IPA; the alcohol is palpable... OVERALL: an intriguing purchase that may not live up to its bomber status; rounded enough to be a thought on St. Patty's day, but not powerful or substantial enough to demand attention on a non-holiday night; not much of a summer beer either; still, not without its merits or usefulness...

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Photo of Huffs
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and developed a nice full, creamy off white head which lasted and laced well. Aroma was bready and sweet with caramel notes. Appearance was a very nice honey, amber color with a hazy hue. Taste had a strong toffee note with hints of spruce and caramel. mouthfeel was full and slightly buttery. Aftertaste was dry and a bit hoppy.

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a lightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - An aroma of caramel, toffee, and some pine hop notes.

T - Toffee and toasted malt up front with some tart grainy notes. Musty pine hops come out in the middle with a finish of old hops, moderate bitterness, and lingering semi sour brown malt.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The aroma is relatively promising, but the flavor is bland and muddy with a poor finish. Just not something that inspires me to want another.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.25/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a murky brownish-amber with a flash head and some minor lacing curtains around the edges. Medium body and medium-low levels of carbonation.

Smells mostly of tea-like herbal hopping over a standard sweet caramel malt and just a small amount of citrus peel, tastes of the same but also has a horrid metallic, acrid chalky finish that sticks around in the mouth like an unwanted party guest that just won't leave.

I can't really recommend this one.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a murky amber, with a good finger and a 1/2 worth of head that settles to a thin layer with lots of wonderful lacing from start to finish.

S: This one starts out with the normal Red Ale smells... Sweet malt, with a touch of caramel, toffee and a little hint of biscuits. Then there is a pretty strong amount of citrus hops floating around... Smells different but very good.

T: Start with the basic Red Ale style... Sweet caramel malt with a little toffee mixed in... then the hops really kick in and over takes some of the malt. Aftertaste still carries the hoppiness.

M: Medium body, smooth, a little low on carbonation. ABV is pretty well hidden.

O: Not a bad beer at all, just a little different twist to the Red Ale than I was expecting, worth looking for.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. No date.

A - Very slightly hazy pure, bright amber with moderate, quickly falling white head. Moderate carbonation is apparent.

S - Very faint aroma. Subtle caramel with very apricot esters.

T - Strong initial caramel and apricot yields to deeper toffee and brown sugar. Finish is relatively sweet for a west coast beer. Slight roasty note at the end.

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation.

O - A good red beer; could be a bit fresher.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are a ton of malts on this one. I'll go ahead and say too many, as the sweet tones really hit me as almost barleywine like. Which is odd. Doesn't really give me the character I'd like to be seeing for the style and travels well beyond the acceptable parameters. So much so that I don't even know what they were trying with this one. Drinkable, but undefinable; at least, it's certainly not an amber.

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Photo of ccrida
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at burgar bar, lost dog is auburn with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is malty, a little earthy herbalness.

Taste is pretty muted and generic as well, there a touch of sweetness from the malt, a decent bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel is dry, fairly crisp.

Drinkability is meh. It's well executed, clean, smooth, and balanced, but to a fault, as it lacks character. I bumped the overall tto just above average, as a nod top the brewers skills, but the design is not for me.

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Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clouded amber ale, an off-white head with little lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of sweet toffee, pine, bread and lemon honey.

Sweet porridge, butter scotch, grape-fruit juice and some peel.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky, a good body and a light dry finish.

A well balanced nice ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Napa Valley Red Ale, appears a copper color with a light khaki tan head forming thick luscious head, fine even speckled layers of lacing. Aroma has a nice grain filled character hints of ripened fruit and caramel, not offensive in anyway light earthy hops. Flavor is too smoth roasted malts lay mild with caramel and fruit filled bounty, a delicate Northern CA beer available in West Virginia thank God. Mouthfeel is smooth carbonation medium bodied ale with a well hidden 7.2% alcohol by volume, sweet round edges never made a burden on the palate. Overall quality stuff well brewed will revisit even though it's about 9 bucks a 4 pack, wow.

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Photo of soju6
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an amber color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, hint of dark fruit and pine.

T: Taste of roasted malt, caramel sweetness with a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: medium body, smooth and decent carbonation.

O: Decent beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The malts are very evident in the taste and contribute notes of bread and caramel. Little, if any bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste, but it seems like it could use more hop bitterness to balance out the malty flavors.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: moist dense sourdough bread, sweet caramel, some mild darker citrus. Quite a bold aroma for an amber ale. Mild hop bitterness is more citrus than pine, american hops used here I'm sure. Some definite chocolate and roasty notes here too.

A: light copper. A bit cloudy. Head pours moderate height, is light brown in color. Head dissolves quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

T: caramel, pale, and some munich malts. Some mild citrus. Faint chocolate and slight roasty notes. Quite a lot of bitter, must be the munich and or pilsner malts.

M: light to medium body. Lightly creamy and a bit drying.

O: Lots of bitter here, but the sweet caramel and chocolate help to nearly balance things out. A bold brew, kind of like a scotch in the way you would sip it. One is good, but it would be hard to down two or three of these.

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Photo of nach0king
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wouldn't bring Lost Dog home from the pound again. I'm history's greatest monster.

A: Poured more amber than I expected, with a bubbly head that disappeared fast, slow carbonation and a bit of thickness and body.

S: Smells like breakfast: toast, honey and jam. Oh, and some booze, if you like that kind of thing in the morning.

T: Pretty anonymous to start with, with maybe the slightest bit of malty sweetness before hitting burnt orange at the back.

M: As the look suggests it's pretty thick, but goes down well.

Time to take this one out back with the shotgun...

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber I scored for only $2 (woot!) this beer was a rich garnet color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention was good and it left consistent lacing. The aroma was of toasted malt, caramel malt, toffee, honey and bread. The flavor appealed to me; I tasted the caramelized malt and the caramel/toffee notes first followed by sweet bread, honey and then a mild but appropriate hop finish. Balanced and refreshing. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation middle-of-the road, as it should be for this style, in my opinion. I enjoyed this beer, especially for the price!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Seemed like the perfect thing to have after our lost dog came home tonight.

Hazy amber color with barely any head.

Aroma is sweet and has character similar to a caramel apple.

Flavor is balanced but fairly strong for an amber. Sweet malty base with Carmel and brown sugar. A little hoppy but not a really fresh west coast flavor. More pine and spice, less citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall not a bad beer but I'm just so glad to have my dog back!

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip; no freshness dating apparent. Hazy light copper body with orange/red tint. Almost no head and no lacing.

Light aroma with an upfront mix of sweet malt and a woody oak smell. A hint of apple or pear in the background.

The flavor actually steps it up a couple of notches over the aroma. The caramel malt and woody flavor are favorably mixed with a light kick of fruity hops. Not an IPA for sure but it works OK for a red ale.

Medium mouthfeel with very little carbonation. A liitle syrupy, which is a bit of a distraction. A decent brew overall.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent, appetizing mahogany-brown; there was not much head, but this was an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has notes of cloves and wood plus a hint of apple. Strong, malty flavor has a firm fruity tone that is mainly apple and pear with a hint of banana, as well as touches of cloves and hops. Smooth, robust-bodied texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a malty, woody finish.

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Photo of t420o
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Napa smith lost dog 

A- pour produces a 1/2 finger fizzy head that leaves quick leaving no lacing. Beer is a murky burnt orangish red color. 2.5

S- very malty, light bitter hop presence, a kind of underlying funkiness that's not bad but can't tell what it is. 3

T- very light taste. Malt forward with a light fruity hop presence. Really not very complex. Alcohol is present.  It's pretty average 3

M- overcarbonated but not bad. Decent body. 3

O- a very average beer. I live reds and this just didn't do it for me 2.5


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Photo of newsage
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you look at my reviews you'll see that I'm a big Stout drinker, But there was a time in my younger years when all that touched my lips was a nice boozy Red Ale ( This was before the dayz Of The now popular IPA ) Red Ales where typically the strongest you could find other than hard to find Double bocks and Belgium Ales. This RED ALE KICKS ASS forget the review I'm drinking it!!

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Lost Dog from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.