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Lost Dog - Napa Smith Brewery

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Offa on 04-22-2009)
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - red, almost a coppery color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - fairly hoppy, but mixed with a pretty strong malt smell as well. Fairly sweet smelling in general.

Taste and Mouthfeel - musky, malty, and hoppy in general. A fair and interesting mix of the three. It's bitter from the hops in the beginning, but sweetens out toward the finish. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, and fairly good-tasting in general. Not terribly interesting in taste, but not dull or boring either.

Nerudamann, Aug 31, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a beautiful deep copper in color with a luscious, off-white head that left good lacing.

Smell - The malts are light and grainy at the nose but in a very good way. Usually I wretch at the smell of grainy ARAs but here NS obviously used some quality ingredients that kept the smell going. The hops notes are light and green which is to be expected from this brewery that tends not to try to overdue the hops.

Taste - Boy does this beer come alive at the taste. The malts are big and rich with a wonderful hearty base and some nice sweets to boot. I'm getting some soft cherry notes along with maybe apricot or some other form of sweetish non-citrus flavor and even a bit of spicing. The hops are still very floral but again much bigger at the taste. This flavor profile is very crisp and clean, original, and definitive of the style.

Mouthfeel - This is almost full-bodied in the mouth with some endive-like bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability - This is a very well-crafted brew that excels at its simplicity. It is rightly balanced and definitely worth a look.

RoyalT, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Shakerman
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Shakerman, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of mikechance
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

In Orlando, FL for a conference this week. I'm stuck with Bud, Coors or a bunch of lagers. I decide to go with the best made craft beer available.

It has a nice malty smell and an attractive hazy autumn color. It has a grainy texture to it I kind of like because it's unique. It taste decent at the beginning, but I find it getting skunkier the more I drink of it. I'm near the end of my second bottle and it's hard to finish. I'm going to need to do something to get rid of the harsh after taste.

The hotel I'm at is charging $8 per bottle! After dropping a quick $18 for two bottles I really wish I could find a local beer store. I wanted to like this beer, but it just doesn't work for me.

mikechance, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of merlin48
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear coppery amber with a small beige head that drops into some patchy lacing.

Aroma is mostly malty caramel, with hints of ripe red apple and spicy hops.

Nicely carbonated, with a body that begins light medium and thins considerably as it warms.

Taste has a lot of caramel sweetness. Spicy and floral hop bitterness balances well. Finishes with a lasting earthiness.

An okay American amber but not exciting.

merlin48, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

aquazr1, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +17.6%

reitzbrewing, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of JC333
3/5  rDev -11.8%

JC333, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of BrianParsons
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

BrianParsons, May 16, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 15, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of floral hops. Also present are mild amounts of more earthy hop aromas that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Somewhat muddled caramel malt flavors kick things off. Joining in midway through the sip are solid amounts of earthy and somewhat leafy hop flavors that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall there wasn't a whole lot to get excited about in this beer. Nothing bad but nothing making it worth seeking out.

glid02, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasing looking beer with a big light brown to tan head the slowly settles in a pretty decent lacing above a clear caramel amber colored beer with a reddish tint to it.

A warming earthy to almost burnt light caramel aroma, that has light hints of other spices or hops trying to peak through.

The taste is very comparable to the aroma, warming earthy toasted caramel malt taste, with more slight tastes coming through; such as slight spices, a very light bitter hops, light grains, and probably more.

A medium bodied beer with a light dry aftertaste that has some pretty interesting things going on, you should check out the Lost Dog.

LXIXME, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lost dog is a luscious red colored beer almost the ruddy color of a lambic. The head is tan and sudsy but soon fades to meet the clear liquid.

The nose consists mostly of sweet, lightly toasted grains. Smooth and subdued but still very present. It smells clean and fresh and although it isn't amazing it still makes me want to get up in there.

Wow there are layers to this one. The initial draw into your mouth floods the palate with a sweet rich malt. Hooray! Unfortunately as the layers reveal themselves the beer awesomeness is replaced by a funky almost chemical taste. Think cheap over processed tea sweetened with the fakest powder claiming to be a sugar substitute. Quite the slide.

Mouthfeel like the taste has layers, some good and some piss poor. The bitterness of this one is jarring and not a good feeling but the carbonation is pleasant as is the firm malt chewy aftertaste. At least the lingering flavor it leaves you with is highly bearable. This beer starts and ends great... too bad the middle almost ruins the whole package.

jbphoto88, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Arherring
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Arherring, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -11.8%

JMS1512, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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...

dacrza1, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

GilGarp, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of LordHammer
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Clear red, edging towards orange. Carbonation is light, aggressive pour produced a big, rocky head, but not a ton of lacing.

S: Malt, malt, and more malt. A tiny tinge of roasted grain, but mostly caramel/sugary flavors. Definitely seems like it's going to be sweet.

T: Crisp, bit of lightly roasted grain up front, then a big shot of sweetness and a bit of alcohol. The tiniest hint of hops at the end provide some relief from the sweetness, so the finish is slightly crisp. This is really edging into the territory of an old ale, flavor wise, with the sweetness.

M: Lightly carbed, fairly heavy mouthfeel that thins out as it warms to room temperature. Flavor/texture combination is vaguely syrupy.

D: Finished the bottle, but I can't say I'd have gone for a second portion if the bottle hadn't been so large. Nothing impressive or balanced here.

LordHammer, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

dertyd, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pumpkin-hued amber with a nice fluffy white head.

Smells of fresh grain, some figs, and a hint of pine.

The taste is quite a bit less hoppy than the nose leads me to believe. Smooth, lightly roasted drain, figs, and a bit of pine resin in the finish. Very nice.

The feel is velvety and well-balanced.

Overall, I'm quite pleased. This is a good standard amber, yet I would have liked a little more hops.

RomaniIteDomum, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gusher, WTF?? pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of tan head. Murks up a bit a the bottom of the bottle. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Bready & apricot notes

T: Follows the nose, slight grainy & astrigent notes up front. More fruittyness(pears & apricot) & astringency as this warms, plus leafy hops. Finishes with too much astringency, leafy hops & fruittyness, really started falling aprt at the end of the bottle...

MF: Medium bodied, prickly carbonation & okay balance

This one was slow drinker, either slightly infected, old ( no dating at all) or just a bad mish-mash of ingredients. I've yet to really like anything from this brewery

russpowell, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: the best part of this brew in my opinion. A deep, caramel, copper color with about a one finger tan head.
S: surprisingly sweet and bready with a hint of pine and citrus peeking through. Expected a much more floral aroma after reading the label.
T: again more sweet malt..dare I say almost too much for the style. The hops come through at the back but it's not proportioned, which leads to a bittersweet taste.
M: nothing special here, decently carbonated with a finish that hangs a bit, unsatisfyingly I might add.
O: not a bad beer beer, but it seems more like a skunked bock than a well balanced amber. I'd be okay with just one.

Infamous7100, May 10, 2011
Photo of poopsmitherson
4/5  rDev +17.6%

poopsmitherson, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of mikalveli
2/5  rDev -41.2%

mikalveli, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Jul 01, 2012
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Lost Dog from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.