Lost Dog - Napa Smith Brewery

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Offa on 04-22-2009

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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of mikechance
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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...

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!

Photo of LordHammer
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of Infamous7100
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A medium/dark copper clear copper with a thin white head.

Belgian candi sugar nose. Sweet carmel/cotton candy nose.

Mouthfeel is actually pleasant with a "half and half" creaminess to it.

Unfortunately, while it feels nice in your mouth there is "not much there." Non-descript light flavors; thin, weak unassertive flavors/character. Perhaps some light malt, a bit of sour unbalanced fruit.

Has a nice bitter finish that then goes to the sourish fruit. Beer is "so-so;"

Very classy label on the bottle however, if you go for that sort of thing.

Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-Clear deep red, one of its finest attributes; one finger head, dissipates and leaves no lacing

S-Grain, caramel, toffee

T-Heavy grain taste with equally heavy caramel/toffee notes, some sweetness at the finish and perhaps mild apple

M-Smooth, velvet, light bubbles

O-Not a favorite among red ales. I thought it was too heavy on the caramel/toffee flavors. Strangely, this beer kind of reminded me of some bocks I've had more than it reminded me of other red ales.

Photo of puboflyons
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on June 3, 2011. The pour was a hazy reddish-amber with a little bit of a head that did not last long. The aroma packs a powerful hoppy wallop along with a biscuit-breadlike blandness. The body was in the medium range. While the hops were more noticeable in the aroma, the sweetness kicked in first in the taste but it was followed by a strong hoppiness. It really did not blow me away and did not strike me as the typical red.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-orange coloring with a fair clarity shows a uniform rise of micro-effervesce bubbles. The head is mia, never really forming, only when agitated with a swirl or two which showed a dark tan, almost parchment coloring. Lacing is minimal with a few squiggly lines at best adoring the glass.

S: Dare I say the aroma reminds me a bit of lemon pledge furniture polish? Musty lemons are prominent, with wet pine and a light reminder of alcohol brining up the rear. Slight hint at malt tones, toasty and sweet come through as well.

T: Tastes like an English pale, but with sour American citrus hops. The malting is doughy, biscuity, with a bit munich grains adding a bit of sweet and dry flavor to the mix, while the hops have a bit of a sour twang of citrus to them, not sure if intentional or just musty hops. The sour musty citrus twang is most evident on the swallow. The malting I liked, the level of hops was good for an red, albeit a bit strange of musty sour citrus which I particularly didn’t care for. Fruity notes of malty dry apple skins are a final impression. The alcohol becomes apparent upon warming adding a warm, spicy touch to the mix.

M: creamy smooth and malty. Slippery on the tongue, with a quiet state of effervesce.

O: A bit more flavor then your average red, and I had some boring and mundane examples in my time that were a safe play. Hopping is a bit strange for my personal liking, but the malting is fulfilling and does get easier to drink. Would make for a good fall beer, malty with musty citrus hops perfect for the wooded cabin setting. The brewery claims they make their beers to pair well with foods, my first guess would be fish or Chinese chicken because of the sour lemony twang it has.

Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours clear reddish copper with a 1+ finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of caramel malts and floral hops

tasteis close to the nose sweet caramel malts with just enough bitter floral hops

mouthfeel is ok - medium body lower carbonation then i would like - very smooth

drinkability is good - i dont normally like ambers and this beer was enjoyable all 22oz

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.

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

Pours a clear amber red with an off white lacing.

Aroma mostly consists of caramel malts with a touch of earthy hops.

The toasty, caramel malt flavor dominates the flavor while a slight floral hop bitterness helps round out the finish.

The mouthfeel is about average for an Amber. The beer is drinkable, just not very exciting. The 7.2% above does help out, but still nothing to write home about. A very one dimensional brew. A stronger hop bitterness would do this beer some good.

Photo of Geoffq
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice beer little strong reddish color

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).

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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Lost Dog from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.