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Lost Dog - Napa Smith Brewery

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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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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 211
Photo of bobhits
2.23/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Crisp clear red body, minimal carbonation, some lacing though. Not much going on in the glass either. Looks like a big red ale but nothing to look at.

A fruity deep malt dominates the nose here. Fruity bready with some hops to finish the aroma off. Almost has a poorly dry hopped aroma or I've just had too many dry hopped red's. Either way the nose is weak and not strong enough imo.

A super deep strong malty beer. I'm used to reds being a touch more on the hoppy side, but this beer uses hops just as a citrus finish to give it a touch of bite, but not allowing them to over power. Bready, marginally toasted and a lot of caramel malt just dominates this beer.

Very heavy beer in the mouth but the carbonation works well to limit the effects. It is still far too thick for a 7% red ale.

The mouth feel and the alcohol really just make this beer hard to drink. What should be a wonderful beer to have 2-3 of turns into a beer that I'm struggling to have one of.

Too much malt. If you're into that then this might work. For me overly malt beers feel heavy and are just hard to drink.

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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 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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Pours a one finger tan head with low stick and decent retention. Hazy red-brown body.

Smell - Vinegar. Cherries. Dry musky hop.

Taste - Metallic. Acidic. Really dry. Musky hop.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Dry. Light bodied. Head offers minimal texture.

Overall Drinkability - Not something I ever plan on revisiting.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.

Slightly cloudy burnt orange color, with a small head that disappeared almost immediately leaving little evidence behind. Somewhat unpleasant yeasty smell right off the bat, followed by fruit scent. Taste is mild, more Amber than Red, with an overly fruity flavor. In the mouth it has a slightly 'soapy' texture, thin & watery and only lightly carbonated.

For me, not something I'd drink again; but might appeal to those that like their Reds on the light & fruity side.

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Photo of MrConnor
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured.. wait for it... red! Reddish/copper hue with decent head- smells malty on the nose immediately with a little bit of hops.

Hops that i smelled on the nose disappear quickly as this beer comes on really strong with sticky, sweet malty flavors. At 7.2%, this beer drinks pretty boozy.

A red ale is just a red ale in my opinion. Not the best style but to begin with, and this brand doesn't do anything special to set itself apart from the rest.

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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 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.

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Photo of beagle75
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at the Yard House in Irvine.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very mild estery mixed fruit that smells like a diluted fruit punch, occasionally yielding something unpleasant that is akin to stomach acid.

T: Begins sweet, with estery toffee and faint roasted grain. Flavors turn earthy and also dry out a little in the middle, though still not able to shake the cloying impression of sweet fruit. The finish is mild and tea-like, with the most well-integrated flavors of the entire experience.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, mostly wet on the palate with some syrupy stickiness, and with low carbonation.

D: What a surprising recent addition to the rather static beer menu at the local Yard House; even so, this beer doesn't do a whole lot to further Napa Smith's level of brand recognition with the general public (or anyone, really.) It has a few elements that are interesting and important to the English pale ale style, but the combination here is discordant and a little hard to drink.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ceep copper hue with a few slow moving bubbles. The head is about two fingers after the pour, and leaves a nice thick film of foam and some glass stickage for all twelve ounces.

Some soft biscuit and caramel malt aromas with a mostly bitter and musty smelling citric hop overtone.

The taste has some more pronounced biscuit flavors than what could be sniffed. The hops add a hard water, musty leather, and borderline moldy orange flavor. Veyr earthy, but a bit to close to moldy earth flavors for me.

The mouthfeel is a grainy upfront, and syrupy on the finish. Once this beer warms up, the mold and must flavors become more pronounced.

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Photo of Offa
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is a decent stronger "red" ale, somewhat like a stronger version of the Amber Ale. Ironically, although this is called "red," it is less red and more golden-amber in colour than the so-called "Amber" Ale.

Amber - golden-copper - it has a medium off-white head, slowly shrinking to wisps and a thin ring, and leaving a weak bit of lace.

The aroma is musty, very perfumy and a bit odd, very much like the Amber Ale. It has very perfumy pine and strong dust with a strong raisin quality and alcohol plus faint hints of pineapple and grapefruit. There are some good elements, but these are subdued and rather thin while the strongly perfumy-piney-dusty smell is off-putting a bit.

The taste is similar, with pine, toasted caramelly grain, raisins, hints of lemon zest, orange zest hint. It's fairly balanced with caramelly-malty sweetness and citrusy-piney hops but tends a little to the sweet side. It has a fairly full, slightly oily feel. However, it is rather one-dimensional, the character fades fast at the finish, becoming thinner in character and feel and with the odd smell making itself more noticeable. Like the amber ale, it's also rather heavy in character. This slightly sweet heaviness, combined with the rather thin, bland and uninteresting character and the odd, musty aroma, make it a bit hard to drink although it's more drinkable than the amber.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a murky red color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and not much else. It is very airy. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of some mild floral notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied low carbonation, and an annoying cloying texture. Overall, this is a beer I will pass on in the future.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Cresant
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was clear amber. The head was off white and left no lacing.

The smell was nutty and metallic. Cherry cough drops.

The taste was sweet malts and fruity. Kinda simple and rather bland.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. There was a modest prickle from the sharp carbonation. so-so.

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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 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.

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Photo of bump8628
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lost Dog starts off as an average Amber Ale, but quickly loses its luster. Caramel and toffee notes form the backbone, albeit a weak one. Spicy hops accent the malt here and there, but leave an astrigent bitterness that doesn't fit within the profile of the rest of the beer. Fruitiness from yeast is also abundant and becomes a bit overwhelming at times. It becomes a bit tough to drink as it becomes increasingly cloyingly sweet, which combined with the fruitness and slightly unpleasant hop character makes this a one-time buy for me.

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Photo of July2Nov
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light reddish-orange with a thin head that doesn't retain.

Smell: Has a bunch of buttery biscuit smell to it. Sweetness on the end of the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet buttery tasting with a slight burnt grittiness to it. Has an acidic off flavor of hops at the end. Smooth at first, but then heats up with the alcohol. Leaves the mouth with a "chewy" numbness.

Drinkability: While I've only had one other beer from this company (The Organic IPA...which was really good), I was a little disappointed with this beer. It's neither a great beer, nor a bad one....just sort of there, and I need more than that. Try and decide.

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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 obrike
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single at HEB in Round Rock.

Liked the pour...kind of a rust/dark orange color. Solid head, leaving behind plenty of lace.

Well, like I said, at least the look was good. I'm getting a good amount of "ajunct" smell in this one...maybe a deeper bit of sweet malt, but that's about it.

Yep, unfortunately, taste follows scent. Not a lot going on with this one. Even a bit of a sour take on the backend, kinda brings the mouthfeel down a bit as well.

Not one to recommend I'm afraid. Was hoping for a kickbutt Red; this is not it.

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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 david131
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice orange liquid with some red highlights. It is ever so slightly hazed and there is a thin but creamy bone white head.

S- Citrus rind and a bit of caramel. Pretty basic but not bad.

T- Some citrus and caramel. Not much else going on other than a bit of noticeable alcohol presence.

M- The carbonation is nice but the lingering bitterness and alcohol presence is a bit distracting.

O- Not very interesting, but it is a fine beer. For the style this is about average.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.09 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an amber-hued body with a smallish, short-lived, off-white head.

Smell: Modestly toasted biscuits and grainy bread with sweetish toffee and caramel and a lesser hint of marzipan. Orange-scented hops just ahead of the other fruity esters. Lightly herbal, floral notes noted as well.

Taste: Bready, biscuity maltiness (more so the biscuits) dressed with a bit of almond sugar and a nutty, toasty caramel sweetness. Slight fruity accents of dried apricots and non-dried cherries. Orangey, herbaceous hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Vague distant mustiness, was the wayward dog last spotted in the vicinity of the brew kettle. Some citric acidity approaching and on the citrusy, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: So far the Napa Smith lineup is just falling a bit flat with me. No reward posters will be put up around town for this lost dog.

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