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Lost Dog - Napa Smith Brewery

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 209
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of GRG1313
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color and a huge malty complex in both aroma and taste. Very froathy and rich looking. Toast, deep caramel, mild fruity notes, and a subtle stride of citrusy American hops give a bit of roundness to this ultimatly malty beer. Rich and full to the mouth, the beer edges toward cloying but remains firmly planted on the malt-dominant side of things. Bready, nutty, and with a long warm linger of toasted malts. Reminds me a lot of Cracker Jacks candies. (465 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, murky burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with an earthy/grassy nose. Some fruitiness with a touch of raisin.

T - Very earthy presence with a nice bitterness. Good biscuity malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was a nice red ale. My first Napa beer and I'd like to try more. (450 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -8%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/12/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, a lot of fruit, some honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit, honey and caramel. Then a pale and bready malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, just a mediocre beer overall but worth drinking for a while. (774 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
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 (665 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan head. Not really red but an honest hue of amber.

Smell is mostly malty with a light amount of hop aroma. Herbal hop with a slight edge of citrus, wood and straw. A mild smelling beer.

Starts out malty with a slight banana flavor. Caramel and vanilla with an aftertaste. Decently bitter with a little nut in the taste. Taste wise this says to my tongue "Bock Beer."

Mouthfeel is average.

Good drinkability so long as you are looking for a Bock Beer flavor and not expecting a hoppy west coast Ale. (542 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange colour, with perhaps just a twinge towards pink to it, with a fizzy-bubbled, but reasonably sturdy head of off-white foam. Body looks a little thin, and there's a lot of big-bubbled, boisterous carbonation going on. Overall, it doesn't look bad, but it doesn't fill me with a huge degree of confidence either.

Grassy hops and carbonic acidity on the nose. Some creamy characters from the malt as well, lending a little vanilla or caramel, which sit nicely with the more gritty hop characters. Overall, the spike of hops upfront is a little odd, given that by the end, it's pretty clear to me this isn't a really hop-driven American Red such as, for example, St. Rogue Red. But it's a pleasant nose nonetheless, just a little confusing.

Palate is slightly more bland, although the confusion is present here as well. Up front there's a light caramel sweetness, tempered, perhaps, with a little hop character, before the bitterness sweeps through the mid, leaving some tannic notes of black tea. On the end, I expected a crisp dry character, but unusually, the sweet notes reprise here, leaving a token dose of vanilla. All of this is subtle, and it does tend to mash together rather untidily. Mouthfeel is quite thin, as was suspected from the pour - and really quite disappointing given the relatively high gravity.

It's not a bad beer, and it has things to offer - but I found it a little difficult to come to terms with, and I wasn't overly enamoured of the interpretation of the style. Still, an interesting beer to try. (1,546 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,735 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber hue with a decent head into my glass. Looks very nice for the style.

A hint of grassy hops and sweet malt greets the nose. Seems balanced but it depends on the taste.

This is a lightly-hopped, sweet red ale. The ABV is slightly higher than a standard but the taste is no less robust.

Carbonation is mild, bordering on wild, at least at the back of the throat.

Definitely for the fan of red ales that attempt to offer more than just blandness. (472 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an above average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it started to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, corn, caramel, light hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer has a sweet flavour consisting of malts, caramel, and corn. There is also a slight amount of hops and a biscuity flavour. It seemed to have a bit of a rusty flavour as well. It finished with a malty corn syrup sweet aftertaste.

Overall - An okay beer that didn't stand out in any way. I wouldn't seek it out again. (653 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of malt, caramel, hops and a little pine.

T: Tasted of caramel, malt, pine, a sugary component, and a hoppy bite. Not the most original of flavors, but it still is a decent flavor.

M: A good amount carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not the greatest of beers, but focused and drinkable. (492 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a significantly lighter color than expected. While I don't really care all that much about color, Napa Smith put "Red Ale" right on the label. Lacing is pretty good. The aroma is a bit yeasty with some biscuit malt and not a lot of hops. The flavor is enjoyable and balanced, if not malt-forward. I prefer hoppy amber/red ales, but this is still an enjoyable beer. There's a fruity, vinous quality to the malt, which is nice. I can't place the hop flavors, but there's still a hint of bitterness in the finish. While Napa Smith has pretty low prices on bombers, it's still a bit sweet to really want a second glass. Since amber/red ales are often extremely drinkable, I'm rating this a bit lower than I would without the style comparison. (753 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (1,091 characters)

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Lost Dog from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.