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Lost Dog - Napa Smith Brewery

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 3
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:
Beer added by: Offa on 04-22-2009

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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 96
Photo of scruffwhor
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass. no freshness dating on the bottle.

A- this beer pours a somewhat hazy but mostly translucent amber colored body with a small off-white colored head on top. the head lasts for a while before falling and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose is semisweet caramel malts. after that comes some light fruity notes of apple and white grapes. theres a little bit of toasted bread in here also. earthy and herbal hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the caramel malts i could smell but never gets overly sweet. toasted bread somes next. the light fruits i could smell (apple and white grape) come through faintly. mostly earthy and herbal hops at the end with a little bit of herbal hops. well balanced.

M- a solid medium body here with ample carbonation. a little warming from the alcohol.

D- an interesting beer from a rather unknown brewery. at $4.99 a bottle, this is a pretty solid dead. i can see myself trying this one again. excellent balance with this one.

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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 droomyster
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper with a white head that sticks and clings to the glass like putty. Aromas are predominantly floral, with notes of citrus and caramel entering the fray. Flavors are more aggressively zesty than I would have imagined, but are less interesting and complex than the nose, and have a sort of cardboard aftertaste that gets old pretty fast. Nice weight and mouthfeel but not one that I would recommend.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Stro23m
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of this to try...

I love it, very hoppy and clean flavor to it.

Its like an ipa but could be hoppier. although im partial to beers with 80+ ibu's.

you can really taste and feel the alcohol in this beer at 7.2%.

Overall i would buy again but there are better options out there and the down side is it comes in 4 packs insted of 6.

Photo of sweethome
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Nice amber color with orange hue. Nice light head, beautiful lace. Nose of sweet malts - just hint of sour. Sweet malts spread out over the palate, then a sourness rolls in. Intended? Is the yeast or an infection?

The beer fills out well. Some nice flavors, but the lingering sour is off putting. It is not overpowering, but present.

I will see if similar on the IPA. They are selling this in 4 packs in Chicago market for $8.99....better figure out the issues at that price. 4 packs?? For an red ale?

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date. Poured into a Sam Adams fluted glass.
It pours a coppery amber color with a fast-fading off-white head. Some patchy and web lacing.
It smells of wet citrusy hops and fresh bread dough. A little whiff of alcohol is noticed.
A big dose of hops is upfront and in the finish. Citrus, metallic and resinous flavors are all quite potent. A sweet caramel maltiness inches forward. Tart berries and a gin-like alcoholic bite poke through.
It's a well-rounded brew with a fairly rich body.
Think spicy Jambalaya, hot wings or crispy pepperoni pizza.

Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 tehawful
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Napa Smith Lost Dog pours a slightly hazy copper color with little to no head and visible carbonation. Carries a fresh aroma of sweet malt and floral hops with a touch of spice.

Starts off with a sweet caramelized malt taste. A mix of interesting spices kicks in mid-sip and transitions to a somewhat bitter but enjoyable hop finish. A crisp taste throughout the experience in which the malt and hops balance fairly well. A medium-light bodied ale with carbonation that complements the style.

Lost Dog was much more interesting than I had anticipated, and I would definitely introduce it into my regular rotation. The flavors are interesting enough to keep your attention, and the body is crisp and light enough to enjoy a couple in a row.

Photo of LordHammer
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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 bobhits
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Brent
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've grown accustomed to American Ambers shooting for the hoppy side, crowding toward the American Pale Ale realm. This beer is content to settle back and let the malt do the work. A bit on the sweet side, with caramel notes predominant. Moderate bittering toward the end pulls the beer short of cloying.

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.

Photo of ezec
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to a chalice.

Look is a hazy reddish amber with an almost thin head that leaves decent lacing before thinning out but not disappearing. Head is just a shade off-white in the amber blond direction.

Smells faintly of dried apricots at first, followed by a yeasty maltness with hints of pine.

Taste delivers the same with IBU's in the upper 30's whose bitterness lingers until the next taste...

Hops leave the mouth a little sticky, otherwise silky, smooth but not thin.

This is a drinkable beer. Too pertinent to drink quickly yet keeps calling one to take another sip.

Photo of BeerMePlze
4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer at a buddy's place, never heard of it, and I was thirsty.

Very impressed, a beautiful amber/reddish hue and great malt aroma. Smells a little sweet, not too overpowering though, a very pleasant balance. Tastes somewhat fruity with just the right amount of hop backbone. A little bit of toasted nut flavor as well.

Pretty easy drinking, not too heavy... and extremely sessionable for the ABV of 7.2%.

All in all i was very pleased with this find!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of berley31
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a moderate-large, off-white head that seemed quite foamy.. settled into a thin film. Body is a copper color with some haziness to it.

S: Moderate malty sweetness seems to be a little TOO sweet; there's some citrusy hops attempting to balance, but the cloying aroma wins.

T: Malty, fruity sweetness with some mild citrus hop flavor, and a medium-bitterness in the finish. For a beer that claims to be a West Coast Red ale, there should probably be more hops here.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium-light carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, and quite easy drinking for the ABV. However, it seems more like a standard American Amber, NOT the West Coast style Red it claims to be.

Photo of Gouxman
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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 velmalikevelvet
2.43/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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 JBogan
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a small head which recedes quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt, with a slight hoppy presence as well.

The taste was also mostly of caramel malt, but with a slightly bitter finish. Only the smallest hint of the alcohol is found, also in the finish.

The mouthfeel is extremely slick and slippery, although somewhat watered down. Carbonation was on the low side.

This is a fairly drinkable red ale, and one which I'd consider having again.

Photo of bump8628
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
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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Lost Dog from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.