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Lost Dog - Napa Smith Brewery

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of tehawful
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

tehawful, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of LordHammer
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

LordHammer, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of bobhits
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

bobhits, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of merlin48
3.58/5  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.

merlin48, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +18%
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.

Brent, Oct 06, 2010
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.

glid02, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of ezec
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

ezec, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of BeerMePlze
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
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!

BeerMePlze, Sep 24, 2010
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of berley31
3.25/5  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.

berley31, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Gouxman
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Gouxman, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of velmalikevelvet
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

velmalikevelvet, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +15%
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 JBogan
3.4/5  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.

JBogan, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of bump8628
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

bump8628, Feb 16, 2010
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.

GRG1313, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Zorro, Nov 10, 2009
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.

popery, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of bradybeer
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a drk copper brown, with pillow of off white head-hops are very present in the aroma. Carbonation is low, which gives this beer a smooth mouthfeel. Initial taste doesn't reflect the hop aroma. Sweet malty finish with little hop bitterness. Drinkability is not too high because the beer is too sweet and is out of balance-needs a little hop bitterness to help the beer be more drinakble.

bradybeer, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Offa
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Offa, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of weaf
4/5  rDev +18%

Nice but a bit strong for a Red.

weaf, Sep 01, 2014
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Lost Dog from Napa Smith Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.