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Lost Dog - Napa Smith Brewery

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96 Reviews
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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 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.

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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 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 avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Around a finger if eggshell white foam, flat and consistent surface, a few larger bubbles here or there, simmers down to the surface steadily but in no rush, thin and wispy lacing splatters the glass sides randomly. The liquid is a foggy blend of equal parts brown, red and orange, sort of like clay silt, dark enough to fend off any hue difference at the rims and such. Sweet nose emphasizing molasses, caramelized brown sugar, pine, taffy, violets and a moderate amount of apple, pear, peach fruit, the hops add a stiffening to its posture in the nostrils but few distinctly bitter scents, ends with some soda bread to scone accents. Full-bodied, as the carbonation strives to achieve a fine edge, it comes across as heavy, if not at times leaden. Floral breeze, light orange zest and mocha to cocoa lend a layer of foundation, yet this doesn't quite create the overall sweet impression made by the nose. Conversely, though, it's not like the hops make any big charge into the mouth, this beer stays squarely in the middle middle ground of things. Pine, freshly baked white bread, tonic water and minerals arguably lend the biggest charge through the finish. If you don't mind chewing some, you could put a few down in a sitting, otherwise a fairly enjoyable one-and-done scenario.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Equal parts amber and red. Thin buttermilk head disappates quickly. Faint suggestions of lacing.
S- I'm getting predominantly vanilla. Some fruity aromas as well. Malty, with just a hint of hops.
T- It has nice malty flavor but lacks much depth in the maltyness. Earthy, with some caramel, and definite vanilla. Nice flavor but it all feels a bit light.
M- As mentioned, it lacks depth, particularly in body. Decent carbonation level, but perhaps a bit fizzy and not as smooth as I'd like.
O- A mediocre red ale. Not as rich or well rounded as I would like. Pretty much just vanilla and malt, without as rich of a body as the style would dictate. This beer seems like it's on the right track but it is a bit of a Lost Dog.

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Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 0z bomber poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is amber with a beige head. It has a slight chill haze and some spider webs of lace.

I like the piney & grainy nose.

This is a hop forward red but there are plenty of malts. Pine, caramel, fresh bagels and some latent fruit. It is balanced with a bit of alcohol heat midglass.

The mouth is slightly astringent and a touch oily. My first beer from this brewery and I would have it again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle of this beer poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a clear amber hue with eggshell white head of 1 cm foaming quickly to a wispy edge layer.

Aroma is caramel malt and I pick up white grapes, does the label make me imagine this scent? I also get some grassy hops to balance the nose.

The first sip reveals an average body with fine gentle carbonation. The flavor is as expected, some caramel malt with a bit of fruitiness that rolls to a grassy plant like hop bite that actually dries out my palate pretty significantly at the end of each sip.
No real ABV hits and the beer is pretty drinkable, not a remarkable beer, but no flaws and good enough to enjoy this evening.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An adequate if unspectacular red ale.

Pours a deep copper with a mediocre head. The aroma is extremely sharp and grainy, with a little hop on the end. The flavor is surprisingly grainy, like a mouthful of spent grains, with some overripe floral hops that come through, with a blast of citric sourness, and a lingering hint of wood on the finish. The beer finishes more sour than bitter, but not unpleasantly. The mouthfeel is round and a little flat - I wish there were a bit more carbonation in this beer, though not too much or it would overly accentuate the sour edge.

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Photo of gatornation
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap

A- pours a reddish copper color with an off-white head that was fresh looking with a nice collar

S- was bread and malt and slight hop all faint

T- was bread and malt and slight hop all faint

M- was fizzy and crisp but watered down

D- not alot of taste in this one it would be one to have with some chips and salsa or at a baseball game on a warm summer day

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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 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 donteatpoop
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber-red color witha nice cap of antique-white foam.

The smell was caramel malts, biscuits, and sweet grass.

The taste is a mixture of fruits, carmel malts, and a bready yeast taste.

Thick of body, goes down smooth enough. Not a bad beer at all, certainly worth drinking again.

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Photo of tapman
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is indeed a dark red, almost blood-like in its darkness, with an 'as big as you want it' head of umber, rocky foam. Yeast in the bottom may be the reason why you can't see through this brew, or maybe because the color is so deep. I think the yeast.

A decent malt nose, a little cardboard and a little Lithuanian rye bread, and a small, almost sour aroma. From the hops?

Hmmm, definitely tastes like a little sourness got in there. This may be the hops that they use. Are they using something like Sorachi Ace? A hybrid thereof? Hard to tell, but the sourness does not stay after the finish so I don't think that it is an infection. Besides that I get cardboard again and a general woodiness with some brown malt coming out in the finish.

Chewy up front and dry in the back.

Interesting how this one tastes sour. Anybody else getting this? Not even that bad a taste, just weird.

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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 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 jwinship83
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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

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Photo of droomyster
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Stro23m
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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?

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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

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