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Lost Coast Pale Ale - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Pale AleLost Coast Pale Ale

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 08-05-2002)
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Reviews by AlexanderSelby:
Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sunshine golden, Pilsner-like appearance and big, bubbly head. Only a slight orange juice haze, but mostly clean and clear. Smells of fresh, earthy hops with a hint of banana. Tastes bitter-sweet, not in the metaphorical sense, but literally. The bittering hops take the front-end pretty strongly, as a good West Coast pale ale should, but there is a unique sweetness toward the finish. The hops begin the flavor palate with notes of sour citrus, like lemon zest, but then the malts give off orange-flavoring character, like a good, not over-sweet, orange soda and even a touch of banana.

I was pleasantly surprised by this brew in a number of ways: it's earthy hop aroma up against it's pilsner-like appearance and the sweet, soft, not dry at all finish. And I am completely satisfied. At a certain point it simply comes down to preference, because this is a fine and rather unique pale ale, I am just not the biggest fan of the flavor choice.

AlexanderSelby, Feb 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange/copper color with medium head,smell was very floral with some hrb in there as well.Would have liked a little more malt balance to this but had nice hop carachter to it very grassy and citruisy.Not a bad pale ale,but expected a little more from this brewery.

oberon, May 09, 2003
Photo of warriorsoul
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Whole Foods while visiting family in Apex, NC...
Pours a golden copper color...with a full finger and a half of bright white head w/ very minimal lacing.
Aroma is grassy w/ a slight hop profile...some sweet malt accompanying the scent.
Taste is pretty decent for the style....less sweet than what the nose was projecting and the hops are very mellow. Nothing standing out here...just an average Pale Ale IMO.
I was expecting a bit more hops after having their IPA and come away quite disappointed.
Mouthfeel is quite thin, but the carbonation is nice...drinkability is ok, but I would be begging for something w/ a bit more to offer after this bomber...an ok beer for the style, but I would prefer the many other fine offering from Lost Coast.

warriorsoul, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear honey color with a tightly-fizzing white head. Good job of lacing the glass. Aromas were different than expected. Very corn-like, with a little bit of citrus and some malty sweetness. Taste was also not too pleasing. Had a very "lager"-like flavor. Hops are there, but not in the volume expected. Slightly bitter aftertaste, but mostly dominated by a macro-ish, almost metallic flavor. Some unpleasant flavors peek through near the end. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Drinkability is average. Nothing too special about this beer. I wish I would have purchased the 12oz instead of the 22oz size.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass.

A - Clear golden with good light penetration, one finger white head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention.

S - Light scent of grapefruit and pine hop notes, with malt and caramel.

T - Follows the smell and is a bit spicy with coriander on the front palate.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - Slightly above average pale ale, I'd get it again, but not their best.

williamjbauer, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper tone with a nice off white decently sized head leaves behind large rings of lacing can't complain at all. Oh yeah, bottling date another from the batch in January 98, 99, 00, 01, or 02. Aroma: Biscuit malt, blended with some grassy notes and a bit of a solid floral / citrus based hop aroma just a bit tame maybe due to the aging but who knows, either way not bad. Taste: Definitely carrying some softer undertones of fruit here dancing along my tastebuds as well as a cleansing bitterness nice balance but once again a bit mild for the brew in my opinion. Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation it's a medium bodied pale ale not bad. Drinkability: Wise not feeling it doesn't taste old just lacking a few levels of flavor and depth that I wish were here, and it's not as smooth going down as I was hoping this 22oz. helping could be.

WVbeergeek, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of Surefire
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little more enjoyable than the Indica Pale Ale.

A: Unfiltered, lots of stuff floating around.

S: Spicy hops, carmel malt

T: Malt and hops nicely balanced, slightly more hoppy than malty

M: Thin for the style.

D: A little too hoppy for great drinkability, but enough malts to make it enjoyable in moderate amounts.

Surefire, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap@Lost Coast. Classic lychee, grapefruit, nice soft, well balanced and easy drinkable. A well crafted easily drinkable American Pale Ale, everything about it was pleasant. I could have sat down and drank a couple of pints of this easy, very nice indeed.

rastaman, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of rocky eggshell white head. Slight hazing as the bottom the bottle is poured, plus the color skew towards bronze;is this bottle conditioned?? Good lacing & head retention

S: Doughyness, honey & lemony hops. I get get tobacco-like hops once fairly warm. T: Doughy, with lemon & piney hops up front. I get honey malt as this warms, a touch of leafy hops is there as well, along with a slight touch of butterscotch. (Not detracting at all). The warmer this gets the more the leafy & lemon hops take over. Finishes with some fruittyness (apricot, passion fruit & pineapple) & a bit of leafy hops & somewhat dry

MF: Medium bodied, somewhat soft mouthfeel & pretty damn good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not the most well put together APA, but easily sessionable. A APA for those seeking balance, sometimes a curse word to hop heads

russpowell, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of jackndan
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast Pale Ale: In a 22 oz bomber. Although it has dates on the sides, it was not notched, and thus this brew may have been sitting around for awhile, which may explain its lack of pizzazz. It poured a slightly hazy amber, with a fairly nice rocky head; nice Belgian lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was a bit musty, a mix of floral hops and burlap. The taste was smooth, with flowery hops, and some biscuit malts that balanced nicely, but the taste was not really engaging. Not a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but a decent pale ale that perhaps sat a couple of more months than it should have.

jackndan, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-light apple clear juice color with a white minimal head that dissipated before I could finish this sentence. Had some definite carb action.

Moderate toasted caramel malt smell with some resin and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately sweet and lightly bitter toasted caramel malt taste with some resin and grapefruit hops.

Light bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth finish.

This tasted better in the bottle than it did at the Brewpub, probably cause it was served colder and the glasses may make a difference plus I had a sampler and thought that most of their light beers had a similar taste.

Troyone, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of hotstuff
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another APA that was way too hoppy for this beer drinker. It poured a small sized white creamy head that contained fine sized bubbles that completely dissipated. The body was clear with carbonation and the hue was gold. The nose was malty, hoppy, sweet with a bitter, hoppy taste to it that had a fore and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was tingly and medium bodied with a fair amount of lacing.

hotstuff, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +40.4%

CEDAMA, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of DrunkenMonk
3/5  rDev -15.7%

DrunkenMonk, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a slightly hazy deep cooper color with a Bunyanesque light tan head that is creamy in texture, after it slowly eroded the lace left behind formed a tight skirt upon the glass. Nose has hints of cotton candy, malt and a touch of the hop flowers; quite a nice sniff with the start somewhat sweet and the malt plentiful, top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is sturdy in its acidity, the hops delectable in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, a nice drinking Pale Ale, and another fine beer from an excellent brewery.

Gusler, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of chrisrhoppe
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw like golden color with compact head but little to no lacing. Smells like wet sticky herbal hops with the same bready yeast aroma you'd find in a hefeweizen. The initial mouth feel is the saving grace of this beer. Crisp piney hops bite the tongue but the fade to a thin paper/cardboard feeling.

Overall this is not a great Pale Ale but will do. I'll drink it again if it's my only option for a pale ale on a hot afternoon in San Juan.

chrisrhoppe, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Murchmac
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One finger foam head, golden yellow. Like a foamy twinkie

Some sweet malts, some hops? I cant smell anything really

Pale malts, very thin body. Calista flockhart thin.

Macro aftertaste. Not good.

This brewery makes some good beers, this is not one of them.

Murchmac, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden brew.

Smell is sweet and malty with a sharp Cascade hops smell.

Taste is sweet with the Grapefruit Cascade hops keeping the sweetness in check. Nice but not a complex brew. An IPA little brother.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice drinkable West Coast ale.

Zorro, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of neonbrown82
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent pale ale. Nothing special, but then again it's just a regular pale ale. Pours to a clear golden color with a nice sparkling carbonation. A pillowy white head forms with a nice retention and a washy lacing. Looks excellent, just as a pale should.

The smell is of sweet caramel malt with some spicy, floral, juicy hops. A tad bit metallic, however. Good, but the metallic flavor is a little off-putting for me.

The taste is similar to the nose. Good at first, but makes too heavy use of caramel malts. Has a slight metallic twang to the finish, accompanied by a decent spicy bitterness. The hop flavor seems a bit muted, though the bitterness is definitely there. Would be much better with less caramel malt and slightly more emphasis on late addition hops. As it is, it makes a decent pale ale, but it could easily go above and beyond. I probably won't have it again, though I am not disappointed in having spent roughly $5 on the bomber.

neonbrown82, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Mark
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lager like gold with a rich foamy white head. Aroma was a little weak, malt was dominant. Very smooth but uninteresting taste to this ale. I could have been drinking a lager beer it seemed. Drinkability decent if your in the mood for downing a few without caring about complexity etc. A bit of a letdown and was not up to the fantastic dinner my mom fed us this evening.

Mark, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the golden amber brew. Head fades to half height above surface of brew, and laces nicely. Aroma is sparse and somewhat generic, lightly hoppy if anything. Taste continues where the nose left off, balanced, tending towards the hops a tad with some light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, and drinkability is very nice. Reasonable representation of the style.

ppoitras, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of TheFrothDoctor
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

A vibrant looking beer with tremendous art work on the label.
This Pale Ale had The Froth Doctor excited. Poured a golden amber colour with a small creamy white head. The aroma I got from this was insane, explosions of grapefruit, pine, peach and freshly cut grass flooded my senses.
The carbonation was medium, the initial taste was bold bursts of grapefruit and lemon that backed off into a smooth toffee caramel finish. 3 different versions of hops are added to give this brew a multi dimensional flavour profile of all things good in a pale ale. This includes fruit, pine and spice that bounce up and down between bitter & sweet.

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TheFrothDoctor, Yesterday at 04:54 AM
Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with a decent off-white head and very active carbonation which leaves full sheets of lace. Nice light citrusy hop aroma. Nicely balanced beer with a bit more citrust hop character than malt character. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a lightly bitter dry finish.

A solid example of an APA without being overdone.

Per LCB website: 5.2% ABV. Munich malts. Chinook and Cascade hops.

'06' embossed on bottom
Tasted: 09/15/06

($3.49 / 22 oz.)

RBorsato, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of JackDempsy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

JackDempsy, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of dbalsock
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good pale ale... it has a nicely balanced taste between the malts and the hops, but the mouthfeel seems a little week on the malt side. It's thin and not quite fulfilling enough. It looks golden in the glass with a small white head. Overall I could definitely go for a session of it, and will gladly have it again if I want a refreshing pale ale.

dbalsock, Feb 10, 2008
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Lost Coast Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.