Lost Coast Pale Ale - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Pale AleLost Coast Pale Ale

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 08-05-2002

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Photo of TheFrothDoctor
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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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Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a well rounded pale ale with a great full mouthfeel. Dark orange gold with a nice head the nose screams hops. Some pale ales are skeletal with hops and not much else but this beer is big and balanced. very nice, I wish this was available in BC as I would drink it quite a bit. (281 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.) (477 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  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 (875 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap version. I got this in a pitcher and then poured it into a pint glass so I could see the head as the bartenders always tilt the glass to they can fill it to the brim. It poured a rich orange to amber color that showed beautifully in the light. Head was slightly off-white and foamy, and left minimal lacing. Nose was caramel malts and hops. Palate was smooth and clean. This is not a complex brew but is highly refreshing and easy to drink. Good finish and a pleasure to the last drop. (492 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip glass.

Appears amber colored with a thick off-white head and small, dark yeast particles swirling throughout. Aroma is very hoppy, with spicy, grassy notes prevailing and caramel fragrances on the fringe.

The taste? Wheat and hops a'plenty with some organic grain (barley and rye). Hints of grapefruit here, too. Leaves behind a great hoppy aftertaste, and the feel is smooth and well-carbonated. Bottom line: great taste and complexity for a straight up APA. With so much hops, I'm surprised its not an IPA. Don't sleep on this one. (561 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +13%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours without a head, and that's in one of them fancy new Sam Adams glasses, too. Miller Lite had a head in this glass. Still, it's decent looking.

Smells lightly of crisp west coast hops and crisp caramel malt. Light for an APA and it could use a bit more hop complexity, but it's very nicely balanced.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells: like a solid, template APA. I'm 90% sure the hops are cascade and the malt is just regular old pale malt. The yeast does not make its presence known. Still, wonderfully balanced.

A nice supping beer, this. (556 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late April for $3.49.

Beer poured golden orange with a solid white head that is sustaining well. Nose is hints of light malt and northwest hops. Taste is well balanced between the caramel toffee malts and the floral northwest hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, decently carbonated, and pretty smooth going across the palate. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice pale ale with good flavor and balance. Do not expect a hop bomb, this is a great tailgate session beer with a lot of flavor for a good price. (556 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark golden straw color, big fluffy beige head with good retention and plenty of lacing on the glass

S- dominantly grainy & floraly scents but their was so citrus sweetness aromas sneaking around

T- very hop heavy brew (as seems to be the case with lost coast, just love those hops). Seemed borderline IPA-ish to me. Strong grain flavors that increase as you swallow. Definatly has some bitterness to it, but not as over the top as an IPA. Alcohol flavors are evident as the brew warms.

M- brew has a drying affect because does not completly dry out your mouth. Very interesting tingle feeling, like the hops are attacking your gums or something.

D- maybe a bit too much with the hops for drinkers who like pales but not IPA's. Also, their are better pale ales out there, but these one is a fine one. Hope to enjoy this one again soon. (850 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hoppy ale with decent rich flavors.

A regular beery lager looking glassful. Fairly robust in flavors but well balanced. Hop flavors come on slowly but make their well-mannered appearance without dominating the show. Rather malty and fills the mouth. Slight hint of sweetness, then the hops linger awhile. Really quite pleasing beer and happy to have a big bottle of it.

I was given a bottle that had been around a while, but in a bucket of ice on a hot night by the pool in Phoenix it hits the spot. (508 characters)

Photo of Surefire
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of MLegendre
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was quite impressed with this beer when I had it on tap at the lost coast brewery, so I brought home a growler of it since we don't have it available where I live. I was a little concerned that the beer may not stay as good since it had to travel about three hours, but I kept the growler on ice, so we'll see how it did. I'm going to try to review according to the beer that is in my had right now and not the one I had at the brewery.

A: A little disapointing, a sign the beer didn't fully servive the trip home. Almost no head, and very little lacing, whereas on tap at the brewery, it had a full head with a very thick lacing that stuck to the glass the entire time and stayed there even after the beer was gone.

S: Smelled good, hops were pretty dominant, but nothing out of the ordinary, pretty average.

T: Still a pretty tasty beer, but I could tell that the taste was also altered since the growler was filled. The hops, which were very up front when I had it on tap were completly hidden by the sweetness of the malt, which was a lot sweeter than I remembered it being. Probably a result of being in the growler, maybe I should have opened it sooner than I did. None the less I still enjoyed it, but it definatly tasted a lot better when it was fresh from the tap.

M: Medium bodied, with good carbonation. I was happy to find that the beer hadn't gotten flat.

D: Even though it wasn't as good as before it was still a very enjoyable beer. I think taking home the growler was similar to taking home leftovers from a resturaunt. It's still good, but not as good as when you had it fresh. It would be something I would drink quite often if we had it available where I lived. (1,699 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold/copper color. Small head. Aroma is fruity (apricots and peaches) and a touch spicy. A medium bodied Pale Ale. Malts are mild, nutty and a touch sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and grapefruity. A milder flavored pale ale, more in the English style than the over-the-top West Coast style. Very smooth taste. It’s a very drinkable pale ale. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (452 characters)

Photo of Skidz
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out bright gold and sits a crystal clear golden amber in the glass with a meager off-white head, fading to a light skim, leaving a nice display of lacings around the glass.

Smells good and malty, with nice hints of cascades filled with ripe orangy goodness. Jammy qualities of nectarine and peach. Almost candilike in its sugary aroma.

Tastes light and fruity, oranges, pears and apples making their mark. Hoppiness is fairly mild, with just a few grassy hints along with the signature citrus twist. Pallateable and easy going flavors.

Well rounded medium body with good carbonation. A bit watery on the sides, but this is a very well built session ale, suitable for drinking in large quantities. (712 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  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. (514 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a half finger of head and left virtually no lacing on the glass.

S: the caramel malts dominate the nose with faint hops, citrus, and very slight wheat ans spice notes.

T: citrus and caramel malts strike first on the palate with a mild hop bite which also had grainy accents.

M: light to medium body with a low amount carbonation that had a malty grainy and mild hop bitter finish.

D: this brew actually drank very good cause of how light it was but it was also crisp and refreshing. (540 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a medium sized creamy head and decent lace.
Mild aromas of sweet malt and light citrus hops.
Taste a little sweet. Grainy barley, a little grapefruit and an off flavor a bit like butterscotch(diacetyl?) Finishes with a mild hop bitterness.
Light to medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel and tongue tingling carbonation.
Went down smooth. Nothing great but would be a good sessionable
APA on a warm day. (431 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color. Nice thick foamy/creamy head that lasts a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Better-than-average aroma of slightly floral hops.

Taste: Light hops and a floral malt flavor. Good, but a bit too mellow for a pale ale. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light- to medium-bodied, and a light tingle from carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down well and the taste keeps it interesting yet not overwhelming.

A nice beer, but the pale ale aspect is a bit off. Would probably be appealing to a wide range of people. I wouldn't mind having it again, though I wouldn't seek it out either... (692 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-influenced marigold with brighter butternut trim. Steady streams of fine bubbles lead inexorably upward to a fetching looking crown of rich, creamy white foam. Within minutes, the cap resembles a melty scoop of ice cream and looks as if it would be at home on an IPA. Thick bands of lace are further evidence (I hope) that this pale ale will be on the hoppy side.

The nose is a good one, although I no longer think the beer will be an IPA-like APA. My 'hop hope' refuses to die, however, until I've tasted it. Even though both Chinook and Cascade are in use, the former is next to undetectable. The bright, lemony grapefruitiness of Cascade is on display, but it's too mellow to truly impress.

Mellow describes the flavor as well. That characteristic may be (arguably) desirable in an English barleywine or an old ale, but it isn't in the hoppier styles. Part of the lack of 'oomph' may be because this bottle is almost 6 months old, although I would hope that most pale ales would last at least that long.

The only real contribution from the malt is a mildly sweet biscuitiness. Despite the dearth of malt flavor, there's enough working behind the scenes to support the hops (although, again, there isn't enough hoppiness to require much support). As in the nose, there's virtually no Chinook spiciness, it's all Cascade white grapefruit peel citric sunshine.

As is usually the case, the finish is hoppier than what came before. Pity that it's doesn't linger longer than it does. The mouthfeel is pale ale medium, fading to light-medium on the back end. I have no real complaints with it and will refrain from saying that it would be better if it was bigger... but it would be.

I'm sorry that I wasn't able to lay my hands on a superfresh bottle of Lost Coast Pale Ale because it strikes me as a good beer that has seen better days. I try to keep my 'the hoppier the better' bias from creeping into my reviews (especially with APAs), but it's often a losing battle. In the final reckoning, this is a pretty good, drinkable version without any real faults. (2,078 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a review from old notes found in a drawer. orange, small white head. very hoppy odor that the beer doesn't stand up to in taste. metallic taste, malty with some dry hops. fresh, smooth, easy enough to drink. metallic flavor is what sticks with you, unfortunately, along with a sour maltiness. fairly good, solid beer, but nothing special. (338 characters)

Photo of Mark
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (379 characters)

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Lost Coast Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
81 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.