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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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BA SCORE
82
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 08-05-2002)
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

CEDAMA, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

dwcraft, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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 canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

canucklehead, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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 russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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 rkuhnel
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

rkuhnel, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

wagenvolks, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

JosefBerger, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

twelveinches, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

mynie, Jul 24, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

arizcards, Jun 13, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

mactrail, Sep 14, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

tonistruth, May 29, 2006
Photo of Surefire
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 27, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
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
Photo of MLegendre
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

MLegendre, Jun 27, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

beerguy101, Oct 11, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JackDempsy, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Phramboise, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

KStark, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Skidz
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Skidz, Feb 09, 2005
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Lost Coast Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.