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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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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 56
Photo of Surefire
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of JDV
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Fordest
Light amber color with a lasting offwhite head. Smell is very lightly hopped, with some mild caramel in there tool. A bit more sweetness than hops in the nose but the taste is in reverse with more hops up front and sweetness in the finish. Ends with a big metallic, and oxidized taste, i believe. Kind of like rust. Finish is unpleasant and perhaps its just not quite fresh. My favorite style, and my definite least favorite from the brewery, when everything else of theirs was pretty good.

Photo of dbalsock
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip glass. A: Golden to orange, very clear, head that goes down fairly quickly but retains a caked on top layer. Lots of lacing. S: Pretty subdued, some distant grassy hops and malt. T: Again, pretty subdued, a citrusy hop flavor and a bitter finish. It's got a long, dry aftertaste that's pretty nice. M: Light, somewhat thin, moderate carbonation. D: It's nearly 90 degrees outside as I drink this, so with it's crisp light body it's exactly what I was looking for. Nothing amazing, but definitely worth trying.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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...

Photo of neonbrown82
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a beaten egg white head that leaves all kind of lacing

Smell: Bready aroma with a touch of citrus; but overall, rather grassy

Taste: Starts out with a lemon bready flavor that provides a rather sweet malt flavor, mid-palate; after the swallow, a lemony and slightly grassy bitterness appears

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but lacks the malt flavors and citrus bitterness I would like to see in a great APA

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.)

Photo of aforbes10
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of MLegendre
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of shivtim
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold color with a sudsy head. Nose was bitter hops, almost vegetable-like. Flavor was subtle but complex, with nice mixing of hops, malts, and a yeastiness. While the taste was interesting and good, it was too subdued and the thin mouthfeel and low carbonation also subtracted from this. Still a drinkable beer.

Photo of tonistruth
3.86/5  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.

Photo of AlexJ
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber pour with a medium head of pure white fluff that leaves micro-strteamers of lace.

Aroma is grainey, earthy, and has notions of grassy and herbal hops. Not much to comment on.

Flavor much the same. Coarse, grainey malts are moderated by a meager helping of grassy and faintly piney hops.

Body is medium, wet, and cold. What the hell else can I say, this is a boring beer.

Photo of DogFood11
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pils glass, forms a nice milky head that leaves spider lacing throughout.

Light nose, faint grassy hops.

decent balance it just comes up kinda weak. I love a good quaffing brew, although this is easy to drink the flavors are too laid back, hops are delicate and malt profile seems watered for my liking. Bit of a mashy rawness to it as well. Edit: August 2006...Looking back on this review and having a fresh offering in front of me I was a bit rough on this brew. Its light even for a pale ale but all in all it has enough there to keep my interest. Leans towards malty for the style but it works it out in the end. Bumped up the taste and smell.

Certainly wouldn't turn my nose to this puppy as it does the trick and is priced reasonably.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of grindcore666
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22'er to a pint glass. Pours out a thick foggy mandarine capped off with nice and huge fluffy white head. It has a fruity, spicy, and hoppy aroma.

Taste isn't vibrant, but still has character. A pleasant fruity hop starts it off. Ends bitter, yet creamy and silky. Moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and bitter, but not unappealing.

Overall, unimpressed, mostly because I've had much better Lost Coast brews than this. Still an enjoyable and very drinkable beer.

Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Lost Coast Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
81 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.