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LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) - New Old Lompoc Brewery

LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft)LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%


Brewed by:
New Old Lompoc Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Known as "Lompoc Strong Draft" on tap.

December 2008: first bottle release, labeled "Lompoc Special Draft"

(Beer added by: philipt on 05-04-2003)
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

220z bomber in a standard pint glass.

A- Rich mahogany color; 1f mocha tan head, fluffy. Lots of sticky lacing.

S- Sugary roast malt. Licorice, chocolate, molasses. Creamy mocha latte. Lightly smoked, just right. A hop touch.

T-Smoked malts, roast coffee, chocolate. Purple fruits.

M- Medium body, good carbonation. Creamy. Smokey finish. Earthy resins.

O- Very good smoked beer. 6.9% abv is well hidden by flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 15:15:38 | More by NiceTaps
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Old Lompoc Brewery - LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) on tap at a local watering hole, pint glass.

Look - Pours a thin dark brown black with reddish hue and minimal/negligible head. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Sweet and roasted malt. Vanilla, malt chocolate, dates and maybe even prunes. Aroma is hard to gather in the pint glass but it's obvious that it is quite complex.

Taste - Slightly creamy with carbonation, sweet chocolate, some roasted coffee and malt, along with deep dark fruit. Some hops but being a hop-head this is a barely noticeable aspect to me.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and medium-bodied. No booziness present. Quite drinkable for the style (if you can fit it into a style). Slight hop bitter and toasted sticky malts.

Overall - The most interesting brew categorized into this style I have had and overall one of the most interesting brews I have had overall. It is almost like a hazelnutty dessert beer. Definitely recommend for those looking to try something different.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 22:54:53 | More by JMScowcroft
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-tinged dark mahogany coloring with a filmy, slim, light tan colored head. Aromas of milk chocolate, fig, cream/milk, and roasted highlights. Very rich and smooth nose. Flavors of roasted coffee and mocha initially, with a bitter hops undertone and a rich, tangy, smoked caramel highlight. Very balanced, with a subtle warmth that builds as you drink. Creamy hazelnut and mocha aftertaste, with a slight bitterness. Solid brew. Bitter, slightly cloying linger to the finish. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:15:49 | More by GarthDanielson
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a one finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, nuts and a hint of dark dried fruit. Flavor is toasted malt, hint of chocolate and smoke and dark dried fruit, ending a bit abruptly to a long lasting charred malt and hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Leans towards being a hoppy brown ale. The flavors are pleasant, but something is missing in the finish, most likely a bit more malt support for the lightly smokey toastiness. Interesting and different, but needs some more intensity.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 04:11:51 | More by LiquidAmber
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Murrhey

Montana

3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger mocha head, fluffy lacing and large bubbles. Decent retention. Dark brown, Coca-Cola color.

S- Chocolate and roast malts. Cocoa nibs, deep rich chocolate notes. Vanilla notes as well.

T- Boozy, weird hoppiness and sweet malts. Bitter, piney hops. Very strange beer.

M- Thick, sharp and rolls on the back of the tongue.

O- Odd beer, the taste is peculiar. It is like a nut brown and an IPA mixed together.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 06:30:59 | More by Murrhey
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at my tasting.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked campfire, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of smoke and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:35:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A real nice tan and somewhat creamy head is formed, very tiny bubbles. A real nice dark walnut brown body, it really looks like a porter. Head manages some decent retention, and some sticky lacing in rings that cascade all the way down while drinking. Beer looks better the more you drink it.

Nose is real nice. Light toast mix of malts and caramel sugar toffee light sweetness. A little bit of spicy character, it seems like a porter is coming but this seems a little different and unique. Interesting, like this caramel and chocolate angle.

Palate comes with a bit of a light feel, slightly wet. Real nice earth hop angle slightly herbal finish with tea like notes. Chocolate and roast fills the mid palate, with a good balance of malt and hop. Light bodied and a hint of rich cocoa powder too.

Overall, what an interesting beer, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:00:42 | More by smakawhat
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beertunes

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More proof the terrorists have won, yet another beer in the 22oz format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very dark mahogany color, almost black, with some red around the edges, and less than 1/4 inch of just off-white head that had low retention and some light lacing.

The aroma featured some good malts (maybe a bit of Rye?), some soft roasted notes, no real hops to speak of, a bit of alcohol and perhaps a bit bit of yeasty funk. The flavors were mostly the same mix of components, although the roast came through a bit stronger, a very good tasting brew.

The body was good, full, smooth, and even. The finish was a bit bitter and the roast lingered for a while. Drinkability was very good, although the 6.9%abv was a bit sneaky, it felt like a stronger beer. Overall, a good, if somewhat odd, brew. A must try if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 21:38:48 | More by beertunes
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kevinmkirk

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FYI - The brewery is open, it's their pub on 23rd in Portland that is closed, but will open again summer 2013.

Now, for the beer at hand...let's pour!

Dark, cola-mahogany pour with a good two fingers of creamy head, excellent retention and lacing. The nose is bourbon, wood, malts, and smoke. Flavors follow the nose - this is definitely a bourbon barrel aged brew - smokey wood, booze, rich malts (six, according to their website), dark fruits, sweet toffee. Heavy, almost slick mouthfeel with appropriate carb. A tasty sipper, a wee heavy to session with.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:03:09 | More by kevinmkirk
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vkv822

Oregon

2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle : tulip snifter
from notes

Clear amber read with light tan head.

Faded hops blend into caramel malt tones. A bit one dimensional.

A bit on the thin side, with slightly lower carbonation.

Fairly average, nothing memorable. A bit flat in the body, and muted/faded in the nose and palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:51:24 | More by vkv822
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flagmantho

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark brown with a ruby tinge; body is clear of haze. Head is two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. Good looking!

Smell: roasted malt quality atypical of an American strong ale. Roast barley, a light hint of hops and some alcohol are the characteristics of the nose; quite like a strong porter.

Taste: big malty flavor with a roasty character and some fruitiness. There's also quite an astringency and tartness to round out the bitter/tart flavor at the end. Again, this is like a high ABV porter. It is somewhat messy, however.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. It doesn't really reach creamy or silky, but it's not too bad.

Overall: this is an OK beer. I like it well enough, but it seems a bit like a messy execution of a strong porter. Alright, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 00:30:34 | More by flagmantho
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dgilks

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark red-brown colour with a smooth light tan head. Fair head retention.

Sweet dried fruits with plump raisin notes coming out. Mild coffee. Interesting.

Smooth and malty with a dose of toffee and plenty of fruity esters. Okay.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This isn't bad but it's a little too messy for me. I don't see focus in the flavours and it just isn't ticking all the boxes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 19:37:42 | More by dgilks
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a strong lineup of beers for NOLP. I had this on tap at the Fifth quadrant and it was a standout as the smoky notes crept through a big hoppy old ale. Very balanced and food friendly for BBQ and spicy foods. I loved the way the smoke was in addition to the already big beer. Along with C Note one of my fave beers from these guys

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 16:53:56 | More by canucklehead
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 1/23/2010. Bottle thanks to kenb. Pours brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, crackery malt, stale malt, and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is harsh with brash bitter hops, odd-tasting caramel malt, and burnt malt. Ugh, just not tasty at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 17:42:59 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Red Bones as part of NW Fest on 11/12/10. Nice unique ale.

Appearance: Dark brownish/amber color with a creamy head. The body has nice clarity.

Aroma: Not a huge nose, but I definitely get some roasted, toasted and smokey malt.

Taste: All the flavors from the nose ring true in the flavor profile, but they are substantially balanced by a nice, surprising hop bill. I get slight hints of dark fruit as a secondary flavor before a surprisingly pleasant, yet bitter linger develops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied, but the robust flavors make it seem slightly heavier. However, this one could easily be a night's sixer selection for a party as it has a good balanced flavor, but not filling for how rich it tastes.

Overall: Glad I tried this one. Unique, smokey ale that goes well with a cold evening in the NW (or New England!)

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2
Dark Fruit: 3
Citrus Fruit: 2
Hoppy (pine): 2.5
Floral: 2.5
Spicy: 2.5
Herbal: 3
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 3.5
Sweet: 2.5
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3.5
Astringent: 2
Body: 3
Linger: 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 22:00:00 | More by soze47
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TulipSnifter

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous dark red with a thick head. The lacing on this baby is amazing..
Smell: Hops
Taste: There's a faint smokey flavor with great hops.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp but as it warms up it has a pleasant lingering taste.
Drinkability: Very refreshing, crisp, hoppy, beer with just a hint of smoke. I typically don't like smoked brews but this is so faint it just adds another dimension. Ahhh...very nice after our dodgeball game ;-)

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 03:48:56 | More by TulipSnifter
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 5th Quadrant location in a shaker pint. Deep see-thru ruby brown body with a finger of thick cream-colored head. Good retention and nice spiderweb lacing.

The crappy glassware and thick cap of foam seem to blunt the aromas dramatically. The nose, while pleasant (burnt and chocolate malts, hint of smoke), does little justice to what's about to unfold. Huge dark roasted malt flavor with a smokiness that's at times just a suggestion, at other times downright meaty. The smooth body is reminiscent of coffee and creamy, accentuated by a touch of chocolate sweetness. Fruity hops pop up now and again. Dry burnt malts and smokiness linger.

Overall impression: A complex and tasty brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 16:23:26 | More by PDXHops
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RedBiddy

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Nice thick foam head about two fingers thick that trails a nice persistent lacing. Smell is somewhat fruity...similar to a Belgian Ale. The taste, however, evokes memories of my favorite porter and doppelbock. A swirl and swish in my mouth is pleasant and stimulates all the taste buds. Smooth and refreshing...complex and surprising with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:39:07 | More by RedBiddy
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from nitro-tap at brewery.

A - Gorgeous molasses color with firm and persistent nitro head.

S - Mocha, toffee, caramel, and toasted malts all add to this great aroma profile; not subtle, yet complex.

T - A little less complex than the nose suggests, but still rather nice with some mocha and sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with a chewy texture, good balance.

D - A little creamy texturally so it is a bit much to keep sipping on, perhaps I would have enjoyed in winter months?

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-11-2010 20:10:31 | More by cbarrett4
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

buckeyeboy brought this enigma to the party on Saturday... between you and Eric, I got more than normally interested ;-) Thanks Jeremy.

Nice brown brew with great clear red highlites... good head and retention....

Good caramel and lite cocoa in the nose.. whaffs of something that I identify as smoke.... background citrus hops.

Reminds me of Grand Teton Bitch Creek with some smoked malt.. caramel.... chocolate malt and hoppy bitterness and traces of citrus hops ... the smokiness tends to permeate this one.... seems a tad to bitter without enough malts to pull it through.. body seemed a tad thin and the carbonation was maybe too high... ehhh... okay.... I would probably buy it if I had it readily available, but I couldn't move past the fact that it seemed sorta thin throughout.

Thanks Jeremy... I really wanted to try this.. but I just had a hard time really appreciating the bottle.

4/4/3.5/3.5/3

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 08:17:16 | More by JohnGalt1
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djbreezy

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at New Old Lompoc from a taster glass.

appearance - pours a dark raisin color, decent head, moderate lacing

smell - sweet raisin and malt

taste - raisin, nut, malt

mouthfeel - slightly chewy, medium body, good carbonation

drinkability - mild complexity, enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 03:31:03 | More by djbreezy
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the brewpub. I wouldn't call it a "classic" American strong ale, but it does exhibit a lot of the classic traits. Mainly, it matches darker malt flavors, chocolate, toffee, and cookie, with big hops. At first, the beer focuses on those tasty barley-based flavors, but then finishes with balanced, slightly bitter citrus notes.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 22:35:01 | More by tempest
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aeroguy

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Bottle serving in a tulip glass. Reasonable tan head and nice dark color had my expectations up. Flavor was light. I was expecting more of a full flavor based on the alcohol content but it just never seemed to develop into anything memorable. I doubt I'll be drinking any more of this

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 03:10:13 | More by aeroguy
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark amber color with good carbonation and a small tannish head.

S: Nose is big hops with a bite.

T: Taste is plenty of hops, chocolate finish is nice, caramel

M: Nice warming, tasty, well carbnonated medium, big mouthfeel

D: Very good

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 15:47:05 | More by barleywinefiend
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Bung

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into tulip.
Brown/burgundy pour, with a speckled white head with light spotty lacing.
Aroma has smoked malt, yellow raisin and some faint piney hops.
Taste is pretty straight forward and similar to the aroma. Balanced toasted malt, toffee, nut and raisin. Good hop herbal hop presence throughout. Finishes just a faint smoke and bitter hops.
Light/mid body and pleasant carbonation. Very easy drinking.
Very interesting, a great example of style that is pretty open to interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 04:36:58 | More by Bung
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LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) from New Old Lompoc Brewery
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