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LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) - New Old Lompoc Brewery

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86
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by NiceTaps:
Photo of NiceTaps
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

NiceTaps, Dec 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +3.9%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Magpie14
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

A: the foamed cap sat atop for a moments notice and fizzled away leaving brown sugar colored remnants splattered with detail amongst the walls of the glass. The body houses deep burnt reds and light brown mahogany colors, it even pulls at black cherry colors and has a nice overall look

S: some roasted grains 'n' malt smells and something reminiscent like a dry nut rye bread. It has a very sweet sort of caramel sugared cherry fruit edge to it, as well as a soft tartness. Light smokiness in the nose as well, as far as I can tell. Strange and I like it...

T: upon my first sip, the sweet malt base reminds me of a malted milk ball a sort of sugary dextrose character, you know the airy crunchy center. Also evident is the faint spiced rye toast character with some buttery caramel for a topping. The open fire smoked feel lends more of a charred taste that fits within the malts and sweetness rather well. On another note, hardly any hops massage the tongue. After a few lengthy sips, I could detect a floating herbal hop character moving about and wandering aimlessly
The flavors are rather a unique experience, but nothing that made me "trip," so to speak. Sweet malt flavors start to be the dominant force

M: the body is not full and lays more in the medium class of beers. Some girth can be accounted for but the carbonation jabs at the body being heavier...and smoother for that matter. I find it drinks like a light porter for some reason, things are moving well

D: I might not mind an additional shot of hops in the mix? Well anyway, in any event, I found this beer interesting. I am not sure that I have ever described some flavors like this before in a beer. Still, nothing remains earth shattering about this beer. However, it did give me an opportunity to sharpen my taste buds in a nice manner

Magpie14, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

tempest, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Bung, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Another blind choice on Liquid Solutions. My first New Old Lompoc beer was good, so here's hopin' for a streak.

A: The ale surprised me by being a dark red color, almost if not entirely black. The darkness completely obscures it. A finger or so of head has left thin rings of lace.

S: A faint smokiness sets the ball in motion, followed by caramel malts that have a toasted quality. Despite the moderate abv, the nose is complex and seems very heavy.

T: Nice... The ale is appropriately complex, as the nose indicated. The smoke is forward, light but meaty. It sets the stage for a full malt profile that prominently features caramel and roasted stout qualities. Molasses adds a burnt flavor that fits well into the scenery. Just enough hops emerge to balance things out before leaving a bitterness that lingers with some smoke. I was expecting a pale hop bomb but I am not disappointed at all. A solid ale.

M: The mouthfeel runs all lover the place, from smoky to caramel sweet to bitter. An enjoyable beer to study over a few hours.

D: A real winner. And to think that I got this one as a second thought to the C-Note. The moderate abv really makes this work.

akorsak, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Bomber poured into a pint glass..

- Dark beer! Clear but almost can't see throught it... rather rich and dark brown.. minimal brown head.. light lacing..

- Roasted Porter like malts...caramel... sweet.. bitter hop.. like a porter.

- Smooth silky sweet malts.. sugar, caramel.. tangy hop.. zingy and slightly bitter..

- Slightly chewy, sour, tangy aftertaste... slight dryness..

- Easy to drink, not too strong... but overall boring and even made my review short...

Docer, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Clear dark brown with a thick one finger light tan head. Good amount of fine lacings. Aroma is molasses and some floral hops. Taste is sweet roasted malt with enough hop bitterness to make it enjoyable. There is a touch of smokiness in the dry bitter finish. The aftertaste is a bit espresso like. Just a touch of cocoa also. Good full body with just enough carbonation. Overall kind of like Impy Stout light. First LSD in 40 years. Very nice.

Spikester, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev +3.9%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jds16
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

jds16, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

smakawhat, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopmodium, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Commodore69
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Commodore69, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

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

JohnGalt1, May 04, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +3.9%

mendvicdog, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of cbarrett4
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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?

cbarrett4, Aug 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

throwerbri, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of EJS
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

EJS, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of DrMindbender
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

It's nice when breweries try something a little new or out of the mainstream.

New Old Lampoc's Strong Ale is a unique beer, and I've tried it twice now. Once at their 5th Quadrant brewpub, then just recently at BendBrewfest.

This one is hard to classify, it's got so much going on.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Average head and lacing.

Aroma is deep and complex. Caramel, spices, smoke, cherry, wood...and who knows what else!

Taste is surprisingly smooth. Had it on Nitro at the brewpub, and CO2 draught at the brewfest. Both tastings were a bit different, but still noticed caramel hopiness coating my mouth.

Drinkability is interesting. One glass of this could last an hour, reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard.

SurlyDuff, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of velosuds
3.58/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Whole Foods in Bend, OR for $3.99.

A-Pours a very dark amber, almost dark pecan or chestnut. Two finger, tannish-white head with average retention and modest lacing. Almost looks like a porter or stout. Odd.

S-Not much aroma, in my opinion, and what is there is mostly malts.

T-Very pleasant malt presence, but not much hop bitterness noted. Most ambers I enjoy have more hop profile.

M-Very smooth and well balanced, but a tad watery.

D-A good, but not great amber ale. Smooth and easy drinking. 6.9% ABV is nicely masked.

I've had better amber ales, and I couldn't help hankering after a SkullSplitter. Not sure if this is a good thing. Closest thing I had in my fridge was an Arrogant Bastard Ale, which made for a nice conclusion to my beer drinking this evening.

velosuds, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +3.9%

22 oz bomber from Roth's in Keizer Darkish brown ale with a nice tan head..leaves good lace. Very strong and pleasing malt aromas, backed up with a little hop spice. Very maltyu taste toop.soft toffee malt dominated some hopping in the end..barely. Good on the palte thick and consistent. Overall a good Engish Strong Ale

Reidrover, Oct 08, 2009
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LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) from New Old Lompoc Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.