LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) - Lompoc Tavern

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

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86
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lompoc Tavern visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: philipt on 05-04-2003

Known as "Lompoc Strong Draft" on tap.

December 2008: first bottle release, labeled "Lompoc Special Draft"
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by philipt:
Photo of philipt
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this hidden treasure (unlabeled tap handle) mixed among the Rogue selections. Supposedly, Rogue was doing New Old Lompoc Brewery a marketing favor by setting up some of their beers.

Sampled from a 5 oz glass from the tap.

Clear brown with some ruby-tint in color. Small tan head sits on top. The aroma is very malty with no hint of hops. Tastes malty with a very slight smoky quality. Hops are more noticeable in the taste than aroma, but not a hoppy beer by any means. A spiciness makes an appearance in the finish. Alcohol is neatly masked, especially for its alcohol content. Very creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Magpie14
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...

Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  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.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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?

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of velosuds
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of vkv822
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Photo of PDXHops
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 10/21/09

Thanks to PDXHops for this hell-of-an interesting brew

A - Coca-Cola brown with hints of burnt crimson. Frisky carbonation billows into two fingers of riddled, tan colored foam. Retention is about 50% after a few minutes & shrinking. Lacing is ok at the onset & does improve toward the end.

S - Primarily malty sweetness in the nose: caramel, toffee & hints of brown sugar. This smells like a veritable malt bomb.

T - Caramel & toasted malts upfront. Dry biscuits & bread in the middle. There's a modest hop twine on the finish with a bit of lingering bitterness. Seem like there is some faint spice in there too, though I'm unsure what it would be.

M - Reasonably robust in heft. Not nearly as much carbonation as I expected after the initial pour; on the contrary, it's rather smooth & creamy. On an odd note, the first swig seemed almost thin & watered down. Subsequently it seemed to become fuller of body as it warmed.

D - A very peculiar beer that seems in constant flux, like it's a seamless gamut of changing styles. At times akin to a porter or stout; at times like an extremely malty pale ale. While I was skeptical at first, this beer redefined the phrase, "It grew on me."

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought a mason jar of this over the other night.

Beer is a dark amber / brown color. Poured from the jar with a decent head.

Aroma is quite smokey. A bit of oak, and a brown sugar like sweetness.

Taste is smokey as well. A very thick full mouthfeel. There is a burnt sugar like flavor, roasted malts, and some oaky notes as well.

Nice Strong Ale. Almost Wee Heavy / Scotch Ale like to me. Tasty and worth trying.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at New Old Lompoc.

A - Pours mahogany with a 2 fingerd cappuccino colored head. Doesn't dissipate and leaves really nice lacing.

S/T - Toffee, caramel, all-spice, coriander, and light earthy/bittering hops.

M - Medium bodied and malt dominated. For some reason the flavors do not mesh well.

D - Not bad. I would recommend using different spices to help this beer out.

Photo of RedBiddy
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice creamy/fizzy tan head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big and malty, with some chocolate/caramel. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter/roasty, nice touch of chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my second from this brewery, and both are very nice brews, hopefully I can get others from them.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) from Lompoc Tavern
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.