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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
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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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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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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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jjboesen

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by Lompoc 5th Quadrant, where I was poured this interseting concoction. It starts with a thin head that leaves heavy lacing amid a dark mahogany body that is impervious to light. Deep and dark - just like my women.

There were detected some notes of chocolate minus the malty cloyingness of similar brews. This said, LSD does possess something of a cocoa powder aftertaste to it; yet, the finish is a smooth one - surprising given the six hop blend that makes for intensity.

Let it sit and the molasses come out. LSD is one of those room temperature brews that requires patience. In addition to the hops, LSD is brewed with seven malts. A very busy beer here.

Not a session beer (Old Lompoc beers are pretty intense), it is an interesting one to quaff. Portland is just like that: so many unique beers that are just screaming to be drunk. LSD is one of them.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2008 00:07:46 | More by jjboesen
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mashmstr2

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, but this is the kind of beer you need to have multiple times before you review...

It's kind of a "Kitchen Sink" beer... Not that it tastes like it's been brewed in a kitchen sink, but that is has a lot going on in the taste. In fact, I'm had to drink this beer about 8-9 times before this review - do to batch variation, temperature and servicng source.

I've come to the conclusion that this a good, consistent drinking beer.... A 6.9% drinkable beer!

Aroma: Caramal malts, gritty spicey hops, some roasted and Toasted malt aromas come through.

Taste: Wether on Nitro, Cask or Tap: This beer delivers! It's a beatiful martage of caramal malts, dark malts and maybe a smoked malt (I don't always get the smoke!). It's malty with caramaly, toasted bread and nuttiness. Plus, there's a hint of chocolate or dark melodian flavor. Carrying this malt complexity is a firm hoppiness that is well balanced throughout the beer.

Finish: This is the fun part... It's creamy finish in the punctation mark of the beer. All the flavor meld together and finish with a soft marriage on spicy hops.

Overall: This beer has depth! It's a European depth, not the Northwest Norm. It's not cloyingly hoppy, nor mosterously malty. It's a well made Strong Ale (Without a real Beer style), that delivers a lot on the palate with a soft tone. The martage of ingredients is impressive and unique. If it was lower in alcohol it could be a great session beer in any Eurpoean pub, but it's America... Lets' keep it big and Bold!

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-09-2006 08:06:40 | More by mashmstr2
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LCBREW

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A friend brought back a bottle from Portland after attending the 'mini-beer fest'

A-deep amber, almost mahogany. One finger of lace that persisted till the end. Looked clear but the kitchen was dark when i drank it so i couldn't tell for sure.

S-Not a whole lot of aroma. I did get a little caramel (like c120) and a bit of roast.

T-Strong caramel up front, almost burnt caramel, but smooth. Lots of roast fades into a subtle but noticeable hop bitterness. As i drank the roast faded and the hop bitterness increased.

M-Nice medium mouth feel. very drinkable.

O-Very drinkable. If i had this in my local market i would be buying it regularly. Went down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:22:05 | More by LCBREW
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Had this on tap awhile ago at Uber Tavern in Seattle. Poured a very dark chestnut with an offwhite head that fades to a thin cap. Great lacing. The smell is very roasty, almost smokey up front. Some graininess and some sweet malt as well as some earthy hops. Nicely balanced. The taste is a good bit hoppier, with orange and spice from the hops, and quite roasty at the same time. A delicious chocolate note creeps in at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, but perhaps a tad thin for the style. Delicious and a litttle unusual.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 18:25:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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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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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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Spikester

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 07:41:45 | More by Spikester
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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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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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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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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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ccrida

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draught in a shaker pint, LSD is a tawny, very dark brown hazy crimson, with a small tan head that left an incredibly thick coating of foamy lace with clear ring delineations from every sip. Very nice, a bit rocky and it would be a 5.

The nose is very faint, dusty malt and less dark fruit. The bar was empty, so smoke and dankness that sometimes plagues New Old Lampoc wasn't a factor today.

The taste was very nice, soft smoked dark roast cofffee, chocolate, a slight grape, and moderate bitterness. Very well balanced and tasty.

The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy.

This strong ale goes down about as smooth as any, the lower ABV making it as drinkable as it gets for the style. Let the LSD take you to another dimension...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 05:37:42 | More by ccrida
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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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flexabull

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2007 02:53:23 | More by flexabull
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 01:09:18 | More by akorsak
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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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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 02:19:49 | More by SurlyDuff
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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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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 18:07:12 | More by Wasatch
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koopa

New Jersey

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

Bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Nearly black with red/brown corners and a cafe latte 1 finger foam head with a bit of retention and some lacing.

Smell: Nice roast malt character, a touch of toffee, and perhaps a dark fruit note such a fig.

Taste: Exactly like the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with enough carbonation.

Drinkability: fairly sessionable.

I though LSD was pretty decent, didn't like C-Note Imperial Pale Ale though. I'll still be trying more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 22:20:49 | More by koopa
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 04:57:35 | More by Reidrover
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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."

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 01:14:01 | More by Ryan011235
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

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

Picked up a bomber over the summer in Portland, OR. Finally got around to opening it this past weekend. Served in stemmed glasses. Dark brown color. Large off-white head. Slight roasted coffee smell. Taste was amazingly good. Love that smoky malt flavor. Tasted more like a smoked porter than an ale. Rich hearty mouthfeel. Nearly 7% abv not noticeable at all. We tried this on tap at a beerfest in Seattle, and at their brewpub in Portland. The bottled version we just drank did not disappoint. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 19:12:35 | More by morebeergood
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LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) from New Old Lompoc Brewery
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