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"
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 51
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 aeroguy
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
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

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Photo of joedon
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: I tried this at the pub which was dark and very smoky at the time so a lot of factors were battling against good beer.

Dark brown with a very thin head. Bar was busy and this pint may have sat too long at the tap before being served to me.

Smell was smoky-malty with a bit of caramel and fruit.

Taste was over-whelmingly of smoked malt. Bitterness was good and lots of malt but the smokiness ruined it for me. Should have been described as a smoke porter or similar style.

Good mouthfeel and texture for a tap beer. I just couldn't drink much of this beer because I am not a big fan of smoked beers.

Photo of charlatan
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was available on nitro, but I am not a fan of nitro so I went with the regular on tap stuff.

It had a dark red hue with a decent head which left limited lacing. It smelled of raspberry with a hint of herbal hoppiness.

It tasted like big red, but with a smoky, maybe even coffee, element to it. It was rather sweet and fruity which clashed a little with the smokiness. The brew wasn't as hoppy as the nose suggested, but hops were still apparent. There was commendably little alcohol flavour, and it slid down fairly easily for a rather strong ale.

Photo of dgilks
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  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.

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 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 Murrhey
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"LSD melts your mind, not in your hand."

--drug abuse prevention poster

Roasted pecan brown that becomes fiery garnet when backlit. Two full fingers of caramel nougat colored foam look pretty good atop the beer. A gently rolling rockiness adds visual interest, as does a surprising amount of lace in thick, BB-shot sheets. Looks like a brown ale.

Smells like one too. The nose isn't bold enough, which leads to a lack of complexity. A beer that is touted to have 'a touch of smoked malt and a generous hop profile' should be more aromatic and more impressive than this. There may be a small puff of smoke to go along with the brown maltiness; it's hard to say.

Lompoc Special Draft is difficult to pin down with respect to style... so American strong ale works as well as any other. To my palate, it tastes like 70% brown ale, 20% rauchbier and 10% IPA. Some will celebrate the fact that the brewers colored outside the lines and some will decry the lack of focus. I'm leaning toward the latter camp.

Like the aroma, the taste is less than explosive. Maybe warming will amplify things a little. If there was as much good hop flavor as bitterness, this would be a more delicious beer. Specifics include steely caramel, unsweetened chocolate, rye toast, bitter nut skins, black tea leaves and wood smoke. Unfortunately, it doesn't come together well enough for the next highest flavor score to be a consideration.

Since this isn't the biggest, baddest beast on the American strong ale block, the lack of fullness isn't necessarily a negative. Having said that, a little more substance would have been terrific. Carbonation is fine and dandy (leaning toward less rather than more).

Lompoc Special Draft isn't mind-alteringly good beer, but it is somewhat interesting. That isn't enough, however, to earn it a repeat purchase. I won't be having flashbacks of either a positive or a negative nature where LSD is concerned. In fact, once the twenty-second ounce has disappeared, it's unlikely to enter my consciousness again. One sip makes you larger... and one sip makes you small.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark brown body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Dark malty scents of cocoa and toffee accompanied by a rather sharp note of smoked, charred grains.

Taste: Chocolate and toasted toffee precede a blast of chary grains full of roasty and smokey qualities. Earthy hops with a medium bitterness. Touch of dried herbs. Additional hints of char and cocoa on the dry finish that last well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a try. Lompoc's LSD is fairly well-balanced and drinkable.

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 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 jdense
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber from Whole Foods Tigard into my UCLA pint glass.

Beige head with quickly dissipating head over opaque brown body. Chocolate malt and leather taste predominates with a bit of smoke in the nose. A bit heavy for a session beer, but, nice balance between malt and hops, A bit more balance than Arrogant Bastard. Worth a taste, but my preference runs towards Lompoc's C-Note offering.

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 freed
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer wasn't a good choice for with my meal, partly because it was a meal itself. Had it on tap from the brewpub itself. Hazy, sediment rich amber color, thin tan head. Subtle smell of malts, slight soft hop aroma. Taste is big, warm, and chewy. Full bodied malt beer with somewhat apparent alcohol body. Full amber malt, hints of peat, mild suggestion of hops. Was too bold to drink with dinner, and was somewhat filling.

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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m inclined to identify this as a strong red ale though no such style is officially recognized in the literature. Lompoc Strong Draft is sultry in its plush volcanic redness, with a sweet, elegant aroma of caramel malts rising upwards to greet your appetite. I enjoyed my pint on draught though New Old Lompoc has also been known to serve LSD on nitro. (LSD on nitro! DUDE!)

I’m sure some people will mistakenly identify the name LSD as being some sort of sly reference to illicit hallucinogens. But that’s what they said about Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and look how wrong they were about that one. Besides, the menu at Old Lompoc clearly asserts, “You don’t have to be a hippie to love LSD.” The fact that some of us are hippies and like this beer anyway shouldn’t reinforce any broad generalizations.

The menu also speaks of smoked malts in the recipe. This attribute is evident but not prominent. Instead, a ticklish meld of caramel malts and bitter cherry combine with smoke and pragmatic bittering to affect a beer that is solid in its drinkability but defies easy categorization. Hops are strictly relegated to the bittering range of the spectrum.

I might have appreciated a greater showing of head and lace, though on the whole Lompoc Strong Draft is nicely balanced with a malty emphasis and is certainly worth pursuing.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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 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

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