LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) - New Old Lompoc Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
01-01-2013 02:35:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
"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.
06-04-2009 14:23:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
03-30-2009 00:24:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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.
04-28-2010 22:35:01 | More by tempest
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
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
03-01-2010 15:47:05 | More by barleywinefiend
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
12-06-2007 18:25:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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.
02-23-2009 01:09:18 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-21-2009 18:07:12 | More by Wasatch
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.
11-08-2012 04:00:42 | More by smakawhat
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.
05-04-2010 08:17:16 | More by JohnGalt1
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
10-12-2012 21:38:48 | More by beertunes
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
07-02-2013 23:15:49 | More by GarthDanielson
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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...
06-22-2007 05:37:42 | More by ccrida
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.
03-16-2013 04:11:51 | More by LiquidAmber
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
12-22-2011 00:30:34 | More by flagmantho
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
07-17-2011 19:37:42 | More by dgilks
2.55/5 rDev -33.8%
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.
12-23-2010 17:42:59 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
Im 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!)
Im sure some people will mistakenly identify the name LSD as being some sort of sly reference to illicit hallucinogens. But thats 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 dont have to be a hippie to love LSD. The fact that some of us are hippies and like this beer anyway shouldnt 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.
02-22-2005 00:26:42 | More by RedDiamond
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
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
06-08-2011 16:53:56 | More by canucklehead
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
10-08-2009 04:57:35 | More by Reidrover
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
08-13-2007 02:53:23 | More by flexabull
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.
01-16-2010 04:36:58 | More by Bung
LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) from New Old Lompoc Brewery
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