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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Lost Sailor India Pale AleLost Sailor India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

575 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 29
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001)
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Reviews by Teddy-Pickles:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Teddy-Pickles, Jun 25, 2013
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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a full rich golden with an almost creamy-like head atop settling into a white froth leaving broken globs of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not a real big hop element in the nose somewhat leafy and citric with a little caramel and juicy malt fruit for sure an English interpretation.Mild hop flavors leafy and herbal with a tinge of citrus,a big sweetish caramel biscuit base goes toe to toe with the hops making it more of a balanced IPA.Eh its ok not remarkable but drinkable.

oberon, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in a growler and 22oz. bottle, it was great both times. I have been very pleased with everything that I have received from Berkshire so far, so I expected nothing less from this one.

A bit darker than most IPA's, which is just fine. Nice little bite of bitter on the back of the tongue, and a slightly fruit finish, with apples coming through very clearly, especially in the aftertaste. Superbly session able though as this was a very easy drinker and I could have thrown this one down all night long to be honest.

ExtraStout, Aug 16, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Tiernan, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale with a slight orange hue to it. Retains a small head forever.

The expected floral hop nose. Maybe a bit sweeter on this beer.

This IPA has a pleasantly mild flavor to it. Really different from any other ipa I've ever had. There's no real kick or harshness to the hops, which is very interesting. The bitterness is there, but sitting in the background, instead of up-front & in your face. A certain fruitiness comes through underneath.

The mouth is also very mild. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Somehow this beer retains the mild mouthfeel without being watery.

I would like to have this beer again. I have a feeling there's more to it than you can really tell from one bottle.

chOAKbarrell, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of JasonA
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Surprisingly cloudy for an IPA. Maybe a little light, but not bad.

Wow. Not hoppy at all. Its not citrus, but its close. Like a lemon zest or something.

Not very hoopy. Does have a smooth hop flavor. Might be a special non-traditional hops that I havnt had before. Does taste fresh and yummy.

Sits well. Very very smooth. Nice change for an IPA. ABV not noticable at all.

I like this IPA. Above average and I would have again because of the freshness rating.

JasonA, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with a medium head and some decent lacing. It had a predominately floral aroma. A nice, subdued citrus flavor, a little peppery later. Not overly hopped, a very pleasant beer. You could drink a few of these without blasting your palate.

lordofthewiens, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Todd
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A cloudy amber beer with a creamy sticky head. Quite the floral aroma with that distinct spicy, raw, citrus and leafy character of East Kent Goldings. Flavour is near sugary sweet, malty and smooth on the palate with a balancing leafy tea-like hop character with a nice woody bite.

A damn fine IPA, and one of the best in MA. This IPA really appeals to me because it shows off both a big malt and big hop character, but the beer is so in balance and the flavours are so smoothed together.

Todd, Dec 27, 2001
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220 oz. bottle, marked best before October 2003, with the brewers shipwrecked on a dinghy in the desert holding a sign saying "Send More BBC!!" Deep amber/orange, with a big fluffy white head that hangs around for a long time. Aroma is like a Cascade cone dipped in peach or maybe apricot nectar - citric, piney, bittersweet.

Interesting - the flavors needed for a worldbeating IPA are all there, but seem a bit out of focus. Starts out with a round, sort of nutty-peachy maltiness and a good amount of earthy, resiny hop flavor, slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but not a lot of bitterness. Then the dryish peach aspects comes forward, along with some slightly grainy maltiness and the bitterness I was expecting earlier. Not a helluva lot there in the aftertaste save for a lingering bitterness and some peach/grain flavors. Great hop-burp at the end. Nice, round body, like just about every Berkshire brew I've ever tried.

Definitely worth trying a few times, just to figure it out.

sponberg, Jul 13, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

40451, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Doomcifer, Apr 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

JakerLou, May 02, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle. Picture of the two brewers lost in the desert in a boat … hence “Lost Sailor”. Freshness date marked.

Appearance: Deep orange amber with a slight chill haze which is common for this beer, with a moderate pour it formed a tiny bubbled two fingered head … that shows the quality of the brew.

Smell: Sweet to the nose of flowery fruity hop oil and a pale malt back ground. Slight minty aroma also from the hops, very aromatic.

Taste: Muscular medium body with a light carbonation and smooth mouth feel that throws a handful of crispness in the mouth. Round malt palate of pale malt sweetness and toasted grain, faint esters leave a mild berry fruitiness behind. Hops a quite prevalent though certainly not overbearing, bitterness is marked to balance and produces a wonderful hop flavour of sweet floral, hop leaf and a pinch of earth. Hop flavour and remnants of toasted grain faded very so softly into the finish.

Notes: One of the better domestic English Style IPAs I have had in a long time, well balanced and poised as a session beer.

Jason, Jul 03, 2001
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled/tasted from a fresh growler. orangy amber, bit cloudy, off white head, settling to a thin tiny bubble film, wispy lacing. Citrusy/piney hops in the nose. Full bodied and tasty. Hops bold, pine, resiny and also a wiff of grapefruit. Adds up to a complex hop offering. Lovely, smooth mouthfeel, flows over the tongue on a velvet blanket of sweet malt. Quality IPA, balanced, nuanced and worth checking out

Billolick, Dec 19, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

mctizzz, Feb 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

mjc8412, Jul 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a flared tulip glass from a 220z brown bomber with a crimped on cap split it with WVbeergeek my wife brought this back from a trip to RI.

Cloudy,med amber color 2" creamy white head dissapated down a bit quick to some chunky islands of head leaving rings of lace down the glass.Good carbination streams of tiny bubbles rising from the center and some from the sides of the glass.Non pasturized and unfiltered lots of slurry at the bottom of the bottle

Faint,delicate,pleasing aromas of citrus and sweet malts. Not ipa like but very nice and clean.

Mild tastes of citrus and sugary sweet malty tastes. Very pleasing and inticing. Not an english style ipa to me as listed reminded me more of an american pale ale. No complaints I loved the subtleness.

So smooth and creamy could just sit here and drink bomber after bomber. As easy drinking as can be. I would love to get my hands on more of this delicious brew.

jcdiflorio, Mar 20, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bomber into a DFH torpedo glass. No freshness date.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange, hazy. Nice, sudsy head that revives itself with a quick swirl of the glass.

Smell - Crisp hops. Very floral and light, not terribly alcoholic, a little spicy.

T/M - A little thin in the mouth at first, gets more sticky/rounded as it warms. A leafy and light citrus character define this beer. There's also some interesting tang or spice or something that i can't quite put my finger on when i swallow the beer, but ts definitely a uniquely good thing. Soft and delicate for an IPA. Very pleasant, balanced, and non offensive. A sweeter, floral IPA. Mildly carbonated.

D- I consider this a very "dignified" IPA that doesn't punish the drinker at a modest 5.5%. I personally appreciate this and I think this beer is full of character. It's nice to drink an IPA bomber to myself and not feel irreparably impaired with a scorched tongue (don't get me wrong, sometimes I crave these ipa's, its just nice to see some diversity). Very nice.

laughatdanger11, May 12, 2008
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3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into an 8oz glass.

Pours a light amber to almos orange with no head
at all but some light white lacing. Nose is very mild with more malt than hops.

Taste is hoppy but not in your face, easy drinking and smooth. Mouthfeel is very full and crisp with a good malty backbone. Carbonation is light, perfest for an english ipa.

kingcrowing, May 19, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ccurrid, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

butters_mcgee, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey color with a beige head. Head rises up big and foamy but settles right back down again. Aroma is bright and hoppy, lots of citrus and pine. Very fresh and clean smelling. Flavor is strong hops, very well-balanced, with hints of orange and sweet malt. Creamy mouthfeel with tingling sensation on the tongue. Lingering flavor of honey and hop bitter. This is great stuff.

far333, Jul 18, 2003
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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.