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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very good

645 Ratings

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 38
Gots: 92 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Ratings: 645 | Reviews: 317
Photo of BranfordBound
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent example of an English IPA, hop forward with a balance of malts, but not in a way that makes the body too heavy. Herbal and earthy with some resin mixed in. Slightly sweet.

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the floral hops here, yum. 12oz cans FTW!

Photo of InkedinRi
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried a fresh single. Was a 12oz can. I thought it was a good ipa. @5.5% Abv you can session this beer.

Photo of Clemdawg
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pretty good IPA, but kind of generic. It's very well rounded and overall a great beer when you just want an IPA but don't want to overdo it on hops

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Pours a straw golden color with a fizzy head. The smell is full of grapefruit notes. The taste was simple yet very tasty with the hops being center stage. The light grapefruit bitterness was balanced well by the malt and made for a refreshing finish.

Photo of RambleOn
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Really Good, has passed multiple taste tests and remains in the rotation.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: well balanced; caramel malt with herbal and floral hops;

T: follows the nose; caramel malt is right there along with floral hops; mild bitterness with some earthiness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really well made English IPA;

Photo of Beric
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Supreme Liquors in Central Square, MA
Serving: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color, lighter than many other IPAs, and lacking a lot of the robust copper/golden deepness we see from a lot of West Coast IPAs. I attribute this to the English IPA style and fact the malt backbone is thus reduced. Looks great though! 4/5

Smell: Smells very herbal and floral, some malt sweetness. The hops don't beat you over the head and are rather subdued in the nose. 4.25/5

Taste: Another great one by Berkshire. The flavor on this one is fantastic, especially considering it's an English IPA. The hops and malts interplay wonderfully, leading to a slightly sweet, floral beer where the hops add a lot of flavor without being ridiculous. What's notable here is that the hops don't take center stage, but share it with the malt, which provides some nice sweetness and requisite depth. Really love the hop flavor in this one too- it's very floral and reminds me someone of how your hands smell after holding a bouquet. 4.25/5

Feel: Excellent carbonation and body. 4/5

Overall: Another marvelous beer from Berkshire. I'm glad to see them really hit the ball out of the park with this English IPA. I think it's rated lower by people who expect an American style IPA and are then surprised by the subtlety in this one. The hops used in this beer are magnificent and provide a really rare flavor for those used to the traditional American varietals. I would highly recommend this beer, with the caveat that you know it's not an American IPA and you should not expect it to taste like a citrus bomb.4/5

Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Cloudy amber and effervescent body with thin off-white head. Not be the best retention or lacing.

S - Slight citrus, with stronger sweet malt and caramel

T - Starts out a smokey, doughy, caramel malt followed by dry, earthy hops.

M - Medium body with moderate fine carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

O - This was really good. Not much more to say.

Photo of mick303
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Enjoyed from bottle into tulip glass, cloudy orange colour with a pleasant hoppy aroma and nice full maltiness, maybe more hopped up than most English examples this is quite pleasantly sessionable and balanced. Certainly an enjoyable session ipa, nice flavour complexity and hop profile. Very clean and crisp on finish.

Photo of HuskyHawk
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing live so this will be short. No big citrus or floral hop nose on this. There are hops but this has a superb malt bill. This is among the maltiest IPAs I've had and I'm loving it. No extreme bitterness, just smooth caramel malt with enough hops to balance it. An old fashioned IPA. Wife has a Stone IPA and I like this better.

Second try confirms. Hops could be more noteworthy, but the malt really shines through here. Lack of aroma keeps this from being better.

Photo of illpass78
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light orange. Kind of a marmalade color. Nice one-and-a-half-inch white head. Lacing minimal.

Aroma: Smells of pine, hops, malt, grapefruit, and lemon.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and it's pretty good. It's just over the APA/IPA line, with moderate alcohol and high-but-not-super-high bitterness. Nice malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: The beer has an appealing sessionable quality - not an intimidating beer, but a complex and quaffable one.

Overall: Fun sessiony IPA from this western Mass. brewer. The term "session IPA" makes a lot of folks groan, but this is a very well executed one. A good everyday beer and a good companion for any meal.

Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hard to believe I have loved this beer for years and never reviewed it here! It's out in 12 oz. cans now, formerly only growlers and 750ml bottles. Time to play catch-up!

No dating info on the can that I can find, but BBC just came out with this in cans two or three weeks ago.

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Samuel Adams English tulip glass.

a: Clear amber with lots of carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. A finger thick white head receded to thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Sweet malt. Also a kind of cedarish aroma which is very pleasant. Only other beer I have had that has a similar aroma is Cigar City's Humidor Series IPA, but that is more Spanish cedar, like the inside of a good cigar box. This is more like clean clothes that just came out of a cedar chest. Yeah I know. Wild. Oh yeah and when I was younger, Bud seemed to actually have a kind of beechwood flavor note to it.

t; Mild caramel malt forward followed by a light to moderate hop bite which builds towards the back sides of the tongue. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Seems a bit lighter than I remember, but the malt and cedar combo is very pleasing. This is sure to become a regular in my beer drinking rotation now that is in convenient 12 ounce cans.

Photo of gonzo000
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a. Pours a cloudy golden orange, which settles into a clear golden color. One finger head which thins to a floating layer covering a good portion of the top of the beer.

s. Honey, wheat - not hoppy

t. Honey present int he front, and a grassy finish (like mower clippings).

m. Easy drinking beer. Mild carbonation.

o. Not sure I would revisit, maybe on a hot day with little other offerings. I have enjoyed other beers from this brewer, but this is not their best offering.

Photo of Apellonious
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber from Liquors inc. poured into a standard Guinness pint glass. Best by 2/11/14

A - pours golden and clear, with a fluffy one finger head. Moves to a thin lace.

S - pine, bread. Not much else.

T - biscuity malts, very faint hop presence. Mild zest. Zest. Yep. That's the first time using that word on a beer description.

M - decent, medium heft

O - good offering, was expecting more hops, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Omnium
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Cloudy amber 2 finger white fluffy head, medium lacing.
S - Off aroma. Burnt toffee, estery dark fruit scents, no real good hop aroma detectable.
T - Very sweet malt, some slight banana and fig, stale bread, a little spice, very soapy aftertaste.
M - Chalky and pasty kind of feel, not inviting.
O - This is just lame, idk if this is a bad batch or what, but I'm shocked at the rating it has. It taste like what I would assume would be dirty dishwater.

Photo of smakawhat
2.37/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured on tap at Jillian's sports pub Somerset MA into a 16oz shaker pint. From notes.

Pretty good looker, deep copper amber body with a fairly opaque appearance. A one finger head is presented but is super creamy and laces with lots of ring like lacing. Quite a decent looking beer.

What is up with the nose? Hello? hops?? No I am not asking for American hopslam here, but there is no hop presence, if anything it smells sour and fruity yeasty like English bitter. Huge cream notes, and malt thickness, and the sourness goes from a fruity ester quality that makes me think bad lines. Lots of biscuit action too.

Palate is more like English bitter, with a touch of sour if possibly green apple skin but it's hard to say if this just because it might be infected instead. Thick super creamy body, with hints of thick cookie and biscuit dough. Chewy dense palate with fruity red fruit ester sensing thickness that gets stuck in the palate. Light faint sour tinges though, and NO hop bitterness or aroma or flavor at all.

So where's the hops at least on t his (I don't care if it's English at least I've had a bunch that at least have HOP character). I really hope this is not the epitome of what this beer should taste like.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.

This is probably the 30th time I've had this beer so I figured it's time to review.

A: Hazy orange, strawish color. Some floaties present (I sure as hell don't mind). Head retains a solid lacing around the edge the entire time.

S: Pine, spice, a slight bit of citrus followed up by a solid biscuit malt background. Slight touch of caramel at the end.

T: Sweet malts coat the palate at first, followed by some spicy and citrus hop flavors. Ends with that delicious smelling biscuity-breadiness that was present on the nose.

M: Medium bodied. Good lasting bitterness, but not overwhelming as an English should be.

O: Another solid offering from BBC. Very nice example of an English IPA from an American brewery. Delicious, easy to drink, and at $4 a 22oz., everybody wins!

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 12/04/13

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: A good mix of malts and floral, spicy hops. Also get a hint of citrus and a bit of breadiness

T: Follows the nose. The malts go very well with the mix of floral, spicy, and citrusy hops. Bready towards the finish with a bit more of the spicy hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good take on the style by an American brewery. The goldings hops work extremely well with the maltiness, giving off the distinct spiciness that makes it almost seem like there is rye in the malt bill. Very drinkable and easy on the wallet at $4 for a bomber

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

more of an English than an American ipa, but I guess its listed that way, so ill shut up about the particulars. this is just genuine beer here, looking right on all light amber, clear, and heady. the nose is intensely malty, odd for an ipa, but one sip confirms its documented genre, a real ipa. its bitter, but its also punchy and fruit in some sense, a real anomaly as they go. listening to a further stream, late night on the east coast, bands in red rocks, and I know this is contextual, romantic, and highly contingent, but this beer is currently continuing the long strange trip, and that means something to me, as in a 4.00 overall score on a beer I only sort of like. the moment is everything people, seize it before you cant. go dead, go Berkshire, and go insatiable appetite for fine ale! this fits the bill on all counts, love the feel and the staying power and the buzz, rock on.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours foggy brown with some yellow color coming through in light. A finger of white head leads to some lacing. Decent retention.

Piney, earthy hop profile in nose. Plenty of sweet maltiness and caramel. Hops are a bit floral.

Pine again, malts are more prevalent now, some sweetness, just a touch of bitterness with a floral aftertaste.

Solid medium body compliments the drinkability here.

Awesome local brew from New England.

Photo of bszern
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice copper color with a nice head. Smell is a little grassy, kind of sweet, not bitter at all. Completely different from an American IPA. Tastes a lite sweet, and just the right amount of bitter. A little bit of sweetness left on the tongue and lips. No significant bitter aftertaste.

One of my favorite beers....better out of a growler then a bottle!

Photo of MarkQ617
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good, but not awesome IPA. Had this on tap at the Martha's Vineyard Chowder Co. Decent color, but I'd prefer a bit darker. Probably non coincidentally, the smell was pleasant but not super robust. I could've used more hops. Citrusy, crisp, floral, decent flavor.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, CT, served in a pint glass:

The beer appeared a hazy orange color with a light, white foamy head that dissipated into a small thin cap. Nothing too impressive...perhaps slightly above average. The beer gave off a hoppier aroma than was expected from an English IPA, but light citrus hops. The taste, again, was overpowered by the hops for the style. This style is typically a bit more balanced than say an American IPA. No real complexity to it, just straight citrus hops. The beer had a good feel to it and finished with a decent dry but bitter aftertaste and was easy to drink. Overall, too hoppy for the style, I expected a little more balance...but even if it was just an IPA, it is average at best.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased in CT in late 1/13 (no birth date), poured into my tasting 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 2/13/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.75 - amber-brown coloration, moderate clarity, whitish frothy 2 finger head that lingers into an attractive rim lacing, slight alcohol legs

S: 5 - herbal/spice/floral notes predominant, slight toffee and caramel snifters --> perfect smelling EIPA to these nostrils!

T: 4.5 - little-to-no bitterness, citrus undertones, bready malty backbone with slight esters, moderate alcohol notes

M: 4.75 - medium body, moderate carbonation

O: 4.75 - it's really unfortunate that I don't have easy access to this beer any longer; to me, it's the best American example of a classic EIPA on the market and accentuates all the best features of East Kent Golding on a Maris Otter backbone; for those in New England, considering how affordable it is (~$3.99/bomber and $7.99/growler before deposit) definitely worth hunting down; for those outside of New England who enjoy classic British bitters or EIPAs like Fuller's ESB or Samuel Smith pale ale, it's definitely worth a trade

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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.