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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Lost Sailor India Pale AleLost Sailor India Pale Ale

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very good

473 Ratings

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%

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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Photo of sinstaineddemon


1.63/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

i have never much like any Berkshire Brew, except for their black & tan, i will NOT let this influence my review

A - pours a dark yellow with a thin white head, there is zero carbonation

S - the main permeating aroma is a metallic fruitiness

T - a metallic flavor is present also, there is a slight unidentified fruity aroma

M - weak, not very appetizing

D - low, not very impressed, my buddy and i actually poured it out

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 02:02:15 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of smakawhat


2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 02:18:41 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Zodijackyl


2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium golden-yellow with a large, fluffy head. Almost no smell but an extremely faint hint of hops. Taste is comparable to a light adjunct beer with a little bit more pronounced hop flavor - almost entirely flavorless, very watery, and one-dimensional. The hops that are present are faintly medicinal tasting, and the body of the beer seems to be non-existant, except perhaps a small amount of very light grain and/or adjuncts. Mouthfeel is almost nothing, it is lightly carbonated even for a smoother beer. Very drinkable, but not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 20:27:53 | More by Zodijackyl
Photo of msolar


2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a fan of IPA's, let alone those that are dry-hopped but I had to grab a log of this on short notice. As far as hoppy beers go, this is certainly one of the easiest to drink. It's nice because it's not quite as dry or bitter as some other hoppy beers. I wouldn't buy this again, but for those IPA lovers I'd certainly suggest picking it up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 01:42:22 | More by msolar
Photo of Seanibus


2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow amber golden with a lively head that collapses to no lacing. The aroma is sickly sweet. The flavor is light and malty but a bit out of balance. Piney hops give it an odd, resiny sweet quality. Slight bitterness and resiny feel on the end. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. This is an Ok IPA but nothing to go out of the way for. It improves as it warms, becoming a light and reasonably balanced ale, though still light on the hops even by English style standards.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 21:45:16 | More by Seanibus
Photo of AleWatcher


2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber into tulip pint.

The beer is a hazy orange beneath a foamy crown of beige bubbles. Excellent retention, poor lacing.

The smell is a bit mild... Some pale malt up front with a bit of sweetness...Citrus and spicy hops profile-- rather an interesting combo. The beer has more flavor than the nose had me expecting-- but the finish holds a very solvent-like burn that I find most unpleasant.

The body is good. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The bitterness is a bit too pronounced, but I can live with it.

Overall-- this isn't awful, but the burning finish certainly isn't good.
I'll pass the next time I'm offered a bottle of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:41:47 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of woodychandler


2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This poured with a big, bone-white head with low retention. There was a lot of floating particulate in this honey/golden-yellow colored beer with a viscous appearance. The nose had a lightly hoppy presence. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, which was unexpected, given its appearance in the glass. The taste was only lightly hoppy and kind of disappointing. The finish had a floral quality, but still tended more towards sweet. I've had better beers from BBW.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 21:11:41 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Kudashov


2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 .oz bomber poured into a clean pint glass . With the Hoodoo Gurus on the Hi-Fi it is time to review this brew . Beige colored 2 finger head which sticks around for awhile .Smells of hops and malts . Very cloudy too . This is another winner from the BBC . Still does not beat the Coffehouse Porter & Cabin Fever ...Good to see that they got some " ink" in the Boston Globe the other day . It can be read at Boston.com just type Berkshire Brewery . Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 19:10:50 | More by Kudashov
Photo of Higravity


2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is more of a Pale ale than an IPA in my mind, but who am I? Looks fine a little chill haze with a decent head. The smell is the most perplexing art of this beer for me. I smelled it so much I got a little up my nose. Don't act like it has never happened to you :). Anyway it has this melon like canteloupe sweetness that I am guessing is from the hop combo, but it is not sharp instead very dull and intriguing. Not quite what I am looking for in an IPA. The taste was distort by the melon flavor the malt was there but there was no hop bite and it was undercarbonated. I finished it well enough, but the cantaloupe is not a fave of mine.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 17:14:45 | More by Higravity
Photo of Brad007


3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich golden color with a decent head. Aroma is of hops and malt with the hops showing through quite well. Taste is mostly bready with a very subdued bitterness. Aftertaste is biscuity and buttery smooth. It's very much like an English IPA with the malt showing through more. There's a decent fruitiness upfront as well. Not too bad. Not quite what I'd find to be impressive though.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 01:18:31 | More by Brad007
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass. Orange/amber with a decent head, that lasted ok but didn't lace very well. The aroma was surprisingly malty sweet for an ipa, with only a subtle hint of hop bitterness or citrus. The taste had a little more lemon/orange essence, but the finish fell flat. The body was much thinner than expected. Like the Steel Rail Pale Ale, I wouldn't session this beer due to lack of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 04:31:42 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/20/2009. On tap at Willimantic Brewing. Pours a clear brown/amber with a small white head. Aroma of crystal malt and resiny hops. Flavor largely of iced tea, with some light pale malts. Way too sweet, so I didn't really enjoy this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 18:08:35 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of BDLbrewster


3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a deep woody browinish hued amber color. Lively frothy head that recedes quickly leaving a coating layer of lacing.

The nose carries a solid caramel malty base. The hop profile comes off as spicy, floral and somewhat musty in lieu of being vibrant and full of citrus or pine "I know, English." Notes of brush and basement along with some sweet, heavier malty undertones.

The semi-sweet malts that start this brew out are underwhelming and provide little character benefits. The hops are somewhat herbal and carry a solid spice, there is a touch of pine resin and a bit of a woody flavor as well. I am starting to think that this bottle may be a tad old. Some, but not much bitterness in the finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is unimpressive, very little carbonation leaves this brew feeling very watery and thin.

I hate to bag on this if it is old, and I know the "English" style doesn't pride itself on strong citrus or pine hop flavors. This is a good beer, just not memorable at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 23:04:17 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask at Redbones: Poured a light amber color ale. Aroma of fresh floral hops is not as powerful as expected. Taste is dominated by medium bitter notes with some floral undertones with delicate dry caramel malt. Body is about average. Middle of the road IPA with no major flaws but lacking a bit of hops.

Serving type: cask

05-11-2012 19:15:06 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a cloudy golden orange color with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing brought the score up .5 for me.

Smell was fairly light floral hops. Warming brought out some spice.

The floral hops came through nicely in the flavor. Sweetness comes on at the finish, but the hops wipe it out upon swallowing. Not bad...not great.

Thinner medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly bitter aftertaste. An enjoyable beer, but pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 23:32:11 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a white head that lasts forever and leaves a good lace. Color is a light cloudy amber. For an IPA this is not over powering with hops like many are. Starts sweet but the hops do kick in before the finish. Medium bodied, slightly bitter but not dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 20:13:22 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Omnium


3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:08:06 | More by Omnium
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sort of an orange color, mostly clear with a decent head and good lacing.

Smell is a bit earthy pungent with floral citrus and pine, with a touch of caramel malt.

Tastes a bit off really, the earthy pungency comes through stronger on the tongue than I expected, although there's still some of the usual IPA flavors, grapefruit, pine, citrus, and malts.

Feel was medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drink was average, I'm not that anxious to have it again but it wasn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 12:46:26 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 02:02:38 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of GbVDave


3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to StevePens for the hook-up!

A: Pours a cloudy copper hue with a light orange/off white colored head. Retention is very good and the lace left behind is sticky and plentiful.

S: Aromas of toasty malt, herbal/piney hops, and an odd spiciness.

T: See above. Decent enough IPA flavors lurking about with this weird fruity spiciness laying like a blanket over the top.

M: Smooth, with just enough bite. Not terribly dry and not overly oily. Nice.

D: Decent enough, but tastes sort of off. Maybe an old bottle? I couldn't find the best before date even though I know BBC dates their stuff. Hmmm...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 14:40:19 | More by GbVDave
Photo of kingcrowing


3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2010 00:35:35 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brass color with a thick creamy ecru head, lots of lace. Nice looking.

Scent is faint to the point where I really can't discern anything.

Taste is very malty. Sweet molasses. Earthy and lightly fruity. There's a touch of floral and fruity hops and a slight bitterness. Spicy and earthy. Very much in the English style.

Mouth is soft and creamy.

A solid representation of the English India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:59:42 | More by sethmeister
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: proper ipa look.. orange with a good fluffy top.

aroma: a roasted, cooked meaty scent. wood maybe. mild hops smell burnt to shit.

the hops in the flavor are covered by a corny sweetness and mild honey notes. refreshing.. my idea of a lawnmower beer. as are most bbc beers except for the flavorful octoberfest which i cherish. not the complexity i was hoping for but very enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 13:57:34 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a slightly hazy and quite carbonated orange gold. A finger of creamy off-white head settles a bit but lasts long. Tangents of lacing arc the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a lilt of malt, lightly caramel, along with a rather indistinct floral hoppiness. A touch of lemon joins a slightly soapy perfume.

Upon tasting, there comes a dash of toasted malt, shallowly sweet and with a hint of caramel. A brief tart note moves into a thinly spicy and very dry hop character that crisps into a busy bitterness. A very cursory bread crust appearance promptly cedes to a misplaced green apple crispness that fades gradually. It's not unpleasant, but it's somewhat disjointed and halting and vague.

Pretty much light bodied, it flows rapidly and the dry glow is present but short-lived.

I absolutely love the Berkshires, but the native beer not so much, at least this one. It seems what's not thin is almost cacophonous and out of place. You can tell it wants to be a solid IPA, but it doesn't seem to know the way. Drinking is by no means a chore, but it doesn't bring a lot of joy either. I'm not so sure this sailor is actually lost- I think maybe he's hiding.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 17:43:15 | More by Foxman
Photo of Smixam


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

First off, I am a fan of most BBC brews I've tried, so I will do my best to work around that bias. The Lost Sailor though, seems to lack compared to others;

Appearance - Poured a nice medium golden color, hazy and unfiltered, with a nice 1-2 finger creamy off-white head that lasts a good while.

Smell - Fruity, floral; peaches? Not a lot of hop scent but it's in there, very subtle.

Taste - Better than an average microbrew, but this beer just does not hold up to a 'true' IPA. I realize that it's considered an EPA by most, but still, the hops are relatively week compared with the malt and fruit overtones. The aftertaste is an unpleasant bitter to start, followed by a very clean finish. A good beginner IPA, I suppose, but a bit of a letdown considering their other offerings.

Mouthfeel - Average, nothing really stands out. Carbonation is light, finish is slightly bitter but ends cleanly. A relatively drinkable beer, but not enough flavor to make it really enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2007 20:56:03 | More by Smixam
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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.