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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

474 Ratings

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%

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 gonzo000


3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 18:52:22 | More by gonzo000
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 02:12:18 | More by Apellonious
Photo of Omnium


3.15/5  rDev -19%
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 BoardwalkBock

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:01:48 | More by BoardwalkBock
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 04:27:33 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 03:48:07 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:35:57 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
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: 4.755 - 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 Marris 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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:38:52 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of Etan


4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle sent by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a huge puffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Restrained citric hop notes meld with some fruity ale yeast esters, cream, toffee, light peppery spiciness.

T: Light piney bitterness and mild grapefruit, yeasty, caramel and bready malt, a bit leafy, crisp finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation, very creamy feel.

O: Nice to have a good English-style IPA every once in a while. This one is restrained and tasty with a great mouthfeel. The Golding hops are expressive without being aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:53:21 | More by Etan
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bomber and into my pint glass:

A: hazy copper orange body that leaves a one finger foamy white head that lasts for a good minute before gently dieing into the body. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some mild spotty foamy lacing coats the pint glass.

S: light citrus, hops and malts combined very nicely.

T: the same adding a nice extra lingering sweetness.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. I would say this is a fairly sessionable beer.

O: this is a pretty good English IPA, good for the style and good for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 16:01:23 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – The beer poured an amber color with a thick two finger white head. Just like all the other Berkshire beers I have had, the head has good retention with it eventually fading to give a great amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is sweet with nice lighter hints of hop aroma. The sweet is of honey and a light tangerine. The hop aroma is a nice blend of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) as well as a rather strong floral hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and lightly sweet flavor. These honey and bready flavors create a backbone for the beer. At the forefront a floral hop flavor is present. While the initial floral hop is light, it is soon met with some citrus and pine hop flavors. These give a nice bitterness that balances the sweet quite well. The beer bitters ever so slightly with the floral hop seeming to get even strong. In the end a rather pleasant floral spice is left on the tongue

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its carbonation level with a thickness that is slightly above average. It suits the floral hop and malty flavors quite well.

Overall –It’s a rather smooth IPA. While if you are looking for something very hoppy, this may not be your brew, but if you are looking for something very easy to drink with some nice flavors, this is a nice brew to go to.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 00:24:07 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Gatch


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-orange with plenty of yeast floating around because I poured the entire bottle. White, fluffy, soapy head that leaves behind good lace but little retention.

S: Light hops but mostly sugary malt.

T: Great for the style. A good break from the hop-heavy American IPA's. Obviously this is more malt-heavy than the American counterparts but it's very balanced. Enough hop presence is there to satisfy the hop craving but malt is the star. Sweet, roasted malt is there from start to finish.

M: Smooth, sweet, and balanced. A killer English IPA.

O: Fresh and delicious. BBC hit this style on the head.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 20:16:28 | More by Gatch
Photo of Duff27


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small sediment filled body, light amber. Head settles to a cap. Splotchy lacing.

Not getting a whole lot from the nose at first, a little fruitiness perhaps. As it warms starts to smell good.

Well you can definitely tell its an English by the malt presence. Fruity. Hint of hops. Would guess at 7%abv

Good medium mouthfeel, medium mouthfeel. Fits the beers profile nicely.

I don't have English IPAs very often so this is a breath of fresh air. Loved the fruit aspect. Thanks r94uconn!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 00:21:55 | More by Duff27
Photo of CheezyBlaster


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ehhhh, itsa notta bad, eh? Bigger feeling/tasting English-ish IPA than 5.5% typically gives. A bit of mustiness, but brings across biscuits, noble hops of the EngPA variety, and a smooth drinkability. It was decent out of a bomber, but really something I'd love to try on draft, or perhaps . . . cask? Mmmm???

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:37:11 | More by CheezyBlaster
Photo of davey101


4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by date of 06/19/12. Probably not the freshest of IPA's, but it is in the english style.

A - Nice and clear dark amber body. Soapy three finger high white head. Awesome lacing and retention.

S - Tons of sweet malts. Honey, biscuity crackers, and some piney and grassy hops. Extremely malt forward and inviting.

T - More of the malt heaviness. Starts off with some lightly bitter and spicy floral hops and ends on a sweet honey and biscuit note. Really delicious and highly drinkable.

M - Creamy and medium bodied. Carbonation is about spot on for me.

O - A great english style IPA. I'm glad to have BBC so close to me, I've had this super fresh from the brewery, a few weeks old on tap, and a few months old from the bottle. Its always a damn delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 01:05:43 | More by davey101
Photo of BOSMECH


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber

Appearance: pours a tea color orange with about a finger and a half for a head that stays well.

Smell: has a citrusy hoppy smell that is real good I think not to pungent.

Taste: the taste is very mild for a IPA but smooth and does not have a strong bitter taste afterwards either.

Mouthfeel: has a smooth mouthfeel and not to carbonated

Overall: overall it is a good IPA that I would get again in fact I just got it again thats why I am doing this review.
It is smooth for a IPA but there are better IPA's out there but still well worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 19:23:05 | More by BOSMECH
Photo of pburland23


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Harpoon IPA glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a crystal clear light coppery orange. About a finger of white head lingered lazily receding slowly and leaving some moderate lacing in its wake. (3.5)

Smell: The aroma is quite balanced between flowery hops and classic English malts. Very nice smelling IPA. (4)

Taste: The sip starts off with some bready malts. The telltale floral spiciness of the Kent Goldings hops shines through in the middle of the sip before a slightly bitter finish. Very well rounded and well crafted English IPA. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and ever so slightly resinous. The carbonation is a touch lighter than I'd prefer but it's not much of a deterrent. Very drinkable. Boy, I love a English IPA...loads if flavor at 5.5%. (4)

Overall: Tasty and balanced English IPA. Very smooth and drinkable. I really enjoyed it. (4)

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 22:09:34 | More by pburland23
Photo of brureview


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle has been in my refrigerator for about two weeks: the directions on the bottle recommend refrigeration.

I was pleasantly surprised. Even though Berkshire is a favorite brewery of mine, ( support local beer!) I wasn't expecting much- just another good IPA.

The beer pours a light tea color with a small 1 finger head. There is a light lemony smell with a hint of chocolate.

Unlike other IPAs I have tasted, there is a strong chocolate and lemon in the finish. This IPA has its own signature- it stands out with a distinct taste- the smell is light- a nice prelude to a well balanced finish. The mouth feel is wonderfully puckering and tart- not overwhelming. A good opener for the finish. Unlike many other beers, though, the finish doesn't improve with warming, so it's best to drink it cold.

I'm in Massachusetts, so perhaps the beer doesn't travel well, otherwise it would get more accolades.

One of my favorite breweries. A great beer. Worth the try. Keep refrigerated.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 02:27:24 | More by brureview
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't remember who sent me this as an extra, and I kinda lost it in the move. I found it today and cracked it open.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a nice cream-colored head, good retention.

S - Floral and malty.

T - Floral, oranges, and carmel malts.

D - Good carbonationa nd body.

O - More malt than citrus. Maybe it is a bit too old.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:55:20 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of tempest


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/22/12. Picked up a bomber from Beverage Warehouse in Winsooski VT. Like the Traditional Pale Ale, this is a more malty take on the style. There's a clean, bready toasty malt character under the citus, piney hops bite. It's not that similar to Brooklyn IPA, this is significantly maltier. Still a tasty beer, there's just a big sweet biscuit toast that matches the hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:04:37 | More by tempest
Photo of tylerprince


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy orange/copper. One finger head resolves to leave a little bit of foam and a hefty lacing.

S: Smells like a nice toasty caramel with some floral undertones. Fairly mild and no hint that it's an IPA.

T: Not for the hophead. A balanced combination of mild citrus, toasty malt and orange. Pretty tasty, just tastes more like a wheaty pale than an IPA. Gets a good bit breadier as it warms.

M: Somewhat thick, but simultaneously crisp and refreshing. A decent session ale with minimal alcohol sensation.

O: Just too bland and lacking in hop flavor as an IPA for me. Decent if you want an unfiltered pale, though. Ultimately delicious and well brewed.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 00:33:34 | More by tylerprince
Photo of nickfl


3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper body. The head fades away quickly and leaves only minor traces of lace.

S - Fruity hops with notes of melon and lemon as well as some bready malt and toffee.

T - Sweet, grainy malt up front with a hint of floral hop flavor. The hop essence increases slightly in the middle as more toffee and yeasty bread pile on. Some fruity hop flavor comes out in the finish, but is quickly plowed under by lots of thick, rich malt which overpowers the modest bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - This is a pretty nice, very drinkable beer but it is kind of an anemic IPA. The hop aroma is noticeable, but not nearly as pungent as a hop lover would hop it might be and the flavor profile is thoroughly dominated by the malt. This all makes for a very nice pale ale, and it could be a great IPA if it had about 4x as much hop character as it does.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:27:57 | More by nickfl
Photo of derekmorris7


3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A > Pours a medium-light amber, small white head that doesn't last too well.
S > Aroma is light, fruity (pears, grapes), mildy hoppy (floral, pine).
T > Flavor starts slightly fruity (mostly pears), middle is thin, ends mildly hoppy.
M > Medium body, mild carbonation.

Bought this on a whim..5 bucks..not worth it though

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:02:28 | More by derekmorris7
Photo of albertjr21

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass on 10-8-11.

Pours an orange rust color with a semi-clear consistency and a resilient head. Nose carries a mild but zesty lemon citrus and floral sweet aroma. Tasty ripe orange and lemon citrus acidity really hits the palate with a well-rounded bitterness. Sessionable IPA for sure...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 19:56:34 | More by albertjr21
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange color with 1-finger sandy head. Some retention, but not a lot. Sparse, but thick, chunky lace.

Muted hop notes in the nose. Stronger caramel malt and some toffee. Light pepper.

Getting light pepper on the tongue, too. Much stronger burnt caramel malt flavor with earthy hop bitters at the very end. Touch of orange in the finish, too.

Medium body with little resin or oil.

A decent English IPA, but just not doing it for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:18:48 | More by beer2day
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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.