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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313 Reviews

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Reviews: 313
Hads: 654
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 38
Gots: 98 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Photo of Gatch
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (488 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly hazy deep amber/light brown tone with a solid finger of a creamy beige head; decent retention and lacing. hearty, good looking IPA.

in the nose nose i get citrusy hops (a touch of pine), some bready, caramely malts. flavor follows the aroma nicely with a nice balance between the citrus/pine hoppiness and a bit of a bready malt backbone. some subdued spice notes. has a dry, bitter-hoppy finish. nice, serviceable IPA; perhaps not spectacular, but a damn fine beer that could easily fit into a regular rotation.

medium bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation. crisp and refreshing. very drinkable. i could easily keep going with this. and since i have a growler, i guess i will. recommended, and the fresher the better.

originally reviewed: 11-12-2010 (811 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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??? (309 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of BOSMECH
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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) (883 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber best by 6/19/12
Pours a pale gold color. Big billowing white head, tight, tiny bubbles. Very slow to disappear. Thick pieces of heady lace
Smells like some honey and a hint of grassy citrus hops. Not much going on in the aroma. Hints of bready malts.
Taste start with a sweet honey malt. A hit I'm the face of carbonation and hoppy bitterness. Fills the mouth with mellow lemon zest, and rose petal hop flavors. Finishes with more sweet malt, bringing in bready and a bit of oat in the end. Nothing lingers but a slight citrus peel hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodies. High carbonation fills the mouth, sticks the hop to the tongue

A good, easy drinking English ipa. The hops don't overpower, nor does the malt. A bit too sweet, but otherwise very nice. I'll continue buying growlers of this. (804 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of jb413
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy apple-cider type autumn hue with a nice finger plus of white foamy head.

S - Citrusy in the nose with some orange, grapefruit and pear. Slight floral. Delicious

T - Malty and sweet in front. Nice dry-hopped taste, moderate bitterness, citrusy profile and clean.

MF - Smooth, medium-bodied, an easy-drinker. Well-matched carbonation and nice finish.

O - A solid, consistent IPA with a well-rounded medium and balanced profile. (441 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks to my apartment-mate Bertrand Morin for bringing this to us in a growler straight from the brewery!!!

A - Cloudy, unfiltered dark amber color (almost like thick honey or agave nectar) with a small one-finger white head that reduces to a nice residual layer. Carbonation bubbles are continually moving through the cloudiness. 'Tis a gorgeous beer! 4.5

S - Floral, hoppy smell. I couldn't tell you exactly what this smells like...but what I can tell you is that it smells good. Really good. Like hop-angels singing in your nostrils. (ok that sounded weird) 4.5

T - Slightly sweet citrusy lemon flavor at the beginning, immediately counterbalanced by bitter hopnotes at the back of the tongue. Nice crisp finish with a hint of apple, bergamot and more citrus. 4.0

M - Smooth and carbonated just slightly. I think this would have more carbonation and a better body if we had had it in Massachusetts and it didn't have to travel back down here to Richmond, VA. 3.5

O - I think this is a fantastic beer. It's been in the growler, transported by car, all the way down from Massachusetts to Richmond, VA and I think that has definitely had an impact on the quality. That being said, I think this beer is great even despite these detractions. If you can get your mitts on this beer, do it!!! 4.5 (1,308 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of derekmorris7
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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 (335 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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... (308 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Woody's Bar and Grill in Boston on 8/8/11.

A drink with more malt and earthiness than currently popular IPA you find these days. Beautifully golden with a healthy amount of head and lace. Aroma is muted, some malt and a tiny bit of fruitiness. Flavor is traditional English IPA. Earthy with a back end earthy bitterness. Fades some toward the end. Medium body and soft mouthfeel. (390 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of sethmeister
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of abgba121
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: pours a hazy golden color with a thin head and remaining lace

S: basic IPA aroma, floral hops and slight citrus/pine

T: sweet for an IPA, though lingering bitterness on the finish

M: medium body and good carbonation

O: great beer, but could dial down on the sweetness

7-28-2011 re-review

A: pours a hazy amber with a thin white head and good retention and lingering lace

S: sweet and malty, fruit esters, slight hop on the finish

T: sweet up front, fruity middle followed by some hops, though very faint, and a sweet, crisp finish

M: medium body and high carbonation

O: good beer, different than I last remember, more hazy this time around and less bitterness qualities with a lot more sweetness involved (728 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass (pint glasses were dirty)

Pours a amber/golden color, rather cloudy, beautiful 1 finger off white head.

Smell isnt too strong, maltier more molasses-y smelling than a typical ipa, hints of orange.

Taste is well balanced, picking up hints of grapefruit, maple syrup, oak, some hop character is there but balanced out by the malts. Tastes almost like a hppy amber or pale ale really. I liked the mouthfeel as the its well carbonated and creamy yet quite light in body. Sessionable.

Not your typical IPA (more like a american pale ale) and west coasters will probably lament the lack of hops but I'm glad I tried it. Nothing miraculous. (677 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice caramel-amber, with a thick and solid looking white head.

Smell contains a bit of toffee from the malt, and slightly bitter hops are noticeable as well. Slightly floral, with a hint of fruit, but seems more apple than citrus. Nice, but all somewhat subdued.

Taste is very balanced. The malts come out with a rich caramel flavour, coupled with some pine and mild bitterness from the hops. Finish is mildly bitter. Like the nose, I can also taste some apple.

Beer is moderately carbonated, and light to medium bodied. Not particularly notable in this regard.

Overall, a nice IPA. Glad to have been able to try it, and would certainly have it again if the opportunity presented itself. However, I wouldn't go out in search of it. (751 characters)

Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.