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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
86
very good

585 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

BDLbrewster, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of dbmcrorie
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation:
64 oz growler poured into an imperial tulip pint glass. No freshness date and the only labeling (indicating the brew within the bottle) is on the lid. Apparently they reuse their growlers for every style and only change the caps. Very eco-friendly.

Visual:
Copper orange body with quite a chill haze; two finger beige head that needed very little agitation to arise. Sloppy/sticky lacing coats the glass all the way down. A nice foamy cap refuses to expose the beer until the end.

Aroma:
Damn. There are my hops! Plenty of leafy herbal hops with a beautiful floral bouquet. Candy-like fruit notes, such as orange cream and apricot, peek through at times. Quite the robust malty nose; a unique cocoa candy sweetness punches in at the end. Pale and caramel malt gives a sturdy backbone to such a hoppy aroma.

Taste:
Wicked smooth, rich, and creamy body. Even more leafy hop flavors on the tongue than in the nose. Nice citrus tingle around the bend with a powerful floral profile. What seals the deal with this brew is the creamy caramel malt that runs right down the middle, standing up tall against all those hops. Almost sugary in the sweetness, but well placed and well balanced. Bready/muffin like malt prepares the mouth for a bittersweet finish and a grapefruit aftertaste.

Overall:
Amazing IPA. English, yes. But traditional? I think not. This takes it to a whole other level of balance. Plenty of hops, but well balanced by a powerful malty backbone. This is how an IPA should be - tasty, powerful, flavorful, but extremely balanced. Lots of malt, and a shit ton of hops that don't bitter my tongue to death.
Though IPA's are ideal for spicy (heat) food, I would say this brew would be better for spicy (flavor) cuisine. It could handle some heat, but would contrast better with seasoned foods such as curry, Thai, and mild Indian food. Would be excellent with seafood (preferably shellfish such as scallops, fried clams, and fried mussels). Also, a nice pungent wash-rind cheese with a creamy mouth and firm body such as comte or tenero would really compliment this beer finely.

Cheers!

dbmcrorie, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a hazy amber with a two inch dense, frothy, off-white head. Head eventually recedes into a solid half-inch cap; thick bands of lacing coat the glass as the brew recedes. Nose reveals sweet caramel notes and citrus - not getting much in terms of hops here. Taste is less sweet than indicated by the nose and also reveals some biscuity notes with citrus astringency coming out at the finish. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium with a lively, slightly prickly sensation across the tongue. Pretty enjoyable, easy drinking and sessionable - a hop bomb this is not, but seems pretty style consistent.

Jwale73, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color that appears nice and clean. I poured this one pretty vigorously to get the hop aroma to come out, with that came a very thick, fluffy white head.

The initial scent I get from this beer is toasty malts and just a faint bit of lemony citrus. Its not a big west coast hop bomb by any means, it is afterall a traditional English-style IPA. Its all about balance...

Tastes much the same as it smells, the toasty, biscuity maltiness is upfront with a hint of lemony citrus in the finish. Very well balanced, almost leaning towards a traditional pale ale in taste.

Easy drinking for sure and very flavorful.

indiapaleale, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of mnrider
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint Bottle in Pint glass

A: Foggy amber, scarce carbonation, two finger white head which stays with great lacing. Looks good.

S: Not spicy, nor strong, kind of woody.

T/M: Can't taste much but it's very smooth. Nice after taste, which gets much better after a few swigs. Although a little dry.

D: not the best IPA i've had but still very, very good. Goes down good, but a little so smoooth. I like the scarce bitternes.I want another pint.

Cheers!!

mnrider, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber labeled best by 11/09. I think that makes this very fresh.

Slightly hazy, amber-orange color with head and lacing reaching perfection.

Aroma has some yeasty-fruitiness clearly there, floral and citrus hops, and aromatic malt. It's not in your face like I want an IPA to be but it is very good.

Taste just floored me. Why do I claim to be a Berkshire fan but have never had this? Okay so it is not that bitter at all, it's more like a pale ale in that category. So if your an IBU counter and think that very bitter = very good, this might not be your IPA. The flavor is just packed with hops with not much bitterness getting in the way of it. Just great.

Creamy texture with a lingering finish and not much bitterness. I just finished a bomber and I want another one... or two. For an IPA, that has to be 5 for drinkability.

jeffthecheff, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ffejherb for splitting this with me.

Poured a hazy amber color with 1 finger of white head into a goblet. OK retention, nice lacing. Smells of fruits, honey, toasted grains, and citrus. Tastes of floral hops, toasted grains, honey, and citrus zest with some grassy notes in the finish. Medium body, little carbonation. Somewhat thin and watery with some syrup-likeness as well. Pretty toasty and sweet with very little lasting bitterness. Easy to drink and refreshing, but not bitter enough for me to regularly want to choose when in the mood for an IPA.

HopDerek, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into goblet on 6/1/09. Thanks to Naproxen for the trade!

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange body with thin off-white head that receded to a patchy film and left a bit of spotty lace around the glass.

S - Toasted grains and sweet caramel malt comprise the foundation of this IPA, over which some fruity and citrusy hops mingle in concert. Subtle floral and perfumy notes popped up as the liquid neared room temperature, as did a slight waft of alcohol.

T - Flavor is more perfumy and floral than the aroma, with a bit of citrusy hops sneaking into the mix. A slight buttery flavor also persists throughout, unfortunately, but doesn't fully detract from my overall enjoyment. Finish is sweet with a minimal bitter character.

M - Very softly carbonated with a light to medium body and a flimsy, syrupy texture. Pretty thin and watery mouthfeel overall. Finishes with minimal bitterness and some residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Decent IPA overall, although extremely average in the mouthfeel department. The malt profile was quite nice, but the hop character could benefit from the addition of more citrus hops, which would work nicely with the grainy malt aspect of this IPA.

ffejherb, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy cloudy orangish yellow, nice creamy head leaving good lacing. Smells of fruity aromas, some pear and apricot, earthy hops. Tastes of faint fruity malt followed quickly by an earthy hoppy bitterness. Finishes fairly neutral, some hoppy resin. Nice moderate carbonation, works with the subtle fruity malt.

A very nice beer, probably my fav. English IPA. The subtle fruit characteristic works really well with earthy hops. Definitely different from most hop bombs, great for session drinking.

bum732, May 31, 2009
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewery sealed growler. Clear amber with a dense beige cap. Thick lace and great head retention. Spicy citrus aroma with tangerine and papaya notes with toasted malt. Solid bitterness that stayed well balanced with the toasty, biscuity malt flavour. Hops were an orange/grapefruit combination. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, slight dryness. Great texture and flavour, very well balanced.

DrJay, May 30, 2009
Photo of donchata
4.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is nectar from the Gods. 64 ounces of delicious, frothy, full bodied heaven. Strong aromas of citrus, almonds and vanilla. Pours an excellent clean strong head that clings to the glass with all it's might. This is a beer to experience with friends. Enjoy!

donchata, May 16, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brothercannon for bringing me a few Berkshire bottles back from VT. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed rich apricot color with a full two fingers of fluffy off white foam. A sticky lace is left on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells and tastes of floral hops, various citrus fruits, mainly lemon, pale malts, a touch of sweet caramel, earthy hops. This ale is certainly medium bodied and amply carbonated for it's style. This bomber was drained rather quickly and I look forward to enjoying this one again.

ClockworkOrange, May 11, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a pint glass from a 22oz bottle purchased at Nikki's in North Providence, RI. It had a best by date of 7/7/09.

A - Golden and clear with a moderate off-white head and decent lacing. It looked very inviting.

S - A mix of piney/grassy hops and biscuity malts.

T - Follows the aroma pretty closely with a mix of toasted malt, piney hops with a hint of citrus. I found the flavor decent but a bit flat. And it wasn't just that the hops were subdued; the malt was as well.

M - A slightly thin consistency with a nice low to moderate level of carbonation.

D - A decent IPA. Easy enough to drink but not all that compelling.

GJ40, May 05, 2009
Photo of bsend
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. bomber into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a foamy 2 finger white head. The beer lets some light through went held up to it.

Smell: Beautiful hop scent of both floral and citrus.

Taste: Sweet hops up front that lead to more floral, bitter ones. Overall subtle to moderate hop flavor that isn't over the edge.

Mouthfeel: BBC brews a smooth beer. Most body that replicates draft beer.

Drinkability: Great flavored IPA that isn't overly intense. Makes for an excellent session IPA. I could enjoy these all day. I wish I could find this on tap.

Final Thoughts - This was the first beer I tried from BBC. Awesome choice, as it clearly is their best. One of my favorite IPAs!

bsend, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Hophead101
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank on 11.20.08

pours a nice dark amber color - slightly hazy. great head to start but left pretty quickly. really good heavy lacing left in the glass. not much happening in the smell. struggling to get much out of it. obvious hop smell giving its style, but not much. buttery with very subtle citrus (I am stretching).

taste initially seemed a bit watered down. flavors don't seem to blend well - the malt and the hops seem to collide rather than play nicely together. the hop lingers around the edges of the mouth, kinda crisp overall but soft on the tongue. while not the greatest mouthfeel, still able to drink a decent amount of it.

Hophead101, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of brdc
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks tai4ji2x for this one. Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Golden brew, small white head, little retention.
Aroma is delicious, but is gets annoying quite fast, as it is unidimensional and quite strong, with a remarkable floral hoppiness that at times feels like perfume.
Medium bodied, it is relatively well balanced, with a citrusy hoppiness along with cookie maltiness, but not a lot more. The aroma gets intrusive after the first half glass.
Interesting, but I do not remember having a beer with a nice aroma that gets intrusive so fast.

brdc, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of naproxen poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy caramel color in the glass though it's bright orange when held up to light. There is a bubbly white head that lingers as a ring and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma has some grassy hops up front with hints of very light citrus, especially lemons. There is some sweet malts in there as well, but the nose isn't extremely fragrant.

The taste follows the nose with a big bitterness throughout from the citrus hops. The sweet malts are in there to balance it out a little but the juicy citrus bitterness is the main ingredient here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with the citrus hop juice. The carbonation is moderate.

This is a hop-forward citrusy IPA that's not too in-your-face so it stays fairly drinkable. There is a bit of abrasiveness to the hops in the finish that keeps it from being super drinkable. Overall, a decent IPA.

gford217, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of msolar
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

msolar, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of madiba
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most interesting and sophisticated IPA's available. While not a hop bomb, its powerful floral and citrus notes blend smoothly into a rich malty backbone. It finishes with a wonderfuly dry and crisp bitterness. Lost Sailor manages to be an IPA that is both highly drinkable and remarkably complex. My favorite IPA. Hands down.

This beer makes you wish more breweries had the guts to make an IPA that didn't rely on bushels upon bushels of hops.

madiba, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the original India Pales that got me interested in the style. Lets see how it turns out having not had it for some time. Poured in to a traditional English pint glass a hazy orange, with a bit more than a ring of white lacing. Smell is of grapefruit, and light, delicate hops that give off various citrus aromas. Slightly metallic smell, and a smell that reminds me of ringwood yeast. Hit of honey oriented malt in the beginning, followed by light, floral hops. It leaves a mild numbing effect on the palate. This beer has a very complex hop profile, but not in your face, or over the top like so many others. Feel of this beer is really well rounded out, not too big, but not too light. Drinking this is helped out immensely by the balance of malt and hops. As it has been said before, this is one of the best for its style that New England has to offer. It is a pity that there aren't so many English varieties of this style more widely available, as I think they are every bit as complex and good as their American counterparts. I will make sure to include this as an extra in trades I make in the future. Cheers, and happy St. Pattys Day.

jamie2dope, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $5.49.

A: Pale honey with a bit of orange at the edges and a 1-2 finger foamy, off-white head that deflates pretty quickly but deposits staunch layers of lace down the glass.

S: Strong herbal, woody Fuggles aroma is first but is met pretty solidly with strong pale malt and light grain aromas with a hint of toffee.

T: Full-flavored with pale malt and herbal, earthy hops making most of the noise with this brew. Very pleasant and inobtrusive with a strong Fuggles and Goldings hops finish.

M: Very good coating feel that is quite easy to drink due to the low carbonation and herbal hops aftertaste.

D: A nice English IPA with a strong Fuggles/Goldings influence but clearly care in malting was present which speaks well of the first Berkshire offering I've had the chance to try.

argock, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz thanks to patsliquor for the opportunity.

Clear light brassy amber. Finger of offwhite head that falls quickly. No lace.
Aroma is citrus and slightly earthy. A little sweet malt comes through.
Taste is light malt body overlaid with hop bitterness. A long lingering bitterness with some resiny feel.
Medium body, good moderate carbonation.

Doesn't knock my socks off but it's a solid, nice drinking, delicious IPA.

goatgoat, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Bukowski's Tavern in Cambridge MA. Served chilled in a pint

A - A very hazed light amber w/ a thick bone white band that generates a sheet of lace on the glass.

S - A very fruity, yeasty nose w/ English hop aromas which are pretty intense

M - A nice nutty/toasted malt texture underneath a layer of mildly acidic and fruity hops w/ moderately full carbonation

T - An excellent fresh and balanced tasting English IPA w/ a nice malt finish. The taste is hoppy, but clean in general w/ only a moderate amount of lingering bitterness and the sweetness is restrained. The hop flavor is full and the beer is refreshing

D - I consider this high in drinkability w/ fresh hop & yeast flavors. Great balance and high on the quaffability scale for an English IPA and fits the style well

Slatetank, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this via Norica - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a two-finger off-white head that slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus hop aromas along with almost tropical fruit aromas. Not much influence from the malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The hop flavors dominate, though not so much because they're overpowering, but because the pale malt flavors aren't very strong. Ends with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side, but the carbonation still manages to make this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy-drinking IPA that I could have a few of.

Overall this is an above-average IPA, though I think it could be better with more malt flavor. Still, certainly worth a shot.

glid02, Feb 24, 2009
Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.