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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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574 Ratings

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 29
Gots: 56 | 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 oddfire
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. There is just the right balance of hopiness, drinkablity, and finish in this beer. The brewers at BBC really know what they are doing. I have made the trip to the brewery for the tour twice now. This is one of there better beers.

oddfire, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bottle, but then again all I see BBC beers in are 22oz bottles. Poured into a Guinness pint glass. The color is a very light copper. Leaves a head that's about a finger thick and has pretty good retention. A different smell for an IPA...more malty than hoppy. Has some hint of citrus as well. The hops are there, but they are hidden a bit by the sweet malt. The taste is well balanced, but as with the aroma, it's more malt than hops. It's a sweet taste (caramel?), and a noticable bitterness to it. It leaves a fair amount of stickiness in the mouth. Light to medium bodied and it drinks easy. I've had this before and I will have it again.

mtbbaboon, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Dave36
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this IPA from a 22oz bomber. Great head formation with good lacing during session, initial notes are citrus and malt. Finishes most triumphantly to a great light floral hop character. BBC is a brewery that puts out great tasting beer! We are lucky to have them around.

Dave36, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jaxon53 for sending this in the One of Each BIF

A - Poured a hazy orangish yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of citrus hops touch of malt

T - Like the smell starts with citrus hops then gets balanced out with the malt

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink IPA with a good taste to it that I could session worth trying

armock, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 3, 2008

Friend brought this to Jersey from up in Connecticut -- she studies at Sacred Heart University and spoils my laziness by bringing me quality New England craft beers. Pours beautiful golden pale ale. Tastes of hops, citrus, blended light tropical fruits. Very good IPA, better than expected.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a large sized (4.5 finger) off white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, lightly floral and light caramel. Stronger floral tastes with caramel and very light citrus. Medium sweet and very lightly bitter. Hoppier aroma vs. tastes - tastes where a little bit of a let down as I expected more of a hop presence.

Notes from 10/26/06

hopdog, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of dippy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Parish Cafe.

Poured a medium brown, reddish around the edges. Off white head on top disappated quickly.

Smell was sweet and malty. Some light citrus scents.

Upon drinking this I was convinced that they poured me something other than an IPA as the hops didn't come through immediately. It was fruity, alot of sweetness from the malt. The hops came through later as the beer warmed.

Overall it was a good beer. Not the best IPA but as I found it too balanced to be an IPA. I will buy again. I have had this is a bottle as well but didn't review, still I remember it as being hoppier.

I will try it again.

dippy, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 22oz bomber. Pours a great hazy amber color with an awesome white head. There is excellent lacing to this beer also. Has an aroma of pine and citrus. Has a taste of pine and a little citrus. Hard to make out. Not bitter at all and does not have an overpowering taste to it. Has a high drinkability to it though due to the lightness of it. Definitely not the best IPA but an allright one.

HopEnthusiast, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint tonight at Woody's. Paired well with a pizza with some spicy toppings. Slight orange color, decent white head. Mild carbonation. Spicy smell of pine. Plenty of hops in the taste. A bit lighter in the mouthfeel than other IPAs. A pretty good IPA, didn't blow me away. Not something I want to drink all night, but if you like hops, this will more than satisfy.

morebeergood, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in a 64 oz. growler for $6.99.

An above average IPA right here, I've had better but I've had many that were worse. It is pretty damn hoppy but the taste could be improved a tad. It's all blended together well and is a well balanced beer and I'd like to try more from this brewery.

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber thanks to tprokop7. Poured into a shaped pint a la DFH. Lets hop in, shall we?

A: Poured an orange / honey like appearance. Got a good finger of head on this brew that had moderate retention which receeded to a thin ring which had very little foam in the middle. Lacing is streaking and incredibly sticky. As the brew goes down, it slowly crawls down the glass in a spikey manner. Great looking beer.

S: There is a good smell wafting from the glass. I get some nice hints of citrus hops, caramel malt, and grapefruit. There is some pine and resin in there too. Gets me interested in taking that first sip.

T: Semi-bitter citrus hops that have a touch of sweetness to it. Caramel malt balances this brew very nicely. Orange peel zest comes through very nicely. Pine and resin are there and both offer some more sweet bitterness. There is also some nuttiness in the background. It might be pecans or walnuts, still very faint but nice.

M: This is light-medium brew that is a little thinner than I imagined it to be. Has a somewhat watery manner to it. Bitterness lingers here in the aftertaste, but nothing mindblowing. Brew is very crisp and refreshing.

D: This is a really drinkable brew. Although the mouthfeel is thin, the look, aroma and taste make up for it. The thin-ness makes it go down easy and makes it very drinkable. The ABV is light and doesn't really rear its head. Pretty good beer.

everetends, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber into an imperial pint. Ample carbonation and a beautiful 1-1/2 finger foamy head. Tons of lacing.

S - Euro-hops and a nice, sweet malt backbone. Muted, but still tasty.

T - Not bitter, but well-balanced. The hops seem to ride the malt on this one. Lots of caramel malt, with a slight hop bite on the back-end.

M - Creamy, slightly oily, medium-high carbonation.

D - Awesome. Totally easy to drink, and the low ABV helps it go down like water.

Notes: A killer EIPA in terms of drinkability. Thanks to DrDogBeer for the extra... this is a great, extremely easy drinker that I'd be happy to have access to. Makes me wanna try more Berkshire brews.

SaucyA, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Seanibus, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of happygnome
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a darker orange color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears slowly but when it is gone it leaves a bit of lacing around the edge of the glass. the lacingis sticky, itclings to the glass as the level of the beer drops
s: caramel malts dominate the nose as well as citrusy bitter hops. this beer really demonstrates the difference between american and english IPA's because the hop level in the nose is not near what would be expected in an american ipa
t: caramel malts followed and balanced by citrusy sweet hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a good beer i enjoyed it
thanks tprokop7

happygnome, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with about two fingers of light beige head. Head retains a thin lace nad leaves a little bit of stick.

Smell is quite juicy and fruity, with citrus hops and maybe some apricots and peaches. Light toasted malt and biscuit aroma, as well.

Taste is very smooth and well balanced, and it certainly is an English IPA as it's only a moderately hoppy brew. Some fruity hop flavor starts and then gives way to some biscuit, bready malt and a lightly toasted note. Subdued hop bitterness through the finish.

Mouthfeel is a smooth medium body, and it drinks very easily. Very nice English IPA and a great alternative to the many hoppier IPAS for non-hop heads.

number1bum, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lost Sailor IPA....

Appearance- mildly dark color, mediums sized head, real thick carbonation.

Smell-notes of hops in the nose, very floral and aromatic. Alcohol as well.

Taste-a lot of balance, hops are there but not overpowering, alcohol hits, biscuity malt balances, I could be mistaken but I think the hops are Hellertau.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, very flavorful, perhaps a little light for the style but not bad.

Drinkability-probably one of the more drinkable IPAs for the uninitiated.

Overall-well balanced IPA, hop heads will hate it but I do appreciate that it's an approachable and drinkable version of this ever more extreme style. Tasted great on a hot summer day.

TheDeuce, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy honey color with 1/2" head. Head had very nice retention and lacing.

S- Orange zest, nuts and caramel malt. Hops are not too noticable and are quite toned down.

T- The orange characteristic is the most prominent. Not much in the bitterness department. Very toned down to what I am accustomed to in American IPA's.

M- Thin to medium in the mouth and relatively low carbonation.

D- While it was a tad watered down to me, it was not bad for the style. I will stick to my American IPA's and their hop profiles. I am a hophead for sure, but his beer is not bad at all; just not my style.

MMAJYK, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Growler

I enjoyed this beer in a traditional pint glass. The beer appeared caramel or medium copper in color and was rather clear.
There were 2 fingers of off white head that faded extremely quickly

I found the taste to be a bit too malty sweet for my tastes.

I do notice that this is listed as an English IPA vs. an American IPA and I think the focus on the malt is perhaps indicative of the style..

Either way, I am more fond of Hop pronounced IPA's.

There was an insane amount of lacing left behind in the glass. Among the most I've ever seen.

Aroma is more malt/ caramel and roasted vs. Hoppy floral.
Flavor hits with a burst of malt sweetness.
Strong roasted malt up front that isn't balanced with a big enough hop finish.

Burnt/roasted malt/ dark caramel flavor are predominant.
Not hops or "fresh" hops.

Not nearly enough hop lingering aftertaste.

A bit effervescent and a somewhat lighter mouth feel.

This is a pretty good beer. Frankly I tried it after having a Mama Masala IPA and it really didn't compare too well.

If you're a Hop freak, you should look elsewhere. If you enjoy a bit sweeter milder IPA, give it a shot.

Reagan1984, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Berkshire growler into a Ro's Pizza pint glass:

A: Poured a slightly hazy amber brown color with some yeast swirls floating around beneath the one finger head of ivory foam.

S: Big whiff of resinous hop oils and English spices in the nose. There's a slight sweetness from bulbous citrus fruits in there also.

T: Taste is a very smooth blend of a modest IPA, with strong pine needle and citrus hops, quieted with a roasted malt smoothness which turns the bitterness down a bit, but leaves a nice, spicy aftertaste. This brew flows smoothly.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little chewy.

D: Very smmoth and drinkable for an IPA. Some hopheads might be turned off by the lack of over the top hops, but savor the spicy English malt flavor, and you'll find it much more drinkable.

Lost Sailor makes for a great session IPA and something interesting to pack for camping or a BBQ when you don't want lots of bottles and cans around. Plus, it doubles as a musical instrument when you're done!

Gambrinus1184, May 28, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a pint glass.
A: Hazy orange color, brighter yellow towards the bottom. Huge frothy off-white/yellowy head. Lacing rings spread out down the side of the glass. Lovely.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, sugary malts. Not too bitter, nice malt mixture with a whiff of hop nips.
T: Grassy/floral hops tastes, not bitter. Sugars, caramel, grainy malts in the middle. Maybe some honeyed fruit with a little sour nip to it? Tough to describe, but an interesting set of flavors. Solid and unique among IPAs I've tasted.
M: Smoth and heady. But missing out on a nice hop bite.
D: Quite good. Quaffable and tasty. The lack of hop bite makes it easier to put back.

LeftyBWS, May 22, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as the last of the Growlin at the moon for this year. I have been very pleased with everything that I have received from Berkshire so far, so I expected nothing less from this one. The pour was decent with a nice, bright, orange tinted honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very hazy, with the cloudiness no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of it. A nice white head of foam, perhaps two fingers high then came over the top and settled down gradually to just a thin film of lace. Very nice appearance I would have to say. Some decent carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom and a good amount of side glass lace was involved as well.

The aroma was pleasant, not as strong as I would have liked, but still pretty decent. There was a nice floral hoppiness, somewhat muted hints of orange and lemongrass with a touch of pine. Decent malt base was apparent as the aroma of bread came through nicely. The flavor followed much of the same, owing that nice light floral hoppiness, but never having enough of it to really push it all the way forward. Nice little bite of bitter on the back of the tongue, and a slightly fruit finish, with apples coming through very clearly, especially in the aftertaste. The Mouthfeel was a little thin, maybe a touch watery, but had more then decent carbonation. A bit of a slickness to it as well. Superbly session able though as this was a very easy drinker and I could have thrown this one down all night long to be honest.

Overall this was a decent IPA, very session able with an interesting little twist of the flavor. I would love to try it on tap and see if it comes off a touch fresher. Definitely solid though and has not tarnished my opinion of Berkshire in the slightest.

mikesgroove, May 19, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good copper hue. Hazy. Thin white topping. This beer has legs.

S: Restrained aroma as appropriate in style. Good malt base. Fruity apricot esters are noticeable. Leafy and grassy hop notes provide nice accompaniment.

T: Sweet malt base but not over powering. Flavor overall is smooth and restrained. Hop bitterness throughout but kicks in at the back end. A little caramel in the malt.

MF: Moderate carbonation with moderately full mouthfeel. Semi dry.

D, notes: Good sessionability. Moderate bitterness clearly makes this an English IPA.

Nipitato, May 13, 2008
Photo of TeddyBG
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy amber, decent head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.
S: Fruity smell not much else picked up.
T: Citrusy flavor with a light malt profile. Hop bite at the end that lingers. Very good balance.
M: Good carbonation. Good after taste.
D: Very sessionable IPA, one of the best for this category.

TeddyBG, May 12, 2008
Photo of laughatdanger11
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bomber into a DFH torpedo glass. No freshness date.

Appearance - Deep burnt orange, hazy. Nice, sudsy head that revives itself with a quick swirl of the glass.

Smell - Crisp hops. Very floral and light, not terribly alcoholic, a little spicy.

T/M - A little thin in the mouth at first, gets more sticky/rounded as it warms. A leafy and light citrus character define this beer. There's also some interesting tang or spice or something that i can't quite put my finger on when i swallow the beer, but ts definitely a uniquely good thing. Soft and delicate for an IPA. Very pleasant, balanced, and non offensive. A sweeter, floral IPA. Mildly carbonated.

D- I consider this a very "dignified" IPA that doesn't punish the drinker at a modest 5.5%. I personally appreciate this and I think this beer is full of character. It's nice to drink an IPA bomber to myself and not feel irreparably impaired with a scorched tongue (don't get me wrong, sometimes I crave these ipa's, its just nice to see some diversity). Very nice.

laughatdanger11, May 12, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dr. Dogbeer for the 22oz. bottle of Lost Sailor, which has been waiting patiently for us to get to it for the past two months.

Golden is the only description I have for this beer, opaque, with a thin head. Smells nice, like the faint aroma of a shampoo you remember from a girl you dated in 1988.

Taste has a distinct apple tinge, a little sweet, with a smooth tang at the end that's radically different than most IPAs of the moment. Interesting beer. Good stuff.

If this brew were available locally I'd definitely pick one up now & then. I also think it would be a stellar beer to use to introduce someone to the gentler, kinder side of well-made beers. Now I'm looking forward the BBC Raspberry Barleywine that was resting next to it!

maximum12, Apr 24, 2008
Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.