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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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very good

616 Ratings

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 31
Gots: 70 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2001

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Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thick white head that leaves lots of lacing. The smell is grass, honey, mineral notes, biscuit. The taste is greens, lots of sweet toffee along with rich maltiness, big bitter dandelion finish -- more bitter than I'd usually expect from an English IPA, but only a little out of balance. It's well carbonated, thicker than I'd expect from such a moderate ABV. The heavy bitterness detracts a little from the drinkability, but it's a nice one.

Thanks to shaebs99 for this excellent bonus.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy orange copper with a dense white head. Generous retention and lacing.

S - Very nice bouquet of fruits, spice, and hops. A very sweet smelling IPA.

T - Some complex flavors here. Citrus and fruity notes are abundant. It finishes with a bitter, hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied, a bit watery. Carbonation kicks it up a notch. Fairly creamy as well.

D - I enjoyed this one, a refreshing brew.

Photo of GbVDave
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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...

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in a growler and 22oz. bottle, it was great both times. I have been very pleased with everything that I have received from Berkshire so far, so I expected nothing less from this one.

A bit darker than most IPA's, which is just fine. 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. 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.

Photo of Ezone024
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a 22 oz bottle poured into my BBC pint glass, this pours a hazy golden amber color with a really nice think head on it, one of my favorite beers to look at. Brewed locally in south deerfield, MA. make sure you get it at a store that sells it regularly, it must be enjoyed as fresh as possible, there's really no buffer zone. At 1st taste it really warms you, then the hop finish comes through and bites you. I would say it is more piney than citrus. fitting for a beer made for the berkshire mountain folk. overall one of my favorite ipa's. and i love supporting the local business. so it works on all levels. BBC lost sailor goes best with oysters or any raw clam. So if you're a fan of those you will definitely be a fan of lost sailor, share some with your four legged friend for good measure!

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of dbmcrorie
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mnrider
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.


Photo of jeffthecheff
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of bum732
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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.

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.

Photo of donchata
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
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!

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.

Photo of GJ40
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.