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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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607 Ratings

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 31
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 OatmattStout
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Must say I have become a huge fan of Berkshire recently because of the quality of the beer and the freshness with refrigeration only.

Nice light orange/amber color with a fluffy white head. Very sticky nice lacing like the curtains that hung in my grandmas bathroom.

Very nice fresh hop nose with sweetness present.

Taste is incredibly complex and fresh. Great sweet pale malt taste and fruity finish. The hop side is perfectly balanced and this is why I love a good English style IPA. Some of the overly hopped American IPA's should take notice.

Have I said FRESH...:) you can really tell this beer is different from others. All around The Ipa I would reach for in a session.

Photo of burgercamp
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my 2nd - and 3rd - quarter Super Bowl brew. My friends -- In a growler is the way to go/ Though I realize many do not have that option, 'tis the true way. NEVER had a growler 'til now ... I can't believe I didn't do this sooner. Honestly - the growler makes a world of difference. Lost Sailor becomes an excellent session IPA due to it's great balance and subdued taste. Thought it was more of a 3.5 brew until the growler. Some brews have specific packaging that makes them taste better. Lost Sailor ROCKS as my new session brew -- IN A GROWLER!


Photo of paco1029384756
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with minimal white head and good lacing.

Scent of hops, malts, citrus, caramel, and hints of spices. I'm not too familiar with the style, so I don't have much to compare it to, but I do like this.

Taste of caramel, grassy hops, malts and hints of spices. It's a pretty basic beer, but that doesn't make it bad.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with some carbonation.

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

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one!

pours a beautifully clear light orange-amber with a creamy one-finger head that slowly fades to a nice ring that leaves small spots of light lacing to the bottom of the glass.

rich caramel up front on the nose, giving way to a biscuty malt fighting with a definite floral hopping. Green and herbal, with only a hint of pine. More vegetables, green grass, and grapefruit leaves. Pleasantly malty on the whole with a nice citrus kick.

caramel malts, fruit sweetness and some green floral and herbal hopping. Apricots, pears, oranges and sweet limes cascade over the rich caramel and biscuit malts. A bit of green hopping comes through in the palette as well, with a bit of cilantro and maybe some mint. None of it obscures the beautiful malt profile, yet augments it perfectly. Juicy and fresh.

mouthfeel is delicious! rich, full, but still relatively light and smooth. carbonation is ample and fine, carrying the flavors beautifully over the tongue in a cascade of silkiness.

wow. This is one of the better IPAs I've had recently, and pure drinkability in terms of finishing the glass in front of me was amazing. I could easily session a few bombers - and I rarely say that about any brew. Mouthfeel and flavor were brilliant... leaving me craving more. If I have the opportunity to get a few more bottles, I will in a heartbeat.

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

This is my first Berkshire.. have heard good things.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Ithaca pint glass.

Appearance: Nice golden amber in color, pour shows a nice white head, with sticky lacing and good retention.

Smell: A faint grassy note, accompanied by some beautiful citrus like florals expands in the nose perfectly. A bit of some hop oil and some raw biscuit like maltiness are here as well.

Taste: A nice, resinous citrus profile, good balance of sweet hops to some smooth maltiness. A tinge of esters, raw honey & sugar are in the finish, this one leaves the palete in a whirlwind, spanning in all directions from the direct burst of hops to the robust malty character. Nicely balanced and presented.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated, I think the quick hit of maltiness really smooths this one out. Holds up well on the tongue.

Drinkability: Overall, this is a very enjoyable IPA that is hoppy, malty, yet refined and balanced. The smoothness in the profile really makes this a standout IPA. Excellent job.

Photo of Beerman3000
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this beer in the 1/2 gallon gowler, fresh from the brewery. Slightly hazy, light to medium-amber color. Big, cream-colored, velvety, draft-like head. Wonderfully fresh, hoppy, and cotton-candy/dextriney nose. Slight pine and citrus peel notes with the hops. Smooth, medium-bodied mouth feel. Very natural and draft-like. Fresh, very well-balanced and long flavor. Delicious! Incredibly complex (as opposed to simply powerful) hoppy tones. Nicely balanced, w/ caramel and butterscotch toasted maltiness to provide good counterbalance to the hoppiness. A rather lightly toasted and hoppy IPA, though bodisome and full. This is a great, savory, sophisticated IPA. Although the bottled version is good, it's definitely worth getting the growler.

Photo of FishGetter
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA glass. Light amber color with great clarity. Abundance of carbination relased tickling the nose.
Melow citrus hop, sort of sweet. Slight grain. Inviting to dive right in.
Fresh, clean tasting citrus hop, not overpowering. Slight sweetness from the malt to take any strong bitterness out of hops. Alcohol peaks its head just to say hello. Nice!
Crisp mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Carbination frolics with the tounge when rolled around.
Great drinkability! Proud to be a local. Another great offering from BBC! Cheers

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

Bottle courtesy of DrDogbeer, as part of a great "hophead" carepackage - thanks!! Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Pours a heavily hazed red amber with sparse, slow, fine-bubbled carbonation that creeps up the curvature of the snifter. The head is fluffy, bubbly, and has average retention, and the lacing is a little sparse, but overall, it's a pleasant-looking beer.

Aroma: Pungent mint and citrus, and a healthy dose of sweet caramelized sugars, honey-like in places, more toffee-esque in others. A little faint, but nonetheless pleasant.

Taste: A very interesting flavor profile here. It's heavily tilted in the hop department towards herbal leafy notes, with tons of mint, basil, and spicy grassiness, though there is a fair amount of citrus as well, mostly on the light end of the spectrum (that is, orange and lemon, not grapefruit). The malt foundation is similarly singular, but very nice - heavily roasted, with flourishes of chocolate, caramel, and other sweet, doughy, bready notes balance things nicely. Almost hotel pillow mint-esque in places (sort of like a lighter, pleasantly more-bitter Great Divide Old Hibernation). Oh, that reminds me, there's some bitterness, but it's fairly mild and laid back. A very balanced and tasty English IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a great deal of carbonation that yields a big, fluffy, and incredibly creamy and smooth mouthfeel, almost milky smooth.

Drinkability: Solidly drinkable and really low in alcohol, making it very sessionable. I enjoyed this one a lot, though it's not a style I've partaken too much in. The hop profile on this one was very unique, and perhaps with a few more complexities thrown in, this one would be a big, big winner.

Photo of oddfire
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of mtbbaboon
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Dave36
4.8/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of Vendetta
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Photo of dippy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of SaucyA
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of happygnome
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.