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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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617 Ratings

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Ratings: 617
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 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.

Photo of madiba
4.8/5  rDev +25%
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.

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.

Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of goatgoat
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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

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.

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

A - Murky light colored copper/ butterscotch. Nice almost white 1 " head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - First thing I got was deep deep sweet malt. So malty. Then citrus. Nice and inviting.

T - Very nice sweet center, and lots of juicy citrus to go with it. More citrus as it warms. A little thinner in flavor than the smell suggested.

M - Medium body fair carbed. I wanted it to be a little chewier, but still pretty darned good.

D - At this ABV and classic flavors so well balanced, a session for sure.

Photo of Jayli
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an deep orange amber, slightly hazy, 2 finger foamy white head, with nice thick sticky lacing. Nose is of malts, caramel balanced with some nice hops notes and bit of spice. Taste is of hops with great balanced backbone of malt. I am quite impressed by the balance of this beer. Definitely makes you want to come back for more! Mouthfeel is medium body, very smooth going down, not much of an aftertaste. Great IPA that I could definitely sit with for a session.

Photo of bhalter8
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for throwing this in on a recent trade. Straight from the bomber to pint, this pours a light orange/amber color with frothy, off-white one+ finger head. There is a definite hop character to the smell, with a tart, citrus background. The taste follows this trend, as there is a nice citrus background to the bitter hops. The hops do not overwhelm due to a nice balance with the malt. It is a really smooth, easy drinking IPA, with no overbearing carbonation either. I really like this IPA, a citrusy hops character balanced with a sound malt backbone, and no overdone carbonation. I wish I lived in New England, I could see me drinking many of these this Spring if I did.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.74/5  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.

Photo of mtbbaboon
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
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
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.