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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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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 34
Gots: 78 | 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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Ratings: 631 | Reviews: 316
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.

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.

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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.