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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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575 Ratings

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 310
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 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
Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with no visible freshness date; unfiltered and unpasteurized. It pours a lightly-hazy, dark amber color with medium carbonation, topped with a three-finger, light tan head that deposits a good amount of lace. Nice and hoppy in the nose, with notes of citrus, pine, aspirin and a bit of earthiness. On the palate it is all this, plus leafy and fruity hops, tasty grapefruit, a medium bitterness, and some sweet and buttery flavors from the malts. The beer is medium in carbonation and body, with a dry, hoppy finish. All in all, this is a tasty, easy-to-drink IPA that has a flavorful and complex hop profile.

mmmbeer, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of WillieMoe
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange amber, with a fluffy white head that slowly fades. The smell is subtle with an understated hop scent about it. The taste is of mild floral hops, with a slight bitterness. It has a good balance and the hoppiness is not as powerful as in other IPAs. Is very drinkable and is especially good for those who don't like the strong hop flavor usually present in IPAs.

WillieMoe, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange with a big, puffy white head. Ribbons of something floating in the ether. Big swath of lace.

Flowery mild hop aroma, slightly bitter. Mild biscuity malt, slightly bitter too.

Mild flowery hop, very sweet and pleasant. Dry biscuity malt. Nicely balanced. Sweeter than expected. Reminiscent of an ESB.

Milky smooth feel; Mild film leaves a bitter aftertaste (a good thing). Either an American ESB or a British IPA. Really drinkable and nice; a hoppy pale-ish ale with some distinction.

williamherbert, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz bottle of this at a local package store in Connecticut.

Appearance is cloudy, and similar to a thick honey with a medium sized head that quickly laces.

Smell is part spice and part fruit.

Taste is hoppy with some vanilla accents.

MF is very nice, has a pleasant kick that lingers in your mouth.

Drinkability is very good, this a great IPA, and one of the best IPAs that I have tasted coming out of mass. The second beer I have tasted from Berkshire Brewing and I am very pleased.

mltobin, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a growler...can't beat the price....7.99

Poured it into a frosted pint glass.

Poured a cloudy amber with little head.

Smells of fruit almost peach and hops.

A slight fruity taste with a dry hops after taste.

The head disappears rather quickly but a good amount of lacing in the glass.

A pretty good IPA in my book.

Matty1918, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of albern
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good IPA but not spectacular. The beer pours a nice amber color with some head, lacing, retention. This is quite a mild IPA, not bursting with hoppiness, perhaps a bit of nutty flavors, some grapefruit, sweet malts, and a decent amount of carbonation. This beer is mild enough and thus highly drinkable. L'Chaim.

albern, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of bboven
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Medium-dark copper appearance, slightly hazy from the bottle conditioning, thin head with scant lacing.

Actually pretty balanced, if a bit heavy on malt. It seems like maybe they didn't dry hop this one. It's a faint grapefruit hop with lots of complex malt, not just two-row. As an IPA, could use a bit more hop.

Also very mellow on the hops in the flavor, but very tasty. A little caramel and too much general sweetness for the hops to handle. AS an ESB or something, this would be a little too hoppy. Seems like a very grey-area beer. Damn tasty, though.

Mouthfeel is almost as good as a cask-conditioned IPA. The bottle conditioning makes all the difference in the world, IMO.

So, I dinged this beer a bit for not being quite to style, even for an English IPA, but that being said, in and of itself, a fantastic beer. It's one of the most interesting I've had in quite a while. I wish I had a case of this stuff. Really, really great.

bboven, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/ gold color. Nice creamy head. Leaves nice lacin. Nice piney hop aroma, not overwhelming. Taste is very smooth for an IPA. Good Hop flavor and slight bite, but balanced very well with the malts so it goes down and finishes very easy. Great flavor, and superb drinkability. I wnjoyed it more as I drank on.

DrDogbeer, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle. Poured out a pale golden copper color that was a bit on the hazy side. About an inch of thin, rocky, white head formed with a rather gentle pour. Head had decent retention, and settled into a soapy coating on top of the beer. Some thin spotty lace was left on the glass.
Smell was mildly hoppy, with tons of big malt aromas. Smells a little bit grainy. A bit of citrus was noticed deep in the background. Taste was almost identical to the smell. Big malt backbone on this one with a medium hop flavor. More graininess. Pretty well balanced in my opinion. Not too bad. Had a nice smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel that was pretty clean and crisp. Just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Great drinkability and very refreshing. A pretty good English I.P.A. from Berkshire Brewing.

jaxon53, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle from a recent trade with jamie2dope.

A: The EIPA has a dark copper, almost amber brown, color. A haziness pervades the entire glass. There was not much head on pour, save for a small white pool in the middle of the glass.

S: The aroma is full of pale toasted malts. A crisp hoppiness is evident but restrained within the malts.

T: Caramel and toffee malts dominate that flavor up front, crowding out any semblance of hops. Those malts stick with the flavor long after the beer is gone. Mid-sip the hops come through, with a subtle floral flavor that screams of grass and herbs. The bite is short-lived and never gets in the way of the malts.

M: The malts are the star here, with subtle toasty graininess nicely supporting the hops. A nice English-style IPA.

D: A real sessioner, this beer has a nice one-two punch of malt and hops.

akorsak, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich golden color with a decent head. Aroma is of hops and malt with the hops showing through quite well. Taste is mostly bready with a very subdued bitterness. Aftertaste is biscuity and buttery smooth. It's very much like an English IPA with the malt showing through more. There's a decent fruitiness upfront as well. Not too bad. Not quite what I'd find to be impressive though.

Brad007, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy tea colored brew with solid light tan head and good fluffy lacing. The aroma is a mild malt and apple blend with a curious nutty presence in the background. The first taste gets a tingly carbonation that's bready with a lemon background. Nice body feel with a hint of malt throughout. An easy drinking middle ground IPA with only minor hops but a pleasant overall outcome. A mild choice that should be acceptable to most ale fans. Recommended for a try and better I think than the bottled version I had earlier.

Durge, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Having this one in another one of their great pint bottles. Its appearance is golden and murky. Heavy, creamy head appeared after the pour. The expected smells of citrus are there but surprisingly they seem restrained comparatively. Sure I have here some great hop smell but it was fainter and less potent than I would expect. Its taste makes up for it by having its usual great bitter punch on the taste buds. A great carbonation keeps this drink alive and crisp after a long period of time. Overall, not the best IPA but pretty good in taste.

fitzy84, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slighty hazy light orange with a medium sized white head that left good lacing. Aroma was mostly subdued hops and sweet malty caramel notes.

Taste matches the description of an English IPA. Very tight balance with the malty caramel notes dominating the beginning and then settles into a clean herbal hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium and smooth.

This was my first Berkshire beer and color me impressed. True to style and very drinkable. I'm looking forward to trying more from these guys soon.

Kegatron, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to goodbyeohio for this brew.

Pours a hazy dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, nice blend of citrus and pines, and some caramel. The taste is very hoppy, slight sweetness, good dose of citrus/pines, and some caramel. There is a nice chewiness to this brew. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my third Berkshire, so far so good, very tasty brew's, impressed.

Wasatch, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazt medium amber-copper color with moderate off-white head. Modest retention and perfect lacing.
Smell is light for fruity malt with some pleasant lemony hop characteristics.
Taste also shows a nice hop presence, with some lihjt malt in the background.
Leaves a slightly dry sensation in the mouth.
Very nice to drink, very refreshing. A very good beer.

tgbljb, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a full rich golden with an almost creamy-like head atop settling into a white froth leaving broken globs of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not a real big hop element in the nose somewhat leafy and citric with a little caramel and juicy malt fruit for sure an English interpretation.Mild hop flavors leafy and herbal with a tinge of citrus,a big sweetish caramel biscuit base goes toe to toe with the hops making it more of a balanced IPA.Eh its ok not remarkable but drinkable.

oberon, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of capo56
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops and some caramelized malt, but a little bit pungent.

T: The taste is of caramel, tea and a good amount of hops. This one definitely has an English IPA flavor to it. The after-taste is bready and hoppy.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, judging by the taste it seems to me that this beer should be listed as an English IPA rather than an American IPA. However, overall, it’s a pretty good beer.

capo56, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. A large fluffy off white head foams up 3 cm even with gentle pour. The head receds slowlyleaving tight lattice and cratered surface. The beer is a bright clear copper hue. there is some sediment in the bottle but I am careful not to pour into my glass.
The aroma is piney and citrusy with a faint caramel hit in background.
I take a sip and find a fairly lite body with mild, gentle carbonation that barely increases the texture on my tongue even with swirls.
The flavor is mild overall with some caramel hitting my lips and then flowing to some slightly bitter sappy hops, but finishes back with malt and a grainy flavor. There is no hint of ABV and the beer goes down very easily. I think this is a nice example of an IPA that isnt hopped out to the extreme and maintains drinkability and balance. A nice beer from a good brewery, my only complaint is the overly mild carb and thin body.

sulldaddy, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, slightly agitated to include yeast

hazy dark straw color, slight orange tint. thick foamy head that lasts and leaves behind multiple rings of lace.

smells of floral and citrus hops, with some light, yet strongly buttery malt.

taste is very balanced between hops and malt, and so this seems rightly classified as english in style. there is also a strong reminiscence to a good, strong oolong or green tea, which pleases me greatly. if it was just a tiny bit more hopped, i actually would have scored it a "5" for taste.

mouthfeel is a bit less exciting however.

still, a lovely, "sessionable" IPA, at only 5.5%

tai4ji2x, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of shaebs99
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2nd review of this beer. pleasantly surprised to find a growler of this at the Wine Gallery in Brookline. One of my favorite Berkshire's.

Note: growler transported from Boston, MA to NY. Meaning it might have suffered during the trip and lost a little bit during the 4ish hour trip (although the car had AC and the beer was opened and shared shortly after returning home).

Poured from growler into pint glass. Nice lacing and head retention. Good carbonation and great taste showing that the beer hasn't lost much in the trip. Bit darker than many other IPA's, which might mean more in the malt profile.

Aroma is of floral and citrusy hops with a slightly sweet malt smell.

Taste is smooth and well balanced. It might less a 1/4 of a step in the "fresh" (transported in car) version as opposed to the bottle. I remember the bottle having a bit more hop character.

A light medium body with nice carbonation.

Not really a hop fix for a hophead, but definitely a quality beer. A well crafted beer and very enjoyable. When I want a real hop fix I can just look to the many DIPA's available, but feel that a traditional IPA should not have overpowering hop character. Very drinkable. I will be immensely pleased when Berkshire is distributed to NY.

shaebs99, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of cdmastro
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to think that this was a strongly hopped IPA, but with all the other big hoppers out there, it now tastes milder to me. I still like it and will order one where available. It's become more of a "session" IPA.

I've had it on tap and from a 22 oz. bottle and prefer the tap version. Pairs well with food when I've tasted it BBC beer dinners.

cdmastro, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Smixam
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

First off, I am a fan of most BBC brews I've tried, so I will do my best to work around that bias. The Lost Sailor though, seems to lack compared to others;

Appearance - Poured a nice medium golden color, hazy and unfiltered, with a nice 1-2 finger creamy off-white head that lasts a good while.

Smell - Fruity, floral; peaches? Not a lot of hop scent but it's in there, very subtle.

Taste - Better than an average microbrew, but this beer just does not hold up to a 'true' IPA. I realize that it's considered an EPA by most, but still, the hops are relatively week compared with the malt and fruit overtones. The aftertaste is an unpleasant bitter to start, followed by a very clean finish. A good beginner IPA, I suppose, but a bit of a letdown considering their other offerings.

Mouthfeel - Average, nothing really stands out. Carbonation is light, finish is slightly bitter but ends cleanly. A relatively drinkable beer, but not enough flavor to make it really enjoyable.

Smixam, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unpasterized bottle, unfiltered and fresh from Massachusetts trip. Good head, with a citrus hop aroma. Very smooth, and balanced understated IPA, almost like an English IPA though even less bitter and not dry but fruity. Must be appreciated, well done.

Sammy, Jul 15, 2007
Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.