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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

528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 26
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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.

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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The smell is maltier than most IPA’s. There are traces of citrus & hops, but overall the smell isn’t very strong.

T: Heavy citrus sweetness hits you first, as the smell would lead you to expect. Then a good burst of hops follows, which is something the smell doesn’t lead you to expect. The hops stick around in a mild after-taste.

M: Smooth with a little crispness to it, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: This one goes down VERY easy, not filling at all either. It’s a beer well-worth pounding.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 00:41:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. The bottle was unrefrigerated, although Berkshire's website says that all of their products must be refrigerated. Pours a lovely cloudy gold. Not much in the way of head or lacing. Medium aroma of hops. First taste is very pleasing, and fills the mouth with fullness. Well-balanced hoppy and fruity taste. A pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 02:24:48 | More by sstackho
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy dark orangy amber color. Nice clean thick white head and great lacing of the pint glass. Smells very floral and sweet. Nice strong citrusy hop smell make for the great aromas from this IPA. I have had this beer many times before but never had the opportunity to write a review. I have enjoyed it on tap, from a 22oz. and from a growler. But the smell, coloration and well rounded flavors hold true anyway it is served. Nice smooth flavor. Mild hop flavor at first followed by a nice strong bittering aftertaste. Great hop flavor and suttle malt sweetness. Not an extreemly heavy IPA but it has nice body and great overall IPA characteristics. Extreemly drinkable and enjoyable. Great tasting brew that keeps getting beter with each sip. I look forward to having this beer wherever it is avaliable. BBC has made a great IPA that will be right on top of my favorite list. Way to brew another winner in my book!!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 01:32:27 | More by bigone4
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed the last 22 oz. of this in the refrigerated section of Cappy's Liquors (the one in Medford). Any good Bostonian knows Cappy's. Usually it's referred to as Fuckin' Cappy's. Cappy's has the certain astringent mixed with stale beer smell you can usually only find at a frat house crime scene after they were ordered to clean things up.

This pours a hazy orange color with an everlasting head. Lemons and grapes dominant the nose. The taste has floral hops with a well balanced, almost fruity malt backbone. Albeit made in the good ole U.S. of A. this is definitely a British style IPA. This was refreshing after my usually intake of copius West Coast hop bombs. The British are more subtle than us loud asshole Americans, aren't they? "FUCKIN' CAPPY'S!!!"

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 21:18:56 | More by sloejams
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, medium amber with a small white, bubbly head that quickly faded. Small amounts of lacing.

Aroma was sweet and subtle. Mellow hops and citrus (grapefruit) were apparent.

Taste was spicy, citrusy and hoppy with a mild, hoppy, slightly bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 01:54:34 | More by Damian
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a long lasting 2" head. Nice bold lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: grapefruits are matched with some very floral hops.

Taste: nice malt backbone here with apple sweetness, a grapefruit bite, and a healthy bitterness level to excite the tastebuds. Some dryness arrives late. Quite refreshing for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Short lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: this was what I like in an IPA - flavorful and very easy to quaff. This beer was very fresh on tap which let its flavors shine through. Try some of this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2006 22:51:29 | More by Gavage
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold, with a frothy white head. Tons of lace, with good head retention. Really, the lacing is pretty awesome. I'm impressed. Very floral aroma. Is this one made/dry hopped with noble hops? Tettnang? Very unusual. Nicely balanced, pale malt maintaining a presence with some cereal sweetness. Taking a sip, it's real, real mellow, like any good session ale should be. Probably a bit too warm (feels warm on a mid-summer evening), but still nice. Pale malt sweetness with a grape-nuts cereal graininess and a little dab of caramel. Soft pear fruitiness, starting to dry out early. Modestly hopped finish, floral and citrusy, ending off incredibly dry, almost puckering. Not sour, just super duper dry. Full bodied, with nearly flat carbonation, in the true english style. The difference between this beer and the regular tap/bottle is night and day. Completely different hop feel. Unique, unusual, and pretty damn tasty. Hey, I went for thirds, if that says anything. Great english styled IPA.

Serving type: cask

06-29-2006 06:26:35 | More by UnionMade
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AN overall good IPA. Nice citrus aroma with very good mouthfeel. Nice dark amber color with no sediment when poured. Unbeleivable creamy head, more so than any other beer i have had in the last year. So much i scooped some out with a spoon and ate it like ice cream. MMMM MMM good. Cheers.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2006 18:59:12 | More by TrickKnee
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler. A nice golden colour but very thick cloudy appearence. A nice soft, creamy head.

Smells of sweet citrus and other floral highlights.

Taste is at first a very sweet malt, but then the hops makes irtself known and balances out the taste with a nice crispness. Some woodiness and again the citrus is in their as well. One of the more sweet malt type IPA's I have had. But does so in good blanace.

With the malt and the hops, and a nice medium bodied carbonation, this beer balances out to be one good drinking experience. Feels good on the palette.


Serving type: growler

05-25-2006 20:12:46 | More by Freshie
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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finely flecked apricot with marigold margins. A vigorous pour has created a three finger head of orange-tinted pale ecru that is classic for the style. It's densely creamy, with hundreds of fine bubbles that are becoming hundreds of fine pits as I watch. There's also excellent glass coverage in the form of thick sheets of BB-shot lace.

I love whatever hop makes up the lion's share of the hop bill. Lost Sailor is one of those IPAs whose hop fruitiness is at least as orchard fruity as it is citric fruity. Given the grapefruitiness, at least one of the 4-Cs has to be present. I'm betting that East Kent Goldings and/or Fuggles is in there as well.

I like my IPAs to have a more aggressive hop bite, but there's certainly no shortage of flavor. A quick glance to the top of the page tells me that the 'English IPA' designation is perfectly in keeping with what I'm tasting. In fact, the flavor is more true to those roots than almost any domestic version that I can think of at the moment.

There's very little malt intrusion in terms of the flavor profile, although the pale malt base is solid and provides more than enough sweetness for this quantity of hops. The hops are more citric on the palate than was appreciated in the nose. I taste unripe peaches and apricots, in addition to juicy lemons and oranges.

Bitterness gathers on the finish, but never really gets up a head of steam. The mouthfeel is a tad light for an IPA. Because there isn't a huge hop load to contend with, a slimmer, trimmer feel is perfectly in keeping with the flavor and lends drinkability to an already drinkable beer.

I enjoyed Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter and I'm enjoying Lost Sailor IPA as well. I hadn't heard a whole lot about these guys and hadn't been able to sample their wares prior to my recent trade with MuddyFeet, but on the evidence of these two fine ales, they're a brewery to be reckoned with.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 14:59:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is an instant favorite. Thanks to ppoitras for sending it.

The beer pours to a nice clear blonde color. Nice carbonation keeps a generous head intact. Lacing is decent, but a little spotty.

The smell is good. Piney, grassy, herbal hops. I love me some spicy English hop varieties. The taste is also ripe with hops. Bites back quite well. Very clean. Sharp mineral flavor goes well with the hops.

The body is decent. Crisp and drinkable. Nice bite. Very drinkable. If only I could get something like this around here where intensely fruity IPAs are the standard.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 07:46:03 | More by neonbrown82
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Although a pretty standard IPA color, I found the head retention to be pretty remarkable, especially considering it was served with almost none.

Smell: A very nice combonation of fruits and flowers wafts into my nose. It is neither overbearing nor incredibly complex, but it is really really nice.

Taste: Yummy. A little sweeter than I expected and less bitter. I tasted some faint flowery notes from the smell, and a nice malty sweetness that gave me the illusion of honey (unless there's actual honey, but I don't think so). There's an amazing balance of bitter and sweet tastes in this brew.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a wonderful consistency and perfect carbonation. It's meduium-light bodied and rolls over my palate well.

Drinkability: I could have many of these in a sitting and I would gladly keep this in my fridge for casual drinking experiences. It is probably my favorite IPA to date.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 13:39:53 | More by dbalsock
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1.63/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

i have never much like any Berkshire Brew, except for their black & tan, i will NOT let this influence my review

A - pours a dark yellow with a thin white head, there is zero carbonation

S - the main permeating aroma is a metallic fruitiness

T - a metallic flavor is present also, there is a slight unidentified fruity aroma

M - weak, not very appetizing

D - low, not very impressed, my buddy and i actually poured it out

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 02:02:15 | More by sinstaineddemon
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at PJ Ryan's in Somerville. From notes:

A: Pours a dark golden amber color with with a nice frothy white one finger head. Good lace.
S: Aromas of citrusy hops hit the nose first with some floral notes to follow. Malt is noticebale as well.
T: Nice hop burst at first, but not overpowering--Very nice tasting with slight to almost non existent bitterness. Malt shows its head too, but but stays in the background, almost hidden.
M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability on this offering from Berkshire are both high. Nice and smooth drinking Ipa. Good carbonation with a nice sweet aftertaste. Creamy up front but slick when it goes down. One of the better Ipa's from New England region I've had recently. No complaints here as I had three of them!

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 17:11:48 | More by bjohnson
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Virgin freshness boxes on label.

Pours a chill hazed peach fogg hue tpped with a settled craggy cratered head cap.

Citrus grapefruit and pine scents dominate the nose with a secondary backing of malt balance. Floral and bright. Fresh as a daisy. Robust for a single IPA. Borderline 2IPA hop nose.

First swigs: Tangerine and fluffy fresh squeezed orange juice. Almost has a fresh hop nature to it. Clean and zesty. Light Pez candy punch and chalky.

Light to medium bodied with a solid rigid effervescence.

Last swigs: Well done IPA. Possibly could use more depth with a hop variance of simcoe or an amarillo but enjoyable all the way. Thanks to GoodByeOhio for the bottle. English IPA that wants to be American.

Beer is good. Happy spot on IPA beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 04:23:28 | More by blitheringidiot
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a well-scrubbed pint glass from a growler, the Lost Sailor blossomed with a one-inch, feathery foam head. Lots of lacing as the round went down. Golden-orange color, some chill haze. Lovely.

Couldn't detect much smell. What was there was clean and hop-floral, with a mild malt aroma underlying it.

Taste: This isn't a big IPA. That's for sure. The style is intact, but restrained. This is not to say it is watery or lacking in flavor. Not at all. Very British in its subtlety and efficiency. Unlike many current IPAs, the hops don't ride atop a narrow backbone of malt, geared to smack into your olfactories. The flavors are blended and well-balanced, though again, are restrained. Hops are citrus, leaning toward bitter orange rather than grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Small-beaded, peppery carbonation that provides a pleasant edge but doesn't fill the belly. Clean finish.

Drinkability: This is where the Lost Sailor shines. Just enough flavor to keep one interested; not so much that you hate to eat food with it, because doing so would dull the palate and detract from your ability to fully taste the beer.

Carbonation, again, is ideal. Medium-bodied, not a lite beer but not a big hop bomb either. A top-notch sessioner, particularly in warmer months.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2006 00:38:38 | More by Leon
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber-gold..frothy head..settels slowly to a collar.
Smells great.... floral hops...not sharp...citrusy.
Tastes more like an American pale ale..a really good APA.( my girlfriend hates IPAs...but she tried mine and wished that she had ordered one)
The malts are sweet and dominant; and the hops are flavorful, but not harsh or bitter. Very smooth, almost nutty malt with some very faint fruit in the background.
Nice medium mouthfeel...medium carbonation.
Very drinkable, very good. I will have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2006 13:10:15 | More by Hautacam
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a a dark reddish orange/tan body with a small white head.

Nose is a fruity malt and very mild citrus smell.

Taste is medium bodied with a very intense malt and biscuit malt flavor. Sort of a fruit punch of malt flavor. A mixture of fresh fruits, apricots, apples and other. Not an overly citrus fruit like in lot of american IPA's. I swear there's a ringwood sort of magic hat flavor to it. A very present bitterness but a slightly muted hop taste.

Traditional English Pale Ale, mixed with touches of rich fruit. It's a little overly bitter, but overall pretty good. Not really an IPA, but good none the less. This is a beer that I can imagine would be damn fine on cask. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 20:31:28 | More by taez555
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2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is more of a Pale ale than an IPA in my mind, but who am I? Looks fine a little chill haze with a decent head. The smell is the most perplexing art of this beer for me. I smelled it so much I got a little up my nose. Don't act like it has never happened to you :). Anyway it has this melon like canteloupe sweetness that I am guessing is from the hop combo, but it is not sharp instead very dull and intriguing. Not quite what I am looking for in an IPA. The taste was distort by the melon flavor the malt was there but there was no hop bite and it was undercarbonated. I finished it well enough, but the cantaloupe is not a fave of mine.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 17:14:45 | More by Higravity
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale with a slight orange hue to it. Retains a small head forever.

The expected floral hop nose. Maybe a bit sweeter on this beer.

This IPA has a pleasantly mild flavor to it. Really different from any other ipa I've ever had. There's no real kick or harshness to the hops, which is very interesting. The bitterness is there, but sitting in the background, instead of up-front & in your face. A certain fruitiness comes through underneath.

The mouth is also very mild. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Somehow this beer retains the mild mouthfeel without being watery.

I would like to have this beer again. I have a feeling there's more to it than you can really tell from one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 02:00:33 | More by chOAKbarrell
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange amber color, not very clear, due to bottle conditioning. Some arching lace.

Spicy hop aroma, super fresh smelling. The freshness isn't notched on the label, but this is probably pretty fresh from the brewery about two towns over (bought at Spirit Haus).

Tickling carbonation that rolls down the tongue leading to a sticky (but dry) finish. Sort of mouth-coating. Fresh, flowery hops. A bit of a spicy bite, but not over the top. Dry, subtle malt flavor, similar in taste to the malt in BBC's Steel Rail Pale Ale. Very cool to taste something familiar from another of this brewery's beers.

Really tasty, drinkable, and *delicate* IPA. It's not weak, it's just not huge, nor does it need to be. Highly recommended, and this is my favorite BBC beer I've had so far out of this, River Ale and Steel Rail.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 20:08:34 | More by akahn
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

light orange color, v. light smell, hoppy.

very clean and smooth tasting beer. This is light tasting, not overpowering like a lot of good IPAs out there.

Verdict: awesome drinkability, a good pick to bring to a superbowl party and drink all afternoon. taste is not exceptional, but it also doesn't have any negative aspects. SOLID.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 00:30:01 | More by ODBRIP
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4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber. pours a nice very cloudy orange color with nice fluffy white head.

smell is quite faint. sweet fruit smell, a little hops come through. cirtusy sweet and pleasant.

taste: incredible balance. nice sweet fruit backbone with crisp hop bite. malts come through strongly too with a sweetness. kind of buttery feeling sweet fruit taste balanced out with a pleasantly mild hop bite. very good.

mouthfeel is quite light, a tiny bit watery for the style but i think this helps the balance. this doesn't hurt the taste at all and adds to the drinkability.

overall, excellent! very drinkable IPA. quite light, but very flavourful at the same time. I really like this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 06:07:50 | More by JasonCoop
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Hazy peach, big bubbles of carbonation rise to meet the thin wisps of lace atop. Sweet herbal hops in the nose, and quite floral and estery. Flavor is nicely balanced. The hops find the palate with a crisp bitter twang in the finish. The prelude to this is malt-dominated, with some herbal tea notes, caramel and strawberries. Carbonation is strong and spritzy. An very interesting American take on the style, and one I particularly enjoy. Session style for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 00:16:00 | More by IrishRedRock
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy peach color with a smaller white head that falls fast and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is sweet malt fruity citrus apricot, melon mixed with some light earthy herbal aromas. Very pleasant relaxing nose.

Taste is fruity malt apricot again but a nice malt base for a regular IPA stands out the most. Earthy herbal hop flavors mix with the citrus and seem to add the light bitterness. More fruity malt then hoppy but it is an English style.

Mouthfeel is good a nice malty base good feel to the carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability is decent a nice English/East Coast IPA just not something I would repeat buy. Want to thank B&G BIF and goodbyeohio for this local brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 17:48:18 | More by mntlover
Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.