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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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562 Ratings

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 29
Gots: 55 | 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 fitzy84


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

11-09-2007 04:56:20 | More by fitzy84
Photo of Kegatron


3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-27-2007 12:32:22 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Wasatch


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

10-25-2007 01:43:18 | More by Wasatch
Photo of tgbljb


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

10-24-2007 21:59:30 | More by tgbljb
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

10-13-2007 19:41:38 | More by oberon
Photo of capo56


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

10-05-2007 20:36:33 | More by capo56
Photo of sulldaddy


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

09-01-2007 01:35:58 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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%

08-27-2007 06:22:34 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of shaebs99

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%

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.

08-27-2007 04:47:56 | More by shaebs99
Photo of cdmastro


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

08-22-2007 16:06:41 | More by cdmastro
Photo of Smixam


3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

08-02-2007 20:56:03 | More by Smixam
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

07-15-2007 03:29:59 | More by Sammy
Photo of jbsteiny


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

I've been so impressed by BBC, I went up and bought a whole bunch of 22s that I haven't tried yet. This is the first one I opened, and I drank it at the end of a full night of tasting. I wish I had another to drink right now.

Poured a cloudy orange-amber, with a finger of tight head composed of tiny bubbles. Smelled floral and biscuity -- quite inviting. The flavors perfectly balance each other -- a bouquet of floral and leafy hops hit the tongue, open up into a bit of fruity yeast, and the whole thing finishes like challah -- sweet eggy bread. This is as "comfort beer" as IPA gets, in my opinion.

07-09-2007 06:52:04 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

22oz. bottle

Poured a somewhat hazy, deep orange/brown color. Modest, off-white head. Decent lacing while I drank.

Fairly mild aroma, where are my hops? Yeasty and bread dough. Fruity notes - peaches.

A well balanced, mild IPA. I actually guessed English style before checking it on the site. Taste moves toward sweet as the temperature increases, a bit like bubblegum. Hops are subtle, and come across as herbal and grassy.

Medium or less in body. Medium carbonation. Moderately dry.

OK and very drinkable. True to style. I like my IPAs with more hops, but that is a personal thing.

06-21-2007 14:00:47 | More by
Photo of blackheartbilly


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

22 Oz poured into a pint glass.

Golden in appearence with slight reddish and orange hues.

The smell was very hoppy and possibly some fruity hints.

I enjoyed the taste, I usually dont go for IPAs, but I wanted to try a new good one. If you like hops, you will like this IPA.

mouthfeel was a little acidic, but but not harshly over-bearing. Obviously heavy hop after-taste.

This is a great brew for the summer, and for someone like me who isnt too familiar with IPAs, I enjoyed it. cheers!

06-14-2007 02:48:14 | More by blackheartbilly
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with a medium head and some decent lacing. It had a predominately floral aroma. A nice, subdued citrus flavor, a little peppery later. Not overly hopped, a very pleasant beer. You could drink a few of these without blasting your palate.

06-14-2007 01:42:44 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

22oz bomber bottle pours into the glass a hazy orange. Smells sweet and floral. Taste is on the sweet side for an IPA but there is a lot going on here. Aromas are from both the malt and hops. The hop flavors contain citrus notes of orange and grapefruit which is similar to other IPA's only they do not dominate the flavor profile like an American style IPA. There is certainly enough hop flavor and aroma to keep the drinker interested, but the hops blend more than showcase. This is a beer and a brewery that I visit and revisit often. Berkshire never dissappoints as their beers are complex and balanced.

05-31-2007 14:08:15 | More by mshallah
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

It pours a slightly hazy and quite carbonated orange gold. A finger of creamy off-white head settles a bit but lasts long. Tangents of lacing arc the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a lilt of malt, lightly caramel, along with a rather indistinct floral hoppiness. A touch of lemon joins a slightly soapy perfume.

Upon tasting, there comes a dash of toasted malt, shallowly sweet and with a hint of caramel. A brief tart note moves into a thinly spicy and very dry hop character that crisps into a busy bitterness. A very cursory bread crust appearance promptly cedes to a misplaced green apple crispness that fades gradually. It's not unpleasant, but it's somewhat disjointed and halting and vague.

Pretty much light bodied, it flows rapidly and the dry glow is present but short-lived.

I absolutely love the Berkshires, but the native beer not so much, at least this one. It seems what's not thin is almost cacophonous and out of place. You can tell it wants to be a solid IPA, but it doesn't seem to know the way. Drinking is by no means a chore, but it doesn't bring a lot of joy either. I'm not so sure this sailor is actually lost- I think maybe he's hiding.

04-20-2007 17:43:15 | More by Foxman
Photo of geexploitation


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours with a marmalade color and a bright white, tight-bubbled, long lasting head. The nose is quite hoppy, but typical to the English style and not the American. Earthy notes instead of citrus, grass instead of metals, etc... along with a toasted, biscuity malt backing. Subdued and very nice. On the palate, pale malt sweetness first off, which lasts through the mid-palate. Some lightly citric and spicy hop oils crop up next to growing, tea-like bitterness. The finish has some marshmallow-like sweetness, but it's not overly sweet as finishes go. Mouthfeel is only medium in thickness and pretty light in carbonation; that makes the beer sit a little heavier on the palate than it should, but it's such a light beer that it ends up not mattering much. Overall, a very good, pretty mild, extremely drinkable IPA in the English style. Probably my favorite BBC beer so far.

04-17-2007 04:45:44 | More by geexploitation
Photo of smcolw


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

A beautiful beer to try. It pours with a modest, but solid one finger eggshell white head. Nearly perfect lacing on the glass as I drink it. The color is shade pale of amber--clover honey? Cloudy.

The aroma features a nice hop, but it is lighter than most IPA's. It is, however, fresh and inviting.

While the hop is the predominating taste, I found the malt interesting: fruity, similar to berries. The finish is fresh floral hop that lasts bitterly (good) for a long time. The body is fine, nothing special. Carbonation is slightly high.

This is a fine IPA which could go up against the best. I don't think it has dislodged my favorite (Stone), but it comes awfully close.

04-14-2007 19:43:21 | More by smcolw
Photo of JasonA


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Looks good. Surprisingly cloudy for an IPA. Maybe a little light, but not bad.

Wow. Not hoppy at all. Its not citrus, but its close. Like a lemon zest or something.

Not very hoopy. Does have a smooth hop flavor. Might be a special non-traditional hops that I havnt had before. Does taste fresh and yummy.

Sits well. Very very smooth. Nice change for an IPA. ABV not noticable at all.

I like this IPA. Above average and I would have again because of the freshness rating.

03-27-2007 22:26:06 | More by JasonA
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

poured into a flared tulip glass from a 220z brown bomber with a crimped on cap split it with WVbeergeek my wife brought this back from a trip to RI.

Cloudy,med amber color 2" creamy white head dissapated down a bit quick to some chunky islands of head leaving rings of lace down the glass.Good carbination streams of tiny bubbles rising from the center and some from the sides of the glass.Non pasturized and unfiltered lots of slurry at the bottom of the bottle

Faint,delicate,pleasing aromas of citrus and sweet malts. Not ipa like but very nice and clean.

Mild tastes of citrus and sugary sweet malty tastes. Very pleasing and inticing. Not an english style ipa to me as listed reminded me more of an american pale ale. No complaints I loved the subtleness.

So smooth and creamy could just sit here and drink bomber after bomber. As easy drinking as can be. I would love to get my hands on more of this delicious brew.

03-20-2007 02:28:08 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a crisp looking copper colour with a smallish (for an IPA) head that leaves much less residue on the glass than expected. This one had quite a tame appearance, which is not necessarily a bad thing, just average looking overall.

The aroma is mildly hoppy (definitely more so in the English style than American) and sweet: Floral, juicy and more. I'd say the sweetness may even overtake the hop aromas at times.

The flavour here is nice and mirrors the aroma well, but that also means that this one is fairly tame in the flavour department. It's got a good amount of flavour, it's just simple and far from overpowering. That said, it is a nice representation of the style for the most part. Sweet, semi juicy hops mix with a touch of basic malt and a bitterness that balances the hops flavour for the most part. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp, basically what you'd expect.

This one didn't wow me in any areas and, aside from a fairly "blah" appearance, actually did a fairly decent job with the style. I'd have it again no problem, it's just not overly memorable.

03-16-2007 19:17:30 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%

Poured out a cloudy golden orange color with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing brought the score up .5 for me.

Smell was fairly light floral hops. Warming brought out some spice.

The floral hops came through nicely in the flavor. Sweetness comes on at the finish, but the hops wipe it out upon swallowing. Not bad...not great.

Thinner medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly bitter aftertaste. An enjoyable beer, but pretty average.

03-08-2007 23:32:11 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of Kudashov


2.88/5  rDev -25.4%

22 .oz bomber poured into a clean pint glass . With the Hoodoo Gurus on the Hi-Fi it is time to review this brew . Beige colored 2 finger head which sticks around for awhile .Smells of hops and malts . Very cloudy too . This is another winner from the BBC . Still does not beat the Coffehouse Porter & Cabin Fever ...Good to see that they got some " ink" in the Boston Globe the other day . It can be read at Boston.com just type Berkshire Brewery . Good stuff

03-02-2007 19:10:50 | More by Kudashov
Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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