Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 492
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-29-2004

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Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Real Ale does it again with an exceptional IPA that has plenty of hop heavyness without the oily & abrasive characteristics of its hop-monster bretheren.This seasonal release from Real Ale is draft only. Once their capacity is expanded with the new brewery - it will be bottled.

What we have here is a dark-copper colored brew with little head that is very aromatic of hops. In fact, RA put the batch through a 55 gallon drum filled with hops just to round things out and this faired well.

I recommend two of these in a session but space them out to keep things special. (576 characters)

Photo of maxwere
4.94/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best (fresh) draft beers you can get in Texas! Surpasses their coffee porter as my favorite real ale. It is not over-the-top like most domestic IPA's but plenty of flavor. Very citrusy smell and taste. I liken it allot to Sierra Nevada Torpedo in this way. Very drinkable beer as well. (303 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy amber/honey color with thick foamy head. As far as head retention and lacing go, I really have seen many beers that can top this one. Nice piney, hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. Slightly hop forward taste with a nice malty backbone at the end. Excellent transition with this beer. The hoppy bitterness is excellent with a great bitter aftertaste at the end. This beer has never disappointed me. One of my favorites (427 characters)

Photo of Dusty6467
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: golden (hence the name), single finger head that dissipates relatively quickly but leaves a nice lacing, lots of carbonation bubbles at first but almost none after it settles

S: strong hop smell of grapefruit, pine, lemon; smells great!

T: good light IPA, not overboard on the hops (could use more dry hops in my opinion), slight bitterness that finishes dry. This is a good, session able beer, but I expected more.

M: light, low carbonation, good summer beer

O: overall, not a bad beer but for the price there are much better IPAs out there

UPDATE: I got a 6er of this beer again and found it to be extremely better than the 1st time I had it. I'm not sure if it's bottle-conditioned or varies bottle to bottle, but wow this is a great great beer. Thank you Real Ale. (776 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden hazy yellow pour into a pint glass with a solid inch of head and enormous amounts of lacing. smells like a piney forest, honey, grapefruit. oh my, this is one of the best tasting ipa's i've encountered. pine, slight earthyness, foral hops, bitter hops, caramel / honey sweetness, slightly citrusy.. this has it all and ends up PERFECTLY balanced. medium bodied ipa with very sticky lacing.. my moustache is sticking together with greatness and every time i lick it it's like a delicious reminder. lightly carbonated, very tasty, beautiful looking ipa. this is a LOT like cape may brewery's ipa, which is, til this day - hands down, the best ipa i have had. (663 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was extremely impressed with this one. My first impression was that it almost smells and feels like a lager. Must have fermented in low temperatures. This was definentely one of the lower IBU IPAs I actually like.

This great beers pours a hazy golden color with a relatively small white head.

Not one of the hops overpower each other. Very well balanced and quite mild for the kind of hops used. The aroma is a little fruity and floral and the flavor tastes like it smells.

Nice light hop flavor lingers for a while.

Quite a refreshing and extremely smooth IPA. The best from Real Ale by far.

Thanks Real Ale. The Lord bless the hop harvest! (653 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8oz. pour into a stemless snifter at the Whip-In, Austin.

Lost Gold is a beauty of an IPA, with a massive tuft of eggshell white head that sticks around for the duration of the drink, eventually forming a biscuit-shaped dollop of foam in the center of the glass. The body is clear, with a golden-straw hue and no visible signs of carbonation. Aromatically, this IPA hits all the style requirements, and then some. Juicy citrus hops and minty grasses dazzle the nose, while a backbone of pale malts provides a tantalizing hint of sweetness.

The flavor ain't half bad either. And by that, I mean to say this beer is one of the best IPA's I've tried in quite some time. Starting off with a quick burst of grapefruit and tangerine, the hops shift gears on the back of the palate to lay down a bitter bite of pine and herbal resins. Pale malts balance the flavor throughout, adding a nice, crisp sweetness to the experience. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, nicely carbonated, and refreshingly juicy for the style, making this one of the more drinkable of Texas' IPA's. Real Ale hit it out of the park with this beer, and if they're reading this review, I say: BOTTLE LOST GOLD!!! (1,189 characters)

Photo of drewba
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange, mostly transparent that pours with a half finger white head that quickly goes down to nothing but a few bubbles on the rim.

S - sharp lemon, huge grass, orange and mango with a little caramel and butter malt character. Smells faintly of weed.

T - This is like sculpin mixed with two hearted, holy balls. Hugely floral and bright lemon & orange zest, mango, papaya, hints of pine and grapefruit in the end. Then a lovely and subtle malt balance comes waltzing in providing some caramel, bread and butter, it saves the day before it heads back to a little more of that delicious and slightly bitter in the finish.

M - body is a little light, but the carbonation pops and makes this a quick drinker. I'm flying through a bottle. Mostly because that idiot, Oreo decided he wanted to share MY BEER with ME.

O - This is going to be a perma-want and I cannot wait to try this again. Absolutely a diamond in the rough and I'm very glad that it's on my radar. (976 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at "whip-in" in austin

told it was a barrel aged...

a fantastic aged IPA with a broadness in hopping and a distinct, unique malt. the first time i've had an american that has a quality to something english made but american hopped. pour is cloudy orange with a nose of earth, apple, lemon, honey, floral pine, pineapple and plum. the palate was like a crisp bit-o-honey esb earth... some sweet backed with the woody minerals of the aging. palate was broad with all the qualites of the nose and a distinct pollen honey citrus fruit. the bitter was mild crisp hop... twigs... grassy and a bit of Egyptian chamomile bitter.

tastes an american IPA that made it all the way to india in a case. big favorite among drinking buddies. (736 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 7/19/11 on back label. It was a hazy golden color with slight carb streams. It had a small head that settled into a good collar and some wisps. Good lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was good with pine resin, grassy hops and slight citric (mango?) hops. Not much malt. Got even better as it warmed up. Good taste as well with moderately bitter pine leading the way with enough citric hops to keep from being too bitter. This is a good one if you are working into the more bitter than citrusy IPA's IMHO. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation.

Overall, a rather enjoyable IPA that I highly recommend. Good bitter qualities without being too bitter. Avail here in TX obviously. Rotation - this makes the rotation. Not sure if 6 packs by itself or if in my mixed 6 hop pack. [Y;Y;M6] (851 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. A new Real Ale on tap at Gingerman Austin. And not only is it available standard draught, it's available on cask too! Unfortunately, tonight the cask is dry. The standard draught runs out too, but at least they're able to run a new keg.

First pint out of the keg is cloudy, grayish-brown. My wife says it looks like "chiasse", but it looks "hearty" to me. [Update: on a later trip the draught IPA is a very pretty, clear, dark reddish-amber]. There's a small whitish head that dies to film and holds there. Nose is grapefruit. Just sweet, ripe grapefruit. The beer starts with plenty of bitter, grapefruit hoppiness and some very nice sweet milk. The sweet, malt middle is a pleasant foil for the hoppy bitterness, which returns en force in the finish. A little grassy and just a touch nutty in the end. This is just a darn good, hugely quaffable, grapefruit hoppy bitter, sweet malty American IPA. A very nice addition to the Real Ale lineup. (951 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This is one of those IPAs that is a bit paler in color than what you would typically expect in an American IPA. That said, the gold color (hence, the name), along with good head and nice frothy lacing makes for a nice looking beer in the glass.

First sniff of this brew reveals a big old dose of grapefruit and pine. Oh yeah! But, the difference is, none of those astringent aromas you sometimes get when the brewer overdoes it with hop additions. In this case, it's almost as if Real Ale found a way to just get the perfect amount of hop oils extracted and put them into the beer.

Hops come through very strong in the taste. As expected, the pale body doesn't lend itself to much caramel as you would usually expect for the style. Rather, this IPA still has ample sweetness and a firm enough malt backbone to keep the hops perfectly in check. It's an IPA, it's supposed to be hop accentuated! But again, Real Ale did an outstanding job of keeping it all in check and this really shines through in the taste. Because of the paler body and citrus notes, this is one damn refreshing IPA. Nice bitter finish with a quick check of the sweet malt accompanied by the citrusy, grapefruit and pine notes.

Heck yeah! A world-class IPA brewed fresh down the road just about 40 miles from Austin. In my humble opinion, this is an all around near perfect IPA. And, strangely enough, check out the relatively low ABV for the style (some breweries nowadays are brewing "pale ales" at this strength), as just gives further proof that higher ABV is not necessary to be a great beer. I highly recommend this to anybody who likes a good IPA, or somebody who may want to venture into the style. (1,726 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber-orange appearance with a thin but lasting head. Aroma of those Halloween candy oranges, sweet, fruity, juicy.

Taste is more sweet hops, lots of citrus up front. Slightly tart, a mild malt base, lots of juicy mandarin oranges and other fruits. This isn't the hop-bitterness rush that most IPAs try to be; this is a softer, more user-friendly IPA. Finish is dry with a bit of a lingering saltiness.

Mouthfeel is light with a soft body. Refreshing, very easy to drink for an IPA. Very sessionable, the hops aren't enough to tire the palate. Listed as a "Winter IPA," don't know if that makes a difference re: the style. (635 characters)

Photo of lysistrata
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman Fort Worth.

Appearance was a clear medium pale yellow. The head on the beer didnt last too long but over the course of downing the pint a ring like lacing followed as the beer diminished.
Taste and smell is really where the piney hops and cedary goodness really deliver. It doesnt kill your palate just merely smacks it around some while maintaing an ever so slight but present malt base. I could see making this a staple in my frig if they ever bottled this stuff. (493 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is amazing. It is really cloudy, but had a nice golden color to it.

The smell is like your typical IPA. It has the hoppy smell with a great fruity smell.

The taste is top notch. This beer has a nice hoppy/ floral taste, but also has some random chocolate characteristics. I don't know if I am mistaking, but I keep getting a slight chocolate malt taste

This beer is also easy to drink. It has a slight crispness and some carbonation, but not much.

Overall this is one of the better IPAs out there. Real Ale has always found a way to impress me with their beers. (593 characters)

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. Poured into a pint glass with about 1/4 in of head. Color is a deep golden transparent. Aroma is of floral hops.
Taste: There is a delicate bitterness , Fills the mouth with floral hoppiness. Some grapefruit notes.
Mouthfeel: very typical for a good IPA.
Drinkability: very drinkable. I wish this was not just a seasonal offering from Real Ale. If it were available in bottles it would probably be my go-to IPA (or my on-deck hitter with Saint Arnold Elissa IPA).
I enjoy this beer quite a bit and I am sad to see the end of the season for it. (585 characters)

Photo of fostwal
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer brings a lot more to the table than your average American IPA. I really liked this beer on tap. This beer is unbelievable fronm a cask. It is a full body beer with plenty of malt flavor. Somehow it has a very bitter hop flavor while in your mouth that disappears when you swallow. There is no bite at the end at all. It also has a good earthy taste. It is an outstanding beer that I wish that I had a cask to take home. (429 characters)

Photo of crusian
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from a local bottle shop, and it has a best by date!! I like bottle dating.
anyway, pours a golden dark yellow/mustard color with about a finger of head.
The nose is quite nice, jumps out of the glass with a nice pine/grassy aroma... impressive.
the taste is really good. I am really impressed with this one. Good job Real! The malt profile is light, which gives the hops a commanding presence. It doesn't taste thick, and is extremely easy to drink. Nice clean finish too. the hops are as the nose describes, and are amped up enough that this is not a weak attempt at an AIPA. this is well done. At only 6.6%, this may be one of the best and hoppiest regular IPAs I have had. I compare to gumball head, for the abv and amount of hops, but they are no way similar, just that they are both excellent APAs. I love that this is going to be a year round... I think this is going to be a huge winner. may be a new go to sessionable type beer for me.
I would like to try this and the two hearted side by side... (1,012 characters)

Photo of shellmate
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Just had my 1st one..it's pretty decent and for the price it's well over above average. .i will finish this 6 pack in 2 days probably. .it's good but not as good as lagunitas ipa. (179 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Real Ale Lost Gold IPA has a medium, off-white head, and a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, with lots of bubble streams, tiny brown specks floating about, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is strongly of sweet, grapefruit and maybe some sweet, white bread. Taste is the same, with robust bitterness up front. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Real Ale Lost Gold IPA finishes dry, refreshing, and relatively easy drinking. Overall, this is excellent. Check it out, if you ever see it.

RJT (512 characters)

Photo of Bierwuver
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lovely orange-copper from a 12 oz bottle. Hazy. Leaves a thin web of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of grapefruit and citrus. Must be the cascade. Once it warms some alcohol creeps in. Not alot of malt but you know its there.

T - Hops are definitely present but not overpowering. Great citrus notes. Slightly bready. Malt flavors showing up in the background.

M - Mouth-feel is average but pleasant. Not too viscous, oily, or watery.

O - This IPA is not a west coast hop bomb, but nonetheless, it is just a great tasting IPA. Great balance. If you want to introduce craft beer to a rookie this would be a great start. Not cheap, 9 fiddy a sixer. Burps taste great, too. (688 characters)

Photo of samlucy
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another Real Ale Brewing Co.,this IPA has a nice malty flavor for an IPA and at 62 IBU is up there a bit. As a "hop-head" this is not over the top but it has a very nice taste and is a beer you wouldn't mind having a few, especially on a warm, summer night in New England. (272 characters)

Photo of bshirley
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a freshly poured growler from Premium Draught

A: clear golden w/ small slow-sizing bubbles and a resilient thick white head.

S: fresh flowery

T: less assertive than a typical american ipa - citrus and flower, lingering hop, bitterness is strong enough for an ipa but not crazy like so many

M: dry and slightly astringent, slightly creamy

O: excellent (368 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazed brassy gold body with a fluffy white head. Nose is all citrus hops and pale malt. Flavor is big on hops: bitter lemon peel and a touch of fennel. Long lasting bitterness. Malt offers some sweetness and crisp grain. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight and a bit creamy. Awesome. (291 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Back label stamped 10.20.11.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber orange body. Small, fine offwhite head with low retention.

Smell - Honey. Candy sugar. Delicate wafts of Fruity Pebbles and Capt'n Crunch Berries. Extremely sweet smelling for an IPA. No hoppiness in the smell.

Taste - Strong hop that is well balanced by nearly as strong malty sweetness. Bitterness resonates well after the finish, but is not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Chewy.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer. I recommend. (569 characters)

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Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.