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Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Lost Gold IPALost Gold IPA

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87
very good

142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 498
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 88 | 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 FoamRanger
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It hurts me to write this review. I was so excited when I found it in the store.

A - The color is nice...a fruity looking orange with a pretty white head. Looks unfiltered like a Hefe.

S - The first thing to hit my nose is bitter hops and a sweet/floral second glance. The head went away quickly leaving some nice lacing.

T - Wow - very hop forward but where is the complexity? Where is the balance? Seems to be all bitter hops. The hops get in the way of tasting anything else.

M - The feel on the tongue is very dry and the hops are still just too "in my face"...and I love hops.

O - I'm disappointed overall with this IPA. It's hops, hops, hops and then a hoppy, sort of, dank aftertaste. I will say this...the lacing and color are gorgeous. But, I think they need to go back to the drawing board and redesign the overall balance, or lack there of. (857 characters)

Photo of Soonami
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks davacano for this bottle from the Refreshing Summer BIF.

Real Ale Lost Gold IPA is a golden apricot beer with a quickly leveling white head that leaves just a wisp on the edge of the glass. There is a little bit of sediment that leaves just a bit of haze. The beer smells slightly piney with orange peel and a fair bit of malt. The beer is resinous at first with a sweet tangerine juice middle and a lingering bitterness at the end. There is a little bit of sweet malty caramel, but overall, dry. The hop flavor in this beer is definitely underwhelming for an American IPA, when Blind Pig and Sculpin are in the same category. The beer is pretty solid, but not great, but I'll definitely enjoy another. (710 characters)

Photo of bisonkron
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

growler into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: white head with long retention. clear golden color. great carbonation, as most of real ale's offerings have. no lace to speak of.

S: very light smell. Citrus and sweet.

T: the hop bitterness is very subdued and light for an IPA, high drink-ability, but a bit less of a kick than most IPAs. Some floral/fruit characteristics. fairly sweet and citrus-y.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Crisp and clean in the mouth, going down with some slight bubbles but smooth overall. Finish is pretty muted with a messy, lingering aftertaste. Decent. close to a pilsner.

M: very light and crisp. great carbonation. low bitterness but for a hot day, its great to be able to drink a few of these to cool off.

O: overall, its a great session beer for me, has a little kick to it, but also has great drink-ability, one of my favorite local IPAs here in central Texas. (911 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle, served into a Duvel tulip.

A - A promising yellowish orange, akin to Southern Tier's 2XIPA. Good looking, abundant pillowy white head.

S - Lemony hops and pale-ale malts. There's a bit lemon zest aroma from this.

T - Follows the nose. Tart lemony hop notes, with a tad of malts towards the back end. This super fresh bottle drinks like it's been aged for a while. Not bad, but a strong lemon note similar to the zest you get form Sam Adams Summer Ale.

M - Carbonation is good and the mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

O - Okay beer. Nothing I'd seek out or trade for. Grabbed this as an extra in a trade. As it warms the flavors get a bit off-putting. (676 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy amber with very little head or lace. Aroma is caramel and honey, with a bit of pine resin and alcohol. Healthy amount of carbonation. Flavor is earthy with most of the bitterness coming at the back end. There's a subtle, yet strange, acidity in the finish. Medium body. (274 characters)

Photo of samogletree
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a mug. Best by 03.06.12

A - Somewhat of a golden orange look with a small white head.

S- The smell seems somewhat suppressed but there is still a lot of citrus and a little pine.

T- Tastes quite good, much better than I was expecting. The citrus is strong up front and there is little bitterness to follow.

M- Crisp but with little carbonation.

O- Was not expecting much from this IPA because I tend to enjoy beers with a lot of hops but I was pleasantly surprise with the citrus and pine flavors. (530 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a nice golden orange/amber color with a white head.

S: Funky body odor/armpit aroma of old hops. Some earthy and floral hop notes with hints of citrus peel. Plenty of bread and pale malt aroma to it, but the funkiness is just very off-putting.

T: The flavor is decent enough. Some citrus fruit (oranges) and citrus peel. Lots of bready and cracker type malts with a slight sweetness to it. Only a mild bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: The flavor is pretty decent but the nose is just so off-putting that it's hard to get past. (636 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a best by date of 7.19.11 into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head with very good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is sparse and thin but with decent cling. Pretty standard. Head retention is nice though.

S: Nose is incredibly subdued. Citrus, cane sugar, and some mango. Barely detectable though not unappetizing.

T: Opens with a nice fruit bouquet of citrus, papaya, mango, and pineapple. Hop bitterness comes in towards the middle accompanied by some dried tea leaves. End is cane sugar malt body with a piney hop presence. Finish is dry with a citrus and tea leaf aftertaste. Tropical fruit is abundant and adds a nice dimension to this one.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Crisp and clean in the mouth, going down with some slight bubbles but smooth overall. Finish is pretty muted with a messy, lingering aftertaste. Decent.

O: Another solid brew from real ale, Lost Gold IPA is an enjoyable all-around sipper. Every aspect of this beer is solid from the appearance, to the nose, and taste. Worth trying. (1,156 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz from Techichi (thanks!). Best by 8/30/15, I assume bottled 5/30/15. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a cloudy, pale orange with about a finger white head. Decent retention with some surface haze and a healthy halo that deposits some fairly sizable clumps of lace.

Muted nose with notes of mild pine, citrus peel and some cracker.

Flavors are not much more vibrant than the aromas. Citrus peel, slightly vegital, a little pine and a bit of crackery malt. Too mild to produce any memorable taste.

Medium light feel with adequate carbonation. Pine and peel linger longer than I'd prefer.

This bottle of Lost Gold was well within its freshness date but utterly lackluster. Unfortunately no aspects stood out as anything more than average. (749 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured very clear, and amber in color. A full, foamy head filled the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass and left some decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows more of a herbal hoppiness to it. I get a little citrus with some lemon zest and orange peel to it as well. Some sweeter, malty flavors come out in it as well with just a touch of caramel to it.

The taste shows a pretty big malty profile to it throughout the beer. I get more of the herbal, earthy hoppiness from it with just a bit of the citrusy, grapefruit and orange flavors coming out in the finish. A little more sweet malt shows in the finish with just a hint of the caramel flavors that came out in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a decent beer, but the hoppiness was a little too reserved for an IPA to me. It felt more like an APA to me with a little more balance and malt flavors to it. Not a bad beer at all, but not outstanding in the style. (1,105 characters)

Photo of HTownGuy85
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a straw yellow/gold. Small head, recedes pretty quickly, no lacing.

S - hops are floral, and have a citrus fruit scent. Kind of reminds me of the scent of a double IPA!

T - definitely not as head on hoppy as a true IPA. This is a bit more mellow, it has a floral and citrus fruit quality to it. Hops do linger on your palate, but as I said, not as much.

M - smooth, light carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.

Overall, not a true IPA IMHO. However, it's a good take on the style - an interesting twist . (547 characters)

Photo of pm5k00
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - nice gold/light orange color and white head that disappeared quickly, very little lacing.

Smell - cant quite wrap my head around this one, alittle fruity and piney, and yeast. very strange.

Taste - not much malt flavor, piney in the back end. bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel - nice medium body, good carbanation.

Overall - Im glad i only bought a single at HEB for 1.49, if i paid 9.49 for a sixer id be pissed. its ok, i like alot more hops in my
IPAs as far as flavor and aroma, and bitterness, but those who think most IPAs are overpowering there taste buds, this ones for you. (597 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle I received as part of turfy's "A Taste of Texas" LIF; thank you! Between warnings on the back label to "Keep Cold" and "Drink Soon" lies a stamped "Best By" date of 10/20/2011. Well ahead of that, it goes into the DFH signature glass...

A hearty pour generates about a finger's-breadth of foamy pure white head with decent retention. It sits atop a hazy, golden body with orange and yellow hues near the edges of the glass. Smells of earthy, faintly spicy hops, orange, lemon, a bit of clove, and some floral, pine-like notes in the very rear. While the nose is rather inviting, the taste does not quite live up to the expectation presented by the scent. A slightly bitter but very thin liquid hits the tongue first, containing a bit of the orange and lemon citruses. The hops really shine in the middle, bringing some vague earthen notes, some warming spice, and finally, a piney finish. The whole mouth feels a bit thin and watery, but the carbonation and hops do liven it up a bit. Overall, an IPA that begins well with the presentation and nose, but seems to fall a bit short in the end. (1,110 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy dark gold with a thin cream head

S-thick and creamy scent of orange citrusy hops. good strength

T-comes in with a pretty malty taste of hops and some spices. in fact, this is way too malty for what i like in IPAs. the after-taste is matching, also not to my liking. there is not much bitterness or hop presence here.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-as i've said, this is too malty to be a good IPA to me. its really not that refreshing at all to me either. i don't recommend this. (512 characters)

Photo of nsheehan
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lost Gold IPA
Real Ale
20130623
12oz bottle to English Pub pint
IPA
Best by 11.24.13

A – Thin head that quickly dissipated. Cloudy, can see a lot of sediments. Quite orange colored, slightly translucent. Not very appealing.

S – I get orange, pineapple, lemon and hay. A tiny bit of pine and something light like vanilla or coconut. The light smell is slightly earthy, making me lean toward coconut. I find myself wanting a little more pine in here. When I lightly swirl it, I pick up some momentary butter.

T – Some citrus and grass up front, butter with citrus in the middle, and some pine with a good low level of bitterness on the back end. After a few sips, I find myself liking this progression more than on the first sip. I do like the aftertaste quite a bit, the citrus and pine linger through without being too bitter.

M – Medium body, leaning toward the heavy side slightly. Even so, I feel like it keeps its distance from the tongue, making it feel artificially thin. Feels like a good carbonation level in the mouth despite just a wisp of head and a handful of bubbles. Finishes with a good dryness, slightly above average but not by much for an IPA. I’d like if some of the ‘weight’ in the mouth could be transferred to make the perceived mid sip feel a tad thicker (than thin).

D – Seems like an average IPA. Very fruity, but needing a bit more pine. Before I liked IPAs, I probably would’ve found this amazing; it’s definitely a gateway IPA, and for that it is laudable. However, I’m finding the balance to be off in STM. I think the malt level is pretty much good, but some more pine-bearing hops could be added.
3, 3.25, 3.5, 3.25, 3.25; 3.3 (1,685 characters)

Photo of Dafixa
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at the Marriott bar and that had it on tap.

A: golden (hence the name),

S: some say its hoppy but I only had a hint of hop smell

T: light IPA, not very impressed

M: light, drinkable beer

O: It didn't blow me away or stand out for that matter. Although I did drink it!

Ive had a few Texas beers on my trip and not a giant fan in general. Im sure ill find one the I truly like. (388 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden hue with a good two finger white creamy head that slumped down to a nice one finger thick blanket.

S - Lots of bitter pine, slightly dank with some light malty sweetness.

T - Fairly average here. Malty sweetness upfront followed by some pine bitterness. The finish is just lingering bitter pine, not too too crazy here.

M - Fairly average carbonation here. Nice clean bitter finish.

O - Overall this was an alright IPA. Was a bit too one note for my liking. (566 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

lively pour on this one as the light amber color with a touch of gold highlights was well carbonated. Nice head of white pops up quickly and leaves a good bit of side glass lacing as it works its way down. Light pine and orange peel are mixed in with a very bready, biscuit like aroma, though it could have been a bit stronger. Smooth, bit heavier body here, but well carbonated took a bit away from the crispness of it and the bready flavor really seemed to take control of it mid way through. Light dry finish did not last long and the flavor faded out quickly.

Overall not bad offering here, average for an IPA but very drinkable. (634 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a filtered, clear bright copper with a dense, large frothy whitish head. Head has excellent retention and rings of web-like lacing.

Aroma starts with promise; an initial blast on fresh, juicy citrus with caramel malt. Floral and piney hops become more pronounced as the beer warms and a mild solvent booziness emerges.

The flavor is average for a local IPA. Some bittering citrus hops, more resiny and pulpy than the aroma. Dry pine and earthiness dominate the finish. Body is bready and grain like. Nice medium thick body with strong, active carbonation. A fun extra, but nothing to distinguish from any other middle of the road local IPA. (685 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Received as an extra, thanks! Best by date fo 8/18/11. Poured into a tulip glass a slighlty hazed golden color with a 2 finger antique white head the slowly settles to collar around the glass. Leaves some lacing as it settles. Hoppy, grapefruit rind citrus notes in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Slight citrus sweetness in the start and then the bitterness hits, lingering until the very end and after. My first take on this is that it is pretty solid. Wish it had a touch bit more aromatics is my only complaint. Some floral type notes as well. (551 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/14/11 (just under the gun).

Bright, golden body. Slightly off-white head. Builds to a small cover, then settles out to small patched of bubbles.

Very floral nose, with some spice. Oranges zest and pine. Touch of honey. Cracker malts.

Dry cracker malt flavors at first. Floral and citrus hops. Some tea like herbal tones. Honey sweetness. Smooth and balanced, with a soft bitterness.

Easy drinking, flavorful IPA. Nothing fantastic. Just well made. (462 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a clear copper-amber with a small off-white head. Smells of aromatic hops; some grapefruit with cannabis-like notes. Rich biscuity malt. Tastes of citric, herbal hops and full caramel malts. Decently balanced. Medium body. A nice IPA overall. (256 characters)

Photo of D11
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pilsner

A- golden yellow. thick head good lacing but dissipates quickly.

S- hoppy , some citrus and some pine.

T- tastes good. taste the hops and citrus and some pine in there. the pine is nice.

M- has a good feeling to it. crisp, but more watery at the end of the 'drink'.

O- good and worth trying. at first i wasnt crazy about these but now im sad i just drank the last one heh :, figures. i enjoyed the pine. (441 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to bhollas for this one. Best by 11-9-11, a tad past due date.

A: Orange in color with a slight yellow tint and a medium haze. A tiny white head with hardly any retention but has very good lacing.

S: Light citrus hops. Pineapple stands out, with grapefruit, tangerine, and touches of mango. Caramel malts blend well with the hops.

T: Caramel upfront, transitioning nicely to hops. Citrus all the way, pineapple and mango. Not real bitter, maybe has faded due to age? A touch of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily.

O: Good but not great. Can see this being very good fresh. No off flavors what so ever. Nice that the grapefruit takes a backseat. (734 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.25.12.
Best by 11:30:12

A - Pours a slightly cloudy, medium orange with an orange fluffy off-white head.

S - Oranges and some sweet subtle malts.

T - Earthy and skanky orange, some bitter hops.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. pretty bitter.

O - Dark ripe orange with a strong hop bitterness. (323 characters)

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Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.