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Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Lost Gold IPALost Gold IPA

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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 508
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 21.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a massive head sitting atop the light amber colored liquid; impressive retention and lacing

Smell: Sugary malts with a floral, citrusy bouquet

Taste: Shortbread, up front, joined by floral citrus through mid-palate; balanced, after the swallow and though the flavor is rather sweet, it does not approach being cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Surprisingly good, even though it is a bit sweeter than I prefer

Thanks, mhenson42, for the opportunity

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Warm and spicy brew that is on the friendlier side of the IPA spectrum. Pours a handsome golden amber with an orange tint. Lots of foam in the Saxo tall tulip. Spritzy and a little sharp on the tongue.

Nice flowery aroma with a touch of resins. Pleasantly malty without being too sweet, but it's definitely on the mellow side. The hops are just bitter enough to balance the sweetness. Lots of aromatics with pineapple and citrus flavors. Totally drinkable. Maybe this the wave of less extreme IPAs that give you lots of hops without the crush-your-head-with-a-rock bitterness. Cheers to Texas! From the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great color on this one: clouded gold amber. Nose is really nice too at first. It seems to calm quickly. Flavor profile is good. Consistent and smooth. Nice level of bitterness that I appreciate. Smooth pine and citrus elements. Feel is good. This is a nice, easy drinking ipa. I could go for several of these. And I would definitely jump on the chance to try this via cask.

Thanks to Grendle for this one. Haven't had anything from Real Ale in quite some time and I'm very happy to have the chance to again.

6/14/2014 - In addition, just opened the second bottle that was sent to me and it's still really good? Wha?? Citrus is still there in abundance. Not overly complex, but a nice drinker. Not at all what I expected after such an obnoxiously long period of time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Opal Divine's Marina in Austin, TX

A: Pours a clear golden orange leaning towards copper/amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Sweet caramel malts upfront with a stronger presence of citrus/grapefruit and floral (orange blossom) hops that seems to increase in intensity as the beer warms. Quite inviting.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of citrus hops (grapefruit and orange) and floral hops (orange blossom) over the top of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this beer to be quite enjoyable with a really nice aroma - I'm thinking I must have gotten it really fresh since I was drinking close to the source and it doesn't match with some others experiences in the smell department. Easy to drink but a touch too strong to be sessionable.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint. The brew appears a clear golden color with more of a yellowiah tint around the edges. A white finger of froth sits atop with patchy and finger-like lacing effect. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film.

The smell is fruity with hops. Notes of herbs, pine and a little sulfur make themselves known. Some grapefruit rindy quality fills out the back. There is little to no alcohol noted as well as grain in the nose despite warming up. Not bad.

The taste is herbal with some grapefruit and floral notes. Throughout there is some astringency and a flavor similar to strong tea which is different and unexpected. The aftertaste has some pulp and bitter grassy rind elements. Not bad but some interesting stuff going on here.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. A decent offering but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of hops. I get citrus and pine. This definitely smells like an American IPA. The flavor is pine with a lot of juicy oranges notes. There is also some caramel malt to stop the beer from being too bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear deep gold body that pours with almost no head. The head is just a bit of lace. After a few minutes, the surface is barren.

Smell - Smells very hoppy. Not shy on the grapefruit hops. Totally dominates he smell. Behind it is some piney hops and some toasted malt aroma.

Taste - Hop-forward, which is good. The hop isn't quite as pronounced as the aroma. Behind the hops is some spicy, almost rye-like malt. Very dry and toasty tasting malts.

Mouthfeel - Not a lot of carbonation, which emphasizes the dry taste from the malts. It leaves an empty bitterness behind. It also makes it feel pretty light in body.

Overall - I was super optimistic going in because of ths smell, but the aroma wasn't backed up by the malts. It seemed like a west-coast attempt with a strange grain bill. I like the hops, but it was too dry and spicy in the back.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper/orange color. 1/3 inch head of a an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. There is also some suspended sediment. Smells of citrus hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, hop oil, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of hop oil, sweet malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, good feel, good body, and good blend.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muchas gracias to Jefferz5000 for this extra. Poured into a FFF pint glass, this is a dark golden color with a thin wet foam. Crystal clear and darker than average.

It smells more balanced than I prefer, caramel malt giving strong counterpoint to the hops, coming across as more an English IPA than an American IPA. Same with the taste, somewhat sweet up front with a more bitter leafy aftertaste. Carbonation on the low side, not quite cask-like but creamy enough to again remind me of the UK. Very nice if you're not expecting an American IPA, middle-of-the-road if you're after the American style.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, the Ginger Man in Dallas

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appearance: served in standard pint - body is straw-golden and a bit lighter than many other examples of the style, foamy beige head with nice lacing

smell: pulpy, adequately hopped, notes of lemon zest and white pepper

taste: i liked this IPA - certainly had hit of orange and lemon zest that provided a sharp but controlled citrus taste. This one also came across a bit grassy with 6.6% being hidden quite well

mouthfeel: medium-light

Drinkability: nice

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, clear, golden-amber colored brew with a goodly white fluffy head and a full wall of crackled lacing. The nose gets yeasty wheat and citrus ideas. Nothing over the top but a bit hoppy as hoped. The flavor brings sweet lemon bread and grassy edges. Yeast and malt over citrus, this brew is light-medium bodied stuff with solid carbonation that delivers a lively but slightly aqueous feel. Very drinkable though a tad sweet. Hoppy enough but nothing overdone. Very decent!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 07.19.11. Pours a slightly hazed gold color with a nice cap of white, fluffy head. Nice retention and even nicer lace.

Nose is bright floral and citric hops with a dry, biscuity malt base. Low on sweetness and caramel.

Hops show both flavoring and bittering very nicely above a background of lighter malts. Clean beer, not much yeast influence. Biscuity malts are full and provide a silky mouthfeel. Kinda has a bright hop vs earthy malt thing going on and for the most part play off each other well. Lots of bitterness on the finish and lingers awhile. I do believe this is the best IPA that is bottled in Texas.

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Photo of champ103
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A dark golden/orange color. A small white head forms and leaves some sticky, spiderweb lace.
S: Lots of hops that is typical of an IPA. Both grapefruit and piny aromas. A bit of peppery spice as well.
T: Follows the nose. Bitter grapefruit and spices. A touch of malt as the taste lingers. Pretty typical for the style.
M/D: Medium body and creamy in the mouth. Feels good on the tongue. Like most IPA's, the bitterness makes this a bit hard to drink.

This is just a typical IPA for me. One is good, but this is nothing I want to session. Though, if you like the style I would give this a try.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Best before 18 January 2015.
Hazy gold. Smells hoppy and super fruity. I love it.
It's good. Crisp and heavily citrusy, the main taste is short lived, and the aftertaste is clean, hoppy, and vaguely metallic. Lemon zest is the main flavor.
I like it, and I'd drink it again, but it's not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of gtermi
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to HopsSchnapps for the bottle! I've enjoyed other Real Ale brews, so I'm looking forward to this. c

Pours slightly dark orange color, bolstering a very light off white head that leaves nice lace. Big juicy citrus fruits on the aroma, some tropical fruits, pleasant light sweetness, and a subtle bitterness. Tropical fruits and intense bitterness dominate the taste, along with some of that juicy citrus tangyness and sweetness. Slight crisp bite, sort of slick, slightly dry and overall a nice feel too it.

I tend to lean toward to piny, floral IPAs, but there's no denying that this is a well-made one either which way.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this. Best by date is 8/5/11.

4.0 A: Hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of mainly frothy, but somewhat creamy off-white head with average retention and a good bit of lacing.

4.0 S: Mix of piney, citrusy, and floral hops, though even in combination, the whole doesn't approach West Coast levels. Strongest aromas are pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, flowers and a ton of pineapple. Despite being bottle conditioned, the yeast component is minimal as this is pretty clean overall. Malts are slightly bready.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. Hops are earthier than the nose suggests, but there is still a decent pine, grapefruit, and orange component with just a hint of pineapple. Yeast comes into play much stronger and combines with the malts to form a moderate breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier. Lightly chewy.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but nothing too special either. Good all around.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from whoneeds8. Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a white head that thinned out leaving light trails of lacing.

S - earthy floral hops with a hint of citrus.

T - bitter floral hops upfront with a solid malt backbone finishing dry and somewhat bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good IPA.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 4/8/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a clear, sparsely carbonated golden body with thin, bubbly white head that reduced to a patchy veil and left some decent lacing.

S - Nice aromatic hop blast at first with a citrus character and more subtle herbal tea-like hops. Some spicy hops are also present. Malt is sweet and light and suggests caramel notes.

T - A more subtle hop profile blends leafy, tea-like notes with hints of mild spices and citrus fruit. Sweet caramel malt balances the bitterness, while a bready, grainy malt character accompanies the mild hop finish.

M - Light bodied IPA with a thin, syrupy texture and very soft carbonation. Finishes with mild hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Really solid IPA that turned out to be better than I expected. Lost Gold boasts a flavorful and varied hop profile with a well-balanced malt sweetness that made for a tasty, very drinkable IPA.

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Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.