Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company
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Ratings: 408 | Reviews: 137 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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
05-08-2012 01:50:39 | More by brentk56
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
06-14-2011 01:17:38 | More by mikesgroove
3.13/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
05-12-2011 06:45:04 | More by womencantsail
4.11/5 rDev +7%
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.
04-17-2013 04:04:59 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-20-2010 00:50:13 | More by Mora2000
4.16/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
05-18-2013 05:28:13 | More by mactrail
District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -12%
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.
05-08-2011 00:22:08 | More by yourefragile
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-25-2012 19:39:18 | More by stakem
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-14-2012 14:22:19 | More by dbrauneis
3.2/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
05-21-2011 21:51:51 | More by billab914
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
08-09-2012 00:25:15 | More by Tone
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
07-27-2012 03:55:03 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
10-29-2011 02:20:38 | More by TurdFurgison
4/5 rDev +4.2%
on-tap, the Ginger Man in Dallas
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
09-18-2009 20:05:41 | More by dirtylou
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-28-2011 02:44:07 | More by Alieniloquium
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
05-08-2011 00:53:59 | More by twiggamortis420
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