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Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Lost Gold IPALost Gold IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 520
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-29-2004

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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 CTraft
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120oz bottle poured into a tall pint glass

Appearance: very cloudy, orange, but not bubbly, 2+ fingers of head, persistent

Aroma: a very delightful, hoppy aroma, but not overwhelming

Taste/mouthfeel: A moderately hoppy, oaky taste, even a bit piney, with a moderately heavy, thick mouthfeel. I don't really taste any malts.

Lost Gold holds its own as an IPA. I think it's my favorite Real Ale variety, besides Devil's Backbone and their Black Quad. I've had better IPA's, but it's definitely one I'll buy again.

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Photo of DRyan
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in Ranger Creek Tulip

A: Pours slightly-darker-than-gold, to look at it you might think it's your average American adjunct beer, except for the very decent lacing the quickly dissipated head leaves behind on the glass
S: I love the smell of this beer, it's got a tropical hint to it, with a nice hoppy presence in the forefront and some crisp maltiness in the background
T: The taste follows the tropical feel, the hops start off with a sweet, almost mango or pineapple quality, and quickly move to a strong, but not overpowering, bitterness bite. A very nice, smooth, easy to drink and easy to enjoy IPA
M: Pretty thin, with a little zestiness to the bubbles that accentuates the tropical party feel of the beer
D: Easily, easily drinkable. I could have another one right now. I think I will.

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

Yellow and golden, very clear with a pretty good one finger head and pretty good lace and rising bubbles.

A bit of a blast of grapefruit aroma at first, with some nice piney notes and a good maltiness.

Flavor is mellow but nicely hoppy. Grapefruit is again up front, with oranges and tangerines, floral notes, and a good malty backbone.

Body is medium, with mid carbonation, and a slightly sweet, slightly bitter hop finish. Mellow and easy to drink, this one is enjoyable, but not a pallet wrecker.

I would love this one canned for fishin' trips. It's a pretty good beer, maybe not tops in its class, but quite drinkable. Actually I thought their signature hop pale ale was hoppier, but they're both tasty beers anyway.

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Photo of HTownGuy85
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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 .

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Photo of bshirley
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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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 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 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 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 DavidST
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best before 11/30/12. This poured a light golden color with a large off white head. The smells are nice lots of citrus and grapefruit with s little brown sugar and caramel. The feel is medium, the taste is good nice bitterness, citrus and balance.

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Photo of pgfault
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good cask IPA. Not over the top on the IBU's but well balanced. Cloudy and dry hopped, this is a real pleasure to drink. Like most cask IPA's, this has absolutely wonderful mouth feel. The appearance is just a bit on the Orange side of yellow, plus nice and cloudy. Smell is a somewhat light citrus, quite pleasant.

If you can find an establishment serving this cask go out of your way to try a pint.

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Photo of diamondc
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge head, lacing, lots of bubbles on the pour. Textbook example on how a IPA should look like.

S: Not much going on, just a bit of dankness, heavy pine, almost bordering on skunk.

T: Pineapple, candied lemon zest, big caramel notes. Resiny pine hop flavors shows up mid-palate.

M: Well balanced between the hops and malts here. Dankness really lingers after each sip.

O: A real good IPA that I can always find fresh. Strange that this is at least 1.50 more than their other year round beers, though.

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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 suspect
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to miikezombie for the hookup.

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a big, frothy, 2 finger white head that certainly takes it's time whittling it's way down to chunky glaciers. Lacing is thick and sticky and leaves its mark the entire way down.

S: Lots going on in the nose - I think the malts hit first with an immediate hop hit to follow. I'm afraid it's not entirely balanced based on the nose because it's not as hop forward as I would expect from an IPA. Subtle lemon and honey also make their way forward towards the end.

T: Man, the flavor is definitely better than the nose. Lots of grapefruit hop presence followed by a big beautiful malt backbone. It's got the same lemon zest and touch of honey sweetness that was in the nose, right around the same spot...towards the end.

M: Nice creamy mouthfee with perfect carbonation. Hop oil coating leaves my mouth aching for more.

O: Really nice IPA! Was a bit hesitant moving into tasting this based on the smell but the flavor was absolutely wonderful. I am thankful that I have another bottle!

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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 DevilsCups
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.67/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of FoamRanger
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of samogletree
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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

miikezombie sent me this along with a bunch of other Texas-made goodies in a recent trade. Thanks again, Glen!

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass, this is a slightly hazy, medium orange color with a pillow white foam that's holding up well and leaving lacing along the side of the glass.

Tangerine-like hops, milder herbal quality. Subtle toasted malt. Fermentation aromas seem relatively neutral.

Crisp herbal and citrusy hops. Upfront moderate level of bitterness, Modest, mostly clean malt backbone holds firm, shows off a slight toasted bread. Medium, dry finish with a lingering herbal hop.

Medium-light in body with moderate level of carbonation. Smooth bitterness.

Overall, an enjoyable IPA with firm malt backbone to support the herbal/citrus hops. Would appreciate more flavor in the hops department although the bitterness is smooth and appropriate.

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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 sweethome
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As mentioned in Elissa IPA rating for St. Arnold, compared the two on tasting.

Pour is light golden color. I liked the wispy head. Created a spiders web look on top of the beer.

Nose of citrus and pine cone.

Medium full mouth feel, bittering hops click in quickly. Nice snappy hop bite. Lost of citrus, floral and piney. Easy drinker. Not of the intensity of west coast IPAs, but fits for this market. A full flavored, intense IPA experience, but not over the top. Well crafted.

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Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.