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Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Lost Gold IPA
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-29-2004)
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Photo of schmidtn


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Where does the flavor profile of a pale ale become a IPA? This IPA by Real Ale fits in just here. A very mild IPA. A good way to start a hop-head on his/her way.

A: Color was a mildly cloudy amber beverage, with a thin head and not much retention.

S: In the nose the hops floats well around

T: As mentioned, a mild IPA but has a nice balance of hops and malt.

M: Maltiness coats the palate nicely, lightly carbonated.

Overall a nice beer and not overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:56:43 | More by schmidtn
Photo of tjkinate


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great IPA for those who have just starting drinking the style.

A: Light amber color, with 1.5 finger head from a hard pour, followed up with light carbonation.

S: I love the smell of IPA's and this one doesn't disappoint.

T: One of the mildest IPA's I've ever tasted, unfortunately I prefer them to be more robust and complex.

M: Crisp, clean.

O: Still enjoyable, but as mentioned previously, too soft in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:58:38 | More by tjkinate
Photo of Soonami


2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:19:02 | More by Soonami
Photo of kbutler1


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 03:14:39 | More by kbutler1
Photo of bum732


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Grapefruit citrus, bright, some orange, some bready sweetness.

L: Hazy orangish yellow, tight white creamy head, 1/4 retention, good lacing.

T: Some rich maltiness before a follow up of grapefruit citrus. Medium bitterness with some residual maltiness and just a touch of citrus. Touch of spiciness in the finish. some cracker as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

Solid, a little malty, might've been a little old, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:34:25 | More by bum732
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 01:17:38 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of beeragent


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a 1/2 inch white head with medium lacing.

S - Strong hop aroma with the malts noticeable in the background.

T - Taste starts off with a strong hop punch of citrusy hops but quickly gives way to a full malt/bready body. The hops return, not as strong, in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation for the style.

D - The hop flavor was not as strong as expected and the malts had a little more presence than I would have wanted. That aside, this is still a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 03:24:00 | More by beeragent
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 22:19:52 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of omnigrits


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This time on tap, but I'm very glad to see that RA have finally managed to get this one into bottles.

A. Slightly hazy, pale golden colour with a decent head of white foam which never quite goes away.

S. Piney, resiny hops in abundance with a hint of citrus. Maybe a little grain hiding in there too.

T. Hops up front and in the finish, but a good belt of malt in the middle offering a balancing sweetness.

M. I find this one a bit on the thin side. It's borderline but I would like a little more feel to it.

O. This was one summer seasonal that I always looked forward to, and now it's a year-round brew, I believe! Happy days. For sure there'll always be a bottle or two in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 01:53:38 | More by omnigrits
Photo of Bennettrox


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange, white frothy one finger head

S - Pine, a little citrus, and strong bread malts.

T - The hops are there, but not prevelant like most IPAs. A little citrus, a little pine, and a strong malt backbone. Bread, toast, and malts.

M - Sticky, medium carbonation, drinks very easy.

O - Enjoyed this IPA. A lot less hops than I'm used to but it's a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 15:40:40 | More by Bennettrox
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy pour, this yellow tinged IPA has an incredibly sticky head. A fresh, sharp aroma of hops, citrus, pine and grass. A little oil residue is picked up in the taste. Bittering hops are noticeable as well. More bitter than tasteful. Aroma shines through in the taste just a little weaker. I would think the IBU count is pushing 80 though. This has a very clean feel and, though bitter, finish, this is easy to consume and a pleasant IPA.

This was in a trade from cfh64 and we are off to a good start.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 10:38:25 | More by spree92
Photo of zdk9


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one's a big globe of pretty orange with the cloudiness of a fogged over window. About a finger of pretty white head rises above the beer with a bunch of larger bubbles that add to the prettiness.

S- A lot of pine is my first impression. There's some nice caramel and malty sweetness like a cinnamon bun, and orange notes, as if that cinnamon bun is topped with orange frosting.

T- Really nice balance of hopiness and maltiness. Pine and grapefruit pith, and orange rind in the back of the tongue. Wheat bread, orange soda, and a hef esque spiciness on the front of the tongue. The melding between these two aspects is really nice.

M- I'd say it's bitter, not overly so, but on the higher end for an IPA. The bitterness doesn't neccesarily match the flavor profiles though so it's a little unexpected.

O- A really nice IPA and one of the best out of Texas.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 06:06:25 | More by zdk9
Photo of mjurney


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-golden color, hazy. Moderate carbonation. Small soapy head.

Fresh hoppy aroma…. Piney and citrus. Sweet malts. The aroma is a little lighter than most IPA.

Fresh hoppiness up front along with sweet malts at the end. Well balanced. Hop character is a little milder than most IPA, I’m getting piney and citrus flavor. Balance with a nice malt background, sweet, slight caramel. Light-medium bodied. Very dry palate. Carbonation is nice.

Crisp and dry finish. Slight fruity and dry aftertaste that lingers.

Not bad for an IPA. Flavor is a little too mild. Aftertaste is a little too dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 19:51:05 | More by mjurney
Photo of Lunch


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of notalumberjack (as a generous extra) in a recent trade, thanks Paul!

Pours just like and IPA should into my new Southern Star pint glass (also supplied by notalumberjack, thanks!) Darker gold in color with a nice creamy and frothy white head that sticks around and leaves quite a bit of lace. Smells very fruity with lots of citrus and some caramel malt. Taste is very citrusy with some sweetness from the malt. Not terribly bitter, but this is a good and clean drinking IPA and I certainly would not mind having another to consume right after this bottle. Very solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 22:14:20 | More by Lunch
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:44:07 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of HardTarget


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright golden glass with excellent clarity. A thin but plucky head holds the edges and laces nicely.

Smell: They put some hops in this, a lot of them. Pine, key lime, hop leaf, loads of bitter hop oil, hope there's a base to catch me...

Taste: Surprisingly earthy, the hop leaf / European hop profile, was expecting a little more West Coast. Loads of juicy hop oil with a pretty bland cracker malt base. Brings lots of flavor without going overboard.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, slightly foamy carbonation, oily finish.

Overall: A very flavorful Texas beer, just a little more English than American in taste, like a English Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:37:27 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Stigs


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from twiggamortis420 via the Hotter than Hot BIF - stamped best by 7/9/11

served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about a half inch of loose, fluffy just offwhite colored foam, settling to a thin film with raised ring around the glass. the beer is slightly hazy, deep golden in color.

S - heavy on the sweetish, floral hop aromas: ample amounts of floral amarillo, tropical fruits (grapefruit and pineapple), and honeyed biscuits.

T - kicks off with moderate bitterness attacking the back of the mouth. lemony fruits, pineapples and pears mesh with a hint of grass and honey. malts slowly takeover, via sweet candied biscuits. an odd sort of peanut butter and ripened apple finish.

M - light to medium body, with a crisp dry finish. slightly oily going down, with moderate carbonation.

O - solid all around. nothing stands out though nothing really falls flat. easy drinking, with hints of an English style IPA at American IBU's.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:09:00 | More by Stigs
Photo of bisonkron


2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2011 16:03:40 | More by bisonkron
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 09:13:06 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Hazy copper with a 1 inch white head that quickly dissepears.

Smell-Lemon and Spice. Some light piney hops. Not too overwhelming, very nice aroma.

Tastes-Starts off like the smell. Lemon, Spice, and some light hop bitterness. As the beer warms it looses some of it's spunk and gets kind of boring, had potential, but lost my interest halfway through.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, medium carbonation, a tad bit watery.

Overall-The intial smell and sip was fantastic, lemon and hoppy goodness. Just lost interest halfway through. Can't see myself drinking a 6 pack, but the one was good and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:37:02 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of billab914


3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:51:51 | More by billab914
Photo of bmwats


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden hue. Slight head. Leaves nice blanket of bubbly carbonation on the surface and a great beer ring.

S: Wood, coriander, pepper, and a little fruit.

T: Tastes like it smells. Bitter woody malt and yeast. Pepper and spice.

M: Light body, but hearty.

D: Goes down great. Refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 21:21:11 | More by bmwats
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, golden orange with a pretty head that leaves some lacing

S- Juicy fruit bubble gum comes to mind, but less sweetness and more alcohol/grain

T- The flavor is a mixed bag of hops that comes out a bit distorted with the noticeable alcohol but finishes pleasantly with afterthoughts of pine and pasta

M- full bodied for an IPA and quite smooth with the fine, bubbly carbonation

O- Solid IPA with a distinct personality that doesn't simply shove orange and grapefruit down your throat. South coast IPA?

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:50:11 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of drewba


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:39:08 | More by drewba
Photo of TexIndy


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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]

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:45:19 | More by TexIndy
Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.