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Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Lost Gold IPALost Gold IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-29-2004)
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint

Appearance: Yellow with orange hues and a white head about two fingers thick that resides into a thin lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Piney, a little grassy, and hints of citrus. The grassy aroma was a little bit of a turn off for me and it became more apparent as the beer warmed up.

Taste: Slightly fruity and citrusy with a piney bitterness, I enjoyed the taste more than I did the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: I thought it was a nice offering. The only thing that I would change would be the grassy aroma. I was hoping it was just one of my bottles, but so far it has been found in all three of them.

Photo of obrike
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a sixer at Specs Arborwalk in Austin for just under 9 bucks.

Light orange/gold pour into my New Belgium goblet...big head, great lacing throught the drink, some light haziness. Pretty look. Me like.

A crisp, hoppy scent...a bit buried. Picking up some pine, grapefruit, a little sweet, biscuity malt. Good, but again, muted somewhat.

Taste follows scent. Earthy hops dominate...almost hemp-like. Bits of citrus and pine, subdued malt.. happy to see a nice effort of an IPA from a local Austin brewery.

An easy drinking, summer IPA. A good gateway IPA for folks wanting to branch into craft...and at 6.6 abv, one that would put them in a good mood quickly as well.

Would certainly buy again...hoping to see it on sale here in Round Rock or Austin in the future.

Photo of tewaris
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

55 IBUs
OG: 15 deg. Plato

12 oz bottle with an Enjoy by of 07/19/2011 poured into a Bell's tulip. Thanks Rubio.

Golden-amber, slightly hazy but mostly clear, Lost Gold pours with a medium off white head that recedes in due time leaving some sticky lacing. All in all, quite AIPA looking. Aroma is nothing remarkable and very faint if at all perceptible.

However, this beer really delights me in its taste. A good example of a balanced IPA, that lets its malt character (that I am digging!) shine, without getting too sweet. Lush and juicy on the palate with a light sweetness, this one delivers the punch at the end and finishes moderately bitter. Okay, it doesn't really deliver a punch, but is still moderately hoppy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and Lost Gold feels refreshing; but as remarked earlier, it doesn't hide its malts. Perfect body for an AIPA in my opinion.

With warmth, some defects get amplified, most notably a slightly harsh (NOT crisp, just harsh) finish that is not common to IPA's. I am surprised that the aroma stays just as dull.

Overall, this one went down easy and smooth, and was one of those beers that I could keep drinking for a while. Too bad that the alcohol is higher than my benchmark IPA's (Furious, Masala Mama).

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 2/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

Photo of pm5k00
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color. Decent off-white head. Sticks to the glass nicely and hangs around for a good amount of time. Sweet citric hops with some tropical goodness. Picking up oranges and pineapples along with some malts. Not too complex but pretty obvious and inviting. Taste is a little bitter up front but sweetens up nicely in the middle in a fruity way. Again I picking up pineapple with a bit of a peach aftertaste. One of the fruitier IPAs Ive had. Smooth, medium bodied, and with moderate carbonation. Pretty solid. Over all this has to be one of the better IPAs Ive had. Im glad to know this is a year round. My favorite from Real Ale so far.

Photo of womencantsail
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of johnsaulrubio
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Gold, like a gold coin. Slightly hazy with a thin film of head.

Smell:
Pine, citrus, cannabis, mossy earthen bitterness with just a hint of honey sweetness.

Taste:
Tastes quite a lot like it smells. Very earthy, resiny pine hop in the front with a good malt balance. Just when I thought it was going to bite be with bitterness, it quickly fades out.

Mouthfeel:
It's got a pretty short, easy finish, but I wouldn't say it was very dry. Medium carbonation.

Overall:
I quite enjoyed this beer. It's an easy drinker and a must-buy for fans of musky, earthy hops.

Photo of LittleDon
2.95/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass: this is a bright gold beer with a moderately dense head. The aroma is strongly grassy-hops, lightly resinous, no malt detectable. Flavor is overwhelmingly hops, for the first time in Real Ale history, strongly resinous. Malt is present, but is a secondary component. Bitterness high, finishing dryly. Very nice beer from RA.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  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.

Photo of crusian
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from a local bottle shop, and it has a best by date!! I like bottle dating.
anyway, pours a golden dark yellow/mustard color with about a finger of head.
The nose is quite nice, jumps out of the glass with a nice pine/grassy aroma... impressive.
the taste is really good. I am really impressed with this one. Good job Real! The malt profile is light, which gives the hops a commanding presence. It doesn't taste thick, and is extremely easy to drink. Nice clean finish too. the hops are as the nose describes, and are amped up enough that this is not a weak attempt at an AIPA. this is well done. At only 6.6%, this may be one of the best and hoppiest regular IPAs I have had. I compare to gumball head, for the abv and amount of hops, but they are no way similar, just that they are both excellent APAs. I love that this is going to be a year round... I think this is going to be a huge winner. may be a new go to sessionable type beer for me.
I would like to try this and the two hearted side by side...

Photo of SkipWeathers
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When cold, an incredible aroma. Reminds me of Hopslam. Very floral and fruity. Aroma deteriorates as it warms. Taste a little one-dimensional. Above average bitterness. Golden color, little head. Spicy, peppery mouthfeel. Creative labeling. Might get again.

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

Appearance: Golden orange with one finger of bright white head.

Smell: Equal blend of pine and citrus,

Taste: Very nicely balanced IPA. No one flavor stands out above the others.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a nice smooth finish

Drinkability: Very drinkable IPA.

Photo of turfy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real Ale is now bottling their Lost Gold.

A- Great looking beer, a deep golden orange with a 1.5 finger off- white head.

S - Mainly pine with some citrus (lemon) and a touch of floral.

T - Earthy, dank hop bitterness with just a touch of malt presence, although that increases somewhat as it warms.

M- Comes across somewhat thin in mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A little more body would have helped IMO.

O - Not bad but not quite on par with some of the better IPA's out there. Somewhat thin and the hop profile a little too earthy for my taste.

Photo of nickhiller
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: kind of hazy, orange colored, slight ring of head with good lacing.

S: fresh mowed grass.

T: bitter hops, grass, resin, rounded out by sweet malt and fruity hops.

M: sharp and full, perfect carbonation, warmth of alcohol on finish.

D: great simple IPA, very drinkable and well balanced.

Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at "whip-in" in austin

told it was a barrel aged...

a fantastic aged IPA with a broadness in hopping and a distinct, unique malt. the first time i've had an american that has a quality to something english made but american hopped. pour is cloudy orange with a nose of earth, apple, lemon, honey, floral pine, pineapple and plum. the palate was like a crisp bit-o-honey esb earth... some sweet backed with the woody minerals of the aging. palate was broad with all the qualites of the nose and a distinct pollen honey citrus fruit. the bitter was mild crisp hop... twigs... grassy and a bit of Egyptian chamomile bitter.

tastes an american IPA that made it all the way to india in a case. big favorite among drinking buddies.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is cleanly fruity hoppy, slightly pungent, and vegital. Smells pretty good.

Hazy gold, or more like dirty straw, with moderate head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor follows with moderate bitterness, soft leafy freshness, and mild herbalness. Nicely hoppy. Some zest, pepper, and spicy/pungent salad greens. Soft fruit. Sensation of bitterness increases with warmth. Finishes hoppy bitter. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Pretty good overall.

I would like it with a little more balance, hop definition, hop character, or boldness. It comes across a little run of the mill but certainly not bad.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden orange with a thin brilliant white head that held on strong and left nice lace.

S-Initial citrus blast that turns a touch spicy with a nice lightly sweet malt backing.

T-Light citrus with a bit of tannic acid/tea flavour. Matly sweetness comes in for balance but does not overpower.

M-Medium-light bodied bright and crisp with good lingering bitterness.

D-Before I drank this I read some of the BA reviews and wasn't expecting much--I am glad you can't believe everything you read! I was pleasantly surprised by this one quite nice, good flavours and easy going for sure.

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

on-tap, the Ginger Man in Dallas

cellphone notes

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

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scarcity tends to skew reviews. A rare beer may not always be better than its year-round contemporaries. This is true with cask-conditioned beers as well. The automatic assumption is that the beer will be better. We want it to be, because it is rare, and we like rare.

This IPA, while it does benefit from the cask, was already good. That is worth noting, because this beer is not reinvented as some beers are after aging. Like I said, this was already a good beer. So what changed?

A: A little more haze than the on-tap version.

S: Nothing really changed. My only complaint about this beer was the restrained aroma to begin with. Expecting aging to change that would be foolish.

T: Interesting development in the aftertaste. The on-tap version has a lingering bitterness that I was not 100% sold on. This cask replaced the bitterness with a floral taste and a dry finish.

M: No real change here. A little on the dry side.

D: If you like the on-tap version then you will like the cask. I personally, prefer the cask.

Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of fostwal
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer brings a lot more to the table than your average American IPA. I really liked this beer on tap. This beer is unbelievable fronm a cask. It is a full body beer with plenty of malt flavor. Somehow it has a very bitter hop flavor while in your mouth that disappears when you swallow. There is no bite at the end at all. It also has a good earthy taste. It is an outstanding beer that I wish that I had a cask to take home.

Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.