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Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Lost Gold IPALost Gold IPA

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456 Ratings
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
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 Lunch
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of bisonkron
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.42/5  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.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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?

Photo of drewba
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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]

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
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

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

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

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.

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

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

Photo of LittleDon
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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...

Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.