Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 492
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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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 TheAlamoWrocker
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best consumed by October 5 of 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.

Appearance

Poured gold just as advertised, but not just gold. I see a wide range of yellow here. The yellow shades that are seen are a dark goldenrod, goldenrod, safron, and just a bit of amber. Just by it's shades it look like wheat. The head did dissipate quite quickly, but it barely had a head to begin with. Slight carbonation rises to the top.

Smell

It hits with a floral hop right away without any question. I would want to believe that a goldenrod plant smells like this because that field of flowers would smell almost intoxicating. There is a slight alcohol smell to it, but that's to be expected from an IPA. I smell a bit of honey and if Winnie the Pooh saw and smelt this then he would guzzle this drink down without question.

Taste

The hoppy bitterness hits the tongue right away almost mildly, but then at the swallow they just slap you in the face. The aftertaste sadly does not stay around though. A malty sweetness even comes in and wow is it enjoyable. A dash of pine does come in and it's something that is surprising, but it really adds to this IPA. If coming back to this beer it would easily be because of that delicious pine that some may feel as if it's just much, but I love to taste my trees. I oddly did not taste the alcohol in this IPA which is strange, but I know it's there so if anything they did a nice job of masking it.

Mouthfeel

The mouthful is smoothly carbonated and with a slight creamy texture filling the mouth. At times it hits the mouth thinly, but it's not horrible and if anything this could be a nice summer beer to get one decently there and beyond if they so choose to get there.

Overall

I would get this for a get together easily. I can't imagine anyone in the room complaining and I won't be complaining either. People tell me that they get Blondes for their non-drinker friends to have, but I think this is it right here what they should be giving them. This is pretty deliciously smooth even though it looses flavor as it warms ups, but it's easily a great session beer and I just wish I had some yard work to do to drink a whole pack of this. (2,211 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden yellow with decent clarity. Off white cap that actually sticks around for quite a bit, and it has some really good lacing to it, all the way around the whole glass.

At first sniff this smells like it's going to be a pretty good beer. Clean aromas of both citrus and pine hops. The malt aromas are very apparent as well, not quite as strong as the hops, buy there. Caramelized roasted malts. Well balanced, smells pretty good.

Unfortunately the taste takes a dip from the smell. It doesn't taste bad, but not as good as I expected based on the smell. Balance shifts more towards the malts now. Nothing really strong about it in the flavors. Malts provide a slight toffee tone and the citrus and pine decrease a little.

Mouthfeel is ok, overall pretty well balanced, and a slightly heavier and full than I expected. Doesn't really have a clean finish, slightly bitter at the end. Overall an ok IPA, nothing overly special, I would have liked it a little hoppier, worth the trade. (1,046 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA for the land of Lone Stars. Bold, big, and brewed deep in the heart of Texas.

Hoppy, floral, delicious. There’s a terrific aroma on this and a light body with a delicate flavor. It all comes together exceptionally well. I don’t drink nearly enough of this. (268 characters)

Photo of mattboyer182
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a deep Copper color with a thin cream colored head that dissipates quickly.

S - a very good floral hop right up front. Pretty much how an ipa should smell.

T - good buttering hops. The balance isnt all there. Mostly bitter but honestly that kinda makes it good. There's a nice lingering hoppy after taste.

M - medium to heavily bodied with medium carbonation.

O - pretty good overall. I would drink it all the time if it were available up here. (452 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle I received as part of turfy's "A Taste of Texas" LIF; thank you! Between warnings on the back label to "Keep Cold" and "Drink Soon" lies a stamped "Best By" date of 10/20/2011. Well ahead of that, it goes into the DFH signature glass...

A hearty pour generates about a finger's-breadth of foamy pure white head with decent retention. It sits atop a hazy, golden body with orange and yellow hues near the edges of the glass. Smells of earthy, faintly spicy hops, orange, lemon, a bit of clove, and some floral, pine-like notes in the very rear. While the nose is rather inviting, the taste does not quite live up to the expectation presented by the scent. A slightly bitter but very thin liquid hits the tongue first, containing a bit of the orange and lemon citruses. The hops really shine in the middle, bringing some vague earthen notes, some warming spice, and finally, a piney finish. The whole mouth feels a bit thin and watery, but the carbonation and hops do liven it up a bit. Overall, an IPA that begins well with the presentation and nose, but seems to fall a bit short in the end. (1,110 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a pale golden orange color with a filmy white head. The smell is mostly grapefruit and tangerine with a hint of pine all built on a caramel base. Tastes of bitter pine resin and toast with peach and mango. This beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a great example of an IPA especially from a Texas brewery, they continue to get better and better. (430 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Back label stamped 10.20.11.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber orange body. Small, fine offwhite head with low retention.

Smell - Honey. Candy sugar. Delicate wafts of Fruity Pebbles and Capt'n Crunch Berries. Extremely sweet smelling for an IPA. No hoppiness in the smell.

Taste - Strong hop that is well balanced by nearly as strong malty sweetness. Bitterness resonates well after the finish, but is not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Chewy.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer. I recommend. (569 characters)

Photo of hmph
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from depechemode1983 , who graciously sent a whole super fresh 6 pack!

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - A strong yellow to amber with a slight haze

S - Really nice fruit smell, very tropical, pineapple, light orange, some real nice smells. You get a bit of the malt on the tail end but its faint.

T - Very citrusy but you get a bit of the pine taste as well, sweet malt as a back drop and a very nice lingering piney taste.

O - This was a really good beer, a nice change from some of the more bitter IPA's , in the smell and taste its very well balanced and a bit tropic, nice mix of malt as a segue to the lingering bitterness (648 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy dark gold with a thin cream head

S-thick and creamy scent of orange citrusy hops. good strength

T-comes in with a pretty malty taste of hops and some spices. in fact, this is way too malty for what i like in IPAs. the after-taste is matching, also not to my liking. there is not much bitterness or hop presence here.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-as i've said, this is too malty to be a good IPA to me. its really not that refreshing at all to me either. i don't recommend this. (512 characters)

Photo of tsatem
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by 10.14.11

A: Nice one and a half finger egg white head that recedes super slowly. Lacing right away, hanging around all down the glass until the end. Golden yellow and pretty hazy with lots of floaties.

S: Lots of citrus juice right off the bat as soon as the bottle is opened, primarily grapefruit. Very fruity. Pine follows up with a slight backing from some sweet buttery toasty malts. Hop oil and resin is all over. Smells great.

T: A little sharper here than in the nose. Citrus leads off (though way less than expected from the aromas), but the earthy pine notes take over a little too much in a really aggressive way. Pine and oak. Way more bitter than citrusy. Strong yeast and biscuit malt backbone does well to balance this somewhat. Lots of resin. As it warms the citrusy notes start to come out more and it's a lot more enjoyable.

M: Really bright. Something a little bit more tame would have balanced the woody notes a little bit better, I think. Pretty sticky on the finish.

O: Really pretty good. Some of the hop imbalance in the taste as compared to the nose is a little much - if it tasted just a little more like it smelled it would be fantastic. (1,210 characters)

Photo of roodie
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a pint glass at the gingerman

A: pours orange/goldish brown with 2 fingers of fluffy head that lasted awhile. Amazing lacing like a curtain all the way up from the bottom to the rim

S: hint if apples and bitter hops. Very subtle but pleasant fruit touch

T: hopforward with pine and resin but muted by a subtle fruit aftertaste

M: smooth with a hop bite that lingers

O: nice offering. Would drink it anytime (424 characters)

Photo of fivehoursfree
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold, Slight head.

S: Not much there. Slight pear, and sweet.

T: equal parts fruity, ccitrus and sweet

m: Smooth and light. just the right amount of carbonation

O: Decent. An average IPA. Real Ale wants an extra $2 for this over their other beers, and I just don't see it. I can get better IPAs for the same price, sometimes less. (337 characters)

Photo of videofrog
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date is 8/5/11.

A: Light orange, slightly hazy with plenty of carb bubbles rising to the top. 2 finger white head has big bubbles and settles down to a nice thin cap that leaves spiderweb lacing all the way down.

S: Citrusy hops, faint malt background that is sweet. Smells fresh even though I'm only about 2 weeks from best by date.

T: Follows the smell for the most part. Hops come out a bit more lemony. Bitterness is light for the style. Pine hops come in aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and slick.

O: Not being a hophead, I really enjoyed this one. Very easy to drink, great way to break into the world of IPAs and DIPAs, or, if you're like me, a good way to get a nice sessionable hop fix. (746 characters)

Photo of Bierwuver
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lovely orange-copper from a 12 oz bottle. Hazy. Leaves a thin web of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of grapefruit and citrus. Must be the cascade. Once it warms some alcohol creeps in. Not alot of malt but you know its there.

T - Hops are definitely present but not overpowering. Great citrus notes. Slightly bready. Malt flavors showing up in the background.

M - Mouth-feel is average but pleasant. Not too viscous, oily, or watery.

O - This IPA is not a west coast hop bomb, but nonetheless, it is just a great tasting IPA. Great balance. If you want to introduce craft beer to a rookie this would be a great start. Not cheap, 9 fiddy a sixer. Burps taste great, too. (688 characters)

Photo of ballmouse
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best aspect of this beer is definitely the smell. It packs a big punch of citrus that leaves you drooling for your first sip.

The appearance is nice, but very typical of an IPA. Golden-orange with a small head.

It's not terribly bitter; but it does have a medium lasting bitterness balanced by a cracker-y aftertaste. I enjoy the fact that this IPA is quite balanced.

The mouthfeel is quite satisfying; it's not too water, but it's also not thick or creamy. I think it's a very good spring/summer beer on a hot day; I like to this it's refreshingly smooth.

Overall, it's a nice drinker (think a crisper SNPA) and refreshing IPA. (636 characters)

Photo of bayougutter
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got back from a trip to Houston and found this at Spec's. $ 6.36 for a sixer.

Poured from bottle to a snifter, small white head which quickly went to a small film on top. some lacing but not much. Orange and semi cloudy

smell is of slightly sweet apricots, grass, orange peel, a little pine resin. Pleasent

Taste follows the nose except that it didn't finish as hoppy/bitter as I was expecting or like.

Body and carbination were just about right for me.

Overall I enjoyed this one. Well worth a try. Good IPA. For the money, hard to beat. (548 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi hazy bright orange with a finger of white soapy head.

big whiffs of fresh pine, juicy citrus hops and I'm getting a little bit of apricot in the mix as well

taste follows the nose. Juicy citrus hops (mainly orange peel and juicy orange flesh) with pine on the tail end of each sip

Light in body with medium amount of carbonation. A little too light for my taste.... has a semi dry citrus/pine blend of an aftertaste

Overall this is a good, not great, year round IPA for hot summer days. Easy to drink, good tasting but a little too light in body for my taste. Worth picking up a six for sure if you are curious (629 characters)

Photo of GrayHam
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark dolden with orange hues and slight haze. Slight head with
little lacing.

S: Heavy apricot aroma from hops and a sweet
bready/biscuity aroma from the malts.

T: Very sweet. The hops seem to be there in flavor only - hardly
any bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation with a cloying sweetness that
coats the mouth.

O: Probably a good choice for people who don't usually enjoy
IPAs. I'm not a hop head, but this was way too sweet for me. (462 characters)

Photo of TobyMcCann
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

A- Orange in color and slightly cloudy with a thin head that left decorative lacing in the pint glass.

S- This been smells great. Citrus and apricot with a hint of sweetness.

T- Not high on the IBU scale but a good amount of citrus flavor. Malt flavors definitely present throughout which balances this beer well.

M- Light, effervescent with decent carbonation.

O- Well proportioned beer. Good for warm Texas weather. Suits those getting in to IPAs as well as aficionados. On my recommended list for sure. (537 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to HopsSchnapps for the bottle! I've enjoyed other Real Ale brews, so I'm looking forward to this. c

Pours slightly dark orange color, bolstering a very light off white head that leaves nice lace. Big juicy citrus fruits on the aroma, some tropical fruits, pleasant light sweetness, and a subtle bitterness. Tropical fruits and intense bitterness dominate the taste, along with some of that juicy citrus tangyness and sweetness. Slight crisp bite, sort of slick, slightly dry and overall a nice feel too it.

I tend to lean toward to piny, floral IPAs, but there's no denying that this is a well-made one either which way. (636 characters)

Photo of ztoellner
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden, hazy color, pours with just a bit of head that fades quickly.

S - Probably my favorite part of this beer, smells of apricot, fruit, with some citrus also in the aroma. Just a hint of grassiness, very appealing aroma.

T - Not quite as hoppy as expected, but has a citrus taste as well. Finishes quickly with some malty sweetness in the end.

M - Thin. Not bad, but a little thin.

O - This is a good introductory IPA, very drinkable without being overpowering. If it was only a little less sweet, would have scored "very good." (540 characters)

Photo of schmidtn
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Soonami
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (551 characters)

Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.