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Lost Gold IPA - Real Ale Brewing Company

Lost Gold IPA
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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%

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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New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:04:25 | More by suspect
Photo of Durge


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:52:22 | More by Durge
Photo of DevilsCups

New York

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 04:59:49 | More by DevilsCups
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:45:05 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of FoamRanger

2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 13:16:18 | More by FoamRanger
Photo of samogletree


2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:04:48 | More by samogletree
Photo of doughanson78


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:53:19 | More by doughanson78
Photo of BrewerB


3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:18:27 | More by BrewerB
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:20:38 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of sweethome


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:12:13 | More by sweethome
Photo of Ungertaker


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle marked "11.09.11 Best if consumed by this date" poured into a pint glass

A- Golden orange with visible carbonation lines. A fluffy, white one-finger head formed on the top and slowly faded to a sticky lacing.

S- The aroma is muted, but I pick up floral notes with some grapefruit, orange peel and a very faint pine.

T- Citrus hits hard up front then makes a smooth transition to a floral and piney flavor and finishes with a great bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- Light to medium with an almost champagne-like carbonation.

O- The muted aromas had me worried. Then, I tasted it. What a great IPA! Whatever was lacking in aroma was more than made up for in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 20:58:56 | More by Ungertaker
Photo of litheum94


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/14/11 (just under the gun).

Bright, golden body. Slightly off-white head. Builds to a small cover, then settles out to small patched of bubbles.

Very floral nose, with some spice. Oranges zest and pine. Touch of honey. Cracker malts.

Dry cracker malt flavors at first. Floral and citrus hops. Some tea like herbal tones. Honey sweetness. Smooth and balanced, with a soft bitterness.

Easy drinking, flavorful IPA. Nothing fantastic. Just well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:54:02 | More by litheum94
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a nice little head.

The smell is very nice. Pine, lemon zest, tangerine, mango, and other tropical goodness abound.

Pine up front with more citrus hanging around. Nice balance and depth. Reminds me of one of our local IPAs that I also enjoy.

The feel is a bit flat, unfortunately, but still pretty good.

I would drink this again. It was refreshing and had some good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:38:13 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of D11


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pilsner

A- golden yellow. thick head good lacing but dissipates quickly.

S- hoppy , some citrus and some pine.

T- tastes good. taste the hops and citrus and some pine in there. the pine is nice.

M- has a good feeling to it. crisp, but more watery at the end of the 'drink'.

O- good and worth trying. at first i wasnt crazy about these but now im sad i just drank the last one heh :, figures. i enjoyed the pine.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 06:02:27 | More by D11
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got this beer from whoneeds8. Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a white head that thinned out leaving light trails of lacing.

S - earthy floral hops with a hint of citrus.

T - bitter floral hops upfront with a solid malt backbone finishing dry and somewhat bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:56:57 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of gtermi


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is amazing. It is really cloudy, but had a nice golden color to it.

The smell is like your typical IPA. It has the hoppy smell with a great fruity smell.

The taste is top notch. This beer has a nice hoppy/ floral taste, but also has some random chocolate characteristics. I don't know if I am mistaking, but I keep getting a slight chocolate malt taste

This beer is also easy to drink. It has a slight crispness and some carbonation, but not much.

Overall this is one of the better IPAs out there. Real Ale has always found a way to impress me with their beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 20:54:01 | More by gtermi
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 09:29:07 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:22:04 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of elNopalero


4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 17:28:05 | More by elNopalero
Photo of mattboyer182


4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:26:28 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of eclipse54


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:11:30 | More by eclipse54
Photo of JMad


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 22:57:59 | More by JMad
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 19:42:53 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of hmph


4.1/5  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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:30:08 | More by hmph
Photo of AdamBear


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:16:24 | More by AdamBear
Lost Gold IPA from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.