Willoughby Lost Nation Pale Ale | Willoughby Brewing

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Brewed by:
Willoughby Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SchmichaelJ on 07-06-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
1.51/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A Basic microbrew appearance.
S VERY BITTER hops smell
T Bitterness did not stop! It reminded me of a micro brew which is too aware that it is a micro brew...and like I was drinking hops.
M less than average, very bitter...did not want it in my mouth for too much longer than it was
D The lowest. I did not want to finish it and after my wife tasted it she did not want to finish it either. For all we know it was dumped out by the wait staff.

I was very dissapointed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the brewery. Golden colour with good foamy lace. C-hop aroma. Medium mouthfeel. ABove-average carbonation. An understated IPA sort of Pale. Not bad bitterness or drinkability, with well malted backbone. Competently done, displaying the hops, and sessionable alcohol.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review written from notes as I drank this on-tap at the brewery a week ago now. This beer is a clear light amber/copper color. Head is 1/4 inch when served and settles to a small white ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lace. Aromas of hops and some mild malt are present. Floral and piney hop flavor upfront, followed by light caramel malt. Much more like an IPA than an APA. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. This would make a good session beer.


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Photo of SchmichaelJ
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English-style ale had a nice pale, straw / yellow color. Noticeable, but not too active bands of carbonation were noticed, and the thin head had very good retention. The attractive appearance was matched by the citrus smell established by a generous helping of Cascade hops. While the result was a pleasing, mild citrus smell, the hops really added a refreshing bite to the taste. I thought the end seemed a bit dry, but after a few more sips, a nicely bitter atertaste remained. The light-to-medium mouthfeel was just about right for this style, too. The Lost Nation (I failed to find an explanation for the name) was clean, refreshing and very easy to drink on this hot summer day near Cleveland.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Willoughby Brewing poured into pint glass

a: clear amber brown with carbonation and a foamy 1/4" head that reduces to light lacing

s: hop nose with slight hint of grain

t: good grain taste with decent hop bitterness, well balanced IPA

m&d: medium bodied, slightly dry. Not very much alcohol for an IPA (5.2 ABV) so slightly towards a session beer

overall not a bad brew, worth a try

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - an orange-amber beer, builds up a two-finger head of light tan foam, a faint orange tint to it as well. Leaves some good lines of lace along the glass.

Aroma - fresh pine, orange, and a lighter measure of biscuity grain. Good resilience as it settles.

Taste - good crackery, biscuity grain base. It is quickly overrun by a substantial hit of piny hops. Citrusy grapefruit, full flavor out of the gate and into the aftertaste. Drying finish, plenty of residual bitterness to go around. Almost an extreme pale, could pass for an IPA with a little more alcohol kick. I'd like to see more floral presence on the lead side, but that's just personal preference. Great stuff!

Mouthfeel - a mild element of smoothness and a robust crispness. Medium-bodied, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - even with a lasagna dinner, the second half-liter is having some effect. Gets tastier with each glass. A fine pale ale, presented to me in Cleveland by another guy who speaks the craft beerese language! Thanks, John, a great brew here, and a fitting tribute for my 800th review. Cheers!

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Photo of cooncat
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Willoughby Brewpub, in a pint glass.

As delivered by the barmaid, the beer is an orangish-gold color, with a thin head on top. The head is not long lasting, and very little sheeting/lacing is noticeable during the quaffing session.

Minimal hop nose is present, and perhaps that isn't too surprising for a somewhat pedestrian pale ale of 35 IBUs.

Taste up front is floral and piney hops, followed later by a very light caramel malt taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and the 5.2% ABV is not noticeable at all (I know it is listed at 5.9% above, but my recent visit to the brewpub indicated 5.2%). The finish is dry and smooth, with no aftertastes. Because of the nominal ABV and IBU rating, this is (perhaps) the best session beer at Willoughby Brewpub.

A good solid Pale ale, which can be quaffed all night long with no deleterious effects. Similar in taste to Sierra Nevada's Pale. Recommended, if you ever visit the pub.


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Photo of beergeek279
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served as a sample at Willoughby Brewing Company. The color was copper, with a wispy white head. The smell was a very slight citrusy hoppiness. The taste was a bitterness without much balance or oomph, and a very badly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, probably really wouldn't have another.

Well, I just wasn't really impressed with this one at all. It just didn't have anything that made me want to have it again. Not a good one at all and one I really would not want to even see again.

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Photo of Manos
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Tried this under recommendation from the
waiter, saying that they sold alot of these. One was enough for me. With its' underwhelming bitterness, I could see that this APA is rather accessible. Smell faint hops. Taste subtle, not a Hop Devil. May give another try on a later date there.
Lost Nation Road: the best name for a road EVER, imo.

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Photo of Bones54
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This seems to be my go to beer at the Willoughby Brewing Company. This beer, much like all of their beers, seem to be very filling one way or another. The Lost Nation has some nice hope flavor to it, but there is something about the aftertaste. Don't get me wrong its not really that bad, its just an aftertaste that seems to linger on a little bit to long.

Overall though, this is just an above average brew that I'll get there when nothing else on the menu seems to appease.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub: Clear amber color with a medium thin bone white head. Thin, spotty lacing. Hoppy, floral aroma. Medium-bodied with a good amount of citrusy hops, as well as some toasted malt. The bitterness doesnÂ’t last very long but it is nice while it is there. The finish is dry and bitter, with hops and a touch of fruit. A pretty good session ale.

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Willoughby Lost Nation Pale Ale from Willoughby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 12 ratings