Lost Dog | Napa Smith Brewery

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Lost DogLost Dog

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Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Offa on 04-22-2009

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Photo of nach0king
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wouldn't bring Lost Dog home from the pound again. I'm history's greatest monster.

A: Poured more amber than I expected, with a bubbly head that disappeared fast, slow carbonation and a bit of thickness and body.

S: Smells like breakfast: toast, honey and jam. Oh, and some booze, if you like that kind of thing in the morning.

T: Pretty anonymous to start with, with maybe the slightest bit of malty sweetness before hitting burnt orange at the back.

M: As the look suggests it's pretty thick, but goes down well.

Time to take this one out back with the shotgun...

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Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber I scored for only $2 (woot!) this beer was a rich garnet color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention was good and it left consistent lacing. The aroma was of toasted malt, caramel malt, toffee, honey and bread. The flavor appealed to me; I tasted the caramelized malt and the caramel/toffee notes first followed by sweet bread, honey and then a mild but appropriate hop finish. Balanced and refreshing. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation middle-of-the road, as it should be for this style, in my opinion. I enjoyed this beer, especially for the price!

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Photo of McBraniel
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of GilGarp
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Seemed like the perfect thing to have after our lost dog came home tonight.

Hazy amber color with barely any head.

Aroma is sweet and has character similar to a caramel apple.

Flavor is balanced but fairly strong for an amber. Sweet malty base with Carmel and brown sugar. A little hoppy but not a really fresh west coast flavor. More pine and spice, less citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall not a bad beer but I'm just so glad to have my dog back!

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip; no freshness dating apparent. Hazy light copper body with orange/red tint. Almost no head and no lacing.

Light aroma with an upfront mix of sweet malt and a woody oak smell. A hint of apple or pear in the background.

The flavor actually steps it up a couple of notches over the aroma. The caramel malt and woody flavor are favorably mixed with a light kick of fruity hops. Not an IPA for sure but it works OK for a red ale.

Medium mouthfeel with very little carbonation. A liitle syrupy, which is a bit of a distraction. A decent brew overall.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent, appetizing mahogany-brown; there was not much head, but this was an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has notes of cloves and wood plus a hint of apple. Strong, malty flavor has a firm fruity tone that is mainly apple and pear with a hint of banana, as well as touches of cloves and hops. Smooth, robust-bodied texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a malty, woody finish.

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Photo of robuess
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of ATPete
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of t420o
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Napa smith lost dog 

A- pour produces a 1/2 finger fizzy head that leaves quick leaving no lacing. Beer is a murky burnt orangish red color. 2.5

S- very malty, light bitter hop presence, a kind of underlying funkiness that's not bad but can't tell what it is. 3

T- very light taste. Malt forward with a light fruity hop presence. Really not very complex. Alcohol is present.  It's pretty average 3

M- overcarbonated but not bad. Decent body. 3

O- a very average beer. I live reds and this just didn't do it for me 2.5


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Photo of newsage
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you look at my reviews you'll see that I'm a big Stout drinker, But there was a time in my younger years when all that touched my lips was a nice boozy Red Ale ( This was before the dayz Of The now popular IPA ) Red Ales where typically the strongest you could find other than hard to find Double bocks and Belgium Ales. This RED ALE KICKS ASS forget the review I'm drinking it!!

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Photo of jordanmckell
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of koo10t
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of obrike
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single at HEB in Round Rock.

Liked the pour...kind of a rust/dark orange color. Solid head, leaving behind plenty of lace.

Well, like I said, at least the look was good. I'm getting a good amount of "ajunct" smell in this one...maybe a deeper bit of sweet malt, but that's about it.

Yep, unfortunately, taste follows scent. Not a lot going on with this one. Even a bit of a sour take on the backend, kinda brings the mouthfeel down a bit as well.

Not one to recommend I'm afraid. Was hoping for a kickbutt Red; this is not it.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of bdeast1
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of gordavidson
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice orange liquid with some red highlights. It is ever so slightly hazed and there is a thin but creamy bone white head.

S- Citrus rind and a bit of caramel. Pretty basic but not bad.

T- Some citrus and caramel. Not much else going on other than a bit of noticeable alcohol presence.

M- The carbonation is nice but the lingering bitterness and alcohol presence is a bit distracting.

O- Not very interesting, but it is a fine beer. For the style this is about average.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Pours a one finger tan head with low stick and decent retention. Hazy red-brown body.

Smell - Vinegar. Cherries. Dry musky hop.

Taste - Metallic. Acidic. Really dry. Musky hop.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Dry. Light bodied. Head offers minimal texture.

Overall Drinkability - Not something I ever plan on revisiting.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of zdk9
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours orange brown with an uneven quickly disipating finger of head. Lots of carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S- Corn, white grape juice, bit of yeast. You'd think with a big red ale like this that there'd be some more character, but not here.

T- A lot of honey, quite sweet, which leads into a very malt forward beer. Nuttiness, caramel (but not too strong). More resembles a carmely nut brown than a red to me, but maybe that's just me. Also a touch of vanilla and rum.

M- Sweet any lingering. But this could really use some more balance, perhaps more roast to help quaff this one past all the sweetness.

O- It's not a terrible beer, certainly bad to style but I can get past that. Now if I could get past the sweetness I think we'd have a winner.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 1/4" shaving cream foam head in off-white. Hazy amber color and I wouldn't really describe it as a red ale look like the name implies. It smells pretty good - like an IPA on the sweet side with citrus zest. Taste is a weaker version of the smell. As it warmed a little bit of caramel was expressed. It's a decent beer, an enjoyable beer, but not a standout.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - red, almost a coppery color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - fairly hoppy, but mixed with a pretty strong malt smell as well. Fairly sweet smelling in general.

Taste and Mouthfeel - musky, malty, and hoppy in general. A fair and interesting mix of the three. It's bitter from the hops in the beginning, but sweetens out toward the finish. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, and fairly good-tasting in general. Not terribly interesting in taste, but not dull or boring either.

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Lost Dog from Napa Smith Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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