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Lost Coast Pale Ale | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-05-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
75
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
14.01%
 
 
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1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 75
Photo of JDV
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Fordest
Light amber color with a lasting offwhite head. Smell is very lightly hopped, with some mild caramel in there tool. A bit more sweetness than hops in the nose but the taste is in reverse with more hops up front and sweetness in the finish. Ends with a big metallic, and oxidized taste, i believe. Kind of like rust. Finish is unpleasant and perhaps its just not quite fresh. My favorite style, and my definite least favorite from the brewery, when everything else of theirs was pretty good.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber pour with a medium head of pure white fluff that leaves micro-strteamers of lace.

Aroma is grainey, earthy, and has notions of grassy and herbal hops. Not much to comment on.

Flavor much the same. Coarse, grainey malts are moderated by a meager helping of grassy and faintly piney hops.

Body is medium, wet, and cold. What the hell else can I say, this is a boring beer.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw like golden color with compact head but little to no lacing. Smells like wet sticky herbal hops with the same bready yeast aroma you'd find in a hefeweizen. The initial mouth feel is the saving grace of this beer. Crisp piney hops bite the tongue but the fade to a thin paper/cardboard feeling.

Overall this is not a great Pale Ale but will do. I'll drink it again if it's my only option for a pale ale on a hot afternoon in San Juan.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pils glass, forms a nice milky head that leaves spider lacing throughout.

Light nose, faint grassy hops.

decent balance it just comes up kinda weak. I love a good quaffing brew, although this is easy to drink the flavors are too laid back, hops are delicate and malt profile seems watered for my liking. Bit of a mashy rawness to it as well. Edit: August 2006...Looking back on this review and having a fresh offering in front of me I was a bit rough on this brew. Its light even for a pale ale but all in all it has enough there to keep my interest. Leans towards malty for the style but it works it out in the end. Bumped up the taste and smell.

Certainly wouldn't turn my nose to this puppy as it does the trick and is priced reasonably.

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Photo of jackndan
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast Pale Ale: In a 22 oz bomber. Although it has dates on the sides, it was not notched, and thus this brew may have been sitting around for awhile, which may explain its lack of pizzazz. It poured a slightly hazy amber, with a fairly nice rocky head; nice Belgian lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was a bit musty, a mix of floral hops and burlap. The taste was smooth, with flowery hops, and some biscuit malts that balanced nicely, but the taste was not really engaging. Not a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but a decent pale ale that perhaps sat a couple of more months than it should have.

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Photo of hotstuff
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another APA that was way too hoppy for this beer drinker. It poured a small sized white creamy head that contained fine sized bubbles that completely dissipated. The body was clear with carbonation and the hue was gold. The nose was malty, hoppy, sweet with a bitter, hoppy taste to it that had a fore and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was tingly and medium bodied with a fair amount of lacing.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One finger foam head, golden yellow. Like a foamy twinkie

Some sweet malts, some hops? I cant smell anything really

Pale malts, very thin body. Calista flockhart thin.

Macro aftertaste. Not good.

This brewery makes some good beers, this is not one of them.

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Photo of Jayli
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the Windshield Owl which is the Pale ale where a good portion of the proceeds go to the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center.

Consumed 12/1

A: This beer pours a murky copper color. One finger of white head that recedes at a moderate pace stands on top and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of roasted and caramel malts, and the slightest hint of hops.

T: Taste is very much in line with the nose on this one. Taste of sweet caramel malts up front, middle is filled with a pale malts, grainy, biscuity flavoring, and just the slightest hint of hop in the finish. One really has to look for it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat syrupy body feel to this beer.

D: There was not much that stood out about this beer, other than where the proceeds go. So I applaud Lost Coast for that. I've had several enjoyable beers from this brewery, but I would pass on this one in the future as there are better of the style.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear honey color with a tightly-fizzing white head. Good job of lacing the glass. Aromas were different than expected. Very corn-like, with a little bit of citrus and some malty sweetness. Taste was also not too pleasing. Had a very "lager"-like flavor. Hops are there, but not in the volume expected. Slightly bitter aftertaste, but mostly dominated by a macro-ish, almost metallic flavor. Some unpleasant flavors peek through near the end. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Drinkability is average. Nothing too special about this beer. I wish I would have purchased the 12oz instead of the 22oz size.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber tone. Thin beige head. Lace is minimal. Soft citric tones and pine needles on the nose. A little toffee as well. On the palate, soft caramel malts. Light alpha acid bitterness. Grapefruit and pine sap. A little buttery. Everything seems to be held in check just a little too much however. Nothing really jumps out at me with this one. No off flavors, but just plain average.

LongBeachBum, I thank you for the offering.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Whole Foods while visiting family in Apex, NC...
Pours a golden copper color...with a full finger and a half of bright white head w/ very minimal lacing.
Aroma is grassy w/ a slight hop profile...some sweet malt accompanying the scent.
Taste is pretty decent for the style....less sweet than what the nose was projecting and the hops are very mellow. Nothing standing out here...just an average Pale Ale IMO.
I was expecting a bit more hops after having their IPA and come away quite disappointed.
Mouthfeel is quite thin, but the carbonation is nice...drinkability is ok, but I would be begging for something w/ a bit more to offer after this bomber...an ok beer for the style, but I would prefer the many other fine offering from Lost Coast.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to glass....

Hazy golden apricot. Decent head, minimal lacing.

Faintest aroma of what may be one hop.

Flavor is little better than the smell. Marginal.

Feel is a little watery and thin.

Easily drinkable but why?

When I get done taking notes and see only a few words, I know that I have discovered a boring beer.

Overall: unremarkable, don't be in a rush to try it.

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Photo of shivtim
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold color with a sudsy head. Nose was bitter hops, almost vegetable-like. Flavor was subtle but complex, with nice mixing of hops, malts, and a yeastiness. While the taste was interesting and good, it was too subdued and the thin mouthfeel and low carbonation also subtracted from this. Still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a beaten egg white head that leaves all kind of lacing

Smell: Bready aroma with a touch of citrus; but overall, rather grassy

Taste: Starts out with a lemon bready flavor that provides a rather sweet malt flavor, mid-palate; after the swallow, a lemony and slightly grassy bitterness appears

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but lacks the malt flavors and citrus bitterness I would like to see in a great APA

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Photo of grindcore666
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22'er to a pint glass. Pours out a thick foggy mandarine capped off with nice and huge fluffy white head. It has a fruity, spicy, and hoppy aroma.

Taste isn't vibrant, but still has character. A pleasant fruity hop starts it off. Ends bitter, yet creamy and silky. Moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and bitter, but not unappealing.

Overall, unimpressed, mostly because I've had much better Lost Coast brews than this. Still an enjoyable and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Windshield Owl Bottle!

A - Pours a light straw colored yellow. Decent fluffy white head that didn't stick around very long.

S - Sweet citrus hops and honey. Hints of lemongrass and a touch of pine.

T - Very well balanced. The hops are present, but not assetive. The malt comes in behind and really is the star of this beer. The hops return for a brief flash of bitterness. There is something a tad sweet in the initial taste.

M - Medium body with tight prickly carbonation. Coats the tongue well and then leaves it very dry. Nice and crisp.

D - Lawnmower beer, river beer, BBQ beer, whatever you want to call it, this is one of those beers. Nice, clean easy drinking beer that tastes best while being outside in the sunshine. A nice session beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep orange/copper color with medium head,smell was very floral with some hrb in there as well.Would have liked a little more malt balance to this but had nice hop carachter to it very grassy and citruisy.Not a bad pale ale,but expected a little more from this brewery.

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Photo of gandres
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap room@ Eureka,CA
Appearance: Dark Amber clear, medium foam goes away slowly
Aroma: hoppy citrus
Taste: medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, abrupt finish
Overall: good beer ok to repeat, but not to look for
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: After a few 12 ounce bottles, it is nice to relax with a 22oz Bomber late in the night. An extremely colorful and fancy looking label that is exactly per the BA avatar. For all its “pizzazz”, it contains relatively little information. There is no strength listed and the Bottle Date portion of the label is confusing and difficult on interpret thanks to the fact that it is nicked at ‘F’ as well as ‘8’, ‘9’, ‘0’ and ‘1’ – guess the busy bodies at Lost Coast must have bottled this 4 times then!!

Appearance: Massive white head forms copious smattered lacing on the sides of my 22ounce straight sided Mug. As the huge 2” head settles, it is still deep and thick and like an iceberg floats as the beer is imbibed, this leaves some thick drinking rings. On the desk it is has an amber body, held to the light it has a nice dark

Nose: Delicate in strength, it has a light citrus hoppy nose with some shortbread, biscuit and lightly toasted pilsner malt character. Improves in strength a little as the beer warms but it lacks ‘balls’ to be honest, maybe this could be an aged sample? Who knows?

Taste: Lots of biscuit malts to start with. Has a shortbread middle with lots of juicy hops that lend a nice bitterness to the finish and the ending is quite something. Bitter finish with some Solid Pale Ale, nothing special but a great beer to pound while surfing the Internet. That said, I have a sneaky suspicion that this is a slightly aged example not at its best perhaps.

Mouthfeel: The body is above average and is certainly aided by the conditioning in the beer. It has a shortbread texture at first which alters to reveal a fruity middle and some bitter grassy character in the astringent finish. Some grapefruit in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily partaken, not exactly a Session beer, but I could manage a couple of Pints of this with little trouble. I imagine that this would go well with lightly spiced food dish.

Overall: Not bad at all, and a decent session American Pale Ale. I would perhaps like to a fresh sample of this – I’m unsure if I have one or not. A decent drink, but they really do need to sort out their fucking labeling machine big time!!!

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Photo of cretemixer
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale gold in color. Pure white, loosely formed head that settles to a solid layer.
Hoppy aroma, floral and fruity. Clean malt nose with a slighly vegetal quality.
There is a flinty mineral taste first off. Dry with a "back of the mouth" hop bitterness. A bit biscuity too. It finishes as dry as it started.
Medium body with a tingling carbonation.
A slighly above average pale ale, but I wasn't overly impressed. I was hoping for another California gem that would be readily available to me. Oh well.

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Photo of rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[email protected] Coast. Classic lychee, grapefruit, nice soft, well balanced and easy drinkable. A well crafted easily drinkable American Pale Ale, everything about it was pleasant. I could have sat down and drank a couple of pints of this easy, very nice indeed.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip glass. A: Golden to orange, very clear, head that goes down fairly quickly but retains a caked on top layer. Lots of lacing. S: Pretty subdued, some distant grassy hops and malt. T: Again, pretty subdued, a citrusy hop flavor and a bitter finish. It's got a long, dry aftertaste that's pretty nice. M: Light, somewhat thin, moderate carbonation. D: It's nearly 90 degrees outside as I drink this, so with it's crisp light body it's exactly what I was looking for. Nothing amazing, but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sunshine golden, Pilsner-like appearance and big, bubbly head. Only a slight orange juice haze, but mostly clean and clear. Smells of fresh, earthy hops with a hint of banana. Tastes bitter-sweet, not in the metaphorical sense, but literally. The bittering hops take the front-end pretty strongly, as a good West Coast pale ale should, but there is a unique sweetness toward the finish. The hops begin the flavor palate with notes of sour citrus, like lemon zest, but then the malts give off orange-flavoring character, like a good, not over-sweet, orange soda and even a touch of banana.

I was pleasantly surprised by this brew in a number of ways: it's earthy hop aroma up against it's pilsner-like appearance and the sweet, soft, not dry at all finish. And I am completely satisfied. At a certain point it simply comes down to preference, because this is a fine and rather unique pale ale, I am just not the biggest fan of the flavor choice.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle.

A pale that is on the smoother and delicate side.

Pours an unclear gold with a good head and good lacing. A soft fruit scent. Malts are weak on the nose. There is a dry quality. Overall the scent is average.

The flavors are smooth. This is definately not a bold ale. A mild citrus flavor blends with some pepper and spice. There is a malty finish with an unripened bannana after taste. This is a very simple pale.

There is a creamy quality to this ale. Not heavy because it is smooth. One could manage to drink quite a few of these.

I thought this to be a nice simple pale. It even becomes more mellow as it sits. If you are not looking for an over powering or bitter pale, give this one a try.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass.

A - Clear golden with good light penetration, one finger white head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention.

S - Light scent of grapefruit and pine hop notes, with malt and caramel.

T - Follows the smell and is a bit spicy with coriander on the front palate.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - Slightly above average pale ale, I'd get it again, but not their best.

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