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Lost Coast Pale Ale | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Pale AleLost Coast Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-05-2002

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Photo of brentk56
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
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 LXIXME
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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 mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hoppy ale with decent rich flavors.

A regular beery lager looking glassful. Fairly robust in flavors but well balanced. Hop flavors come on slowly but make their well-mannered appearance without dominating the show. Rather malty and fills the mouth. Slight hint of sweetness, then the hops linger awhile. Really quite pleasing beer and happy to have a big bottle of it.

I was given a bottle that had been around a while, but in a bucket of ice on a hot night by the pool in Phoenix it hits the spot.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of rocky eggshell white head. Slight hazing as the bottom the bottle is poured, plus the color skew towards bronze;is this bottle conditioned?? Good lacing & head retention

S: Doughyness, honey & lemony hops. I get get tobacco-like hops once fairly warm. T: Doughy, with lemon & piney hops up front. I get honey malt as this warms, a touch of leafy hops is there as well, along with a slight touch of butterscotch. (Not detracting at all). The warmer this gets the more the leafy & lemon hops take over. Finishes with some fruittyness (apricot, passion fruit & pineapple) & a bit of leafy hops & somewhat dry

MF: Medium bodied, somewhat soft mouthfeel & pretty damn good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not the most well put together APA, but easily sessionable. A APA for those seeking balance, sometimes a curse word to hop heads

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-influenced marigold with brighter butternut trim. Steady streams of fine bubbles lead inexorably upward to a fetching looking crown of rich, creamy white foam. Within minutes, the cap resembles a melty scoop of ice cream and looks as if it would be at home on an IPA. Thick bands of lace are further evidence (I hope) that this pale ale will be on the hoppy side.

The nose is a good one, although I no longer think the beer will be an IPA-like APA. My 'hop hope' refuses to die, however, until I've tasted it. Even though both Chinook and Cascade are in use, the former is next to undetectable. The bright, lemony grapefruitiness of Cascade is on display, but it's too mellow to truly impress.

Mellow describes the flavor as well. That characteristic may be (arguably) desirable in an English barleywine or an old ale, but it isn't in the hoppier styles. Part of the lack of 'oomph' may be because this bottle is almost 6 months old, although I would hope that most pale ales would last at least that long.

The only real contribution from the malt is a mildly sweet biscuitiness. Despite the dearth of malt flavor, there's enough working behind the scenes to support the hops (although, again, there isn't enough hoppiness to require much support). As in the nose, there's virtually no Chinook spiciness, it's all Cascade white grapefruit peel citric sunshine.

As is usually the case, the finish is hoppier than what came before. Pity that it's doesn't linger longer than it does. The mouthfeel is pale ale medium, fading to light-medium on the back end. I have no real complaints with it and will refrain from saying that it would be better if it was bigger... but it would be.

I'm sorry that I wasn't able to lay my hands on a superfresh bottle of Lost Coast Pale Ale because it strikes me as a good beer that has seen better days. I try to keep my 'the hoppier the better' bias from creeping into my reviews (especially with APAs), but it's often a losing battle. In the final reckoning, this is a pretty good, drinkable version without any real faults.

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Photo of BEER88
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper tone with a nice off white decently sized head leaves behind large rings of lacing can't complain at all. Oh yeah, bottling date another from the batch in January 98, 99, 00, 01, or 02. Aroma: Biscuit malt, blended with some grassy notes and a bit of a solid floral / citrus based hop aroma just a bit tame maybe due to the aging but who knows, either way not bad. Taste: Definitely carrying some softer undertones of fruit here dancing along my tastebuds as well as a cleansing bitterness nice balance but once again a bit mild for the brew in my opinion. Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation it's a medium bodied pale ale not bad. Drinkability: Wise not feeling it doesn't taste old just lacking a few levels of flavor and depth that I wish were here, and it's not as smooth going down as I was hoping this 22oz. helping could be.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a half finger of head and left virtually no lacing on the glass.

S: the caramel malts dominate the nose with faint hops, citrus, and very slight wheat ans spice notes.

T: citrus and caramel malts strike first on the palate with a mild hop bite which also had grainy accents.

M: light to medium body with a low amount carbonation that had a malty grainy and mild hop bitter finish.

D: this brew actually drank very good cause of how light it was but it was also crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden brew.

Smell is sweet and malty with a sharp Cascade hops smell.

Taste is sweet with the Grapefruit Cascade hops keeping the sweetness in check. Nice but not a complex brew. An IPA little brother.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice drinkable West Coast ale.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with a decent off-white head and very active carbonation which leaves full sheets of lace. Nice light citrusy hop aroma. Nicely balanced beer with a bit more citrust hop character than malt character. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a lightly bitter dry finish.

A solid example of an APA without being overdone.

Per LCB website: 5.2% ABV. Munich malts. Chinook and Cascade hops.

'06' embossed on bottom
Tasted: 09/15/06

($3.49 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the golden amber brew. Head fades to half height above surface of brew, and laces nicely. Aroma is sparse and somewhat generic, lightly hoppy if anything. Taste continues where the nose left off, balanced, tending towards the hops a tad with some light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy, and drinkability is very nice. Reasonable representation of the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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 twelveinches
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours without a head, and that's in one of them fancy new Sam Adams glasses, too. Miller Lite had a head in this glass. Still, it's decent looking.

Smells lightly of crisp west coast hops and crisp caramel malt. Light for an APA and it could use a bit more hop complexity, but it's very nicely balanced.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells: like a solid, template APA. I'm 90% sure the hops are cascade and the malt is just regular old pale malt. The yeast does not make its presence known. Still, wonderfully balanced.

A nice supping beer, this.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a slightly hazy deep cooper color with a Bunyanesque light tan head that is creamy in texture, after it slowly eroded the lace left behind formed a tight skirt upon the glass. Nose has hints of cotton candy, malt and a touch of the hop flowers; quite a nice sniff with the start somewhat sweet and the malt plentiful, top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is sturdy in its acidity, the hops delectable in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, a nice drinking Pale Ale, and another fine beer from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late April for $3.49.

Beer poured golden orange with a solid white head that is sustaining well. Nose is hints of light malt and northwest hops. Taste is well balanced between the caramel toffee malts and the floral northwest hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, decently carbonated, and pretty smooth going across the palate. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice pale ale with good flavor and balance. Do not expect a hop bomb, this is a great tailgate session beer with a lot of flavor for a good price.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a 22oz bottle at City Beverage in Winston-Salem. Pours a light amber-gold color with a medium thin off-white head. Very little lacing. The aroma is nicely hopped with a hint of citrus. Medium body with a nice hops flavor initially, but it runs out of gas toward the end. The finish is moderately bitter hops with some fruit as well. Overall this is an APA that is drinkable and above average, yet indistinguishable from hundreds of other drinkable and above average APAs.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a well rounded pale ale with a great full mouthfeel. Dark orange gold with a nice head the nose screams hops. Some pale ales are skeletal with hops and not much else but this beer is big and balanced. very nice, I wish this was available in BC as I would drink it quite a bit.

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Photo of flexabull
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color, a bit hazy, with a nice rocky white head.

Aromas are doughy, tea like, with some light citrus, maybe a touch of lemon.

Taste is clean and dry, with a zesty light lemon bitterness on the finish. There is some light creaminess, bread dough, and crystal malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth, crisp, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a somewhat British Style Pale with a touch more bitterness than usual. It's tasty enough, refreshing, and drinkable. Solid, but not spectacular.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold/copper color. Small head. Aroma is fruity (apricots and peaches) and a touch spicy. A medium bodied Pale Ale. Malts are mild, nutty and a touch sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and grapefruity. A milder flavored pale ale, more in the English style than the over-the-top West Coast style. Very smooth taste. It’s a very drinkable pale ale. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip glass.

Appears amber colored with a thick off-white head and small, dark yeast particles swirling throughout. Aroma is very hoppy, with spicy, grassy notes prevailing and caramel fragrances on the fringe.

The taste? Wheat and hops a'plenty with some organic grain (barley and rye). Hints of grapefruit here, too. Leaves behind a great hoppy aftertaste, and the feel is smooth and well-carbonated. Bottom line: great taste and complexity for a straight up APA. With so much hops, I'm surprised its not an IPA. Don't sleep on this one.

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Lost Coast Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 76 ratings
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