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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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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 76
Photo of rkuhnel
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap version. I got this in a pitcher and then poured it into a pint glass so I could see the head as the bartenders always tilt the glass to they can fill it to the brim. It poured a rich orange to amber color that showed beautifully in the light. Head was slightly off-white and foamy, and left minimal lacing. Nose was caramel malts and hops. Palate was smooth and clean. This is not a complex brew but is highly refreshing and easy to drink. Good finish and a pleasure to the last drop.

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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 RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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 aforbes10
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a review from old notes found in a drawer. orange, small white head. very hoppy odor that the beer doesn't stand up to in taste. metallic taste, malty with some dry hops. fresh, smooth, easy enough to drink. metallic flavor is what sticks with you, unfortunately, along with a sour maltiness. fairly good, solid beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of MLegendre
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was quite impressed with this beer when I had it on tap at the lost coast brewery, so I brought home a growler of it since we don't have it available where I live. I was a little concerned that the beer may not stay as good since it had to travel about three hours, but I kept the growler on ice, so we'll see how it did. I'm going to try to review according to the beer that is in my had right now and not the one I had at the brewery.

A: A little disapointing, a sign the beer didn't fully servive the trip home. Almost no head, and very little lacing, whereas on tap at the brewery, it had a full head with a very thick lacing that stuck to the glass the entire time and stayed there even after the beer was gone.

S: Smelled good, hops were pretty dominant, but nothing out of the ordinary, pretty average.

T: Still a pretty tasty beer, but I could tell that the taste was also altered since the growler was filled. The hops, which were very up front when I had it on tap were completly hidden by the sweetness of the malt, which was a lot sweeter than I remembered it being. Probably a result of being in the growler, maybe I should have opened it sooner than I did. None the less I still enjoyed it, but it definatly tasted a lot better when it was fresh from the tap.

M: Medium bodied, with good carbonation. I was happy to find that the beer hadn't gotten flat.

D: Even though it wasn't as good as before it was still a very enjoyable beer. I think taking home the growler was similar to taking home leftovers from a resturaunt. It's still good, but not as good as when you had it fresh. It would be something I would drink quite often if we had it available where I lived.

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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 tonistruth
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark golden straw color, big fluffy beige head with good retention and plenty of lacing on the glass

S- dominantly grainy & floraly scents but their was so citrus sweetness aromas sneaking around

T- very hop heavy brew (as seems to be the case with lost coast, just love those hops). Seemed borderline IPA-ish to me. Strong grain flavors that increase as you swallow. Definatly has some bitterness to it, but not as over the top as an IPA. Alcohol flavors are evident as the brew warms.

M- brew has a drying affect because does not completly dry out your mouth. Very interesting tingle feeling, like the hops are attacking your gums or something.

D- maybe a bit too much with the hops for drinkers who like pales but not IPA's. Also, their are better pale ales out there, but these one is a fine one. Hope to enjoy this one again soon.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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 Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-light apple clear juice color with a white minimal head that dissipated before I could finish this sentence. Had some definite carb action.

Moderate toasted caramel malt smell with some resin and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately sweet and lightly bitter toasted caramel malt taste with some resin and grapefruit hops.

Light bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth finish.

This tasted better in the bottle than it did at the Brewpub, probably cause it was served colder and the glasses may make a difference plus I had a sampler and thought that most of their light beers had a similar taste.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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 rkhaze
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a medium sized creamy head and decent lace.
Mild aromas of sweet malt and light citrus hops.
Taste a little sweet. Grainy barley, a little grapefruit and an off flavor a bit like butterscotch(diacetyl?) Finishes with a mild hop bitterness.
Light to medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel and tongue tingling carbonation.
Went down smooth. Nothing great but would be a good sessionable
APA on a warm day.

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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 Skidz
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out bright gold and sits a crystal clear golden amber in the glass with a meager off-white head, fading to a light skim, leaving a nice display of lacings around the glass.

Smells good and malty, with nice hints of cascades filled with ripe orangy goodness. Jammy qualities of nectarine and peach. Almost candilike in its sugary aroma.

Tastes light and fruity, oranges, pears and apples making their mark. Hoppiness is fairly mild, with just a few grassy hints along with the signature citrus twist. Pallateable and easy going flavors.

Well rounded medium body with good carbonation. A bit watery on the sides, but this is a very well built session ale, suitable for drinking in large quantities.

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Photo of walleye
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice copper with off white head.aroma as I popped the cap got a nice wiff of hops, from the glass nice hops, malts, caramel hints of grapefruit. flavor sweet citrus, sugar,apple like a granny smith. not to bad very drinkable goes down nice and easy

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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 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 Zorro
4/5  rDev +12%
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 Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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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