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 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 mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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 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 arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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 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 cvstrickland
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22-ounce bomber bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a sparkling clear copper body capped with two fingers of soapy off-white foam. The head reduces slowly to a sticky ring, leaving bands of lacing clinging to the glass.

The smell of the drink is a touch on the spicy side with a soothing note of toasty malt.

The taste is a bit biscuity with a bit of semisweet caramel and hard water. An herbal note of faded hops lingers in the profile somewhere, bringing more earthy dryness to the drink than actual flavor, but as the brew warms (quite) a bit, spicy hops make a face-saving, if tentative, appearance at the show.

On the light side of medium-bodied and crisp, Lost Coast's Pale Ale is very drinkable, if lacking in 'oomph'. Ho-hum. Next.

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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 Surefire
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little more enjoyable than the Indica Pale Ale.

A: Unfiltered, lots of stuff floating around.

S: Spicy hops, carmel malt

T: Malt and hops nicely balanced, slightly more hoppy than malty

M: Thin for the style.

D: A little too hoppy for great drinkability, but enough malts to make it enjoyable in moderate amounts.

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

A pretty good pale ale... it has a nicely balanced taste between the malts and the hops, but the mouthfeel seems a little week on the malt side. It's thin and not quite fulfilling enough. It looks golden in the glass with a small white head. Overall I could definitely go for a session of it, and will gladly have it again if I want a refreshing pale ale.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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 mynie
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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 canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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 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 wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of mithrascruor
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color. Nice thick foamy/creamy head that lasts a while and laces the glass.

Smell: Better-than-average aroma of slightly floral hops.

Taste: Light hops and a floral malt flavor. Good, but a bit too mellow for a pale ale. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light- to medium-bodied, and a light tingle from carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down well and the taste keeps it interesting yet not overwhelming.

A nice beer, but the pale ale aspect is a bit off. Would probably be appealing to a wide range of people. I wouldn't mind having it again, though I wouldn't seek it out either...

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent pale ale. Nothing special, but then again it's just a regular pale ale. Pours to a clear golden color with a nice sparkling carbonation. A pillowy white head forms with a nice retention and a washy lacing. Looks excellent, just as a pale should.

The smell is of sweet caramel malt with some spicy, floral, juicy hops. A tad bit metallic, however. Good, but the metallic flavor is a little off-putting for me.

The taste is similar to the nose. Good at first, but makes too heavy use of caramel malts. Has a slight metallic twang to the finish, accompanied by a decent spicy bitterness. The hop flavor seems a bit muted, though the bitterness is definitely there. Would be much better with less caramel malt and slightly more emphasis on late addition hops. As it is, it makes a decent pale ale, but it could easily go above and beyond. I probably won't have it again, though I am not disappointed in having spent roughly $5 on the bomber.

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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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Lost Coast Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.57 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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