LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft)
The New Old Lompoc

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #146
Ranked #21,131
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States
Very Good
LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft)LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft)
Notes: Known as "Lompoc Strong Draft" on tap.

December 2008: first bottle release, labeled "Lompoc Special Draft"
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Spikester from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown with a thick one finger light tan head. Good amount of fine lacings. Aroma is molasses and some floral hops. Taste is sweet roasted malt with enough hop bitterness to make it enjoyable. There is a touch of smokiness in the dry bitter finish. The aftertaste is a bit espresso like. Just a touch of cocoa also. Good full body with just enough carbonation. Overall kind of like Impy Stout light. First LSD in 40 years. Very nice.

Feb 03, 2009
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Old Lompoc Brewery - LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) on tap at a local watering hole, pint glass.

Look - Pours a thin dark brown black with reddish hue and minimal/negligible head. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Sweet and roasted malt. Vanilla, malt chocolate, dates and maybe even prunes. Aroma is hard to gather in the pint glass but it's obvious that it is quite complex.

Taste - Slightly creamy with carbonation, sweet chocolate, some roasted coffee and malt, along with deep dark fruit. Some hops but being a hop-head this is a barely noticeable aspect to me.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and medium-bodied. No booziness present. Quite drinkable for the style (if you can fit it into a style). Slight hop bitter and toasted sticky malts.

Overall - The most interesting brew categorized into this style I have had and overall one of the most interesting brews I have had overall. It is almost like a hazelnutty dessert beer. Definitely recommend for those looking to try something different.

Jul 08, 2013
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by Lompoc 5th Quadrant, where I was poured this interseting concoction. It starts with a thin head that leaves heavy lacing amid a dark mahogany body that is impervious to light. Deep and dark - just like my women.

There were detected some notes of chocolate minus the malty cloyingness of similar brews. This said, LSD does possess something of a cocoa powder aftertaste to it; yet, the finish is a smooth one - surprising given the six hop blend that makes for intensity.

Let it sit and the molasses come out. LSD is one of those room temperature brews that requires patience. In addition to the hops, LSD is brewed with seven malts. A very busy beer here.

Not a session beer (Old Lompoc beers are pretty intense), it is an interesting one to quaff. Portland is just like that: so many unique beers that are just screaming to be drunk. LSD is one of them.

Dec 22, 2008
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freed from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer wasn't a good choice for with my meal, partly because it was a meal itself. Had it on tap from the brewpub itself. Hazy, sediment rich amber color, thin tan head. Subtle smell of malts, slight soft hop aroma. Taste is big, warm, and chewy. Full bodied malt beer with somewhat apparent alcohol body. Full amber malt, hints of peat, mild suggestion of hops. Was too bold to drink with dinner, and was somewhat filling.

Aug 20, 2003
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philipt from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this hidden treasure (unlabeled tap handle) mixed among the Rogue selections. Supposedly, Rogue was doing New Old Lompoc Brewery a marketing favor by setting up some of their beers.

Sampled from a 5 oz glass from the tap.

Clear brown with some ruby-tint in color. Small tan head sits on top. The aroma is very malty with no hint of hops. Tastes malty with a very slight smoky quality. Hops are more noticeable in the taste than aroma, but not a hoppy beer by any means. A spiciness makes an appearance in the finish. Alcohol is neatly masked, especially for its alcohol content. Very creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink.

May 04, 2003
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Reidrover from Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Roth's in Keizer Darkish brown ale with a nice tan head..leaves good lace. Very strong and pleasing malt aromas, backed up with a little hop spice. Very maltyu taste toop.soft toffee malt dominated some hopping in the end..barely. Good on the palte thick and consistent. Overall a good Engish Strong Ale

Oct 08, 2009
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a strong lineup of beers for NOLP. I had this on tap at the Fifth quadrant and it was a standout as the smoky notes crept through a big hoppy old ale. Very balanced and food friendly for BBQ and spicy foods. I loved the way the smoke was in addition to the already big beer. Along with C Note one of my fave beers from these guys

Jun 08, 2011
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mashmstr2 from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, but this is the kind of beer you need to have multiple times before you review...

It's kind of a "Kitchen Sink" beer... Not that it tastes like it's been brewed in a kitchen sink, but that is has a lot going on in the taste. In fact, I'm had to drink this beer about 8-9 times before this review - do to batch variation, temperature and servicng source.

I've come to the conclusion that this a good, consistent drinking beer.... A 6.9% drinkable beer!

Aroma: Caramal malts, gritty spicey hops, some roasted and Toasted malt aromas come through.

Taste: Wether on Nitro, Cask or Tap: This beer delivers! It's a beatiful martage of caramal malts, dark malts and maybe a smoked malt (I don't always get the smoke!). It's malty with caramaly, toasted bread and nuttiness. Plus, there's a hint of chocolate or dark melodian flavor. Carrying this malt complexity is a firm hoppiness that is well balanced throughout the beer.

Finish: This is the fun part... It's creamy finish in the punctation mark of the beer. All the flavor meld together and finish with a soft marriage on spicy hops.

Overall: This beer has depth! It's a European depth, not the Northwest Norm. It's not cloyingly hoppy, nor mosterously malty. It's a well made Strong Ale (Without a real Beer style), that delivers a lot on the palate with a soft tone. The martage of ingredients is impressive and unique. If it was lower in alcohol it could be a great session beer in any Eurpoean pub, but it's America... Lets' keep it big and Bold!

May 09, 2006
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another blind choice on Liquid Solutions. My first New Old Lompoc beer was good, so here's hopin' for a streak.

A: The ale surprised me by being a dark red color, almost if not entirely black. The darkness completely obscures it. A finger or so of head has left thin rings of lace.

S: A faint smokiness sets the ball in motion, followed by caramel malts that have a toasted quality. Despite the moderate abv, the nose is complex and seems very heavy.

T: Nice... The ale is appropriately complex, as the nose indicated. The smoke is forward, light but meaty. It sets the stage for a full malt profile that prominently features caramel and roasted stout qualities. Molasses adds a burnt flavor that fits well into the scenery. Just enough hops emerge to balance things out before leaving a bitterness that lingers with some smoke. I was expecting a pale hop bomb but I am not disappointed at all. A solid ale.

M: The mouthfeel runs all lover the place, from smoky to caramel sweet to bitter. An enjoyable beer to study over a few hours.

D: A real winner. And to think that I got this one as a second thought to the C-Note. The moderate abv really makes this work.

Feb 23, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"LSD melts your mind, not in your hand."

--drug abuse prevention poster

Roasted pecan brown that becomes fiery garnet when backlit. Two full fingers of caramel nougat colored foam look pretty good atop the beer. A gently rolling rockiness adds visual interest, as does a surprising amount of lace in thick, BB-shot sheets. Looks like a brown ale.

Smells like one too. The nose isn't bold enough, which leads to a lack of complexity. A beer that is touted to have 'a touch of smoked malt and a generous hop profile' should be more aromatic and more impressive than this. There may be a small puff of smoke to go along with the brown maltiness; it's hard to say.

Lompoc Special Draft is difficult to pin down with respect to style... so American strong ale works as well as any other. To my palate, it tastes like 70% brown ale, 20% rauchbier and 10% IPA. Some will celebrate the fact that the brewers colored outside the lines and some will decry the lack of focus. I'm leaning toward the latter camp.

Like the aroma, the taste is less than explosive. Maybe warming will amplify things a little. If there was as much good hop flavor as bitterness, this would be a more delicious beer. Specifics include steely caramel, unsweetened chocolate, rye toast, bitter nut skins, black tea leaves and wood smoke. Unfortunately, it doesn't come together well enough for the next highest flavor score to be a consideration.

Since this isn't the biggest, baddest beast on the American strong ale block, the lack of fullness isn't necessarily a negative. Having said that, a little more substance would have been terrific. Carbonation is fine and dandy (leaning toward less rather than more).

Lompoc Special Draft isn't mind-alteringly good beer, but it is somewhat interesting. That isn't enough, however, to earn it a repeat purchase. I won't be having flashbacks of either a positive or a negative nature where LSD is concerned. In fact, once the twenty-second ounce has disappeared, it's unlikely to enter my consciousness again. One sip makes you larger... and one sip makes you small.

Jun 04, 2009
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RedDiamond from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m inclined to identify this as a strong red ale though no such style is officially recognized in the literature. Lompoc Strong Draft is sultry in its plush volcanic redness, with a sweet, elegant aroma of caramel malts rising upwards to greet your appetite. I enjoyed my pint on draught though New Old Lompoc has also been known to serve LSD on nitro. (LSD on nitro! DUDE!)

I’m sure some people will mistakenly identify the name LSD as being some sort of sly reference to illicit hallucinogens. But that’s what they said about Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and look how wrong they were about that one. Besides, the menu at Old Lompoc clearly asserts, “You don’t have to be a hippie to love LSD.” The fact that some of us are hippies and like this beer anyway shouldn’t reinforce any broad generalizations.

The menu also speaks of smoked malts in the recipe. This attribute is evident but not prominent. Instead, a ticklish meld of caramel malts and bitter cherry combine with smoke and pragmatic bittering to affect a beer that is solid in its drinkability but defies easy categorization. Hops are strictly relegated to the bittering range of the spectrum.

I might have appreciated a greater showing of head and lace, though on the whole Lompoc Strong Draft is nicely balanced with a malty emphasis and is certainly worth pursuing.

Feb 22, 2005
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SurlyDuff from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's nice when breweries try something a little new or out of the mainstream.

New Old Lampoc's Strong Ale is a unique beer, and I've tried it twice now. Once at their 5th Quadrant brewpub, then just recently at BendBrewfest.

This one is hard to classify, it's got so much going on.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Average head and lacing.

Aroma is deep and complex. Caramel, spices, smoke, cherry, wood...and who knows what else!

Taste is surprisingly smooth. Had it on Nitro at the brewpub, and CO2 draught at the brewfest. Both tastings were a bit different, but still noticed caramel hopiness coating my mouth.

Drinkability is interesting. One glass of this could last an hour, reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard.

Sep 22, 2007
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber over the summer in Portland, OR. Finally got around to opening it this past weekend. Served in stemmed glasses. Dark brown color. Large off-white head. Slight roasted coffee smell. Taste was amazingly good. Love that smoky malt flavor. Tasted more like a smoked porter than an ale. Rich hearty mouthfeel. Nearly 7% abv not noticeable at all. We tried this on tap at a beerfest in Seattle, and at their brewpub in Portland. The bottled version we just drank did not disappoint. A great beer.

Nov 30, 2009
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark brown body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Dark malty scents of cocoa and toffee accompanied by a rather sharp note of smoked, charred grains.

Taste: Chocolate and toasted toffee precede a blast of chary grains full of roasty and smokey qualities. Earthy hops with a medium bitterness. Touch of dried herbs. Additional hints of char and cocoa on the dry finish that last well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth a try. Lompoc's LSD is fairly well-balanced and drinkable.

Mar 30, 2009
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charlatan from Scotland

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was available on nitro, but I am not a fan of nitro so I went with the regular on tap stuff.

It had a dark red hue with a decent head which left limited lacing. It smelled of raspberry with a hint of herbal hoppiness.

It tasted like big red, but with a smoky, maybe even coffee, element to it. It was rather sweet and fruity which clashed a little with the smokiness. The brew wasn't as hoppy as the nose suggested, but hops were still apparent. There was commendably little alcohol flavour, and it slid down fairly easily for a rather strong ale.

Jun 13, 2005
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice creamy/fizzy tan head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big and malty, with some chocolate/caramel. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter/roasty, nice touch of chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my second from this brewery, and both are very nice brews, hopefully I can get others from them.

Jun 21, 2009
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JMBSH from Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.7%

Oct 08, 2012
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tempest from New York

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the brewpub. I wouldn't call it a "classic" American strong ale, but it does exhibit a lot of the classic traits. Mainly, it matches darker malt flavors, chocolate, toffee, and cookie, with big hops. At first, the beer focuses on those tasty barley-based flavors, but then finishes with balanced, slightly bitter citrus notes.

Apr 28, 2010
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

buckeyeboy brought this enigma to the party on Saturday... between you and Eric, I got more than normally interested ;-) Thanks Jeremy.

Nice brown brew with great clear red highlites... good head and retention....

Good caramel and lite cocoa in the nose.. whaffs of something that I identify as smoke.... background citrus hops.

Reminds me of Grand Teton Bitch Creek with some smoked malt.. caramel.... chocolate malt and hoppy bitterness and traces of citrus hops ... the smokiness tends to permeate this one.... seems a tad to bitter without enough malts to pull it through.. body seemed a tad thin and the carbonation was maybe too high... ehhh... okay.... I would probably buy it if I had it readily available, but I couldn't move past the fact that it seemed sorta thin throughout.

Thanks Jeremy... I really wanted to try this.. but I just had a hard time really appreciating the bottle.


May 04, 2010
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flexabull from California

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought a mason jar of this over the other night.

Beer is a dark amber / brown color. Poured from the jar with a decent head.

Aroma is quite smokey. A bit of oak, and a brown sugar like sweetness.

Taste is smokey as well. A very thick full mouthfeel. There is a burnt sugar like flavor, roasted malts, and some oaky notes as well.

Nice Strong Ale. Almost Wee Heavy / Scotch Ale like to me. Tasty and worth trying.

Aug 13, 2007
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ccrida from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draught in a shaker pint, LSD is a tawny, very dark brown hazy crimson, with a small tan head that left an incredibly thick coating of foamy lace with clear ring delineations from every sip. Very nice, a bit rocky and it would be a 5.

The nose is very faint, dusty malt and less dark fruit. The bar was empty, so smoke and dankness that sometimes plagues New Old Lampoc wasn't a factor today.

The taste was very nice, soft smoked dark roast cofffee, chocolate, a slight grape, and moderate bitterness. Very well balanced and tasty.

The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy.

This strong ale goes down about as smooth as any, the lower ABV making it as drinkable as it gets for the style. Let the LSD take you to another dimension...

Jun 22, 2007
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap awhile ago at Uber Tavern in Seattle. Poured a very dark chestnut with an offwhite head that fades to a thin cap. Great lacing. The smell is very roasty, almost smokey up front. Some graininess and some sweet malt as well as some earthy hops. Nicely balanced. The taste is a good bit hoppier, with orange and spice from the hops, and quite roasty at the same time. A delicious chocolate note creeps in at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, but perhaps a tad thin for the style. Delicious and a litttle unusual.

Dec 06, 2007
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Nov 24, 2012
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Magpie14 from Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the foamed cap sat atop for a moments notice and fizzled away leaving brown sugar colored remnants splattered with detail amongst the walls of the glass. The body houses deep burnt reds and light brown mahogany colors, it even pulls at black cherry colors and has a nice overall look

S: some roasted grains 'n' malt smells and something reminiscent like a dry nut rye bread. It has a very sweet sort of caramel sugared cherry fruit edge to it, as well as a soft tartness. Light smokiness in the nose as well, as far as I can tell. Strange and I like it...

T: upon my first sip, the sweet malt base reminds me of a malted milk ball a sort of sugary dextrose character, you know the airy crunchy center. Also evident is the faint spiced rye toast character with some buttery caramel for a topping. The open fire smoked feel lends more of a charred taste that fits within the malts and sweetness rather well. On another note, hardly any hops massage the tongue. After a few lengthy sips, I could detect a floating herbal hop character moving about and wandering aimlessly
The flavors are rather a unique experience, but nothing that made me "trip," so to speak. Sweet malt flavors start to be the dominant force

M: the body is not full and lays more in the medium class of beers. Some girth can be accounted for but the carbonation jabs at the body being heavier...and smoother for that matter. I find it drinks like a light porter for some reason, things are moving well

D: I might not mind an additional shot of hops in the mix? Well anyway, in any event, I found this beer interesting. I am not sure that I have ever described some flavors like this before in a beer. Still, nothing remains earth shattering about this beer. However, it did give me an opportunity to sharpen my taste buds in a nice manner

Jul 01, 2009
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jubnat from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Jan 09, 2013
LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) from The New Old Lompoc
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 90 ratings