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LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft)LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft)

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The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Known as "Lompoc Strong Draft" on tap.

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

Added by philipt on 05-04-2003

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Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 10/21/09

Thanks to PDXHops for this hell-of-an interesting brew

A - Coca-Cola brown with hints of burnt crimson. Frisky carbonation billows into two fingers of riddled, tan colored foam. Retention is about 50% after a few minutes & shrinking. Lacing is ok at the onset & does improve toward the end.

S - Primarily malty sweetness in the nose: caramel, toffee & hints of brown sugar. This smells like a veritable malt bomb.

T - Caramel & toasted malts upfront. Dry biscuits & bread in the middle. There's a modest hop twine on the finish with a bit of lingering bitterness. Seem like there is some faint spice in there too, though I'm unsure what it would be.

M - Reasonably robust in heft. Not nearly as much carbonation as I expected after the initial pour; on the contrary, it's rather smooth & creamy. On an odd note, the first swig seemed almost thin & watered down. Subsequently it seemed to become fuller of body as it warmed.

D - A very peculiar beer that seems in constant flux, like it's a seamless gamut of changing styles. At times akin to a porter or stout; at times like an extremely malty pale ale. While I was skeptical at first, this beer redefined the phrase, "It grew on me."

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of LCBREW
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A friend brought back a bottle from Portland after attending the 'mini-beer fest'

A-deep amber, almost mahogany. One finger of lace that persisted till the end. Looked clear but the kitchen was dark when i drank it so i couldn't tell for sure.

S-Not a whole lot of aroma. I did get a little caramel (like c120) and a bit of roast.

T-Strong caramel up front, almost burnt caramel, but smooth. Lots of roast fades into a subtle but noticeable hop bitterness. As i drank the roast faded and the hop bitterness increased.

M-Nice medium mouth feel. very drinkable.

O-Very drinkable. If i had this in my local market i would be buying it regularly. Went down smooth.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at New Old Lompoc.

A - Pours mahogany with a 2 fingerd cappuccino colored head. Doesn't dissipate and leaves really nice lacing.

S/T - Toffee, caramel, all-spice, coriander, and light earthy/bittering hops.

M - Medium bodied and malt dominated. For some reason the flavors do not mesh well.

D - Not bad. I would recommend using different spices to help this beer out.

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Photo of velosuds
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Whole Foods in Bend, OR for $3.99.

A-Pours a very dark amber, almost dark pecan or chestnut. Two finger, tannish-white head with average retention and modest lacing. Almost looks like a porter or stout. Odd.

S-Not much aroma, in my opinion, and what is there is mostly malts.

T-Very pleasant malt presence, but not much hop bitterness noted. Most ambers I enjoy have more hop profile.

M-Very smooth and well balanced, but a tad watery.

D-A good, but not great amber ale. Smooth and easy drinking. 6.9% ABV is nicely masked.

I've had better amber ales, and I couldn't help hankering after a SkullSplitter. Not sure if this is a good thing. Closest thing I had in my fridge was an Arrogant Bastard Ale, which made for a nice conclusion to my beer drinking this evening.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Nearly black with red/brown corners and a cafe latte 1 finger foam head with a bit of retention and some lacing.

Smell: Nice roast malt character, a touch of toffee, and perhaps a dark fruit note such a fig.

Taste: Exactly like the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with enough carbonation.

Drinkability: fairly sessionable.

I though LSD was pretty decent, didn't like C-Note Imperial Pale Ale though. I'll still be trying more of their offerings.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass..

- Dark beer! Clear but almost can't see throught it... rather rich and dark brown.. minimal brown head.. light lacing..

- Roasted Porter like malts...caramel... sweet.. bitter hop.. like a porter.

- Smooth silky sweet malts.. sugar, caramel.. tangy hop.. zingy and slightly bitter..

- Slightly chewy, sour, tangy aftertaste... slight dryness..

- Easy to drink, not too strong... but overall boring and even made my review short...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber from Whole Foods Tigard into my UCLA pint glass.

Beige head with quickly dissipating head over opaque brown body. Chocolate malt and leather taste predominates with a bit of smoke in the nose. A bit heavy for a session beer, but, nice balance between malt and hops, A bit more balance than Arrogant Bastard. Worth a taste, but my preference runs towards Lompoc's C-Note offering.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

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Photo of joedon
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: I tried this at the pub which was dark and very smoky at the time so a lot of factors were battling against good beer.

Dark brown with a very thin head. Bar was busy and this pint may have sat too long at the tap before being served to me.

Smell was smoky-malty with a bit of caramel and fruit.

Taste was over-whelmingly of smoked malt. Bitterness was good and lots of malt but the smokiness ruined it for me. Should have been described as a smoke porter or similar style.

Good mouthfeel and texture for a tap beer. I just couldn't drink much of this beer because I am not a big fan of smoked beers.

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Photo of mashmstr2
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of charlatan
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of freed
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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