Lost Sailor India Pale Ale
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Lost Sailor India Pale AleLost Sailor India Pale Ale
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IPA - English
Ranked #15
Ranked #20,594
3.85 | pDev: 12.73%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Lost Sailor India Pale AleLost Sailor India Pale Ale
Notes: You don’t need a compass to find your way to our flagship India Pale Ale. This classic British-inspired IPA boasts a well-rounded malt profile, complex floral and citrus aromas, and generous Goldings dry hopping. Well balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
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3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I try to drink local. Luckily Building 8 “the IPA” is for me the best I’ve found for taste, aroma, and price. A hidden gem. That being said Lost Sailor is a very good IPA but for me a little light on aroma and watery on taste. My biggest credit goes to the name of the brew, the all time greatest name ever for a beer and I could drink it all the time if it had the floral aroma and maltiness of Building 8. Still one of my favorites though and a great change of pace.

Dec 07, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit provide support. Finish is long and dry. Good brew.

Feb 06, 2018
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blues53 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

The reason I rate this so poorly is because all of the sweet maltiness that used to make this a unique IPA is now gone and it now tastes like most other hop bombs out there, very disappointed. Not what it used to be for me.

Aug 22, 2017
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Incredibly tasty and one of the most balanced beers I've had in the IPA genre. Definitely English malt focused, but sweet citrus aromas and complimentary flavors are fantastic. Well done all around.

Jul 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a hazy copper orange body that leaves a one finger foamy white head that lasts for a good minute before gently dieing into the body. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some mild spotty foamy lacing coats the pint glass. The smell has some light citrus, hops and malts combined very nicely. The taste is mostly the same adding a nice extra lingering sweetness. On the palate, she sits about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. I would say this is a fairly sessionable beer. Overall, this is a pretty good English IPA, good for the style and good for me.

Jun 21, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass at Bukowski's Tavern in Boston.

Pour a slightly hazy coppery amber.

The smell is floral and bready, smells very British.

The taste is very solidly English, malty, bready with a soft bitterness picking up the rear.

Mouthfeel is soft and medium bodied.

Very nice English IPA, you could easily have 5 of this in a row without palate fatigue.

Mar 14, 2017
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BCad from New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Very pretty brew: thick blonde-copper color with a rich white head. Plenty of lacing and lots of small bubbling from the bottom of the cup.

S: Forward fruity and hoppy smell with a good amount of malt sneaking through. Smell does fade away pretty rapidly, but when the bottle was first uncapped it smelled great.

T: Kind of a bitter-sweet-bitter thing going on with this guy. Starts off sharp bitter then sweet overcomes the hop flavor before hitting you one last time on the end. Really great in consecutive gulps as it seems to bring out the sweetness. single sips, alternatively, come off more bitter to me. There is a lot going on here in terms of which hits when, but there is one predominant hop flavor and one predominant sweet flavor that trade off. Pretty interesting to drink.

F: Nothing spectacular in terms of mouthfeel. Sort of thin but very bubbly/fizzy.

O: Not a bad brew! Great for a sunny day, and can deffinitely get you tipsy at 5.8%. Totally drinkable, I would recommend giving it a try.

Jul 11, 2016
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mac31 from California

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malt-biscuity, cracker-like thinness, a touch of caramel sweetness, a hint of dark fruit now and then from the malts, orange
Hops-mildly spicy, lightly floral, earthy, light citrus, resinous-fresh hop like, sticky, lingering bitterness.
Body is thin. Mouthfeel is tannic-like, has a drying effect/finish.
This beer reminds me of a hopped up ESB. The malts soften up as the beer warms, creating a more well rounded feel to the beer. Drink it a touch warmer than your usual piney, hoppy IPA.
It's a different style of IPA than I'm used to here on the West Coast, but still a well crafted brew.

May 06, 2016
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rms3434 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easily my favorite IPA of all time. Not quite sure what it is about this one that always has me coming back. You get the wonderful floral aromas as soon as you pop open the bottle. Personally, smell of the beer lining up with the taste is important, and this beer nails that aspect. You get such a floral taste to this that is slightly bitter and goes with the hops very well. It is relatively cheap, and it may just become one of your favorites, do not pass this one by.

Mar 06, 2016
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Jspringer1o from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having access to several world class IPAs in New England makes it hard to buy just any old brew off the shelf. With that said I revisited my one time favorite lost sailor and was pleasantly surprised by how much I still enjoyed. Still a great beer!!

Mar 01, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a frothy white head.

Definite floral aroma coming off this.

A bitter sweetness up front which lingers. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Solid IPA with a leaning towards maltiness.

Dec 29, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold with 3/4 inch head. Taste is caramel, grass, grain, and oily herbal hops. Really sweet at times and also really bitter at others. Above average sipper. Glad I had it, would not pass by it, but would not rush to get it again either.

Dec 14, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clouded copper, leaves a fizzy/frothy off-white head that reeces slowly, leaving some lacing in it's wake.

Smells malty, caramel notes, barely, herbal hops.

Taste is sweet malts, caramel. Surprisingly on the sweet spectrum for something with an IPA title. Hops do not have any forward presence at all. For all that it takes on a nice sweet malt bready flavor.

Light bodied, thin, smooth, very low carbonation, leaves very clean, has a surprisingly warm alcohol on the finish.

A good brew, definitely wasn't expecting the sweetness, but it has a decent flavor.

Nov 16, 2015
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CayseyW from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: This is a very attractive beer. Hazy copper/amber body with a decent white head after pouring. A thin white ring holds the edge of the glass throughout. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass.
S: Very subtle hop notes give it a mild stone fruit aroma. It has a sweet but not malty smell, not so much caramel, but some kind of sugar.
T: Very pleasant up front with delicate fruit notes that give way to mild sweetness. Again, not really caramel, more sugar cane. The balance is incredible in my opinion. Sweet IPAs typically turn me off, but this is walking the line between sweet and dry amazingly well.
F: I hate describing a beer as "smooth" but this one really is. It has a soft mouthfeel, but boasts plenty of carbonation. It has a nice body that isn't too thick and is definitely not too thin. Just enough bitterness on the backend too.
O: This beer surprised the sh#t out of me! I was expecting to maybe tolerate it, and definitely figured a can or two would stick around in the fridge longer than it should. That, however, will not happen. I intend to drink down this 6-pack quickly because this beer is tasty and a nice change of pace from the big hoppy New England IPAs I drink pretty much daily. This beer illustrates why people shouldn't sleep on English IPAs, because they can be fantastic!

Sep 30, 2015
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tconlon69 from New York

2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was so excited to try this beer after seeing bros score and avg. Review score. Until I first smelled from can and was surprised there was no hoppy aromatic sense at all. Then when I took first swirl in mouth I immediately had a sugary sweet Caramel flavor. Not what I was hoping for. I am guessing the English process in this is all about Caramel and sweet.

Sep 24, 2015
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jameswaldo from New York

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a bomber nearly fresh-bottled from a liquor store in Belchertown. What a brew! Drank it with a picnic lunch on the way back home to Ithaca from Sturbridge, and was delighted with everything about it. Good price on the 22-oz local product! Gorgeous head, sticky lacing, mighty hopping well-balanced by the malt, exactly perfect carbonation with tongue & palate tanning long lingering bitter hoppy aftertaste. This IPA made my fancy lunch a gourmet extravaganza. And the brewery donates a tenth of gross sales to The Food Bank of Western MA! This keeps me from feeling sinfully hedonistic when quaffing such epicurean delights.

Sep 07, 2015
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Garypuffer from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got it for 3.99 for a 22oz. bottle and well worth it as I sip and watch the US Open...very tasty and I wish I could find it in 6s or 12 packs..must look harder

Sep 03, 2015
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- 12oz. can half poured into stemless wine glass, other half straight out of can, on 14-Aug-15

Not familiar with English IPA's, but this one's a decent one that I wouldn't mind drinking all day on a lazy afternoon. I still prefer American dankness of course.

Aug 21, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can did reach me by way of the captain of the canship, woodychandler. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, herbs, light citrus. Taste is malts up front, touches of caramel, herbal hops, a mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a smooth and enjoyable beer.

Aug 13, 2015
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Veejuh from Massachusetts

2.67/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Love Berkshire's drayman porter, but this one doesn't do it for me, tastes like a hoppy lager. Too sweet in that pissy lagery taste way, with only a small amount of hops to hide that. Not my kind of ale. First time trying an english style ipa and I don't ever want to buy another example of it. I don't like wasting beer though so I will suffer through the rest of this six pack.

Aug 08, 2015
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MA_hops from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Apricot in color, hazy in appearance with a thin white lacing.
S: Raisins, grapes, sweet malts, wine like.
T: Slight bitterness, similar to nose.
M: Moderate carbonation, has a dry, slightly hoppy finish.
O: Was on sale for $14.99/12 pack. Was my first English styled IPA, not bad.

Aug 07, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent example of an English IPA, hop forward with a balance of malts, but not in a way that makes the body too heavy. Herbal and earthy with some resin mixed in. Slightly sweet.

Jun 30, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a straw golden color with a fizzy head. The smell is full of grapefruit notes. The taste was simple yet very tasty with the hops being center stage. The light grapefruit bitterness was balanced well by the malt and made for a refreshing finish.

Nov 12, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: well balanced; caramel malt with herbal and floral hops;

T: follows the nose; caramel malt is right there along with floral hops; mild bitterness with some earthiness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really well made English IPA;

Oct 22, 2014
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Beric from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Supreme Liquors in Central Square, MA
Serving: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color, lighter than many other IPAs, and lacking a lot of the robust copper/golden deepness we see from a lot of West Coast IPAs. I attribute this to the English IPA style and fact the malt backbone is thus reduced. Looks great though! 4/5

Smell: Smells very herbal and floral, some malt sweetness. The hops don't beat you over the head and are rather subdued in the nose. 4.25/5

Taste: Another great one by Berkshire. The flavor on this one is fantastic, especially considering it's an English IPA. The hops and malts interplay wonderfully, leading to a slightly sweet, floral beer where the hops add a lot of flavor without being ridiculous. What's notable here is that the hops don't take center stage, but share it with the malt, which provides some nice sweetness and requisite depth. Really love the hop flavor in this one too- it's very floral and reminds me someone of how your hands smell after holding a bouquet. 4.25/5

Feel: Excellent carbonation and body. 4/5

Overall: Another marvelous beer from Berkshire. I'm glad to see them really hit the ball out of the park with this English IPA. I think it's rated lower by people who expect an American style IPA and are then surprised by the subtlety in this one. The hops used in this beer are magnificent and provide a really rare flavor for those used to the traditional American varietals. I would highly recommend this beer, with the caveat that you know it's not an American IPA and you should not expect it to taste like a citrus bomb.4/5

Sep 21, 2014
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