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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Lost Sailor India Pale AleLost Sailor India Pale Ale
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Lost Sailor India Pale AleLost Sailor India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 752 |  Reviews: 334
Reviews by travolta:
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: the head on this beer is something to write a song about. Rocky, foamy, and everything else you love about big head. Lacing is great as well. Honey and apricot in color. Slight haze.

Nose: A dry leafy nose comes to mind. It smells a lot like tea. Hops and sweet malt.

Taste: Again, a dry eucaliptus taste. Like dry leaves. It is very interesting and tastes great. Dry at first then becomes sweeter. tea, honey, malt.

Notes: Very well balanced. This is one of the better IPA's i have had because it is not west coast extreme bitter. It is nice to have a very balanced IPA with malt and sweet tastes to it. i was very impressed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A cloudy amber beer with a creamy sticky head. Quite the floral aroma with that distinct spicy, raw, citrus and leafy character of East Kent Goldings. Flavour is near sugary sweet, malty and smooth on the palate with a balancing leafy tea-like hop character with a nice woody bite.

A damn fine IPA, and one of the best in MA. This IPA really appeals to me because it shows off both a big malt and big hop character, but the beer is so in balance and the flavours are so smoothed together.

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Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle. Picture of the two brewers lost in the desert in a boat … hence “Lost Sailor”. Freshness date marked.

Appearance: Deep orange amber with a slight chill haze which is common for this beer, with a moderate pour it formed a tiny bubbled two fingered head … that shows the quality of the brew.

Smell: Sweet to the nose of flowery fruity hop oil and a pale malt back ground. Slight minty aroma also from the hops, very aromatic.

Taste: Muscular medium body with a light carbonation and smooth mouth feel that throws a handful of crispness in the mouth. Round malt palate of pale malt sweetness and toasted grain, faint esters leave a mild berry fruitiness behind. Hops a quite prevalent though certainly not overbearing, bitterness is marked to balance and produces a wonderful hop flavour of sweet floral, hop leaf and a pinch of earth. Hop flavour and remnants of toasted grain faded very so softly into the finish.

Notes: One of the better domestic English Style IPAs I have had in a long time, well balanced and poised as a session beer.

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Photo of Beric
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of msolar
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a fan of IPA's, let alone those that are dry-hopped but I had to grab a log of this on short notice. As far as hoppy beers go, this is certainly one of the easiest to drink. It's nice because it's not quite as dry or bitter as some other hoppy beers. I wouldn't buy this again, but for those IPA lovers I'd certainly suggest picking it up.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler served in a standard pint glass.

pours a murky, deep amber/light brown tone with a solid finger of a creamy beige head; decent retention and lacing. hearty, good looking IPA.

in the nose nose i get citrusy hops (a touch of pine), some bready, caramely malts.

flavor follows the aroma nicely with a nice balance between the citrus/pine hoppiness and a bit of a bready malt backbone. some subdued spice notes. has a dry, bitter-hoppy finish. nice, serviceable IPA; perhaps not spectacular, but a damn fine beer that could easily fit into a regular rotation.

medium bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation. crisp and refreshing. very drinkable. i could easily keep going with this. and since i have a growler, i guess i will. recommended, and the fresher the better.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initially hazy amber red becomes clear. Nice thick, dense head. Smells of citrus, grassy hops with malts to balance. Well balanced taste in typical English IPA style. Dry hopped. Full, smooth mouthfeel with adequate carbonation at first but loses it towards the end causing the drinkability to lessen dramatically.

This was great at first but lost me in the end. Still, I'd really need to try it fresh from the brewery or from the bottle. The growler is not ideal for this ale.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of HopChef44
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 1 1/4" light beige head above an amber brew. Head is quite dense, and laces nicely. Aroma is fruity malts. Taste is sedate malts, couple with a laid-back fruity hoppiness, fitting my idea of an English IPA to a T. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth liek you wouldn't believe, which lends itself to superb drinkability. It's not a NW IPA, but is you're looking for a domestic UK-style IPA, check this out.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium golden-yellow with a large, fluffy head. Almost no smell but an extremely faint hint of hops. Taste is comparable to a light adjunct beer with a little bit more pronounced hop flavor - almost entirely flavorless, very watery, and one-dimensional. The hops that are present are faintly medicinal tasting, and the body of the beer seems to be non-existant, except perhaps a small amount of very light grain and/or adjuncts. Mouthfeel is almost nothing, it is lightly carbonated even for a smoother beer. Very drinkable, but not enjoyable.

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Photo of Burkbom23
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer to try. It pours a solid three-finger eggshell white head. Nearly perfect lacing on the glass as I drink it. The color is shade pale of amber--clover honey? Cloudy.

The aroma features a nice hop, but it is lighter than most IPA's. It is, however, fresh and inviting.

While the hop is the predominating taste, I found the malt interesting: fruity, similar to berries. There's also a darker, largely smokey flavor. The finish is fresh floral hop that lasts bitterly (good) for a long time. The body is fine, nothing special. Carbonation is slightly high.

This is a fine IPA which could go up against the best. I don't think it has dislodged my favorite (Stone), but it comes awfully close.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass (pint glasses were dirty)

Pours a amber/golden color, rather cloudy, beautiful 1 finger off white head.

Smell isnt too strong, maltier more molasses-y smelling than a typical ipa, hints of orange.

Taste is well balanced, picking up hints of grapefruit, maple syrup, oak, some hop character is there but balanced out by the malts. Tastes almost like a hppy amber or pale ale really. I liked the mouthfeel as the its well carbonated and creamy yet quite light in body. Sessionable.

Not your typical IPA (more like a american pale ale) and west coasters will probably lament the lack of hops but I'm glad I tried it. Nothing miraculous.

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Photo of Kevincredible
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Stimack
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured to a nice orange copper color that was slightly hazy. Had a very nice fluffy white head that broke down to a lot of lacing. The aroma was quite sweet with a strong citrus hop that is fantastic. A great smelling brew! The taste is highlighted with a citrus/fruit flavor with hints of malt bring the entire brew together nicely. This is another fantastic offering from the BBC, so far they have not let me down!

This will be my brew for the summer, simply fantastic!

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Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brownish-orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Pretty nice bubbly white head turns to swirly cap and thick ring, leaves decent lacing.

Faint floral hops and warm biscuit in the nose.

Floral hops and light fruit balanced very nicely with a solid toasty caramel/biscuit malt in the taste. A little bit of earth and berries come out more and more as it goes on. A tiny bit of booze hiding in the back.

Mouthfeel is really solid - carbonation is spot-on, good creaminess for a 5.5%, like mentioned before balance is very nicely done. Not overly bitter, very drinkable.

I don't have alot of experience with English-style IPAs but this is great stuff. Those expecting an American hop bomb may be disappointed, but those who appreciate an easy-drinking well-balanced IPA should really pick this up.

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Photo of Hopaholic
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drink by date of 09/09/11

Poured into my pint glass. Lovely hazy honey yellow with a finger of white head. Head slowly dissipates into a nice film. Some lacing through out.

Smell is lovely. Muted citrus hops (perhaps due to freshness) with good bit of malt. Malt comes off as earthy, adding to the hops to smell like a crisp summer breeze. Or something like that.

Hops slide through, leaving a pleasant trail of bitterness. Fresh, crisp, and very quaff-able. Citrus in nature, though you get grassy notes. Indeed the malts provide a solid backbone, giving off a almost nutty quality. Bitterness receeds, making each sip just as enjoyable as the last.

Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, giving a crispness. The alcohol is none existent. Great standard for an IPA.

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Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This hazy amber beer forms a modest head, and looks much like many a British IPA. The aroma offers chocolate and coffee notes as well as a subtle hint of the citrus within. The Lost Sailor is a remarkably complex, and almost overly balanced brew. It pairs hop bitterness with a perfect compliments of malts that not only stand up to the abusive flavors but can compliment and almost surpass them in intensity. This balance is reminiscent of a barley wine, and is quite remarkable for a full bodied ale with such a modest alcohol content. If there weren't so many beers to try at the HopHead throwdown, I would have ordered a few more of these.

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Photo of Ezone024
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a 22 oz bottle poured into my BBC pint glass, this pours a hazy golden amber color with a really nice think head on it, one of my favorite beers to look at. Brewed locally in south deerfield, MA. make sure you get it at a store that sells it regularly, it must be enjoyed as fresh as possible, there's really no buffer zone. At 1st taste it really warms you, then the hop finish comes through and bites you. I would say it is more piney than citrus. fitting for a beer made for the berkshire mountain folk. overall one of my favorite ipa's. and i love supporting the local business. so it works on all levels. BBC lost sailor goes best with oysters or any raw clam. So if you're a fan of those you will definitely be a fan of lost sailor, share some with your four legged friend for good measure!

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Photo of JWR3251
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Bottle. Best by June. The beer poured with very little head and was a deep orange in color. The aroma is tangerine. The taste is surprising. Not a very hoppy IPA, almost pale ale in its kick. Also, melon came through nicely on the tongue. The mouthfeel was nice and crsip. I notice the malts and they were perfectly balanced by the hops. Not too much of a kick, but just enough to remind me they were there. I was tempted to open te secind bomber, but decided to hold off for another day.

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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 752 ratings