Lost Sailor India Pale Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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329 Reviews
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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Reviews: 329 | Ratings: 726
Photo of donchata
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is nectar from the Gods. 64 ounces of delicious, frothy, full bodied heaven. Strong aromas of citrus, almonds and vanilla. Pours an excellent clean strong head that clings to the glass with all it's might. This is a beer to experience with friends. Enjoy!

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Photo of doerickson
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep honey coloring; thick white head with outstanding retention. Sharp, penetrating hop aromas; apricot fruitiness with some pine notes. Low carbonation. Toasty and caramel malts at first, followed by a big hop flavor that takes you into a shortish finish. This English-style IPA is much more balanced than many of its American-style counterparts. Just a fabulous brew, and one which I'll pick up a good deal more of next time I'm in western MA.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.85/5  rDev +25%
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 acarty25
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This sh*t is the sh*t, for realsies, im super cereal. One of my favorite IPA's, gotta love the growler its comes in. Its like a party in my mouth. Better then the time I watched Kazamm. If someone beat me over the head with a beer bottle with lost sailor ipa in it I wouldnt mind as long as they poored some in my battered and bruised mouth.

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Photo of DudleyRose
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to beer these days. The hop aroma indicates a lovely dry-hopping that exudes real character. The hop bitterness is there but nicely balanced with an underlying malt backbone. In the glass the creamy head holds up and leaves lace all down the side. This is one well-balanced, tasty brew that never seems to disappoint

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Photo of madiba
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most interesting and sophisticated IPA's available. While not a hop bomb, its powerful floral and citrus notes blend smoothly into a rich malty backbone. It finishes with a wonderfuly dry and crisp bitterness. Lost Sailor manages to be an IPA that is both highly drinkable and remarkably complex. My favorite IPA. Hands down.

This beer makes you wish more breweries had the guts to make an IPA that didn't rely on bushels upon bushels of hops.

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Photo of jward
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle's label presents two 'lost sailors' sitting in a boat in what looks like a desert, holding up a sign requesting more BBC beer. After just the first scent of this beer, one realizes that their request is perfectly understandable, as Lost Sailor is an all-around excellent IPA. A white head sits atop a cloudly, light-amber body. The nose is fantastic, with a powerful citrus (especially grapefruit) aroma, joined by elements of peach and perhaps apricot. Both notes are also present on the palate, with zesty citrus flavors (orange) giving way to a milder, distinctively peach-flavored finish, but not in a way that seems artificial, as this is just a regular ole' 'India Ale,' bitter to the end.

This beer, while appropriately bitter, does not provide the crazy explosion of hops provided by the big IPA's so celebrated these days. And that's part of what I like about it. A great, balanced beer by Berkshire -- one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of Beerman3000
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this beer in the 1/2 gallon gowler, fresh from the brewery. Slightly hazy, light to medium-amber color. Big, cream-colored, velvety, draft-like head. Wonderfully fresh, hoppy, and cotton-candy/dextriney nose. Slight pine and citrus peel notes with the hops. Smooth, medium-bodied mouth feel. Very natural and draft-like. Fresh, very well-balanced and long flavor. Delicious! Incredibly complex (as opposed to simply powerful) hoppy tones. Nicely balanced, w/ caramel and butterscotch toasted maltiness to provide good counterbalance to the hoppiness. A rather lightly toasted and hoppy IPA, though bodisome and full. This is a great, savory, sophisticated IPA. Although the bottled version is good, it's definitely worth getting the growler.

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Photo of Dave36
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this IPA from a 22oz bomber. Great head formation with good lacing during session, initial notes are citrus and malt. Finishes most triumphantly to a great light floral hop character. BBC is a brewery that puts out great tasting beer! We are lucky to have them around.

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Photo of oddfire
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. There is just the right balance of hopiness, drinkablity, and finish in this beer. The brewers at BBC really know what they are doing. I have made the trip to the brewery for the tour twice now. This is one of there better beers.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased in CT in late 1/13 (no birth date), poured into my tasting 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 2/13/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.75 - amber-brown coloration, moderate clarity, whitish frothy 2 finger head that lingers into an attractive rim lacing, slight alcohol legs

S: 5 - herbal/spice/floral notes predominant, slight toffee and caramel snifters --> perfect smelling EIPA to these nostrils!

T: 4.5 - little-to-no bitterness, citrus undertones, bready malty backbone with slight esters, moderate alcohol notes

M: 4.75 - medium body, moderate carbonation

O: 4.75 - it's really unfortunate that I don't have easy access to this beer any longer; to me, it's the best American example of a classic EIPA on the market and accentuates all the best features of East Kent Golding on a Maris Otter backbone; for those in New England, considering how affordable it is (~$3.99/bomber and $7.99/growler before deposit) definitely worth hunting down; for those outside of New England who enjoy classic British bitters or EIPAs like Fuller's ESB or Samuel Smith pale ale, it's definitely worth a trade

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber labeled best by 11/09. I think that makes this very fresh.

Slightly hazy, amber-orange color with head and lacing reaching perfection.

Aroma has some yeasty-fruitiness clearly there, floral and citrus hops, and aromatic malt. It's not in your face like I want an IPA to be but it is very good.

Taste just floored me. Why do I claim to be a Berkshire fan but have never had this? Okay so it is not that bitter at all, it's more like a pale ale in that category. So if your an IBU counter and think that very bitter = very good, this might not be your IPA. The flavor is just packed with hops with not much bitterness getting in the way of it. Just great.

Creamy texture with a lingering finish and not much bitterness. I just finished a bomber and I want another one... or two. For an IPA, that has to be 5 for drinkability.

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Photo of Canibacea
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

HElluva brew. you know a beer is good when there is sediment at the bottum when you leave your beer for ten minutes.

Heartybready yeasty crispness


Awesome mouthfeel like smooth butter.

Lacing is amazing, Lochness monster and Brains.

Hearty and healthy ingredients MAKE YOUR STOMACH FEEL BETTER and leave you feelingbetter in the morning too.

Thanks BBC

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is an instant favorite. Thanks to ppoitras for sending it.

The beer pours to a nice clear blonde color. Nice carbonation keeps a generous head intact. Lacing is decent, but a little spotty.

The smell is good. Piney, grassy, herbal hops. I love me some spicy English hop varieties. The taste is also ripe with hops. Bites back quite well. Very clean. Sharp mineral flavor goes well with the hops.

The body is decent. Crisp and drinkable. Nice bite. Very drinkable. If only I could get something like this around here where intensely fruity IPAs are the standard.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, it has been a while since someone poured me a draft I.P.A. that was this fresh. It is quite noticeable. Pours clear reddish color, white head, great retention that laces the glass. Smells of floral hops and sweetness. Tastes citrusy with a complimentary sweet malt flavor. Fruity yeast esters that I assumed were coming from an English yeast. Just a touch watery on the mouthfeel, at least for my taste. Really my only complaint about the beer. IPA is a competitive category of beer, that I am particularly picky with. I had two, it was highly drinkable for me. cheers

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Photo of mschofield
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear red-amber with a three finger creamy ivory head, leaves sticky rings of lace.
Very hoppy aroma, like a bouquet of flowers. Citrus, caramel, grain, herbs, a bit of a musty note.
Floral taste, good caramel and pale base, well balanced.
Medium-full feel, reminiscent of fruit juice.
It's not a hop monster Imperial IPA, but it's a good quality IPA on the low side of American or high side of British.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber. pours a nice very cloudy orange color with nice fluffy white head.

smell is quite faint. sweet fruit smell, a little hops come through. cirtusy sweet and pleasant.

taste: incredible balance. nice sweet fruit backbone with crisp hop bite. malts come through strongly too with a sweetness. kind of buttery feeling sweet fruit taste balanced out with a pleasantly mild hop bite. very good.

mouthfeel is quite light, a tiny bit watery for the style but i think this helps the balance. this doesn't hurt the taste at all and adds to the drinkability.

overall, excellent! very drinkable IPA. quite light, but very flavourful at the same time. I really like this brew.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber-gold..frothy head..settels slowly to a collar.
Smells great.... floral hops...not sharp...citrusy.
Tastes more like an American pale ale..a really good APA.( my girlfriend hates IPAs...but she tried mine and wished that she had ordered one)
The malts are sweet and dominant; and the hops are flavorful, but not harsh or bitter. Very smooth, almost nutty malt with some very faint fruit in the background.
Nice medium mouthfeel...medium carbonation.
Very drinkable, very good. I will have this again.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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 nelnutter
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber/orange color that poured a solid 2-finger fluffy white head that really stuck around for a while. Lots of consistent lacing throughout.

S: Most citrus hops and some floral, with an interest mix of sweetness, somewhat fruity.

T: Nice malt backbone handles the delicious hops that are both citrusy and earthy. Definitely a lot of bitterness going on, but perfectly balanced. Very very tasty.

M: Medium, smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

D: Incredibly smooth and perfectly balanced IPA, and one that I would happily enjoy a few of at a time. One of my favorites.

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Photo of bszern
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice copper color with a nice head. Smell is a little grassy, kind of sweet, not bitter at all. Completely different from an American IPA. Tastes a lite sweet, and just the right amount of bitter. A little bit of sweetness left on the tongue and lips. No significant bitter aftertaste.

One of my favorite beers....better out of a growler then a bottle!

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in a growler and 22oz. bottle, it was great both times. I have been very pleased with everything that I have received from Berkshire so far, so I expected nothing less from this one.

A bit darker than most IPA's, which is just fine. Nice little bite of bitter on the back of the tongue, and a slightly fruit finish, with apples coming through very clearly, especially in the aftertaste. Superbly session able though as this was a very easy drinker and I could have thrown this one down all night long to be honest.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this was really good on the nitro draft. Served with a thick creamy off white head and lots of lace. Color was a clear medium amber. Aroma was malt, roasty, toffee, and hoppy. Flavor was excellent and perfectly balanced for the style malt to hop and like aroma. Killer body and carbonation. The bitter to sweet ration leaned ever so slightly sweet and left me wishing I could get this when I got home.

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Photo of edchicma
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange with substantial head on initial pour. Well carbonated. Aroma was excellent...a light fruity (citrus) that invites you to drink. Not the usual bitter kick of an IPA, but interesting nonetheless. Very citrusy and well-rounded with a smoothness that was unexpected. The bitter quality of the usual IPA hit as an aftertaste that didn't overstay its welcome. Mouthfeel was nice...medium bodied and very drinkable.

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