Lost Sailor India Pale Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unpasterized bottle, unfiltered and fresh from Massachusetts trip. Good head, with a citrus hop aroma. Very smooth, and balanced understated IPA, almost like an English IPA though even less bitter and not dry but fruity. Must be appreciated, well done.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

more of an English than an American ipa, but I guess its listed that way, so ill shut up about the particulars. this is just genuine beer here, looking right on all light amber, clear, and heady. the nose is intensely malty, odd for an ipa, but one sip confirms its documented genre, a real ipa. its bitter, but its also punchy and fruit in some sense, a real anomaly as they go. listening to a further stream, late night on the east coast, bands in red rocks, and I know this is contextual, romantic, and highly contingent, but this beer is currently continuing the long strange trip, and that means something to me, as in a 4.00 overall score on a beer I only sort of like. the moment is everything people, seize it before you cant. go dead, go Berkshire, and go insatiable appetite for fine ale! this fits the bill on all counts, love the feel and the staying power and the buzz, rock on.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in a 64 oz. growler for $6.99.

An above average IPA right here, I've had better but I've had many that were worse. It is pretty damn hoppy but the taste could be improved a tad. It's all blended together well and is a well balanced beer and I'd like to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask at Redbones: Poured a light amber color ale. Aroma of fresh floral hops is not as powerful as expected. Taste is dominated by medium bitter notes with some floral undertones with delicate dry caramel malt. Body is about average. Middle of the road IPA with no major flaws but lacking a bit of hops.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HikerCT for the bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy orange-copper with a single-finger white head and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose carries some light floral hops and some bread, though there's also a bit of solventy character. Slight, but noticeable. The flavor is along the same lines, though the solvent character is mostly gone, thankfully. The mouthfeel is the redeeming aspect, as there's a nice amount of dry bitterness after swallowing the medium-bodied brew. Light to moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, though not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of nickfl
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper body. The head fades away quickly and leaves only minor traces of lace.

S - Fruity hops with notes of melon and lemon as well as some bready malt and toffee.

T - Sweet, grainy malt up front with a hint of floral hop flavor. The hop essence increases slightly in the middle as more toffee and yeasty bread pile on. Some fruity hop flavor comes out in the finish, but is quickly plowed under by lots of thick, rich malt which overpowers the modest bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - This is a pretty nice, very drinkable beer but it is kind of an anemic IPA. The hop aroma is noticeable, but not nearly as pungent as a hop lover would hop it might be and the flavor profile is thoroughly dominated by the malt. This all makes for a very nice pale ale, and it could be a great IPA if it had about 4x as much hop character as it does.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a full rich golden with an almost creamy-like head atop settling into a white froth leaving broken globs of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not a real big hop element in the nose somewhat leafy and citric with a little caramel and juicy malt fruit for sure an English interpretation.Mild hop flavors leafy and herbal with a tinge of citrus,a big sweetish caramel biscuit base goes toe to toe with the hops making it more of a balanced IPA.Eh its ok not remarkable but drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slighty hazy light orange with a medium sized white head that left good lacing. Aroma was mostly subdued hops and sweet malty caramel notes.

Taste matches the description of an English IPA. Very tight balance with the malty caramel notes dominating the beginning and then settles into a clean herbal hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium and smooth.

This was my first Berkshire beer and color me impressed. True to style and very drinkable. I'm looking forward to trying more from these guys soon.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The smell is maltier than most IPA’s. There are traces of citrus & hops, but overall the smell isn’t very strong.

T: Heavy citrus sweetness hits you first, as the smell would lead you to expect. Then a good burst of hops follows, which is something the smell doesn’t lead you to expect. The hops stick around in a mild after-taste.

M: Smooth with a little crispness to it, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: This one goes down VERY easy, not filling at all either. It’s a beer well-worth pounding.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 02/09/11

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange body with excellent clarity with nearly two fingers of creamyish, white froth. However, the second pour from the bottle dislodged a heap of yeast for a downright muddied body. Oops!

Smell: Hoppiness smelling of moist, sliced citrus fruits dashed with a bit of pine resins overlaying a lightly bready maltiness.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a lightly toasty, bready quality to it and a sweetness akin to a good brushing of golden syrup. A fruity gulp of apricot nectar pulls back to reveal citrusy tastes of tangelos and lemons and a faint grassiness and pine character. Medium bitterness - it's present if not prominent. Light acidity. The taste remains fairly fruity and juicy on the back half and into the lengthy, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A beer to embrace, what with its pleasant mix of flavors and ease of drinkability, though those hoping for a bold, audacious, West Coast-style IPA may be frustrated with this.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finely flecked apricot with marigold margins. A vigorous pour has created a three finger head of orange-tinted pale ecru that is classic for the style. It's densely creamy, with hundreds of fine bubbles that are becoming hundreds of fine pits as I watch. There's also excellent glass coverage in the form of thick sheets of BB-shot lace.

I love whatever hop makes up the lion's share of the hop bill. Lost Sailor is one of those IPAs whose hop fruitiness is at least as orchard fruity as it is citric fruity. Given the grapefruitiness, at least one of the 4-Cs has to be present. I'm betting that East Kent Goldings and/or Fuggles is in there as well.

I like my IPAs to have a more aggressive hop bite, but there's certainly no shortage of flavor. A quick glance to the top of the page tells me that the 'English IPA' designation is perfectly in keeping with what I'm tasting. In fact, the flavor is more true to those roots than almost any domestic version that I can think of at the moment.

There's very little malt intrusion in terms of the flavor profile, although the pale malt base is solid and provides more than enough sweetness for this quantity of hops. The hops are more citric on the palate than was appreciated in the nose. I taste unripe peaches and apricots, in addition to juicy lemons and oranges.

Bitterness gathers on the finish, but never really gets up a head of steam. The mouthfeel is a tad light for an IPA. Because there isn't a huge hop load to contend with, a slimmer, trimmer feel is perfectly in keeping with the flavor and lends drinkability to an already drinkable beer.

I enjoyed Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter and I'm enjoying Lost Sailor IPA as well. I hadn't heard a whole lot about these guys and hadn't been able to sample their wares prior to my recent trade with MuddyFeet, but on the evidence of these two fine ales, they're a brewery to be reckoned with.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 1/22/11.

A: Pours a hazy orange, chunky one finger head that sticks to the glass and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Very light. Some floral hops and a little bit of orange/orange rind. Also some sweet malts and a little bit of caramel.

T: Much maltier than the aroma. A little bit of hops, but it has a a very prevalent nutty flavor. A little bit of caramel as well.

M/D: Medium bodied and quite smooth. Very drinkable, a nice example of an English IPA. A great deal as well for the price.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as the last of the Growlin at the moon for this year. I have been very pleased with everything that I have received from Berkshire so far, so I expected nothing less from this one. The pour was decent with a nice, bright, orange tinted honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very hazy, with the cloudiness no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of it. A nice white head of foam, perhaps two fingers high then came over the top and settled down gradually to just a thin film of lace. Very nice appearance I would have to say. Some decent carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom and a good amount of side glass lace was involved as well.

The aroma was pleasant, not as strong as I would have liked, but still pretty decent. There was a nice floral hoppiness, somewhat muted hints of orange and lemongrass with a touch of pine. Decent malt base was apparent as the aroma of bread came through nicely. The flavor followed much of the same, owing that nice light floral hoppiness, but never having enough of it to really push it all the way forward. 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. The Mouthfeel was a little thin, maybe a touch watery, but had more then decent carbonation. A bit of a slickness to it as well. 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.

Overall this was a decent IPA, very session able with an interesting little twist of the flavor. I would love to try it on tap and see if it comes off a touch fresher. Definitely solid though and has not tarnished my opinion of Berkshire in the slightest.

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Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. poured a murky dull amber color with a one finger white creamy head. The head settled out to form a ring around the edges of the glass where it left some very good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty light, it has some light malt and floral hops with a bit of yeast but overall not much of an aroma for an IPA. The taste has a good amount of earthy, slightly spicy hoppiness to it. The malt comes through and provides it with solid malt backbone but doesn't come off as too sweet. It finishes with a moderate bitterness that shows off a little more of the European hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very good English style IPA. It had some very good flavors and was a pretty easy drinking beer overall.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Bukowski's Tavern in Cambridge MA. Served chilled in a pint

A - A very hazed light amber w/ a thick bone white band that generates a sheet of lace on the glass.

S - A very fruity, yeasty nose w/ English hop aromas which are pretty intense

M - A nice nutty/toasted malt texture underneath a layer of mildly acidic and fruity hops w/ moderately full carbonation

T - An excellent fresh and balanced tasting English IPA w/ a nice malt finish. The taste is hoppy, but clean in general w/ only a moderate amount of lingering bitterness and the sweetness is restrained. The hop flavor is full and the beer is refreshing

D - I consider this high in drinkability w/ fresh hop & yeast flavors. Great balance and high on the quaffability scale for an English IPA and fits the style well

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Jason
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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 woodychandler
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This poured with a big, bone-white head with low retention. There was a lot of floating particulate in this honey/golden-yellow colored beer with a viscous appearance. The nose had a lightly hoppy presence. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, which was unexpected, given its appearance in the glass. The taste was only lightly hoppy and kind of disappointing. The finish had a floral quality, but still tended more towards sweet. I've had better beers from BBW.

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

Bottled shared by hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: Clear and orange, with a half inch of head that leaves a fair amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Hops and various spices

T: Refreshing and clean. This is a quality IPA, though I prefer an IPA to have a bolder hop presence. The spices I noted in the aroma are subtle in the taste, which is good (East Kent Goldings I've been told). The beer is slightly bitter, most noticeably in the finish.

M: Good feel. The spicy hop aspect is especially noticeable in the aftertaste. There is a nice, lingering bitter finish that I'm enjoying.

D: Easy to drink, low abv, simple. Good stuff.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.37/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured on tap at Jillian's sports pub Somerset MA into a 16oz shaker pint. From notes.

Pretty good looker, deep copper amber body with a fairly opaque appearance. A one finger head is presented but is super creamy and laces with lots of ring like lacing. Quite a decent looking beer.

What is up with the nose? Hello? hops?? No I am not asking for American hopslam here, but there is no hop presence, if anything it smells sour and fruity yeasty like English bitter. Huge cream notes, and malt thickness, and the sourness goes from a fruity ester quality that makes me think bad lines. Lots of biscuit action too.

Palate is more like English bitter, with a touch of sour if possibly green apple skin but it's hard to say if this just because it might be infected instead. Thick super creamy body, with hints of thick cookie and biscuit dough. Chewy dense palate with fruity red fruit ester sensing thickness that gets stuck in the palate. Light faint sour tinges though, and NO hop bitterness or aroma or flavor at all.

So where's the hops at least on t his (I don't care if it's English at least I've had a bunch that at least have HOP character). I really hope this is not the epitome of what this beer should taste like.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled/tasted from a fresh growler. orangy amber, bit cloudy, off white head, settling to a thin tiny bubble film, wispy lacing. Citrusy/piney hops in the nose. Full bodied and tasty. Hops bold, pine, resiny and also a wiff of grapefruit. Adds up to a complex hop offering. Lovely, smooth mouthfeel, flows over the tongue on a velvet blanket of sweet malt. Quality IPA, balanced, nuanced and worth checking out

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small sediment filled body, light amber. Head settles to a cap. Splotchy lacing.

Not getting a whole lot from the nose at first, a little fruitiness perhaps. As it warms starts to smell good.

Well you can definitely tell its an English by the malt presence. Fruity. Hint of hops. Would guess at 7%abv

Good medium mouthfeel, medium mouthfeel. Fits the beers profile nicely.

I don't have English IPAs very often so this is a breath of fresh air. Loved the fruit aspect. Thanks r94uconn!

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a long lasting 2" head. Nice bold lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: grapefruits are matched with some very floral hops.

Taste: nice malt backbone here with apple sweetness, a grapefruit bite, and a healthy bitterness level to excite the tastebuds. Some dryness arrives late. Quite refreshing for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Short lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: this was what I like in an IPA - flavorful and very easy to quaff. This beer was very fresh on tap which let its flavors shine through. Try some of this.

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

Best by 2/22/12. Picked up a bomber from Beverage Warehouse in Winsooski VT. Like the Traditional Pale Ale, this is a more malty take on the style. There's a clean, bready toasty malt character under the citus, piney hops bite. It's not that similar to Brooklyn IPA, this is significantly maltier. Still a tasty beer, there's just a big sweet biscuit toast that matches the hops.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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