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 scotorum
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hard to believe I have loved this beer for years and never reviewed it here! It's out in 12 oz. cans now, formerly only growlers and 750ml bottles. Time to play catch-up!

No dating info on the can that I can find, but BBC just came out with this in cans two or three weeks ago.

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Samuel Adams English tulip glass.

a: Clear amber with lots of carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. A finger thick white head receded to thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Sweet malt. Also a kind of cedarish aroma which is very pleasant. Only other beer I have had that has a similar aroma is Cigar City's Humidor Series IPA, but that is more Spanish cedar, like the inside of a good cigar box. This is more like clean clothes that just came out of a cedar chest. Yeah I know. Wild. Oh yeah and when I was younger, Bud seemed to actually have a kind of beechwood flavor note to it.

t; Mild caramel malt forward followed by a light to moderate hop bite which builds towards the back sides of the tongue. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Seems a bit lighter than I remember, but the malt and cedar combo is very pleasing. This is sure to become a regular in my beer drinking rotation now that is in convenient 12 ounce cans.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a. Pours a cloudy golden orange, which settles into a clear golden color. One finger head which thins to a floating layer covering a good portion of the top of the beer.

s. Honey, wheat - not hoppy

t. Honey present int he front, and a grassy finish (like mower clippings).

m. Easy drinking beer. Mild carbonation.

o. Not sure I would revisit, maybe on a hot day with little other offerings. I have enjoyed other beers from this brewer, but this is not their best offering.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber from Liquors inc. poured into a standard Guinness pint glass. Best by 2/11/14

A - pours golden and clear, with a fluffy one finger head. Moves to a thin lace.

S - pine, bread. Not much else.

T - biscuity malts, very faint hop presence. Mild zest. Zest. Yep. That's the first time using that word on a beer description.

M - decent, medium heft

O - good offering, was expecting more hops, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Omnium
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Cloudy amber 2 finger white fluffy head, medium lacing.
S - Off aroma. Burnt toffee, estery dark fruit scents, no real good hop aroma detectable.
T - Very sweet malt, some slight banana and fig, stale bread, a little spice, very soapy aftertaste.
M - Chalky and pasty kind of feel, not inviting.
O - This is just lame, idk if this is a bad batch or what, but I'm shocked at the rating it has. It taste like what I would assume would be dirty dishwater.

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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 BoardwalkBock
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.

This is probably the 30th time I've had this beer so I figured it's time to review.

A: Hazy orange, strawish color. Some floaties present (I sure as hell don't mind). Head retains a solid lacing around the edge the entire time.

S: Pine, spice, a slight bit of citrus followed up by a solid biscuit malt background. Slight touch of caramel at the end.

T: Sweet malts coat the palate at first, followed by some spicy and citrus hop flavors. Ends with that delicious smelling biscuity-breadiness that was present on the nose.

M: Medium bodied. Good lasting bitterness, but not overwhelming as an English should be.

O: Another solid offering from BBC. Very nice example of an English IPA from an American brewery. Delicious, easy to drink, and at $4 a 22oz., everybody wins!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 12/04/13

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: A good mix of malts and floral, spicy hops. Also get a hint of citrus and a bit of breadiness

T: Follows the nose. The malts go very well with the mix of floral, spicy, and citrusy hops. Bready towards the finish with a bit more of the spicy hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good take on the style by an American brewery. The goldings hops work extremely well with the maltiness, giving off the distinct spiciness that makes it almost seem like there is rye in the malt bill. Very drinkable and easy on the wallet at $4 for a bomber

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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 TheMultiYeast
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours foggy brown with some yellow color coming through in light. A finger of white head leads to some lacing. Decent retention.

Piney, earthy hop profile in nose. Plenty of sweet maltiness and caramel. Hops are a bit floral.

Pine again, malts are more prevalent now, some sweetness, just a touch of bitterness with a floral aftertaste.

Solid medium body compliments the drinkability here.

Awesome local brew from New England.

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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 MarkQ617
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good, but not awesome IPA. Had this on tap at the Martha's Vineyard Chowder Co. Decent color, but I'd prefer a bit darker. Probably non coincidentally, the smell was pleasant but not super robust. I could've used more hops. Citrusy, crisp, floral, decent flavor.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, CT, served in a pint glass:

The beer appeared a hazy orange color with a light, white foamy head that dissipated into a small thin cap. Nothing too impressive...perhaps slightly above average. The beer gave off a hoppier aroma than was expected from an English IPA, but light citrus hops. The taste, again, was overpowered by the hops for the style. This style is typically a bit more balanced than say an American IPA. No real complexity to it, just straight citrus hops. The beer had a good feel to it and finished with a decent dry but bitter aftertaste and was easy to drink. Overall, too hoppy for the style, I expected a little more balance...but even if it was just an IPA, it is average at best.

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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 Etan
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle sent by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a huge puffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Restrained citric hop notes meld with some fruity ale yeast esters, cream, toffee, light peppery spiciness.

T: Light piney bitterness and mild grapefruit, yeasty, caramel and bready malt, a bit leafy, crisp finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation, very creamy feel.

O: Nice to have a good English-style IPA every once in a while. This one is restrained and tasty with a great mouthfeel. The Golding hops are expressive without being aggressive.

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Photo of JHS123
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually liked this better by bottle than on tap. Unusual as it is I was comparing it with the Rotator Series Falconer IPA today and it paled in comparison and that is the best way to say it.

Appearance: 4.5 out of 5.00 Beautiful unfiltered appearance. Orange / Copper color... Golden hue.

Smell: Aroma of light citrus..

Taste: Not as hoppy as I would have expected. Very low bitterness for an IPA. Malty and frothy on the front with limited IPA taste more of a golden ale. Not hoppy. No alcohol bite. Maybe the English in English IPA comes from the breadiness of this ale.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly dry. Does not have peppery or hoppy mouthfeel more of a sweetness which almost tastes skunked...

Overall: No major flaws but not the best of BBC. Its adequate and I would rate it well as Berkshire has not done me wrong in the past but this is not their finest product..

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

Amazing creamy head with chunks of foam clinging to the rim of the glass after a few sips, nice lace down the glass that's not going anywhere until the next pour. Hazy golden body that likes to play with light for added complexity, kind of light amber, like the actual mineral held up to light. Not much hits me in the nose, but as I search a juicy mouthwatering citrus orange-cookie aroma comes through. Really dig the flavors though. Very well balanced. Enough hop presence that you know it's an IPA but enough satisfying malt contrast to be solidly English rather than American style. As it warms some dark fruit sweetness comes through quickly cut by drying bitterness, some tobacco and earthy fresh cut grass in the finish. Really juicy and easy to drink, refreshing as spring even as autumn settles in. Orange/lemon rind with some melon/ grape notes finishing like a crusty rustic baguette. Complex and good. Non-extreme with nothing lacking.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – The beer poured an amber color with a thick two finger white head. Just like all the other Berkshire beers I have had, the head has good retention with it eventually fading to give a great amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is sweet with nice lighter hints of hop aroma. The sweet is of honey and a light tangerine. The hop aroma is a nice blend of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) as well as a rather strong floral hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready and lightly sweet flavor. These honey and bready flavors create a backbone for the beer. At the forefront a floral hop flavor is present. While the initial floral hop is light, it is soon met with some citrus and pine hop flavors. These give a nice bitterness that balances the sweet quite well. The beer bitters ever so slightly with the floral hop seeming to get even strong. In the end a rather pleasant floral spice is left on the tongue

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its carbonation level with a thickness that is slightly above average. It suits the floral hop and malty flavors quite well.

Overall –It’s a rather smooth IPA. While if you are looking for something very hoppy, this may not be your brew, but if you are looking for something very easy to drink with some nice flavors, this is a nice brew to go to.

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Photo of Gatch
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-orange with plenty of yeast floating around because I poured the entire bottle. White, fluffy, soapy head that leaves behind good lace but little retention.

S: Light hops but mostly sugary malt.

T: Great for the style. A good break from the hop-heavy American IPA's. Obviously this is more malt-heavy than the American counterparts but it's very balanced. Enough hop presence is there to satisfy the hop craving but malt is the star. Sweet, roasted malt is there from start to finish.

M: Smooth, sweet, and balanced. A killer English IPA.

O: Fresh and delicious. BBC hit this style on the head.

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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 BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly hazy 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.

originally reviewed: 11-12-2010

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ehhhh, itsa notta bad, eh? Bigger feeling/tasting English-ish IPA than 5.5% typically gives. A bit of mustiness, but brings across biscuits, noble hops of the EngPA variety, and a smooth drinkability. It was decent out of a bomber, but really something I'd love to try on draft, or perhaps . . . cask? Mmmm???

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Photo of davey101
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by date of 06/19/12. Probably not the freshest of IPA's, but it is in the english style.

A - Nice and clear dark amber body. Soapy three finger high white head. Awesome lacing and retention.

S - Tons of sweet malts. Honey, biscuity crackers, and some piney and grassy hops. Extremely malt forward and inviting.

T - More of the malt heaviness. Starts off with some lightly bitter and spicy floral hops and ends on a sweet honey and biscuit note. Really delicious and highly drinkable.

M - Creamy and medium bodied. Carbonation is about spot on for me.

O - A great english style IPA. I'm glad to have BBC so close to me, I've had this super fresh from the brewery, a few weeks old on tap, and a few months old from the bottle. Its always a damn delicious beer.

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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 BOSMECH
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber

Appearance: pours a tea color orange with about a finger and a half for a head that stays well.

Smell: has a citrusy hoppy smell that is real good I think not to pungent.

Taste: the taste is very mild for a IPA but smooth and does not have a strong bitter taste afterwards either.

Mouthfeel: has a smooth mouthfeel and not to carbonated

Overall: overall it is a good IPA that I would get again in fact I just got it again thats why I am doing this review.
It is smooth for a IPA but there are better IPA's out there but still well worth buying.

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Photo of pburland23
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Harpoon IPA glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a crystal clear light coppery orange. About a finger of white head lingered lazily receding slowly and leaving some moderate lacing in its wake. (3.5)

Smell: The aroma is quite balanced between flowery hops and classic English malts. Very nice smelling IPA. (4)

Taste: The sip starts off with some bready malts. The telltale floral spiciness of the Kent Goldings hops shines through in the middle of the sip before a slightly bitter finish. Very well rounded and well crafted English IPA. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and ever so slightly resinous. The carbonation is a touch lighter than I'd prefer but it's not much of a deterrent. Very drinkable. Boy, I love a English IPA...loads if flavor at 5.5%. (4)

Overall: Tasty and balanced English IPA. Very smooth and drinkable. I really enjoyed it. (4)

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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 727 ratings.
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