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

This bottle has been in my refrigerator for about two weeks: the directions on the bottle recommend refrigeration.

I was pleasantly surprised. Even though Berkshire is a favorite brewery of mine, ( support local beer!) I wasn't expecting much- just another good IPA.

The beer pours a light tea color with a small 1 finger head. There is a light lemony smell with a hint of chocolate.

Unlike other IPAs I have tasted, there is a strong chocolate and lemon in the finish. This IPA has its own signature- it stands out with a distinct taste- the smell is light- a nice prelude to a well balanced finish. The mouth feel is wonderfully puckering and tart- not overwhelming. A good opener for the finish. Unlike many other beers, though, the finish doesn't improve with warming, so it's best to drink it cold.

I'm in Massachusetts, so perhaps the beer doesn't travel well, otherwise it would get more accolades.

One of my favorite breweries. A great beer. Worth the try. Keep refrigerated.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't remember who sent me this as an extra, and I kinda lost it in the move. I found it today and cracked it open.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a nice cream-colored head, good retention.

S - Floral and malty.

T - Floral, oranges, and carmel malts.

D - Good carbonationa nd body.

O - More malt than citrus. Maybe it is a bit too old.

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Photo of jb413
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy apple-cider type autumn hue with a nice finger plus of white foamy head.

S - Citrusy in the nose with some orange, grapefruit and pear. Slight floral. Delicious

T - Malty and sweet in front. Nice dry-hopped taste, moderate bitterness, citrusy profile and clean.

MF - Smooth, medium-bodied, an easy-drinker. Well-matched carbonation and nice finish.

O - A solid, consistent IPA with a well-rounded medium and balanced profile.

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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 rudolphjacksonm
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks to my apartment-mate Bertrand Morin for bringing this to us in a growler straight from the brewery!!!

A - Cloudy, unfiltered dark amber color (almost like thick honey or agave nectar) with a small one-finger white head that reduces to a nice residual layer. Carbonation bubbles are continually moving through the cloudiness. 'Tis a gorgeous beer! 4.5

S - Floral, hoppy smell. I couldn't tell you exactly what this smells like...but what I can tell you is that it smells good. Really good. Like hop-angels singing in your nostrils. (ok that sounded weird) 4.5

T - Slightly sweet citrusy lemon flavor at the beginning, immediately counterbalanced by bitter hopnotes at the back of the tongue. Nice crisp finish with a hint of apple, bergamot and more citrus. 4.0

M - Smooth and carbonated just slightly. I think this would have more carbonation and a better body if we had had it in Massachusetts and it didn't have to travel back down here to Richmond, VA. 3.5

O - I think this is a fantastic beer. It's been in the growler, transported by car, all the way down from Massachusetts to Richmond, VA and I think that has definitely had an impact on the quality. That being said, I think this beer is great even despite these detractions. If you can get your mitts on this beer, do it!!! 4.5

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Photo of tylerprince
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy orange/copper. One finger head resolves to leave a little bit of foam and a hefty lacing.

S: Smells like a nice toasty caramel with some floral undertones. Fairly mild and no hint that it's an IPA.

T: Not for the hophead. A balanced combination of mild citrus, toasty malt and orange. Pretty tasty, just tastes more like a wheaty pale than an IPA. Gets a good bit breadier as it warms.

M: Somewhat thick, but simultaneously crisp and refreshing. A decent session ale with minimal alcohol sensation.

O: Just too bland and lacking in hop flavor as an IPA for me. Decent if you want an unfiltered pale, though. Ultimately delicious and well brewed.

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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 derekmorris7
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A > Pours a medium-light amber, small white head that doesn't last too well.
S > Aroma is light, fruity (pears, grapes), mildy hoppy (floral, pine).
T > Flavor starts slightly fruity (mostly pears), middle is thin, ends mildly hoppy.
M > Medium body, mild carbonation.

Bought this on a whim..5 bucks..not worth it though

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Photo of albertjr21
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass on 10-8-11.

Pours an orange rust color with a semi-clear consistency and a resilient head. Nose carries a mild but zesty lemon citrus and floral sweet aroma. Tasty ripe orange and lemon citrus acidity really hits the palate with a well-rounded bitterness. Sessionable IPA for sure...

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Photo of beer2day
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange color with 1-finger sandy head. Some retention, but not a lot. Sparse, but thick, chunky lace.

Muted hop notes in the nose. Stronger caramel malt and some toffee. Light pepper.

Getting light pepper on the tongue, too. Much stronger burnt caramel malt flavor with earthy hop bitters at the very end. Touch of orange in the finish, too.

Medium body with little resin or oil.

A decent English IPA, but just not doing it for me.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Woody's Bar and Grill in Boston on 8/8/11.

A drink with more malt and earthiness than currently popular IPA you find these days. Beautifully golden with a healthy amount of head and lace. Aroma is muted, some malt and a tiny bit of fruitiness. Flavor is traditional English IPA. Earthy with a back end earthy bitterness. Fades some toward the end. Medium body and soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber into tulip pint.

The beer is a hazy orange beneath a foamy crown of beige bubbles. Excellent retention, poor lacing.

The smell is a bit mild... Some pale malt up front with a bit of sweetness...Citrus and spicy hops profile-- rather an interesting combo. The beer has more flavor than the nose had me expecting-- but the finish holds a very solvent-like burn that I find most unpleasant.

The body is good. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The bitterness is a bit too pronounced, but I can live with it.

Overall-- this isn't awful, but the burning finish certainly isn't good.
I'll pass the next time I'm offered a bottle of this one.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brass color with a thick creamy ecru head, lots of lace. Nice looking.

Scent is faint to the point where I really can't discern anything.

Taste is very malty. Sweet molasses. Earthy and lightly fruity. There's a touch of floral and fruity hops and a slight bitterness. Spicy and earthy. Very much in the English style.

Mouth is soft and creamy.

A solid representation of the English India Pale Ale.

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Photo of abgba121
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: pours a hazy golden color with a thin head and remaining lace

S: basic IPA aroma, floral hops and slight citrus/pine

T: sweet for an IPA, though lingering bitterness on the finish

M: medium body and good carbonation

O: great beer, but could dial down on the sweetness

7-28-2011 re-review

A: pours a hazy amber with a thin white head and good retention and lingering lace

S: sweet and malty, fruit esters, slight hop on the finish

T: sweet up front, fruity middle followed by some hops, though very faint, and a sweet, crisp finish

M: medium body and high carbonation

O: good beer, different than I last remember, more hazy this time around and less bitterness qualities with a lot more sweetness involved

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Photo of BigCheese
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice caramel-amber, with a thick and solid looking white head.

Smell contains a bit of toffee from the malt, and slightly bitter hops are noticeable as well. Slightly floral, with a hint of fruit, but seems more apple than citrus. Nice, but all somewhat subdued.

Taste is very balanced. The malts come out with a rich caramel flavour, coupled with some pine and mild bitterness from the hops. Finish is mildly bitter. Like the nose, I can also taste some apple.

Beer is moderately carbonated, and light to medium bodied. Not particularly notable in this regard.

Overall, a nice IPA. Glad to have been able to try it, and would certainly have it again if the opportunity presented itself. However, I wouldn't go out in search of it.

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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 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 bierschmecktgut
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into pint glass.

Ivory head with great lacing throughout. Hazy gold with not much rising carbonation.

Definite hop pops out with floral slightly skunky aroma. Not much on the malt.

Pretty well balanced with a slight lingering bitterness on the tongue. There is a definite sweetness but is met well with the hops widway through.

Good carbonation immediately - not flat or zingy. On the medium-high and leaves slight coating on palette.

A good brew, not sure of ABV but evident through 22oz. A good session beer definitely or with food a win either way.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours peach orange with a nice head. Nose is some pine needle with a fair amount of ripe tropical fruits. For some reason cooked mango comes to mind. Mouth is prickly and bitter, becomes sweet with mango, coconut toward the end palate. A fine ale, a bit uneven in profile for my taste. I prefer their lagers from what I've had.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fine two finger head of dense foam, with moderate lace cling. Color is a 8 on the SRM beer color chart, with some haze. Smell is sharp, with scents of grapefruit, honey, and pear/pineapple. Taste is bold, grapefruit, lemon, honey, cloves, and malt. Mouthfeel is a little thin and not much fullness, there is some tingle from the carbonation. Overall a decent beer that I would buy again, it I see it on the shelf and I am not hunting for something particular.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Pours a light orange amber slightly hazy. Has a nice fluffy head. Hoppy fruity smell.. Piney citrus sweet to the taste then closes with a bitter dry finish. I dont know if I was dehydrated or what but it finished very dry. Tasted hints of orange, pear, lemon. Has some spice to it. Medium light mouthfeel. Overall this is a good ipa. I'd get it again, but I'd choose others before it. Not a huge english ipa fan

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Photo of DIM
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, golden amber color. It was served to me with a thick, frothy cap.

s: Mild overall; I found caramel with a touch of honey and some leafy, slightly citric hops.

t: On the sweet side for an IPA, but this wasn't bad. Sweet caramel, toffee, and honey give way to light grassy bitterness at the end.

m: Medium bodied and gently carbonated.

o: This wasn't bad overall. When I ordered this with dinner I didn't realize this was a smaller English IPA, so I guess I was expecting something different.

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

Nice soft orange with a solid 2 finger head that sticks around. Nice carbonation as well.

Not a whole lot of smell, maybe a little orange, or faint citrus.

Very slight hoppy taste followed by a slight citrus flavor with a round finish, not sure how else to describe it. No one thing jumps out but the blend of everything is very nice.

Mouth feel on this is great, it feels full with medium to high carbonation.

Let me preference the overall with this is the last of this beer. Apparently the type of hops BBC was using is no longer available so once this batch is gone its gone for good. That being said this is a great beer, very well rounded with no one thing jumping out but the sum of it making an excellent beer. An easy beer that goes with anything, get it while you can.

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Photo of robhunta
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a bit hazy dark orange with 1 finger of of-white fluffy head, dissipates slowly but surely.

S - Not a strong aroma, I get sweet malt and a hint of hops.

T - Wow! That flavor blew me away. I wasn't expecting much as I didn't get much of an aroma, I thought it would be on the lighter side of the IPAs, but I was way wrong. Wonderful hops flavors, starts with bitter hops, finishes with a combination of bitterness and floral flavors.

M - a crisp mouthfeel, somewhat light.

O - I like this beer very much, while the appearances, smell and mouthfeel I found to be about average, the flavor is there in full.

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Lost Sailor India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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