Lost Gold IPA | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Lost Gold IPALost Gold IPA

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at "whip-in" in austin

told it was a barrel aged...

a fantastic aged IPA with a broadness in hopping and a distinct, unique malt. the first time i've had an american that has a quality to something english made but american hopped. pour is cloudy orange with a nose of earth, apple, lemon, honey, floral pine, pineapple and plum. the palate was like a crisp bit-o-honey esb earth... some sweet backed with the woody minerals of the aging. palate was broad with all the qualites of the nose and a distinct pollen honey citrus fruit. the bitter was mild crisp hop... twigs... grassy and a bit of Egyptian chamomile bitter.

tastes an american IPA that made it all the way to india in a case. big favorite among drinking buddies.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is cleanly fruity hoppy, slightly pungent, and vegital. Smells pretty good.

Hazy gold, or more like dirty straw, with moderate head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor follows with moderate bitterness, soft leafy freshness, and mild herbalness. Nicely hoppy. Some zest, pepper, and spicy/pungent salad greens. Soft fruit. Sensation of bitterness increases with warmth. Finishes hoppy bitter. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Pretty good overall.

I would like it with a little more balance, hop definition, hop character, or boldness. It comes across a little run of the mill but certainly not bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of hops. I get citrus and pine. This definitely smells like an American IPA. The flavor is pine with a lot of juicy oranges notes. There is also some caramel malt to stop the beer from being too bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden orange with a thin brilliant white head that held on strong and left nice lace.

S-Initial citrus blast that turns a touch spicy with a nice lightly sweet malt backing.

T-Light citrus with a bit of tannic acid/tea flavour. Matly sweetness comes in for balance but does not overpower.

M-Medium-light bodied bright and crisp with good lingering bitterness.

D-Before I drank this I read some of the BA reviews and wasn't expecting much--I am glad you can't believe everything you read! I was pleasantly surprised by this one quite nice, good flavours and easy going for sure.

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

on-tap, the Ginger Man in Dallas

cellphone notes

appearance: served in standard pint - body is straw-golden and a bit lighter than many other examples of the style, foamy beige head with nice lacing

smell: pulpy, adequately hopped, notes of lemon zest and white pepper

taste: i liked this IPA - certainly had hit of orange and lemon zest that provided a sharp but controlled citrus taste. This one also came across a bit grassy with 6.6% being hidden quite well

mouthfeel: medium-light

Drinkability: nice

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scarcity tends to skew reviews. A rare beer may not always be better than its year-round contemporaries. This is true with cask-conditioned beers as well. The automatic assumption is that the beer will be better. We want it to be, because it is rare, and we like rare.

This IPA, while it does benefit from the cask, was already good. That is worth noting, because this beer is not reinvented as some beers are after aging. Like I said, this was already a good beer. So what changed?

A: A little more haze than the on-tap version.

S: Nothing really changed. My only complaint about this beer was the restrained aroma to begin with. Expecting aging to change that would be foolish.

T: Interesting development in the aftertaste. The on-tap version has a lingering bitterness that I was not 100% sold on. This cask replaced the bitterness with a floral taste and a dry finish.

M: No real change here. A little on the dry side.

D: If you like the on-tap version then you will like the cask. I personally, prefer the cask.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a clear copper-amber with a small off-white head. Smells of aromatic hops; some grapefruit with cannabis-like notes. Rich biscuity malt. Tastes of citric, herbal hops and full caramel malts. Decently balanced. Medium body. A nice IPA overall.

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Photo of fostwal
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer brings a lot more to the table than your average American IPA. I really liked this beer on tap. This beer is unbelievable fronm a cask. It is a full body beer with plenty of malt flavor. Somehow it has a very bitter hop flavor while in your mouth that disappears when you swallow. There is no bite at the end at all. It also has a good earthy taste. It is an outstanding beer that I wish that I had a cask to take home.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8oz. pour into a stemless snifter at the Whip-In, Austin.

Lost Gold is a beauty of an IPA, with a massive tuft of eggshell white head that sticks around for the duration of the drink, eventually forming a biscuit-shaped dollop of foam in the center of the glass. The body is clear, with a golden-straw hue and no visible signs of carbonation. Aromatically, this IPA hits all the style requirements, and then some. Juicy citrus hops and minty grasses dazzle the nose, while a backbone of pale malts provides a tantalizing hint of sweetness.

The flavor ain't half bad either. And by that, I mean to say this beer is one of the best IPA's I've tried in quite some time. Starting off with a quick burst of grapefruit and tangerine, the hops shift gears on the back of the palate to lay down a bitter bite of pine and herbal resins. Pale malts balance the flavor throughout, adding a nice, crisp sweetness to the experience. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, nicely carbonated, and refreshingly juicy for the style, making this one of the more drinkable of Texas' IPA's. Real Ale hit it out of the park with this beer, and if they're reading this review, I say: BOTTLE LOST GOLD!!!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 4/8/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a clear, sparsely carbonated golden body with thin, bubbly white head that reduced to a patchy veil and left some decent lacing.

S - Nice aromatic hop blast at first with a citrus character and more subtle herbal tea-like hops. Some spicy hops are also present. Malt is sweet and light and suggests caramel notes.

T - A more subtle hop profile blends leafy, tea-like notes with hints of mild spices and citrus fruit. Sweet caramel malt balances the bitterness, while a bready, grainy malt character accompanies the mild hop finish.

M - Light bodied IPA with a thin, syrupy texture and very soft carbonation. Finishes with mild hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Really solid IPA that turned out to be better than I expected. Lost Gold boasts a flavorful and varied hop profile with a well-balanced malt sweetness that made for a tasty, very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/6/2007 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a golden colored body, clearish. Average head, whitish creamy color. Hoppy aroma, real malty. Sweet malty, balanced taste. Not hoppy except a bitter aftertaste. Bitter early taste, smooth mid-taste and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Has a very light, clear amber coloring with not a whole lot of head.

S- Has somewhat of a mild hoppiness to the scent.

T- Your typical hoppy but not too hoppy IPA taste with just a tad bit of citrus thrown in.

M- Medium body, bitter, but not overly bitter. Slightly dry finish.

D- Fairly drinkable beer. Definitely can have several of these in a sitting.

Overall a very solid IPA from Real Ale. This brewery has been kind of hit or miss with me and this is definitely a hit.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was extremely impressed with this one. My first impression was that it almost smells and feels like a lager. Must have fermented in low temperatures. This was definentely one of the lower IBU IPAs I actually like.

This great beers pours a hazy golden color with a relatively small white head.

Not one of the hops overpower each other. Very well balanced and quite mild for the kind of hops used. The aroma is a little fruity and floral and the flavor tastes like it smells.

Nice light hop flavor lingers for a while.

Quite a refreshing and extremely smooth IPA. The best from Real Ale by far.

Thanks Real Ale. The Lord bless the hop harvest!

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. Poured into a pint glass with about 1/4 in of head. Color is a deep golden transparent. Aroma is of floral hops.
Taste: There is a delicate bitterness , Fills the mouth with floral hoppiness. Some grapefruit notes.
Mouthfeel: very typical for a good IPA.
Drinkability: very drinkable. I wish this was not just a seasonal offering from Real Ale. If it were available in bottles it would probably be my go-to IPA (or my on-deck hitter with Saint Arnold Elissa IPA).
I enjoy this beer quite a bit and I am sad to see the end of the season for it.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a decent head with superb retention and a cloudy yellow color.

big hops and pale malts on the nose.

pale malts with an earthy and citrusy hoppiness. straightforward yet great.

crisp mouthfeel and a straightforward beer. I will revisit this beer.
reviewed on my phone

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Photo of Onslow
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

been wanting to try this for quite a while ... went to boondoggles and they knew nothing... lacing is extraordinary, low head but very stable and crazy good foam .. smug? ... is a rich golden colour ... nice bitters ... a good beer, didn't quite meshing with the others.. another great brew from Real Ale..

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Photo of champ103
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A dark golden/orange color. A small white head forms and leaves some sticky, spiderweb lace.
S: Lots of hops that is typical of an IPA. Both grapefruit and piny aromas. A bit of peppery spice as well.
T: Follows the nose. Bitter grapefruit and spices. A touch of malt as the taste lingers. Pretty typical for the style.
M/D: Medium body and creamy in the mouth. Feels good on the tongue. Like most IPA's, the bitterness makes this a bit hard to drink.

This is just a typical IPA for me. One is good, but this is nothing I want to session. Though, if you like the style I would give this a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze/gold with a chill haze and a 1/2" white head. Very good retention and leaves a wall of lace. Big lemony-citrus aroma (amarillo?) with a pleasent sweet malt base underneath. Citrusy hops up front, herbal hops mid to finish and a strong bitterness throughout. A light malt base gets covered up quick. Medium to full bodied for an IPA...creamy mouthfeel. Low to mid carbonation. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of lysistrata
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman Fort Worth.

Appearance was a clear medium pale yellow. The head on the beer didnt last too long but over the course of downing the pint a ring like lacing followed as the beer diminished.
Taste and smell is really where the piney hops and cedary goodness really deliver. It doesnt kill your palate just merely smacks it around some while maintaing an ever so slight but present malt base. I could see making this a staple in my frig if they ever bottled this stuff.

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Photo of JDV
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Gingerman. Poured a medium to dark golden pour, with a quickly fading head and nice lacing. Smell is outstanding, and permeates as I'm carrying the pint back to my seat from the bar. A big whif of intense hops, along with hints of pine and cedary goodness. Taste is very nice, with a good sweet malt background that gives way to a piney, sappy, hoppiness. Nice bitterness up front, but finishes pretty smooth with a lighter nice bitterness and some luscious grapefruit-iness in the mix too. Overall an awesome IPA, and I wish they'd bottle this stuff!

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

Appearance: Hazy, deep copper in color, with a large white head, no carbonation noted.

Aroma: The aroma is quite complex, with candied orange peel, mild grapefruit rind, minor pine tar hops, and a solid backbone of pale malt.

Taste: Opens with sweet light caramel malt notes, quickly followed by profound citrus and grapefruit rind notes. The strong hop presence is presented gracefully, it overlays, but does not overwhelm the undercurrent of sweet malt. Finishes with a lingering grapefruit rind note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-balanced, superbly crafted example of the style, manages to be outstanding, without being "over-the-top".

Sampled on tap at Uncle Billy's in Austin, Texas on October 13th, 2007.

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Photo of maxwere
4.94/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best (fresh) draft beers you can get in Texas! Surpasses their coffee porter as my favorite real ale. It is not over-the-top like most domestic IPA's but plenty of flavor. Very citrusy smell and taste. I liken it allot to Sierra Nevada Torpedo in this way. Very drinkable beer as well.

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Photo of dungaree
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its appearance looks very promising with a nice pale amber glow and enticing bubbles clinging to the glass. Not much of a head or lacing. Served at the Saucer in a pilsner glass so maybe there could have been more head that had already dissipated.

I always try to smell before tasting- not very much smell since the glass was full so it didn't leave room for the smell to be captured.

The taste was great! Very fresh hop taste- very crisp and inviting. A pleasure to imbibe. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. Very quaffable. A real winner.

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Photo of malcontent
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing remarkable about this IPA upon first glance. It pours yeilding roughly the same golden/reddish color achieved by many in its class. The smell is pleasantly citrus, but not overwhelming to the senses.

Real Ale IPA delivers where it really counts, on the tongue. Nothing superlative about this beer, but it is consistantly solid, making for an outstanding session beer. RA IPA doesn't bludgeon the drinker with hops the way some IPA's do, it just plays to the genre's strengths producing a refreshing yet complex IPA that will have hop-lovers coming back for more.

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Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Real Ale does it again with an exceptional IPA that has plenty of hop heavyness without the oily & abrasive characteristics of its hop-monster bretheren.This seasonal release from Real Ale is draft only. Once their capacity is expanded with the new brewery - it will be bottled.

What we have here is a dark-copper colored brew with little head that is very aromatic of hops. In fact, RA put the batch through a 55 gallon drum filled with hops just to round things out and this faired well.

I recommend two of these in a session but space them out to keep things special.

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