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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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 565
Photo of FoamRanger
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It hurts me to write this review. I was so excited when I found it in the store.

A - The color is nice...a fruity looking orange with a pretty white head. Looks unfiltered like a Hefe.

S - The first thing to hit my nose is bitter hops and a sweet/floral second glance. The head went away quickly leaving some nice lacing.

T - Wow - very hop forward but where is the complexity? Where is the balance? Seems to be all bitter hops. The hops get in the way of tasting anything else.

M - The feel on the tongue is very dry and the hops are still just too "in my face"...and I love hops.

O - I'm disappointed overall with this IPA. It's hops, hops, hops and then a hoppy, sort of, dank aftertaste. I will say this...the lacing and color are gorgeous. But, I think they need to go back to the drawing board and redesign the overall balance, or lack there of.

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Photo of samogletree
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a mug. Best by 03.06.12

A - Somewhat of a golden orange look with a small white head.

S- The smell seems somewhat suppressed but there is still a lot of citrus and a little pine.

T- Tastes quite good, much better than I was expecting. The citrus is strong up front and there is little bitterness to follow.

M- Crisp but with little carbonation.

O- Was not expecting much from this IPA because I tend to enjoy beers with a lot of hops but I was pleasantly surprise with the citrus and pine flavors.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to bhollas for this one. Best by 11-9-11, a tad past due date.

A: Orange in color with a slight yellow tint and a medium haze. A tiny white head with hardly any retention but has very good lacing.

S: Light citrus hops. Pineapple stands out, with grapefruit, tangerine, and touches of mango. Caramel malts blend well with the hops.

T: Caramel upfront, transitioning nicely to hops. Citrus all the way, pineapple and mango. Not real bitter, maybe has faded due to age? A touch of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily.

O: Good but not great. Can see this being very good fresh. No off flavors what so ever. Nice that the grapefruit takes a backseat.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

miikezombie sent me this along with a bunch of other Texas-made goodies in a recent trade. Thanks again, Glen!

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass, this is a slightly hazy, medium orange color with a pillow white foam that's holding up well and leaving lacing along the side of the glass.

Tangerine-like hops, milder herbal quality. Subtle toasted malt. Fermentation aromas seem relatively neutral.

Crisp herbal and citrusy hops. Upfront moderate level of bitterness, Modest, mostly clean malt backbone holds firm, shows off a slight toasted bread. Medium, dry finish with a lingering herbal hop.

Medium-light in body with moderate level of carbonation. Smooth bitterness.

Overall, an enjoyable IPA with firm malt backbone to support the herbal/citrus hops. Would appreciate more flavor in the hops department although the bitterness is smooth and appropriate.

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

Muchas gracias to Jefferz5000 for this extra. Poured into a FFF pint glass, this is a dark golden color with a thin wet foam. Crystal clear and darker than average.

It smells more balanced than I prefer, caramel malt giving strong counterpoint to the hops, coming across as more an English IPA than an American IPA. Same with the taste, somewhat sweet up front with a more bitter leafy aftertaste. Carbonation on the low side, not quite cask-like but creamy enough to again remind me of the UK. Very nice if you're not expecting an American IPA, middle-of-the-road if you're after the American style.

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

As mentioned in Elissa IPA rating for St. Arnold, compared the two on tasting.

Pour is light golden color. I liked the wispy head. Created a spiders web look on top of the beer.

Nose of citrus and pine cone.

Medium full mouth feel, bittering hops click in quickly. Nice snappy hop bite. Lost of citrus, floral and piney. Easy drinker. Not of the intensity of west coast IPAs, but fits for this market. A full flavored, intense IPA experience, but not over the top. Well crafted.

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Photo of Ungertaker
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle marked "11.09.11 Best if consumed by this date" poured into a pint glass

A- Golden orange with visible carbonation lines. A fluffy, white one-finger head formed on the top and slowly faded to a sticky lacing.

S- The aroma is muted, but I pick up floral notes with some grapefruit, orange peel and a very faint pine.

T- Citrus hits hard up front then makes a smooth transition to a floral and piney flavor and finishes with a great bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- Light to medium with an almost champagne-like carbonation.

O- The muted aromas had me worried. Then, I tasted it. What a great IPA! Whatever was lacking in aroma was more than made up for in flavor.

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Photo of litheum94
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/14/11 (just under the gun).

Bright, golden body. Slightly off-white head. Builds to a small cover, then settles out to small patched of bubbles.

Very floral nose, with some spice. Oranges zest and pine. Touch of honey. Cracker malts.

Dry cracker malt flavors at first. Floral and citrus hops. Some tea like herbal tones. Honey sweetness. Smooth and balanced, with a soft bitterness.

Easy drinking, flavorful IPA. Nothing fantastic. Just well made.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a nice little head.

The smell is very nice. Pine, lemon zest, tangerine, mango, and other tropical goodness abound.

Pine up front with more citrus hanging around. Nice balance and depth. Reminds me of one of our local IPAs that I also enjoy.

The feel is a bit flat, unfortunately, but still pretty good.

I would drink this again. It was refreshing and had some good flavor.

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Photo of D11
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pilsner

A- golden yellow. thick head good lacing but dissipates quickly.

S- hoppy , some citrus and some pine.

T- tastes good. taste the hops and citrus and some pine in there. the pine is nice.

M- has a good feeling to it. crisp, but more watery at the end of the 'drink'.

O- good and worth trying. at first i wasnt crazy about these but now im sad i just drank the last one heh :, figures. i enjoyed the pine.

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

I got this beer from whoneeds8. Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a white head that thinned out leaving light trails of lacing.

S - earthy floral hops with a hint of citrus.

T - bitter floral hops upfront with a solid malt backbone finishing dry and somewhat bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good IPA.

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

The appearance of this beer is amazing. It is really cloudy, but had a nice golden color to it.

The smell is like your typical IPA. It has the hoppy smell with a great fruity smell.

The taste is top notch. This beer has a nice hoppy/ floral taste, but also has some random chocolate characteristics. I don't know if I am mistaking, but I keep getting a slight chocolate malt taste

This beer is also easy to drink. It has a slight crispness and some carbonation, but not much.

Overall this is one of the better IPAs out there. Real Ale has always found a way to impress me with their beers.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best consumed by October 5 of 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.


Poured gold just as advertised, but not just gold. I see a wide range of yellow here. The yellow shades that are seen are a dark goldenrod, goldenrod, safron, and just a bit of amber. Just by it's shades it look like wheat. The head did dissipate quite quickly, but it barely had a head to begin with. Slight carbonation rises to the top.


It hits with a floral hop right away without any question. I would want to believe that a goldenrod plant smells like this because that field of flowers would smell almost intoxicating. There is a slight alcohol smell to it, but that's to be expected from an IPA. I smell a bit of honey and if Winnie the Pooh saw and smelt this then he would guzzle this drink down without question.


The hoppy bitterness hits the tongue right away almost mildly, but then at the swallow they just slap you in the face. The aftertaste sadly does not stay around though. A malty sweetness even comes in and wow is it enjoyable. A dash of pine does come in and it's something that is surprising, but it really adds to this IPA. If coming back to this beer it would easily be because of that delicious pine that some may feel as if it's just much, but I love to taste my trees. I oddly did not taste the alcohol in this IPA which is strange, but I know it's there so if anything they did a nice job of masking it.


The mouthful is smoothly carbonated and with a slight creamy texture filling the mouth. At times it hits the mouth thinly, but it's not horrible and if anything this could be a nice summer beer to get one decently there and beyond if they so choose to get there.


I would get this for a get together easily. I can't imagine anyone in the room complaining and I won't be complaining either. People tell me that they get Blondes for their non-drinker friends to have, but I think this is it right here what they should be giving them. This is pretty deliciously smooth even though it looses flavor as it warms ups, but it's easily a great session beer and I just wish I had some yard work to do to drink a whole pack of this.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden yellow with decent clarity. Off white cap that actually sticks around for quite a bit, and it has some really good lacing to it, all the way around the whole glass.

At first sniff this smells like it's going to be a pretty good beer. Clean aromas of both citrus and pine hops. The malt aromas are very apparent as well, not quite as strong as the hops, buy there. Caramelized roasted malts. Well balanced, smells pretty good.

Unfortunately the taste takes a dip from the smell. It doesn't taste bad, but not as good as I expected based on the smell. Balance shifts more towards the malts now. Nothing really strong about it in the flavors. Malts provide a slight toffee tone and the citrus and pine decrease a little.

Mouthfeel is ok, overall pretty well balanced, and a slightly heavier and full than I expected. Doesn't really have a clean finish, slightly bitter at the end. Overall an ok IPA, nothing overly special, I would have liked it a little hoppier, worth the trade.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA for the land of Lone Stars. Bold, big, and brewed deep in the heart of Texas.

Hoppy, floral, delicious. There’s a terrific aroma on this and a light body with a delicate flavor. It all comes together exceptionally well. I don’t drink nearly enough of this.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a deep Copper color with a thin cream colored head that dissipates quickly.

S - a very good floral hop right up front. Pretty much how an ipa should smell.

T - good buttering hops. The balance isnt all there. Mostly bitter but honestly that kinda makes it good. There's a nice lingering hoppy after taste.

M - medium to heavily bodied with medium carbonation.

O - pretty good overall. I would drink it all the time if it were available up here.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle I received as part of turfy's "A Taste of Texas" LIF; thank you! Between warnings on the back label to "Keep Cold" and "Drink Soon" lies a stamped "Best By" date of 10/20/2011. Well ahead of that, it goes into the DFH signature glass...

A hearty pour generates about a finger's-breadth of foamy pure white head with decent retention. It sits atop a hazy, golden body with orange and yellow hues near the edges of the glass. Smells of earthy, faintly spicy hops, orange, lemon, a bit of clove, and some floral, pine-like notes in the very rear. While the nose is rather inviting, the taste does not quite live up to the expectation presented by the scent. A slightly bitter but very thin liquid hits the tongue first, containing a bit of the orange and lemon citruses. The hops really shine in the middle, bringing some vague earthen notes, some warming spice, and finally, a piney finish. The whole mouth feels a bit thin and watery, but the carbonation and hops do liven it up a bit. Overall, an IPA that begins well with the presentation and nose, but seems to fall a bit short in the end.

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Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a pale golden orange color with a filmy white head. The smell is mostly grapefruit and tangerine with a hint of pine all built on a caramel base. Tastes of bitter pine resin and toast with peach and mango. This beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a great example of an IPA especially from a Texas brewery, they continue to get better and better.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Back label stamped 10.20.11.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber orange body. Small, fine offwhite head with low retention.

Smell - Honey. Candy sugar. Delicate wafts of Fruity Pebbles and Capt'n Crunch Berries. Extremely sweet smelling for an IPA. No hoppiness in the smell.

Taste - Strong hop that is well balanced by nearly as strong malty sweetness. Bitterness resonates well after the finish, but is not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Chewy.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer. I recommend.

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Photo of hmph
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from depechemode1983 , who graciously sent a whole super fresh 6 pack!

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - A strong yellow to amber with a slight haze

S - Really nice fruit smell, very tropical, pineapple, light orange, some real nice smells. You get a bit of the malt on the tail end but its faint.

T - Very citrusy but you get a bit of the pine taste as well, sweet malt as a back drop and a very nice lingering piney taste.

O - This was a really good beer, a nice change from some of the more bitter IPA's , in the smell and taste its very well balanced and a bit tropic, nice mix of malt as a segue to the lingering bitterness

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Photo of AdamBear
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy dark gold with a thin cream head

S-thick and creamy scent of orange citrusy hops. good strength

T-comes in with a pretty malty taste of hops and some spices. in fact, this is way too malty for what i like in IPAs. the after-taste is matching, also not to my liking. there is not much bitterness or hop presence here.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-as i've said, this is too malty to be a good IPA to me. its really not that refreshing at all to me either. i don't recommend this.

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Photo of tsatem
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by 10.14.11

A: Nice one and a half finger egg white head that recedes super slowly. Lacing right away, hanging around all down the glass until the end. Golden yellow and pretty hazy with lots of floaties.

S: Lots of citrus juice right off the bat as soon as the bottle is opened, primarily grapefruit. Very fruity. Pine follows up with a slight backing from some sweet buttery toasty malts. Hop oil and resin is all over. Smells great.

T: A little sharper here than in the nose. Citrus leads off (though way less than expected from the aromas), but the earthy pine notes take over a little too much in a really aggressive way. Pine and oak. Way more bitter than citrusy. Strong yeast and biscuit malt backbone does well to balance this somewhat. Lots of resin. As it warms the citrusy notes start to come out more and it's a lot more enjoyable.

M: Really bright. Something a little bit more tame would have balanced the woody notes a little bit better, I think. Pretty sticky on the finish.

O: Really pretty good. Some of the hop imbalance in the taste as compared to the nose is a little much - if it tasted just a little more like it smelled it would be fantastic.

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Photo of roodie
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a pint glass at the gingerman

A: pours orange/goldish brown with 2 fingers of fluffy head that lasted awhile. Amazing lacing like a curtain all the way up from the bottom to the rim

S: hint if apples and bitter hops. Very subtle but pleasant fruit touch

T: hopforward with pine and resin but muted by a subtle fruit aftertaste

M: smooth with a hop bite that lingers

O: nice offering. Would drink it anytime

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Photo of fivehoursfree
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold, Slight head.

S: Not much there. Slight pear, and sweet.

T: equal parts fruity, ccitrus and sweet

m: Smooth and light. just the right amount of carbonation

O: Decent. An average IPA. Real Ale wants an extra $2 for this over their other beers, and I just don't see it. I can get better IPAs for the same price, sometimes less.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date is 8/5/11.

A: Light orange, slightly hazy with plenty of carb bubbles rising to the top. 2 finger white head has big bubbles and settles down to a nice thin cap that leaves spiderweb lacing all the way down.

S: Citrusy hops, faint malt background that is sweet. Smells fresh even though I'm only about 2 weeks from best by date.

T: Follows the smell for the most part. Hops come out a bit more lemony. Bitterness is light for the style. Pine hops come in aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and slick.

O: Not being a hophead, I really enjoyed this one. Very easy to drink, great way to break into the world of IPAs and DIPAs, or, if you're like me, a good way to get a nice sessionable hop fix.

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