Beer Review – Lost Gold IPA

  • Name: Lost Gold
  • Brewery: Real Ale Brewing
  • Style: IPA
  • Origin: Texas
  • ABV: 6.6%

If you’ve kept up with my previous reviews, you will be familiar with my less-than-friendly relationships with IPAs. In my June review rankings, an IPA finished dead last, and another finished second overall. In many cases, I find that IPAs are overly bitter, meaning that by the third or fourth mouthful they are no longer enjoyable to drink.

When recently shopping for beers to review, I came across Real Ale’s Lost Gold IPA. Having thoroughly enjoyed Real Ale’s Fireman’s 4, Devil’s Backbone and Pinsetter (reviews coming soon), I figured I would trust them to do IPA right. As I had hoped, Real Ale got this one right.

Real Ale Lost Gold IPA beer
Real Ale Lost Gold IPA
When poured into a glass, Lost Gold IPA presents with a golden brown hue. It is hazy and has a hoppy aroma. It developed little head and has very little carbonation. Its mouth-feel is very light and refreshing.

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The initial flavor of Lost Gold is fairly unassuming, but it quickly goes from 0 to 60. As it sits, the beer builds a rush of hoppy bitterness, culminating in a flavor that really pushes the boundaries of balance. Once the mouthful passes, the bitterness holds for a few moments and then slowly winds down to a near zero-base. This deceleration allows Lost Gold to be an enjoyable beer to drink. Whereas I find some IPAs that maintain their bitterness unenjoyable as you soon cannot taste anything else, Lost Gold IPA did not fall into this trap

TL;DR

Lost Gold IPA is yet another example of great craft brew by a talented Real Ale brewery. If, like me, you are wary of many IPAs, Lost Gold will not overwhelm you like many others can. I recommend picking up and trying Real Ale’s Lost Gold IPA.

Rating: 8/10

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Learn more about Lost Gold IPA at the website, Untappd and Beer Advocate.

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