I Feel Like the Name Is Fitting
A Review of Lost Dog by Napa Smith Brewery
Posted on 4/29/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
Bad
I have to be very up front here and say I have no idea where to even start on this beer. This could be quite possibly the most bizarre beer, and review that Ive ever had. I like to think that I can give you guys a pretty good description of an experience with a particular brew. I take pride in it actually. And here I sit totally at a loss. I really would like to have someone drink one of these with me, and just watch as they start to tell me what it is, and then watch them change their minds about four times. Then when they settle on their final decision, watch them go back and change it twice. Don't believe me? Ok, try to follow along.

Its very cloudy in the glass. It says its a red, but it looks more like a Belgian. I cant pick up on any distinctive aromas. I guess there might be a very light pine smell. Maybe some hints of fruit in there? Possibly some general grains? If you stay in there, you get some hops on the tail end, but nothing too amazing. Nothing is really jumping out of the glass and grabbing me. I'm not even picking up on the 7.2% ABV in there. I'm starting to think that the name is pretty fitting, because I'm totally ''Lost Dog''. There is a smell that Ive landed on, and I'm almost afraid to use the description, but I'm going to anyway. It smells like laundry that you have let sit for maybe a day too long before doing it. Pungent might be the word. Musty maybe? How about sour? One of those. Or something close to one of them.

When you take a taste of it, you are just as lost as you were when you tried to pick out aromas. It has a sour kick to me. I didn't get any kind of distinct tastes up front, but the hops are there at the end. After trying it for the second sip, you do get a general sweet fruit flavor, but nothing to specific. It gets kinda breadish in the middle, dry at the end. No real aftertaste. The alcohol doesn't even come through. The carbonation is somewhere between medium and heavy. That's a good thing, because it at least keeps things moving. The longer I let this thing sit, the more sour it becomes in the taste department. And in the looks department, it actually resembles a lager. Or maybe a lager/Belgian blend. Seriously. Look at the picture. I didn't pull a switch on you. I don't know what is going on with this beer. It doesn't taste HORRIBLE, but it doesn't taste GREAT either.

It's almost like if someone sat down at a bar and ordered a general Belgian, you could pour them this in a glass and they would probably would think ''Eh, not the best I've ever had, but not the worst either''. But at the same time, if someone sad down and ordered an ale, you could pass it off to them as well. Same for a lager. I'm not kidding. It's that...ambiguous. And I don't think that's what they were going for.

I wish I could give a better write up on this beer. I wish I knew a better way to describe it. I wish I knew what they were thinking when they made this beer. It is just plain enough that you could easily drink a few and not think twice about it, or just confusing enough that you could drink one and have to stop drinking because you would swear you were too drunk to taste what you ordered. And the crazy part? I could drink probably 3 or 4 and not be disappointed as long as I just ordered ''a beer''. If you did that, and weren't specific, this would be the perfect beer. I cant hate it, because I don't know what it is. Follow me? Didn't think so.

Ill say it again. I don't know what this beer is. It says its a red ale. It wasn't even remotely red in my glass. I really don't even know if its an ale. Maybe they just mislabeled it. I wish I knew who to recommend it to. I have no clue. I guess I can say if you want a beer that is just that, beer, then try it. Just don't try to enjoy it as a specific genre. You will be arguing with yourself all night.

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