Saturday, February 25, 2012
New Old Lompoc Brewing's LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft)
LSD on Draught
New Old Lompoc Brewing
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lompoc has been around a while. They have five bars around town and we chose New Old Lompoc on trendy-third. We sat next to an outdoor window with a neon sign hanging in the window and a nice stained glass lamp with one compact florescent bulb, one orange colored incandescent bulb and one empty socket hovering above. Uh... OK.
After scanning the menu I chose the LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft). You know, I think there is a play on words in there somewhere. I can't quite put my finger on it. L.S.D. Louisiana State Dump? No, that doesn't sound quite right. Anyway, Lompoc describes LSD as "A Portland Classic! This strong ale has a deep mahogany color and is crafted with seven different specialty malts. A touch of smoked malt gives it a complex aroma and incredible flavor. LSD is also generously hopped with six hop varieties to help create an awesome beer." More pretense in a dive-y place. Ugh.
The first thing I noticed about this beer was its dark color despite being an ale. I have tried a few other dark ales recently and I really dig them. LSD is medium bodied, rich flavored and middle of the road hoppy. Basically, it tastes like a an offspring of a stout daddy and an IPA mommy. (Could LSD stand for Loser Starts Drinking? Nah,that can't be it.) It is served warmer than other beers and this helps subdue the carbonation. I liked every part of this beer and have no knocks on it. (Lousy Stinking Day? Nope.)
Conclusion: Great beer. I liked the warmer temperature, low carbonation and rich and hoppy flavor.
Five beers. I cannot think of a reason why I do not like this beer. Which, to me, means five beers. (Lucifer Satan Devil? No. My memory is so bad I feel like I am on drugs. Oh well, it will come to me eventually.)