Indica India Pale Ale - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Reviews by Arielle:
Photo of Arielle
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a carmely, reddish tinted color, and had a nice 2 fingers of foam. The foam disspiated fairly quickly leaving a very pleasant amount of lacing, that told the tale of the beer on the glass as I drank. The scent was hoppy, citrusy, light and inviting. From the get go, it seemed a very playful IPA, with Ganesha on the tap handle, to it's jauntiness of aroma, artfully followed through with the taste.

You definately get that upfront hops bitterness, and intensity of an IPA with this one, but what I like is how smooth the body and finish were. It was like walking through a sandstorm of hops, to cleanse ones palette in the river ganges by the finish. It is very well balanced, very smooth, and a very tame IPA. I'm a fan of some pretty intense ones, and this Lost Coast version holds its own against the big boys. Ganesha could only be pleased he was on the tap; as would I.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Chritter
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a citrus bomb!

Photo of AliceInChains84
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, first one I had from this company

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep orange with a nice froth on top that sticks around leaving nice globs of lace,grapfruit in a big way hits the nose with a little pine thrown in hops hops and more hops.Taste is more balanced nice firm caramel malt base before the big rush of pine needles hit,this is a pretty bold beer big malt big dose of hops wich I expected.Only 6.5% alc goes down easier as I drink more,I see a headache tommorow morning I have five more.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is orangish-brown in the body and extremely cloudy with lots of sediment. The head was terrific. It jumped up, stayed for a while, and left some nice lacing on my Ruination glass.

Smell – The piney hops are backed up by some citrus flavors, but it’s the pine that slaps your olfactory bulb first. The surprise here though is the huge, monster sweet caramel malt balance. Balance isn’t the word – this thing is enormous.

Taste – Man, is this a heavy hitter. The complex hop flavors lead the way and will knock your tastes buds for a loop. The sweet malt makes a respectable appearance and somehow manages to balance things out.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is a bit larger than medium-bodied. The heavy malts slide around the tongue and you can almost pick the sticky caramel off your teeth.

Drinkability – This is an exceptionally well-balanced big American IPA. It will actually fill you up so I don’t recommend drinking it with something heavy.

Update – I rated this back in 2003 so thought it would be fun to re-review it with a 2004 bottle. I was a little more ecstatic the first time around but still feel this is a solid AIPA.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Had this on tap at MonkeyPod in Maui. Pours a golden copper color, appealing. Foam is not thick, but finely bubbled and dense.
Fades quickly. Pine and citrus hit the nose immediately, there is an underlying sweet malt smell.
Grapefruit, pine, and possibly oats. Nice bite, fairly bitter but not overwhelming. Full bodied, bites the tongue.
Very drinkable for an IPA.

Photo of nohead02
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yields a foamy head and a coppery to amber color. The right amount of hops for an IPA, though maybe a bit lacking on the complexity. Medium to slightly heavy body. A decently crafted IPA, but nothing I would go back to until I've tried everything else. Good but nothing exceptional.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A staple in my home - finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured into my Ruination pub glass.

A - Coppery orange color, and thick looking due to lots of yeast in suspension (the recent bottles I've had have fewer floaties - it used to have lots of chunky sediment). 2-finger head, and some foam sticks around until the glass is finished. Plenty of lacing as the glass drains.

S - Big citrus hop character. Grapefruit zest. Hops dominate the nose, with a hint of malt sweetness in there.

T - Great malt backbone with a nice assertive hop bitterness that's strong but not over the top. Give this brew a few minutes out of the fridge to come up to temperature and the malt flavors balance the hops very well. Lightly sweet with grapefruit and orange flavors. Alcohols are present but the hops bite harder.

MF - Comes off to me as a bit thicker than the average IPA, which I appreciate. Good body and well carbonated.

D - I routinely knock a couple of these back in quick succession, so no complaints here. Above average for the style.

Overall I find this brew to be very well balanced with a good level of malt to stand up to the hops.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lost Coast Indiga IPA. 6.5% alcohol.

A- Pours a very inviting tainted orange color with nice thick one and a quarter inch fluffy head that leaves a lasting froth. Excellent lace retention stains the glass all the way down... very sticky. The unfiltered nature show with small particals floating around and laying on the bottom.

S- Smell is of fresh grass and citrus fruits upfront with a backbone of rich malts... mostly hops in the scent.

T-M- Taste is simular to smell with bright fruity flavors upfront. I taste light hints of orange peels, fresh cut hops, and mild malt. Kinda watery and incomplete in my opinion. Brushes the tongue and mouth but not leaving much. Simple and refresh ipa.

D- If i could find a twelve pack i'd buy it to drink on at a a get together... quite drinkable in the fact its fresh and light bodied.

Photo of newk340
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a translucent copper color with a foamy white head that leaves decent lacing.

S: an overabundance of hops that linger in the nose with a citrusy sweetness.

T: surprisingly bitter at the outset that gently fades to a fine bouquet of floral aftertaste.

MF/D: a little tart in the mouth making it hard to finish before it becomes warm, a great IPA for those who like them.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Coast Indica (I prefer Sativa myself) India Pale Ale pours from the colorful stubby bottle a deep dark cloudy amber that almost borders on brown. An inch of creamy off white head settles on top of the brew. Quite dark for an IPA. Aromas of sweet, rich caramel malts confront me from the get go. Slightly nutty with an underpinning of resinous, oily piney hops. There's some grapefruit and citrus in the mix as well..nice, but I'd like to see the hop aroma more in the forefront.

First sip brings a rush of caramel coated nutty maltiness. Citrusy, pine resin hops cut through the maltiness mid swallow and follow through with a nice bitterness on the way down. A bit floral with some brown sugar thrown in the mix. Overall the hop profile just seems a bit muddled to me. Finishes with a touch of breadiness and a mellow lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with stable carbonation...this feels slightly oily in the mouth but still hits the mark nicely. Not a bad IPA...just seems a bit out of whack. I've come to expect a bit more from a Cali brewed IPA.

Photo of blitz134
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot color with a fairly substantial off white head that stuck around until the bottom. Aroma is floral and citrus hops with some pineapple. Malt profile comes through as sweet bread with some yeast overtones. Flavor offers up a good dose of bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. This mainly comes through with a grassy, resin bitterness. Taste is good, but nothing outstanding. A good mouthfeel which coats well and allows the bitterness to linger for a while. Drinkability is nice to boot.

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amberish color with two fingers of head.

Smell is not overwhelming smell, but consists of pleasant pine hops.

Taste is a nice hop bitterness without overdoing it; small amount of piney resin, and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing; nice moderate carbonation.

Nice easy drinking IPA, really enjoyed this one.

Photo of shapudding
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Long Island icedtea colored, orangey, amber and cloudy. Very nice coloring. Creamy orangey/white head that reduced down to a beuautiful think covering that swirled across the pint glass and pooled in the edges. Lightly hoppy and malty scents gently waft out... Nice and thickish and semi creamy mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbination. Nice bitey hoppiness. Smooth and lovley. Not heavy, but almost the feel of a guiness. May be a bit heavy heavy for some people to consider for a session, or for a really hot day- due to the thickness of the mouthfeel, but this is damn freakin good. Nice little interesting one to find that I had not heard of before, and just stumbled upon over at Fatty's.

Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copperish brown body, with an impressive, three finger, rocky, beige, head. Lacing effect is phenomenal, with patches and sheets all over the glass, from top to bottom.
Aroma has some caramel maltiness, but is dominated by tart lemonrind and pine hop notes.
Thriving carbonation and oily hops resins give the mouth a jolt.
Taste is all about the massive, hops presence. Pinecone bitterness runs the show here, all the way through. Some notes of caramel malt make a brief appearance, midway through, but are quickly overcome by the aggressive hops. The hops are a bit rough, overall, and the taste gets marked down a bit for the lack of malt balance.
Overall, a very good IPA, although its appearance is more like a brown ale. A bit too rough with the hops for excellent drinkability.

Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours Almond,cloudy,with orange/rust hues. White,creamy,dense head,leaving a ton o' world class lacing and with excellent retention. Spicy, minty nose. The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of this fine brew. Creamy, coating, sticky and lucious. Mighty nice hopping, spicy,piney,citric. Long hop laden finish. Seek this one out, cheers!

Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Shorline Beverage in Huntington, NY.
Pours a cloudy worn copper color w/ a full finger of off-white head.
Lacing is quite thin, but has nice hold to the side of the shaker glass.
Aroma is spiced hops up front w/ a subtle malty sweetness.
The taste is where this one shines...sweet tea flavor w/ a hefty dose of malt to keep it together. Slighty bitter in the finish and very juicy in the mouthfeel...not dry like some IPA can get.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is where I like it...a very solid IPA and another enjoyable offering from Lost Coast.

Photo of Byeast
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a deep, cloudy amber-orange with some particles in suspension, small offwhite head.

Smell: Good amount of piney and citric hops but the malt is right there with em, some bready rich malt characteristic of a Dipa.

Taste: A medium body with a very nice balance, hops are showing with good piney strength, also some slight citrus, grapefruit, slight fruit cup, and they are balanced by alot of rich bready/ caramel, slightly doughy and dark sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, mildly slick

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise, i expected this brew to be good and hoppy, but it has awsome balance, it has a nice hop punch but this has a great malt profile as well. Good kick to it also. Very nice.

Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good IPA, but nothing special to set it apart from others. Maybe my expectations were too high, given Lost Coast's consistently strong output. Pours orange-brown with a light white head. Hops and grapefruit prevail in the aroma and taste, with some slight sweetness towards the end. It is a good IPA, which I would not hesitate to buy again, but I'm still a little disappointed

Photo of Swedes21
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - First thing that caught my attention was the smell when pouring, very nice. The beer is a golden opaque yellow. The head is an off white/brown based head that appears very carbonated. Lot of lacing is occurring as the head disappears.

Smell - this beer produces a lot of hops in the smell, the most dominant smell. The behind smells are citrus and a hint of sweetness, but not sure what its coming from.

Taste - VERY strong tasting beer, i am one to even consider if its more than 6.5% as it taste like a 10%+ beer! Strong aftertaste that is dominant with the hops. I do not really taste the sweetness that was in the smell.

Mouthfeel - little carbonation added in the mouthfeel, however, the dominance of the hops comes through again. I will say however a little less bitter in the mouthfeel. Light beer on the pallet.

Drinkability - I felt this beer had a strong alcohol taste that the 6.5% it claims! I would not hunt this beer down again, however, overall it is put together nicely.

Photo of masikon
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy longhorn orange with a nose of juicy citrus. Actually milder than expected in terms of hop profile, much more balanced than most west coast IPA's. Mouthfeel is fizzy and abrupt, much different than the more oily lingering feeling I generally like in this style. Overall a very drinkable and quality beer, just not the aggressiveness I love about my favorite IPA's.

Photo of Thrasher
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy brown with huge puffy head, the texture and durability much like what you get from a cask conditioned ale. On first try, I absolutely loved this beer and it reminded me of 3 Floyds Alpha King in the fruitiness of the hop flavor combined with the sweetness of the big malts. On subsequent tastes, my enthusiasm has tempered a bit but this is still a very good beer. Lots of chewy, juicy hop flavors, mostly of the fruity citric kind, and great dark malts that are not too roasty but more bread and biscuity. The mouthfeel is flawless; this brewery has got their bottle conditioning down as good as or better than any other brewery you could care to name. Let this one warm up a bit from fridge temperature before you enjoy it. I'm not generally a huge fan of West Coast IPAs (many of them are just too extremely bitter) but this one is really good.

Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot color with a low off-white head. Black polka dots of floating debris punctuate the view through the glass. Very faint aroma of sweet malt. Non complex flavor of fruity malt, cinnamon and some flowery hops. Finishes hoppier with some pine and orange peel. Bitter citrus lingers. Mouthfeel is highly carbed, very tingly.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vey turbid orange with a really smart looking fluffy light orange/white head. Like a good beer should look. Smells nicely hoppy with a good deal of bread in there as well. This is my idea of IPa nirvana. Sweetly malty up front with a even transition to orange, then lemon, then grass, then resin. It ramps up to it';s hop crescendoo very predictibaly with each sip. Doesn't just come out and smoke you with DFH type hopping. Stellar. Mouthfeel is very firm and syrupy all at the same time. I could drink a lot of this.

JahNoth with another super hookup.

Photo of niknar
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a deep, dark reddish-brown with an awesome almond colored, foamy head. Lots of character in the appearance of this brew. Smell was faintly fruity, but not particularly strong. Taste is extremely hop laden with a significantly dry finish. Certainly not for the weak of heart or for those who do not appreciate a pale ale (though this is not pale at all). This beer is robust enough to border on a porter or stout, but exceptionally hoppy and dry to be true to the IPA style. A wonderful excursion into beers beyond macro, but definitely not for everyone. I could only drink a few of these at a time, but feel it warrants a high drinkability rating anyway. The advocate who drinks this beer is not going to be pounding them anyway....

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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