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Indica India Pale Ale - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale

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899 Ratings
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of delta490


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy medium amber with a head that lingers.
S-mild with notes of tropical fruit and earthy.
T-bitter with some pine overtones. A nice malt backbone holds it up.
M-nice. a slight hint of carbonation
O- a nice, well built but not overwhelming IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 07:02:23 | More by delta490
Photo of DocJitsu


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous, clear orange amber color with a small, white head. The head dissipates to a white cap that is perpetuated by the carbonation bubbles that float to the top. Some sticky lacing around the glass. Wonderful bouquet of candied grapefruit. The taste is a little disappointing given the vibrant appearance and aroma. Still not a bad beer. Some sweet citrus early that quickly gets overpowered by a harsher pine. It all balances well together. Pretty good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 19:51:00 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of Gatch


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Hazy, golden copper. Fluffy, white head. Good lace and no retention.

S: Sweet, fruity hops with a bit of dry, piney hops in the background. Typical West Coast IPA scent. Solid.

T: Dry but fruity hops. Very fitting for the region of the country this brewery resides in. A bit of sugary malt but the hops are obviously the star.

M: Smooth, creamy, easy drinking. A clean, refreshing IPA. Gets better as it warms.

O: Pretty solid example of the style that I would gladly order again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 04:08:38 | More by Gatch
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear orange with one finger white head, minimal lacing and minimal head retention.

S - Orange grapefruit citrus and less pine hoppiness. Malt as well.

T - Full action in the palate nice sweetness at first, then the fruit and hop flavors followed by a great dry bitterness. Excellent flavor and the alcohol is nice too.

M - Full body, medium carbonation.

O - I think this is their best beer though the Brown is my favorite just based on personal preference.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 21:26:37 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of Tucquan


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-18 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

A - Hazy burnt orange with a 1.5-finger tan head and mild lacing.

S - Mostly fruit(more apple-orange than pineapple-mango) and floral hops. Touch of caramel malt. Not overly pungent but a nice fragrance.

T - Much more sweet-caramel malt than I expected from the smell. This leads into a brief fling of yeasty-bread flavor before that is scrubbed from the tongue with pine and a sweetish red grapefruit juice bitterness. As it continues to dry out, a very pleasant bitter fruit-roll taste remains.

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Creamy, prickly and resinous.

O - I like this brew. It reminds me somewhat of a Troegs Nugget Nectar or a Victory Hop Devil. There's a sweetness to the beer that isn't cloying and that doesn't stand in the way of the bitterness. A little too much caramel malt on the tip of the tongue for my taste but it is this level of malt that sticks around to the end to give it character. Well done

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 23:06:14 | More by Tucquan
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at World of Beer in Orlando. The place was very interesting and I'm impressed with how many different brands are distributed there, seems a lot more than in New York. Anyway, the beer was good but not great. I'm glad I tried it but pretty much a standard IPA.

Appearance was a hazy orange, a good amount of carbonation that stuck around for a while and even left some lacing.

Aroma was of piney hops, a little bit of bread but there could have been more aroma altogether.

Flavor was also typical for an ipa but just not outstanding enough. I had hoped for me.

Overall, not a bad IPA, definitely worth trying if you haven't. Just not outstanding in any way.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 20:41:22 | More by david18
Photo of spdyfire83


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

13th Review – from notes
On-tap into pint glass at House of Beer (Orlando, FL)

L: Burnt tan with 1.5 fingernail, frothy head. Looks beautiful.

S: Caramel malt with a slight hint of centennial hops

T: Sweet, crisp malt up-front while hop character is present in the middle to back of tongue. Quite enjoyable!

M: Pine balanced with sweetness balanced throughout – good carbonation and smooth.

O: Enjoyable and well-balance of hop + malt character. Good for the style, but not great; however, I would return to this in the future though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 04:23:36 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice deep orange with a small white head.

S: Nose was citrus and floral notes with subtle hops.

T: Taste was midly malty, well hopped with citrus notes and very slight bite at the end. It is smooth and a good IPA.

M: Nicely balnced, tasty IPA

O: Easy to drink and very good

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 19:22:36 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of dgilks


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold colour with a small white head. Some head retention but nothing amazing.

Quite a mild hop aroma. Slightly subdued pine and orange notes. Fine but very run of the mill.

Very clean with a light malt profile. Lacking a bit in hops, the bitterness is okay but the hop flavour is muted with just a hint of grapefruit and pine.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A run of the mill West Coast IPA. It ticks most of the boxes but it doesn’t excite. Funnily enough this was better in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 03:43:29 | More by dgilks
Photo of adamette


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 30 minutes ago. Poured from tap into clear pint glass at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio at the cost of $3.99 while waiting for my Lost Coast Great White growler fill.

A Very generous light brown head that sticks well to the inside of the glass over a medium to dark caramel translucent body. Good look. 4.0

S Light floral hops with a hint of sweet malt and even some barley grains to the nose. 3.5

T As the smell suggested, predominently the light floral hops accompanied by some light sweet malt and a nice barley presence. Good tasting beer. 4.0

M Appropriately moderate, beefed up by the hops and minimal malt presence but not overly syrupy, true to style really. 3.0

D/O Good, solid beer from Lost Coast. I could drink a few of these for sure. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 17:43:36 | More by adamette
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Indica has a very clear, dark copper-colored body. The head is a light tan color, and the retention is pretty good. The lacing is great, with thick sheets and rings that stick to the glass.

The aroma has notes of both pine and citrus, with a good malt base behind it.

Hops are the dominant force in this IPA, with a big fruity blast that is a mix of grapefruit and orange. A good bit of pine is in there also. The malt backbone is substantial, with a good bit of caramel malt flavor. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.

The body is moderate, with the carbonation a tick above average.

Overall, a pretty good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 19:43:32 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse on 4/26/11.

A: Served in a nonic-type pint glass. Body is bright orangey-amber with a 1+finger bright white head. Plenty of fine-bubbled carbonation supports the head, providing nice staying power. Leaves thick rings of lacing behind.

S: Citrusy hops over bready malt.

T: Surprisingly "mild" for a West Coast IPA - sweet bready malt foundation, then citrus (grapefruit) and a lingering lemony bitterness in the aftertaste. Balanced, though, between the malt and the hops, with the malt holding up its end of the bargain more than is usually the case with a California IPA.

M: Medium in heft, good, fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Good stuff. Not a hop onslaught, but tasty and balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 18:44:20 | More by Kendo
Photo of rjochman


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an inch+ of white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. Smell gives you a lot of sweet citrus and malt. Has a balance between caramel malts and the sweet citrus flavors. Has medium body and medium carbonation. This beer is well balanced with the flavors, pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 18:31:05 | More by rjochman
Photo of jzeilinger


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber color with mild carbonation and a thin, white head across the top.

S - Caramel malt, sweet citrus, and orange. Mildly fruity. The "fruit factor" reminds me of a Nugget Nectar on a smaller scale. (Dare I say?)

T - Toasted caramel, citrus hops, a mildly juicy palette. One dimensional.

M - Medium body, moderately clean finish.

D - O.K.

I'm a huge fan of IPA's and thids one did absolutely nothing for me. I will try this again at a later date because I will chalk this one up to perhaps a bad keg, unclean tap line, or something else. People seem to really like this beer so I'll give it another o[pportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 23:32:59 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of nrbw23


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a small sticky white head that left a good lacing behind.

S- Smell is pretty floral and grassy hops. A bit of citrus and pine in here too. Also a nice caramel malt back bone in here to balance things out.

T- Strong citrusy hops, the flavor becomes a combination of orange and sweet malts. A bit of tropical fruits in the finish. Not too bad but theres better ones out there.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- I found this one pretty easy to drink and could drink this one again. I just think there is some better ones out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 23:50:15 | More by nrbw23
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was a burnt amber color like the old Crayola crayon with a finger of white/beige head atop it. The retention was moderate, the lacing the same. The aroma was a pleasant hoppy blend of pine, mango and grapefruit and caramel malt. The hops tackled my tongue as soon as I tasted it but after the initial assault I began to taste the nuances of the pine/fruit combo. The malt backbone was a solid pale/crystal with some hints of caramel malt in there as well. Though it was nothing all that special it was what it was supposed to be. And that was good. The mouthfeel was good, the body med/full and the carbonation appropriate

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 14:55:35 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of bump8628


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at McNellie's in the OKC.

Dark amber with an inch of off-white head.

The beer's hop character is singularly citrussy, but not the usual grapefruit-Cascade-hop citrus, but a juicy tangerine. Malt doesn't necessarily stand out but it's medium-dark caramel character perhaps softens the hop blast a bit too much. I'm not sure of the IBUs on this but the bitterness is soft enough that I'm guessing under 60.

This is one of the only beers at NcNellie's (along with Boulevard's Tank 7 Saison) that I feel is fairly priced. At $4.25 a pint I'll go for it again, but otherwise it just doesn't quite compete with the better IPAs on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 20:07:45 | More by bump8628
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice frothy head sits on the top of the glass for a good amount of time, and the color's a nice mildly cloudy amber with some copper highlights going on.

Smell: Interesting leafy hop combination along with some sweat sock-like funk going on. Fruit esters, as it warms, come into the mix a bit, but it seems like the hops oils and aromas are certainly dominant here.

Taste: Good initial burst of spiny, spiky, leafy hops. A good amount of unbalanced though welcome bitterness comes to the forefront. The funk still seems to be there, which I like. Finishes nicely, more on the acidic side of things, with some juicy citrus lingering.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and more medium than light bodied. Carbonation stays nicely effervescent the whole way through.

Drinkability: A solid IPA from Lost Coast with more flavor than I expected. I'd think about making this a staple if I could find it in six packs here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 19:50:44 | More by asabreed
Photo of beertunes


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium copper color with less than an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly pine hops with a touch of malt sweetness in the background. The flavor was nice, but a little subdued compared to most IPAs today. The body was decent, but not special. Drinkabilty was very good for this style, it goes down easy.

Overall, an average IPA, which shows how far we've come in the American beer culture, in that a beer this good is average these days. If there was a value category, this beer would score very highly, as would most of Lost Coast's brews. I'm rarely let down or thrilled by beers from these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 20:20:13 | More by beertunes
Photo of ccrida


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught pint at The Swiss, served in a shaker, Indica IPA is brassy orange with a very creamy light sand head, a bit frothy though with a few large bubbles that don't budge, almost soap foam like if not for the color. Huge lace is the result, a great pattern as well as texture.

Smell is pretty aggressive, generic west coast hop profile. Sweeter, with some spicy citrus. Got dry hops?

Taste is on the sweeter, malty side, lots of low to mid color crystal, but a firm bitterness and bread note providing balance. Not as much hop flavor as the nose, mostly citrus, but some pine as well, probably amarillo's.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium body, but the slickness of the hop oils makes it slide down with ease.

Drinkability is good, a solid west coast IPA that I think is under-appreciated, at least here in the PNW. LIke most in the region, however, the bitterness builds and will slow extreme sessions (not to mention the ABV). This is one of the fresher tasting examples I've had (which IIRC have only been bottles), a pleasant surprise at a taphouse heavy on regional brews. I'm really shocked with how I've ended up scoring this serving, it lives up to the cool logo (even though I generally eschew cartoon labels).

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 01:01:03 | More by ccrida
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Iced tea hue with very little head.

S - It smells of piney hop and pale golden malt, although the hue doesn't show it.

T - APA at its most moderate, dull even. It tastes like piney and grapefruity hops on a minor caramel maltiness. Not exciting.

M - Not terrible, but a tad thin and undercarbonated.

D - Okay, barely. Boring mostly. I would fall asleep if i had two or more.

This beer tastes dull on draft, and perfume-y in the bottle. Not great stuff, but drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 01:07:41 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of 4000qtrap


2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: orange peel, a little pine, and a hint a vanilla

Taste: Clean, bready malts. Bitterness is very balanced. Almost creamy actually.

Notes: Good, but nothing special. Probably a good IPA to pair with food or to drink as a session beer. I tried this alongside the Big Daddy IPA which I also found was balanced but was much more complex and interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 06:56:18 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of berkey


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopyard San Ramon. Served in a standard pint glass.

Body is a fairly deep amber color with a moderate haze for the style. The typically careful pour of all bartenders at this establishment leaves a small off-white head but retention is very good.

Aroma starts off with much more bready malt sweetness than I remember from the last bottle of this I've tried but I'll admit it's been awhile. Behind that there's a nice dry bitter hoppiness but it's not as complex as many in the style.

Flavor moves in lock step with the aroma for the most part. The still dominant bready malts remind me of several so-called English IPA's that are produced stateside. Bitter but clean hop profile is joined by faint grapefruit citrus in the aftertaste.

Feel seems slightly thick for the style with very good carbonation. Easy to drink, verging on sessionable but not quite.

Overall a worthy beer but one that has never made it into regular rotation with all the great examples available here in California.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 02:41:38 | More by berkey
Photo of Arielle


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 01:24:58 | More by Arielle
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Almost orange in color with a beautiful "west coast" IPA aroma. Very refreshing, great balance (nice bitterness with an equally nice sweetness in the background) with a nice hop schedule. Very smooth and easy to drink. Maybe not the most outstanding IPA in the world but at the same time, pretty hard to find a fault with it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 21:10:07 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.