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Indica India Pale Ale | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Reviews: 574 | Ratings: 1,215
Photo of Brew_42
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Emboldened by my recent positive experience with Ballast Sculpin I decided to give this one a whirl at a self serve bar in daegu today even though I am not an IPA guy.

Appearance- orange/amber with some cloudiness. No realbead to speak of.

Smell-grape fruit and pine.

Taste- good starter IPAfor those who struggle with the bitterness like I did. Not too bitter and the hoppiness is sight compared to most IPAs

Mouthfeel- medium with a nice tingly carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall- I liked the mouthfeel but it suffers from the same issues as the most other IPAs in that it is kind of all hops. It lacked the pleasant fruity after tAste of the aforementioned Sculpin.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I enjoy IPAs however this particular brew did not appease me. It tasted a bit better than the last time I tried it, still, did not deliver what I would have expected from an Indian pale ale. The beer pours nicely, looks nice but when I take a whiff, it smells almost like a 40oz malt liquor. The taste is much better. A decent hoppy ballet. The aftertaste is similar to that of miller highlife. overall I rate this 3.00. I would not recommend this to a friend.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is big grapefruit with some honey in the background. Pretty nice.
The taste is bold lemon and grapefruit bitterness right up front. It moves to the finish with mild sweetness and then has another hit of grapefruit bitterness at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a nicely done IPA.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a moderate head of foam, decent lacing, and quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Floral hops, citrus, caramel, spice.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, caramel spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very bitter hop finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. Not very well balanced but the malt backbone gives it a good flavor profile. The hops hit your tongue hard without completely overpowering it, but just barely.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy cooper with a foamy white head. Lots of carbonation. Smells of caramel, wood and some spice. Tastes of peat, earth and smoke. Some bitterness from the hops. Medium mouth that provides a lingering aftertaste. Quite unlike any other IPA that I've tried. Scotch drinkers would probably like this a lot.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured to tumbler

Appearance is crystal clear deep gold. Off white head with some nice sticky lacing

Gorgeous hoppy floral aroma

Flavor is bitter and hop forward, not a great deal of malt dimension

Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect for an ipa: significant body but well cut with bubbles

Overall: first I've had in a while... not sure why as it is a very nice hop bomb... big on floral aroma.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is smooth, surprisingly malty. A light hop bitterness but by no means overpowering. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while no hop bomb, is a tasty and refreshing beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, pillowy white head that recedes very slowly, leaving considerable lacing in its wake.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, biscuits, crackers, lemon, moist earth, leather, heather, tobacco, and black tea are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon jelly, orange rind, juniper berry, heather, leather, moist earth, tobacco, black pepper, black tea, grass, and black currant are skillfully framed against a backdrop of caramel, toffee, cracker, biscuit, and brown butter flavors. The finish is flavorful and slick with notes of black tea, lemon, black pepper, leather, tobacco, caramel, and biscuit.

M: Medium in body and mildly slick, this ale is not nearly as resinous as many other popular American IPAs. Carbonation is active and crisp. This beer is very, very easy to drink for the style, but I prefer just a little more malt heft in my IPAs.

O: This is a very respectable IPA, and at first I was not sure what to make of it. Some of the flavors this beer presents are more akin, at least in my mind, to English IPAs, while others remind me that this is supposed to be an American IPA. Though it may straddle the fence between two styles as far as flavor goes, this is still a very approachable, flavorful ale, and in my opinion, it is refreshing to see a take on this style that does not resemble any of the citrus bombs that have come to dominate the market.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Hazy orange with a bubbly white head.

S- Sharp pine, subtle grapefruit, slight dark fruit. plain malt profile. Very west coast.

T- A tingling bitterness. A real tongue numbing IPA. A plain but thick malt profile. A simple yet elate balance of grapefruit, pine and spicy hops.

M- More on the bitter side for an IPA. A silky feel and a bitter sting.

O- A decent west coast style IPA.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has an absolutely gorgeous color of darker oranges and apricot brilliance. The head mounted tall and thick with a light, airy foam and spotty lacing.

The hoppy aromas are fruity with tones of oranges, tangerines and lemon with a back of grapefruit bitterness. A caramel maltiness is also present.

The hops are flavorful but seem less diverse with some grapefruit and tangerine, a piney resin and a light malt backbone reminiscent of tea leaves.

The feel is slightly astringent but not off putting, bitter and thick. It's almost oily and kind of slick but not at all irritating.

Love Lost Coast and think this is a good example to place in the arsenal.

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Photo of matjack85
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy orange/copper color with a 1½-finger white head that lasted a few minutes, leaving a nice amount of lacing.

Citrus and floral hop aroma along with a touch of sweet caramel.

Pleasant citrus hop flavor (mostly lemon and orange), balanced with sweet caramel and bready malt. There is a slight hop bitterness, but it is on the low side compared to most IPA's.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a tasty IPA, but may disappoint the bitter hop fans of the style.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with minimal head, some bubbles stick around.

Smell is like an average IPA with orange, lemon, some malt, flowery hop notes.
Not bad really

Taste is pretty good with a good malty backbone, Citrus, medium to low bitterness. Hop resin sticks to your cheeks when you swish it around. Kind of a sweet IPA if you ask me.

Feel is kind of on the thick side, with a low to medium carbonation level.

Overall I like this beer as a go to when there's not much else better. It's not on par with Flying Dog IPA or lagunitas IPA, but its pretty good.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden copper with a dense, pillowy, cream head.

Grain, floral hops, citrus, bready malt, and light catty notes form the aroma. Far more floral hop dominance than expected.

Flavor follows suit, with floral hops segueing into a malty, toasted, bready backbone that tends to dominate. Muted citrus adds a nuance of complexity heading into the bitter, resiny finish.

Body and carbonation are moderate, and there's a bit of astringency present.

I expected more flavoring hops. Fairly malty in balance. The floral hops are a welcome change from typical dank, piney, citrus characters. Overall, it's more bitter than I prefer, and somewhat lacking.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle w/Indian food. Poured by waiter in frosted mug :-(.

Golden pour with fluffy white head. Smell of sweet citrus, hints of honey, and a good bit of floral notes mixed in with that citrus. A light sweet citrus flavor with excellent aromatics mingling with the flavor. Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Solid brew that I really enjoyed before the food arrived.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large white head.
Nose shows caramel and nutty malt with some spicy hops in the background.
Similar flavours, some darker malt and a lot of spicy, piny hops. Pretty moreish stuff.
Good moderate carbonation suits the beer well.

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Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice orange gold color, 1 finger sudsy white head, little lacing.
S - Big dank pine aroma, ripe pineapple, lemon zest, fresh bread malt.
T - Well balanced blend of malt, hops and the right amount of bitterness to pack a bite, but not dominate. You get that big pine flavor and some mixed tropical fruits, but that dank flavor really stands out.
M - A little on the drier side, but nice feel and aftertaste.
O - I almost passed this beer up because of how the label looked (which is lame), but I never heard of Lost Coast prior to this and figured why not, I'm glad I did, this is a solid IPA that demonstrates what a good West Coast IPA is founded on, without destroying ones palate.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried Indica from Lost Coast Brewery. Very tasty.

A. Poured into a pint glass with a nice golden, slightly reddish hue. There was a little bit of head but dissipated quickly.

S. Nice minimal citrus notes with a overpowering pine scent that eventually masked every other.

T. Taste is lovely and not too strong as an IPA. Same as the smell. Slight hits of citrus taken over by the piney hops.

M. Not too strong or carbonated. Smooth beer.

O. I like it, would get it again. The flavor is just right as an IPA. Not too strong and rather light.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a white, fluffy 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of sudds across the surface. Strong lacing with good stick.

Smell - Moderate citrus aroma with a touch of pine and spice.

Taste - Hops are upfront, hitting on fair amounts of orange, grapefruit and pine. Moderate caramel malt backbone. Aftertaste of orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair to lively carbonation. Tickles the mouth a bit. Easy on the finish.

Overall - A solid, drinkable IPA. Nothing outstanding, but for the price I paid ($5.98 /sixer) it's a good value beer. The kind of beer you might buy for drinking while watching a game or BBQing.

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Photo of Nanners
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I First had this IPA at the local German festival. It was the only IPA available. It had a nice color and a mild grapefruit thing going on so I decided to buy it when I saw it at my local beer store. Nice color and not a lot of head, but basically a sweet, syrupy, sticky, malty ipa. I even get that slight skunky taste. It might have been sitting on the shelf for a while, but I definitely taste a lot of malt.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly chill hazed bright golden orange with a finger of foam.

Big grapefruit and orange citrus fruit aroma.

Grapefruit and other citrus flavors stand out.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA but nothing mind blowing here.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was part of a make-your-own sixer in hopes of finding a more affordable go to IPA. So here it goes...

A - This beer is a lighter orange/yellow color with some haze to it. But it has a few fingers of frothy white head that hangs around forever.

S - Definitely some piney/citrusy hoppiness character to the smell here, but also with some bready malt tones. I'm excited to see how it tastes.

T - Definitely hits with some piney/bitter hoppiness at first that fades out to a strong bready malt backbone. This seems like a good session beer that would taste the same at normal fridge temp. Citrusy grapefruit/orange flavors.

M - Good medium carbonation, nice bitterness overall. Doesn't leave too much of a bitter aftertaste. Light mouthfeel for sure, would be easy to drink a lot of these on a hot day.

O - Good beer, but not measuring up to my current go to beers. If I had to choose between this and Stone IPA, Firestone Walker Union Jack or Flying Fish Exit 16, any day each of these 3 would win. Maybe I won't find another good, affordable IPA to add to the mix, but I'll keep trying.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very subtle and mild IPA, beautiful color in a pint glass with a nice head and a perfectly dialed carbonation level that isn't too sharp. Definitely not an American style of IPA as fat as I can tell, this flavor profile is more in line with the English varieties that I've tried. Citrus, herbal, fruity hop flavors are in marriage with a caramel malt backbone featuring a nice amount of residual sweetness. Again, the hops are not aggressive and do not dominate the flavor of this ale. A very tasty and quaffable IPA, my only argument is that it defies what we've come to expect from a modern American IPA, and that is probably a good thing.

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Photo of CoachC
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark orange color with a 2 inch head

S - smell is not all that great. I detect a faint grapefruit hop presence.

T - taste is okay, nothing special. Not very hoppy, more like a an APA. Faint hop taste here.

M - mouthfeel is okay, medium bodied

O - I wouldn't drink this again, and its really fresh. But for an introductory craft brew, it might be good

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- copper color, decent size head, nice lacing

Smell- piney, citrus hops, very nice

Taste- piney, citrus hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. For some reason, I have never had it until a few days ago. Definitely one to drink again and again!

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.