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Indica India Pale Ale - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale

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568 Reviews
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Reviews: 568
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 32
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

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: 568 | Hads: 1,194
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 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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Photo of adamwn
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into pint glass. 1/2 inch of foamy head that left nice lacing. golden color expected of an ipa. bitter aroma and taste. decent ipa, but a bit dull and ordinary flavor in my opinion. definitely drinkable, but an overall average ipa that is not mind blowing.

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

Poured into a glass in Buellton CA.

A: Beer poured a hazy orange color with an off-white head.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts and Great Citrusy/Piney/Resinous hops. Awesome balance here

T: Taste it outstanding. Upfront bitterness but not lingering. Citrus/pine flavors hops coat your palate along with sweetness.

M: Very smooth. Each sip is almost inviting you to take another immediately.

O: This is a killer IPA that must be tried!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating that I can see.

A real nice color and body. A slightly opaque body with real nice orange amber hues, and visible very small rising carbonation. Head makes three fingers and holds for quite some time with a nice cap. Off white head and three fingers deep.

Nose is highly biscuity with a good soft complimenting but muted hop. Hints a soft tropical fruit like an overripe mango, but still a little buried. Quite a neat profile.

Palate comes off juicy but quite wet. Muted crispness and some nice hop fruit punch like sweetness in the mid palate. Quite playfully spritzy carbonated with a nice malt sweetness also. Aftertaste is very short and fleeting, but manages a little bit of pine and resin like quality.

Overall it's got an interesting palate, but feels extremely muted and wet. It's very easy drinking, but this I am guessing will not really appeal to hop head masses. I do enjoy this fruit punch quality though.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the Indica into my tulip glass. There was about three fingers of foam from the initial pour that stuck to the glass with some really nice lacing. The coloring is a very clear shade of orange.

Off the top is a very good blast of piney hops. There hop presence is really nice to pull off the top.

The taste had a good balance of malt and hops. I don't get the residual bitterness that you would expect from a beer this hoppy.

I really enjoyed the Indica. I'm glad I accidentally picked up two bottles of this one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Random grab in Philly.

A- This IPA pours into my pint glass with a very slightly hazy dark orange-amber body. A frothy and creamy white head forms to about a finger in size. Head retention is above average. Nice webs of lace all around the glass.

S- A blast of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) hops off the top along with zesty, tropical fruit, pine and floral hints. Some sweet caramel malts also in there give this a bit of a candied apricot/peach feel.

T- The main thing I get from this beer is a fruity overall hop feel and some caramel malts. I like the candied apricot thing because I think the malts and hops form a flavor somewhere in between like this. Hops in this beer give notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, apricot, peach, pine and general floral hints. Clean American Ale yeast it seems.

MF- Body is pretty much right where most other IPAs are. Lighter end body with a creamy, silky overall consistency. Carbonation is foamy and at a high-end level. Clean bitter finish.

Fairly solid IPA with a fruity and citrus overall feel.

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Photo of Serge
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured beautiful hazy deep orange with a large foamy lasting off-white head and lovely lacing. Aroma is a very mild citrus (orange and grapefruit) fresh hop with juicy sweet malt - touch of fruit and fresh ripe hay. Taste is balanced but delivers quite a bit more sharp fresh grapefruit hops than the nose promises, with strong pine-spruce resin and some dried wildflower to go along with the fresh-but-mild sweet malt. Mouthfeel is juicy, sharp, medium-bodied and quite acidic-lively.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.