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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: 11.32%
Wants: 32
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good ipa, very resinous on the hop front, more sweet than bitter in terms of character. bright orange in color, very cloudy with some suspended sediment, and an average off white head. smells sticky, not like ganja, but definitely like fresh hop oils and honey. there is a pollenated vibe to this, summery, and tempting. the flavor rewards the thirsty drinker, as this beer is hugely satisfying. its got a very bold hop profile, floral, and a gentle peppery spice from the yeast. oddly dry for a sweeter beer. i found this beer to have a pretty sharp diminishing marginal utility curve though, mostly because of its mouthfeel. the full body and sodapop carbonation are positive attributes at first, maybe even though a bottle or two, but it quickly becomes filling and unsettling in the stomach at the same time as a result of these good in small doses features. a 6er of this was a chore after three, and the sweetness of the hops starts to exacerbate these concerns. still though, one or two of these, served ice cold, as first beers of the day, are fantastic. its the drinkability factor here that holds it back from being a truly great ipa to me, but thats just my opinion, and others may find the spent yeast cells and fizz charming. i dont know.

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Photo of patdrive
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a bit disappointed in this one.
too sweet for what I look for in an IPA.
soft on the hops, and too carbonated for my liking.

candy-like sweetness, floral, that detracted from the overall flavour

clean, crisp, and a well-made beer.
just not my flavour profile

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into nonic

A: caramel with a slight orange tint, sticky lacing and fluffy eggshell colored foam, moderate lacing

S: fresh, sticky hop aroma that lean citrus but have a bit of a minty tone, too. Great nose on this one.

t: clean match of the hops on the nose to the flavor, orange zest and sweet mint, a bit of a tanic bark-like flavor that shows up for a second then dissipates into a strong bitter flavor that is more grapefruit than orange

M: smooth and dry, no significant carbonation bite, quite dry

O: This is a tasty beer that explores a lot of the citrus hop elements. It is also pretty bold in bitterness and flavor and one or two will probably be all your taste buds will be able to handle. recommended.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottleneck says 3/30/12.

A- Pours a caramel color with a 1/4 inch head that retains a bit before landing at a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly sheet of surface foam. Thin, sticky lacing.

S- Mild hop aroma with a sweet maltiness being the main attraction. The hops that are there are more earthy than citrusy.

T- Good balance of malt to hops with the former ultimately winning the battle. Again, more of a cereal grain/caramel sweetness coming from the malts with bitterness being present but not powerful. Touches of alcohol here and there but mostly mellow.

M- Mild bite from the hops plus medium carbonation and a solid body. Hop oils lay on the tongue in the aftertaste which leads to a slick feel.

O- Very good, although I remember it being a bit hoppier when I first had it. I chalk that up to it not being terribly fresh. Still, quite tasty and very sessionable.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours about a finger of yellow eggshell head, body is a gorgeous slightly hazy orange amber, the head diminishes quickly and leaves some trace lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit along with other light citrus and floral hops, bready malts.

Taste - Starts with light citrus and lots of floral hop flavors, quickly followed by lots of bready and some light malts, just slightly sweet at the center, finished with slightly sweet bread and malts, with just a touch of grapefruit pith long into the finish. traces of sweet malt are left in the mouth corners.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, slightly slick, almost medium carb is extremely smooth, no edges, and makes for an overall silky smooth mouthfeel, which is super easy to drink and very refreshing and quenching.

Overall - I really like this beer, although this drinks and tastes much more like a fuller flavored APA to me - the IPA label is a bit of a stretch. But like I said, the flavors are really nice and full, and really well balanced. A few of these on a warm evening would be perfect.

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Photo of kjyost
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber puruchased fairly fresh form the MLCC. Poured fridge cold into a sleeve.

A: Clear and copper wuth a nice white head that laces the whole way down the glass.
S: Dank earthy and piney hops that comes across as resinous with a hint of booze. Not as strong a hop nose as I would have expected, yet enjoyable nevertheless..
T: Light hoppiness that is piney with a malt backbone that has a light caramel sweetness to it. Building bitterness, yet it is missing the hop punch I have come to want and love from an IPA.
M: Carbonation is on the lighter end of the style, yet delivers a subtle crispness to the beer. Bitterness is low, and comes across as watery at times.
O: A decent IPA, yet really needs to work on the body if it wants to be a top notch IPA.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty amber IPA hue. Very strong lacing which in most cases indicates a tasty, strong brew.

S: Has a bit of a piney malt smell. Makes me want to try it!

T: Enough hops to tame even a hop head. Balanced though to make buying a 6 pack manageable.

M: Could use a bit more carbonation. No "born on date".

O: A recent go-to. Tasty balanced brew I drink instead of Lagunitas IPA. Less sugar and more hoppy. If you want yer hop brain blown away, buy the DIPA next door.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

12 oz served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A – Pretty clear, dark copper color, slightly hazed, 2 fingers of whipped foam, nice retention and really good lacing.

S – Pungent citrus, herbal, bread crust, doughy yeast,

T – Citrus plays off a solid caramel/toffee malt, nutty yeast, green woody pine starts showing up, some hop resin. Dry powdery bitterness.

M - Medium body, creamy feel, soft carbonation, dry finish.

Nice balanced IPA that provides a good malt mixed with doughy yeast while providing a nice balance of citrus, herbal, and pine hops.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and crisp burnt orange with a finger and a half of creamy off white head.

The aroma is very tropical. Getting some pineapple, mango, and orange with a touch of caramel malt. Very sweet smelling... not a lot of bite from the hops...

The taste is tropical as well... Getting the pineapple, mango and a touch of grapefruit with a more prominent caramel malt background.

Medium to full in body due to a little bit of syrupyness. It has an appropriate amount of carbonation and a semi sweet lingering dry finish.

Overall, this was a decent IPA. I don't think that I will ever go to the store looking for it but I am glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of Star80
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Asked what was new, and fresh on the shelf at DiCarlo's in Mundelein IL and this was among those mentioned by the clerk for "flying off the shelf". Wonder what the hell that Sweetgrass IPA would have been like he also mentioned!


A - Bottled on 5/25/12. Pours out a copper color with a sticky head and nice lacing.

S - Smells like pelletized hops, decent amount of malts. Smells slightly musty like old hops, some faint pine, citrus.

T - Taste is is faintly sweet from the malts, some bittering from the hops and burnt rubber.

M - Mouthfeel is fine.

O - Overall a run of the mill IPA. Nothing too offensive but nothing great. The reason I buy beer is because brewers can make better beer than me but probably not in this case. Reminds me of a beer kit brew. Boring brew but at least the price was like a SNPA, which I wish I had right now instead. Disappointing.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, got 2 fingers of foamy white head, poured a very clear amber/orange color with nice amount of visible carbonation - resinous lacing left behind by the head.
smells of hops leaked out as soon as i popped the bottle open. very piney/citrusy, you can smell the spicy bitterness! a hint of burnt caramel.

the taste is up front bitterness followed by a nice sweet malty backbone and a surprising bready finish! this beer has it all! spicy, earthy, caramel, toasted bread. a really weird combination which works perfectly together.

light to medium body, very little creamy feel, mild carbonation, leaves a nice sticky moustache from the lacing!

overall this is a really nicely done ipa. not too much of a hop bomb on the actual palate as much as it is on the nose, which is great! a little weak on th emouthfeel, but the taste/smell combo made up for it.

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Photo of IPAguy2009
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack of this stuff for $8.

A- a semi hazy copper dark orange look with great lacing! (I love good sticky beer!)

S- very typical NW ipa smell here. It's got that great sticky piney citrusy smell with somewhat rusty(yeasty?) malty backbone.

T- back and forth with hops and malt, so very well balanced! Hops first but then the tug of war starts instantly. Little bit more piney in taste than what the smell suggests but then finishes with a fruity bitterness. Very good.

M- medium creamy body with a bit of a kick from the carbonation.

O- To me, a very very enjoyable ipa that isn't too intense so it acts as a great ipa anytime anywhere. Wont leave you wanting to stop after only one so a bit of a "outdoor" ipa I feel. I highly recommend! Prost!

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

12 oz bottled 5-21-12.

A- Clean dark copper with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus hops and biscuit malt backing.

T- Taste follows nose. Citrus up front and malt backbone.

M- Medium body with a clean finish. Very well made beer.

O- I really enjoyed this IPA. Not over the top, but not intended to be. Well balanced.

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Photo of mooseo
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a clear orange amber with a white rocky head.

S - Grapefruit, mango, pine, caramel malt.

T - Lots of grapefruit, mango, and peach. Bready malts and and sweet caramel throughout. Mild bitterness from the hops. Good balance.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied. Mildly dry finish.

O - A well balanced and flavorful IPA. Alcohol is well masked. This has a bit more flavor and punch than a typical IPA. Really nice brew.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Stamped 20 December 2011.

A: Huge head billows over the edges. Clearish golden amber.

S: Big and fruity. Softly bitter.

T/M: Competent and very drinkable. Still, not very flavorful. A bit flat. Pleasant fruit is the main component of the taste, with a touch of hops on the barely dry aftertaste.

O: Slightly above average, I suppose. I'd drink it again, and it's pretty inexpensive.

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Photo of magine
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange/copper color. Lots of carbonation, tons of bubbles rising. Chunky off white pocketed head. Head settles to a nice full layer. Some minimal lacing. Decent looks.

Brew smells of citrus and piney hops. Sweet malt backbone as well. Good nose.

Brew is peppery up front, smooth in the middle. Finishes dry and has decent bitters. Good sweet citrus, floral and resin bitters in here. Nice lingering bitterness as well remains. Has some caramel malts as well. Better than average mouthfeel here as well. A very good IPA here. Good stuff.

A very good brew here. Great sessionable brew here and hits the marks in all the right areas. Very good stuff.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Just over two fingers of head. Color was a hazy caramel. Bubbly, cloudy lacing on the top. Wet, spongy film on the sides.

Smelled citrus hops of front. Got more lime and pine than anything else. Some lemon notes as well.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. Got the citrus hops up front. Lime and piny, but not overwhelming. Even more of a bitter finish than I anticipated. Some light caramel in there as well.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish.

A decent IPA overall. Nothing really stood out, but nothing was too awful.

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Photo of rangerred
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a rocky one finger head with great retention.

Smell is a little weak but there is plenty of citrus there. Grapefruit and pineapple. A little pine is detectable as well.

Lots of pineapple on the taste with a touch of grapefruit. There are some slight caramel undertones and a tiny bit of a malt backbone. Mouthfeel is water but thirst quenching.

Overall this is a fairly average but quite drinkable IPA. Not a hop bomb by any means but quite quaffable and refreshing.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden/orangish/brown with a nice two finger thick, white head. Nice lacing, great carbonation.

Smell: Piney but mostly fruity.

Taste: Sweet pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body/creamy.

This is a good ipa, although I prefer hops that aren't so piney. It's not overpowering though and it is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Tasting Notes... Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter. This was served slightly chilled.

A) Pretty good looking amber. There was a good finger of head. Decent retention on the head, led to a bubbly dusting. Not too much lacing.

S) The aroma is citrus zest with malt sweetness. There are some nice ripe oranges and light pine. Quite nice...

T) The flavor can be summed up by the description I provided above for the aroma, however I found it slightly weaker, and thus a little less enjoyable. Still quite tasty though.

M) A medium/light bodied IPA, that is crisp and fairly well carbonated. The finish and aftertaste are light pine and citrus zest. It is quite refreshing.

O) This is above average, but not deserving of being my go to IPA. I found it enjoyable, and certainly wouldn't turn it down if someone offered me one.

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

Here we have an IPA which ultimately is greater than the sum of its parts. Has an appearance which one would expect for an IPA, and the aroma suggests that it will be maltier/sweeter than most 'big' IPAs. After the first sip you do get a big sugary sweet taste but the piney hops introduce themselves in the finish. Not overly complex, bitter, or strong. Still, I rather like it. Good for a time you might be looking for an IPA that won't knock you upside the head with hops.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.78/5  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.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden hue with lots of effervescence and a finger of pillowy tan foam. I like it.

Smell: nice malt aroma with some piney, citrusy hops filling out the range. I think it is a nicely balanced effect.

Taste: nice malt flavor with rather citrusy hops. Bitterness is strong but appropriate for the style. A nice West Coast blend.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nicely well-integrated carbonation yielding a good creaminess, especially for the style. I like it.

Overall: a very good IPA I would be glad to drink again and again.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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APPEARANCE: Stagnant looking clear amber body. Nice off-white head leaving good lacing.

SMELL: Bathwater hoppy goodness.

TASTE: Now I understand what people mean by pine needles. There's also some citrus and flowers. I'm finding the malt character a bit intense. Fresh green tea in the aftertaste.

OVERALL: Pine needles, now I know. I can see why there are so many hopheads in America.

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Photo of Converge
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with a nice big head of frothy off-white foam. The body is a copper-amber color with a touch of haze to it. The head settles to a rather thick foamy cap that leaves plenty of patchy lacing.

S - Typical West Coast IPA aroma on this one, with lots of piney hop character upfront with light grapefruit notes coming through as well. Gentle caramel malt rounds out the aroma, as one would expect. Slight skunk.

T - The first thing that hits me is a surprisingly floral hop character, with lots of grassy notes as well. It's certainly not a typical West Coast IPA flavor profile. While it does have a generous pine hop feel to it, the floral and grassy notes give it more depth. The finish is a lingering but light bitterness with mild hop fruitiness and assertive caramel malt that has a really distinct feel. I enjoy that the malt flavor in the finish isn't just there for the sake of balancing the hop-forward flavors, but really adds a sweet malty presence.

M - Medium bodied that feels as full as it needs to be, but at the same time nice and light. Carbonation is a touch lower than usual IPAs I'm used to, but still has a slight prickliness to it.

D - A solid West Coast IPA with a slight twist to the hop-profile, with more floral and grassy notes than total pine domination. Definitely a bit simple, as no real complexities show up here, but it remains drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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