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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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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 83 | 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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Ratings: 1,109 | Reviews: 563
Photo of spicelab
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy stained orange, one-and-a-half finger white head of fairly chink bubbles. Just a touch of lace as it drops away over a couple of minutes.

Tangerine, pineapple and rockmelon mostly, almost outdone by a good deal of light toffee and bready malts. Faint floral, perfumy armoas. Pretty nice stuff.

Not much sign of the candied citrus and tropical notes in the taste at first - dominant flavours of pine resin and lime, offset by a little maple sweetness. However as it warms, plenty of lemon and orange come through and meld nicely with the malt.

Reasonably full mouthfeel for 6.5%. Moderate mid and rear palate bitterness. Slightly prickly carbonation drags down the pleasantness factor a little.

I was a little nonplussed with this at first but this grew on me as I got through it. Highly drinkable and moreish and certainly something I'll seek out again.

Photo of spree92
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tangerine orange with a good, bubbly white head. Probably an unfiltered beer as this is cloudy. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Lots of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and grassy notes. Taste is a little weaker in the hops but well balanced. Bitterness came in at the end and sticks around for a while.
It maybe me and my tolerance, but alcohol seems to be less noticeable as I grow with the craft beer. This is light-medium body that has good taste and a nice nose. Balanced IPA, not overly hopped.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BaronRogue
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to chalice.

Dark honey with small head, nice lacing.

Could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Grassy, grapefruit-y, earthy, semi-sweet.

Tastes sweet, and then the hops follow suit. Grassy and only slightly bitter. Very mild for a 6.5% abv. Really drinkable and although mild, the taste stays with your mouth long after you've swallowed, which is one of the marks of a quality beer in my opinion.

Medium in the mouth. Good beer for the price, if you like Willamette hops and the grassy earthy feel that some IPAs have. I'll probably only have this a couple more times in the future.

Photo of gabedivision
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a SA Imperial snifter glass.

Pours a nice clean deep orange light reddish tone with a 2 finger head that fades quickly. Heavy sugary malts molded with a mild citrus hop undertone (not expected from a California brewery) very sweet lemony zest. Stinging bitter of the hops on the tongue. The hops really come out in the mouth, grapefruit citrus, bitter lemons, sweet smooth malt add to the balance. Medium bodied feel, smooth, bitter, tasty. This is good, glad i gave it a shot. In a world of fantastic IPA's if the situation presents itself i will probably give this one another shot.

Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of robbrandes
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle.

pours almost clear orange, with a fizzy, tight head. pretty decent carbonation and lacing with a moderately aggressive pour. decent malty nose, but for an IPA, the hops are tough to pick up.

nice, if not underwhelming balance of flavors. a little more bitter (and not necessarily in a good way) than i remembered. nonetheless, for a pretty mass-produced IPA, it holds up fairly well. mouthfeel is again, nothing earth-shaking, but reasonably good.

kept looking for a way to give this beer something other than a 'fair to middling', but that's what it is. a good, but not great, IPA.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is strangely not listed as one of their beers at their website...curious...

The basics: $1.99/12oz. bottle and 6.5% ABV

Orange-ish amber-ish with a very slight haze and some sediment colloidally hanging around. Thin, spritzy head that quickly winnows down to a thin rim, and actually leaves nice lacing. Medium carbonation...A little above average so far.

Very malty aromas...Mostly caramel malt and it makes this ale hearken back to the IPA days of yore, 'fore the hop bomb became en vogue...I get some vibrant citrus notes, but more like orange juice, not grapefruit or pineapple...Old school and nice, actually...

The flavor also hearken's back to the olden times of, like, 1999...Mostly a nicely matched and balanced blend of malt and hops. I get quite a bit of citrus juice...Like a slightly unripe orange juice...very unique, but only because the hop bomb has become so entrenched in Lefty beer culture nowadays... Finish is nice dry and bitterly (in a good way) long...Good beer and decently priced. Worth tracking down, if but to wax nostalgic...

What I like most: The well-balanced flavor profile.

What I like least: The average nature of everything else.

Verdict: Well-priced and well-balanced, worth tracking down but far from unique or elite.

Photo of Rutager
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Cloudy orange-amber with a finger of off white bubbly head.

Smell. Pineapple, caramel malt, a little spicy hops.

Taste. Substatial caramel grainy malt, some apples and sweet citrus, a little bitter citrus hops but not much lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Tasted like an old bottle but there was no way to tell as the date was not marked ...even though the months and years were along the side of the label. Not bad, but not too remarkable ...aside from the kick-ass name and label anyways!!!

Photo of rjochman
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of colforbin73
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this beer. this is a malty rich IPA with subtle hop bite on the palate and subtle hop bouquet. in this swarthy brew, the bitterness is matched nicely with the maltyness and leaves a yummy hop coating on the tongue, finishes with a tingly deep bitterness.

pours a deep amber, with a little head and some lacing. the smell is not very hoppy -- this is not the more typical fresh grapefruity west coast IPA. complex flavors, malty sweet, caramel and hop bitterness dominate. for an IPA, a rather sumptuous mouthfeel.... this is a fine beer. very drinkable.

poured from a 22oz'r.

Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking orange colored body with a creamy, but short off-white head that produces some nice strands of lace.

Outstanding citrus scent fills the nose. Orange, grapefruit and mango with some malt sweetness.

Yum. Generously hopped indeed. Again, lots of citrus with a little bit of a pine presence. There is some bitterness, but it is kept in check by some malt sweetness. Very fresh and bright tasting.

Medium bodied, soft and lightly prickly carbonation. Very smooth, with that palate drying hop finish.

A very impressive IPA. I could tip back a few of these on a warm weathered day unlike today. Highly recommend this bad boy.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/1/11

A: Robust amber to burnished red in color. A typical pour leads to a surprising 3+ finger head. Insanely thick, sticky and bubbly lacing follows.

S: Sweet pine and mellow alcohol esters. A whiff of grapefruit as I inhale deeper.

T: A bit heavy on the alcohol up front. The juicy hops come through on the middle, and hold tight to the finish, which is light and refreshing.

M: This is really unique. It's prickly up front, but it gives way to a heaviness that is quite appealing. Really one of the more interesting mouthfeels I've stumbled across of recent.

O: A nice little brew that I'm happy to have come across. This isn't attainable in my distro area, though if I see it again I'll probably have another. Well done Lost Coast - I'm already looking forward to sampling more of your suds.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of Long813
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated: 10/20/10-1

A: Dark cloudy orange body with one finger of white head. Retention is poor and leaves little lacing.

S: Huge notes of citrus and hops. Nothing out of the ordinary for a good IPA.

T: Pine comes first with some citrus after. Not really able to taste much in this though.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Water like texture with a bitter dry finish.

D: Interesting beer, it threw me through a lot of loops. Not one I'd try again considering the price I pay for it.

Photo of bobjonesSD
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inidica from Lost Coast:

Pours a middling brown with a rather thin head. The aroma has some nice floral hop character but not so big. Taste leads with a touch of bitterness up front followed by another hint of the floral hops - no skunky or citrus notes to speak of. Overall a pretty standard IPA - could have gone for a bit of a drier style and stronger hops but given the price a good value choice. I would probably take the brown from the same brewery if shopping for value however.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Uh-oh me thinks this is not a fresh batch...For an IPA this is very malty in the nose and the taste. I pick up almost no hop prescence at all. mothfeel is medium bodied but drinkability is low for me( i love my hops ) with no brewed date or enjoy by date how can i be assured the next one i grab is not fresh either? probably will not get this again...


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 midwestbrewers
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy almost orange color with nice soapy looking head. Although the head settles rather quickly it leaves great lacing.

S: Typical IPA. Nice floral, grapefruit characters from the hops. Very nice malty background!

T: Nice bitter hop character accompanied by a hearty malt profile. Hops up front and malt and more hops on the finish! Nice and bitter but very, very smooth and mellow.

Great IPA. A top shelf one at that. Smooth and drinkable while still having that "on the edge" feel that your far wing regular craft beers.(IPA's & Stouts and not Imperials and Doubles or Tripel's.) Nice kick with a 6.5% ABV too. Great Beer Lost Coast Brewery!!

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- nice clear amber appearance with little head that doesnt last long, minimal carbonation
s- mainly citrus hops and a little sweet malt thrown in
t- taste follows suit, citrus hops and a hint of sweet malt
m- medium thin mouthfeel , just a slight creamy feel
d- enjoyable ipa, nothing great but i dont see anything to dislike about it. survived the trip from cali to fla well

Photo of californiakulak
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle of this beer into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Copper color with nice, off white head. Average lacing.

B. Bright, floral hops. Perhaps a little too faint though. Not much else.

T. Good beer. Citrus hops and nice malt back bone.

M. Bitter hops. A little too carbonated. Nice dry aftertaste.

D. I like IPAs that are under 7% ABV because I can drink more of them without falling over.

Photo of TheSarge
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open the bottle, and out came the gushing suds... Hopefully not too tainted.

Aroma and taste wise it's on par with piny, floral, and grapefruity hops. Along with a slight hint of caramel.

Moderately hazy body with a light copper color. Head presentation is about two fingers thick and off white in color, the retention lasts a good bit.

Feel's a little prickly with carbonation, a little oily in the middle and finishes powdery dry. A decent brew but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again.

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. No bottled on or best by date.

A- Pours a nice amber color that gives a great inch and a half of head. Thick and foam like.

S- The smell is purely of hops. Is give a bit of malt and citrus. I get pounds of hops that give me a bitter and citrus flavor that bites the tongue.

T- Taste is purely of hops and citrus. A great brew that delivers to the pallet. a truly hophead brew that give you just what you need.

M&D- This is a drinkable brew but i don't feel like i could drink this brew all night. Goes down smooth and is drinkable.

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent amber brown with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront piney hops pop out on the nose with caramel, citrus, and earthy notes but had good sweetness from the malts.

T: the piney hops also dominate the palate with citrusy, earthy, and caramel accents but had a decent malt backbone to help out the balance.

M: the the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney hoppy, citrusy, and crisp finish.

D: it was actually more tasty than I thought it would be and I really didi enjoy the hop profile all around but it drank very good as well.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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