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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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978 Ratings
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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of roadhouse


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a deep orangey copper color with a big three finger head that leaves lots of lacing.

Aroma is herbal hops with biscuit and caramel malts. Pretty faint overall.

Taste is also very herbal, and somewhat spicy. Some caramel and toasty malt flavors back up the hops to make it quite balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, and very smooth. Leaves a nice tingling bitterness on the tip of the tongue.

Pretty good stuff, maybe not as citrusy as I prefer them but it's a nice switchup.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 04:12:59 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

Pours amber/orange with a huge fluffy white head and some pretty good lacing.Earthy, herbal, and floral hops with a slight soapiness to the smell. The taste has more malt present, and it balances out the hops and makes them a bit more subtle. The hops are strongly herbal in the taste, and there is a touch of sweetness to it all. Mouthfeel is earthy, and slightly grainy. Pretty decent, but the strongly herbal hops take some getting used to, they are pretty intense in a strange way. I've certainly had hoppier beers, but the herbal pungency reminds me of a college dorm.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 05:27:08 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of bluejacket74


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

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a frothy off-white head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing. Aroma is mainly citrusy and floral hops (more citrus than floral), along with caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly citrusy (grapefruit, orange), floral and pine hops and also some bread and caramel malt. There's also a nice bitter finish that lingers around a bit. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick/oily and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think it's a decent overall brew, I'd drink it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 23:04:16 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a bright but opaque orange in the glass with a rocky eggshell colored head. Nice lacing. sweet cirtusy hops, faint tangerine and grapefruit and some floral hop aromas as well. Faint fruity malt and a hint of kiwi fruit. (?!?!)

Fruity malt with a strident citrusy bitterness. Grapefruit and faint tangerine., orange rind. Long bitter aftertaste very tasty, pale malt backbone but imparts little but body and sweetness.

Easy drinker and damn tasty. A good choice if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 14:13:06 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of mike24

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: unfiltered hazy amber with thin off white head and some excellent lacing

S: not a very powerful aroma, citrusy hops and some faint malt

T: big hop flavour upfront with a nice citrus finish. not particularly bitter or malty.

M: medium light in body, a little fizzy in terms of carbonation, not enough malty body for my taste.

D: Certainly drinkable, but not the greatest IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:34:11 | More by mike24
Photo of bbothen


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

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a dark orange/amber color with a big full fluffy head. Lots of sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of citrus flowery hops and a nice sweetness from the malt.

Nicely balanced flavor. Enough citrus hops with tangerine flavors along with a sweet caramel backbone.

Smooth with a lingering hop taste.

Highly drinkable. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:38:19 | More by bbothen
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden-orange colour with a most excellent foamy white head that stayed for the course. Lots of citrus and grassy hops in the aroma. Citrus, grass and pine in the flavour are somewhat balanced by caramel malts, but not sufficiently in my opinion. Some breadiness and hop oil in the finish. Fairly high bitterness. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Solid drinkability, but not really a top tier IPA in my eyes. Bottle courtesy of Wildone as part of CanBIF4.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 20:45:06 | More by bobsy
Photo of BretSikkink


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-orange, white head served about one full inch. Good stick, not much in the lace department but the retention makes up for it.

Citric hop aromas and flavors, not much mitigated by some caramel malt. Some pine notes as well.

This is a good not great IPA, definitely worth your time if this is the style you feel like drinking. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 01:07:37 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Seanibus


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a slight head that dissolves quickly to nice lacing. The aroma is strongly hoppy, mostly pine with some traces of flower. The flavor is very piny and resiny, a bit on the sticky and sweet side, though plenty bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have expected based on the sticky sweet impression on the tongue. This is a good beer, but a bit over the top on the pine to be truly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 18:30:30 | More by Seanibus
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep golden orange. One finger tan head,with excellent retention and laceing. It's a bute! Aroma is of grassy piney hops. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is fruity,and hoppy. Nicely bittered,but with a hint of bready malt in the finish. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 16:42:06 | More by riversider76
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.93/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a nice cloudy orange color with a nice white head that fades slowly. The smell is a wonderful array of hops that lingers in the glass. With the sweetness of the malts it leads into the taste nicely. the citrus and floral notes come across really nicely on the palate and combined with the wonderful crisp mouthfeel creates one hell of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 19:54:59 | More by almychristopher
Photo of Kadonny


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A nice amber orange murky color with a one finger off white head. Decent lacing.

S: Balance on the nose of floral pine hops with a deep malt sweetness.

T: Hops on the forefront, with floral, pine and a touch of earthy hops with a deep caramel malt sweetness. A nice hop bitterness on the finish that really lingers. This is a very balanced IPA but leans more towards the malty side.

M: Medium with an oily feeling, decent bitterness and not much alcohol flavor (if any).

D: Medium, to me it was an ok beer that I could have a few of, but the malty sweetness works on me a bit.

Overall an good IPA that is definitely leaning on the sweeter side for an IPA. I think they could pack a bit more hops in it, but it is a solid beer that I would enjoy again.

Update: Had it a second time and enjoyed it much more this time. When fresh the hops stand out a bit more and make it a pretty balanced IPA. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 14:27:50 | More by Kadonny
Photo of number1bum


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

Part of NEPA BC split #15.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with sediment floating around. Head is creamy and dense, khaki in color. Keeps a pretty good lace and leaves some stick.

Smell is citrusy and pine hops, with some caramel malt, earth and must.

Taste is about the same as the smell and has a nice hop/malt balance. Primarily citrus and pine hop flavors, pretty easy on the bitterness as well for an IPA. Good caramel malt presence with an earthiness to it as well. It's got decent flavor and good balance but it doesn't exactly excite the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty oily slick on the palate.

Not a bad IPA but for a west coast IPA I'd like to see some more in my face, smack me around hops. It's on the boring side for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 21:28:46 | More by number1bum
Photo of joshwlt


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange with small bits of yeast floating around; I avoided the yeast in my bottle.

S/T/D - (std haha... I haven't been drinking, no) Slight smell of hops. The flavor is well balanced for an IPA has biscuity roasted malts that match the floral, citrusy (more zesty orange than grapefruit) hops well. The yeast provides a flavor that lowers the bitterness and provides for an interesting mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable won't give you heartburn. Wish I had some pretzels for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 03:55:27 | More by joshwlt
Photo of sfsean


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

Had this IPA on tap at the Lost Coast Brewery In Eureka.
Traditioanl IPA with a beutiful gold apperence and thin 1/2 inch head.
The taste is nice and carbination is small and gives a fine mouthfeel.
Not one of the strongest IPA's I've ever had, but certainly one of the most drinkable.
Higely recommend this IPA, and the experience at the brewery is memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2008 16:17:32 | More by sfsean
Photo of cameraman


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An amber to golden color with a inch and a half high head, that is cream in color. The aroma has a striking piny scent, with hints of citrus, followed by a light bready fragrance at the end. A mild malty, bread flavor at the front, then the flavors of grass and citrus comes in halfway and stays on the palate till the end of each taste. Light and smooth feel at the front and it gradually gains weight to become more medium bodied at the back. This is a good IPA, solid all the way through. Nothing seems to jukp out at you at any aspect of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 10:55:55 | More by cameraman
Photo of righlander


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

A - pours a cloudy sediment filled dark amber

S - caramel citrus maybe some fruit

T - really good sweet sweet malty start with a decently, but not too hopped up bitter after bite.
M - lightly carbonated nice feel to it very IPA'ish

D - Good I should have bought a 6'er, but I don't like to take the risk sometimes

nice IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 02:46:26 | More by righlander
Photo of nohead02


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yields a foamy head and a coppery to amber color. The right amount of hops for an IPA, though maybe a bit lacking on the complexity. Medium to slightly heavy body. A decently crafted IPA, but nothing I would go back to until I've tried everything else. Good but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 01:42:11 | More by nohead02
Photo of CaptainIPA


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12 oz., stubby brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered dark orange amber with a generous, off-white head. Superior head retention and lacing.

Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of pine and citrus.

Well-balanced and complex taste profile: strong malt upfront, followed by a moderate bitterness that lingers on the middle of the tongue. Finishes dry with hints of grapefruit and orange. Hop-centric, yet never biting.

Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and excellent carbonation. Very refreshing and, despite monster hopping, highly sessionable.

Indica IPA's label depicts the Indian deity Ganesha kicking back in an arm chair. In India, Ganesha is considered the lord of success. Based on what I experienced - mission accomplished.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 19:29:42 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of beerphan


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap -> 12oz snifter
@mad Mex, cranberry, pa

Another new brewery to PA, along with a ridiculous price tag. $6.50 for a short pour, well, at happy hour the price is decent..

Slightly hazed orange with a generous bone white head that deposited copious lace on the glass.

Nose: Floral hops some caramel

Medium mouth gives way to an initial hoppy blast that tames itself quickly with a balancing malt presense. A slightly bitter finish that is neither over the top nor under the radar.

I really enjoyed this brew as its a well balanced offering with a little of everything. Alas, it was gone the next time i stopped in, replaced by another overpriced new arrived breweries beer. Bah humbug.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 20:47:45 | More by beerphan
Photo of bitterthebetter


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden orange with bubbly white head with aromas of crisp pine, faint citrus, and fresh hops which follow through on the palate to give it a bold yet balanced body and pleasantly crisp finish. Overall I was surprised and it exceeded my expectations. I will be buying more soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 06:48:11 | More by bitterthebetter
Photo of Gehrig


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous presentation from Indica, laying out two fluffed fingers of bone-white froth atop an orange-golden body. Dense lacing rings the trusty Yankees pint glass--outstanding. Hops emerge more in the taste than the smell, which is nicely balanced by malt. It's a good nose, nicely citrused, but not as prominent as somewhat bolder IPAs.

Hops protrude in the taste quite nicely, though not too densely. I'm impressed with the balance with the malt, making it smoother than many good, hopped IPAs. But not too much so. Seemingly in alternating sips, the malt yields ground to a hearty belt of hops--grapefruit, orange, and plenty of spice--ginger and a dash of pepper. Very nicely done.

The hop-and-malt duet make this a fantastic mouthfeel, negotiating a fine balance while providing a delicious, easily drinkable brew. Excellent. Not the biggest and boldest IPA by any means, but one well worth enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 02:49:03 | More by Gehrig
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4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am sampling a 12 oz stubby bottle poured at cellar temp into a pint glass. The beer is a clear amber color with several streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A creamy, marshmallowy, eggshell white head foams up about 1 cm and rests effortlessly on the surface. Very nice appearance!
Aroma is citrusy hops and some pine sap and general hop notes. First sip reveals an average to lite body with fizzy fine carbonation. Texture is smooth.
Flavor is caramel and general malt for a bit and rolls to hoppy citrus rind notes and fairly bitter bite. Not super astringent like aspirin, but bitey and lingering pine sap in my mouth. Fairly sticky on the finish.
No hint of ABV anywhere. A well crafted IPA that is what it should be and while hoppy isnt a total palate killer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 01:52:15 | More by sulldaddy
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but contains floral hops and caramelized malts with a little citrus.

T: The taste has a strong floral hops bitterness up front. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in with a hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a beer that's worth drinking for a long time even if it isn't quite the best IPA that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 03:29:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Floydster


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo for four dollars, split with my dad last night, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Golden orange yellow color that has a hazy body, 3/4 inch foamy white head that lasted almost five minutes, nice retention, no lacing

S-Hoppiness that was piney, full of citrus, and also floral at times, not much of a malty aroma, grassy accents, and lemons

T-Taste was light and a little disappointing on the hops side, not much malt either though, pretty watered down and clean for an IPA, flavor was crisp and refreshing, cannot complain about that, started off with some floral flavors, very light malt in the middle, some bitterness in the finish, became even less hoppy as it warmed like most beers of this nature tend to do, nice balance for what was there but I would have liked to see more power on both the hoppiness and malt, would make a nice summer session beer nevertheless when I feel like taking a break from hefeweizen and APAs

M-Dry and citrusy mouthfeel, malt was barely evident, thin to medium body, lots of carbonation that was fitting, taste did not last too long unfortunately

D-Could drink a bomber of this and more probably, ABV is nice and low, light on the stomach, smooth, keeps you coming back for more

First beer can remember tasting from Lost Coast, not bad but certainly not one of the top notch California IPAs, might drink again if there was limited choices, worth trying once

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 22:11:22 | More by Floydster
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.