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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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979 Ratings
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Ratings: 979
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 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
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the kind of beer that a hop-head like myself likes to see!

There was a dense white head sitting atop my hazy golden beer. Luck of the draw perhaps, but I didn't see a lot of floaties in mine, compared to what others have described.
But if the bottle says "unfiltered", then I let mine relax for days (weeks if I can stand it that long), and pour slowly, like a homebrew.

Nice aroma; hops up front on the nose, but a nice combination of three types. Cascade wasn't one of them, and that is a pretty ubiquitous hop in NW & California IPAs, so kudos for that.

Very nice taste. Soft and slightly sweet, with a hop build up leaving a pleasant bitterness at the end.

Well worth buying if you enjoy trying different hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 19:02:07 | More by MAB
Photo of PhxHorn


2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a dark, hazy brown with lots and lots of floaters in it. So much that it was downright icky looking. Some of them were the size of a fingernail. Anyway, it smelled of hops and citrus, but wasn't all that intense. Taste was very average. Compared with other west coast IPAs, there wasn't a whole lot going on. In fact, I didn't finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 18:40:12 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of Portertime


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thumbs up on this IPA from Lost Coast. It is a huge seller at my store. Pours a pleasent amber with a good head. Smells of floral hops and scarce malts. Tastes of floral hops and well balanced malt. I always love the art on the six packs, very Picasso.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 20:15:30 | More by Portertime
Photo of animal69


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st. in line for my IPA tasting was this one ; pours hazy and full of particles, a med. copper color w/ a dense, creamy, slightly yellowed head which lasted forever leaving a nice broken lacing all the way down my nonic ; a strong piney citrus hop aroma w/ some nutty caramel notes in the mix ; good initial hop bite, a sweet grapefruit-like flavor, w/ a hint of whole grain bread about midway, a sweet, creamy residual bitterness lingers ; a rich med. body, moderately carbonated, but enough to keep it's head all the way down ; an excellent beer, on my top 5 IPA list, and pretty good drinker for a 6.5% ABV...

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 23:35:03 | More by animal69
Photo of RThomas436


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light malt with a nice floral nose. The malt was not too overpowering which allowed for much of the hop flavor to come out. Finish was long an smooth. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp which lends itself to be an easy drinking brew. Overall a decent beer worth trying one or two.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 17:03:12 | More by RThomas436
Photo of gmfessen


3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep, cloudy orange color with a thin, frothy, cream colored head. The smell is not what I typically think of when I think AIPA - the hops are there but they don't seem to dominate. The leading smell is a sweet, fruity, buttery biscuit malt scent. Really only a waft of hops, maybe citrusy but it's so light that it's hard to tell. Definitely not a bad smell for a beer, but I had to dock it for an IPA. The taste reflects the same thing to a lesser degree; sweet, biscuity malt start with a slightly hoppy, indistinct finish. I will say that it is well balanced and the alcohol isn't overly noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and dry finish. Overall, a drinkable beer. A good beer, but not an outstanding IPA. There is no "wow" factor for this beer - it just eeks by at eh, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 00:18:19 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Pencible


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy rusted copper color with off-white head. It smelled like evenly mixed very sugary caramel malt and floral hops. It tasted like sweet caramel malt and honey balanced with a mix of very bitter pine and floral hops, and a hint of apple. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation and had a strong bitter aftertaste. This was a well balanced and drinkable beer with a clean flavor that got right in your face but was a bit shallow. Overall it was very flavorful although not so subtle, resulting in a better than average but not outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:12:11 | More by Pencible
Photo of mithrascruor


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with dense foamy off-white head which leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light aroma of light citrus, some florals, and some piney hops. Generally indistinct.

Taste: Initial taste is very similar to the aroma. Crisp finish with a tart hoppy-citrus taste and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth (almost creamy) with very light & slightly tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good ABV and very drinkable. Aftertaste is almost too lingering and same-ish.

A decent IPA, but the flavor is more noticable in the aftertaste than at any other point. It has some things going for it, but there's many that I'd rather have. Will pass this one by in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 05:32:10 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass...
Deep orange with amber hues, some cloudiness. Small white head with lacing.
Smell captures some citrus, pine & hops.
Taste is slightly citrusy with very little hop action. Was really hoping for some more bite and something to set the beer of it's own. Tastes a little more bland than I would prefer.
Mouthfeel, some carbonation and a little meaty.
This is not the greatest, but it would do in a pinch. It's just too predictable and gives you nothing to set it apart from the others.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 19:14:05 | More by beeroclock
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp orange with a decent sized off-white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was a week blend of sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is an interesting blend of caramel and sweet malts with pine and slight citrus hops. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. This is a mildly enjoyable run-of-the-mill IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 02:45:55 | More by atsprings
Photo of JDV


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich Cloudy orange color with a nice beige head poured in a Tulip. Sweet fruity hop nose with caramel, but fairly subdued smell for an IPA unfortunatley. Taste however was creamy, yet crisp, full flavored, and rich with caramel and perfectly hopped for flavor and bitterness. Good sweetness and an easy drinking, satisfyingly pleasant mild bitter hop finish. Definitely would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 06:03:12 | More by JDV
Photo of MaltFrazier

New York

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

Appearance: 3.5 : Loose and transparent for an IPA, a honey, dark copper physique like John Starks. No visible sediment to the trained eye. A nice finger and a half head after pouring into a nice mug.

Smell: 4.0 Great cohesiveness of the floral, pine smelled hops. Matador like aroma.

Taste: 3.5 Very smooth. perhaps too smooth, like myself in the 70's. When the hops diverge no other flavors seem to emerge. It is very refreshing but nothing pressing, like the Knicks defense this season. Light on the complexities. Continuity with the Hops taste but not much else.

Mouthfeel: 4.0 After swishin and dishin this beer in my palette, I'd have to say that it is a rather heavier IPA, but it feels loose, tingles and mingles the senses.

Drinkability: 4.0....I'd drink more than one, more than once! Malt Frazier gives this beer some credit in drinkability but little in flexivity.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 23:27:18 | More by MaltFrazier
Photo of dsigmon


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Unibroue tulip

A: beautiful orangie amber color with two finger head...retention is great on this beer

S: smell is not very strong, lightly floral with some traces of grass

T: starting off from front to back the first thing that I can catch is the grassy/piny bitterness from the hops. The bitterness is strong at first but after the first few sips it really begins to open up and I can begin to pick up on some ripe grapefruit finishing with some slight malt sweetness at the end bringing the hop bitteness to an end.

M: mild carbonation, slightly oily, a bit thin

D: enjoyable brew, does not hang out with the big boys however, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 03:37:58 | More by dsigmon
Photo of rebel1771


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

Pours a very cloudy copper color with decent head retention.

Very floral hoppy aroma, with tons of citrus.

Hop bitterness right off the bat with nice floral flavor. The hoppiness is quickly followed up by a biscuity malt flavor.

This is a great brew, very drinkable and just plain awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:50:23 | More by rebel1771
Photo of biggmike


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

Enjoyed this one courtesy of Barefootbrewer. Pours a cloudy orangey/copper color with beautiful white head. Beer is unfiltered and has lots sediment and floaties. Has a nice citrus and floral aroma. Flavor is also very hoppy with hints of citrus, floral, and pine. Mouthfeel is nice and left decent lacing. A good beer I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 07:49:26 | More by biggmike
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.2/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

After sweetening the palate with Pyramid apricot and a Tropicale, I need some hops to snap me back into balance. Here's hoping Indica 'does the needful'...

Appearance - Hmm. An orangey pour, a finger+ of medium and large bubbles. Good lacing, sticky residue all over the glass. Lots, I mean lots of flaky sediment, reminds me of Charles Wells IPA from a can I had way back. I don't mind some of that stuff but at some point the liquid just looks polluted. I hope that isn't an overly ignorant observation on my part but most IPAs are not rife with sediment. Anyway...

Aroma - this had an initial burst of mild citrus but after settling, I'm struggling to pick up much of anything. As the beer warms I get an occasional sweatsock odor.

Taste - a solid and robust grain start. A light maltiness coats the tongue, setting up for the hop wash. They hit with a piny note, not very resiny though. Some classic hop body and profile but I find it lacking towards the end. It becomes medicinal with a shallow bitterness that loses its flavor. There are times when I catch hints of sweeter citrus, but it's seldom. The lack of follow-up to the malt side undoes most of the good this beer had going for it.

Mouthfeel - a good mouthfeel. Smooth and slightly oily, crisp carbonation, one of the better areas of the beer.

Drinkability - doesn't really impress me; not something I'd go for again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 02:33:12 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Surefire


3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Lots of debris floating around in the beer. I know this is unfiltered beer, but the amount of junk in the beer is IMO out of line.

S: Hoppy, strong.

T: Hops galore. This beer puts hair on ones chest. Heavily focused on bitterness

M: Heavy body

D: Drinkable for its style...

Overall: Most likely a good beer for its style, but to me its way too bitter to be enjoyable. There isn't a lot of balance of flavors...

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 04:01:54 | More by Surefire
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well hazed copper pour with an excellent beige head that retains and laces nicely. Had to leave the last ounce or so in the bottle because I didn't want a glass full of sediment.

Aroma is toiasted grain, caramel malt, and some earthy and piney hops.

Flavor is a step up from the nose. A solid malt entry of lightly scorched caramel and sweet grains is followed by pine and grapefruit hops. Fairly well balanced but could use a bit more hops.

Body is medium, smooth, and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 16:16:42 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Tilley4


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I just can't get over the floaters in this. I know it's an unfiltered beer but they creep me out. They kill the appearance score of this beer for me. Without them, this would be a beautiful beer, nice and thick and looks like glowing honey.

Smells very balanced. Hops and malts present in the aroma and both are rather prevalent.

Very excellent tasting beer. Definite hop presence but nothing too overpowering and the malts balance nicely.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. The floaters still give me the creeps but this is one nice beer here. Wish I could get this over here east of the Mississippi.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 14:43:26 | More by Tilley4
Photo of lpb1970

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is a different beer for me. I'm all about bottle conditioning, but the floating particles in this beer are snow globe level even when I leave a little in the bottle from the pour. Seriously, this is the only beer I have seen that displays this. Beyond the suspended particles, this beer is a standout. The aroma is a nice floral hop with a sweet malty presence as well. Head retention is limited to a lacing. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium and carbonation is light. Flavor is a delicious mix of piney, citrusy hops with a beautiful sweet malt undertone to balance it out. A very fresh taste, I might almost mistake it for a brewpub beer. Hop bitterness is definitely present but not as much of a bite as a SN Celebration or a Victory Hop Devil. Very well balanced. I love this beer overall but the suspended particles kind of freak me out.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 23:31:41 | More by lpb1970
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Pours hazy orange with fine bubbled white head. Lace is nice.

Nose is grapefruit and orange rind.

Palate is very grapefruity with some malt to tame the hops, but still very sharp and citrusy. Medium bodied. Pine is notable as well.

Finish is long and dry citrusy.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 04:33:23 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of quad07


4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it out of a 12oz brown bottle with pry off cap into a large hour glass shaped beer glass. No freshness date or ABV on the label that I could find. $7.99 for a six pack from Chubb’s Liquor Store.

It poured into the glass with out much of a head. The head was small and white but the pour did produce plenty of carbonation.

At first glance it was a dark copper looking color but when held up to the light it looks to me more of a cloudy burned orange amber.

This has a very pleasant fruity taste with a nice balance of green hops and a hint of malt. Over all a nice mix.

The carbonation and balance of sweet and bitter hops felt very good in my mouth and is very drinkable and no strong alcohol bite. I bet this would go good with “American style Chinese food”. You could drink quite a few of these and be ready for more a short time later.

I thought it was a bit pricey but I will buy more and if I find a sale I will buy it up!


Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 23:27:20 | More by quad07
Photo of RJLarse


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a deep copper bronze color, and clear. A smallish sticky white head caps the glass.

Smell is a fruity citrus aroma. Fairly strong, slightly sweet.

Taste is a caramel malt with mild bitter finish. It's not very representative of the American IPA, but it tastes good.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly cloying.

A very drinkable IPA and a good tasting sessionable brew. Have this one if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 06:22:18 | More by RJLarse
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... poured in to a shaker pint. still listening to James Zabiela Alive V.1 mix.

Big white head... looks like a white crater scape .... rocky... big bubble wholes and sticky lacing that last forever.... The beer itself is another category... ALOT of muck stirred up from a fairly gentle pour... floaties are making up a significant portion of this brew. I am sure it is unfiltered, not sure if it is bottle conditioned or not.... but WOW, I don't know if I have ever noticed as much stuff floating around in a standard IPA.

Pine and citrus hops are on the low end of expected for an IPA .... earthy middle ground with a good caramel malt backing... yeasty fruitiness adds nicely to the complexity but still seems a little muddy.

Taste is quite a bit better ... still average for a West coast IPA... Bitterness is balanced very well... toasted malts middle palate followed by piney hop flavor... body is a solid medium with good carbonation... very drinkable and enjoyable (even though I keep thinking about the floaties).

I've reviewed (in my notebooks) nearly all the "great" US IPA's over the last 8-9 years and this one is always a beer that I pick up if I am feeling like an IPA night... and despite my above negatives, I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt, even though many would argue it doesn't deserve it. I am sure I didn't get a bad bottle, but until I started reviewing on BA, I only sorta paid attention to my reviews after they were on paper.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 08:40:01 | More by JohnGalt1
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.