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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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971 Ratings
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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 29 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001)
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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
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light piney hop and a sweet grainy malt.

The taste was rather well balanced with an initial oily hop that soon gave way to a sweet malt. Good residual bitterness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking IPA. However, I expected a bit more hop presence from this California IPA.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2007 02:08:44 | More by plaid75
Photo of jspruit


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

Sampled this on tap from PRL Euro Cafe in Hollywood, Florida. Poured a nice copper with a thick creamy head that stuck around for quite awhile throughout the drink. There are plenty of hoppy hints at the initial smell and they stay throughout the drink too. Mild bitterness in the taste and plenty of hoppy notes but not too overwhelming so this goes down relatively smoothly-I did detect some subtle grassy notes though. I would definitely try another as I think that this is a good example of an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 02:04:34 | More by jspruit
Photo of praufs01


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance –Cloudy copper color with a creamy head and decent lacing.

Aroma – Floral and grassy hop smell with some subtle malty notes.

Palate – Full bodied and smooth.

Flavor –Very complex fruity flavors with an almost candied grapefruit citrus hop that hits you straight away, followed by a smooth sweet malt middle, leading to a nice citrus bite finish.

Final thoughts – Wow! It just blew me away. Well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 16:35:33 | More by praufs01
Photo of JayQue


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good strong tasting, citrusy IPA. Pours a cloudy orange color with some sediment (not as much as Hop Hog!). The head is medium sized with a hard pour and off-white or light tan. Good lacing ladders the glass. Smell is fairly light for an IPA...citrus and hops.

Tastes good, crisp hops flavor, hint of pine but mostly citrus and hops bitterness. The hops are not an "over the top" Avery Maharajah or Hop Hog type. This is a pretty accessible beer for people that are not hops fanatics.

Mouthfeel is rich from the fist sip (some IPAs seem a bit watery until the tongue is neutralized) and crisp. This is a highly drinkable IPA. A second one would go down as well as the first. A good beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 00:41:54 | More by JayQue
Photo of Wasatch


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

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, with some malt tones, citrus, and some pines, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, then the hops come into play, nice citrus/pines as well, there is some malts going on too. The finish is slightly bitter/dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty IPA, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 23:58:37 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Vancer


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

Lost Coast puts out a damn fine west coast IPA. An easy pour produces a firm ivory head on a hazy amber brew. Nice lace rings too.

Good ol’ citrus and pine in the aroma and quaff. Nice pop of grapefruit in the finish. Sharp and crisp, quite a dandy of a drinker. This would make for a good six pack sippin’ afternoon. Whoo, I see from BA that it’s 6.5% - no way, no alcohol burn at all!

I wish Lost Coast had better availability here in the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 20:49:36 | More by Vancer
Photo of pmcadamis


4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The bottle shows a Picasso-esque Ganesh with lop-sided eyes sitting on what looks to be one of the chairs that my mom has on her front porch. Amber/orange with a fat two finger head of off-white foam. Butt loads of lace sticks to the glass and drys up into a nice spiderweb of crusty arcs. This one is semi-hazy and copper when not in direct light.

S - A really sweet and biscuity (Gran's pre-rolled biscuits that come in a tube), with an earthy, almost dirty undertone. The hops aren't really at the forefront here. Its more about the thick bready malt...like the sweet-bread that some sub shops use on their sandwiches. More and more hops come out with warmth, and get fruitier as the beer approaches room temp.

T - Still really biscuity, but the hops come out more in the flavor. Sweet and firm malt backbone supports some really gritty hop flavors that remind me of that weird starfruit that you can buy at good grocery stores. There is some bitter grapefruit twinges, and the malt/hop profile is nearly perfectly balanced. Bittersweet.

M - Fine stinging carbonation mellows within a second in my mouth to become full bodied, oily, and gritty. Leaves a nice coating of hop oils on my teeth after swallowing, and the hoppy aftertaste lasts forever.

D - This is an outstandingly balanced IPA! It's got the prerequisite hops, but the balancing malts are really tasty and gritty. This is a damn fine brew. Not the hoppiest IPA ever, but very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 05:18:24 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of dbalsock


2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

App: Served in a pint glass, with a natural 1 inch head. Looked a little hazy with a light orange/amber body and white head.

Smell: Fruity hop aroma, like some light cascades and goldings were used... just a guess with a medium malty backbone that reminds me of malt extract. Still smells pretty good though.

Taste: The taste and aftertaste remind me of stale malt extract and old hops, but the beer itself doesn't seem old. At times it tasted similar to dirt. It's mostly standard for an ipa, but the off flavors that stand out really hurt the taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness without the crisp finish I'm used to. The bitterness is like bad lettuce.

Drinkability: Not undrinkable, I finished my glass, but poor example of the style. And I won't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2007 01:15:17 | More by dbalsock
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.