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: 1,076
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium honey with an ample head that laces nicely.

Aroma is dry piney and earthy hops. Floral aromas come in on the finish of the inhale.

Flavor is opens with phenolic and piney hops. Malt barely shoes itself and then hides.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Carbonation is adequate.

Good hop flavor but no balance and a little thin

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

a milder IPA with a very nice white head and lace. amber but crisp. not as bitter as most. quite fruity. nose is citrus fruit grapefruit mostly and palate is every range of orange fruit and lemon zest. a good bitter. peppery. not particularly bready.

Photo of degerbah
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a mix 12-pack my friends brought back from Spring Break this spring. Pours a transparent amber out of a bottle, a lot of head. Aroma is straight hops. Similar to an SNPA.

The taste is very reminiscent of SNPA, almost a clone to my taste. I wish I had another bottle to do side by side. Thi sbeer maintains hop character throughout with a good hoppy aftertaste, but without becoming excessively bitter. On seond thought I'd say it's better than SNPA. Other beers it beats are Great Lakes Oliver Hazard Perry. Possibly a better buy than Stone Pale Ale.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Indica India Pale Ale
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Style: American IPA, ABV: 6.50 %
Reviewed @ E Street JB, 5/1/09
Draft>pint glass

A 4.0 - Golden orange honey in color, good head with some minor lace sticking around.
S 4.0 - Evident hop aroma but smooth
T 4.5 - Semi sweet for an IPA, citrus/grapefruit hoppyness. I dig this one for a "sweeter" malty IPA.
MF 4.0 - Medium body, medium+ carbonation.
D 4.5 - Almost a 5.0 on drinkability for me, I really dig this IPA. Semi sweet and has an excellent taste gong on.

Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wonderful girlfriend picked this up for me while she was away visting her sister. Thank god she puts up with my beer geek ass!

A- Poured into a pint glass. Very hazy golden amber color. Has some floaties in it that seem to be suspended in the beer itself. Also, 1/2 head that came and went quickly in a off white color. Lacing left on the sides just kind of there.

S- Oh I smell grapefruit and slight other fruity smell (apples maybe?). Hops seem to take presence over this one. Malt background along with a sweet alcohol smell.

T- Nice bitter hops up front with a big malty background. I think this beer is a little past it's prime but the hops haven't faded too bad. I like the taste.

M- A little much carbination making it feel a little more like a sparkling wine for sure. I don't mind it at all it rushes over the palate making it tingle (once again sparkling wine). A little on the medium side.

D- If this were a little more fresh I could see myself drinking a lot of this. Cheers to a good girlfriend!

Photo of smibroncos
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Poured a cloudy, orange amber, with a slight apricot head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Hops, citrus, apricot.

T. Good hop flavor, slightly spicy. Orange peel, apricot,bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied lightly carbonated, gritty.

D. Refreshing, a decent pale ale. Not really overbearing hops, lightly sweet. I will drink Indica again.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful orange copper. The head was amazingly thick and cake like, and left wonderful lacing. Picked this up for about $1.50 in a 12oz bottle

Smells of little fruit, little hops, and some grapefruit.

Taste is not overly hoppy, nice balance, over all for the price I paid this is a fantastic find.

Medium to full bodied moutfeel, and drinks well.

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

Pours a hazy copper orange color with lots of sediment floating around, two finger off-white head and nice chunky lacing. Nice piney and grapefruit aroma, a hint of caramel and burnt sugar, lightly grassy and herbal. Flavor has a nice bitterness to it, sugar comes into play in the middle, dry bitter finish. Grapefruit rind is the predominate hops flavor, a little bit of citrus orange notes, and a solid cracker-like malt backbone. Tasty and thirst quenching. Not the best of this style, but good nonetheless. This was my first from Lost Coast and wasn't disappointed. Looking forward to trying their 8 Ball Stout next.

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

A good, mediocre IPA. Pours slightly hazy and copper in color with 1 finger head. Good retention and lacing though. Smell was mainly of hops, a little more piney than citrusy, nice caramel backbone as well. Had a hop bite to it, though not too bitter, with a sweet caramel malt taste as well. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly oily aftertaste. Overall a good beer and easily drinkable. Not the best IPA ever but for $4.99 for a 6 pack (on sale) it was certainly worth it.

Photo of Docer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bomber at QFC.. has a place for freshness dating... but wasn't used :-/

- Thick foamy head.. light copper color white foam.. Cloudy caramel appearance.. looks sweet and rich.

- Smell is bursting with hops... pine, bitterness.. and a small wee bit of skunk... but smells very good. Slight sweetness.

- Tastes like a really good macro.. only way to put it.. well balanced.. slightly sweet, caramel... and pine hops with a touch of citrus and bittering..

- Little bit chewy.. and bitter/dry aftertaste..

- Drinkable... but not very... maybe bottle conditioned awhile... bit bubbly and foamy like a lager dumped from a can...

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy apple cider color with a decent fine-bubbled off-white head. Average retention and lacing.

Smells mostly of floral and citrus hops. Some light caramel maltiness in there, but not much...pretty hop forward beer with a touch of apricot and peach aromas.

Not much to complain about here, but does not do anything special to stand above the crowd of abundant American IPAs. I like the fact it does not have a sticky bitter taste, it is a bit more slick. Has plenty of hop flavor without being overly bitter. It's an easy drinking, sessionable IPA. Glad I got to try it and have enjoyed both Lost Coast offerings I have gotten ahold of.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a nice golden orange with lots of frothy head, aided by multitudes of little bubbles making their way to the top. Luxurious lacing. How an IPA should look.

Smell is piney with hints of grapefruit and biscuits.

First taste it's the bittering hops that hit you head on, mixed generously with the pine. A nice moderate sweet malt backbone holds it all in place without adding too much sweetness. There are hints of citrus, grapefruit, caramel. Reminds me of Green Flash with just the slightest more malt carrying through, really nice. Dry finish, great carbonation... just nice.

This is a really solid IPA and the first "great" brew from Lost Coast. This is the one to seek out.

Photo of seanbhudson
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a huge white head that dissipates slowly. It looked like an ice cream shake on top. Very long lasting sticky lacing.
Huge aroma of citrusy/piney hops and biscuit like malt. Bit of a tropical smell like pineapple/mangos.
Starts with piney bitterness with a backbone of caramel and citrus. Finishes with long lasting light grapefruit bitterness.
Medium-full bodied beer with a slightly syrupy texture that coats the mouth fully. Light fizzy carbonation.
Stand alone I thought the bitterness overpowered the sweet malts too much. I then started eating some food and it kept getting better and better.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-SteveK

Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Mellow Mushroom here in town for lunch the other day. Poured a murky goldish orange with about a half-inch head resting on top. Decent lacing. Smelled of piney hops and oranges. Nice crisp bite right off the bat. Smacked of hoppy bitterness. Great thirst quencher! I really enjoyed this offering. Recommend.

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

From a 22oz bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint. Aroma is pineappley with some pine/citrus spice. Orange amber with a thin, creamy beige head. Clear with a slight haze. Hop forward in the beginning followed by clean malt with a touch of toast, and bitterness lingers in the finish. Medium bodied and not over carbonated with a dry finish. A well made IPA.

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

not much more to say than what has already been said. gorgeous looking beer, nice lace, fluffy head, good retention. the toasty, bready character of the malt coupled with the hoppiness really does give this one that indica kind of sensibility. quite a nice ipa with a good deal of balance to it. i think i am impressed.

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

It pours hazy copper-orange, with a thick marshmallow head floating on top. It leaves really nice concentric lacy rings on my glass. Man, this looks good.

Lots of flowery, resiny hops aroma! More C* goodness in the flavour, along with sturdy but not ridiculous bitterness. Toasty breadiness grows with each sip, and a very slight caramel hit is in there too. A touch of sweetness rounds it all out.

Solid but not overdone carbonation and good body make this pleasant to drink too.

Overall? This is a nice IPA -- good balance and interesting choices.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small sticky white head that left a good lacing behind.

S: a dry floral and grassy hopping with some citrus and pine and dry oranges.

T: The initial flavor was biscuity and full, with sticky pine and dried grapefruit hop resins along a light malt sweetness and dried oranges. The beer leaned towards more of a bitter hoppiness and finished with a good fade of spicy citrus and grapefruit on the tongue.

M: sticky with sweet citrus and pine resin brought out by the strong carbonation nature of the beer. A good lingering grapefruit lacing graced the tongue after the swallow.

D: A great big drinking ipa that hopheads should enjoy. A big fulfilling drink in one serving.

Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to try this just based on the name. Hop's infamous cousin.
Pours a cloudy copper with a nice head that sticks to the glass.
Smell is citrus and pine. Some sweetness but also some bite in the nose.
Taste is much like the smell, lots of hop bitterness but a little thin. It could use a little more zing. It just seems a bit weak.
Feels a little thin, dry and quenching.
A nice hot weather sipper.

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

Pours out a cloudy marmalade in appearance, lots of suspended particles. Tall spongy cream coloured head that slowly settles.

Balanced nose with robust bready malt, cut through the middle by sharp piney, citrus hops.

Flavour is pretty bold as well, big bready malt up front, accompanied by a consistent hop presence of intense pine, leafy herbs and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, a little bit of soapy oily-ness on the finish.

A pretty solid IPA, it delivers the hop goodness without being too lopsided.

Photo of bifrostguard
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber color with a tall off white head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Citrus and pine hops with some malt.

T - Bitter and delicious. A little on the citrus side, but not bad. Pine and a strong malt backbone are there. Not one of the best I've had, but a pleasant surprise.

M - Carbonation is high and medium bodied.

D - I like this one so I could easily make a night out of it.

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

Cloudy amber with an awesome three finger creamy head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is good citrus floral hops.
Taste is citrus grapefruit orange hops with a very strong sweet malt backbone. A bit mild on the hops for the style but that made it an easy drinker. Mouthfeel was just fine.
Drinkability was excellent in spite of the 6.5% abv.
Cool label art. Update-05/01/09: Bottled on date 02/10/09.

Update: The hops are not deficient the malts are higher than average. The upgrade on my rating reflects this IPA as being one of my go to favorites. Hop bombers should avoid. If you like rich earthy hops and great drinkablity for the style I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Rusty orange color. Head is large, but recedes quickly to leave light lacing.

S: Citrusy hops with a hint of malt that comes out more as it warms. Not a very strong or complex bouquet.

T: Strong citrusy hops come out on the tongue first; the flavor becomes a combination of orange and sweet malts midway through, and returns to a citrusy grapefruit flavor in the finish. A decent flavor, but nothing that stands out.

M: No alcohol warmth detected. Slightly watery body and bland carbonation.

D: It's a decent IPA; not terrible for the style, but not a standout, either. I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of bhalter8
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/rust color, with apparant carbonization. Rather thin/light complection, both the beer itself and the head. The hops are apparent in the smell, but is nothing too dynamic, just the hopiness one would expect from an IPA. The taste follows the look and taste's lead, in that it is solid, but nothing that seperates itself from the pack. This is not to say it is a bad beer, certainly a solid representation, but nothing special either. As a big fan of IPAs and the like, I guess I am now looking for something striking after trying so many. I felt the biggest detriment was the mouthfeel, rather light and fizzy. Definitely felt this was its biggest drawback. In the end, I could easily drink a few and enjoy them, but would not seek it out to do so. A fair representation of a West Coast IPA.

Photo of sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into pint glass at Bent River Brewing Co in Moline, IL. From the $2 cooler behind the bar. Took a while to warm enough to drink, having been buried in ice. There were some other tempting options in that cooler for that nice price.

Huge white head, wicked retention and enduring lacing. Copper colored.

Strong grapefruity hoppy nose up front, with some malt sneaking in. pretty one dimensional and not much legs.

Malt and citrusy hops battle for attention, balancing each other before a modestly bitter finish.

Medium bodied, not overly carbonated, pleasantly mild dryish finish.

Mostly balanced, not too heavy. A pretty good beer, but not inspiring or especially memorable.

Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.