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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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974 Ratings
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Ratings: 974
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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy amber-orange with a frothy beige head and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet malts with a touch of citrusy hops.

Tastes of sweet malts and hops, both citrusy upfront and bitter at the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, slightly slick, and little carbonation.

This is a very drinkable IPA from Lost Coast. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 21:22:39 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Chsyhkr

North Carolina

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

Aroma is adequate but could be more floral and piney.

Pours easily with a nice lasting lacy white head.

Color is amber on the lighter side with a nice hit of orange.

A well hopped and moderately malty brew.

Drink a few, but watch yourself.

Enjoyable, but not top shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 17:19:04 | More by Chsyhkr
Photo of tempest


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

Picked up a single from the Party Source in Syracuse, which might explain the floaties.

The aroma didn't do much, but there was a very nice mixture of clean caramel malt with bitter citrus rind and herbal hops. I'd be nice if there were more hops up front, but the aftertaste was right on, not too strong, not too weak. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 03:30:51 | More by tempest
Photo of theopholis


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a small, 1-finger off-white head. The head has very little staying power, and leaves no lacing.

Aroma- A nice blend of malt sweetness, aroma hops and some bittering hops. The smell is very clean and freash, with some mild fruity overtones.

Taste- Again, a failry nice blend of malt sweetness and hops. Perhaps not quite as sweet as an American IPA should be, but it;'s still pretty tasty. The hops start out as typical, flavoring hops with an herbal quality, and then move on into bittering hops at the back of the tounge. The aftertaste is almost all hops.

Mouthfeel- It has a sticky, medium body that lends it to long, ingering aftertastes. The carbonation level is just right for the style. Mineral content really pushes the hops into the forefront of the palate.

Drinkability- If you're a hop-head, you'll find this beer quite sessionable. If you're not, you will probably find undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 04:02:38 | More by theopholis
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A good IPA from Lost Coast

It is dark amber n colour and pours witha nice 2 finger head
Very aroatic with west coast spicy, peppery, and citrusy hops
Nice and sweet from the malt and the hoppiness gives it a spiciness that is sooo satisfying
Mod. Carbonation, and a light mouthfeel
I have drank far too many of these in a sitting simply because they are so easy to drink.
Truly a great IPA. I'd drink this as a daily drinker if it were available regularly in my area of BC.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 23:32:22 | More by Hornet2003
Photo of roller


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

Pours a hazy, fizzy reddish amber with a one-finger off-white head. The aroma isn't too strong, but is of sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is a caramel malt backbone with citrus rind bitterness that lingers. Grassy, oily hops in the finish. A hint of alcohol. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. This is a pretty good IPA with a nice hop profile. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 23:23:19 | More by roller
Photo of russpowell


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in NC, based on notes

Poured amber with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Superior lacing & above average head retention

S: Bready with some herbal hops

T: Bready with piney & grapefruitty hops up front. Becomes bready with brown sugar, caramel & piney hops as it warms. Finishes fruitty with pine & grapefruit hops snap

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks great but a little to hoppy & filling to session on. A nice AIPA

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 19:08:35 | More by russpowell
Photo of cswhitehorse


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

The Indica pours an amber beer that is real hazy orangish that looks unfiltered. This is the second time I have had it so I would assume this is how it is.

The smell is good and hoppy.

The taste is mellow and has more malt than hops to my palate.

Mouthfeel stays with you a good amount of time on the tip of the tongue and back of the throat.

I have had this beer before and it has a higher alcohol content than others so it packs a good punch. I am a fan of a couple of Lost Coast's other styles so I will drink another in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 02:54:29 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A reddish brown IPA with a decent head, this is a hoppy one with considerable bitterness on the finish. But don't get me wrong there is balance in the beer. Drinks a lot like Hophead by Tree or Phillips IPA for all you BC"ers. All in all a real nice hoppy west coast IPA that meets the bill but remember that the aforementioned local IPA's are about $4 less for the same quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 01:28:09 | More by canucklehead
Photo of crayphish


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA poured a dark hazy amber liquid, with a dense creamy head. Lots of sticky lacing. Smell is citrusy hops, with a nice amount of earthy malts underneath. Taste is a heavy organic hop front, Grapefruit. The earthy malts show up. Mouthfeel is bitter and clean. Nice alcohol finish. I found this to be a very enjoyable, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 05:11:43 | More by crayphish
Photo of Halcyondays


2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, bought at Mike's Liquors in Huntington Beach, CA, on the corner of Warner and Bolsa Chica,

A: Dark amber, with a thick, white head, lots of lacing, fluff, and foam in the pint glass.

S: Malts, pale malts mostly, some piney American hops, with a lot of alcohol, a solventy, almost phenolic smell.

T: Pretty good, lots of hops, very grapefruity, with some mango, there is just too much alcohol in this one for its size at 6.5%, it just overwhelms the other flavors and the fruitiness of the hops. It almost tastes like a barleywine when it warms up, not what I was expecting.

M: Smooth, phenolic, and warming, quite crisp and biting for its heft though.

D: An OK beer, not one of the better IPAs that I have had, but not a bad beer, may buy again, but not a must try for you IPA lovers out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 03:09:45 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Slatetank


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Lightly hazed amber with a white head that dissappears almost immediately + leaves spots o' lace.

S -Citrus with a good amount of of malt accents.

M - Med body + carbonation w/ slightly sweet middle and bitter hoppy finish.

T - A sweet cascade taste w/ a goodly amount of bitterness. A basic American IPA that is not too strong. The tastes seems tame compared to some other west coast Ipa's. More emphasis on bitterness than hop flavor especially in the finish.

D - A decent balanced Ipa for the most part. Very drinkable, but finishes on the acidic side. I would try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 22:19:54 | More by Slatetank
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Nice AIPA. Hazy brown-orange colour with a nice white, foamy head.

Fresh, zesty hop scent with a sweet malt body. Taste is hoppy, fresh and refreshing, especially on a hot summer day. Tingly on the tongue, perhaps a bit too carbonated, but overall very drinkable. Nice to see an IPA with this taste and a lower ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 04:02:34 | More by BDTyre
Photo of barefootbrewer


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

This beer poured a hazy brown color with a ½” head – creamy and lasting. The aroma is malty and caramel mixed with fresh hops. The taste is hoppy with an initial bitterness followed by some balancing from the malt. The hops persist in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly creamy. Overall, this is a tasty IPA that I’d consider fairly drinkable – but perhaps it could use some more malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 00:08:40 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a nice white head. In the aroma was a light citrus, floral and sweetness. In the taste, malty grapefruit and a nice bitter end. It leaves a dryness and a lingering hop presence in the mouth. A nice IPA, easy to drink, and good memories of out west. This was also the first review that my wife talked to me about flavor profiles all the way through.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2007 20:02:32 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A - cloudy, amber color with a foamy tan head that settled to a light layer, leaving some good lace.

S - very good, balanced, hop and malt aroma.

T - good tasting west coast ipa, well balanced flavor.

M - medium/full bodied beer with mild carbonation.

D - a little heavy, but it's good for a few.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 01:57:37 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of cbak999


4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is everything you would expect from a west coast American IPA. The IBUs are a little higher than other examples in the style. But not over the top - hop taste is citrusy and piney - earthy. Very good balance of hop and malt. The color is cloudy, amber and when poured into a pint glass, you have a nice 1/2" head that lasts a while. There is a thin lace on the glass. All in all, a very good IPA. I will go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 19:41:54 | More by cbak999
Photo of ArrogantB


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark hazy orange color with lots of floaties, I imagine this has been sitting for sometime in the store I purchased it from (riverside beverage). The smell reminds me of peaches in a can with syrup and is slightly interesting. The taste is oily hops on top of a decent amount of malts but is just not very good. This one was, not bad but was still a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 15:13:57 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of masikon


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy longhorn orange with a nose of juicy citrus. Actually milder than expected in terms of hop profile, much more balanced than most west coast IPA's. Mouthfeel is fizzy and abrupt, much different than the more oily lingering feeling I generally like in this style. Overall a very drinkable and quality beer, just not the aggressiveness I love about my favorite IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 02:47:52 | More by masikon
Photo of DoubleJ


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of Lost Coast's offerings, on to the beer:

It's darker in color for the style with with orange body and creamy looking head at the top. Good hop scent in the smell with some citrus, more of the same with the flavor. The bitterness is there and is actually a pretty good beer, however I'm docking its score because of the high standard set by the style it's trying to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 20:21:37 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of tonistruth


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

A- auburn in color, unfiltered, 1 finger white head, decent retent, thin film lacing

S- buttery, citrus, floral, leafy

T- earthy, citrus, leafy hops, biscuit malts, toasted malts, strong bitter biting hop finish and after

M- medium w/ a dry after, hops very abusive

D- great example of an IPA, very palate abusive, enjoyable and drinkable, I'd have another. another reason why Lost Coast is a very underrated brewery

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 17:32:12 | More by tonistruth
Photo of Night


3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with orange tones; unfiltered with a lot of yeast floating about. Chunky, bubbly beige head dies down pretty quickly – medium lacing. Aroma is mild floral hops; light citrus and pineapple. Light to medium body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is moderately bitter sappy and grapefruit hops with a touch of smokiness up front. Backbone of dense, bready sourdough malts complimented by a hint of dark pit fruits. Sour for an IPA. Bitter pine flourish in the finish; aftertaste is lightly sour and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 04:32:42 | More by Night
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.