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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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very good

964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | 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 Pooba001


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

Beer pours a hazy orangish amber hue, obvious bottle conditioning in effect here as well. Head dissipates to a nice lacing. Smell is nice, a northwest american hop aroma with grain and light malt sneaking in to the background.

Taste is a good clean bitter with moderate hop flavor, citrusy and earthy. The Columbus hop is coming through here, and the grain and malt are mostly eclipsed.

Mouthfeel is good, slightly dry. Drinkability is above average.
I just realized I already reviewed this beer, but I don't remember it being this hoppy. Nice thing is the rating still came out exactly the same, all 4s.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 09:16:01 | More by Pooba001
Photo of mmcave


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

Poured aggressively into my brand new Spanish made tumbler my girlfriend got me for my birthday. The color is a red, orange, musty, amber with some loose yeast. The head is lush and thick, like bath bubbles from a root beer float. It leaves thick clumpy lacing. Smells of aromatic hops, some citrus, pine, berries and maybe a tinge of hay. Mouthful is smooth and easy going, some caramel and toffee, with that nice tinge of bitterness from the hops. The after taste is a short one, doesn't have the same strength of my hero IPAs, but it is sort of velvety with a tinge of bitter hop aggression. I'd say this is somewhere in between the dryness of the an English IPA and a sticky American IPA, maybe more on the American side, which I am a fan of, but not quick the craziness that I look for in my favorite IPA. This is decently worth a try and if selection is limited go for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 23:47:08 | More by mmcave
Photo of TastyTaste


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

Appearance: Red, hazed, and sediment filled body. Head is creamy off-white, slow fader.

Smell: Light herbal hops and not much else

Taste: Hops are more well represented, hops are minty and raw, only slightly fruity (sharp citrus). Some nice biscuit flavor in the back. Pretty darn good.

Drinkability: A creamy body, and a sizable hop presence make this a pretty nice IPA, not enough in the nose, but not bad, either.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 20:55:34 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of cerveza5150


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

This beer is one of my favorites. Pours somewhat cloudy, not much lacing, with a small, creamy head. The hop notes start at the nose and continue through the taste. Caramel notes on the malt are slightly overshadowed by the intense hoppiness. This is a good session beer, even though it is a little heavy....

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 01:03:15 | More by cerveza5150
Photo of johnniemarg

New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy orange color with a 2-finger offwhite head. A fair amount of lace. On my second pour I get a glassfull of big, chunky suspended particles, despite having read the previous review and pouring carefully. Nowhere on the bottle does it say that this is bottle conditioned, so for most people this is going to be unavoidable.

Smell is primarily burnt caramel malt with a spiciness that hints at the hops but the hops are rather subdued for an IPA. This smells more like a pale ale than an IPA. It doesn't smell bad, it's just weak for the style.

A lot more hops in the taste than in the smell. Surpisingly, the malt is weaker than you'd expect in the taste and the hops almost completely take over. A very long hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

This beer is strange to me in the way it tastes completely different than it smells. I do like this though. And actually, the yeasty chunky stuff that comes out on the second pour mellowed it out a bit and added another dimension to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 22:06:41 | More by johnniemarg
Photo of rousee


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky amber with a small head. Leaves a nice amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Some floaties-most of em are small enough that it doesnt matter but there are a couple that are a little bigger--this is not good.

Smell is a standard American IPA all the way. Some maltiness with a strong acidic sour hoppiness.Citrus-like rather than piney.

Taste is pleasant and smooth --malt up front --nice strong hop kick. Tastes quite fresh. The mouthfeel and drinkability are good too but I am having a hard time with the size of a few of the floaties here. I will probably drink them anyway but it does hurt the overall enjoyment of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 21:41:17 | More by rousee
Photo of Imstillthegman


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

Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that quickly dies down to a ring. Leaves sporadic lacing on the glass.

Smells somewhat weaker than most IPAs. Some sweet, biscuity malts followed by piney hops with some lighter citrus scents.

Taste is along the same lines as the smell. A bit of tartness goes along with the sweet malts with only mild bitterness from the hops. Citrus and herbal flavors come through stronger than pine. Balanced well, but i enjoy my IPAs stronger on the hops side.

Medium body. Smooth and bubbles tickle the tongue. Slightly dry on the finish.

Good beer, but far from my favorite IPA. I won't have any problem finishing my sixer, but I'll try something new next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 22:17:54 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, off-white/tan head, good retention.

S: Plenty of piney hops!

T: Plenty of pine, toffee, good bitterness (not overly assertive), mild fruity esters, pronounced bitter aftertaste.

M: Body is heavier than moderate, creamy & somewhat acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: I like it a lot, though it may not be for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 23:08:49 | More by Derek
Photo of MLegendre


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange. 1/2in thick white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Lots of sediment floating around. No visible carbonation.

S: Weak smell. Takes quite a bit of stiring up to get much of a scent. Kind of citrusy, faint smell of piney hops, very sweet malt smell upfront.

T: Very strong malt sweetness comes first with a very strong bitter grapefruit hops following right behind. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation that didn't burn the tongue.

D: A very bold IPA with strong hop and malt flavors. Stands out over others and will definatly be one I will come to again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 07:08:01 | More by MLegendre
Photo of PorterLambic


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

Had this one when I went to Tampa Brewing Company for a late lunch. I planned this trip around the TBC visit to find they were moving to Centro Ybor and all their beer was gone! albeit, temporarily until the move was completed.
Pours an amber/copper color with a light tan head. Slightly hazy with good lacing.
Smell is lemon, light malt and light hops.
Taste is a little more involved with hops, malt, citrus, grass and alcohol all showing up.
Slightly dry, citrus and hops linger with the alcohol bloom. Medium-bodied but leans toward the fuller side.
A good beer but not what I wanted. Can't wait for TBC to complete the move so I can go drink their brews.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2006 18:35:05 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.00 6 pack 6.50% No best by date.


Pours a slightly opaque hazy orange-brown with a nice inch head of tight white/tan lace.


Only mildly hoppy which is odd for an IPA, with hints of sweet biscuity malt. Smells great, but not right for the style.


Extremely smooth with more herbal notes than are typical in an IPA, no grapefruit or pine overtones. Mildly sweet with a bread-like yeast sensation. Definitely drinkable, though again I'm not sure this is spot on for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 17:27:12 | More by cbl2
Photo of Cresant


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

Poured this undated 12 oz. into an IPA glass. Created three fingers+ of rocky, bubbly head. Yeast speckles float in the orange/amber murky body.

Smelled fruity, yeasty, and citrusy.

Tasted pleasantly tart and juicy. Somewhat bitter. Puckering hints of grapefruit rinds. Not especially complex but enjoyable.

Body was a bit thin. Nice lingering finish.

Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 00:58:08 | More by Cresant
Photo of scottoale


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

From the brown 12oz. bottle pours a glowing coppery-orange ale with a 1/2 inch off-white head.that shortly settles. Mellow carbonation visibly, some decent lace marks the journey.

Smells of earthy malt mainly, with some citrus hops blending in just right. The bottle i'm reviewing here has a healthy malt backbone with a perfect hop balance to it, almost tastes more like an APA than an IPA, I don't have a problem with that. A really good tasting beer in my book.

A full bodied brew with the alcohol well hidden by the flavor, don't let that fool ya...it's there. Overall a tasty, easy drinker that I truly recommend...cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 08:56:38 | More by scottoale
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

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

This beer has a big head. There is lots of lacing. The beer looks like muddy water. The smell is somewhat sweet and similar to a brown ale. The taste is pretty bitter. The mouthfeel is smooth but nothing special. I could drink these again but there are better IPA's around.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 21:19:48 | More by Enola
Photo of TheBungyo


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

I was very tempted to rate this a 5 in terms of appearance. Don't take this the wrong way ... the lacing is pretty nice, but not quite a 5. Body is the color of burning bronze. Enticing.
I can smell mostly pine and grapefruit, two essentials when it comes to a good West Coast IPA. Taste is firstly lemon, followed by grapefruit and pine, then caramel. Pretty nice. I'd be happy to make a night of this one. Well done Lost Coast.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 06:15:17 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of harpo111


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good IPA.
Poured a nice orange with a nice thick white head.
smelled very hoppy, with a slight grassy/malty smell.
taste was bitter with a note of citris and malt, very dry
mouthfeel was good, full
drinkablilty was pretty good, although like most IPAs i can only do a few before i start feeling like a hopp head...
overall a nice IPA..although I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 01:35:56 | More by harpo111
Photo of PeatReek


2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, any beer named "indica" with a picture of Ganesh on the bottle deserves some "appearance" points. Pours a hazy copper/amber with a thin chunky head. Smells like... hops. I'm running out of IPA adjectives here. actually the smell here is less intense than many; slightly grassy, slightly lemony, but not overwhelming. Taste is dry and prominently bitter, with significant lemon and grapefruit overtones. Only 6.5 abv, but it feels thicker; I couldn't have many of these before switching to something lighter.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 06:00:25 | More by PeatReek
Photo of Drew966


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

Lost Coast Indica India Pale Ale pours a hazy amber color with a thick, fluffy, off-white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. This beer has a very nice aroma, citrusy hops all the way. Taste is, well, hoppy of course. Nice citrusy hop flavor. Recommended for all you hop heads out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 00:32:42 | More by Drew966
Photo of SethB2


3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Beer pours a semi-transparent orangish color with very little head and zero lacing. Smell, like, I cant' really describe it. I was expecting hops and I did find some, but not very pronounced. It also had some odd dirt smell to it. Taste is decent, though not great. Initially, a hop wave hits and doesn't really subside. Maltiness is a tad subdued. Mouthfeel is medium and very dry. Too dry. Aftertaste is bitter and not in a good way. Drinkablity is OK, but I would reach for other selections first.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 02:07:20 | More by SethB2
Photo of scruffwhor


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a one-and-a-half finger head with good retention and a permanent, thick filmy foam covering my beer the entire time. Color was a deep, cloudy browned orange peel. There was a lot of yeast sediment. Which I found a little strange for an IPA.

Smell- Breday with a good balance of muted American hops that gave the aroma a very citrusy/floral nuance.

Taste- Lots o' bitter bread with hints of lilacs in the flavor profile. The American Northwest hops definetly stand, but don't snap with bitterness. This is a good thing. Nontheless, theres is something issing from this IPA that would really thrust it into that category better. I just can't put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel- Bitter, of course, ith some west coast, hippiesh bread notes. Lets not forget soem earthy yeast flavors hitting the center and sides of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 05:17:24 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of KyleVick4


2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, sad that is was a twist off bc I currently need bottles for my homebrew ... but thats another story.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange color. Nasty cloudy for a non homebrew. Has stuff floating all thoroughout it. Seen live beers before, but this is new. Looks like more like unfiltered trub than dead yeasties, its all throughout the beer. Glass was clean, had just washed it. Whatever it is came from the bottle. Needless to say cloudy beer with floating crap inside doent quite help the score. Only saving grace is that it poured with nice head and great lace!

S: Smells pretty good. Catch piney hops and malt aromas. Not as strong smelling as i think an IPA should be though. Smells almost watery...

T: Not impressed. Was hoping for a strong hop flavor. Found water with a touch of hops. Maltiness is rather weak, but the subtle hop taste allows you to find the malt. Overall needs more of everything but water.

M: A little to carbonated for my tastes. But not terrible. Does feel a little syrupy on the ole palate.

D: Meh if it didint suck I think I might like it. That being said I prob wont finish this beer. Seems light enough to be a minor session beer. But the poor taste and disgusting appearance do little for the drinkability.

Not very happy with this one. Wouldnt consider it an IPA. More of a hoppy ale that looks funny. Well if you are looking for a good IPA dont try this. Because you wont find one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 03:05:19 | More by KyleVick4
Photo of BeerRun13


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

Poured a dark brownish orange with a good sized off white head that left good lacing. Depending on how you pour it you may get some yeasty floaties in their... Don't be afraid of it.
A nice malty pine/citrus blend hits the nose. A little yeasy.
Well balanced in the taste. A good yeasty malt backbone accompanied by good hop bitterness and a citrus flavor. The hop bitterness is not to strong, but builds a bit with each drink.
Medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Nice and slick in the finish.
This one goes down easy and is very drinkable. A good session IPA for me. Like some of their other brews, Lost Coast Brewery defineitely has a winner here.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 22:22:58 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic at fridge temperature. Thanks to Ego for the sample.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy, beautiful sunset red with a bone white, two finger head. Looks fat and stalwart.

Smell- A wicked attack of hops with a piney, resinous aroma. It smells sticky, like pine tar. Notes of garbage in the hot sun.

Taste- Like the aroma suggests, the pinecone-like character is front and center... with a solid malt backbone for sturdiness and balance. Burps are strong and loud. The ending bitterness is sour and not particularly pleasing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The sharp, tiger-like carbonation is a bit strong and a bully in the mouth. It smooths out gradually throughout the tasting, but the taste overall doesn't even crack my top ten favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 02:17:11 | More by yelterdow
Photo of IntriqKen


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

Pours orange amber with a thick cream colored head that stays forever. Lots of crap floating in the beer...good yeasties, I'm sure.
Aroma is faintly pine and citrus
Taste is a wallup of hops....citrus orange, pine, resins, and finishes in a sweet grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick...almost like a honey on the tongue with nice carbonation and a warm alcohol to the swallow.
Yeah...I could drink this

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 21:26:13 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

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

a- This brew pours a gorgeous dark orange brown with an assload of suspended floating crap. It doesn't matter how I poured this one, they will be there, and they don't settle all that much. Maybe thats why the taste is so awesome. Good sized head that lasts, moderate carbonation and great lacing.

s- Holy crap I love this. The smell is insanely doughy. Fresh soft bread like awesomeness. Secondly we have citrus aromas.

t- Wow. Bready and sweet at first. Middle of the tasting the hops hit you moderately hard. Malt flavor is there right after the swallow. yeasty good. Great balance yet very unique. Fruity, twangy, and zesty.

mf/d- The mouthfeel rocks as well. This is quite thick and full. Smooth but slick, not too much carbonation. This is such a unique and balanced ipa. Most IPAs taste too similar to each other these days but this is different. Because of the crazyness I would probably only do 2 about 2 of these a night.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 05:22:31 | More by kbnooshay
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.