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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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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 84 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Ratings: 1,109 | Reviews: 563
Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  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 +5.1%
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 +6.4%
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
4.07/5  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
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy copper pour results in a fluffy, dense tan head which fades somewhat quickly and leaves little lacing behind. Smells of bright citrusy hops which are toned down a bit by some orange peel. Not much else going on there. Tastes a little caramel and cinnamon sweetness up front with a god bite of oily hops following up. A little grain and pine exist deep down. Feels light to medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. Just unique enough to set it apart from many IPAs, yet has enough hoppiness to keep you satisfied if you're looking for that kind of party.

Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good IPA, but nothing special to set it apart from others. Maybe my expectations were too high, given Lost Coast's consistently strong output. Pours orange-brown with a light white head. Hops and grapefruit prevail in the aroma and taste, with some slight sweetness towards the end. It is a good IPA, which I would not hesitate to buy again, but I'm still a little disappointed

Photo of kosmoraios
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal-clear orange color, with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Piney hops share dominance with grapefruit citrus in the nose, bit of an herbal undertone.

Taste is of hops, piney and floral. Pine tree sap. There's an unpleasant pine-needle-tea bitterness that is unusual for an IPA. Caramel-sweet malts peek out as the ale warms, but the unnatural bitter note remains throughout the ale. I love hops, the more IBUs the better, but this flavor kills it for me. Alcohol becomes somewhat evident near the middle of the ale.

Insubstantial and watery in the mouth, finishes with a metallic aftertaste.

Photo of tadowdaddy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy dark amber with finger width head. Not good retention although the beer provided excellent lacing.

S- Fruity.. other than that, not a lot to the scent of this beer. Never smelled an IPA that smelled really sweet and fruity like this one.

T- Not bad, not great. An average beer. Not overly hoppy, but a very distinct citrus taste. Balanced a bit in the end with a toffee flavored malt. A bit too sweet for my liking. Bitterness in this beer was average.

M- Not very chewy but a tad oily.

D- Not too drinkable for me due to the extreme sweetness and fruitiness of the beer. It wasn't terrible and I'd drink it again, but only in one or two beer sittings. Wouldn't be able to handle more than one or two at a time.

Photo of UA8
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy reddish copper body with caramel color head.

S- Very faint nose, barely detectable.

T- Mainly dominated by piny and resinous hops fair balance but a bit light on the flavor.

M- A bit light could use more body.

D- Overall an amateurish effort. Does little to separate itself from the pack.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - The body is orange and thick allowing very little light through. His head is about a quarter inch and very light tan but has very good stamina.

S - Nice hops aroma leaving little to the imagination.

T - Strong hoppy bitterness throughout with a soft finish and then a firm after-thought of more hops.

M - Easily he goes down giving a scrape along the way at the roof of my mouth and outsides of my tongue.

~ I like this brew. It offers a very interesting upper should relaxation that starts at the top of my neck near my scull. This is certainly worth a try.

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orangeish amber with a tan head that thins and stays. Traces of trailing lace sticks.

The smell is grapefruity, piney/resiny and spicy/herbal. A nice, complex American hop aroma.

The taste is of intense hops - piney, especially - held together by a caramel/toffee backing that rounds out the strong bitterness. It has a sharp bite to it.

The body is on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Pretty chewy with ample carbonation.

A hoppy, but rounded, IPA for sure! Get your hop fix here!

Photo of Overlord
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear orange. Inch or two of off-white foam that quickly settles down to a thin crust.

Smells ... bad. Sorry, it does. Weird musty herbs, a pungent rotten pine odor. Not good.

Taste, thankfully, is much better. That same bitter herb-iness is still there, but muted, and there's some balancing malt and a more mellow pine backing. Not a lot of citrus flavoring, which is a bit surprising.

Well carbonated, but somewhat thin.

Photo of kasper
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a oily orange-tinted, semi-translucent copper color with a single finger banana cream-colored head that deflates quickly, leaving slightest bit of spotted lacing.

S: Not sure how old this bottle is, but getting lots of ripe sweet tropical fruit and carmel with a tad of hops trying to push their way through.

T: Tons of piney hop bitterness in the taste, however. Nice fruity malty backbone, but a bit shallow in complexity. Lingering zesty bitterness.

M: Slightly resiny, medium to heavy texture, moderate carbonation.

D: This is an OK beer. It's nothing special and I wouldn't really seek out a second. Not a bad beer, however.

Photo of erikm25
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Heavy on orange and copper. No red or amber tinting just a hazy burnt gold as it sits. Head was marshmallowing with great retention. Tiny crystalized bubbles glistened around the glass.

S: Citrus and zesty hops. Crisp smelling with tiny hints of herbs and sweetened pine. Bottle indicates "balanced by radical bittering from Columbus hops... dry hopped with... Williamette and Centennial hop flowers." Smells of more floral sweetness as it reaches room temperature.

T: Stronger then expected pine hop bitterness but still very drinkable. Also a citrus and raspberry tang. Overall, small hints of a malt backbone but for the most part this is straight out hops. Any alcohol is well hidden in the taste but warms the body nicely.

M: Mouth feel is sticky and biting with pine resin draping the tongue.

D: Another quality West Coast IPA. The name is great and the bottle is trippy. As for the beer: drinkable and recommended. A very solid delivery.

Photo of ibbjamin
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

An inch and a half semi-frothy white head after an aggressive pour. Rather cloudy orange amberish color. Excellent head retention. Strong tailing lacing.

Smells of very clean, quality hops. Citrus, pine, you know the drill. Nothing fancy or out of the regular, just a quality IPA.

Taste is more mild than smell. Same characteristics, but the grapefruit/citrus come through more. Good aftertaste. Again, quality ingredients used in proper quantities.

Easy to drink. Rather tasty. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy, smooth finish, some grittiness.


Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA, and a hard one to find Northeast these days. Drying full bittreness, smooth, orange citrus. Aroma of c-hop but also a tad musty in there. Better as airs out. Dry aftertaste, must be high IBU.Lace webbing remains. Good carbonation and above-average mouthfeel. Columbus, Willamette and Centennial hops.

Photo of bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a rocky off white head. Hop aroma dominate-pine resin through and through. Initial taste reveals subdued malt with a slight hop bite. Well balanced- finish is crisp-no lingering hops or malt on the back of the tongue. Moiuthfeel is medium and drinkability good-well done IPA one of my favs

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep ruddy orange, pretty much opaque. lots of little chunkies floating around. head eventually drops to a thin cap, good lacing. the bubbles are tiny and not in a big hurry.

take a sniff and you may not be in a hurry to go anywhere either. big floral aroma with sour aspects, some bread and alc muscling in. 6-pack holder says "radically hopped." let's see if it's in the flavor too.

yes. tastes a lot like it smells. carbonation turns out to be fairly minimal, so the viscous brew flows around covering everything, flaunting its judicious use of bitterness to complement the sourness. enough sweetness to hold it all together too. might wish for a touch more carbonation and even bitterness. still very good.

Photo of illidurit
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Copper color with an off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is of citrus fruit and hop resin. Flavors of clean grapefruit and pine. Toasty malt profile, but hops run the show here. Good balance, medium bitterness. Surprisingly tasty beer from a mediocre brewery. Dry lingering finish.

Photo of Berticus
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA so far.
When comparing it to the snake bite ipa from Flying dog it has...
Better Aftertaste because of a smoother finish
The head retention isn't as good but the color is a bit darker and more appealing.
It is an overall great drinking experience with all kinds of interesting notes.

Photo of joekfsu
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a 2 cm tan long standing head. Aroma is sweet for the most part, a little floral. Initial flavor of sweet malts. Flavor ends on spice and hops, and the hops carry on for a while. Medium body, limited lacing, light carbonation, and a hint of alcohol. Overall a well done beer, even the female roommate likes it.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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