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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: 1,089
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 23
Gots: 66 | 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 bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +2.1%
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
4.03/5  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
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mayor55
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle in to a 16 oz pint glass. Deep brown/copper color. Medium lacing. Medium tan head. Smell not real distinctive. Has excellent flavor. Would be a good session beer. Compares very favorably to Goose Island IPA. Feels very good in the mouth. I could definitely drink several of these in one sitting. I was very happy with this beer and is a good bargain.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle I picked up at BevMo id Redwood City while in the SF area on business.

A - Copper with a slight haze and a thick beige head. Good lacing.

S - Floral and citrusy hops with some sweet malt. Very nice.

T - Citrusy hops balanced by a nice malt sweetness. I like more hop dominance but this was a nice change of pace. This is a very well balanced IPA.

M - Good body and carbonation. It really coats your mouth.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. I wish I had a good supply closer to home.

Photo of TonyT
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass...

2 Finger head....laced down as drunk, with aemebic pattern.
Nice floral hop smell.

A hazy, dark gold colour.

The hop balance is nice, just enough to not be in your face. Hops hit in the front.

At first The malt follow-up is good...from middle and trail off quickly in the back.

...But the more I drink it, the more malts I taste, which start to take over the hop balance.

I would be interested to see what this tastes like from a tap.

This is a good beer, don't know if I'd buy a case...but I would definitely have this beer again...as well as recommend it to a friend.

Photo of Hophead101
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the Yard House in Vegas.

sharp hop nose - good copper color. poured a really nice and bountiful head. also had great lacing. the taste was very pleasant - had a unique hop taste to it.

mouthfeel was ok - good balance across the entire pallate.

Photo of blackjack000
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounces poured into goblet.

Appearance: A very hazy apricot color. Pretty opaque for an IPA. Very little head, just a little strewn across the top of the beer here and there. Very pretty color, but would be more impressive with more head.

Smell: It smells a little heart for an IPA to me. There is the requisite citrus, but a bit of warm biscuit underneath. In general, the smell seems a little turned down. It's a little hard for me to pick up.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A broad and slightly muted IPA taste. I enjoy it. No distinct IPA note clangs through--rather there is a wide range of hop flavor that hits. A nice, sweet malt sits underneath to complement the all-around feel of this beer. Mouthfeel is nice, just thick enough to bring that sweet malt and broad hop flavor through.

This is a pretty nice IPA when you don't want to burn out your senses on any one particular aspect. It has a good and standard range that one would expect from this class of beer. A good sipper that doesn't require a lot of thinking, just easy to enjoy.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head. There's some yeast suspended in the beer. Head slowly recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top, and the lacing is pretty decent.

Smells very good. There's a good amount of citrus, but the bitter smell is even more robust. There's a sweet malt smell that's noticeable, but it pales when compared to the hop fragrances.

Taste is good. Light citrus taste followed by a good deal of bitterness. Much like the smell, the malty taste really doesn't have much of a presence. The bitter taste lingers just a little too long.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit too much and it doesn't go down as smooth as it could. Still pretty good overall though.

Drinkability is good. The tastes aren't extremely well-balanced, but it's still a good-tasting beer.

Overall this is a solid IPA, but it's not spectacular. It's more on the bitter side than a lot of IPA's, so if you're hankering for a little more bitterness check this one out.

Photo of roadhouse
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a deep orangey copper color with a big three finger head that leaves lots of lacing.

Aroma is herbal hops with biscuit and caramel malts. Pretty faint overall.

Taste is also very herbal, and somewhat spicy. Some caramel and toasty malt flavors back up the hops to make it quite balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, and very smooth. Leaves a nice tingling bitterness on the tip of the tongue.

Pretty good stuff, maybe not as citrusy as I prefer them but it's a nice switchup.

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

Pours amber/orange with a huge fluffy white head and some pretty good lacing.Earthy, herbal, and floral hops with a slight soapiness to the smell. The taste has more malt present, and it balances out the hops and makes them a bit more subtle. The hops are strongly herbal in the taste, and there is a touch of sweetness to it all. Mouthfeel is earthy, and slightly grainy. Pretty decent, but the strongly herbal hops take some getting used to, they are pretty intense in a strange way. I've certainly had hoppier beers, but the herbal pungency reminds me of a college dorm.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a frothy off-white head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing. Aroma is mainly citrusy and floral hops (more citrus than floral), along with caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly citrusy (grapefruit, orange), floral and pine hops and also some bread and caramel malt. There's also a nice bitter finish that lingers around a bit. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick/oily and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think it's a decent overall brew, I'd drink it again in the future.

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

It's a bright but opaque orange in the glass with a rocky eggshell colored head. Nice lacing. sweet cirtusy hops, faint tangerine and grapefruit and some floral hop aromas as well. Faint fruity malt and a hint of kiwi fruit. (?!?!)

Fruity malt with a strident citrusy bitterness. Grapefruit and faint tangerine., orange rind. Long bitter aftertaste very tasty, pale malt backbone but imparts little but body and sweetness.

Easy drinker and damn tasty. A good choice if you find it.

Photo of mike24
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: unfiltered hazy amber with thin off white head and some excellent lacing

S: not a very powerful aroma, citrusy hops and some faint malt

T: big hop flavour upfront with a nice citrus finish. not particularly bitter or malty.

M: medium light in body, a little fizzy in terms of carbonation, not enough malty body for my taste.

D: Certainly drinkable, but not the greatest IPA

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

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a dark orange/amber color with a big full fluffy head. Lots of sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of citrus flowery hops and a nice sweetness from the malt.

Nicely balanced flavor. Enough citrus hops with tangerine flavors along with a sweet caramel backbone.

Smooth with a lingering hop taste.

Highly drinkable. Sessionable.

Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden-orange colour with a most excellent foamy white head that stayed for the course. Lots of citrus and grassy hops in the aroma. Citrus, grass and pine in the flavour are somewhat balanced by caramel malts, but not sufficiently in my opinion. Some breadiness and hop oil in the finish. Fairly high bitterness. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Solid drinkability, but not really a top tier IPA in my eyes. Bottle courtesy of Wildone as part of CanBIF4.

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

Golden-orange, white head served about one full inch. Good stick, not much in the lace department but the retention makes up for it.

Citric hop aromas and flavors, not much mitigated by some caramel malt. Some pine notes as well.

This is a good not great IPA, definitely worth your time if this is the style you feel like drinking. I enjoyed it.

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

Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a slight head that dissolves quickly to nice lacing. The aroma is strongly hoppy, mostly pine with some traces of flower. The flavor is very piny and resiny, a bit on the sticky and sweet side, though plenty bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have expected based on the sticky sweet impression on the tongue. This is a good beer, but a bit over the top on the pine to be truly refreshing.

Photo of riversider76
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep golden orange. One finger tan head,with excellent retention and laceing. It's a bute! Aroma is of grassy piney hops. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is fruity,and hoppy. Nicely bittered,but with a hint of bready malt in the finish. Excellent.

Photo of almychristopher
4.93/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a nice cloudy orange color with a nice white head that fades slowly. The smell is a wonderful array of hops that lingers in the glass. With the sweetness of the malts it leads into the taste nicely. the citrus and floral notes come across really nicely on the palate and combined with the wonderful crisp mouthfeel creates one hell of a beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A nice amber orange murky color with a one finger off white head. Decent lacing.

S: Balance on the nose of floral pine hops with a deep malt sweetness.

T: Hops on the forefront, with floral, pine and a touch of earthy hops with a deep caramel malt sweetness. A nice hop bitterness on the finish that really lingers. This is a very balanced IPA but leans more towards the malty side.

M: Medium with an oily feeling, decent bitterness and not much alcohol flavor (if any).

D: Medium, to me it was an ok beer that I could have a few of, but the malty sweetness works on me a bit.

Overall an good IPA that is definitely leaning on the sweeter side for an IPA. I think they could pack a bit more hops in it, but it is a solid beer that I would enjoy again.

Update: Had it a second time and enjoyed it much more this time. When fresh the hops stand out a bit more and make it a pretty balanced IPA. Good beer.

Photo of number1bum
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #15.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with sediment floating around. Head is creamy and dense, khaki in color. Keeps a pretty good lace and leaves some stick.

Smell is citrusy and pine hops, with some caramel malt, earth and must.

Taste is about the same as the smell and has a nice hop/malt balance. Primarily citrus and pine hop flavors, pretty easy on the bitterness as well for an IPA. Good caramel malt presence with an earthiness to it as well. It's got decent flavor and good balance but it doesn't exactly excite the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty oily slick on the palate.

Not a bad IPA but for a west coast IPA I'd like to see some more in my face, smack me around hops. It's on the boring side for an IPA.

Photo of joshwlt
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange with small bits of yeast floating around; I avoided the yeast in my bottle.

S/T/D - (std haha... I haven't been drinking, no) Slight smell of hops. The flavor is well balanced for an IPA has biscuity roasted malts that match the floral, citrusy (more zesty orange than grapefruit) hops well. The yeast provides a flavor that lowers the bitterness and provides for an interesting mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable won't give you heartburn. Wish I had some pretzels for this one.

Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.