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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: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
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 cswhitehorse
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of crayphish
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of cbak999
4.52/5  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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of masikon
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of tonistruth
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of Night
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of woemad
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on tap at The Elk in Spokane for $4.25. I've had this in bottle form, but not recently.

Served in a pint glass, this had a look to it that was somewhere between iced tea and amber. A big, creamy white head was perched atop the glass. Moderate lace.

This had a scent of leafy, medicinal hops. There was a modest citrus scent as well, but it was dominated by the bitter medicinal hop scent.

Taste was pretty much like the smell. I wasn't too impressed with the flavor of this beer. Bitter, but not bitter to the point of scalding a hophead's tastebuds - just bitter due to a lack of balance.

Mouthfeel was adequate. I feel that this beer's flavor shortcomings made the mnouthfeel academic.

Not a particularly inspiring IPA experience. I don't think I'll try this again.

Photo of Redwood21
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy cloudy orange to amber color with a white foam head. i like the look of the beer, but it doesnt make me pause and think"wow"
S: a decent amount of hops in the nose interestingly but not impressively. sorry

T: prett decent, on the low end of intensity for an ipa. there is some sweetness and there is also some hop bitterness, pretty well balanced
M: a lil on the qatery side, but good just the same
D: a very drinkable beer that i could easily do again. a litle dry but sweet and hoppy and good

Photo of winpig3
2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy orange color topped with a thin lacey head.

S: Faint hop aroma and certainly nothing to indicate a beer "radically hopped..." with "intense spiritual aroma," as written on the side of the label.

T: A mix of esters and hop bitterness

M: thin and oily

D: I'm a big fan of most Lost Coast offerings but this IPA is not one of them. Maybe having Indica fresh from the tap would be a better experience.

Photo of loren01
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orangish color, 1 finger width white head, good lacing
S: You can smell the malt, also the citrusy hop smell is very plentiful
T: A little bit of malt up front followed by a nice citrusy hop bomb.
M: Pretty prickly on the tongue, medium bodied and a little overcarbonated
D: Very nice IPA, satisfied my craving for another good hoppy west coast IPA

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite good, but not better than some of the other exceptional IPAs in recent memory, such as Alpha King, Real Ale Full Moon Pale Rye, Titan, Dreadnought, Big Eddy, etc, but it is still quite good and highly recommended.

This beer pours a hazy amber with hints of red-orange. Head is abundant, and inconsistently fades over time, leaving an attractive scum on the surface of the beer which is heavier around the edges of my glass, which the head aggressively clings to. This kind of head usually indicates to me that I;m looking at a pretty substantial beer. Aroma is hoppy and lightly citrus sweet. Flavor is malty and hoppy citrus-y up front with just a touch of sourness that doesn't quite fit (no date code on this bottle I can find). Nonetheless, this is a pretty solid IPA, but not better than some of the exceptional midwestern IPAs I've come to love (3 Floyd's, 2 Brothers, etc). Still good though.

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

California based 'Lost Coast' offers this ale, of Indian Pale decent, which is "radically hopped to give it an intense spiritual aroma"... and I'd have to agree. Smells lovely!
Rapid streams of bubbles rise while suspended yeast sediments fall. A peach hued head cascades up off the pour, then slowly falls all along clinging to the sides of the glass. A toasted tawny colour, the body completely clouded. A very thick layer of yeast residue left on the bottom of the bottle. The aroma of an unmistakably West Coast hop bomb. Lightly roasted malts and delicious hops. Very promising insofar. A considerably light hop bitterness upfront, although some resin and astringency resides in the mouth long after the swallow. The flavour is a gratifying dose of hops. The malt side of things is only a little light, well balanced that aspect aside. This is up there with American IPA's and is only slightly short of what I'd consider top tier. It seems to lack a certain finesse in the flavour and mouthfeel (overall altogether) but it is unmistakably well made and very enjoyable India Pale Ale. Very recommended.

Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Partied late into the evening and drank a 6pack of this last night. Poured into a pint glass pours a amber gold color with little carbonation bubbles and a bit of head that left little to no lace. Taste was very good with floral and citrus nose and also a bit of a aftertaste of bitterness. This went down so smooth that I had the six pack gone in a couple hours and boy was I feeling good, I woke up in the morning with that earthy aftertaste in my mouth and made me want to have another one of these. Not bad at all.

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

A - Deep, murky red with a two finger creamy head that's not afraid to stick around.

S - Floral & Spicy hops, a little malty undertone, grapefruit

M - Medium body, creamy finish. Can't decide if it was watery or milky, overall. It's a curveball.

T - Tangy spice opens to a carbonated middle with a floral finish laying on the faintest caramel bed. Nicely balanced. Bitter, resiny (hence the name?), "burnt" aftertaste. Maybe even slightly phenolic.

D - Overall this is a nice IPA, not too spicy, not too floral, with a malt background. The only major detraction to my mind being the somewhat harsh afternotes.

Photo of Byeast
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a deep, cloudy amber-orange with some particles in suspension, small offwhite head.

Smell: Good amount of piney and citric hops but the malt is right there with em, some bready rich malt characteristic of a Dipa.

Taste: A medium body with a very nice balance, hops are showing with good piney strength, also some slight citrus, grapefruit, slight fruit cup, and they are balanced by alot of rich bready/ caramel, slightly doughy and dark sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, mildly slick

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise, i expected this brew to be good and hoppy, but it has awsome balance, it has a nice hop punch but this has a great malt profile as well. Good kick to it also. Very nice.

Photo of KevBrews
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangish body with creamy white head; cloudy--not clear

Smell: Big citrus and floral hops, similar to Bear Republic Racer 5 and the Bell's HopSlam, except that there is a subtle spicy undercurrent in this brew that I didn't pick up in the other two.

Taste: Starts with a big, sweet citrus burst--all hops upfront! I pick up hints of bourbon and vanilla, and the caramel malts complement the hops. Finishes with a lingering spicy hoppy note.

Mouthfeel: huge and full-bodied, with carbonation that, with the hops, pricks the tongue.

Drinkability: Another great big, delicious West Coast IPA. I have a hard time deciding whether I prefer this or the Racer 5 better. I like the caramel malts and lingering spiciness in this brew, but I think the opening salvo of the Racer 5 might be slightly more assertive. I paired this with spicy Indian food--Aloo Choley.

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