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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: 1,013
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | 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 Ego
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

found @ decicco market, pelham, ny ($8.99 a sixer)

moderately cloudy orange red, half a finger of perfectly cloned bubble head, sticky lacing right off the bat! very nice looking

piney grapefruit hops aroma, a pinch of alcohol bite, the malts are subdued but detectable and become more present down the glass... very IPA like

taste etc...
bitter notes really twang in this one, this reminds me of a more intense version of the Long Trail unfiltered IPA, all the same taste marks but much more powerfull, the hop kick is VERY strong, not as strong as say Alpha King but pretty close. The bitterness really lingers in the back of the mouth for some time but the rest of the mouth "drys out" ready for another sip. I almost get the sensation of chewing on dryed grapefruits with this one. The malts in this prevent the bitterness from killing you... barely. Right before the bitter aftertaste is where you can sense the malts... for a moment.. before the grapefruit hop bitterness becomes assertive.

good for one... maybe a just a touch too aggressive to be drinking all night long by itself.. paired with something strong it would be ok. Tasty. I might keep some of this around for a hop fix now and again.. a good IPA.

Ego, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of ReDave
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%

Very Malty especially for an (alleged IPA) While I can taste the hops, malt is there in the background. Seems too dark for an IPA as well [for me at least, i like a light golden to amber]. After taste is malty as well. However, this is still a drinkable ale. Just mislabeled. I may have to try this again, just to make sure I didn’t get a bad batch. {tho i've noticed that Lost Coast is "off" sometimes in labeling}

ReDave, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Tap@Lost coast, May 2004. Typical USIPA, very hoppy (lychee, pine, grapefruit), sweetish to start, then quite bitter towards the end. Pretty decent IPA, lots of body. Very aromatic and softly sweet, and then softly bitter. Actually very pleasing, and i'm wondering if i could have scored this one higher.

rastaman, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Arrived at my table with a fluffy, white half-inch head, with some retention, and a bit of lace. Color is quite a dark orange/amber mix that is very hazy. Strong grassy hop aroma with a sweet citrus backbone. The taste is not as strong as the aroma suggests. Slightly sweet caramel malt, flavor of mild hops and orange/citrus. Not particularly alcoholic, finish is mildly bitter overall. Medium body, decent carbonation, smooth enough to go down easy. An enjoyable IPA...

bennetj17, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

A deep rustic orange in color with a gigantic, sticky and awkwardly shaped head of foam. The aroma is far too subtle quite honestly with whiffs of spicy, resiny, piney hops, biscuits and caramel. Oily texture with an adequete malt backing, giving notes of caramel and fruit along with a jammy hop flavor with big grapefruit notes.

Crosling, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev +6.4%

12 ounce bottle. Lost Coast's Indica IPA pours out a cloudy amber color with a large head. The aroma is hoppy, with floral, pine, and citrus characteristics. The flavor starts off malty with sweet caramel. Turns fruity in the middle with grapefruit and orange. The finish is bitter and hoppy. Medium to full mouthfeel. Good drinkability. I usually like my ipas more filtered than this, but this beer has a very nice, fresh hoppy flavor. I'll definitely be trying this one again.

beveragecaptain, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of Graebner
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a lovely rich orange-brown, opaque (it's non-filtered). Looks like moderate carbonation, with lots of floaters. Pours with a finger+ of head that dissapates rapidly.

Smells like bread dough and grapefruit juice. Smells simple, but strong and good.

Taste: Phenomenal. Sweet and cake-like as you take the first sip. Carbonation hits in the middle of the tongue, not too much, just enough to balance the sweetness. Bitterness comes through as well, and though theres plenty of hops it's not unbalanced. Finally you get a very pleasant slight resurgence of sweetness on the back of the tongue, the hint of fruit and alcohol on the top of the back of your mouth.

Mouthfeel is great. Full-bodied, but not sickening. Smooth, the carbonation hits at the right time and in the right volume to perfectly complement the beer. Slides over the back of your tongue and tingles ever so slightly on the way down. Leaves you with the slight bitterness characterstic of a PA. Fantastic.

Overall, this is one of the best pale ales I've ever had. Absolutely top notch. Do yourself a favor and pick one up ASAP.

Graebner, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

appearance: The pour into my glass produces a nice 1.5" khaki head that persists for quite awhile...and never fully leaving. Moderate lacing is left behind. The beer itself is a somewhat hazy orange amber in color.

smell: Nice hop and malt balance it seems, though I like my IPA hops to be a little more floral. The moderate, piney/citrusy hop aroma takes center stage, with a nice dose of caramel sweetness behind it. Also hints of yeast with some tropical and dark fruits.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium. The body is on the ligher side of the medium range.

taste: Not bad. There's a considerable tealike hop flavor and medium bitterness that lasts into the finish. The malt presence is not as high as I might have guessed from the color, but still gives an adequate sweetness to balance out the hops. Can't really taste much malt though, it's pretty much all hop flavor. A little more depth of flavor would be nice. There is a low ethanol presence noted in the aftertaste.

drinkability: A good beer that I had no problem finishing in a timely fashion.

Received from Zorro in BCG BIF

blackie, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of deuschbag
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

12 oz. weird labeled bottle poured into my mug. cloudy red (since it being unfiltered) with orange highlights with a nice white head that stays around for a while with no lacing. i smell some bitter hops along side some vodka and a little pine. the vodka scent really surprised me. the taste is bitter hops and piney. not too bad overall. i'd have another session of this while watching some good ol' hockey.

deuschbag, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of henrysunset
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

decent head of tiny bubbles, cloudy but rich red.
sweet hoppy aroma, not overwhelming.
taste is nice, noticeable maltiness with a balanced floral quality. Very enjoyable not-overwhelming IPA.
not too thin or thick, pleasent mouthfeel, leaves a nice mild flavor in the mouth.
very drinkable IPA. Would enjoy several if given the chance. The sweetness would eventually get me.

henrysunset, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%

Appearance: orange amber with a soapy off white head. head is not long lived. low effervescence. a good amount of spitty lace.
Smell: crystalized maltiness with a citrus grapefruit and somewhat piney hop character. the bouquet is pretty relaxed. a burnt sugar aroma pervades the hop cloud and gives this a sickening smell.
Taste: caramel and sugar with a clean bitterness. hops are low in flavour, but the dryness and bitterness are still intact. the sugary sweetness is somewhat sickening after about half a glass. it reminds me of gritty burnt sugar. blaghh. reminds me of another brand.
Mouthfeel: medium. seems well malted.
Drinkability: the cloying sugar aspect is really making me nauseous. this is drain fodder. crummy beer.

SupaCelt, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%

Cloudy, copper color with a rocky off white head that is mountainous, rocky and laces completely. Whoa baby! what an inviting appearance.

Citrus hops dominate, they smell like high quality hops. Its like the difference between a round steak and a ribeye. They are both from a cow but one is cheap and made for the masses. These are some kick ass hops. Malts are there enough to give it a sweet side, this smells like honey is a faint factor.

Didn't come accross as a hop bomb at all which is nice. Had some balance to it. YES! the citrus hops are strong and dominate but there is a lot of earthy malts that sneak past this torrid attack on the palate. Incredibly bitter towards the end to the point of puckering. Lingering aftertaste takes down my need for immediate consumption. A bit dry and numbing mouthfeel.

Notes: This is one hell of a fine IPA and the best I've had in quite some time. The smell is absolutely glorious. It smells more balanced than it actually translates to in the taste but still a spectacle. Must try...Must try now.

DogFood11, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of wcdoyle
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

This beer pours with a super bouncy head that just sticks around. After two-three minutes it was stills about two inches high, looking like the head on a root beer float. Color is a slightly cloudy copper. Indica has a metallic, piney smell.

First taste was full of hops, high and low, that stick around in a high note, mouth-coating way. Hops fade, but the mouth coating feeling doesn’t.

wcdoyle, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of Naerhu
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

I carried this back to Japan from my weekend trip to California. I just had to buy it considering that this was the brewery that was sued by that f**king dork who claimed that the lable defamed his religion.

A - Nice opaque red/amber body with a small white head and mobs of lacing.
S - Gobs of pine with a bit of citrus with nice caramel maltyness.
T - Nice upfront bitterness, that comes back mid-palate and trails of for an nice finish. Nice bit of yeastyness mixed in with a rich bready malt. The hops flavors are floral and sappy. Yummy.
M - This has to be bottle condition, it is so smooth and with perfect carbonation.
D - This is boardering on DIPA, but non the less is easy drinking and delish!

Naerhu, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

BOTM...took me long enough to try this one :)

Well, I'm not a fan of IPAs (cept for DFH of course), but this one was rather good. Pours an interesting medium red with a light fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing, good solid carbonation. Smell is refreshing, citrusy, and then the nice hops. Solid hops in the flavor as well, with citrus notes and light maltiness. Decent body, bitterness lingers on long after the sip. Hmmm, also notice some chunks floating at the bottom! Doh :). Anywayz, pretty good overall for an IPA.

aquatonex, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of carlosd74
4.1/5  rDev +9%

I was turned on to this one by a great friend while visiting an outstanding beer bar in Richmond, Va. Thanks Rebecca! I hunted this one down at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA.

It pours a two finger head that is very "active". It has a deep copper colour. IT"S ALIVE! It is very fluffy and looks like soap suds. This quickly disipates to a one finger head. Throughout it leaves a significant amount of lacing on my The Smokey Pig (Ashland, VA) pint glass.

Smell: It smells good. LOL It doesn't smell like most Left Coast micros. What I mean is, citrus hops do not jump out and smack you around. It smells like baked bread. Definitely a malty aroma with little alcohol in the nose. Off the top of my head it resembled Hop Devil (sans the aggresive pine cone hop smell).

Taste: It is well-balanced. That is what I really enjoy here. It fakes you out at first with the bittersweet malt presence. At first sip I thought I had an English Mild but then the hops make themselves known in the finish. I found the hopiness uncharacterstic of American IPAs. This one is closer to the English version but it still easy to tell the hops used are not of the British variety.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: I think most may feel this is thin but I really think it lends to the excellent drinkability. I think this would be a session ale if it was under 5% ABV.

Overall this one seems to buck the trend of most Cali IPAs. It is a solid buy and recommended. I just wish it was more widely available so I didn't have to pay $40 at the Beer Yard...oh well I guess I need to suck it up. Final, note, I served this one at 45 - 50 degrees so that may have had an impact since BA suggests serving it at 40-45 degrees.

carlosd74, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz. stubby brown bottle.

Poured a surprisingly dark brownish red with an off white head of nice size and duration. Sediments swirl in suspension.

The nose is of spicy hops: pine, juniper, apricot, orange, and crystal malt caramel notes.

Full bodied with an almost chewy feel. Bitterness is pretty high at the front, fading into juicy caramel tinged malts and a brash hop flavor. Long lasting finish and hoppy burps.

A solid and tasty IPA, but it seems both dark and thick for the style.

Shultzerdugen, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of goschool
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

This one pours an apricot color that's cloudy with sediment. Good head retention. The C's fill the aroma with pine and citrus. The taste is initially hoppy but as it warms the malts come through with fruit to balance the piney hops... at least until the finish where the hops retake the beer. The carbonation is lively at first, but the mouthfeel is creamy. It's a shame Lost Coast stopped making this stuff, especially since this is the first time I've bought a six-pack.

goschool, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

Let me start off by saying they quit making this when they were sued for their label so not sure how old this is but it seemed pretty fresh...

Hazy bronze color with a full pillowy beige head, lots of suspended sediment, low carbonation, and decent lace. Good hoppy, light citrus hop aromas .. certainly would think similar flavors ...not. Good balance but more hoppy than malty; a big American IPA but pure bitterness outweighs any citrus character. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a nice long lasting lightly bitter finish.

Per label: "Unfiltered"

Per BOM club: 57 IBU. 6.5% ABV.
Malts: Pale and Caramel (2 varieties).
Hops: Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus.

RBorsato, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of cracgor
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Okay so this is a really awesome looking beer. Fabulous head retention, a nice copper body, and lots of sticking to the glass. Only problem thus far was it was a little too cloudy. The beer smells like cascade hops. Tastes a little too sweet for what I expect from an IPA. Sure the cascade hops are front and center, but somehow it just doesn't have enough bitterness for me. Medium body, and easy to drink. An enjoyable beer, probably great for introducing the style to bitter beer haters, but I like other IPAs more. This just seemed like another APA.

cracgor, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of 1whiskey
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Fluffy two finger head, reddish copper color with lots of sediment.

Spicy hops in the nose, but a little distant.

Taste is an intially a burst of melon rind and citrus. Settles into an odd tug of war between citrus hops, bisquity malts, and a faint metallic taste. Malt backbone fades in and out. Alcohol taste and warming throughout. Very acidic. Gets better as you get close to the end. Dry finish.

Like most Lost Coast beers, this has lots of Co2. Probably too much. Light to medium body.

This IPA is a little bit of an anomaly, not quite fitting into either the traditional english style or the highly hopped west coast style. I've never really been overly impressed by it, but it's been a big seller for a brewery I grew up with, so part of me is sad to see this beer retired.

1whiskey, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Another beer from Mr Doyle! 11-20-05.

Poured a nice hazy orange with a nice frothy rich head leaving a nice trail of lacing. 4.5
Nose is of citrusy floral hops. 4.0
Taste starts with a suggestion of malts but finishes with a heavy citrusy floral hop. The hop finish is just right, not too dry but not finishing too wet. 4.5
Mouthfeel has almost a creamy finish to it, very nice. Carbonation is just right for the style. 4.0
Overall drinkability is very good. 4.5 I would recommend this to the IPA lovers out there! 4.35 Overall

Re-Review 11-5-11.
Picked up a single at Total Wine in late August for $1.29.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a thin tall white head upon initial pour.
Nose is light hops and the malt backbone, nothing special.
Taste is mango and citrus hops which stand out over the malt base.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and not overly smooth.
Overall a very drinkable IPA with some good hop flavors going on but body wise is lighter than hoped. Give it a try!

arizcards, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

poured a cloudy deep amber-reddish color with moderate tannish head that left elegant lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is very strong of piney hops with a slight malty background. Taste is initially very stong on hops but as the beer warms, subsequent sips give way to a nice maltiness. Also seem to detect a bit of fruitiness (pears) that gave an excellent balance to the beer. The finish is strong on hops with a nice bite. Overall an excellent well-made, nicely balanced beer with easy drinkability.

tgbljb, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - Yellow to light orange ... rich color. Generous head with quite good retention.

Smell - Very fruity and vibrant. You can, of course, smell the hop aroma but what I'm intrigued with about this particular pale ale is the almost "candy-like" aroma when swirled in the pint. Very pleasant.

Taste - As expected, hoppy with fruity notes throughout. Finish is "hop bitter" yet quite smooth and clean.

Mouthfeel - clean and rather light. Good "bite" although not as strong a hop presence in the mouth as many ... very smooth.

Drinkability - Combined effect of the terrific aroma and smooth, clean mouthfeel make this a good pale ale ... not the best, but I'd certainly drink it again. For me, the smell was the best "selling point" of this offering.

beerphilosopher, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of AndoBrew
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

*did not mind would not buy*

Apperance: Nice looking, copper amber mix topped with an almost 2 finger, off white head. Not transparant, but not hazy.

Smell: Good, tiny whiff of some nuts up front, then hops all hops. The hop smell is mostly citrusy with an underlieing acidity, but some floral hops sneeking around.

Taste: HEY! Not bad! Tad bit acidic in the finish for my palate. I have had beers with more hops on the tongue without as much pure acidity in the finish but it balances off a bit as you drink and some... SOME of the nutty part of the Pale ale flavor within the Indian Pale ale hoppiness sneaks out. Not bad, really. Big citrus in the finish - IPA all the way.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, but not impressive.

Drinkability: Smooth out some of the acid and it would be better, considering the style not bad, but not good. Besides, how many IPAs are ultra drinkable?

Notes: Would not buy, BUT! I would take some for free. I could drink 2 in one sitting.. if I had food.

AndoBrew, Nov 08, 2005
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.