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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: 83 | 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 lpb1970
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is a different beer for me. I'm all about bottle conditioning, but the floating particles in this beer are snow globe level even when I leave a little in the bottle from the pour. Seriously, this is the only beer I have seen that displays this. Beyond the suspended particles, this beer is a standout. The aroma is a nice floral hop with a sweet malty presence as well. Head retention is limited to a lacing. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium and carbonation is light. Flavor is a delicious mix of piney, citrusy hops with a beautiful sweet malt undertone to balance it out. A very fresh taste, I might almost mistake it for a brewpub beer. Hop bitterness is definitely present but not as much of a bite as a SN Celebration or a Victory Hop Devil. Very well balanced. I love this beer overall but the suspended particles kind of freak me out.

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

Pours hazy orange with fine bubbled white head. Lace is nice.

Nose is grapefruit and orange rind.

Palate is very grapefruity with some malt to tame the hops, but still very sharp and citrusy. Medium bodied. Pine is notable as well.

Finish is long and dry citrusy.

Photo of quad07
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it out of a 12oz brown bottle with pry off cap into a large hour glass shaped beer glass. No freshness date or ABV on the label that I could find. $7.99 for a six pack from Chubb’s Liquor Store.

It poured into the glass with out much of a head. The head was small and white but the pour did produce plenty of carbonation.

At first glance it was a dark copper looking color but when held up to the light it looks to me more of a cloudy burned orange amber.

This has a very pleasant fruity taste with a nice balance of green hops and a hint of malt. Over all a nice mix.

The carbonation and balance of sweet and bitter hops felt very good in my mouth and is very drinkable and no strong alcohol bite. I bet this would go good with “American style Chinese food”. You could drink quite a few of these and be ready for more a short time later.

I thought it was a bit pricey but I will buy more and if I find a sale I will buy it up!


Photo of RJLarse
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a deep copper bronze color, and clear. A smallish sticky white head caps the glass.

Smell is a fruity citrus aroma. Fairly strong, slightly sweet.

Taste is a caramel malt with mild bitter finish. It's not very representative of the American IPA, but it tastes good.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly cloying.

A very drinkable IPA and a good tasting sessionable brew. Have this one if you can.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... poured in to a shaker pint. still listening to James Zabiela Alive V.1 mix.

Big white head... looks like a white crater scape .... rocky... big bubble wholes and sticky lacing that last forever.... The beer itself is another category... ALOT of muck stirred up from a fairly gentle pour... floaties are making up a significant portion of this brew. I am sure it is unfiltered, not sure if it is bottle conditioned or not.... but WOW, I don't know if I have ever noticed as much stuff floating around in a standard IPA.

Pine and citrus hops are on the low end of expected for an IPA .... earthy middle ground with a good caramel malt backing... yeasty fruitiness adds nicely to the complexity but still seems a little muddy.

Taste is quite a bit better ... still average for a West coast IPA... Bitterness is balanced very well... toasted malts middle palate followed by piney hop flavor... body is a solid medium with good carbonation... very drinkable and enjoyable (even though I keep thinking about the floaties).

I've reviewed (in my notebooks) nearly all the "great" US IPA's over the last 8-9 years and this one is always a beer that I pick up if I am feeling like an IPA night... and despite my above negatives, I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt, even though many would argue it doesn't deserve it. I am sure I didn't get a bad bottle, but until I started reviewing on BA, I only sorta paid attention to my reviews after they were on paper.

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light piney hop and a sweet grainy malt.

The taste was rather well balanced with an initial oily hop that soon gave way to a sweet malt. Good residual bitterness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking IPA. However, I expected a bit more hop presence from this California IPA.

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

Sampled this on tap from PRL Euro Cafe in Hollywood, Florida. Poured a nice copper with a thick creamy head that stuck around for quite awhile throughout the drink. There are plenty of hoppy hints at the initial smell and they stay throughout the drink too. Mild bitterness in the taste and plenty of hoppy notes but not too overwhelming so this goes down relatively smoothly-I did detect some subtle grassy notes though. I would definitely try another as I think that this is a good example of an IPA.

Photo of praufs01
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance –Cloudy copper color with a creamy head and decent lacing.

Aroma – Floral and grassy hop smell with some subtle malty notes.

Palate – Full bodied and smooth.

Flavor –Very complex fruity flavors with an almost candied grapefruit citrus hop that hits you straight away, followed by a smooth sweet malt middle, leading to a nice citrus bite finish.

Final thoughts – Wow! It just blew me away. Well crafted brew.

Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good strong tasting, citrusy IPA. Pours a cloudy orange color with some sediment (not as much as Hop Hog!). The head is medium sized with a hard pour and off-white or light tan. Good lacing ladders the glass. Smell is fairly light for an IPA...citrus and hops.

Tastes good, crisp hops flavor, hint of pine but mostly citrus and hops bitterness. The hops are not an "over the top" Avery Maharajah or Hop Hog type. This is a pretty accessible beer for people that are not hops fanatics.

Mouthfeel is rich from the fist sip (some IPAs seem a bit watery until the tongue is neutralized) and crisp. This is a highly drinkable IPA. A second one would go down as well as the first. A good beer!

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

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, with some malt tones, citrus, and some pines, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, then the hops come into play, nice citrus/pines as well, there is some malts going on too. The finish is slightly bitter/dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty IPA, recommended.

Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lost Coast puts out a damn fine west coast IPA. An easy pour produces a firm ivory head on a hazy amber brew. Nice lace rings too.

Good ol’ citrus and pine in the aroma and quaff. Nice pop of grapefruit in the finish. Sharp and crisp, quite a dandy of a drinker. This would make for a good six pack sippin’ afternoon. Whoo, I see from BA that it’s 6.5% - no way, no alcohol burn at all!

I wish Lost Coast had better availability here in the Midwest.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The bottle shows a Picasso-esque Ganesh with lop-sided eyes sitting on what looks to be one of the chairs that my mom has on her front porch. Amber/orange with a fat two finger head of off-white foam. Butt loads of lace sticks to the glass and drys up into a nice spiderweb of crusty arcs. This one is semi-hazy and copper when not in direct light.

S - A really sweet and biscuity (Gran's pre-rolled biscuits that come in a tube), with an earthy, almost dirty undertone. The hops aren't really at the forefront here. Its more about the thick bready malt...like the sweet-bread that some sub shops use on their sandwiches. More and more hops come out with warmth, and get fruitier as the beer approaches room temp.

T - Still really biscuity, but the hops come out more in the flavor. Sweet and firm malt backbone supports some really gritty hop flavors that remind me of that weird starfruit that you can buy at good grocery stores. There is some bitter grapefruit twinges, and the malt/hop profile is nearly perfectly balanced. Bittersweet.

M - Fine stinging carbonation mellows within a second in my mouth to become full bodied, oily, and gritty. Leaves a nice coating of hop oils on my teeth after swallowing, and the hoppy aftertaste lasts forever.

D - This is an outstandingly balanced IPA! It's got the prerequisite hops, but the balancing malts are really tasty and gritty. This is a damn fine brew. Not the hoppiest IPA ever, but very drinkable!

Photo of dbalsock
2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

App: Served in a pint glass, with a natural 1 inch head. Looked a little hazy with a light orange/amber body and white head.

Smell: Fruity hop aroma, like some light cascades and goldings were used... just a guess with a medium malty backbone that reminds me of malt extract. Still smells pretty good though.

Taste: The taste and aftertaste remind me of stale malt extract and old hops, but the beer itself doesn't seem old. At times it tasted similar to dirt. It's mostly standard for an ipa, but the off flavors that stand out really hurt the taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness without the crisp finish I'm used to. The bitterness is like bad lettuce.

Drinkability: Not undrinkable, I finished my glass, but poor example of the style. And I won't have it again.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy amber-orange with a frothy beige head and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet malts with a touch of citrusy hops.

Tastes of sweet malts and hops, both citrusy upfront and bitter at the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, slightly slick, and little carbonation.

This is a very drinkable IPA from Lost Coast. Definitely worth a try.

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

Aroma is adequate but could be more floral and piney.

Pours easily with a nice lasting lacy white head.

Color is amber on the lighter side with a nice hit of orange.

A well hopped and moderately malty brew.

Drink a few, but watch yourself.

Enjoyable, but not top shelf.

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

Picked up a single from the Party Source in Syracuse, which might explain the floaties.

The aroma didn't do much, but there was a very nice mixture of clean caramel malt with bitter citrus rind and herbal hops. I'd be nice if there were more hops up front, but the aftertaste was right on, not too strong, not too weak. Tasty and drinkable.

Photo of theopholis
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a small, 1-finger off-white head. The head has very little staying power, and leaves no lacing.

Aroma- A nice blend of malt sweetness, aroma hops and some bittering hops. The smell is very clean and freash, with some mild fruity overtones.

Taste- Again, a failry nice blend of malt sweetness and hops. Perhaps not quite as sweet as an American IPA should be, but it;'s still pretty tasty. The hops start out as typical, flavoring hops with an herbal quality, and then move on into bittering hops at the back of the tounge. The aftertaste is almost all hops.

Mouthfeel- It has a sticky, medium body that lends it to long, ingering aftertastes. The carbonation level is just right for the style. Mineral content really pushes the hops into the forefront of the palate.

Drinkability- If you're a hop-head, you'll find this beer quite sessionable. If you're not, you will probably find undrinkable.

Photo of Hornet2003
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA from Lost Coast

It is dark amber n colour and pours witha nice 2 finger head
Very aroatic with west coast spicy, peppery, and citrusy hops
Nice and sweet from the malt and the hoppiness gives it a spiciness that is sooo satisfying
Mod. Carbonation, and a light mouthfeel
I have drank far too many of these in a sitting simply because they are so easy to drink.
Truly a great IPA. I'd drink this as a daily drinker if it were available regularly in my area of BC.

Photo of roller
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, fizzy reddish amber with a one-finger off-white head. The aroma isn't too strong, but is of sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is a caramel malt backbone with citrus rind bitterness that lingers. Grassy, oily hops in the finish. A hint of alcohol. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. This is a pretty good IPA with a nice hop profile. Would have again.

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in NC, based on notes

Poured amber with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Superior lacing & above average head retention

S: Bready with some herbal hops

T: Bready with piney & grapefruitty hops up front. Becomes bready with brown sugar, caramel & piney hops as it warms. Finishes fruitty with pine & grapefruit hops snap

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks great but a little to hoppy & filling to session on. A nice AIPA

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.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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