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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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1,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,058
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | 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 geographie
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a slightly hazy, rich, copper orange. Very frothy white head fluffs itself and slowly caves in on itself.

sweet citrusy aroma with a nice bready body to it.

taste is sweet and sour and then quickly bitter. Notes of chai spices mellow out the sweet, medium sized front. Slights of ginger. Bitterness is wonderful, like a concentrated hop paste spread thinly in back, and roof of mouth (??) Lingers as long as you like. A whisky-like aftertaste.

Carbonation is light, and well appreciated - any more might mask some of these great flavors. Highly drinkable brew. Wish i bought a second!

geographie, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Thick beige head atop a gorgeous copper-brown colored brew infused with thick yeast particles. Very impressive, even though the lacing was only halfway decent. The aroma hits me from across the table. Sweet caramel, fruity apricot, slight piney hops, prune & butter(?). It's a slight bit too sweet or else the aroma would be rated higher.

Taste is of well-balanced malt and hops. Some sweet, yeasty flavor, plus caramel, spice, and some citrus notes too. Mouthfeel is smooth & juicy with a perfect bite on the aftertaste to let you know that the hops are in full effect. Definately a great beer to sit back with and let it work the senes. Complex, but not overpoweringly so. Definately a must-try for all you IPA fans...

wagenvolks, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1/4" white head on a cloudy amber/orange body.
S- Big citrus hops come out right off the bat. Pine hops jump right in there to join them along with a little malt background.
T- Big hop bite to it. Nice blend of citrus and pine flavors. Some grapefruit and orange along with some pine flavors to it. Light malt body behind there to give it a good taste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation
D- It is a very nice tasty IPA especially at $5 a 6-pack.

BlindPig, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of granite
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A---It poured amber with a medium white head.

S---Caramel malt and bread like aroma.

T---Saltine crackers base malt, earth, lemon with late spice.

M---Medium bodied.

D---More like an american amber then an IPA. It had more malt then I would expect in an IPA and it lacked bitterness and hop aroma.

granite, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours very very hazy with a very nice deep amper color, darker that I expected from an IPA. Smell is strong of hops but not much else going on with the nose. Taste is hoppy, but not overly so, but not very complex either. The hops really come through in the aftertaste and linger perhaps a bit too long. Lots of carbonation in this one, which steps it down a bit in drinkability. Overall though a very good IPA and one that I'd easily fall back on if my favorites weren't avalible, just not the greatest one I've had. Of course, being from such a cool place like Eureka, California gives it a few bonus points in my book, so I may be inclined to purchase it again.

theWrkncacnter, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy and hazy orange amber with a thick frothy white head. Head lingered for a bit with some decent lace. Lots of noticeable carbonation. Smell was highly hopped as one would expect, but also had some spiceness to it. Nutmeg, maybe and some fruitiness.

The taste was very complex. Wasn't the upfront hop attack I expected but rather a more mellow and thouroghly mixed blend of spices and malts. Don't get me wrong the hops are definaltly there but not overwhlming. Grapefruit and Pineapple flavors with a hint of pine. But the real story is the balance. Very well balanced with huge flavors. This was very enjoyable, and suprised I had not had this before as I had passed it many times on the shelf. Definatly a good call!!

mikesgroove, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is hazy. Lots of suspended bits are clearly visable in the woody red beery glow. Head is mildly tan in color and leaves a nice tight little layer once it fades. Lacing is spotty and semi-straggely. Aroma includes a variety of fruits; pineapple, apple cider, apricot, peach, and some others undetermined. Malt aroma is good and bready. Pleasantly aromatic. Floral, resiny, and earthy too. Taste is pleasant likewise. I IPA delivers a good amount of hop flavor, a nice steady but full bitterness, and solid malting. Flavors hold together nicely. Moderate body size with good medium gritty and resiny textures tickling my toungue. Yum.

Refreshing and tasty.

tastybeer, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw color with a very pale off white head that sticks around and leaves a fluffy lace on the side of my glass. Smells like citrus and floral hops as well as some malt.

Not overly hoppy IPA, good taste that doesn't get mauled by overabundant hops. I'm not the biggest IPA fan and I really enjoyed this beer.

Great Bottle design that graced my Bollywood party.

Dubbercody, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of basscram
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into half liter mug. color is amber yellowish with a multitude of sediments floating inside the mug. head is very thin which quickly goes away

Smell is very strong grapefruit! Nice and spicy smelling. First sip goes all over the tongue and spices it up for ya! Taste is the same as the smell.
I'm pretty sure if Lost Coast wanted to hide some alcohol in it they could cause its so spicy!
As you sip on the beer, the jolt of hops subsides to a lesser degree but.. is still there so don't worry. Leaves a nice decoration on the side of the mug as you drink it too.
The beer is very drinkable I might add with all the flavors going on.

basscram, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of HopDerek
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appears a nice orange color with lots of unfiltered particles. Long lasting white head leaves behind nice lacing. Smells are primarily citrus, but with some pine and caramel hints. Tastes of grapefruit, with some maltiness and a good pine kick to its finish. Very smooth with a solid body. Quite a drinkable beer, though some of the unfilteredness may scare some away.

HopDerek, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark orange with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, off white and leaves great lace.

The smell is normal IPA but a bit mild.

The taste follows, the flavor profile is very normal for an IPA but more mild, in a very good way, This brew is well balanced and not edgy.

The mouthfeel is quite good, medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is great. Crisp and refreshing!. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Solid orange body under a lush head that quickly drops to a thin creamy film. It says "unfiltered" on the label, and this seems to be an understatement...there's all kinds of debris floating around in there, suspended in a dense fog. Subtle, juicy citrus aroma. The flavors are thick, candied hops - bold juicy citrus oils. The body is a heavy medium...slick, moderately gritty, with a clean bitterness.

The flavor might actually be a little too bold in the sweet and juicy department for my personal IPA preferences. Nevertheless, a good beer that I could have one or two of before moving on.

wedge, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of rkuhnel
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This rating is for the on-tap version fresh from the Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe in Eureka, CA. This is my very favorite offering from this brewer. This may be partly because I am an IPA fan, but keep in mind this is also what I am most critical of.

It pours a beautiful orange color with a white head that lasts a long time and leaves rings of lacing as it settles. The nose is spicy, with citrus, hops, and carmel. Mouthfeel is very clean and smooth. It really tastes good going down and has an exceptional finish.

Flavors are as the aromas, just more intense. IPA's are tricky, and I see lots of brewers going over the top with too much hops. This one is in balance! It is really good to drink if you like this style, as I do.

rkuhnel, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of pmatz2
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an Amber color that was difficult to see through even when held up to the light.
A sweet malty smell that caught me by surprise. There was very little if any hop aroma. Another deep smell just to double check.

Taste: Where are the hops there is a malty sweetness and very little hop taste. There is a slight bitterness that increases until it becomes very pronounced in the finish.

Mouth feel was okay neither great nor bad.

Overall found this to be disappointing as an India Pale Ale. If there was a less bitter finish it would be a decent pale ale.

India Pale Ale?

pmatz2, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.08/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Murky iced tea with chunky bits strewn throughout. Minimal head of small off white bubbles deposits a few splotches of lace. No visible carbonation streams. Aromas of grapefruit rind and pasteurized pink grapefruit juice as well as a bit of malt underneath it all. Raw grapefruit juice, slightly harsh, is the main flavor contributor. Short lingering rind note as well as a touch of malt sugar that limps forward. There is a stale quality to the grapefruit though, and it is not crisp and fresh. One dimensional in its flavor. Medium-light body and a low to non-existent level of carbonation adds to a mushy mouthfeel. Singular in its grapefruit-centric stale bitterness, the low carbonation did this one in. Drain pour.

White elephant BIF strikes again.

hopsaplenty, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit over zealous on the pour so this beer sits with a chunky, fairly hazy, amber red color. It is topped by a frothy, whipped, initially three-finger thick, amber-tinted, tan colored head that leaves some lacing patterns on the side of the glass. The aroma is nicely hoppy, though not screamingly so; it has notes of grapefruit, cinnamon-tinged pine and orange. There is a solid backdrop of caramelized crystal malt character and a subtly toasty grain note underneath the hops.

The beer has a sharp biting character from the get go, it finishes with a lingeringly bitter hop note that really scratches my hop itch. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine intermingle with an herbal pine note and a caramelized malt character. The beer has a certain heft to it; both the hop bitterness and the caramelized malt tend to linger on the palate after a sip. Despite the predominant hop character, this really has a rich, balancing maltiness to it as well. Chewy caramel toffee malt notes really help to cut through the biting hop notes; the malt never really lets the hops dominate, though it certainly gives it a go. This is quite enjoyable, it is refreshingly balanced for an IPA, though don't get me wrong, it is certainly hop focused. In fact with all this malt, it could use a touch more hops to satisfy the clamoring hop-heads. As for myself, though I certainly enjoy my hops, I am going to savor this tipple till I only have lacy foam left on the side of my glass.

Gueuzedude, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy dark orange color with big, stationary chunks of sediment floating, but not moving. Like white bugs frozen in the amber. It's got a big, creamy and cloudy look.

The smell is hoppy but sweet. Has an inviting citrusy sweetness that is a good balance with the bitterness of the hops.

The flavor is a super-bitter hop flavor. The sweetness is more understated in the flavor than the smell. The sweetness, however, becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. Very very bitter, not that I"m complaining.

The feel is smooth and pleasant on the tongue. Though it is a very bitter beer, it has a more mellow and pleasant aftertaste. Excellent, but so very bitter that drinking several consecutively might be a challenge. The taste buds can only take so much.

williamherbert, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had some troubles finding new IPAs that I can embrace lately...I've got my favorites and it's hard to usurp those standards sometimes.
I decided to give the Indica IPA a shot and, man, was it worth it!
Poured from the bottle...amazing copper/amber color and had a head floating on top that left me wondering what heaven looked like.
Smells of molasses, grapefruit and hops
First sip is extra bitter (love it!) with a smooth, crisp caramel bite on the palate.
Well balanced and delicious...wish it were more readily available in my area.

MeLikeBeer, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a copperish amber, small bits of yeast are present throughout glass, creamy white head, retained ok, laced decently as well

S- a florar like hop aroma, not as pronounced as I would have liked it to have been

T- bitter hop kick, floral hoppy taste, a little malt presence there as well

M- very sticky, good carbonation, medium body, flavor lasts in mouth for a while

D- a very drinkable and balanced American IPA, a like it alot and will buy/drink again, plan to try it off tap soon

gonzo138, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of Pooba001
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy orangish amber hue, obvious bottle conditioning in effect here as well. Head dissipates to a nice lacing. Smell is nice, a northwest american hop aroma with grain and light malt sneaking in to the background.

Taste is a good clean bitter with moderate hop flavor, citrusy and earthy. The Columbus hop is coming through here, and the grain and malt are mostly eclipsed.

Mouthfeel is good, slightly dry. Drinkability is above average.
I just realized I already reviewed this beer, but I don't remember it being this hoppy. Nice thing is the rating still came out exactly the same, all 4s.

Pooba001, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of mmcave
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into my brand new Spanish made tumbler my girlfriend got me for my birthday. The color is a red, orange, musty, amber with some loose yeast. The head is lush and thick, like bath bubbles from a root beer float. It leaves thick clumpy lacing. Smells of aromatic hops, some citrus, pine, berries and maybe a tinge of hay. Mouthful is smooth and easy going, some caramel and toffee, with that nice tinge of bitterness from the hops. The after taste is a short one, doesn't have the same strength of my hero IPAs, but it is sort of velvety with a tinge of bitter hop aggression. I'd say this is somewhere in between the dryness of the an English IPA and a sticky American IPA, maybe more on the American side, which I am a fan of, but not quick the craziness that I look for in my favorite IPA. This is decently worth a try and if selection is limited go for it.

mmcave, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red, hazed, and sediment filled body. Head is creamy off-white, slow fader.

Smell: Light herbal hops and not much else

Taste: Hops are more well represented, hops are minty and raw, only slightly fruity (sharp citrus). Some nice biscuit flavor in the back. Pretty darn good.

Drinkability: A creamy body, and a sizable hop presence make this a pretty nice IPA, not enough in the nose, but not bad, either.

TastyTaste, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of cerveza5150
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favorites. Pours somewhat cloudy, not much lacing, with a small, creamy head. The hop notes start at the nose and continue through the taste. Caramel notes on the malt are slightly overshadowed by the intense hoppiness. This is a good session beer, even though it is a little heavy....

cerveza5150, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy orange color with a 2-finger offwhite head. A fair amount of lace. On my second pour I get a glassfull of big, chunky suspended particles, despite having read the previous review and pouring carefully. Nowhere on the bottle does it say that this is bottle conditioned, so for most people this is going to be unavoidable.

Smell is primarily burnt caramel malt with a spiciness that hints at the hops but the hops are rather subdued for an IPA. This smells more like a pale ale than an IPA. It doesn't smell bad, it's just weak for the style.

A lot more hops in the taste than in the smell. Surpisingly, the malt is weaker than you'd expect in the taste and the hops almost completely take over. A very long hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

This beer is strange to me in the way it tastes completely different than it smells. I do like this though. And actually, the yeasty chunky stuff that comes out on the second pour mellowed it out a bit and added another dimension to it.

johnniemarg, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky amber with a small head. Leaves a nice amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Some floaties-most of em are small enough that it doesnt matter but there are a couple that are a little bigger--this is not good.

Smell is a standard American IPA all the way. Some maltiness with a strong acidic sour hoppiness.Citrus-like rather than piney.

Taste is pleasant and smooth --malt up front --nice strong hop kick. Tastes quite fresh. The mouthfeel and drinkability are good too but I am having a hard time with the size of a few of the floaties here. I will probably drink them anyway but it does hurt the overall enjoyment of the beer.

rousee, Aug 16, 2006
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.