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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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997 Ratings
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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 21
Gots: 42 | 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 SwillBilly


3.13/5  rDev -17%

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appeance: Pours a murky, orange, copper, the color of iced tea with a 1 finger head.

Smell: Nothing outstanding. Almost had to put my nose into the beer to get any discernable aromas. What I did find is a malt sweetness, bready with a hint of pine way in the background. Hard to pick out anything that would stand out.

Taste: Dry, right off the bat. Starts off with a kind of bready, malt sweetness that finishes with a slightly piny hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Kind of oily and slick.

Not a favorite by any means. Had a really hard time trying to describe this beer. Nothing really stands out. Had a hard time picking out aromas and putting a finger on the taste. The 6.5% abv does leave a warming glow but I really couldn't see drinking more than one or two of these during a session. Doesn't compare to better IPA's like Titan, Smuttynose, DFH 60 or Hop Devil IMO.

07-22-2005 01:23:23 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of Zorro


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a hazy amber colored brew.

Smell, the moment you open it you can't miss the citrus hop smell that leaps out of it. A closer sniff is just reeking of citrus hops and you have to smell hard to detect the malt underneath. Smells sweet with a honey scent and an herbal tea scent from the hops again.

Taste is not sweet at all because of the stiff hop level. Each sip leaves a very long lasting hop aftertaste for about 5 minutes! Lots of grapefruit and pine flavors in this and warmth in the chest from the alcohol level you can feel but not taste. Strongly hopped but not to the point of harshness

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good, but this is almost to Hop Head only land. Very hoppy IPA that is at about the limit for non hop heads to drink. One is good but I don't know if I would want to drink 6 of them in a row. Mild mouth numbing from the hops so I can't really give it a 4 in Drinkability.

07-12-2005 03:17:08 | More by Zorro
Photo of carln26


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

This poured from the bottle a deep copper to amber color with a fluffy cream colored head. There is grapefruit rind and a hint of pear in the nose. The grapefruit evolves into more of an orange or nectarine character in the flavor, but the pear flavor remains. A touch of caramel malt comes late in the flavor and is finished with a pleasant bitterness. Good, slightly slick mouth feel, leads to a nice drinakbility. Good beer that could be improved with a touch more hop in the flavor.

07-08-2005 21:43:56 | More by carln26
Photo of warriorsoul


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Picked up a sixer at Shorline Beverage in Huntington, NY.
Pours a cloudy worn copper color w/ a full finger of off-white head.
Lacing is quite thin, but has nice hold to the side of the shaker glass.
Aroma is spiced hops up front w/ a subtle malty sweetness.
The taste is where this one shines...sweet tea flavor w/ a hefty dose of malt to keep it together. Slighty bitter in the finish and very juicy in the mouthfeel...not dry like some IPA can get.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is where I like it...a very solid IPA and another enjoyable offering from Lost Coast.

07-06-2005 00:28:25 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of tavernjef


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Mud caked orange sludge with a medium sized creamy yellow stained head. Broken rings of stringy sheets lace the glass.

Raw and pungent dark orangey hops with a moderate pine sap aroma takes up a medium wiffing strength. Nice toffee touch of sweet caramel-like candy sits underneath.

Taste has lovely balance in the front and middle with orange and grapefruit flavors and chewy toffee smoothness. Pine grabs and bitterness tugs a bit more on the trailing end with a loose, wild flow. Late finish sets a slightly more brighter tone of bitterness and an addition to a bit of toasty bread crusts and hop heat.

Good medium body with a smooth transition of hops and caramel. mild toned yet active bitterness and citric slices in with some slight hop heat in the back of the throat late in the finish.

A well balanced IPA; both sweet and hoppy with both interchanging the smooth drinkability to a course of acceptable levels on all scales.

06-28-2005 21:40:26 | More by tavernjef
Photo of neonbrown82


4/5  rDev +6.1%

This was a good all around beer. Thanks to axisjones for sending me this one. It pours to a hazy amber color. Not much head to speak of. The aroma is quite hoppy.

The taste is kind of mild. The hops have a sharp bittering effect, but don't impart many herbal or grassy tastes. The malts have somewhat of a caramel diacetyl flavor. Quite good, but it seems to be more of an English Bitter than an IPA to me.

The mouthfeel is clean and bitter with a bit of diacetyl. Has a bit of a dry finish. Drinkability is good, but nothing off the charts.

06-24-2005 07:32:08 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of woodychandler


4/5  rDev +6.1%

I got a thick, off-white head from the initial pour on this one. The nose was strongly of grapefruit. The color was an opaque yellowish-brown. The first sip asserted the hoppiness and the hoppy flavor was overt throughout its consumption. It had a decent mouthfeel and the finish stood as a reminder of its hops. There was simply no question that this was a decent, if not great, IPA.

06-20-2005 14:50:48 | More by woodychandler
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

dark amber with disappearing houdinilike head. sticky superthin lace left and nice big clusters of bubbles float. sweet aroma of balanced hops in generous quantities and caramel malt. some gingerbread cookie notes here as well. taste is light and crisp with a steadfast body of perfect density- hop citrus comes first and bitterness creeps slowly like a habanero burn. doesnt spoil the flavor or linger too long, leaves your mouth with a slight buzz and increased salivation.

literally mouthwatering..

a well-crafted, well-balanced drinkable IPA with character.

06-17-2005 14:27:27 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of ElGordo


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a slightly cloudy orange hue with a half-inch off-white head that has some staying power. Very nice aroma of fruity hops, some citrus, and a hint of allspice. Well-balanced palate has some muted, semi-sweet malt up front, transitioning to some sharp hoppiness towards the back of the mouth. Aftertaste tends towards the bitter. Rich, overly creamy mouthfeel is a bit out of character for an IPA, but very nice nonetheless. There are certainly better IPAs out there, but this is pretty good.

06-01-2005 03:13:21 | More by ElGordo
Photo of axisjones


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours with a nice off white head on top of a murky copper. There is a suspension of sediment throughout this beer. It is cloudy, but more like pouring some dirt in the glass. Not the prettiest looking beer.

The smell is utterly hoppy. Grapefruit and pine all the way, with more than a hint at the bitterness to come. This has a really strong aroma, I can smell it from about two feet away. Dig it!

On the first sip it pimp slaps you with bitterness. Straight up, in your face, the bitterness hits. It is juicy with definitely grapefruit and pine, just like the smell. The bitterness lingers long after the beer has been set down. Not at the IIPA level, but this is a pumped up IPA. Seriously, this bitterness really lingers a while.

The mouthfeel is a little chewy, a little slick and very smooth. Drinkable to the max, but don't expect your taste buds to notice subtley after a couple of these.

Picked up a sixer after all the Ganesh controversy. There entire line up is pretty good, this is no exception. A decent IPA, but for a northwest IPA, it doesn't meet the extremely stiff competition.

05-19-2005 06:08:42 | More by axisjones
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a cloudy orangish-amber with a frothy off-white head what leaves nice lacing. Aroma is an oily pine resin, with citrus and floral hints. The taste is juicy, resiny, citrusy hops with a light malt background. You get an earthy and floral taste that segues into a bready malt taste that leades into a bitter and dry finish. The alcohol is warming and becomes notable in the finish. A nice IPA, and its good we can get it in NC. Another winner from lost coast.

05-14-2005 05:09:41 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Litterbean

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Really nice looking amber orange beer, with a good fluffy head and a thick lace that sticks to the glass like a good adhesive.

Very citrusy smell. Definitely a west coaster with the smell. I detect some cherries, lemon, and grapefruit amongst the aromas.

This beer bites the palate. Tangy and fruity, but with a sweet side that balances it out. The hops are very prominent and they are very chewy. Oily mouthfeel and a nice amount of carbonation is also refreshing. A good beer to sit down and enjoy, and not bad as a session brew either.

05-11-2005 03:11:48 | More by Litterbean
Photo of rowew


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Presentation: In defiance of Brij Dhir and his ridiculous lawsuit against Lost Coast, I decided to crack one of these open. 12 oz short neck bottle with the elephant god Ganesh on the label. Apparently Dhir is offended, and thinks he is entitled to $25k - I say he should relax and have a beer.

Appearance: Pours very dark for an IPA, also very cloudy. Thin but well formed off white head.

Smell: I can smell this one even when it is sitting on the table. Aroma is a great mixture of sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel malt flavors give this a slightly sweet and sticky feeling to it - great hops balance it out nicely. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall impression: Very nice IPA from Lost Coast. Well balanced with all the great hop flavors.

05-09-2005 23:39:25 | More by rowew
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

This has got to be the darkest IPA I have ever seen. Copper, slightly hazy looking with a nice looking off-white head.

Aroma is actually not very strong- not a lot going on. But the flavor more than makes up for it, with a huge hoppy bite overlaying a creamy light-malt base. The hops are the point fo this beer, there's no reason to look elsewhere. They are sharp, somewhat oily, and not the very nice, flowery after a rainstorm feel. For me at least, marks are reduced for that reason.

Overall, this is pretty good, but there are other IPAs I prefer. So I'll enjoy this one (including it's cool label of Ganesh, the elephant god of new beginnings in Hindu lore), and then try some others. Not bad, just not my favorite.

04-15-2005 03:29:57 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

Obtained through a trade with GClarkage. The first one on my portion of the trade that I tried.

This one was a deep, hazy amber with a two finger rocky foam.

Aroma was of citrusy hops, some slightly sweet malt, and a touch of caramel.

The taste surprised me. There was a strong malt backbone that hit me first, then a wallop of citrusy bittering hops. Wow.

Excellent mouthfeel, nice and not too chewy, and I would try this again were it available in my area.

04-10-2005 02:12:05 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of pjwilson


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

I'm pretty disapointed with this one after reading some positive reviews here...sometimes I'm way off from to what most people think.. To me this a IPA done exactly wrong. (see Humboldt IPA Nectar for Ipa done perfectly) The taste is very bitter....but there is no taste of the goodness of the hops. I like to taste plant when i drink ipa...the Nectar had that.... This beer tastes like watery bitterness to me.... There is a decent malt profile which saves it somewhat....but i can't recomend this beer... If the store has this they must have Downtown Brown which is fantastic....so get that instead....

04-09-2005 04:52:21 | More by pjwilson
Photo of mmmbeer


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

12 oz. with no freshness date - served slightly chilled in a nonic. It pours a hazy dark brown with a bit of red shining through. It's topped with a 2 finger tan head that is chunky and leaves lots of lacing and rings on the glass. The aroma is very malty and hoppy - fresh biscuits with citrus and other fruits in the background. The malts are very flavorful - like I'm chewing on barley - and there is a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The biscuit, caramel, and molasses flavors meld perfectly with the citric/piney hops. Lots of malts for an IPA, but it is delicious.

04-06-2005 21:25:09 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Reidrover


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Bought in a 22 oz bomber.
This is quite an attractive beer to look at,though far from what is expected from an American IPA, its a very hazy,even murky ,dark amber with a nice tan head, that recedes fast leaving nice thick splotchy lace.
The aroma seems on the subdued side for a West Coast IPA, but the trade mark spicy/citric hops are there..they seem balanced by caramel scented hops.
This beer has a delightful taste, iot has all the spice and "grapefruit flavours of your favourite IPA but its much smoother that most American versions, nice thick malt ladenbackbone to the flavour ,rounds and smooths over the hops ,but not to the extent we see in English IPAs.
Very nice on the tongue..zingy yet smooth.
Exceptionally drinkable ale..I am sorry i only bought one bomber!

03-15-2005 04:50:28 | More by Reidrover
Photo of maxpower


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a cloudy amber-copper with lots of particles floating around, nice creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Typical citrus and pine aromas, citrus and pine flavors with some caramel. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes bitter, a pretty good IPA.

02-27-2005 19:12:14 | More by maxpower
Photo of Southernbrew


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Very dark for an IPA, pours a brownish-amber with a soft, big head. Head stays around for a nice long time.

Aroma is filled with different smells. Some sweet citrus fruits, some grapefruit and some nice pineyness. Shows off a hefty sweet malt presence.

Body is on the bigger side of medium, sits very comfortable in the mouth. Plenty of piney hops come out to play with the noticable sweet maltiness. Bitterness begins to come through near the end. Leaves a nice dry, bitter aftertaste.

Very nice and different IPA. Very nicely balanced.

02-11-2005 01:50:47 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of Guinness4me


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

Another blind review for me since I'm determined not to dislike a beer simply for it's style, or in some cases, brewer. Those that know me, know I usually recoil in horror at IPA's and go screaming back to a stout. This beer is the most tolerable IPA I've found. The girls at Lost Coast have not let me down.

Cloudy is not what I've experienced in most IPA's, but maybe it's what the others have been lacking. This was enough like a witbier that I found it almost pleasant. There was a fine, soapy head that just lingered around the edge.

The smell was a boquet of hops with just a hint of maltness that took the hoppy edge off.

A bit sweeter than others I've tried, the hops were nicely balanced with the hint of malt. I only noticed bitterness at the end of the taste which pretty much encompassed my tongue.

Pleasant and crisp, I didn't really notice any alcohol harshness until I was nearly finished with the glass. It was warming toward the end.

While I find IPA's hard to drink as a rule, this is one I will try again.

01-24-2005 01:58:24 | More by Guinness4me
Photo of Shaw


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

This IPA pours a nice, cloudy amber with a sea-foam-like head. Others might not like cloudy beers. To me, it matters not.

There is a light hop aroma. Above average, but nothing special.

The taste is good, assuming you're a hophead like me. It has malt, but stands out in its hop profile and bitterness. I would expect a beer like this to be from the west coast, home to hops!

This American IPA is well worth drinking.

01-21-2005 07:54:29 | More by Shaw
Photo of crookedhalo


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

12 oz. twist-off. Pours a chunky orangy/light copper color with a pilowy beige head. Piney hop notes. (I seem to recall this being a malty IPA on-draught.) Some caramelly malt notes creeping through, though. Much hoppier and balanced than I expected out of the bottle. The citrusy hop factor is great; lots of ruby red and sweet tangerine/melon mixing with the malt and some further, drier grapefruity hop astringency nearer the finish. Somewhat like an Arrogant Bastard fine tuned down to some paler malts a couple of notches. Slightly chewy, but not overly so. Hooray!.. a beer I've tried that was better in the bottle than on-draught.

01-16-2005 09:07:19 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle featuring a psychedelic drawing of Ganesha. As "intensely spiritual" as its namesake? We'll see.

Appearance: Hazy dark amber with a monsterous 3-finger head. Nearly overflowed the glass even with a cautious pour. Appropriately sticky lacing remains.

Aroma: Big. Sweet. Piney. There's more here too... leather, lemonbread, hints of...latex paint? Hmm. Anyway, it is pretty pungent, but nothing like the anticipated green product.

Taste: Lemon, honey, very sweet for an IPA. Some more pine without being resinous. Slight warming in the aftertaste as a decent bit of bitterness finally comes through after all that upfront sugar. Very focused on hops without being an alpha-acid beast; a bit of smooth earthy malt offers a faint greeting. No inappropriate yeast flavors here, nor any floaters as others have picked up.

I'm not seeing sound, nor hearing color, but this is still a nice IPA if you have a sweet tooth and like lemon. Fairly unique.

01-16-2005 00:46:48 | More by shirfan
Photo of Crotor


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours an opaque and chunky bronze with two fingers level, dense head. Not offensive, but certainly nothing more than average.

The aroma presents chewy caramel/crystal malts, and only a hint of piney hops.

At first sip it seems there are thick gobs of pine resin sticking to the sides of my mouth. Sweet caramel syrup, infused with pine. After a few sips the hops don't seem so big any more, and the beer actually seems rather sweet. Very balanced, actually. Though for being so sweet, this does maintain a bit of a West Coast attitude. There may actually be a bit of breadiness to the malt too.

Sweet as this beer is, the mouthfeel is definately heavier than I'm used to with an IPA, but though it's out of style, I rather like it. Though I must say, the drinkability suffers from the body and the sweetness - it just feels much heavier than I'm used to with IPAs.

01-07-2005 06:03:22 | More by Crotor
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.