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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: 1,029
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 52 | 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 henrysunset
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*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
Photo of far333
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot color with a low off-white head. Black polka dots of floating debris punctuate the view through the glass. Very faint aroma of sweet malt. Non complex flavor of fruity malt, cinnamon and some flowery hops. Finishes hoppier with some pine and orange peel. Bitter citrus lingers. Mouthfeel is highly carbed, very tingly.

far333, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of ism
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely designed label featuring a wildly colored Ganesh hoisting a beer mug. Not sure if that's offensive to Hindus, but then again, Jesus chugging one on a cross would be pretty cool. Beer pours a cloudy amber with red tints, active bubbles rising. Topped with a thick cream-white 1-finger head, and laces well due to the hopping. Aroma is full-on floral, at dry-hopped levels, with kumquat citrus sweetness hinting below and a bit of spice, Centennial or Cascade, can't tell. Hits the tongue with good carbonation, medium-bodied, surprisingly malty on the bready side, and nicely balanced (in the West Coast style) with hop bitterness, refreshing with citrus undertones and a bit of grass, Willamette most likely. Finishes crisp, with citrus developing into a slight grassiness at the end.

Quite sessionable, good flavor profile and not overpowered, though lacking that extra something some of the other West Coast IPAs have. Gonna add this to my list of dependable IPAs.

ism, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of clippersfanbob
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, reddish-amber with a minimal head. A solid hop profile emerges in the nose, along with hints of citrus and spice, and continues elegantly along the palate. West Coast-style bitter hops characterize this brew, accompanied by some honeyed malt and dried cherry notes. The finish is even, clean, and devilishly bitter. A personal favorite!

clippersfanbob, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours golden brown in color with an enormous off white head that laces well.
The aroma is mildly citrusy and hopy as well.
Its flavor is surprisingly malty for an IPA. It starts out a bit bready then finishes with hop bitterness and hints of grapefruit.
Mouth feel is light and a bit oily, yet it goes down quit easily.

Naes, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm deep orangish-brown body that is hazy with small specks of hops floating in it like a snow globe. The head is a thin film of yellowish foam.

S- The smell of green hops and a slight sweetness blend with a lightly toasted malt backbone.

T- This beer has a nice green faintly grassy hops with a caramel and toasted malt balance. The finish has a good hop bitterness and is a slightly sweet caramel finish. There is a hint of fruity hops as the beer warms.

M- medium mouthfeel with some fizz but it is very light. No astringency but a faint alcohol hint as it warms.

D-This is a well balance beer with good hop and toasted malt characteristics. I'm not sure if the hops particles are supposed to be suspended in the beer but they don't settle to the bottom.

rhoadsrage, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Illinick
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange/copper in color with hints of reddish hue. Sticky, foamy off-white with a touch of tan head. Good lacing.
S: No shockers here-typical IPA related smell. Citric hops throughout-namely white grapefruit with a hint of ruby red grapefruit (a bit sweeter), grass, and herbal scent throughout. A faint hint of pine, but not much.
T: Citric hops throughout with a bitter malty end with bread flavors. The citric hops are pungent up front giving way to the bitter malt ending-good balance between the two with the citric hops being the most foward of the flavors and the back bone for this IPA. The pungency was at a nice, balanced level.
MF: A light-medium mouthfeel that is relatively smooth. Easy drinking.
Overall- A solid, but nothing special offering. Good balance, good pungency level with solid flavors throughout. An easy drinking beer that is worth a try and another purchase.

Illinick, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of Bcant
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting bottle art, Picassoesque portrate of Vishnu. From the bottle, it pours a very cloudy orange, with a small eggshell head made of tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing. This beer is excetionally cloudy, even for an unfiltered beer. I left about 1/4 inch at the bottle. The bottom of the bottle is filled with sludge and a large amount of setiment is suspeneded in the pint glass. Very carbonated. This makes me wonder if this beer is botle conditioned.

Smell is bitter citrus. Prominate flavors are white grapefruit and pine but there are hints of toffee and red apple. Hopp flavors are blendd very well togeter and with the malts. My only complaint is that it falls out a little at the bottom.

Mouthfeal is soft but a little fuzzy; overal very pleasent. Crisp and refreshing. Good for a warm afternoon or a chilly evening.

Bcant, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of HopHeadKen
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber copper orange with ivory white head;
The smell is sweet malt and hops, rich, mellow (not sharp);
First taste is sweet malty followed by a pine spice hop flavor.

The hop aroma and flavor is NOT in your face cascade like several IPA's that I have tasted (not that I mind that approach), but is balanced, mellow and smooth.

This is a nice beer, easy to drink, and bombers are the perfect size to share with friends.

HopHeadKen, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy apple juice color with a copper/apricot hue and an off white head, biege, that includes some decent lacing. Has some carb action that is difficult to see and there was noticable sediment in the bottle and lots suspended.

Has a slightly toasted caramel malt smell with pine and other multi ester aromas from the hops.

Has a slightly toasted caramel malt taste, a hint of butter, with lots of fruit flavor including pink grapefruit and pine needles from the hops.

Medium bodied, slightly buttery and a dry resinous feel, lively soft almost flat carbonation, and a smooth finish.

A session IPA that is great for hopheads and those that are making the transition, the bitterness is well balanced.

Troyone, Sep 04, 2005
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.