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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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1,089 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice little treat from California via Florida consumed in Massachusetts, go figure. Nice and hoppy, with tons of floral all over the place. A little more malts than I am used too for this style, very American versus the English style that I find to be more prevalent on the east coast. This is a very nice example of a west coast IPA, which makes you wonder why all IPA's cannot be this good, but what should be the average for this style.

Photo of jackorain
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As you can see, I think this beer was average or just above in all categories. I was not overly impressed with appearance. very little staying power of the 1/2 inch head that floated above the light orangey liquid. No lacing either.

Smell was somewhat underwhelming with some citrus hops and a carmel malt at the end.

taste and mouthfeel were okay, hop bite was nice and the malt balnced the brew well. The body was on the watery side. My buddy was drinking a Stone IPA at the same time and a sip of this drove home how "thin" this beer actually was.

Drinkability was fine, I mean I could have a few and be okay with that. But when at the Freakin' Frog and they have 300 bottled beers, I had to move on

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. Surprisingly does not leave lace.

S - It smelled very citrusy and grassy. Also, some malty notes.

T - Started spicy and bitter with a grassy/hoppy bite. Good malts, too.

M - Very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good IPA. Great hop character mixed with a strong malt flavor. The best I've had from Lost Coast so far.

Photo of Talisker
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow - lots of particulate matter here. Tons of suspended yeast out of a 12oz bottle. Color is a goldish brown, less orange than many other NorCal IPAs. Maltier aroma than I expected, but still some hop presence - not crazy grapefruit or pine, almost more English style.

Taste matches up nicely with the nose - just enough hops to hit the IPA style, but not over the top like many other California IPA brethren. Indica doesn't forget that a bready malt can add to even a hop-forward beer.

Texture is a little thick, and finishes just a might more quickly than you would prefer. Not out of style on either count, but docks it a bit on drinkability.

A more than respectable IPA. If it were a might lower in ABV, it would be sessionable. But it's certainly worth a visit, especially if you want to see how malt can be successfully integrated in an IPA profile.

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

Got during my trip to Florida. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system. It had a nice orange color and was very cloudy with bits of yeast floating all around. Had a small head that quickly settled to a thin collar. The smell was floral and moderately hoppy with a sweetness in the background. The taste was very pleasing. I've been drinking so my ADIPA's lately that it was nice to have something that didn't attack you with hops. Had a really good balance. I could see this in a semi-regular rotation if avail where I lived. (4, RR, T, Y)

Photo of stephendr
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of dark honey , with a alright white head - nose of spruce , resin hopps , malty sweetness , orange , and honey – taste of balanced malt and hops , slight resin , and alcohol - body is lightly carbonated , and medium thickness – aftertaste of flowery hops , resin , malt , and acidic

Photo of geographie
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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...

Photo of BlindPig
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of granite
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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!!

Photo of tastybeer
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of basscram
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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

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.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of pmatz2
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
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?

Photo of hopsaplenty
2.12/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of gonzo138
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.