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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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1,073 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,073
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 61 | 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 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
4.6/5  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.

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?

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.

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
4.22/5  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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that quickly dies down to a ring. Leaves sporadic lacing on the glass.

Smells somewhat weaker than most IPAs. Some sweet, biscuity malts followed by piney hops with some lighter citrus scents.

Taste is along the same lines as the smell. A bit of tartness goes along with the sweet malts with only mild bitterness from the hops. Citrus and herbal flavors come through stronger than pine. Balanced well, but i enjoy my IPAs stronger on the hops side.

Medium body. Smooth and bubbles tickle the tongue. Slightly dry on the finish.

Good beer, but far from my favorite IPA. I won't have any problem finishing my sixer, but I'll try something new next time.

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, off-white/tan head, good retention.

S: Plenty of piney hops!

T: Plenty of pine, toffee, good bitterness (not overly assertive), mild fruity esters, pronounced bitter aftertaste.

M: Body is heavier than moderate, creamy & somewhat acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: I like it a lot, though it may not be for the uninitiated.

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

A: Cloudy orange. 1/2in thick white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Lots of sediment floating around. No visible carbonation.

S: Weak smell. Takes quite a bit of stiring up to get much of a scent. Kind of citrusy, faint smell of piney hops, very sweet malt smell upfront.

T: Very strong malt sweetness comes first with a very strong bitter grapefruit hops following right behind. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation that didn't burn the tongue.

D: A very bold IPA with strong hop and malt flavors. Stands out over others and will definatly be one I will come to again.

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

Had this one when I went to Tampa Brewing Company for a late lunch. I planned this trip around the TBC visit to find they were moving to Centro Ybor and all their beer was gone! albeit, temporarily until the move was completed.
Pours an amber/copper color with a light tan head. Slightly hazy with good lacing.
Smell is lemon, light malt and light hops.
Taste is a little more involved with hops, malt, citrus, grass and alcohol all showing up.
Slightly dry, citrus and hops linger with the alcohol bloom. Medium-bodied but leans toward the fuller side.
A good beer but not what I wanted. Can't wait for TBC to complete the move so I can go drink their brews.

Photo of cbl2
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.00 6 pack 6.50% No best by date.


Pours a slightly opaque hazy orange-brown with a nice inch head of tight white/tan lace.


Only mildly hoppy which is odd for an IPA, with hints of sweet biscuity malt. Smells great, but not right for the style.


Extremely smooth with more herbal notes than are typical in an IPA, no grapefruit or pine overtones. Mildly sweet with a bread-like yeast sensation. Definitely drinkable, though again I'm not sure this is spot on for the style.

Photo of Cresant
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this undated 12 oz. into an IPA glass. Created three fingers+ of rocky, bubbly head. Yeast speckles float in the orange/amber murky body.

Smelled fruity, yeasty, and citrusy.

Tasted pleasantly tart and juicy. Somewhat bitter. Puckering hints of grapefruit rinds. Not especially complex but enjoyable.

Body was a bit thin. Nice lingering finish.

Quite drinkable.

Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brown 12oz. bottle pours a glowing coppery-orange ale with a 1/2 inch off-white head.that shortly settles. Mellow carbonation visibly, some decent lace marks the journey.

Smells of earthy malt mainly, with some citrus hops blending in just right. The bottle i'm reviewing here has a healthy malt backbone with a perfect hop balance to it, almost tastes more like an APA than an IPA, I don't have a problem with that. A really good tasting beer in my book.

A full bodied brew with the alcohol well hidden by the flavor, don't let that fool ya...it's there. Overall a tasty, easy drinker that I truly recommend...cheers.

Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a big head. There is lots of lacing. The beer looks like muddy water. The smell is somewhat sweet and similar to a brown ale. The taste is pretty bitter. The mouthfeel is smooth but nothing special. I could drink these again but there are better IPA's around.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very tempted to rate this a 5 in terms of appearance. Don't take this the wrong way ... the lacing is pretty nice, but not quite a 5. Body is the color of burning bronze. Enticing.
I can smell mostly pine and grapefruit, two essentials when it comes to a good West Coast IPA. Taste is firstly lemon, followed by grapefruit and pine, then caramel. Pretty nice. I'd be happy to make a night of this one. Well done Lost Coast.

Photo of harpo111
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good IPA.
Poured a nice orange with a nice thick white head.
smelled very hoppy, with a slight grassy/malty smell.
taste was bitter with a note of citris and malt, very dry
mouthfeel was good, full
drinkablilty was pretty good, although like most IPAs i can only do a few before i start feeling like a hopp head...
overall a nice IPA..although I have had better.

Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.