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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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978 Ratings
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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of Southernbrew


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 06:03:22 | More by Crotor
Photo of KoG


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very hoppy IPA. Appears close to that of SNPA with good head and lacing. Shows off a good nose with estery hop essence and a slight presence of malt.

Taste is super hoppy. Almost too hoppy, but definately an IPA. Flexes it's muscles and punishes the senses with hop flavor before giving refuge with a malt push. Does finish a bit bitter, but I'm not one to complain.

Overall, too bitter for me. Very nice example of an IPA but just too strong to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 05:55:09 | More by KoG
Photo of alexgash


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-conditioned. Hazy with suspended sediment, dark orange-copper. Khaki-colored, creamy, sticky head with good lacing. Sugary cake batter splashed with spiced rum greets the nose along with an undeniable, very resinous, spicy hop backing. Sweet, sugary malts (but not too sweet) up front. Resiny hops come in early and taste great--spruce sap and bitter flowers. Yum. Good balance too, with more malt presence than most West coast IPAs I've had. Finish is bitter with lingering syrupy malt. Full-bodied ale with a chewy, creamy feel. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 00:30:07 | More by alexgash
Photo of mntlover


4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is darker amber nice and hazy with a nice off white head that leaves lots of lace down my glass. Love the color beats the hell out of pale IPA's in my book.
Aroma is great lots of hops citrus mixed with a touch of pine cones, man got to love dry hopping. All of this on a nice caramel malt background wonderful smelling beer, a touch more malt would be a 5 for sure.
Taste is wonderflu also caramel malt hardly have time to taste the malt and the hops hit full flavored grapefruit rind, orange peel with a touch of pine maybe even hints of floral. Malt is strong enough to support all the hops, not much malt flavor but hops not out of balance either, perfect amount of carbonation and balance in my book.
Mouthfeel is solid medium, carbonation is perfection for this beer.
Drinability is great one of the best regular IPA's availblein my humble opinon. Also one of those beers I have had several times pre BA that I thought was great can remember the aroma from more then two years ago. But once on BA never tried again because always something at store I had not had, always meant to buy and review but never did :( I can see buying more of this next time in Knoxville or Boone lovley beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 20:39:02 | More by mntlover
Photo of FormatKid


4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve drooled over the reviews of Lost Coast beers for a good time now, I was shocked to find them available all the way from isolated Eureka, CA in Knoxville, TN. I get good vibes from the stubby bottle before I even open it. BIG head on the pour, so much as I have to stop half way through and let things calm down. Before pouring I actually noticed a lot of chunks hanging out in the bottom of the bottle, when the head finally recedes enough to let me finish the pour I make no attempts to keep them there. The dimpled head exceeds the constraints of the pint glass giving it that “ice-cream float” effect, one of my favorite sights on this earth. The body is noticeably darker than other beers of the style, almost a ruddy light-brown, the chunks hang in suspension as if they were floating in a gelatinous substance, I swear if I shake it, the glass moves but the chunks remain stationary! The head retains like a true champion leaving fat globs of lace clinging lazily to the glass. The nose is a bit more subtle than I expected, a nice dense presence of sweet malt, I’m picking up orange creamsicle from the combination of sweet malt and citrus hops. This beer is also chunky in the mouth, not just the obvious things floating in it, but the mouthfeel of the malt (a very nice thing). Malt is up front and thick in it’s caramel and toffee tones, the bitterness levels are quite high (even compared to others of the style), hop flavors appear in the finish and are very sweet, apricot, sweet citrus, honeydew melon, watermelon, drizzled ever-so-lightly with pine sap. Bitterness resinated nicely in the aftertaste. This IPA is a little different than many others I have tried, it seems where the hop flavors usually are a sharp contrast to the sweetness of the malt whereas with Indica they seems to compliment them seamlessly. The mouthfeel is awesome, perfectly medium bodied and slightly velvety. An awesomely unique IPA that I am glad to have available to me!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 02:18:50 | More by FormatKid
Photo of germaniac


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the first sighting of the psychadelic deity on the label, there is a feeling that Indica will take you to levels of beer drinking experiences only dreamed about. The blurb on the side only serves to increase the desire for an"intense spiritual aroma".

I don't know about spiritual, but there IS hops. Although, for some, this may be enough. Indica soothes the eyes with it's rich wild honey color, only slightly marred by the presence of several families of yeast sea monkeys that have somehow taken up residence. Not a bad thing, since it doesn't detract from the piney hop flavor. This just may be the best IPA to emerge from behind northern California's Redwood Curtain.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 20:49:02 | More by germaniac
Photo of GClarkage


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/13/04- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Englander pint glass..again!

Appearance- About the best looking IPA I have ever seen. An incredibly huge head, at least 2 inches. A nice cloudy golden honey-like color. Lacing beyond awesome. My whole glass was still caked after I finished.

Smell- Above average scent with nice hops scents of pine, and grapefruit. Also and heavy carmel malt scent.

Taste- Nice and hoppy with the above scents coming in the taste also.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly creamy and well carbonated.

Drinkability- One of the best IPA's I have had. Very very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 02:06:31 | More by GClarkage
Photo of mschofield


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown-amber filled with floating particulates, topped with a three finger marshmallowy tan head, leaves puffy rings of lacing - great appearance.
Winey, yeasty, alcohol and floral aroma.
Tongue stippingly good taste, pine, toast, herbs, tea, some caramel, a little malt balance but mostly a hoppy taste.
Full bodied, good drinkabilty a bit oily.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 18:09:59 | More by mschofield
Photo of longpondbeerman


2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am always suspicious of a beer when there is more head than ale after a careful pour. But here goes. This is simply the thickest, most pillowy head I have seen in a while--a good three and a half fingers on top of a slightly murky reddish amber brew. First to the nose is a tart lemony redolence, and there's not much else; even after lingering I'm not getting much hops out of this. The taste is metallic and bland with a thin mouthfeel. Did I get a bad bottle?

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 22:42:14 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of yankeeheel


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vey turbid orange with a really smart looking fluffy light orange/white head. Like a good beer should look. Smells nicely hoppy with a good deal of bread in there as well. This is my idea of IPa nirvana. Sweetly malty up front with a even transition to orange, then lemon, then grass, then resin. It ramps up to it';s hop crescendoo very predictibaly with each sip. Doesn't just come out and smoke you with DFH type hopping. Stellar. Mouthfeel is very firm and syrupy all at the same time. I could drink a lot of this.

JahNoth with another super hookup.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 21:26:52 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of meathookjones


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This appeared a fairly dark amber color that was very murky, almost opaque. A tall eggshell white head formed and left rings of lace around the glass as I drank it. Strong citric and floral hops rose out of this one. Flavor starts off with a citric bitterness with a backbone of caramel malt. Bittersweet aftertaste is how it finishes out. Mouthfeel is a little less than medium with a creamy and well carbonated feel to it. Overall a good drinkable brew but not one of the better ones I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 18:26:26 | More by meathookjones
Photo of ppoitras


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" chunky tan head over the brown brew, which seems dark for the style, but that's ok. Head exhibits good staying power, and excellent lacing. Aroma is fruity, citrusy, piney hops, which is just as it should be. Taste is pretty sweet for an AIPA, but the hops kick it in pretty quick. A bit over the top on the hops bitterness, but that's pretty much what we expected here as well. All in all, tastes different from the norm, but they work here. Mouthfeel and drinkability both great, an excellent representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 23:26:23 | More by ppoitras
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although it might appear dark for the style with it's chestnut-colored body and ivory-bordering-on-tan head of froth, Lost Coast's Indica delivers enough bright, floral and piney hops to keep any hop lover satisfied. The nose is quite enticing as it's hops combine with the lightly sweet, caramel-kissed malts underneath to leave it a touch candyish as well as floral, piney, and even a touch chocolatey. Except for the cloudiness (bottle conditioned?) it's quite attractive, with great head retention and lacing. It's delicately zesty and then creamy smooth across the palate with a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation and medium-full body. A bold bitterness backs it's rich maltiness and exhuberant hoppiness in the flavor, and it's well-balanced, leaving it to finish decidedly dry, bitter, and piney-hoppy with a note of dark caramel/fudge that lingers nicely. This is a full-throttle IPA that somehow seems restrained in comparison to many of the bigger, blow-your-socks-off versions out there now. It's got a pretty decent drinkability right off the bat, and I think it's low-key, dark maltiness lends it an extra edge of complexity that keeps you coming back for more. It's very well-done, and one of Lost Coast's better beers!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 16:23:04 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of shapudding


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Long Island icedtea colored, orangey, amber and cloudy. Very nice coloring. Creamy orangey/white head that reduced down to a beuautiful think covering that swirled across the pint glass and pooled in the edges. Lightly hoppy and malty scents gently waft out... Nice and thickish and semi creamy mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbination. Nice bitey hoppiness. Smooth and lovley. Not heavy, but almost the feel of a guiness. May be a bit heavy heavy for some people to consider for a session, or for a really hot day- due to the thickness of the mouthfeel, but this is damn freakin good. Nice little interesting one to find that I had not heard of before, and just stumbled upon over at Fatty's.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2004 14:46:45 | More by shapudding
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours Almond,cloudy,with orange/rust hues. White,creamy,dense head,leaving a ton o' world class lacing and with excellent retention. Spicy, minty nose. The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of this fine brew. Creamy, coating, sticky and lucious. Mighty nice hopping, spicy,piney,citric. Long hop laden finish. Seek this one out, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 01:41:57 | More by Billolick
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piney, grapefruit hop aroma on a cereal malt aroma. Yellowish cream colored head hold for a minute, then fades slowly to a film leaving a pieces of lace as it fades. Hazy, apricot-amber colored beer. Mildly bitter, chewy citrus piney hops with a grainy base. Hops take over in the finish lingering till the next sip. Beer is on the thick side, and full of thick chewy hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 02:10:04 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange in color with a healthy 2" head. Very thick lacing forms on the glass. Nice average carbonation level. The aroma is floral and citrus, but I expected a little more out of the nose. The flavor is of a strong floral hop bitterness with orange tones and the malt rides a bit behind on the tastebuds. A very light metallic tone was present at the finish.

The mouthfeel lightly crisp and smooth, and finishes smooth. The bitterness lasts long into the aftertaste. A very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 17:05:37 | More by Gavage
Photo of Gusler


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its disinterment from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a lightly hazed amber color with the head piled high on the body, the texture semi-creamy and bright white in color, after its desiccation a nice velum like sheet of lace forms on the glass. Nose is hop floral, backed by sweet malt, citrus crisp and quite a pleasant beer to sniff, start is nicely malted and a bit sweet with the top middling in its feel. Finish is delightfully hopped, and the acidity moderate, quite dry and real treat for lovers of hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 22:25:02 | More by Gusler
Photo of shippos

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured witha thick whtie head all most resembled a nitro pour, pale haz ltigh amber honey color. Intense fruity aroma full of citrus and oranges?? fairly decent malt background in the nose with a substantial hoppy grassy aroma. great mouthfeel, excellent taste for an amer. ipa. has a very assertive zesty hop character that isn't very overpoweringly bitter. a nice balance brewed with a heavy hop hand.

I tried this on tap and the bottles don't do it justice...seek out the draft!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 23:11:50 | More by shippos
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep orange with a nice froth on top that sticks around leaving nice globs of lace,grapfruit in a big way hits the nose with a little pine thrown in hops hops and more hops.Taste is more balanced nice firm caramel malt base before the big rush of pine needles hit,this is a pretty bold beer big malt big dose of hops wich I expected.Only 6.5% alc goes down easier as I drink more,I see a headache tommorow morning I have five more.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 22:44:47 | More by oberon
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.