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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: 1,013
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | 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 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
Photo of Shiredave
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid example of a Left Coast IPA. The lable seems to have offended some members of the Hindu faith, so look or a change in appearence soon. The word Indica caught my eye, but I digress...
Bright golden orange color with a tight, white head and nice smears of lace. Carbonation is moderate and steady.
Aroma is typical and quite strong - all grapefruit and honey sweet malt in harmony. Maybe there are some cascades in there but are not obvious. While the aroma is hop forward, malt comes thru and mingles quite sociably.
Malt sweetness up front is hefty on the tongue as strong hop flavors muscle thier way in and take charge. More intense, puckering grapefruit flavors in the middle, the malt body holds its own, but any fruity sweetness trying to fight it way into the mix loses the battle.
Medium bodied with a serious hop kick at the finish - long, strong bitterness w/ a hint of lemon candy hangs in looong after swallowing. Maybe a bit heavy handed on the hop rate for my tatse but a very good - excellent IPA IMHO.

Shiredave, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Coast Indica (I prefer Sativa myself) India Pale Ale pours from the colorful stubby bottle a deep dark cloudy amber that almost borders on brown. An inch of creamy off white head settles on top of the brew. Quite dark for an IPA. Aromas of sweet, rich caramel malts confront me from the get go. Slightly nutty with an underpinning of resinous, oily piney hops. There's some grapefruit and citrus in the mix as well..nice, but I'd like to see the hop aroma more in the forefront.

First sip brings a rush of caramel coated nutty maltiness. Citrusy, pine resin hops cut through the maltiness mid swallow and follow through with a nice bitterness on the way down. A bit floral with some brown sugar thrown in the mix. Overall the hop profile just seems a bit muddled to me. Finishes with a touch of breadiness and a mellow lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with stable carbonation...this feels slightly oily in the mouth but still hits the mark nicely. Not a bad IPA...just seems a bit out of whack. I've come to expect a bit more from a Cali brewed IPA.

orbitalr0x, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, deep copper color with a finger of head that falls to a very light coating of head. The nose is full and citrusy. Light caramel backbone lays below it, but the hops dominate. I dig it. Good American hops. The flavor is nice, but not as sweet as I would like. The bittering hop really hits hard, but doesn't linger. Its a touch too strong on the start. The caramel malt is nice, but there is also a light toastyness in there that doesn't work for me. The feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, I like it, but the flavors are not medling as well as I would like. Its just not seamless enough for me.

kmpitz2, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/amber color with a medium head that has nice retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy - citrus - US west coast hops. Some earthy tones as well. The flavor is full of hops, but they are too harsh - not very well blended with the malt. Finish is really bitter and slightly dry. The mouthfeel is medium, but the drinkability suffers from the harshness of the hops.

clvand0, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apricot color with a fairly substantial off white head that stuck around until the bottom. Aroma is floral and citrus hops with some pineapple. Malt profile comes through as sweet bread with some yeast overtones. Flavor offers up a good dose of bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. This mainly comes through with a grassy, resin bitterness. Taste is good, but nothing outstanding. A good mouthfeel which coats well and allows the bitterness to linger for a while. Drinkability is nice to boot.

blitz134, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of NClifestyle
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is an ipa for those who want a woody flavor. that seems to be the point that stands out for me. pours an amber color with some head. smells of hop in the citrus vein. quite a nice smell, not too strong. aside from a somewhat pepper orange taste, there is a wood tone present. i don't do much chewing on wood, but the taste gives me the feeling/smell/taste of oak? not sure how i get that one. still, a pretty good ipa, and a bit stronger in flavor and hints of alcohol than most i usually drink. cheers...

NClifestyle, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy, yeast-sediment filled, caramel orange body with a sticky head that clung to the glass nicely. I don't mind a little yeast getting into the glass, but this one was a little to much. It gave the appearance of a much heartier beer and was not what I was looking for in a crisp, refreshing IPA. Anyways, the nose is hops. A citrusy, piney aroma fills the nostrils. I was looking for a little fresher hop aroma, but it was still nice. The taste is bitter at the start and finishes with a malty bite. The malt doesn't seem to balance right with the hops on this one. It seems a bit too thick for this beer. Not at all a bad beer, but seems like more of a homebrewed IPA from a beginner kit.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

SwillBilly, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zorro, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

carln26, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

warriorsoul, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tavernjef, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

neonbrown82, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

woodychandler, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

goodbyeohio, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ElGordo, Jun 01, 2005
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.