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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: 1,101
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 75 | 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 tonistruth
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- auburn in color, unfiltered, 1 finger white head, decent retent, thin film lacing

S- buttery, citrus, floral, leafy

T- earthy, citrus, leafy hops, biscuit malts, toasted malts, strong bitter biting hop finish and after

M- medium w/ a dry after, hops very abusive

D- great example of an IPA, very palate abusive, enjoyable and drinkable, I'd have another. another reason why Lost Coast is a very underrated brewery

Photo of Night
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with orange tones; unfiltered with a lot of yeast floating about. Chunky, bubbly beige head dies down pretty quickly – medium lacing. Aroma is mild floral hops; light citrus and pineapple. Light to medium body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is moderately bitter sappy and grapefruit hops with a touch of smokiness up front. Backbone of dense, bready sourdough malts complimented by a hint of dark pit fruits. Sour for an IPA. Bitter pine flourish in the finish; aftertaste is lightly sour and bitter.

Photo of woemad
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on tap at The Elk in Spokane for $4.25. I've had this in bottle form, but not recently.

Served in a pint glass, this had a look to it that was somewhere between iced tea and amber. A big, creamy white head was perched atop the glass. Moderate lace.

This had a scent of leafy, medicinal hops. There was a modest citrus scent as well, but it was dominated by the bitter medicinal hop scent.

Taste was pretty much like the smell. I wasn't too impressed with the flavor of this beer. Bitter, but not bitter to the point of scalding a hophead's tastebuds - just bitter due to a lack of balance.

Mouthfeel was adequate. I feel that this beer's flavor shortcomings made the mnouthfeel academic.

Not a particularly inspiring IPA experience. I don't think I'll try this again.

Photo of Redwood21
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy cloudy orange to amber color with a white foam head. i like the look of the beer, but it doesnt make me pause and think"wow"
S: a decent amount of hops in the nose interestingly but not impressively. sorry

T: prett decent, on the low end of intensity for an ipa. there is some sweetness and there is also some hop bitterness, pretty well balanced
M: a lil on the qatery side, but good just the same
D: a very drinkable beer that i could easily do again. a litle dry but sweet and hoppy and good

Photo of winpig3
2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy orange color topped with a thin lacey head.

S: Faint hop aroma and certainly nothing to indicate a beer "radically hopped..." with "intense spiritual aroma," as written on the side of the label.

T: A mix of esters and hop bitterness

M: thin and oily

D: I'm a big fan of most Lost Coast offerings but this IPA is not one of them. Maybe having Indica fresh from the tap would be a better experience.

Photo of loren01
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orangish color, 1 finger width white head, good lacing
S: You can smell the malt, also the citrusy hop smell is very plentiful
T: A little bit of malt up front followed by a nice citrusy hop bomb.
M: Pretty prickly on the tongue, medium bodied and a little overcarbonated
D: Very nice IPA, satisfied my craving for another good hoppy west coast IPA

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite good, but not better than some of the other exceptional IPAs in recent memory, such as Alpha King, Real Ale Full Moon Pale Rye, Titan, Dreadnought, Big Eddy, etc, but it is still quite good and highly recommended.

This beer pours a hazy amber with hints of red-orange. Head is abundant, and inconsistently fades over time, leaving an attractive scum on the surface of the beer which is heavier around the edges of my glass, which the head aggressively clings to. This kind of head usually indicates to me that I;m looking at a pretty substantial beer. Aroma is hoppy and lightly citrus sweet. Flavor is malty and hoppy citrus-y up front with just a touch of sourness that doesn't quite fit (no date code on this bottle I can find). Nonetheless, this is a pretty solid IPA, but not better than some of the exceptional midwestern IPAs I've come to love (3 Floyd's, 2 Brothers, etc). Still good though.

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

California based 'Lost Coast' offers this ale, of Indian Pale decent, which is "radically hopped to give it an intense spiritual aroma"... and I'd have to agree. Smells lovely!
Rapid streams of bubbles rise while suspended yeast sediments fall. A peach hued head cascades up off the pour, then slowly falls all along clinging to the sides of the glass. A toasted tawny colour, the body completely clouded. A very thick layer of yeast residue left on the bottom of the bottle. The aroma of an unmistakably West Coast hop bomb. Lightly roasted malts and delicious hops. Very promising insofar. A considerably light hop bitterness upfront, although some resin and astringency resides in the mouth long after the swallow. The flavour is a gratifying dose of hops. The malt side of things is only a little light, well balanced that aspect aside. This is up there with American IPA's and is only slightly short of what I'd consider top tier. It seems to lack a certain finesse in the flavour and mouthfeel (overall altogether) but it is unmistakably well made and very enjoyable India Pale Ale. Very recommended.

Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Partied late into the evening and drank a 6pack of this last night. Poured into a pint glass pours a amber gold color with little carbonation bubbles and a bit of head that left little to no lace. Taste was very good with floral and citrus nose and also a bit of a aftertaste of bitterness. This went down so smooth that I had the six pack gone in a couple hours and boy was I feeling good, I woke up in the morning with that earthy aftertaste in my mouth and made me want to have another one of these. Not bad at all.

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

A - Deep, murky red with a two finger creamy head that's not afraid to stick around.

S - Floral & Spicy hops, a little malty undertone, grapefruit

M - Medium body, creamy finish. Can't decide if it was watery or milky, overall. It's a curveball.

T - Tangy spice opens to a carbonated middle with a floral finish laying on the faintest caramel bed. Nicely balanced. Bitter, resiny (hence the name?), "burnt" aftertaste. Maybe even slightly phenolic.

D - Overall this is a nice IPA, not too spicy, not too floral, with a malt background. The only major detraction to my mind being the somewhat harsh afternotes.

Photo of Byeast
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a deep, cloudy amber-orange with some particles in suspension, small offwhite head.

Smell: Good amount of piney and citric hops but the malt is right there with em, some bready rich malt characteristic of a Dipa.

Taste: A medium body with a very nice balance, hops are showing with good piney strength, also some slight citrus, grapefruit, slight fruit cup, and they are balanced by alot of rich bready/ caramel, slightly doughy and dark sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, mildly slick

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise, i expected this brew to be good and hoppy, but it has awsome balance, it has a nice hop punch but this has a great malt profile as well. Good kick to it also. Very nice.

Photo of KevBrews
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangish body with creamy white head; cloudy--not clear

Smell: Big citrus and floral hops, similar to Bear Republic Racer 5 and the Bell's HopSlam, except that there is a subtle spicy undercurrent in this brew that I didn't pick up in the other two.

Taste: Starts with a big, sweet citrus burst--all hops upfront! I pick up hints of bourbon and vanilla, and the caramel malts complement the hops. Finishes with a lingering spicy hoppy note.

Mouthfeel: huge and full-bodied, with carbonation that, with the hops, pricks the tongue.

Drinkability: Another great big, delicious West Coast IPA. I have a hard time deciding whether I prefer this or the Racer 5 better. I like the caramel malts and lingering spiciness in this brew, but I think the opening salvo of the Racer 5 might be slightly more assertive. I paired this with spicy Indian food--Aloo Choley.

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.

Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.