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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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1,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | 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 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.

rousee, Aug 16, 2006
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.

Imstillthegman, Aug 13, 2006
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.

Derek, Aug 12, 2006
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.

MLegendre, Aug 02, 2006
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.

PorterLambic, Jul 31, 2006
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.

cbl2, Jul 29, 2006
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.

Cresant, Jul 17, 2006
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.

scottoale, Jul 04, 2006
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.

Enola, Jun 12, 2006
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.

TheBungyo, Jun 11, 2006
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.

harpo111, May 29, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, any beer named "indica" with a picture of Ganesh on the bottle deserves some "appearance" points. Pours a hazy copper/amber with a thin chunky head. Smells like... hops. I'm running out of IPA adjectives here. actually the smell here is less intense than many; slightly grassy, slightly lemony, but not overwhelming. Taste is dry and prominently bitter, with significant lemon and grapefruit overtones. Only 6.5 abv, but it feels thicker; I couldn't have many of these before switching to something lighter.

PeatReek, May 25, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Coast Indica India Pale Ale pours a hazy amber color with a thick, fluffy, off-white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. This beer has a very nice aroma, citrusy hops all the way. Taste is, well, hoppy of course. Nice citrusy hop flavor. Recommended for all you hop heads out there.

Drew966, May 18, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Beer pours a semi-transparent orangish color with very little head and zero lacing. Smell, like, I cant' really describe it. I was expecting hops and I did find some, but not very pronounced. It also had some odd dirt smell to it. Taste is decent, though not great. Initially, a hop wave hits and doesn't really subside. Maltiness is a tad subdued. Mouthfeel is medium and very dry. Too dry. Aftertaste is bitter and not in a good way. Drinkablity is OK, but I would reach for other selections first.

SethB2, May 11, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a one-and-a-half finger head with good retention and a permanent, thick filmy foam covering my beer the entire time. Color was a deep, cloudy browned orange peel. There was a lot of yeast sediment. Which I found a little strange for an IPA.

Smell- Breday with a good balance of muted American hops that gave the aroma a very citrusy/floral nuance.

Taste- Lots o' bitter bread with hints of lilacs in the flavor profile. The American Northwest hops definetly stand, but don't snap with bitterness. This is a good thing. Nontheless, theres is something issing from this IPA that would really thrust it into that category better. I just can't put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel- Bitter, of course, ith some west coast, hippiesh bread notes. Lets not forget soem earthy yeast flavors hitting the center and sides of the tongue.

scruffwhor, May 09, 2006
Photo of KyleVick4
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, sad that is was a twist off bc I currently need bottles for my homebrew ... but thats another story.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange color. Nasty cloudy for a non homebrew. Has stuff floating all thoroughout it. Seen live beers before, but this is new. Looks like more like unfiltered trub than dead yeasties, its all throughout the beer. Glass was clean, had just washed it. Whatever it is came from the bottle. Needless to say cloudy beer with floating crap inside doent quite help the score. Only saving grace is that it poured with nice head and great lace!

S: Smells pretty good. Catch piney hops and malt aromas. Not as strong smelling as i think an IPA should be though. Smells almost watery...

T: Not impressed. Was hoping for a strong hop flavor. Found water with a touch of hops. Maltiness is rather weak, but the subtle hop taste allows you to find the malt. Overall needs more of everything but water.

M: A little to carbonated for my tastes. But not terrible. Does feel a little syrupy on the ole palate.

D: Meh if it didint suck I think I might like it. That being said I prob wont finish this beer. Seems light enough to be a minor session beer. But the poor taste and disgusting appearance do little for the drinkability.

Not very happy with this one. Wouldnt consider it an IPA. More of a hoppy ale that looks funny. Well if you are looking for a good IPA dont try this. Because you wont find one.

KyleVick4, May 08, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish orange with a good sized off white head that left good lacing. Depending on how you pour it you may get some yeasty floaties in their... Don't be afraid of it.
A nice malty pine/citrus blend hits the nose. A little yeasy.
Well balanced in the taste. A good yeasty malt backbone accompanied by good hop bitterness and a citrus flavor. The hop bitterness is not to strong, but builds a bit with each drink.
Medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Nice and slick in the finish.
This one goes down easy and is very drinkable. A good session IPA for me. Like some of their other brews, Lost Coast Brewery defineitely has a winner here.

BeerRun13, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic at fridge temperature. Thanks to Ego for the sample.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy, beautiful sunset red with a bone white, two finger head. Looks fat and stalwart.

Smell- A wicked attack of hops with a piney, resinous aroma. It smells sticky, like pine tar. Notes of garbage in the hot sun.

Taste- Like the aroma suggests, the pinecone-like character is front and center... with a solid malt backbone for sturdiness and balance. Burps are strong and loud. The ending bitterness is sour and not particularly pleasing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The sharp, tiger-like carbonation is a bit strong and a bully in the mouth. It smooths out gradually throughout the tasting, but the taste overall doesn't even crack my top ten favorite IPAs.

yelterdow, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber with a thick cream colored head that stays forever. Lots of crap floating in the beer...good yeasties, I'm sure.
Aroma is faintly pine and citrus
Taste is a wallup of hops....citrus orange, pine, resins, and finishes in a sweet grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick...almost like a honey on the tongue with nice carbonation and a warm alcohol to the swallow.
Yeah...I could drink this

IntriqKen, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- This brew pours a gorgeous dark orange brown with an assload of suspended floating crap. It doesn't matter how I poured this one, they will be there, and they don't settle all that much. Maybe thats why the taste is so awesome. Good sized head that lasts, moderate carbonation and great lacing.

s- Holy crap I love this. The smell is insanely doughy. Fresh soft bread like awesomeness. Secondly we have citrus aromas.

t- Wow. Bready and sweet at first. Middle of the tasting the hops hit you moderately hard. Malt flavor is there right after the swallow. yeasty good. Great balance yet very unique. Fruity, twangy, and zesty.

mf/d- The mouthfeel rocks as well. This is quite thick and full. Smooth but slick, not too much carbonation. This is such a unique and balanced ipa. Most IPAs taste too similar to each other these days but this is different. Because of the crazyness I would probably only do 2 about 2 of these a night.

kbnooshay, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of Luigi
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich orange red color with a large off white head. The head settles down to a layer on top of the beer. Sticks around the glass a little. Has a fresh hoppy aroma. Big fruity aroma. The taste is dominated by a slighty sour fruity hop. A good amount of bready malts kept the hops in check. Finishes off hoppy and dry. A very enjoyable IPA. True to the American IPA style. Pick it up if you see it.

Luigi, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found @ decicco market, pelham, ny ($8.99 a sixer)

moderately cloudy orange red, half a finger of perfectly cloned bubble head, sticky lacing right off the bat! very nice looking

piney grapefruit hops aroma, a pinch of alcohol bite, the malts are subdued but detectable and become more present down the glass... very IPA like

taste etc...
bitter notes really twang in this one, this reminds me of a more intense version of the Long Trail unfiltered IPA, all the same taste marks but much more powerfull, the hop kick is VERY strong, not as strong as say Alpha King but pretty close. The bitterness really lingers in the back of the mouth for some time but the rest of the mouth "drys out" ready for another sip. I almost get the sensation of chewing on dryed grapefruits with this one. The malts in this prevent the bitterness from killing you... barely. Right before the bitter aftertaste is where you can sense the malts... for a moment.. before the grapefruit hop bitterness becomes assertive.

good for one... maybe a just a touch too aggressive to be drinking all night long by itself.. paired with something strong it would be ok. Tasty. I might keep some of this around for a hop fix now and again.. a good IPA.

Ego, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of ReDave
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very Malty especially for an (alleged IPA) While I can taste the hops, malt is there in the background. Seems too dark for an IPA as well [for me at least, i like a light golden to amber]. After taste is malty as well. However, this is still a drinkable ale. Just mislabeled. I may have to try this again, just to make sure I didn’t get a bad batch. {tho i've noticed that Lost Coast is "off" sometimes in labeling}

ReDave, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap@Lost coast, May 2004. Typical USIPA, very hoppy (lychee, pine, grapefruit), sweetish to start, then quite bitter towards the end. Pretty decent IPA, lots of body. Very aromatic and softly sweet, and then softly bitter. Actually very pleasing, and i'm wondering if i could have scored this one higher.

rastaman, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived at my table with a fluffy, white half-inch head, with some retention, and a bit of lace. Color is quite a dark orange/amber mix that is very hazy. Strong grassy hop aroma with a sweet citrus backbone. The taste is not as strong as the aroma suggests. Slightly sweet caramel malt, flavor of mild hops and orange/citrus. Not particularly alcoholic, finish is mildly bitter overall. Medium body, decent carbonation, smooth enough to go down easy. An enjoyable IPA...

bennetj17, Mar 24, 2006
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.