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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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566 Reviews
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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,178
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 31
Gots: 129 | 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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Reviews: 566 | Hads: 1,178
Photo of Naerhu
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I carried this back to Japan from my weekend trip to California. I just had to buy it considering that this was the brewery that was sued by that f**king dork who claimed that the lable defamed his religion.

A - Nice opaque red/amber body with a small white head and mobs of lacing.
S - Gobs of pine with a bit of citrus with nice caramel maltyness.
T - Nice upfront bitterness, that comes back mid-palate and trails of for an nice finish. Nice bit of yeastyness mixed in with a rich bready malt. The hops flavors are floral and sappy. Yummy.
M - This has to be bottle condition, it is so smooth and with perfect carbonation.
D - This is boardering on DIPA, but non the less is easy drinking and delish!

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Photo of henrysunset
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

decent head of tiny bubbles, cloudy but rich red.
sweet hoppy aroma, not overwhelming.
taste is nice, noticeable maltiness with a balanced floral quality. Very enjoyable not-overwhelming IPA.
not too thin or thick, pleasent mouthfeel, leaves a nice mild flavor in the mouth.
very drinkable IPA. Would enjoy several if given the chance. The sweetness would eventually get me.

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze hued, mostly obstructed by large floating globs. Eggshell head endures as a film.
Toasty, earthy and piney aromas. This is what the forest floor smells like.
Begins toasty, leading towards chocolatey. Thick caramel sweetness and doughy bread. Smokiness and earthen qualities appear. Hopping is deviously bitter- resinous, piney and lightly metallic. Fruitiness lurks below, as the malt heft vies for control.
Think chocolate-coated caramelized peaches drenched in pine sap.
Sturdy and full in the mouth.
Fairly unique for the style, somewhat akin to a India Brown Ale.
Quite a flavorful quaffer and all-around well done.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with about a fingers worth of head. Has some great smelling hops in the nose.

The hops come through pretty strong but sweetness an malts are even stronger. Good stuff.

Great mouthfeel. Nice and creamy with the right amount of bitterness.

I'm glad I have a bomber of this. My only regret is I didn't get two, very drinkable.

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great find this was! On draught at the Flat Rock Saloon, an IPA I've never tasted...must...get...hop..ffffix! Darker in complexion than most IPA's I've come across, this one was a deep amber with a beautiful fluffy head. Retained very well. Sticky piney cascade hop aroma. Lovely. Smooth as silk on the mouth, and a very well balanced flavor profile to boot. Very well hopped, though not overdone, with a tad of citrus but more of a chocolate malt thing going on here in the flavor than fruitiness. A delicious and very interesting IPA. My glass was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appears a nice orange color with lots of unfiltered particles. Long lasting white head leaves behind nice lacing. Smells are primarily citrus, but with some pine and caramel hints. Tastes of grapefruit, with some maltiness and a good pine kick to its finish. Very smooth with a solid body. Quite a drinkable beer, though some of the unfilteredness may scare some away.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous presentation from Indica, laying out two fluffed fingers of bone-white froth atop an orange-golden body. Dense lacing rings the trusty Yankees pint glass--outstanding. Hops emerge more in the taste than the smell, which is nicely balanced by malt. It's a good nose, nicely citrused, but not as prominent as somewhat bolder IPAs.

Hops protrude in the taste quite nicely, though not too densely. I'm impressed with the balance with the malt, making it smoother than many good, hopped IPAs. But not too much so. Seemingly in alternating sips, the malt yields ground to a hearty belt of hops--grapefruit, orange, and plenty of spice--ginger and a dash of pepper. Very nicely done.

The hop-and-malt duet make this a fantastic mouthfeel, negotiating a fine balance while providing a delicious, easily drinkable brew. Excellent. Not the biggest and boldest IPA by any means, but one well worth enjoying.

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The funky, garishly colored label likeness of the Hindu God Ganesha puts me in the mood for a kickin' India Pale Ale. If the impressive appearance is any (indica)tion, this IPA means serious business. Murky orange-copper with loads of tiny particulates and a few larger floaters. Maybe I'll just strain it with my teeth as I gulp it down. The ecru-colored head is large, dense, is pitting like crazy on top and is beginning to leave near-complete sheets of intricate lace. A very nice look.

The nose isn't an olfactory hop bomb, but it's plenty aromatic nonetheless. Centennial is utilized for dry-hopping; a very nice choice. The fact that there isn't a great deal of malt evident in the aroma suits me just fine. More malt, of the heavily toasted caramel variety, is apparent on the palate. Indica is still a hop-driven beer however. And a damn good one.

The flavor says earthy grapefruit; which, to me, indicates Columbus hops. Pine sap is apparent as well. The beer isn't quite as intensely citric or as resinous as I like, but it's a tasty concoction all the same. The bitterness is right up my alley, but is probably a bit too much for non-hopheads. The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is smooth, lush and bordering on sticky.

Indica is a well-crafted IPA and is another winner from the Left Coast (literally). It's strong across the board, but because of the hop bill, doesn't quite manage to crack my top tier. I assure you though, this bomber is rapidly approaching extinction.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, deep orange hue, blessed with a flush and creamy off-white head, big & lumpy, slow to settle, never-dying.
Nose is fruity, with orange, mango, apricot, a hint of grapefruit and traces of pine predominant
Big bitterness on first taste, but lip-smackingly, palate-drenchingly delightful, totally tasty, it urges another sip, which turns into a gulp. Fresh, tingly hop flavor pervades the mouth & every meeting with lips and cup sets this method in motion again: brash bitterness, juicy fruit flavor, repeat.
Bold flavor, bold hop attack, repeat. My kind of IPA.
Full bodied, long, fruity/ hoppy finish. good stuff, and I'm happy to be reintroduced to it by JohnnyDuvel, for when I last found it around here, they were old bottles, riddled with floaties, and couldn't enjoy them at all. Thanks, John, for helping me re-confirm my favorable first impression, from long, long ago!

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date - served slightly chilled in a nonic. It pours a hazy dark brown with a bit of red shining through. It's topped with a 2 finger tan head that is chunky and leaves lots of lacing and rings on the glass. The aroma is very malty and hoppy - fresh biscuits with citrus and other fruits in the background. The malts are very flavorful - like I'm chewing on barley - and there is a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The biscuit, caramel, and molasses flavors meld perfectly with the citric/piney hops. Lots of malts for an IPA, but it is delicious.

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Photo of salvo
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber/apricot orange under a small head that dissipated quickly. Nose has a surprising sweetness with tropical fruit esters of subtle pineapple and mango: both were of the dried and sweetened kind of fruit rather than fresh. Citrus, earthy, grassy hops balanced with biscuit sweet and bitter malts.

The taste is astoundingly rich and complex: starts with a rush of sweet biscuit malt and quickly bitters and dries with astringency, and offers a long, warming bitter finish. The fruit esters are only hints on the tongue, and as it warms, more tea-like bitterness arrives on the mid-palate. Tears at the back of the throat with wonderful bitterness.

Perhaps I'm giddy to find a match for my palate tonight after two rare, unfortunate drain pours, but I'm going to seek this one out again, and I hope to find it on tap somewhere soon.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, bold take on the west-cost IPA/American Pale Ale. This was a bit toward to red-ale end of the spectrum, and hit me as something of an unfiltered Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Poured a reddish amber with yeast sediment swirling about. Big, big piney hops aroma. Substanital in the mouth, almost chewy. Hops settle in for a nice, long visit. No harshness to the hops profile, and the malt runs hard to stay in the race. A must-try for any hophead.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruddy brown with lots of hop floaties. Soft, large head that settled slowly to a rocky crown. Sheets of lacing. Unfiltered.

Smell: Grapefruit and orange hop aromas with a nice sweet maltiness. Raw plant stalks and caramelized sugar. Quite floral.

Taste: A nicely hopped beer. Initially prickly on the tongue, with hops following close behind. Very, very juicy and grapefruity at first, and then the spiciness of the Columbus hops kicks in in a big way. Very, very clean taste, and rather drinkable. Almost smoky in the finish, with a smooth lingering bitterness.

Notes: This isn't a hop monster that will take your breath away, but is a high-quality IPA that I personally would recommend trying.

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Photo of moester13
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours out a think and creamy goldenbrown with just about a finger of off-white head. Lots of carb for an ipa, lively and very hazy

S: Heavy, piney hop aroma, lemons, with the malts giving the slightest hint of sweetness.

T: Wow. Much hoppier than the aroma will tell you. Piney and citrusy with a honey/caramely sweetness to it.

M: This is a very fullbodied ipa, foamy, thick and chewy

D: excellent balance for a beer of its size, one of my go-tos when I plan on having more than one IPA in a sitting.

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Photo of praufs01
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance –Cloudy copper color with a creamy head and decent lacing.

Aroma – Floral and grassy hop smell with some subtle malty notes.

Palate – Full bodied and smooth.

Flavor –Very complex fruity flavors with an almost candied grapefruit citrus hop that hits you straight away, followed by a smooth sweet malt middle, leading to a nice citrus bite finish.

Final thoughts – Wow! It just blew me away. Well crafted brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

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Photo of rebel1771
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy copper color with decent head retention.

Very floral hoppy aroma, with tons of citrus.

Hop bitterness right off the bat with nice floral flavor. The hoppiness is quickly followed up by a biscuity malt flavor.

This is a great brew, very drinkable and just plain awesome.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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!!

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Photo of riversider76
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep golden orange. One finger tan head,with excellent retention and laceing. It's a bute! Aroma is of grassy piney hops. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is fruity,and hoppy. Nicely bittered,but with a hint of bready malt in the finish. Excellent.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am sampling a 12 oz stubby bottle poured at cellar temp into a pint glass. The beer is a clear amber color with several streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A creamy, marshmallowy, eggshell white head foams up about 1 cm and rests effortlessly on the surface. Very nice appearance!
Aroma is citrusy hops and some pine sap and general hop notes. First sip reveals an average to lite body with fizzy fine carbonation. Texture is smooth.
Flavor is caramel and general malt for a bit and rolls to hoppy citrus rind notes and fairly bitter bite. Not super astringent like aspirin, but bitey and lingering pine sap in my mouth. Fairly sticky on the finish.
No hint of ABV anywhere. A well crafted IPA that is what it should be and while hoppy isnt a total palate killer.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained through a trade with GClarkage. The first one on my portion of the trade that I tried.

This one was a deep, hazy amber with a two finger rocky foam.

Aroma was of citrusy hops, some slightly sweet malt, and a touch of caramel.

The taste surprised me. There was a strong malt backbone that hit me first, then a wallop of citrusy bittering hops. Wow.

Excellent mouthfeel, nice and not too chewy, and I would try this again were it available in my area.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.