Indica India Pale Ale - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
I was a bit over zealous on the pour so this beer sits with a chunky, fairly hazy, amber red color. It is topped by a frothy, whipped, initially three-finger thick, amber-tinted, tan colored head that leaves some lacing patterns on the side of the glass. The aroma is nicely hoppy, though not screamingly so; it has notes of grapefruit, cinnamon-tinged pine and orange. There is a solid backdrop of caramelized crystal malt character and a subtly toasty grain note underneath the hops.
The beer has a sharp biting character from the get go, it finishes with a lingeringly bitter hop note that really scratches my hop itch. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine intermingle with an herbal pine note and a caramelized malt character. The beer has a certain heft to it; both the hop bitterness and the caramelized malt tend to linger on the palate after a sip. Despite the predominant hop character, this really has a rich, balancing maltiness to it as well. Chewy caramel toffee malt notes really help to cut through the biting hop notes; the malt never really lets the hops dominate, though it certainly gives it a go. This is quite enjoyable, it is refreshingly balanced for an IPA, though don't get me wrong, it is certainly hop focused. In fact with all this malt, it could use a touch more hops to satisfy the clamoring hop-heads. As for myself, though I certainly enjoy my hops, I am going to savor this tipple till I only have lacy foam left on the side of my glass.
10-23-2006 04:16:38 | More by Gueuzedude
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Fluffy head that settles lumpily. It leaves spotty lace on the glass. Cloudy with an orange-amber color.
First impression on the smell: Creamsicle followed by a mild floral hop smell. There's a distracting metal smell.
This is a traditional American IPA in every way. It starts off an amber tasting malt, but the hop comes in slowly but in a pronounced way. Good aftertaste that lasts. The body is as one would expect. Overall, a great example of the typical A-IPA.
08-27-2011 00:10:50 | More by smcolw
2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
22 oz. bomber, bought at Mike's Liquors in Huntington Beach, CA, on the corner of Warner and Bolsa Chica,
A: Dark amber, with a thick, white head, lots of lacing, fluff, and foam in the pint glass.
S: Malts, pale malts mostly, some piney American hops, with a lot of alcohol, a solventy, almost phenolic smell.
T: Pretty good, lots of hops, very grapefruity, with some mango, there is just too much alcohol in this one for its size at 6.5%, it just overwhelms the other flavors and the fruitiness of the hops. It almost tastes like a barleywine when it warms up, not what I was expecting.
M: Smooth, phenolic, and warming, quite crisp and biting for its heft though.
D: An OK beer, not one of the better IPAs that I have had, but not a bad beer, may buy again, but not a must try for you IPA lovers out there.
08-06-2007 03:09:45 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-15-2004 17:05:37 | More by Gavage
4.58/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
12-14-2004 02:06:31 | More by GClarkage
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
06-20-2005 14:50:48 | More by woodychandler
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked up a single from the Party Source in Syracuse, which might explain the floaties.
The aroma didn't do much, but there was a very nice mixture of clean caramel malt with bitter citrus rind and herbal hops. I'd be nice if there were more hops up front, but the aftertaste was right on, not too strong, not too weak. Tasty and drinkable.
09-20-2007 03:30:51 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
A: Poured a nice deep orange with a small white head.
S: Nose was citrus and floral notes with subtle hops.
T: Taste was midly malty, well hopped with citrus notes and very slight bite at the end. It is smooth and a good IPA.
M: Nicely balnced, tasty IPA
O: Easy to drink and very good
08-30-2011 19:22:36 | More by barleywinefiend
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours amber/orange with a huge fluffy white head and some pretty good lacing.Earthy, herbal, and floral hops with a slight soapiness to the smell. The taste has more malt present, and it balances out the hops and makes them a bit more subtle. The hops are strongly herbal in the taste, and there is a touch of sweetness to it all. Mouthfeel is earthy, and slightly grainy. Pretty decent, but the strongly herbal hops take some getting used to, they are pretty intense in a strange way. I've certainly had hoppier beers, but the herbal pungency reminds me of a college dorm.
08-12-2008 05:27:08 | More by Georgiabeer
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
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!
08-30-2004 01:41:57 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +6.4%
(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.
10-16-2005 20:30:10 | More by rhoadsrage
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
07-12-2005 03:17:08 | More by Zorro
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
Another of Lost Coast's offerings, on to the beer:
It's darker in color for the style with with orange body and creamy looking head at the top. Good hop scent in the smell with some citrus, more of the same with the flavor. The bitterness is there and is actually a pretty good beer, however I'm docking its score because of the high standard set by the style it's trying to be.
07-03-2007 20:21:37 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, with some malt tones, citrus, and some pines, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, then the hops come into play, nice citrus/pines as well, there is some malts going on too. The finish is slightly bitter/dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty IPA, recommended.
11-16-2007 23:58:37 | More by Wasatch
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
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.
09-16-2004 23:26:23 | More by ppoitras
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
Lost Coast Indica India Pale Ale
Pours a hazed bright orange color with small particles of yeast in suspension, lots of lace. Unfiltered for sure.
Aroma of fresh pine, herb, spruce and pineapple
Tastes mildly spicy, with muted grapefruit notes. Malt sweetness is short livid, with a complimentary bitterness. Resinous qualities stick out, and a mild herbal hop flavor lingers. Oily, but not abrasive. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, juicy, with low level of carbonation. Overall, a good introductory IPA, with mild flavor and feel.
11-14-2011 01:19:00 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Inidica IPA appears a butterscotch shade of orange. The liquid is translucent, with a thick head that cakes the glass in lacing. Aromas include grapefruit, and resinous pine, with malt lurking as well. The beer has a very earthy flavor and feel. I wish the hop character was bolder, but then again, I like my hops. It's well balanced, rather than predominantly hop forward. This is definitely not what I expected from a California IPA, but it's not bad. I would like to try this beer on draft, when it's incredibly fresh. Overall, the flavor is well balanced, and this is pretty easy to drink. Good stuff.
11-25-2010 01:50:32 | More by Huhzubendah
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
05-24-2007 19:48:19 | More by biegaman
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating that I can see.
A real nice color and body. A slightly opaque body with real nice orange amber hues, and visible very small rising carbonation. Head makes three fingers and holds for quite some time with a nice cap. Off white head and three fingers deep.
Nose is highly biscuity with a good soft complimenting but muted hop. Hints a soft tropical fruit like an overripe mango, but still a little buried. Quite a neat profile.
Palate comes off juicy but quite wet. Muted crispness and some nice hop fruit punch like sweetness in the mid palate. Quite playfully spritzy carbonated with a nice malt sweetness also. Aftertaste is very short and fleeting, but manages a little bit of pine and resin like quality.
Overall it's got an interesting palate, but feels extremely muted and wet. It's very easy drinking, but this I am guessing will not really appeal to hop head masses. I do enjoy this fruit punch quality though.
03-17-2013 02:25:57 | More by smakawhat
Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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