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Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Reviews: 573 | Ratings: 1,210
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy red/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a wonderfully bitter hop scent that's quite piney. The malt core is also very good. It has an excellent pale and light crystal malt aroma. The taste is good also. It has a very bitter hop flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry with a slight maltiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It has good malt complexity and excellent use of hops; a real drinker.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent amber brown with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront piney hops pop out on the nose with caramel, citrus, and earthy notes but had good sweetness from the malts.

T: the piney hops also dominate the palate with citrusy, earthy, and caramel accents but had a decent malt backbone to help out the balance.

M: the the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney hoppy, citrusy, and crisp finish.

D: it was actually more tasty than I thought it would be and I really didi enjoy the hop profile all around but it drank very good as well.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have an IPA which ultimately is greater than the sum of its parts. Has an appearance which one would expect for an IPA, and the aroma suggests that it will be maltier/sweeter than most 'big' IPAs. After the first sip you do get a big sugary sweet taste but the piney hops introduce themselves in the finish. Not overly complex, bitter, or strong. Still, I rather like it. Good for a time you might be looking for an IPA that won't knock you upside the head with hops.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... poured in to a shaker pint. still listening to James Zabiela Alive V.1 mix.

Big white head... looks like a white crater scape .... rocky... big bubble wholes and sticky lacing that last forever.... The beer itself is another category... ALOT of muck stirred up from a fairly gentle pour... floaties are making up a significant portion of this brew. I am sure it is unfiltered, not sure if it is bottle conditioned or not.... but WOW, I don't know if I have ever noticed as much stuff floating around in a standard IPA.

Pine and citrus hops are on the low end of expected for an IPA .... earthy middle ground with a good caramel malt backing... yeasty fruitiness adds nicely to the complexity but still seems a little muddy.

Taste is quite a bit better ... still average for a West coast IPA... Bitterness is balanced very well... toasted malts middle palate followed by piney hop flavor... body is a solid medium with good carbonation... very drinkable and enjoyable (even though I keep thinking about the floaties).

I've reviewed (in my notebooks) nearly all the "great" US IPA's over the last 8-9 years and this one is always a beer that I pick up if I am feeling like an IPA night... and despite my above negatives, I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt, even though many would argue it doesn't deserve it. I am sure I didn't get a bad bottle, but until I started reviewing on BA, I only sorta paid attention to my reviews after they were on paper.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light piney hop and a sweet grainy malt.

The taste was rather well balanced with an initial oily hop that soon gave way to a sweet malt. Good residual bitterness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking IPA. However, I expected a bit more hop presence from this California IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden hue with lots of effervescence and a finger of pillowy tan foam. I like it.

Smell: nice malt aroma with some piney, citrusy hops filling out the range. I think it is a nicely balanced effect.

Taste: nice malt flavor with rather citrusy hops. Bitterness is strong but appropriate for the style. A nice West Coast blend.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nicely well-integrated carbonation yielding a good creaminess, especially for the style. I like it.

Overall: a very good IPA I would be glad to drink again and again.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is smooth, surprisingly malty. A light hop bitterness but by no means overpowering. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while no hop bomb, is a tasty and refreshing beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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 Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/1/11

A: Robust amber to burnished red in color. A typical pour leads to a surprising 3+ finger head. Insanely thick, sticky and bubbly lacing follows.

S: Sweet pine and mellow alcohol esters. A whiff of grapefruit as I inhale deeper.

T: A bit heavy on the alcohol up front. The juicy hops come through on the middle, and hold tight to the finish, which is light and refreshing.

M: This is really unique. It's prickly up front, but it gives way to a heaviness that is quite appealing. Really one of the more interesting mouthfeels I've stumbled across of recent.

O: A nice little brew that I'm happy to have come across. This isn't attainable in my distro area, though if I see it again I'll probably have another. Well done Lost Coast - I'm already looking forward to sampling more of your suds.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small sticky white head that left a good lacing behind.

S: a dry floral and grassy hopping with some citrus and pine and dry oranges.

T: The initial flavor was biscuity and full, with sticky pine and dried grapefruit hop resins along a light malt sweetness and dried oranges. The beer leaned towards more of a bitter hoppiness and finished with a good fade of spicy citrus and grapefruit on the tongue.

M: sticky with sweet citrus and pine resin brought out by the strong carbonation nature of the beer. A good lingering grapefruit lacing graced the tongue after the swallow.

D: A great big drinking ipa that hopheads should enjoy. A big fulfilling drink in one serving.

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium copper color with less than an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly pine hops with a touch of malt sweetness in the background. The flavor was nice, but a little subdued compared to most IPAs today. The body was decent, but not special. Drinkabilty was very good for this style, it goes down easy.

Overall, an average IPA, which shows how far we've come in the American beer culture, in that a beer this good is average these days. If there was a value category, this beer would score very highly, as would most of Lost Coast's brews. I'm rarely let down or thrilled by beers from these guys.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden body with a good one-finger head that sticks around awhile and leaves lace. Classic citric hop smell along with some sweet caramel and something like oil(?). Not much here but it is enjoyable. Noticeable citric hop taste that even has hints of grape and a minimal but nicely added sweet malt base and a well-carbonated, crisp spicy finish. A simple but enjoyable IPA.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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