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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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very good

566 Reviews
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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,178
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 31
Gots: 130 | 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 Bighuge
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark and murky looking crimson color. Darker than most IPAs. A thick and creamy beige head sits on top and is well retained. Lacing comes in sheets. Nice juicy hop nose with an understated caramel malt aroma. The flavor aspects are nicely balanced. There's a sturdy crystal malt foundation with some spicy and sprucy hops playing on top. A nice bitterness lingers. The body is thick and chewy. Everything about this beer is good.

Thanks Murph.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a frothy off-white head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing. Aroma is mainly citrusy and floral hops (more citrus than floral), along with caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly citrusy (grapefruit, orange), floral and pine hops and also some bread and caramel malt. There's also a nice bitter finish that lingers around a bit. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick/oily and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think it's a decent overall brew, I'd drink it again in the future.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/gold colour with a massive beige head. There appears to be an average amount of carbonation. There is some fantastic lacing, and the head lasted for several minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - Hops, pine, citrus notes, malts, and a honey sweetness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation, not watery all, medium bodied flavour consisting of hops, malts, a honey sweetness. It isn't overly bitter, and it finishes with a hoppy sugary aftertaste.

Drink - Wish my bottle had a freshness date on it - but it still seems like a pretty good beer to me. However I find myself wishing it was a bottle of Sierra Nevada...

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold colour with a small white head. Some head retention but nothing amazing.

Quite a mild hop aroma. Slightly subdued pine and orange notes. Fine but very run of the mill.

Very clean with a light malt profile. Lacking a bit in hops, the bitterness is okay but the hop flavour is muted with just a hint of grapefruit and pine.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A run of the mill West Coast IPA. It ticks most of the boxes but it doesn’t excite. Funnily enough this was better in the bottle.

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Produced some white froth and lace.

(S)- A citrus laden heap (lemon/lime) with bits of pine.

(T)- Plenty of caramel malt with pine and citrus; straightforward.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a decent balance. Good hop profile.

(D)- A run of the mill IPA. Nothing extraordinary, but still good and tasty.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks to be bottled 12/13/11 so at least 2 months old

A - A clear amber brown, bubbly foam with 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells pretty hoppy with levels of citrus and pineapple hops but not too bitter with a sweet malty base.

T - The caramel biscuit malts are very balanced with the hop profile which is mild but overall tasty.

M - Light to medium a good drinking IPA.

Overall it's a good IPA and I would consider getting it again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head. There's some yeast suspended in the beer. Head slowly recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top, and the lacing is pretty decent.

Smells very good. There's a good amount of citrus, but the bitter smell is even more robust. There's a sweet malt smell that's noticeable, but it pales when compared to the hop fragrances.

Taste is good. Light citrus taste followed by a good deal of bitterness. Much like the smell, the malty taste really doesn't have much of a presence. The bitter taste lingers just a little too long.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit too much and it doesn't go down as smooth as it could. Still pretty good overall though.

Drinkability is good. The tastes aren't extremely well-balanced, but it's still a good-tasting beer.

Overall this is a solid IPA, but it's not spectacular. It's more on the bitter side than a lot of IPA's, so if you're hankering for a little more bitterness check this one out.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its disinterment from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a lightly hazed amber color with the head piled high on the body, the texture semi-creamy and bright white in color, after its desiccation a nice velum like sheet of lace forms on the glass. Nose is hop floral, backed by sweet malt, citrus crisp and quite a pleasant beer to sniff, start is nicely malted and a bit sweet with the top middling in its feel. Finish is delightfully hopped, and the acidity moderate, quite dry and real treat for lovers of hops.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden copper with a dense, pillowy, cream head.

Grain, floral hops, citrus, bready malt, and light catty notes form the aroma. Far more floral hop dominance than expected.

Flavor follows suit, with floral hops segueing into a malty, toasted, bready backbone that tends to dominate. Muted citrus adds a nuance of complexity heading into the bitter, resiny finish.

Body and carbonation are moderate, and there's a bit of astringency present.

I expected more flavoring hops. Fairly malty in balance. The floral hops are a welcome change from typical dank, piney, citrus characters. Overall, it's more bitter than I prefer, and somewhat lacking.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught pint at The Swiss, served in a shaker, Indica IPA is brassy orange with a very creamy light sand head, a bit frothy though with a few large bubbles that don't budge, almost soap foam like if not for the color. Huge lace is the result, a great pattern as well as texture.

Smell is pretty aggressive, generic west coast hop profile. Sweeter, with some spicy citrus. Got dry hops?

Taste is on the sweeter, malty side, lots of low to mid color crystal, but a firm bitterness and bread note providing balance. Not as much hop flavor as the nose, mostly citrus, but some pine as well, probably amarillo's.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium body, but the slickness of the hop oils makes it slide down with ease.

Drinkability is good, a solid west coast IPA that I think is under-appreciated, at least here in the PNW. LIke most in the region, however, the bitterness builds and will slow extreme sessions (not to mention the ABV). This is one of the fresher tasting examples I've had (which IIRC have only been bottles), a pleasant surprise at a taphouse heavy on regional brews. I'm really shocked with how I've ended up scoring this serving, it lives up to the cool logo (even though I generally eschew cartoon labels).

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Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another kindly donation from the Ohoove collection, this was a slightly hazy iced tea color with a fair and full off-white head with average streaks of lace. The aroma offers piney caramel that sticks to your ribs. The taste brings more malt and pine hops with sweet nutty fruitcake. The feel is middle ground, the dry hop does come through after a while, mildly carbonated and fairly drinkable. Overall it's good, not great. It has a nice hop presence but is mellow enough to bring some balance.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large white head.
Nose shows caramel and nutty malt with some spicy hops in the background.
Similar flavours, some darker malt and a lot of spicy, piny hops. Pretty moreish stuff.
Good moderate carbonation suits the beer well.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy apple cider color with a decent fine-bubbled off-white head. Average retention and lacing.

Smells mostly of floral and citrus hops. Some light caramel maltiness in there, but not much...pretty hop forward beer with a touch of apricot and peach aromas.

Not much to complain about here, but does not do anything special to stand above the crowd of abundant American IPAs. I like the fact it does not have a sticky bitter taste, it is a bit more slick. Has plenty of hop flavor without being overly bitter. It's an easy drinking, sessionable IPA. Glad I got to try it and have enjoyed both Lost Coast offerings I have gotten ahold of.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear orange with one finger white head, minimal lacing and minimal head retention.

S - Orange grapefruit citrus and less pine hoppiness. Malt as well.

T - Full action in the palate nice sweetness at first, then the fruit and hop flavors followed by a great dry bitterness. Excellent flavor and the alcohol is nice too.

M - Full body, medium carbonation.

O - I think this is their best beer though the Brown is my favorite just based on personal preference.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottleneck says 3/30/12.

A- Pours a caramel color with a 1/4 inch head that retains a bit before landing at a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly sheet of surface foam. Thin, sticky lacing.

S- Mild hop aroma with a sweet maltiness being the main attraction. The hops that are there are more earthy than citrusy.

T- Good balance of malt to hops with the former ultimately winning the battle. Again, more of a cereal grain/caramel sweetness coming from the malts with bitterness being present but not powerful. Touches of alcohol here and there but mostly mellow.

M- Mild bite from the hops plus medium carbonation and a solid body. Hop oils lay on the tongue in the aftertaste which leads to a slick feel.

O- Very good, although I remember it being a bit hoppier when I first had it. I chalk that up to it not being terribly fresh. Still, quite tasty and very sessionable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Stamped 20 December 2011.

A: Huge head billows over the edges. Clearish golden amber.

S: Big and fruity. Softly bitter.

T/M: Competent and very drinkable. Still, not very flavorful. A bit flat. Pleasant fruit is the main component of the taste, with a touch of hops on the barely dry aftertaste.

O: Slightly above average, I suppose. I'd drink it again, and it's pretty inexpensive.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bit of this on tap at the Oldsmar TapHouse in Florida this past February & recalled it fondly, so we picked up a lone bottle when passing through Wisconsin. Here's to some fine memories!

Pours classic IPA with a growling, howling head of white that leaves a bath-ring around the pint glass. Smells nice, another IPA standby, sharp hops & sweet undergarments.

Indica is a touch too balanced for my taste, but good nonethelss. The hops lean towards the soapy end of things, again not in my wheelhouse, with pine tar (forgive me, George Brett) ascendant. The malt comes on a bit strong, interfering with my attempt to mainline some hops into my belly.

Good beer. I don't have any particularly strong reaction in either direction, this is a solid IPA with nothing to sneeze at & nothing to rave about.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. This beer pours a hazy orange color with a medium thin and foamy off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing that doesn't stick. Hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit. Medium-bodied and bitter with borderline astringent hops. Some citrus and malt as well but it is overpowered by the bitterness. The finish is citrusy hops with a lingering bitterness. Kind of unbalanced overall, and just average on the whole.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, pillowy white head that recedes very slowly, leaving considerable lacing in its wake.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, biscuits, crackers, lemon, moist earth, leather, heather, tobacco, and black tea are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon jelly, orange rind, juniper berry, heather, leather, moist earth, tobacco, black pepper, black tea, grass, and black currant are skillfully framed against a backdrop of caramel, toffee, cracker, biscuit, and brown butter flavors. The finish is flavorful and slick with notes of black tea, lemon, black pepper, leather, tobacco, caramel, and biscuit.

M: Medium in body and mildly slick, this ale is not nearly as resinous as many other popular American IPAs. Carbonation is active and crisp. This beer is very, very easy to drink for the style, but I prefer just a little more malt heft in my IPAs.

O: This is a very respectable IPA, and at first I was not sure what to make of it. Some of the flavors this beer presents are more akin, at least in my mind, to English IPAs, while others remind me that this is supposed to be an American IPA. Though it may straddle the fence between two styles as far as flavor goes, this is still a very approachable, flavorful ale, and in my opinion, it is refreshing to see a take on this style that does not resemble any of the citrus bombs that have come to dominate the market.

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Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bland, middle of the road IPA. I'll try this one again, but this bottle is lacking punchy hops and, really, anything that would make it stand out. The hops are piney/floral but need to be cranked a few notches. On the plus side, the beer is pretty dry and there's a good yeast note. There's not much malt flavor to speak of, just some bready caramel propping up the hops. It's an ok beer but nothing special, in my opinion. Mouthfeel and appearance are just fine. Maybe, I'm getting old bottles, but Lost Coast has failed to impress me so far.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a nice white head. In the aroma was a light citrus, floral and sweetness. In the taste, malty grapefruit and a nice bitter end. It leaves a dryness and a lingering hop presence in the mouth. A nice IPA, easy to drink, and good memories of out west. This was also the first review that my wife talked to me about flavor profiles all the way through.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Random grab in Philly.

A- This IPA pours into my pint glass with a very slightly hazy dark orange-amber body. A frothy and creamy white head forms to about a finger in size. Head retention is above average. Nice webs of lace all around the glass.

S- A blast of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) hops off the top along with zesty, tropical fruit, pine and floral hints. Some sweet caramel malts also in there give this a bit of a candied apricot/peach feel.

T- The main thing I get from this beer is a fruity overall hop feel and some caramel malts. I like the candied apricot thing because I think the malts and hops form a flavor somewhere in between like this. Hops in this beer give notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, apricot, peach, pine and general floral hints. Clean American Ale yeast it seems.

MF- Body is pretty much right where most other IPAs are. Lighter end body with a creamy, silky overall consistency. Carbonation is foamy and at a high-end level. Clean bitter finish.

Fairly solid IPA with a fruity and citrus overall feel.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark hazy orange color with lots of floaties, I imagine this has been sitting for sometime in the store I purchased it from (riverside beverage). The smell reminds me of peaches in a can with syrup and is slightly interesting. The taste is oily hops on top of a decent amount of malts but is just not very good. This one was, not bad but was still a disappointment.

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