Indica India Pale Ale - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale

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85
very good

1,074 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served in pint glass

A cloudy amber color with a thin head that barely covers the top. Some dark sediment in bottle (added part way thru tasting).

Aroma & Flavor: Subtle aroma for a bold IPA. Piney hops dominate the taste, but a nice caramel malt partly balances the bitterness, especially in the finish. Yeasty and earthy notes; too much of these for my taste, but not unexpected in an unfiltered ale.

M - medium body and carbonation.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper brown. Nose is floral and sweet. Tastes is a nice clean hop character with a little malt shining through. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. Not a bad beer after having tried some of LCBs lighter offerings, but it leaves me wanting a little something different.

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass dec6 2009

A orange/amber with lots of suspended particles and a massive head that caked my glass with lace. the foam slowly fell leaving an island that still left lace down to the bottom of the glass

S a fair amount of toffee with some citrus and some sweet malt

T not far from the smell but it's very well balanced and a most worthy beer. this to me seams like a cross between English and American IPA's, a hop bomb being mellow at the same time

M medium bodied with enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel

D I really enjoyed this one and I wish it was a little cheaper where I live

I gotta admit I found the bottle pretty cool and that attracted me too it, having said that I pretty stoked on the beer inside this bottle and you may be to.

Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
85 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.