Indica India Pale Ale | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

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: 581 | Ratings: 1,245
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA, and a hard one to find Northeast these days. Drying full bittreness, smooth, orange citrus. Aroma of c-hop but also a tad musty in there. Better as airs out. Dry aftertaste, must be high IBU.Lace webbing remains. Good carbonation and above-average mouthfeel. Columbus, Willamette and Centennial hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1 inch light tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt and some candied citrus zest. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, and some candied citrus zest hops. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA that reminds me of a barleywine in both the smell and taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good ipa, very resinous on the hop front, more sweet than bitter in terms of character. bright orange in color, very cloudy with some suspended sediment, and an average off white head. smells sticky, not like ganja, but definitely like fresh hop oils and honey. there is a pollenated vibe to this, summery, and tempting. the flavor rewards the thirsty drinker, as this beer is hugely satisfying. its got a very bold hop profile, floral, and a gentle peppery spice from the yeast. oddly dry for a sweeter beer. i found this beer to have a pretty sharp diminishing marginal utility curve though, mostly because of its mouthfeel. the full body and sodapop carbonation are positive attributes at first, maybe even though a bottle or two, but it quickly becomes filling and unsettling in the stomach at the same time as a result of these good in small doses features. a 6er of this was a chore after three, and the sweetness of the hops starts to exacerbate these concerns. still though, one or two of these, served ice cold, as first beers of the day, are fantastic. its the drinkability factor here that holds it back from being a truly great ipa to me, but thats just my opinion, and others may find the spent yeast cells and fizz charming. i dont know.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a muddy amber color, The head was about a 3/4 inch high and left a subtle lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer was very hoppy for just a regular IPA. There was a little bit of malt on the nose too but not much at all. The taste is sweet and bitter. Very bitter actually. The mouthfeel has a good carbonation and medium body. Overall it's an enjoyable IPA. Sure to please most hop heads out there. Worth a try in my opinion.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Overt homage to the style's Asian sub-continent connections on the label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale copper amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, billowy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves splotches of craggy webbed lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of creamed caramel malt, biscuity toffee, semi-sweet grapefruit and orange rind, bitter pine needles, earthy black tea, and further hints of muddled tropical fruit and leafy hop esters. The taste is moderately sweet toffee/caramel malt, blended citrus pith, a still fairly heady, and somewhat dank forest floor pine astringency, and a weird bit of spicy warming alcohol.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a wee frothiness rearing up here and there, the body an adequate medium weight, mostly smooth and perhaps a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the residual caramel malt and edgy citrus and pine hops playing a sort of hide and seek game of attrition.

A pretty approachable IPA, sweet, and yet balanced, with the bitterness eventually well subsumed. It does seem to falter in its overall roundness towards the end, getting drier, but I guess that just makes you drink it faster. Ah well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Caramel cloudiness (the beer is unfiltered) with decent head and lacing; a bit darker than one would expect from an IPA

Smell - Fruity hops are very prominent on the nose but their is a forceful caramel malt presence as well

Taste - Initial touch of sweetness blends into the bitter hopiness that takes over; interesting that the sweetness lingers on the front of the tongue alongside the hops

Mouthfeel - Rich and powerful; reasonable amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Like other very hoppy American IPAs, this brew is for sipping, not quaffing, and, I find, not to be consumed in quantity; the touch of sweetness is distinguishing but ultimately the overwhelming hoppiness makes this brew very appealing to hopheads

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. Surprisingly does not leave lace.

S - It smelled very citrusy and grassy. Also, some malty notes.

T - Started spicy and bitter with a grassy/hoppy bite. Good malts, too.

M - Very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good IPA. Great hop character mixed with a strong malt flavor. The best I've had from Lost Coast so far.

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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 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 chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but contains floral hops and caramelized malts with a little citrus.

T: The taste has a strong floral hops bitterness up front. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in with a hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a beer that's worth drinking for a long time even if it isn't quite the best IPA that I've had.

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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 russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in NC, based on notes

Poured amber with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Superior lacing & above average head retention

S: Bready with some herbal hops

T: Bready with piney & grapefruitty hops up front. Becomes bready with brown sugar, caramel & piney hops as it warms. Finishes fruitty with pine & grapefruit hops snap

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks great but a little to hoppy & filling to session on. A nice AIPA

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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 smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Lightly hazed amber with a white head that dissappears almost immediately + leaves spots o' lace.

S -Citrus with a good amount of of malt accents.

M - Med body + carbonation w/ slightly sweet middle and bitter hoppy finish.

T - A sweet cascade taste w/ a goodly amount of bitterness. A basic American IPA that is not too strong. The tastes seems tame compared to some other west coast Ipa's. More emphasis on bitterness than hop flavor especially in the finish.

D - A decent balanced Ipa for the most part. Very drinkable, but finishes on the acidic side. I would try this one again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

Appearance: This beer pours a deep amber hazed hue very dark for an IPA looking like a barleywine, the nice sized cream head leaves behind nice webbed lacing. Aroma: Grapefruit scented hops acohol and fruit infused, piney and bread like full and complex aromatics very nice. Taste: Full barrage of hop bitterness bringing the hops to the table, there's a bready malt character, and alcohol rushing the palate. Hops are earthy and piney in flavor very nice warming big IPA. Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy with a medium to full body this beer has come to wallop on the palate nice job Lost Coast. Drinkability: Despite all of the complex in your face flavor and big body this beer is really enticing I would like another, alcohol sure seems higher than 6.5.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orangeish amber with a tan head that thins and stays. Traces of trailing lace sticks.

The smell is grapefruity, piney/resiny and spicy/herbal. A nice, complex American hop aroma.

The taste is of intense hops - piney, especially - held together by a caramel/toffee backing that rounds out the strong bitterness. It has a sharp bite to it.

The body is on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Pretty chewy with ample carbonation.

A hoppy, but rounded, IPA for sure! Get your hop fix here!

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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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