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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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly chill hazed bright golden orange with a finger of foam.

Big grapefruit and orange citrus fruit aroma.

Grapefruit and other citrus flavors stand out.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA but nothing mind blowing here.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was part of a make-your-own sixer in hopes of finding a more affordable go to IPA. So here it goes...

A - This beer is a lighter orange/yellow color with some haze to it. But it has a few fingers of frothy white head that hangs around forever.

S - Definitely some piney/citrusy hoppiness character to the smell here, but also with some bready malt tones. I'm excited to see how it tastes.

T - Definitely hits with some piney/bitter hoppiness at first that fades out to a strong bready malt backbone. This seems like a good session beer that would taste the same at normal fridge temp. Citrusy grapefruit/orange flavors.

M - Good medium carbonation, nice bitterness overall. Doesn't leave too much of a bitter aftertaste. Light mouthfeel for sure, would be easy to drink a lot of these on a hot day.

O - Good beer, but not measuring up to my current go to beers. If I had to choose between this and Stone IPA, Firestone Walker Union Jack or Flying Fish Exit 16, any day each of these 3 would win. Maybe I won't find another good, affordable IPA to add to the mix, but I'll keep trying.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very subtle and mild IPA, beautiful color in a pint glass with a nice head and a perfectly dialed carbonation level that isn't too sharp. Definitely not an American style of IPA as fat as I can tell, this flavor profile is more in line with the English varieties that I've tried. Citrus, herbal, fruity hop flavors are in marriage with a caramel malt backbone featuring a nice amount of residual sweetness. Again, the hops are not aggressive and do not dominate the flavor of this ale. A very tasty and quaffable IPA, my only argument is that it defies what we've come to expect from a modern American IPA, and that is probably a good thing.

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Photo of CoachC
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark orange color with a 2 inch head

S - smell is not all that great. I detect a faint grapefruit hop presence.

T - taste is okay, nothing special. Not very hoppy, more like a an APA. Faint hop taste here.

M - mouthfeel is okay, medium bodied

O - I wouldn't drink this again, and its really fresh. But for an introductory craft brew, it might be good

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy medium amber with a head that lingers.
S-mild with notes of tropical fruit and earthy.
T-bitter with some pine overtones. A nice malt backbone holds it up.
M-nice. a slight hint of carbonation
O- a nice, well built but not overwhelming IPA.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- copper color, decent size head, nice lacing

Smell- piney, citrus hops, very nice

Taste- piney, citrus hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. For some reason, I have never had it until a few days ago. Definitely one to drink again and again!

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Photo of adamwn
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into pint glass. 1/2 inch of foamy head that left nice lacing. golden color expected of an ipa. bitter aroma and taste. decent ipa, but a bit dull and ordinary flavor in my opinion. definitely drinkable, but an overall average ipa that is not mind blowing.

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

Poured into a glass in Buellton CA.

A: Beer poured a hazy orange color with an off-white head.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts and Great Citrusy/Piney/Resinous hops. Awesome balance here

T: Taste it outstanding. Upfront bitterness but not lingering. Citrus/pine flavors hops coat your palate along with sweetness.

M: Very smooth. Each sip is almost inviting you to take another immediately.

O: This is a killer IPA that must be tried!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 ummswimmin
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the Indica into my tulip glass. There was about three fingers of foam from the initial pour that stuck to the glass with some really nice lacing. The coloring is a very clear shade of orange.

Off the top is a very good blast of piney hops. There hop presence is really nice to pull off the top.

The taste had a good balance of malt and hops. I don't get the residual bitterness that you would expect from a beer this hoppy.

I really enjoyed the Indica. I'm glad I accidentally picked up two bottles of this one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Serge
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured beautiful hazy deep orange with a large foamy lasting off-white head and lovely lacing. Aroma is a very mild citrus (orange and grapefruit) fresh hop with juicy sweet malt - touch of fruit and fresh ripe hay. Taste is balanced but delivers quite a bit more sharp fresh grapefruit hops than the nose promises, with strong pine-spruce resin and some dried wildflower to go along with the fresh-but-mild sweet malt. Mouthfeel is juicy, sharp, medium-bodied and quite acidic-lively.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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 patdrive
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a bit disappointed in this one.
too sweet for what I look for in an IPA.
soft on the hops, and too carbonated for my liking.

candy-like sweetness, floral, that detracted from the overall flavour

clean, crisp, and a well-made beer.
just not my flavour profile

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into nonic

A: caramel with a slight orange tint, sticky lacing and fluffy eggshell colored foam, moderate lacing

S: fresh, sticky hop aroma that lean citrus but have a bit of a minty tone, too. Great nose on this one.

t: clean match of the hops on the nose to the flavor, orange zest and sweet mint, a bit of a tanic bark-like flavor that shows up for a second then dissipates into a strong bitter flavor that is more grapefruit than orange

M: smooth and dry, no significant carbonation bite, quite dry

O: This is a tasty beer that explores a lot of the citrus hop elements. It is also pretty bold in bitterness and flavor and one or two will probably be all your taste buds will be able to handle. recommended.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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 blackcompg
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours about a finger of yellow eggshell head, body is a gorgeous slightly hazy orange amber, the head diminishes quickly and leaves some trace lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit along with other light citrus and floral hops, bready malts.

Taste - Starts with light citrus and lots of floral hop flavors, quickly followed by lots of bready and some light malts, just slightly sweet at the center, finished with slightly sweet bread and malts, with just a touch of grapefruit pith long into the finish. traces of sweet malt are left in the mouth corners.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, slightly slick, almost medium carb is extremely smooth, no edges, and makes for an overall silky smooth mouthfeel, which is super easy to drink and very refreshing and quenching.

Overall - I really like this beer, although this drinks and tastes much more like a fuller flavored APA to me - the IPA label is a bit of a stretch. But like I said, the flavors are really nice and full, and really well balanced. A few of these on a warm evening would be perfect.

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Photo of kjyost
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber puruchased fairly fresh form the MLCC. Poured fridge cold into a sleeve.

A: Clear and copper wuth a nice white head that laces the whole way down the glass.
S: Dank earthy and piney hops that comes across as resinous with a hint of booze. Not as strong a hop nose as I would have expected, yet enjoyable nevertheless..
T: Light hoppiness that is piney with a malt backbone that has a light caramel sweetness to it. Building bitterness, yet it is missing the hop punch I have come to want and love from an IPA.
M: Carbonation is on the lighter end of the style, yet delivers a subtle crispness to the beer. Bitterness is low, and comes across as watery at times.
O: A decent IPA, yet really needs to work on the body if it wants to be a top notch IPA.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty amber IPA hue. Very strong lacing which in most cases indicates a tasty, strong brew.

S: Has a bit of a piney malt smell. Makes me want to try it!

T: Enough hops to tame even a hop head. Balanced though to make buying a 6 pack manageable.

M: Could use a bit more carbonation. No "born on date".

O: A recent go-to. Tasty balanced brew I drink instead of Lagunitas IPA. Less sugar and more hoppy. If you want yer hop brain blown away, buy the DIPA next door.

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

From notes:

12 oz served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A – Pretty clear, dark copper color, slightly hazed, 2 fingers of whipped foam, nice retention and really good lacing.

S – Pungent citrus, herbal, bread crust, doughy yeast,

T – Citrus plays off a solid caramel/toffee malt, nutty yeast, green woody pine starts showing up, some hop resin. Dry powdery bitterness.

M - Medium body, creamy feel, soft carbonation, dry finish.

Nice balanced IPA that provides a good malt mixed with doughy yeast while providing a nice balance of citrus, herbal, and pine hops.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and crisp burnt orange with a finger and a half of creamy off white head.

The aroma is very tropical. Getting some pineapple, mango, and orange with a touch of caramel malt. Very sweet smelling... not a lot of bite from the hops...

The taste is tropical as well... Getting the pineapple, mango and a touch of grapefruit with a more prominent caramel malt background.

Medium to full in body due to a little bit of syrupyness. It has an appropriate amount of carbonation and a semi sweet lingering dry finish.

Overall, this was a decent IPA. I don't think that I will ever go to the store looking for it but I am glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of Star80
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Asked what was new, and fresh on the shelf at DiCarlo's in Mundelein IL and this was among those mentioned by the clerk for "flying off the shelf". Wonder what the hell that Sweetgrass IPA would have been like he also mentioned!


A - Bottled on 5/25/12. Pours out a copper color with a sticky head and nice lacing.

S - Smells like pelletized hops, decent amount of malts. Smells slightly musty like old hops, some faint pine, citrus.

T - Taste is is faintly sweet from the malts, some bittering from the hops and burnt rubber.

M - Mouthfeel is fine.

O - Overall a run of the mill IPA. Nothing too offensive but nothing great. The reason I buy beer is because brewers can make better beer than me but probably not in this case. Reminds me of a beer kit brew. Boring brew but at least the price was like a SNPA, which I wish I had right now instead. Disappointing.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, got 2 fingers of foamy white head, poured a very clear amber/orange color with nice amount of visible carbonation - resinous lacing left behind by the head.
smells of hops leaked out as soon as i popped the bottle open. very piney/citrusy, you can smell the spicy bitterness! a hint of burnt caramel.

the taste is up front bitterness followed by a nice sweet malty backbone and a surprising bready finish! this beer has it all! spicy, earthy, caramel, toasted bread. a really weird combination which works perfectly together.

light to medium body, very little creamy feel, mild carbonation, leaves a nice sticky moustache from the lacing!

overall this is a really nicely done ipa. not too much of a hop bomb on the actual palate as much as it is on the nose, which is great! a little weak on th emouthfeel, but the taste/smell combo made up for it.

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Photo of IPAguy2009
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack of this stuff for $8.

A- a semi hazy copper dark orange look with great lacing! (I love good sticky beer!)

S- very typical NW ipa smell here. It's got that great sticky piney citrusy smell with somewhat rusty(yeasty?) malty backbone.

T- back and forth with hops and malt, so very well balanced! Hops first but then the tug of war starts instantly. Little bit more piney in taste than what the smell suggests but then finishes with a fruity bitterness. Very good.

M- medium creamy body with a bit of a kick from the carbonation.

O- To me, a very very enjoyable ipa that isn't too intense so it acts as a great ipa anytime anywhere. Wont leave you wanting to stop after only one so a bit of a "outdoor" ipa I feel. I highly recommend! Prost!

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

12 oz bottled 5-21-12.

A- Clean dark copper with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus hops and biscuit malt backing.

T- Taste follows nose. Citrus up front and malt backbone.

M- Medium body with a clean finish. Very well made beer.

O- I really enjoyed this IPA. Not over the top, but not intended to be. Well balanced.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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