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

Got my growler fill at World Wines in Mentor yesterday, and sampled it a few times yesterday at a friend's cookout. Sitting down with another pint tonight to give it a proper review.

Pours copper-gold, with a 1" white head that reduces to a soapy skim. Shadow lacing decorates the sides of the glass like an archeological dig as I drain this down sip by sip.

Has a bright, bitter aroma, with clear notes of citrus and grapefruit, tempered by a floral, almost grape-like smell.

Taste is clean, starting mildly sweet, with a fruity middle and a definite pine-hop dry bitter finish. White grapefruit, leafy greens, and very mild malt combine for a simple, balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is light to mid-light bodied, with a sweet beginning and drying bitter finish. Each sip leaves your mouth wanting another.

Overall, a pleasant and easy drinking IPA. Was great in the hot sun yesterday, alternating with a North Peak Majestic Wheat Ale, and a killer game of corn hole. It also has aged well to the next day in the growler, though I'm not sure how good it will be tomorrow if I don't finish it tonight. At 6.5% I wouldn't call it sessionable, but it has an inviting enough taste and feel to make it one you'll want to go back to again.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2nd time trying. First was on tap at RePUBlic, and I didn't care for it as much as thought I would, but I brushed it off as being the burger/fries pairing.

12oz->Moose Drool Pint

A ~ Pours perfect. Fills out entire glass with 7/8 brew & 1/8 head. Pale caramel body with fantastic lacing as well.

S ~ Citrus & Grass with a lot of floral notes. Some toffee as well. Smells pretty inviting.

T ~ Heavy dose of fresh grapefruit juice, cut-grass & crackery pale malt. Dry & Leafy English hops shine through after enjoying more & more of the glass. Hints of pineapple & sweet biscuits throughout.

M ~ Bitter & dry with great balance of the two with a clean finish. Has a very "organic" taste to it with carbonation reminiscent of a great pale ale. A dank IPA without being too aggressive.

D ~ At 6.5 % with a balanced flavor profile of English & American hops (has elements of both styles). Really enjoyed the sheer simplicity and refreshment of this one. Good balance.


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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 adamette
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 30 minutes ago. Poured from tap into clear pint glass at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio at the cost of $3.99 while waiting for my Lost Coast Great White growler fill.

A Very generous light brown head that sticks well to the inside of the glass over a medium to dark caramel translucent body. Good look. 4.0

S Light floral hops with a hint of sweet malt and even some barley grains to the nose. 3.5

T As the smell suggested, predominently the light floral hops accompanied by some light sweet malt and a nice barley presence. Good tasting beer. 4.0

M Appropriately moderate, beefed up by the hops and minimal malt presence but not overly syrupy, true to style really. 3.0

D/O Good, solid beer from Lost Coast. I could drink a few of these for sure. 4.0

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Photo of Hershdawg
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter

A: Light brown amber color. A thin white head that leave an exceptional lacing. Looks good

S: Herbal Piney hops, toasty grainy malt. Not as an abrasive smell as many IPAs.

T: The light toast of the malt followed by a bit of bitterness. A little piney character.

M: Slight hops resin feel. Otherwise a little thick for the style. It seems a bit sticky

O: Its an average but not impressive IPA. I can drink a ton of these but its easier to go with a 12pk of Racer 5.

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

First of all love the name and label and it pours a golden copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that slowly diminishes to leave sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is piney hops,mandarins,tangerines and orange zest,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of tangerines,nectarines,a touch of caramel,grapefruit and finished with a piney resinous hop finish and overall a very pleasant AIPA that would drink again if i saw cheers.

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

This is a decent enough IPA or APA or AIPA or whatever, but it is sort of an "excuse me" AIPA. It does not offend with too much anything but as a result it is a little too smooth where it should try harder. Many brews of this type are more hoppy, more malty or more roasty or something. This one does nothing exceptional.

In it's favor, it does not offend in any way and is pretty drinkable. With a little less alcohol it would be a great session IPA. It grows on you. I might buy it again just to be sure.

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Photo of BB1313
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice hazy golden color w/ a decent white fluffy head and nice sticky lacing. It's not the aromas are bad, but they're extremely faint. Lots of orange and resin. The flavors are all hops, extremely bitter, but extremely one note.. which hurts. There's lots of caramel in this one, not as juicy as I prefer. The mouthfeel is nice, creamy, slightly prickly. Lost Coast just entered Ohio's market, not really a good first impression. I'm not too excited about this one, but I can totally see others enjoying it.

Overall, this is simply just another average IPA, nothing exciting.

Note: Lost Coast just started distributing to Ohio.

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Photo of Shadman
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noticed this in a few beer stores in town. I liked their Great White so....

Pours a hazy bright copper-orance. Nice off white head which receeds to a ring that remains the entire glass. Decent lacing.

Pale malts, silghtly spicy citric hops, sweet sugary pine

Balanced..Nothing stands out and yet all the coponents are present. Good malt backbone, well hopped without being over-dominant. Finishes dry with a slight grapefruit peel bitterness.

Felt it could have had a bit more body and slickness, but I'm being fussy

Expensive here in the Great White North, but worh trying if you're a hophead.

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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 MammothBrew
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber, somewhat orange color with half inch foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: The hops stand out most to me. Then the mellow malt scent with traces of grapefruit, floral, and pine.

T: floral hops, light caramel malt, grapefruit, and pine. Not too sugary, I like that.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. A nice grapefruit residue that faintly clings to the mouth.

O: A very well balanced and sessionable IPA. Packs in the flavor for a 6.5%ABV. I'll gladly have another.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- cool label art, cool lookin beer. it's a hazed burnt orange that is brightly illuminated when held up to the light. the head is stable, firm, orange cream colored, pitted, pock-marked, and all that hoppy good stuff. lace follows suit. interesting name, i would expect nothing less from humboldt county.

S- the aroma is balanced and not overly pungent. there's some grapefruit, lime, tangerine, pine, sandalwood, earthy spice, woodsy, floral plumeria and herbal notes. mainly fresh citrus layered over nag champa, which i'm assuming would appease the ganesh.

T- sharp bitterness from start to finish with some mild toasty malt behind that but lacking the sandalwood sweetness to create any sort of balance, rendering the flavor somewhat lacking as far as the scales are concerned. hop flavor is just fine with its grapefruit peel and orange pith and resinous undertones. after a few sips and my mouth is acclimated to the bitterness, some malt sweetness is revealed but not enough to make me relinquish my first statement. on the other hand, the hoppy crispness, which still isn't overbearing, aides drinkability in the lightly astringent dry finish. it's a toss up, but it's a better than average toss up because the brewer's intention and the quality are obvious.

MF- a joy to the old tongue and cheeksters as any ipa, particularly because a warm rainy summer night beckons for a not so numbingly heavy one. this tree boasts it's 6.5% well (6-6.5% is where i like em to be) and the aforementioned malt timidity is appreciated in the category. not that there's an actual lack of malt, just the feel of pilsner. this just proves that i have no idea what i'm talking about. perfect carbonation, perfect medium body, great dryness, solid.

D- with a name like indica, i expected something dank and punishing, resinous and sweet, but not necessarily a one hitter quitter. show me the light and lanky sativa and i'll compare. the malt thing is not overly critical but i think a marshmallow would fit in this bottle better than toast. refreshing, thirst quenching, pleasant flavor, and excellent body. where's Total Devastation?

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Photo of spicelab
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy stained orange, one-and-a-half finger white head of fairly chink bubbles. Just a touch of lace as it drops away over a couple of minutes.

Tangerine, pineapple and rockmelon mostly, almost outdone by a good deal of light toffee and bready malts. Faint floral, perfumy armoas. Pretty nice stuff.

Not much sign of the candied citrus and tropical notes in the taste at first - dominant flavours of pine resin and lime, offset by a little maple sweetness. However as it warms, plenty of lemon and orange come through and meld nicely with the malt.

Reasonably full mouthfeel for 6.5%. Moderate mid and rear palate bitterness. Slightly prickly carbonation drags down the pleasantness factor a little.

I was a little nonplussed with this at first but this grew on me as I got through it. Highly drinkable and moreish and certainly something I'll seek out again.

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Photo of spree92
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tangerine orange with a good, bubbly white head. Probably an unfiltered beer as this is cloudy. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Lots of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and grassy notes. Taste is a little weaker in the hops but well balanced. Bitterness came in at the end and sticks around for a while.
It maybe me and my tolerance, but alcohol seems to be less noticeable as I grow with the craft beer. This is light-medium body that has good taste and a nice nose. Balanced IPA, not overly hopped.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Indica has a very clear, dark copper-colored body. The head is a light tan color, and the retention is pretty good. The lacing is great, with thick sheets and rings that stick to the glass.

The aroma has notes of both pine and citrus, with a good malt base behind it.

Hops are the dominant force in this IPA, with a big fruity blast that is a mix of grapefruit and orange. A good bit of pine is in there also. The malt backbone is substantial, with a good bit of caramel malt flavor. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.

The body is moderate, with the carbonation a tick above average.

Overall, a pretty good IPA.

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

Poured from bottle to chalice.

Dark honey with small head, nice lacing.

Could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle. Grassy, grapefruit-y, earthy, semi-sweet.

Tastes sweet, and then the hops follow suit. Grassy and only slightly bitter. Very mild for a 6.5% abv. Really drinkable and although mild, the taste stays with your mouth long after you've swallowed, which is one of the marks of a quality beer in my opinion.

Medium in the mouth. Good beer for the price, if you like Willamette hops and the grassy earthy feel that some IPAs have. I'll probably only have this a couple more times in the future.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a SA Imperial snifter glass.

Pours a nice clean deep orange light reddish tone with a 2 finger head that fades quickly. Heavy sugary malts molded with a mild citrus hop undertone (not expected from a California brewery) very sweet lemony zest. Stinging bitter of the hops on the tongue. The hops really come out in the mouth, grapefruit citrus, bitter lemons, sweet smooth malt add to the balance. Medium bodied feel, smooth, bitter, tasty. This is good, glad i gave it a shot. In a world of fantastic IPA's if the situation presents itself i will probably give this one another shot.

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Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse on 4/26/11.

A: Served in a nonic-type pint glass. Body is bright orangey-amber with a 1+finger bright white head. Plenty of fine-bubbled carbonation supports the head, providing nice staying power. Leaves thick rings of lacing behind.

S: Citrusy hops over bready malt.

T: Surprisingly "mild" for a West Coast IPA - sweet bready malt foundation, then citrus (grapefruit) and a lingering lemony bitterness in the aftertaste. Balanced, though, between the malt and the hops, with the malt holding up its end of the bargain more than is usually the case with a California IPA.

M: Medium in heft, good, fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Good stuff. Not a hop onslaught, but tasty and balanced.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle.

pours almost clear orange, with a fizzy, tight head. pretty decent carbonation and lacing with a moderately aggressive pour. decent malty nose, but for an IPA, the hops are tough to pick up.

nice, if not underwhelming balance of flavors. a little more bitter (and not necessarily in a good way) than i remembered. nonetheless, for a pretty mass-produced IPA, it holds up fairly well. mouthfeel is again, nothing earth-shaking, but reasonably good.

kept looking for a way to give this beer something other than a 'fair to middling', but that's what it is. a good, but not great, IPA.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is strangely not listed as one of their beers at their website...curious...

The basics: $1.99/12oz. bottle and 6.5% ABV

Orange-ish amber-ish with a very slight haze and some sediment colloidally hanging around. Thin, spritzy head that quickly winnows down to a thin rim, and actually leaves nice lacing. Medium carbonation...A little above average so far.

Very malty aromas...Mostly caramel malt and it makes this ale hearken back to the IPA days of yore, 'fore the hop bomb became en vogue...I get some vibrant citrus notes, but more like orange juice, not grapefruit or pineapple...Old school and nice, actually...

The flavor also hearken's back to the olden times of, like, 1999...Mostly a nicely matched and balanced blend of malt and hops. I get quite a bit of citrus juice...Like a slightly unripe orange juice...very unique, but only because the hop bomb has become so entrenched in Lefty beer culture nowadays... Finish is nice dry and bitterly (in a good way) long...Good beer and decently priced. Worth tracking down, if but to wax nostalgic...

What I like most: The well-balanced flavor profile.

What I like least: The average nature of everything else.

Verdict: Well-priced and well-balanced, worth tracking down but far from unique or elite.

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

Appearance. Cloudy orange-amber with a finger of off white bubbly head.

Smell. Pineapple, caramel malt, a little spicy hops.

Taste. Substatial caramel grainy malt, some apples and sweet citrus, a little bitter citrus hops but not much lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Tasted like an old bottle but there was no way to tell as the date was not marked ...even though the months and years were along the side of the label. Not bad, but not too remarkable ...aside from the kick-ass name and label anyways!!!

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Photo of rjochman
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an inch+ of white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. Smell gives you a lot of sweet citrus and malt. Has a balance between caramel malts and the sweet citrus flavors. Has medium body and medium carbonation. This beer is well balanced with the flavors, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this beer. this is a malty rich IPA with subtle hop bite on the palate and subtle hop bouquet. in this swarthy brew, the bitterness is matched nicely with the maltyness and leaves a yummy hop coating on the tongue, finishes with a tingly deep bitterness.

pours a deep amber, with a little head and some lacing. the smell is not very hoppy -- this is not the more typical fresh grapefruity west coast IPA. complex flavors, malty sweet, caramel and hop bitterness dominate. for an IPA, a rather sumptuous mouthfeel.... this is a fine beer. very drinkable.

poured from a 22oz'r.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking orange colored body with a creamy, but short off-white head that produces some nice strands of lace.

Outstanding citrus scent fills the nose. Orange, grapefruit and mango with some malt sweetness.

Yum. Generously hopped indeed. Again, lots of citrus with a little bit of a pine presence. There is some bitterness, but it is kept in check by some malt sweetness. Very fresh and bright tasting.

Medium bodied, soft and lightly prickly carbonation. Very smooth, with that palate drying hop finish.

A very impressive IPA. I could tip back a few of these on a warm weathered day unlike today. Highly recommend this bad boy.

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