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Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale
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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 Elimination
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass

Look is copper orange with a slight yellow haze

Smell is fruity apple like esters slight grain with a tiny bit of hop bitterness

Taste is subtle hops more of a fruity variety the bitterness is strong but the aroma is high

Mouthfeel is a alight syrupy thickness with a great carb

Drink is great not my usual hop forward ipa but has something different to look forward to

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Photo of PDXHops
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru burnt orange body with a huge frothy head. Excellent retention and plentiful lacing.

Nose is somewhat akin to a fresh fruit salad: orange, pineapple, something sweeter like pears in there. Tastes somewhat more aggressive with a grassy bitterness and a healthy squeeze of grapefruit juice. Very light malt sweetness and a crisp clean finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: The appearance rating definitely inflates the score a bit, but a solid IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a two finger off white head that takes a couple minutes to dissipate. Nice looking brew, the lacing was disappointing, though. Smells very floral, with a bit of citrus. A bit subdued, very mild for an american ipa. Not bad in any way, just mild.

Taste follows suit with the aroma. Little bit of citrus, some grassy hop bitterness, and a slight malt sweetness. Could really go for more here. Again, not bad at all, just very subdued for an american ipa. Nice carbonation level, and slightly sticky. No problems with this one, but subdued enough to make me seek out one of my go-to brews after one of these.

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Photo of ectomorph
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into a "Perfect Pint" glass. No noted freshness dating, only the claim of unfiltered hoppy beer.

A - Gorgeous orange and dark gold body. The carbonation is clearly visible and holds up the 2 finger off white head stays parked and defiant of gravity.

S - I question the freshness of this sample. There is sharp pine hops which is good, but I expected more. A faint caramel sweetness lingers in the back.

T - Definitely not a fresh IPA. Oxidized hops and copper bitterness. Some grassy hops in the flavor are nice, but the aftertaste lasts and is unpleasant here.

M - Medium body and ample carbonation, but the aftertaste/feel is rough and uninviting.

D - Low. If they add a best by date, I will try it again. Maybe.

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Photo of bump8628
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at McNellie's in the OKC.

Dark amber with an inch of off-white head.

The beer's hop character is singularly citrussy, but not the usual grapefruit-Cascade-hop citrus, but a juicy tangerine. Malt doesn't necessarily stand out but it's medium-dark caramel character perhaps softens the hop blast a bit too much. I'm not sure of the IBUs on this but the bitterness is soft enough that I'm guessing under 60.

This is one of the only beers at NcNellie's (along with Boulevard's Tank 7 Saison) that I feel is fairly priced. At $4.25 a pint I'll go for it again, but otherwise it just doesn't quite compete with the better IPAs on the market.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass - Pint

A - A nice orange brew with a dense 2-3 fingers worth of head, it seems to hold very well. It's relatively clear with some lite visible Co2. It left a splash of foam & a broken like lace on my glass.

S - Big pine & grapefruit rind aroma, it's floral and sweet smelling. There is orange fruit as well with muted grain & toast underneath the fresh hop aroma.

T - Sweet orange & tangerine flavors are met with grapefruit rind & pine. Slightly flowery towards the end of the profile with a bit of dryness. Malts are very subdued & lend soft grain & bread, it finishes flowery and dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

M - A smooth medium-full body with lite-moderate crispness.

D - A very sweet brew to me but the finish of the beer helps to balance it out a little. Very delicious IPA that was 5.99 at my local beer store, and for that price I'll be coming back for more. I recommend it for sure, the drinkability is about average to me, but I think it's the sweetness that's affecting the drink for my tastes. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

g: glass

a: Orange-brown color, a little hazy. 2 finger soapy head. Not noticing any bubbles escaping. Lacing is great, sticks like glue.

s: Floral hops is the first thing i notice, then comes the grapefruit / citrus followed by a bit of musk. I'm also getting papaya and of coarse, caramel malt.

t: Orange and grapefruit rind up front followed by a mix of floral hops and caramel, biscuit-like malts that lead all the way to the finish. Decent bitterness throughout. Not much else to say.

m: I want to mention that the head is very soft when it hits your lips, it's a nice touch and adds to the beer IMO. Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. Pretty crisp.

d: Average drinkability, it's a typical IPA with just the usual flavors to offer, the only negative in my book is the high CO2.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a nice translucent dark copper color with a nice 1 inch whit head that is dense and frothy.

S - Starts with a malty grainy nose with some sweet caramel hints. Very malty nose that is surprising for an IPA.

T - Taste starts off with some citrus hop but then the malt quickly creeps up on you. There is a good balance of malt and hops with this beer. In my opinion it is more of a pale ale rather than an IPA. Maybe my taste buds are too used too hop heavy IPA's.

M & D - Light body with good crisp carbonation but not very complex flavors. Low to med drinkability for me.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a slightly hazy copper orange, solid two fingers of soapy off white head retaining very nicely and great lacing
S - piney and resiny hops, some light biscuit malt, and traces of ginger spiciness
T - hops are delicious with resiny metallic tinges, pine, and floral notes. The malt comes through on the finish along with grapefruit and spices
M - smooth & medium bodies, with a nice bitter finish that does not get too dry like many IPA'a
D - hop heads will enjoy it, but it's not a straight kick to the hops, flavours are well balanced and feel smooth enough to keep me coming back

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Photo of steve8robin
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on 06/08/10...

A: A beautiful orange hue with hints of ruby and brown. Small 1/2 in off white head that fades at a decent rate. Good.

S: Hints of grassy hops and bitter grapefruit. These are blended with some orange citrus hints. Expected the scent to have a little more going on. Decent.

T: Super bitter hops with orange citrus in the middle and bitter grapefruit on the backend. Some sugary malts start to come through in hints. The flavors actually blend really well on this and in a unique way. I like this one. Good.

M: Leaves some good bitter citrus flavors on your palate. Very good.

D: A little dry, but it drinks very easily.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Not the best in its class, but definitely a good one to try. If you like IPA's and want a unique blend of flavors, this is for you. If you don't like hops, then avoid.

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Photo of gracebeliever
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 10 minutes from finish.

Appearance: Burnt orange. Translucent. 1 finger head which reduced to a thin ring shortly after pouring. This had a nice moderate lacing all the way down.

Smell: Hops. Grapefruit.

Taste: Mild hops with a candy finish.

Mouthfeel: Easy

Drinkability: Only a mild-moderate hop bite. Pleasant. Refreshing. I'd like to work a 6-pack.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a thick haze, small head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is clean, slight buttery malts and pine. Taste is clean and balanced, modest malts of bread, honey, hops provide a modest bite and taste piney. Beer finishes clean, nice mouthfeel and drinkability. In summary, this is a very nice IPA, I'll be looking for it again.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers worth of head, slightly hazy golden honey color, nice retention and lacing that sticks around the whole beer, great label design.

s- nice hop aroma, grapefruit, some lemon, and notes of dry biscuit.

t- grapefruit, nice bitterness, lemon notes, some floral hops, and a candied sugar aweetness, really solid ipa here.

m- medium bodied, slick.

d- really nice ipa, i enjoyed this and would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of Briken
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark copper with tan foamy head and good lacing. Light grapefruit aroma with maybe a little spice. Spicy grapefruit hops are subdued by caramel malts. Mouthfeel is even carbonation with a short bitter linger.

Balance tips in the hops direction but it's not enough to be very interesting. Not much in the way of hop aromatics either. It's fairly easy drinking with a decent hop character, just nothing I'll go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a huge frothy white head.

Smells like straight up hops. Great pine smell with a kiss of maty sweetness.

Tastes a little lighter on the hops than the nose has you believe. Some pine and a little sweetness. Not bad, but I had such high hopes.

The feel is slightly lighter than I had hoped.

Pretty drinkable. Good flavor and fairly refreshing.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Nerudamann
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look - good IPA look with soft rust color. Maybe a finger's worth of foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - I don't smell anything very significant. Perhaps caramel, a little worty smelling. Good IPA smell, but perhaps a slight indication of a taste that leans toward the lighter side.

Mouthfeel - Light medium, with a hint of creaminess.

Taste - Nice tingling at the back of the tongue and soft palate. I didn't taste the wortiness that I smelled. Usual bitterness of an IPA. Lingering, although pleasant, aftertaste.

Drinkability - Good IPA, worth coming back for at the store, but maybe a little too much of an aftertaste for me to keep going back for at a party.

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Photo of asabreed
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice frothy head sits on the top of the glass for a good amount of time, and the color's a nice mildly cloudy amber with some copper highlights going on.

Smell: Interesting leafy hop combination along with some sweat sock-like funk going on. Fruit esters, as it warms, come into the mix a bit, but it seems like the hops oils and aromas are certainly dominant here.

Taste: Good initial burst of spiny, spiky, leafy hops. A good amount of unbalanced though welcome bitterness comes to the forefront. The funk still seems to be there, which I like. Finishes nicely, more on the acidic side of things, with some juicy citrus lingering.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and more medium than light bodied. Carbonation stays nicely effervescent the whole way through.

Drinkability: A solid IPA from Lost Coast with more flavor than I expected. I'd think about making this a staple if I could find it in six packs here.

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Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before august 2010. i love when breweries put the best by date on their bottles. drank from sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out an amber colored body with a small off white colored head on top. the head lasts for a little while before fading and leaves behind nearly complete rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i can smell are caramel malts that come off as decently sweet. after that come the hops. mostly pine and floral with a little bit of grapefruit.

T- the taste is similar to the smell. some sweet caramel malts that get overshadowed by a large blast of hops. pine, grapefruit, orange zest, and floral notes all coming from the hops. very unbalanced, the way i think an IPA should be.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation. nice and bitter.

D- easy to finish. ill go have another. ive been pretty impressed with what ive tried from lost coast recently. until a few weeks ago i would walk past these beers all the time in search of something more exotic. i was wrong.

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Photo of rawthar
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Rich, red clay ochre with a smoky wood tinged head of the finest fluff. I really liked the color, thought it was pretty.

S- Mild dry notes of citrus and pine, a nice pleasant combo of the two. A bit of cherry furniture polish in there, but not a lot of breadiness.

T- Really dry with a bit of a citrusy tang. The malt does a nice job balancing back any bitterness from the hops, but otherwise doesn't make its presence very well known. This is definitely a hop beer, but not very bitter or intense.

M- Resiny and thick, in fact maybe a bit thicker than I expect my single IPA to be.

D- Not a go-to beer, but something that you can spend a nice session on. The lack of real bitterness makes it go down easy.

Reminds me of the flavor of a Hop Devil without the intensity, though I admit I haven't had a Hop Devil in months.

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Photo of missingsense
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/25/09

A: Slightly hazy medium amber, with a moderately sticky offwhite head. Lots of tiny bubbles allow for a good retention, even though I didn't pour as aggressively as usual.

S: Sweet caramel and pine from the hops, as well as raisin bread. Moderate citrus. The bready, biscuity malts balance things out nicely. Very pleasant smell.

T: Smooth, slightly berry-like sweetness upfront. Finishes with an above average hop flavor, but hops are pretty mellow compared with most IPAs.

M: Subtle oiliness and good carbonation. Finishes crisp and refreshing.

D: Quite sessionable for an IPA. Flavorful enough to entice the taste buds, with a sweet malt balance to really smooth things out. I could find myself returning to this pretty often. Well worth the $8 for the 6 pack.

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Photo of kcr357
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at whole foods for 9 bucks a sixxer. Pours a golden copper color, very appealing. Foam is not thick, but finely bubbled and dense. Fades quickly.
Pine and citrus hit the nose immediately, there is an underlying sweet malt smell.
Tastes fantastic for a no name mod. price beer. Grapefruit, pine, and possibly oats. Nice bite, fairly bitter but not overwhelming.
Full bodied, bites the tongue.
Very drinkable for an IPA.
This is a fantastic example of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of brewbasterd
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt golden color with a dirty white head and good lacing. Citrus and pine hops on the nose with a hint of spice and a sweet undertone. Some hints of fresh berry also. Toasted grains upfront with a bready quality, bitter on the back of the tounge but not overly hoppy, definately a little piney. Slighty watery mouthfeel, a little oily. Not a bad beer, one that can be enjoyed and not overwhelm the palate. Refreshing.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Orange and amber with a whiter head than imagined or expected. Nice and lacy down the glass.

S: Just like the name says- indica kind bud, piney, grapefruity hops with honey and a creamsicle note. Smells fantastic.

T: Piney hops on a creamy front, followed by vanilla and a caramel malt, well balanced. Great, slightly bitter finish that fades away with a trace of cannabis.

D: Not too overpowering and just complex enough to have a few of em.

Value: This is my favorite Lost Coast beer so far and luckily it's only around 9 bucks a sixer.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,266 ratings