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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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Ratings: 1,251 |  Reviews: 583
Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -18.2%
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 +2.4%
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 +5.5%
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 -1.6%
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 +10.6%
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 +12.1%
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 -15.6%
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 +8.7%
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 +13.2%
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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Photo of goldbot
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottle on 10/14/2009. Review from notes.

Pours amber copper with medium off-white head. Slightly cloudy with a little carbonation and lots of lacing.

Pine hops aroma at first but a substantial grapefruit smell comes through as well. A bit of sweet malt, but it is mostly hops. Lightly hoppy flavor - mostly clean citrus notes. Medium bitterness and a tad on the watery side. Light body, the feel is a bit thin. Smooth drinking going down; finishes clean and refreshing.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour clear amber. Lots of head, leave slow and gets nice and clumpy on the way. Lots of lace. I love a beer with this type of retention.

S - Light malt and bitter smell - not really pine or orange, just kind of astringent.

T - Nice caramel center with more than enough bitter at the end to balance. Yum

M - Medium body, great carb, coating and balance.

D - This is my idea of a session beer. In fact, it will be tonight.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught pint at The Swiss, served in a shaker, Indica IPA is brassy orange with a very creamy light sand head, a bit frothy though with a few large bubbles that don't budge, almost soap foam like if not for the color. Huge lace is the result, a great pattern as well as texture.

Smell is pretty aggressive, generic west coast hop profile. Sweeter, with some spicy citrus. Got dry hops?

Taste is on the sweeter, malty side, lots of low to mid color crystal, but a firm bitterness and bread note providing balance. Not as much hop flavor as the nose, mostly citrus, but some pine as well, probably amarillo's.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium body, but the slickness of the hop oils makes it slide down with ease.

Drinkability is good, a solid west coast IPA that I think is under-appreciated, at least here in the PNW. LIke most in the region, however, the bitterness builds and will slow extreme sessions (not to mention the ABV). This is one of the fresher tasting examples I've had (which IIRC have only been bottles), a pleasant surprise at a taphouse heavy on regional brews. I'm really shocked with how I've ended up scoring this serving, it lives up to the cool logo (even though I generally eschew cartoon labels).

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Photo of hophead247
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color, at first a very generous off-white fluffy head, then fell down to a normal film on the top of the beer & laced around the edge, excellent balance between hops & malt in the nose, at first the hops get you then the sweetness kicks in to counter, the flavors start off very hoppy, dry & spicy, then give way to a more balanced approach, the maltiness takes over to balance the beer nicely, the finish is semi-dry, sweet & bitter, solid IPA

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Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bland, middle of the road IPA. I'll try this one again, but this bottle is lacking punchy hops and, really, anything that would make it stand out. The hops are piney/floral but need to be cranked a few notches. On the plus side, the beer is pretty dry and there's a good yeast note. There's not much malt flavor to speak of, just some bready caramel propping up the hops. It's an ok beer but nothing special, in my opinion. Mouthfeel and appearance are just fine. Maybe, I'm getting old bottles, but Lost Coast has failed to impress me so far.

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Photo of fattire513
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty good beer thought that it wasn't so strong as other IPA's I have tried. A lot smoother feel than most as well.
T: below average for an IPA but overall great beer

M: not very hoppy hence the smoother feel

D: I am drinking them as I speak. Definitely a good choice for a night at the house

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Iced tea hue with very little head.

S - It smells of piney hop and pale golden malt, although the hue doesn't show it.

T - APA at its most moderate, dull even. It tastes like piney and grapefruity hops on a minor caramel maltiness. Not exciting.

M - Not terrible, but a tad thin and undercarbonated.

D - Okay, barely. Boring mostly. I would fall asleep if i had two or more.

This beer tastes dull on draft, and perfume-y in the bottle. Not great stuff, but drinkable.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: orange peel, a little pine, and a hint a vanilla

Taste: Clean, bready malts. Bitterness is very balanced. Almost creamy actually.

Notes: Good, but nothing special. Probably a good IPA to pair with food or to drink as a session beer. I tried this alongside the Big Daddy IPA which I also found was balanced but was much more complex and interesting.

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Photo of berkey
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopyard San Ramon. Served in a standard pint glass.

Body is a fairly deep amber color with a moderate haze for the style. The typically careful pour of all bartenders at this establishment leaves a small off-white head but retention is very good.

Aroma starts off with much more bready malt sweetness than I remember from the last bottle of this I've tried but I'll admit it's been awhile. Behind that there's a nice dry bitter hoppiness but it's not as complex as many in the style.

Flavor moves in lock step with the aroma for the most part. The still dominant bready malts remind me of several so-called English IPA's that are produced stateside. Bitter but clean hop profile is joined by faint grapefruit citrus in the aftertaste.

Feel seems slightly thick for the style with very good carbonation. Easy to drink, verging on sessionable but not quite.

Overall a worthy beer but one that has never made it into regular rotation with all the great examples available here in California.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bit of this on tap at the Oldsmar TapHouse in Florida this past February & recalled it fondly, so we picked up a lone bottle when passing through Wisconsin. Here's to some fine memories!

Pours classic IPA with a growling, howling head of white that leaves a bath-ring around the pint glass. Smells nice, another IPA standby, sharp hops & sweet undergarments.

Indica is a touch too balanced for my taste, but good nonethelss. The hops lean towards the soapy end of things, again not in my wheelhouse, with pine tar (forgive me, George Brett) ascendant. The malt comes on a bit strong, interfering with my attempt to mainline some hops into my belly.

Good beer. I don't have any particularly strong reaction in either direction, this is a solid IPA with nothing to sneeze at & nothing to rave about.

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Photo of Arielle
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a carmely, reddish tinted color, and had a nice 2 fingers of foam. The foam disspiated fairly quickly leaving a very pleasant amount of lacing, that told the tale of the beer on the glass as I drank. The scent was hoppy, citrusy, light and inviting. From the get go, it seemed a very playful IPA, with Ganesha on the tap handle, to it's jauntiness of aroma, artfully followed through with the taste.

You definately get that upfront hops bitterness, and intensity of an IPA with this one, but what I like is how smooth the body and finish were. It was like walking through a sandstorm of hops, to cleanse ones palette in the river ganges by the finish. It is very well balanced, very smooth, and a very tame IPA. I'm a fan of some pretty intense ones, and this Lost Coast version holds its own against the big boys. Ganesha could only be pleased he was on the tap; as would I.

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

Hazy orange copper color, three fingers of foam that disapates quickly and leaves a light blanket over the beer. A little lace on the glass.

Smells of piney hops with some sweetness from the malts.

Taste very thin, piney hops and some citrus tastes. A little sweetness from the malt. Hopping is a sudel for an ipa.

Thin almost watered down aftertaste. Hops lingers a little but not powerful or bold like most ipa's. Very drinkable goes down easy with a decent abv.

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

12 oz. bottle with a hard to read date stamped on the bottle.

Beautiful reddish, copper pour; slightly cloudy with some suspended yeast. Very nice lacing on the glass.

Initial piney hop aroma gives way to sweet malts.

The aroma is indicative of the flavor: balanced. An initial taste of hop bitterness is nicely balanced by a sweet maltiness.

There is some lingering, pleasant bitterness in the mouthfeel similar to a fruity aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very flavorful, american IPA. The higher ABV may keep this one from a truly sessionable ale, but it is very refreshing.

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Photo of jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy copper orange with a 2 finger head that leaves spotted lacing down the glass

smells of light pine and grapefruit(very west coast)

taste is a light version of the west coast ipa - grapefruit and a bit of pine - i say light version because it tastes a little watered down

mouthfeel is light(thin) and well carbonated

drinkability is great - a west coast ipa that is light enough and has plenty of flavor that you can have multiple

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,251 ratings.
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