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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Ratings: 1,266 |  Reviews: 583
Photo of goldbot
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +9.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +0.8%
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 -7.2%
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 +0.8%
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 -18.6%
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 -20.4%
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 -2.9%
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 +14.9%
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%
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 +6.9%
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 -7.2%
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 +6.9%
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 +11.9%
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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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. This beer pours a hazy orange color with a medium thin and foamy off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing that doesn't stick. Hoppy aroma with lots of grapefruit. Medium-bodied and bitter with borderline astringent hops. Some citrus and malt as well but it is overpowered by the bitterness. The finish is citrusy hops with a lingering bitterness. Kind of unbalanced overall, and just average on the whole.

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

A: Poured a dark orange light brown color with some haziness. Good visible head and some pretty stellar lacing to say the least.

S: Little tame on that front. Dig the nose down deep to no avail, some deep pine involved sums that up quickly.

T: Like the bitterness, the hops are well placed too. Some malt action as well, blend the two with some pine tar winning and its a good session indeed.

M: Medium, sticky, moderate carbonation, abv noticed with no harm involved. Resin.

D: Does the trick and then some. Very impressed I am. Thanks to Wegmans on this one for the most needed beer upgrade in the Cheektovegas part of town.

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Photo of JamesS
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark copper color with nice head and excellent lacing. Nice deep scent, good malt tones with wonderful citrusy American hop aromas. Good taste, thick and malty with a huge bitter aftertaste; do not think the hops melded as well for the taste, though. Goes down with just a bit too much thickness and a little "hop" roughness. Still, a good IPA.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orangish copper in color. Pours to a soft two-finger head. Some fine lacing throughout.

S: Mild malt and hop smells, but enough to give you an idea of what's coming.

T: Nice hop flavor with a good matching malt base. Taste fades to a subtle sweet taste with vanilla hints.

M: Crisp carbonation up front followed by a smooth finish over the back.

D: Oh yeah, this is a keeper. Probably won't get this again too often only because I'd prefer to support the many breweries closer to home. But I'm quite glad I tried this as it hit the spot.

Served: in a faceted mug.

Review from notes taken on: 7/27/09

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Photo of patobandito
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with thin head, not much lacing. Smells flowery, a bit of citrus, although the smell is not strong. Tastes like an IPA should, nice and hoppy, with a subtle malt balance. Tastes fuller than it actually feels. Not overly bitter, it drinks pretty easily.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Almost orange in color with a beautiful "west coast" IPA aroma. Very refreshing, great balance (nice bitterness with an equally nice sweetness in the background) with a nice hop schedule. Very smooth and easy to drink. Maybe not the most outstanding IPA in the world but at the same time, pretty hard to find a fault with it.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper and cloudy, slightly orange glow. Average head for an IPA, dissipates after about a minute, good lacing however -consistent on all sides of snifter

S- Citrus bonanza. Oranges and grapefruits, maybe a little pineapple

T- Citrus heavy to match the smell, again, grapefruits and oranges finishes with a bitter yet smooth vanilla,

M- Smooth, light in consistency but not in flavor

D- It's right down the middle of the line with this one. I can't really differentiate between this and a lot of other 'main stream' IPA choices. The hops are more fragrantly present than flavorfully, but it definitely has some bitter kick. I dunno, could throw back a few.

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Photo of jrw5061
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper colored and cloudy. About a half inch head that lasts for a few minutes and then dies down. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Very citrusy aroma on this one. Smells sweet and like oranges

T: Starts out a little bit sweet before a very bitter aftertaste. Tastes extremely citrusy, a little bit like oranges crossed w/ grape fruit. Hop aroma is huge. Tastes like it has been heavily dry hopped, which I really like.

M: A little on the light side. Could maybe be a little thicker, but not bad at all.

D: I enjoyed this beer a lot but like any IPA, I couldn't recommend it as a session beer. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys IPA's though.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at The Graduate in Chico, CA earlier today. The following review is written from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, bright amber body with a tight, creamy, eggshell-colored head. The lacing produced by the head was creamy and ring-like.

Smell: Sweet orangey Cascade hops and caramel were the two obvious aromas. Some toastiness and leafiness too, but each of these components were much fainter. In fact, the smell as a whole was pretty faint, but enjoyable.

Taste: Toasted whole grain, orange zest, dusty pine, and herbal hops. Very smooth and balanced, but at the same time the flavors seemed a bit muddled. A slightly stronger bitterness would have been nice as well, but this was still very good overall.

Mouthfeel: Very soft on the palate. Carbonation was light and velvety, body was smooth and creamy, and the finish was not very dry at all. Medium in body. Easy.

Drinkability: This was an extremely smooth and enjoyable drink. I could have easily put away a six pack on my own (if the bottled version is just as good as the on-tap one). There may be a lot of better IPAs out there, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find one as easy-going as Indica.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lost Coast Indiga IPA. 6.5% alcohol.

A- Pours a very inviting tainted orange color with nice thick one and a quarter inch fluffy head that leaves a lasting froth. Excellent lace retention stains the glass all the way down... very sticky. The unfiltered nature show with small particals floating around and laying on the bottom.

S- Smell is of fresh grass and citrus fruits upfront with a backbone of rich malts... mostly hops in the scent.

T-M- Taste is simular to smell with bright fruity flavors upfront. I taste light hints of orange peels, fresh cut hops, and mild malt. Kinda watery and incomplete in my opinion. Brushes the tongue and mouth but not leaving much. Simple and refresh ipa.

D- If i could find a twelve pack i'd buy it to drink on at a a get together... quite drinkable in the fact its fresh and light bodied.

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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