Indica India Pale Ale | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale
1,252 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

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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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Photo of Thur123
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK so...this pours a nice unfiltered hazy copper brown color with about two fingers of off white head that is really sticky, like quite sticky. The foam has many crags and billows and was more than I expected. Smells of fruity hops, less floral then I'm used to and also a sweet malt smell.

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This hits with a citrus grapefruity taste that gives way to a more floral bitterness. The sweet malt base gives it good balance with the bitter hoppy aftertaste being quite nice. I feel like this brew will get much better as it warms. Overall a pretty good IPA, but for almost eleven dollars for a sixer, I'm not sure it's that good. But still, a nice simple Cali IPA. Hopefully the price will lower back here in the east and I'll get much more of this.

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Photo of RickS95
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bronze in the glass, with a thick cloudy head.

Smells like a bouquet of flowers due to the floral hoppiness, with hints of citrus.

My first thought was orange in the mouth, but I think it's grapefruit, though it could be both. Taste is complex as the citrus provides a sweetness that is balanced by the hoppy bitter.

There is some carbonation in the mouth and the beer finishes with a swallow of bitter to let you know it's an IPA. Great lacing.

This is a nice tasting, complex IPA with a nice kick of ABV. There is no reason not to drink a lot of this.

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

Pours hazy, amber/copper color, with a huge head, consisting of unusually large bubbles. The head slowly fades away, leaving behind webby lacing.

Nice sweet pine hop aroma. Hints of brown sugar compliment the malty sweetness.

Tastes much less sweet than the aroma would suggest, however still pretty malty for a west coast IPA. Good balance, but the hop flavor is not that abundant. The flavors are pretty mild.

Medium bodied, and smooth drinking. There is not a lot of carbonation.

This brew is not bad, but it's nothing to write home about. It is very drinkable and refreshing. I would definantly open another if I had one. The hoppiness and bitterness just really don't live up to the style.

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Photo of Natural510
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-copper color with a thick, cloud-puff of head. Head takes a very long time to dissipate, which allows it to reach proper temperature once out of the icebox.
Not much to the nose, other than a slight breaded note and hint of citrus.
A breadedness to the malt meets a subdued floral-pine hop. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter, nicely balanced.
Slightly thin the mouth, somewhat dry finish.
Middle-of-the-road where American IPAs are concerned. This would be better compared to its British counterparts, tho one should consider this is one of the older examples of a West Coast IPA and therefore isn't obligated to knock anyone's socks off with hops.

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Photo of velosuds
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness data on bottle. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.55.

A-Poured a pale to medium amber hue with a two finger head that receded into modest lacing. Vigorous carbonation. Nice appearance.

S-Piney and citrus hops, especially grapefruit. And a hint of sweetness. Hmmm. Intriguing. My taste buds wait with anticipation.

T-Unfortunately, my taste buds are still waiting. Maybe, they are wrecked tonight. No, for I enjoyed both Green Lakes Organic Ale and a Racer 5 after tasting this. Not nearly enough hop bitterness. I am curious what the IBUs are, but wouldn't be surprised if in lower part of the acceptable range for style. Even the malt presence was not commensurate with the aroma.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily but the taste was disappointing.

At best, a good IPA. I have had this at other times and recalled it being better. But, I have had many other better beers since the last time.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on bottle at the Burger Lounge in La Jolla. Slim pickins for beer, but figured I'd give this a shot. Never been too impressed by Lost Coast, but figured what the hell, IPA + burger = goodness.

Appearance: Surprised me. Orange hue with golden aspect to it with nice white head. Very nice lacing as well, with a clingy, wavy white lace that laced all sides. Almost, dare I say, a prototypical IPA as far as look goes.

Smell: Slight hops, but not quite as huge as many West Coast IPAs tend to go. Hops are citrusy with slight grapefruit and pineapple esters, but light. Slight malt presence with almost a wheaty profile exists as well, but it's mainly mild hoppiness slight hint of bready yeast.

Taste: Bittering hops are definitely in play, as well as a fairly strong kick on the swallow, but the actual flavor is relatively low. More balanced than I would've expected from a West Coast IPA, but malts aren't all that strong either. Light grapefruity hop character, but nothing overly exciting. This beer just isn't hugely flavorful, which is fine for what it is. The alcohol isn't particularly masked either due to the low hoppy taste, but still isn't strong, either. Just a mild tasting, bitter IPA.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated well, but not dry. Wet, but not resiny. Average, but not in a negative way, just good.

Drinkability: Well, it's a relatively low ABV IPA, which allows for it to be more consumed than some others, but it's also fairly bitter without being all that flavored, which discourages me from wanting to drink more than one. All in all, better than I expected, but not by a ton. I wouldn't buy it with so many other great (and better) IPAs out there here in San Diego, but a decent IPA nonetheless.

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

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a bright orange color with a thick creamy off white head 1/2 inch high that slowly settled into a nice 1/4 inch cap with nice sticky lacing on the glass. This was extremely inviting... the aroma was light and lacking the punch I wanted. It has some slight citrus smells mild floral hops and really was a draw back after a great pour. The taste was ok. There is a strong orange and lemon flavor, some bitter hops in the middle and the after taste is faint tang. I was excited and expected more from this brew. Easy to drink, mild flavor, but not worth the cost of a "single" in the mix and match section.

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

Lost Coast Indica India Pale Ale is a hazy reddish amber ale with lots of particles in it. It has a dense, splotchy, yellowed off-white head that has good retention and leaves incredible lacing on the glass. It has a resiny, slightly sweet aroma that's perhaps a touch wooden. It's medium, maybe medium-full bodied, very smooth and foamy with a pretty clean finish. It seems a touch syrupy. It's well balanced, pretty fruity and slightly sweet. There's nothing extreme here.

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

oooh...poooofy. tight cream-colored, merengue bubblage up top with more sudsy below. the liquid a peachy copper with plenty of spheres darting to breach

sticky simcoe hop aromas with a good dose of pine. i suppose warrior and columbus could be in there, too, but i think not. simcoe certainly is all the rage right now. some biscuity elements come through: cool-fermented malt contributions, to say the least. mostly hop, though and consequently balance seems to be pretty elusive for this particular offering

grapefruit. the grain bill presents itself more directly to the tongue--the drinking experience is, all in all, a much more balanced affair than the sniffing one. in the mouth it is actually a pretty classy IPA. a 50/50 hop/malt ratio is hardly to be expected from a Pac coast IPA--and the malt isn't quite dynamic--but we're in fairly good shape here. that being said, i don't know just how "dynamic" the hop profile is, either. ample, mos def, but dynamic?

the mouthfeel comes across as a little viscous, but i think the hop may have more to do with that than any actual tactile factors.

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Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another kindly donation from the Ohoove collection, this was a slightly hazy iced tea color with a fair and full off-white head with average streaks of lace. The aroma offers piney caramel that sticks to your ribs. The taste brings more malt and pine hops with sweet nutty fruitcake. The feel is middle ground, the dry hop does come through after a while, mildly carbonated and fairly drinkable. Overall it's good, not great. It has a nice hop presence but is mellow enough to bring some balance.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with about a fingers worth of head. Has some great smelling hops in the nose.

The hops come through pretty strong but sweetness an malts are even stronger. Good stuff.

Great mouthfeel. Nice and creamy with the right amount of bitterness.

I'm glad I have a bomber of this. My only regret is I didn't get two, very drinkable.

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

Cloudy golden-orange, decent head, no lacing

Citrus and floral hop notes in the smell.

Tastes very citric, hop notes are primarily orange rind and grapefruit on top of a bready base. Nicely balanced, the bitterness doesn't run away with things.

Medium mouthfeel, lightly carbonated.

This was very nice. Hop-packed yet quite drinkable.

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Photo of farrago
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cream to light brown hued head, full mix of bubble sizes, holds on at a little under one finger depth, the lacing has above average stickiness. Very cloudy, conjures up as much brown as orange, complete opacity ensures the rims stay a dark orange too. Curiously the nose offers more malt chocolate than expected, sweetens the already concentrated apricot, peach fruit scents as well as the floral dew, nicely piney, however, the grapefruit citrus lacks focus, nothing here to suggest bitter hops or aggressive bite. Full-bodied, not exactly a "get up and go" kind of beer but will tag along if someone else says let's go. The pine noticeable and the pink grapefruit shows more strength, by no means herbaceous yet there's a little grain, biscuit dryness. The carbonation is a touch large and seems more apt to make you burp than tickle your tonsils. Same close to dried fruit quality in the apricot, peach, nectarine flavors. The cocoa and caramel play a much more supplementary role here. Big, fleshy finish, makes you have to gulp it down.

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Photo of mwa423
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a finger of white head that didn't last long. Very clear sunset yellow color

S - Plenty of hop citrus when poured but once it died down there was almost no smell.

T - Very light hop flavor with almost nothing else. Leaves almost no aftertaste. On the low end of good ipa.

M/D - Could easily drink a bunch of these, over all a light easy drinker good for a hot day.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,252 ratings
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