Indica India Pale Ale | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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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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Ratings: 1,262 |  Reviews: 583
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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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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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,262 ratings