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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 | website

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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Reviews: 574 | Ratings: 1,219
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, deep orange hue, blessed with a flush and creamy off-white head, big & lumpy, slow to settle, never-dying.
Nose is fruity, with orange, mango, apricot, a hint of grapefruit and traces of pine predominant
Big bitterness on first taste, but lip-smackingly, palate-drenchingly delightful, totally tasty, it urges another sip, which turns into a gulp. Fresh, tingly hop flavor pervades the mouth & every meeting with lips and cup sets this method in motion again: brash bitterness, juicy fruit flavor, repeat.
Bold flavor, bold hop attack, repeat. My kind of IPA.
Full bodied, long, fruity/ hoppy finish. good stuff, and I'm happy to be reintroduced to it by JohnnyDuvel, for when I last found it around here, they were old bottles, riddled with floaties, and couldn't enjoy them at all. Thanks, John, for helping me re-confirm my favorable first impression, from long, long ago!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting label art shows a smashed Ganesh using one of his four arms and his trunk to enjoy two Indica Pale Ales at the same time. The beer poured out into my goblet made me look twice. This beer is significantly darker than any other IPA I remember drinking, The color is deep red bordering on brown, with a very clouded body that does not let light pass through it. The head was tall, and stuck outside the mouth of the goblet. The looks are more similar to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than an IPA. The aroma is very mild for the style with the predominant smell being roasted malts and alcohol. The taste is balanced with the hops being floral, piney, and citric. The sweet malts provide more than enough counterbalance with taste of plums, caramel, and chocolate. The taste is not bad, but is too sweet for the style. The mouthfeel is sticky, and juicy, with the fine natural carbonation adding creaminess. This beer is a nice departure from over the top, one dimensional hop bombs, but it strays too far from the roots of the style. Think of it as a hybrid IPA/ESB.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a slightly hazy amber with lots of visible sediment. Medium sized creamy off white head.
Great aromas of fresh citrusy hops, grapefruit, slight pine resin, malt and caramel.
The taste didn't hold the promise of the smells. All the flavors were there, it just didn't seem well integrated. The malt was caramelly sweet and heavy and the hops didn't come across as fresh and citrusy as in the aroma. Finishes with a funky lingering bitterness. Not bad, just a bit muddled.
Great mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with a slight viscous/oily feel and good carbonation.
A bit more balance of flavors would improve the drinkability.
This almost reminded me of a light version of a double IPA/Barleywine...not that that's a bad thing.

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Photo of Darkale
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, butterscotch body, bone-colored head. Pleasant looking, but perhaps a bit dark for an IPA.

Sweet and malty aroma, with no real hops evident.

Very hoppy taste, though. Sharp and raspy, followed by much chewy sweetness. Full west coast hoppiness prevails. Sharp and excellent; the hops are just in balance with the sweetness. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler; Beautifully full-bodied head that laces the glass to an extent that if you were not to rinse the glass out that night, you are to be in for hours of scrubbing to remove it.

Semi-cloudy and amber in color.

Great hoppy flavor...almost a fruity sweet bitterness which can easily be detected on the nose.

A good IPA and one I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a murky, sedimental maple syrup hue. A potent three fingers of off-white head expands then settles slowly, looking like a rootbeer float. Filligreed rings of lacing grace the sides of the glass in multiple tiers.

In the aroma, a sinewy caramel malt character duels to a stand-off with the biting citrusy hops. A doughy air dances with hoppy floral notes as they fade at the finish.

The flavor delivers a rather dense toasted malt front, complete with hints of caramel and baked biscuits. The hops deliver strains of dry, grapefruit citrus and piney resin. A mild current of alcohol twists and turns throughout, but never really exerts itself. A memory of toffee and a distant grassy tone come through near the end. The finish is dominated by a dry, hoppy tingle, fading gradually. Overall, nothing is oversized, but the elements are juggled capably.

Perhaps a tad short of medium bodied, the maltiness helps lend an almost chewy texture to the feel. A hoppy glow dries the mouth at the finish.

It won't bowl you over, but there's plenty here to keep your interest. It's a meat and potatoes kind of IPA, basic and balanced, and boisterous enough to be well heard. There's a mild ABV presence that tries to sink its hooks, but gingerly enough that it doesn't limit so much as caution. The guy at Roy's in Ft. Pierce where I bought this told me it was hoppier than HopDevil. Well, no, it most certainly is not, but I don't think I believed him anyway, and it exists well on its own. So I won't compare; I'll just enjoy.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruddy brown with lots of hop floaties. Soft, large head that settled slowly to a rocky crown. Sheets of lacing. Unfiltered.

Smell: Grapefruit and orange hop aromas with a nice sweet maltiness. Raw plant stalks and caramelized sugar. Quite floral.

Taste: A nicely hopped beer. Initially prickly on the tongue, with hops following close behind. Very, very juicy and grapefruity at first, and then the spiciness of the Columbus hops kicks in in a big way. Very, very clean taste, and rather drinkable. Almost smoky in the finish, with a smooth lingering bitterness.

Notes: This isn't a hop monster that will take your breath away, but is a high-quality IPA that I personally would recommend trying.

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle: This had an interesting color. It was amber, but had hints of brown and red to it also. BIG foamy head that died down quickly. Decent lacing down the glass. Some grapefruit hop notes to the nose. Some sweetness and floral also. Really nice taste. Initial moderate hop bite with a good malt balance. A bit of roastiness comes through in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Lost Coast's Indica as a change of pace from most IPA's I've been drinking. It is also the darkest IPA I think I've ever tried. It has a distinct blend of hops and a caramel-like malt that really works for this hophead's taste buds. The drink is smooth and satisfying. It has nice lacing and pours a full head. Very aromatic hops.

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Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copperish brown body, with an impressive, three finger, rocky, beige, head. Lacing effect is phenomenal, with patches and sheets all over the glass, from top to bottom.
Aroma has some caramel maltiness, but is dominated by tart lemonrind and pine hop notes.
Thriving carbonation and oily hops resins give the mouth a jolt.
Taste is all about the massive, hops presence. Pinecone bitterness runs the show here, all the way through. Some notes of caramel malt make a brief appearance, midway through, but are quickly overcome by the aggressive hops. The hops are a bit rough, overall, and the taste gets marked down a bit for the lack of malt balance.
Overall, a very good IPA, although its appearance is more like a brown ale. A bit too rough with the hops for excellent drinkability.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think this beer suffers from a bit of "Indica" induced zaniness - its really just an overhopped brown ale. Well, Lost Coast seems more and more fitting...

The appearance is just barely amber enough to avoid blatantly being a brown ale - BARELY. There is a big milky stout or porter aroma on the nose, sweet and mega-hopped. Floral, slightly citric.

The head is just crazy, rocky and mega-sticky. Best lace i've seen in awhile.

This is really an interesting brown ale / IPA combination that sucks up the best qualities of each. Seems like a beer you could prod a Newcastle-drinker forward with. The sweetness of the brown ale is metered perfectly with the West-coast hoppiness. Some sort of stoned zen thing, maybe.

The mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy, but would be fabulous with some ice cream! The only complaint I have with this beer (other than the style-blurring) is that the beer seems to be under-carbonated even though its super foamy. Sounds impossible, but this beer seems like it needs a little more carbonation to round out a very good package!

Drinkability isn't too great, I wasn't interested in any more after finishing a bomber.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Indica pours a dark amber color with a tan head that will fade shortly after the pour. Lacing is minimul but some hints can be found. The smell at first was of wood and tree sap, then as I swished the beer around hints of citrus and malts arose. Taste was very strong but unbelivable, very suprising considering the smell, citrus but strong hops and malts overpower all. Feels dangerously evil and full in the mouth, explosive off the tongue. I must say I can only drink about 2 of these at most, very strong and tend to get bitter the more I drank.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark and murky looking crimson color. Darker than most IPAs. A thick and creamy beige head sits on top and is well retained. Lacing comes in sheets. Nice juicy hop nose with an understated caramel malt aroma. The flavor aspects are nicely balanced. There's a sturdy crystal malt foundation with some spicy and sprucy hops playing on top. A nice bitterness lingers. The body is thick and chewy. Everything about this beer is good.

Thanks Murph.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Indica has a slightly hazy, dark amber/copper color, with a light tan, creamy bead of bubbles forming the head, mostly ringing the edge of the glass. Lacing around the glass is quite attractive. Nose is pleasing, with a good mix of caramel maltiness and some citrus-like hoppiness. Body has a solid, medium feel to it, and the passage across the tongue is pleasantly smooth. Taste has a good, slightly sweet malt component, with more hints of caramel. Not long after that a healthy dose of hop citrussiness whacks the palate, and sticks around for quite some time on the tongue and in the throat. It is a very nicely balanced combo of sweet and citrus whcih makes for a finely drinkable IPA.
I received this in a trade, but I'm afraid I've lost track of who sent it (though I think it was BierReise...). My apologies, and thanks! Prosit!!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of MobBarley
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours...not like an IPA. Thicker, redder, and with a huge choppy/creamy head that forms in stratigraphic layers in the glass. Some sediment, too and thick, webby lacing. The smell is very mild, though the curdled-looking head could be blocking the aromas. Butterscotchy, then mildly hoppy. In the mouth, it is powerful and hoppy with some big, salty notes as well. Most notably, there are notes of chocolate and roast grain more akin to the Porter designation.Mouthfeel is thick and oily like an IPA should be. Drinkability is fair to good depending on the situation. A good after dinner brew, though not necessarily "true to the style".

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great find this was! On draught at the Flat Rock Saloon, an IPA I've never tasted...must...get...hop..ffffix! Darker in complexion than most IPA's I've come across, this one was a deep amber with a beautiful fluffy head. Retained very well. Sticky piney cascade hop aroma. Lovely. Smooth as silk on the mouth, and a very well balanced flavor profile to boot. Very well hopped, though not overdone, with a tad of citrus but more of a chocolate malt thing going on here in the flavor than fruitiness. A delicious and very interesting IPA. My glass was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A darker than expected roasted chestnut color, hints of ruby along the edges. Visually impressive, reminds me of the Moylans Double IPA. For that reason it warrants a 5. Creamy dense, sticky bubbly beige head.
Full on aromas of citrus, grapefruit tartness, with cascade hop presence. Very very impressive. First taste is sticky on the lips with hop resins, and smooth smooth smooth carmel malt underneath a bitter cheek puckering hop shot in the mouth. Zesty, charged hop presence, then to finish a slight oily, almost chocolate malt taste on the finish. Just enough to intrigue. Medium bodied, perfectly balanced. A wow IPA from Lost Coast, a hidden gem among all the big west coast brewers. I really like this one. Got 2 bottles recently, then went back for more last night, and much to my surprise a certain toothman up the road has bought 2 cases. He was nice enough to leave me a six pack.
Paging the Belgianbum,paging the Belgianbum.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A butter-cream colored head rises fast and dense, aggressively asserting itself on the pour. Gauze-like lacing drapes the glass.

Color is deep, stoic amber.

Smell is of spicy hops and a muted malt pulse in the background.

Complex burst of hops shimmer from the beginning of the taste and hold on through the finish. Somewhere in the middle a spiciness -- cloves, fermented grapefruit juice -- reaches out.

Mouthfeel is dense, creamy, almost chewy, and serves as a solid canvas for the over-drive of blessed hop bitterness.

This is the most consistently pleasing west coast IPA I've tried. One of my favorites. And I'm blessed to live only a few blocks away from the brewery, where I bought a case (bottles with screwed up labels) on the cheap.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA required a rather careful pour as the bottom of the bottle was liberally coated with sediment. Once released from the 12oz bottle, it produced a murky, boggy brownish color with lots of suspended particulate matter, and a large well-constructed off-white head that never completely faded. Rather, it left great chunky gobs of itself behind as the beer receeded.
The smell had a pronounced caramel and doughy malt aroma to it, battling with a pungent pine-laden hops scent. The taste packed a biting, scathing grapefruit-and-pine needle hops flavor which was well met by a caramel drenched maltiness. Both dueled for supremacy through the finish, at which point the oily, resinous hops juice was able to declare victory. All at once this brew wields a caramel sweetness that is impressive in its own right as well as a rampaging juicy hoppiness that never backs down. Medium-bodied, thick, and chewy, with a stickiness on the back of the tongue that almost makes you want to get a tongue-scraping. but that would get rid of that lingering hops bitterness, now, wouldn't it?
This isn't one of your usual IPA's. Darker, maltier, chewier, and chock full of floaties, this might not make the best session brew. However, if you're searching for a well-hopped, flavorful IPA, Lost Coast's Indica IPA is a good one to pick up.

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Photo of dmarch
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indica, that's how you spell it. After searching indigo, indiga, I finally get to review this. Deep chestnut in color with a pillowey white head. Wasn't even sure of style at this point. Didn't expect the amount of hops I was going to get. Piney and slightly grapefruity, but not without a strong malt background. Very good beer and now I can say I'm proud to know how to spell it.

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Photo of niknar
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a deep, dark reddish-brown with an awesome almond colored, foamy head. Lots of character in the appearance of this brew. Smell was faintly fruity, but not particularly strong. Taste is extremely hop laden with a significantly dry finish. Certainly not for the weak of heart or for those who do not appreciate a pale ale (though this is not pale at all). This beer is robust enough to border on a porter or stout, but exceptionally hoppy and dry to be true to the IPA style. A wonderful excursion into beers beyond macro, but definitely not for everyone. I could only drink a few of these at a time, but feel it warrants a high drinkability rating anyway. The advocate who drinks this beer is not going to be pounding them anyway....

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is orangish-brown in the body and extremely cloudy with lots of sediment. The head was terrific. It jumped up, stayed for a while, and left some nice lacing on my Ruination glass.

Smell – The piney hops are backed up by some citrus flavors, but it’s the pine that slaps your olfactory bulb first. The surprise here though is the huge, monster sweet caramel malt balance. Balance isn’t the word – this thing is enormous.

Taste – Man, is this a heavy hitter. The complex hop flavors lead the way and will knock your tastes buds for a loop. The sweet malt makes a respectable appearance and somehow manages to balance things out.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is a bit larger than medium-bodied. The heavy malts slide around the tongue and you can almost pick the sticky caramel off your teeth.

Drinkability – This is an exceptionally well-balanced big American IPA. It will actually fill you up so I don’t recommend drinking it with something heavy.

Update – I rated this back in 2003 so thought it would be fun to re-review it with a 2004 bottle. I was a little more ecstatic the first time around but still feel this is a solid AIPA.

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Photo of Brent
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, bold take on the west-cost IPA/American Pale Ale. This was a bit toward to red-ale end of the spectrum, and hit me as something of an unfiltered Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Poured a reddish amber with yeast sediment swirling about. Big, big piney hops aroma. Substanital in the mouth, almost chewy. Hops settle in for a nice, long visit. No harshness to the hops profile, and the malt runs hard to stay in the race. A must-try for any hophead.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What if a brown ale was overhopped for its style? This lovely stuff might be the answer. Perhaps it's even worthy of a new stylistic semantic declaration. Oh my.

Pours very dark for an IPA, with a mounded fine bubble head and a rangy hop aroma. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel couples with a stabbing of bittering in the attack, but then a sweet molasses-like malt character joins the fun in the second half of the taste. Not subtle, and nicely rich and complex.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Just as the BA Database picture, my sample also arrived in the short squat 12 fluid ounce bottle which has one of those really funky labels, which has a cross between a Buddha and a ‘pissed-up’ Elephant dressed in Indian gear whilst sitting in an armchair – yeah right! Twist-off crown cap, no strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Wow, pretty cool looks. I poured the whole 12 ounce into a US straight-sided Point Glass. First off this was very much darker than I expected. Clear brown with some ‘floaties’ – which is testament to the fact that this is indeed an unfiltered IPA. A smooth beige head readily forms, it is incredibly smooth in its texture actually. It sits atop the beer with a mottled uneven, undulating surface. Leaves thick chunks of lacing on the glass walls. The head settles to an uneven ½” throughout the drink. Looks nice.

Nose: Oh yes – this may very well have some hops in it – LOL. Thick resinous pine oils mixed with hops, yeast and some caramel malts.

Taste: Starts with a chocolate-bitterness, that builds in the middle with some yeast tinges to an incredible biting hoppiness that fades as the beer is swallowed, this is when the caramel malts get a chance to rise and lend their part to this complex jigsaw. But the biting hoppiness returns with a vengeance after the swallow to linger in the aftertaste. This is a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Velvety at times, with a sharp bitterness at the start. Solid and very wholesome, this beer has a smooth, caramel thick, malt-rich feel in the back end. Sticky sap-like hoppiness clings to the tongue after the swallow and gives a lingering bitterness that is relished. Wholesome strength which belies its 6.5%, it could very well be higher.

Drinkability: Given its thick nature and hoppiness, it’s a great beer to finish the night with, or is that start the day with? - as it is actually now 12:46am on the West Coast!!

Overall: I really like North Coast beers, and this is no exception, I can’t believe that I have not tried this one before actually. Not the usual IPA, darker than normal but still highly-hopped, yet very smooth and full-bodied. Worth trying if you see it.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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