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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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Reviews: 577 | Ratings: 1,235
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The funky, garishly colored label likeness of the Hindu God Ganesha puts me in the mood for a kickin' India Pale Ale. If the impressive appearance is any (indica)tion, this IPA means serious business. Murky orange-copper with loads of tiny particulates and a few larger floaters. Maybe I'll just strain it with my teeth as I gulp it down. The ecru-colored head is large, dense, is pitting like crazy on top and is beginning to leave near-complete sheets of intricate lace. A very nice look.

The nose isn't an olfactory hop bomb, but it's plenty aromatic nonetheless. Centennial is utilized for dry-hopping; a very nice choice. The fact that there isn't a great deal of malt evident in the aroma suits me just fine. More malt, of the heavily toasted caramel variety, is apparent on the palate. Indica is still a hop-driven beer however. And a damn good one.

The flavor says earthy grapefruit; which, to me, indicates Columbus hops. Pine sap is apparent as well. The beer isn't quite as intensely citric or as resinous as I like, but it's a tasty concoction all the same. The bitterness is right up my alley, but is probably a bit too much for non-hopheads. The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is smooth, lush and bordering on sticky.

Indica is a well-crafted IPA and is another winner from the Left Coast (literally). It's strong across the board, but because of the hop bill, doesn't quite manage to crack my top tier. I assure you though, this bomber is rapidly approaching extinction.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Caramel cloudiness (the beer is unfiltered) with decent head and lacing; a bit darker than one would expect from an IPA

Smell - Fruity hops are very prominent on the nose but their is a forceful caramel malt presence as well

Taste - Initial touch of sweetness blends into the bitter hopiness that takes over; interesting that the sweetness lingers on the front of the tongue alongside the hops

Mouthfeel - Rich and powerful; reasonable amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Like other very hoppy American IPAs, this brew is for sipping, not quaffing, and, I find, not to be consumed in quantity; the touch of sweetness is distinguishing but ultimately the overwhelming hoppiness makes this brew very appealing to hopheads

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange with a fizzy white head that flattens fast, but leaves a good film behind. Not too much of a smell, bit of malt in there. Taste is bitter, savory, crisp and hoppy, with a puckering mouthfeel and dry hoppy aftertaste. It seems to jump off your tongue like Pop Rocks. Shades of orange rind and a bit of sweet spiciness in the background. Quite good, refreshing, not your average IPA, the little bit of sweetness really won me over.

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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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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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