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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Reviews: 581 | Ratings: 1,243
Photo of Guinness4me
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another blind review for me since I'm determined not to dislike a beer simply for it's style, or in some cases, brewer. Those that know me, know I usually recoil in horror at IPA's and go screaming back to a stout. This beer is the most tolerable IPA I've found. The girls at Lost Coast have not let me down.

Cloudy is not what I've experienced in most IPA's, but maybe it's what the others have been lacking. This was enough like a witbier that I found it almost pleasant. There was a fine, soapy head that just lingered around the edge.

The smell was a boquet of hops with just a hint of maltness that took the hoppy edge off.

A bit sweeter than others I've tried, the hops were nicely balanced with the hint of malt. I only noticed bitterness at the end of the taste which pretty much encompassed my tongue.

Pleasant and crisp, I didn't really notice any alcohol harshness until I was nearly finished with the glass. It was warming toward the end.

While I find IPA's hard to drink as a rule, this is one I will try again.

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Photo of Overlord
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear orange. Inch or two of off-white foam that quickly settles down to a thin crust.

Smells ... bad. Sorry, it does. Weird musty herbs, a pungent rotten pine odor. Not good.

Taste, thankfully, is much better. That same bitter herb-iness is still there, but muted, and there's some balancing malt and a more mellow pine backing. Not a lot of citrus flavoring, which is a bit surprising.

Well carbonated, but somewhat thin.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark hazy orange color with lots of floaties, I imagine this has been sitting for sometime in the store I purchased it from (riverside beverage). The smell reminds me of peaches in a can with syrup and is slightly interesting. The taste is oily hops on top of a decent amount of malts but is just not very good. This one was, not bad but was still a disappointment.

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Photo of JimKal
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a gold/amber with a very nice head but that, for me, was the best part of this IPA. I won't say that I didn't enjoy it but I don't think it measures up to other examples of this style. While there was a hop presence it was less aggressive than many other IPAs. It tasted, to me, more like a Pale Ale than an IPA.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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 1whiskey
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Fluffy two finger head, reddish copper color with lots of sediment.

Spicy hops in the nose, but a little distant.

Taste is an intially a burst of melon rind and citrus. Settles into an odd tug of war between citrus hops, bisquity malts, and a faint metallic taste. Malt backbone fades in and out. Alcohol taste and warming throughout. Very acidic. Gets better as you get close to the end. Dry finish.

Like most Lost Coast beers, this has lots of Co2. Probably too much. Light to medium body.

This IPA is a little bit of an anomaly, not quite fitting into either the traditional english style or the highly hopped west coast style. I've never really been overly impressed by it, but it's been a big seller for a brewery I grew up with, so part of me is sad to see this beer retired.

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Photo of Crosling
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep rustic orange in color with a gigantic, sticky and awkwardly shaped head of foam. The aroma is far too subtle quite honestly with whiffs of spicy, resiny, piney hops, biscuits and caramel. Oily texture with an adequete malt backing, giving notes of caramel and fruit along with a jammy hop flavor with big grapefruit notes.

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium copper color with less than an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly pine hops with a touch of malt sweetness in the background. The flavor was nice, but a little subdued compared to most IPAs today. The body was decent, but not special. Drinkabilty was very good for this style, it goes down easy.

Overall, an average IPA, which shows how far we've come in the American beer culture, in that a beer this good is average these days. If there was a value category, this beer would score very highly, as would most of Lost Coast's brews. I'm rarely let down or thrilled by beers from these guys.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer, to me, tastes as weird and funky as the label. I don't mean this in a good way. The appearance and smell were all standard IPA fare (which is never a bad thing), but there was just something about this one that was hard to put down. Flavor-wise nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary. Just one of those ineffable things, I guess.

It's not bad, but my experience with Lost Coast has been that all of their beers are nearly good, but some aspect is slightly off the mark.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the Yard House in Vegas.

sharp hop nose - good copper color. poured a really nice and bountiful head. also had great lacing. the taste was very pleasant - had a unique hop taste to it.

mouthfeel was ok - good balance across the entire pallate.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with dense foamy off-white head which leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light aroma of light citrus, some florals, and some piney hops. Generally indistinct.

Taste: Initial taste is very similar to the aroma. Crisp finish with a tart hoppy-citrus taste and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth (almost creamy) with very light & slightly tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good ABV and very drinkable. Aftertaste is almost too lingering and same-ish.

A decent IPA, but the flavor is more noticable in the aftertaste than at any other point. It has some things going for it, but there's many that I'd rather have. Will pass this one by in the future.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm pretty disapointed with this one after reading some positive reviews here...sometimes I'm way off from to what most people think.. To me this a IPA done exactly wrong. (see Humboldt IPA Nectar for Ipa done perfectly) The taste is very bitter....but there is no taste of the goodness of the hops. I like to taste plant when i drink ipa...the Nectar had that.... This beer tastes like watery bitterness to me.... There is a decent malt profile which saves it somewhat....but i can't recomend this beer... If the store has this they must have Downtown Brown which is get that instead....

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Photo of shawnchong
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although less hop aroma, Orange aroma very strong, vey refreshing beer. I kind of confuse, is this really IPA or beer with Orange juice. But after drinking many beer, this refreshing beer give me a shock.. I still confuse

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of pillowy white froth. Retention is pretty good and lots of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dank, floral hops with citrusy notes. Light caramel and grainy malts. Not bad, but fairly anemic.

3.0 T: Light earthy and citrusy hop flavor. Not much in terms of bitterness. Caramel sticks out more so than the hops to make this an overall sweet brew. However, like the nose, the taste is much weaker than I'd like. Uninspired.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Usually I'd demand more body for an IPA, but this still manages to have a reasonably creamy mouthfeel in spite of the light body.

3.0 D: Pretty mediocre. Not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Jypirate
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Had higher hopes for this one. No pun intended. It starts a bit buttery actually but it does find a way to adjust itself after about 2 pints. It is not overly strong in a hoppy way so it is certainly drinkable. Matched it up with a darker beer on tap so it was a good option. Just not quite finished to where you would think it would be.

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Photo of coastiefish
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass at a bottle shop.
Bottle shop makes detecting the nose a bit hard.

A - Pretty copper, slightly cloudy. Light head, leaves nice lacing.

S - Having difficulty with this brew in the shop I am in. giving it a avg. rating as nothing jumps out.

T - A bit diacetyl forward, which has a tendency to ruin a beer for me. however, I do like the malts stand up to the hop profile.

M - Creamy, full. Carbonation does a nice job of creating a whole mouth feel.

O - Drinkable, however there are way better IPAs out there. Worth a try, but not a favorite.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

g: glass

a: Orange-brown color, a little hazy. 2 finger soapy head. Not noticing any bubbles escaping. Lacing is great, sticks like glue.

s: Floral hops is the first thing i notice, then comes the grapefruit / citrus followed by a bit of musk. I'm also getting papaya and of coarse, caramel malt.

t: Orange and grapefruit rind up front followed by a mix of floral hops and caramel, biscuit-like malts that lead all the way to the finish. Decent bitterness throughout. Not much else to say.

m: I want to mention that the head is very soft when it hits your lips, it's a nice touch and adds to the beer IMO. Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation. Pretty crisp.

d: Average drinkability, it's a typical IPA with just the usual flavors to offer, the only negative in my book is the high CO2.

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Photo of joshwlt
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange with small bits of yeast floating around; I avoided the yeast in my bottle.

S/T/D - (std haha... I haven't been drinking, no) Slight smell of hops. The flavor is well balanced for an IPA has biscuity roasted malts that match the floral, citrusy (more zesty orange than grapefruit) hops well. The yeast provides a flavor that lowers the bitterness and provides for an interesting mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable won't give you heartburn. Wish I had some pretzels for this one.

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Photo of Floydster
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo for four dollars, split with my dad last night, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Golden orange yellow color that has a hazy body, 3/4 inch foamy white head that lasted almost five minutes, nice retention, no lacing

S-Hoppiness that was piney, full of citrus, and also floral at times, not much of a malty aroma, grassy accents, and lemons

T-Taste was light and a little disappointing on the hops side, not much malt either though, pretty watered down and clean for an IPA, flavor was crisp and refreshing, cannot complain about that, started off with some floral flavors, very light malt in the middle, some bitterness in the finish, became even less hoppy as it warmed like most beers of this nature tend to do, nice balance for what was there but I would have liked to see more power on both the hoppiness and malt, would make a nice summer session beer nevertheless when I feel like taking a break from hefeweizen and APAs

M-Dry and citrusy mouthfeel, malt was barely evident, thin to medium body, lots of carbonation that was fitting, taste did not last too long unfortunately

D-Could drink a bomber of this and more probably, ABV is nice and low, light on the stomach, smooth, keeps you coming back for more

First beer can remember tasting from Lost Coast, not bad but certainly not one of the top notch California IPAs, might drink again if there was limited choices, worth trying once

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Photo of kasper
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a oily orange-tinted, semi-translucent copper color with a single finger banana cream-colored head that deflates quickly, leaving slightest bit of spotted lacing.

S: Not sure how old this bottle is, but getting lots of ripe sweet tropical fruit and carmel with a tad of hops trying to push their way through.

T: Tons of piney hop bitterness in the taste, however. Nice fruity malty backbone, but a bit shallow in complexity. Lingering zesty bitterness.

M: Slightly resiny, medium to heavy texture, moderate carbonation.

D: This is an OK beer. It's nothing special and I wouldn't really seek out a second. Not a bad beer, however.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy orange color with a 2-finger offwhite head. A fair amount of lace. On my second pour I get a glassfull of big, chunky suspended particles, despite having read the previous review and pouring carefully. Nowhere on the bottle does it say that this is bottle conditioned, so for most people this is going to be unavoidable.

Smell is primarily burnt caramel malt with a spiciness that hints at the hops but the hops are rather subdued for an IPA. This smells more like a pale ale than an IPA. It doesn't smell bad, it's just weak for the style.

A lot more hops in the taste than in the smell. Surpisingly, the malt is weaker than you'd expect in the taste and the hops almost completely take over. A very long hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

This beer is strange to me in the way it tastes completely different than it smells. I do like this though. And actually, the yeasty chunky stuff that comes out on the second pour mellowed it out a bit and added another dimension to it.

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Photo of CoachC
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark orange color with a 2 inch head

S - smell is not all that great. I detect a faint grapefruit hop presence.

T - taste is okay, nothing special. Not very hoppy, more like a an APA. Faint hop taste here.

M - mouthfeel is okay, medium bodied

O - I wouldn't drink this again, and its really fresh. But for an introductory craft brew, it might be good

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Photo of Aschakes
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

It looks good, fresh and cloudy with flavor. Has the nice lacing on the glass as you drink it down. Smooth to drink however I was expecting more hops and taste with it. For friends that can't handle IPAs this is the one for them.

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Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot color with a low off-white head. Black polka dots of floating debris punctuate the view through the glass. Very faint aroma of sweet malt. Non complex flavor of fruity malt, cinnamon and some flowery hops. Finishes hoppier with some pine and orange peel. Bitter citrus lingers. Mouthfeel is highly carbed, very tingly.

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Photo of mwa423
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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
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