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

Indica India Pale Ale
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Style: American IPA, ABV: 6.50 %
Reviewed @ E Street JB, 5/1/09
Draft>pint glass

A 4.0 - Golden orange honey in color, good head with some minor lace sticking around.
S 4.0 - Evident hop aroma but smooth
T 4.5 - Semi sweet for an IPA, citrus/grapefruit hoppyness. I dig this one for a "sweeter" malty IPA.
MF 4.0 - Medium body, medium+ carbonation.
D 4.5 - Almost a 5.0 on drinkability for me, I really dig this IPA. Semi sweet and has an excellent taste gong on.

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

Mud caked orange sludge with a medium sized creamy yellow stained head. Broken rings of stringy sheets lace the glass.

Raw and pungent dark orangey hops with a moderate pine sap aroma takes up a medium wiffing strength. Nice toffee touch of sweet caramel-like candy sits underneath.

Taste has lovely balance in the front and middle with orange and grapefruit flavors and chewy toffee smoothness. Pine grabs and bitterness tugs a bit more on the trailing end with a loose, wild flow. Late finish sets a slightly more brighter tone of bitterness and an addition to a bit of toasty bread crusts and hop heat.

Good medium body with a smooth transition of hops and caramel. mild toned yet active bitterness and citric slices in with some slight hop heat in the back of the throat late in the finish.

A well balanced IPA; both sweet and hoppy with both interchanging the smooth drinkability to a course of acceptable levels on all scales.

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

This one pours an apricot color that's cloudy with sediment. Good head retention. The C's fill the aroma with pine and citrus. The taste is initially hoppy but as it warms the malts come through with fruit to balance the piney hops... at least until the finish where the hops retake the beer. The carbonation is lively at first, but the mouthfeel is creamy. It's a shame Lost Coast stopped making this stuff, especially since this is the first time I've bought a six-pack.

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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 jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orangeish amber with a tan head that thins and stays. Traces of trailing lace sticks.

The smell is grapefruity, piney/resiny and spicy/herbal. A nice, complex American hop aroma.

The taste is of intense hops - piney, especially - held together by a caramel/toffee backing that rounds out the strong bitterness. It has a sharp bite to it.

The body is on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Pretty chewy with ample carbonation.

A hoppy, but rounded, IPA for sure! Get your hop fix here!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/amber color with a cloudy appearance due to the nice size yeasties floating around. The head is a tan color foamy head. The body is medium. On the nose there are vigorous spicy hop aromas as well as caramel malts. On the palate there is a sharp hop flavor, spicy, caramel malt, slightly sweet, tangy, bitterness, orange notes, apple notes in there, as well as pineapple. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and sharp as it glides down. Overall this was a very good IPA…

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Photo of nomad
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark reddish brown color, strange for an IPA. Had a thin foam head that retained extremely well through the whole session. Also thick slow lace, and compact and extensive lattice-shaped stain - only a gentle pour created such impressive results.

Smelled of easy and comforting grapefruit and pine scents, especially the latter, as both are full and real with a nice tone to them. Sweet rosy malts behind them. Altogether, smelled like a beautiful flower blooming with hops scents and an ounce of sweetness to round it out. Captivating.

Taste was very bitter, with punishing, totalizing, earthy bitters, but doing so with a flavor as dark as its unique color. After the initial adjustment I could taste the more refined floral, grapefruit, and base-like bitterness. Took some time to find the malt, but it was a tasty rosy sweet like barley. An unbalanced beer but still quite appetizing, as the finish goes on forever – alternating from dry to juicy to chalky to rosy. At times the finish can seem a bit burdensome but at least its complex. (burp tastes like the nose).

Moderately thick mouthfeel but nevertheless drinkable, quite a brew once the initial shock is over. I'm a fan of Indica (and sativa).

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Photo of Berticus
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA so far.
When comparing it to the snake bite ipa from Flying dog it has...
Better Aftertaste because of a smoother finish
The head retention isn't as good but the color is a bit darker and more appealing.
It is an overall great drinking experience with all kinds of interesting notes.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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 BigPlay1824
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very hazy bright golden color with a ton of carbonation bubbles and two fingers of fluffy off white, verging on tan colored head that is creamy and lingers very nicely, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: very nice floral hop notes with just a slight citrus hop note on the tail end
T: pretty delicious, bright taste, begins with the very nice floral hops which then lend way to the citrus hops, floral hops linger on the palate long afterwards
M: pretty aggressive carbonation tingle in the front then drinks kind of creamily, leaves the mouth feeling noticeably dry and sticky
O: much better than i recall it being, very nice clean taste, floral hops really take the attention, quite drinkable, lost coast did well here

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Photo of Naerhu
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I carried this back to Japan from my weekend trip to California. I just had to buy it considering that this was the brewery that was sued by that f**king dork who claimed that the lable defamed his religion.

A - Nice opaque red/amber body with a small white head and mobs of lacing.
S - Gobs of pine with a bit of citrus with nice caramel maltyness.
T - Nice upfront bitterness, that comes back mid-palate and trails of for an nice finish. Nice bit of yeastyness mixed in with a rich bready malt. The hops flavors are floral and sappy. Yummy.
M - This has to be bottle condition, it is so smooth and with perfect carbonation.
D - This is boardering on DIPA, but non the less is easy drinking and delish!

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Photo of henrysunset
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

decent head of tiny bubbles, cloudy but rich red.
sweet hoppy aroma, not overwhelming.
taste is nice, noticeable maltiness with a balanced floral quality. Very enjoyable not-overwhelming IPA.
not too thin or thick, pleasent mouthfeel, leaves a nice mild flavor in the mouth.
very drinkable IPA. Would enjoy several if given the chance. The sweetness would eventually get me.

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze hued, mostly obstructed by large floating globs. Eggshell head endures as a film.
Toasty, earthy and piney aromas. This is what the forest floor smells like.
Begins toasty, leading towards chocolatey. Thick caramel sweetness and doughy bread. Smokiness and earthen qualities appear. Hopping is deviously bitter- resinous, piney and lightly metallic. Fruitiness lurks below, as the malt heft vies for control.
Think chocolate-coated caramelized peaches drenched in pine sap.
Sturdy and full in the mouth.
Fairly unique for the style, somewhat akin to a India Brown Ale.
Quite a flavorful quaffer and all-around well done.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Derek
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, off-white/tan head, good retention.

S: Plenty of piney hops!

T: Plenty of pine, toffee, good bitterness (not overly assertive), mild fruity esters, pronounced bitter aftertaste.

M: Body is heavier than moderate, creamy & somewhat acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: I like it a lot, though it may not be for the uninitiated.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appears a nice orange color with lots of unfiltered particles. Long lasting white head leaves behind nice lacing. Smells are primarily citrus, but with some pine and caramel hints. Tastes of grapefruit, with some maltiness and a good pine kick to its finish. Very smooth with a solid body. Quite a drinkable beer, though some of the unfilteredness may scare some away.

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

Tremendous presentation from Indica, laying out two fluffed fingers of bone-white froth atop an orange-golden body. Dense lacing rings the trusty Yankees pint glass--outstanding. Hops emerge more in the taste than the smell, which is nicely balanced by malt. It's a good nose, nicely citrused, but not as prominent as somewhat bolder IPAs.

Hops protrude in the taste quite nicely, though not too densely. I'm impressed with the balance with the malt, making it smoother than many good, hopped IPAs. But not too much so. Seemingly in alternating sips, the malt yields ground to a hearty belt of hops--grapefruit, orange, and plenty of spice--ginger and a dash of pepper. Very nicely done.

The hop-and-malt duet make this a fantastic mouthfeel, negotiating a fine balance while providing a delicious, easily drinkable brew. Excellent. Not the biggest and boldest IPA by any means, but one well worth enjoying.

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

Bottle-conditioned. Hazy with suspended sediment, dark orange-copper. Khaki-colored, creamy, sticky head with good lacing. Sugary cake batter splashed with spiced rum greets the nose along with an undeniable, very resinous, spicy hop backing. Sweet, sugary malts (but not too sweet) up front. Resiny hops come in early and taste great--spruce sap and bitter flowers. Yum. Good balance too, with more malt presence than most West coast IPAs I've had. Finish is bitter with lingering syrupy malt. Full-bodied ale with a chewy, creamy feel. Very nicely done.

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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 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 mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date - served slightly chilled in a nonic. It pours a hazy dark brown with a bit of red shining through. It's topped with a 2 finger tan head that is chunky and leaves lots of lacing and rings on the glass. The aroma is very malty and hoppy - fresh biscuits with citrus and other fruits in the background. The malts are very flavorful - like I'm chewing on barley - and there is a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The biscuit, caramel, and molasses flavors meld perfectly with the citric/piney hops. Lots of malts for an IPA, but it is delicious.

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Photo of salvo
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber/apricot orange under a small head that dissipated quickly. Nose has a surprising sweetness with tropical fruit esters of subtle pineapple and mango: both were of the dried and sweetened kind of fruit rather than fresh. Citrus, earthy, grassy hops balanced with biscuit sweet and bitter malts.

The taste is astoundingly rich and complex: starts with a rush of sweet biscuit malt and quickly bitters and dries with astringency, and offers a long, warming bitter finish. The fruit esters are only hints on the tongue, and as it warms, more tea-like bitterness arrives on the mid-palate. Tears at the back of the throat with wonderful bitterness.

Perhaps I'm giddy to find a match for my palate tonight after two rare, unfortunate drain pours, but I'm going to seek this one out again, and I hope to find it on tap somewhere soon.

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

Pours a hazy deep orange with a nice froth on top that sticks around leaving nice globs of lace,grapfruit in a big way hits the nose with a little pine thrown in hops hops and more hops.Taste is more balanced nice firm caramel malt base before the big rush of pine needles hit,this is a pretty bold beer big malt big dose of hops wich I expected.Only 6.5% alc goes down easier as I drink more,I see a headache tommorow morning I have five more.

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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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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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