Indica India Pale Ale | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Indica India Pale AleIndica India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States
lostcoast.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,251
Reviews:
583
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
177
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,251 |  Reviews: 583
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy head that settles lumpily. It leaves spotty lace on the glass. Cloudy with an orange-amber color.

First impression on the smell: Creamsicle followed by a mild floral hop smell. There's a distracting metal smell.

This is a traditional American IPA in every way. It starts off an amber tasting malt, but the hop comes in slowly but in a pronounced way. Good aftertaste that lasts. The body is as one would expect. Overall, a great example of the typical A-IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 drewone
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy and hazy orange amber with a thick frothy white head. Head lingered for a bit with some decent lace. Lots of noticeable carbonation. Smell was highly hopped as one would expect, but also had some spiceness to it. Nutmeg, maybe and some fruitiness.

The taste was very complex. Wasn't the upfront hop attack I expected but rather a more mellow and thouroghly mixed blend of spices and malts. Don't get me wrong the hops are definaltly there but not overwhlming. Grapefruit and Pineapple flavors with a hint of pine. But the real story is the balance. Very well balanced with huge flavors. This was very enjoyable, and suprised I had not had this before as I had passed it many times on the shelf. Definatly a good call!!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Lightly hazed amber with a white head that dissappears almost immediately + leaves spots o' lace.

S -Citrus with a good amount of of malt accents.

M - Med body + carbonation w/ slightly sweet middle and bitter hoppy finish.

T - A sweet cascade taste w/ a goodly amount of bitterness. A basic American IPA that is not too strong. The tastes seems tame compared to some other west coast Ipa's. More emphasis on bitterness than hop flavor especially in the finish.

D - A decent balanced Ipa for the most part. Very drinkable, but finishes on the acidic side. I would try this one again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a thick, off-white head from the initial pour on this one. The nose was strongly of grapefruit. The color was an opaque yellowish-brown. The first sip asserted the hoppiness and the hoppy flavor was overt throughout its consumption. It had a decent mouthfeel and the finish stood as a reminder of its hops. There was simply no question that this was a decent, if not great, IPA.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Inidica IPA appears a butterscotch shade of orange. The liquid is translucent, with a thick head that cakes the glass in lacing. Aromas include grapefruit, and resinous pine, with malt lurking as well. The beer has a very earthy flavor and feel. I wish the hop character was bolder, but then again, I like my hops. It's well balanced, rather than predominantly hop forward. This is definitely not what I expected from a California IPA, but it's not bad. I would like to try this beer on draft, when it's incredibly fresh. Overall, the flavor is well balanced, and this is pretty easy to drink. Good stuff.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have an IPA which ultimately is greater than the sum of its parts. Has an appearance which one would expect for an IPA, and the aroma suggests that it will be maltier/sweeter than most 'big' IPAs. After the first sip you do get a big sugary sweet taste but the piney hops introduce themselves in the finish. Not overly complex, bitter, or strong. Still, I rather like it. Good for a time you might be looking for an IPA that won't knock you upside the head with hops.

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Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.64/5  rDev -4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a deep amber hazed hue very dark for an IPA looking like a barleywine, the nice sized cream head leaves behind nice webbed lacing. Aroma: Grapefruit scented hops acohol and fruit infused, piney and bread like full and complex aromatics very nice. Taste: Full barrage of hop bitterness bringing the hops to the table, there's a bready malt character, and alcohol rushing the palate. Hops are earthy and piney in flavor very nice warming big IPA. Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy with a medium to full body this beer has come to wallop on the palate nice job Lost Coast. Drinkability: Despite all of the complex in your face flavor and big body this beer is really enticing I would like another, alcohol sure seems higher than 6.5.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper brown. Nose is floral and sweet. Tastes is a nice clean hop character with a little malt shining through. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. Not a bad beer after having tried some of LCBs lighter offerings, but it leaves me wanting a little something different.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. No obvious bottle dating that I can see.

A real nice color and body. A slightly opaque body with real nice orange amber hues, and visible very small rising carbonation. Head makes three fingers and holds for quite some time with a nice cap. Off white head and three fingers deep.

Nose is highly biscuity with a good soft complimenting but muted hop. Hints a soft tropical fruit like an overripe mango, but still a little buried. Quite a neat profile.

Palate comes off juicy but quite wet. Muted crispness and some nice hop fruit punch like sweetness in the mid palate. Quite playfully spritzy carbonated with a nice malt sweetness also. Aftertaste is very short and fleeting, but manages a little bit of pine and resin like quality.

Overall it's got an interesting palate, but feels extremely muted and wet. It's very easy drinking, but this I am guessing will not really appeal to hop head masses. I do enjoy this fruit punch quality though.

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Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours Almond,cloudy,with orange/rust hues. White,creamy,dense head,leaving a ton o' world class lacing and with excellent retention. Spicy, minty nose. The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of this fine brew. Creamy, coating, sticky and lucious. Mighty nice hopping, spicy,piney,citric. Long hop laden finish. Seek this one out, cheers!

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 BEER88
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,251 ratings.
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