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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: 577 | Ratings: 1,235
Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/gold colour with a massive beige head. There appears to be an average amount of carbonation. There is some fantastic lacing, and the head lasted for several minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - Hops, pine, citrus notes, malts, and a honey sweetness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation, not watery all, medium bodied flavour consisting of hops, malts, a honey sweetness. It isn't overly bitter, and it finishes with a hoppy sugary aftertaste.

Drink - Wish my bottle had a freshness date on it - but it still seems like a pretty good beer to me. However I find myself wishing it was a bottle of Sierra Nevada...

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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 ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" chunky tan head over the brown brew, which seems dark for the style, but that's ok. Head exhibits good staying power, and excellent lacing. Aroma is fruity, citrusy, piney hops, which is just as it should be. Taste is pretty sweet for an AIPA, but the hops kick it in pretty quick. A bit over the top on the hops bitterness, but that's pretty much what we expected here as well. All in all, tastes different from the norm, but they work here. Mouthfeel and drinkability both great, an excellent representative of the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden copper with a dense, pillowy, cream head.

Grain, floral hops, citrus, bready malt, and light catty notes form the aroma. Far more floral hop dominance than expected.

Flavor follows suit, with floral hops segueing into a malty, toasted, bready backbone that tends to dominate. Muted citrus adds a nuance of complexity heading into the bitter, resiny finish.

Body and carbonation are moderate, and there's a bit of astringency present.

I expected more flavoring hops. Fairly malty in balance. The floral hops are a welcome change from typical dank, piney, citrus characters. Overall, it's more bitter than I prefer, and somewhat lacking.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a frothy off-white head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing. Aroma is mainly citrusy and floral hops (more citrus than floral), along with caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly citrusy (grapefruit, orange), floral and pine hops and also some bread and caramel malt. There's also a nice bitter finish that lingers around a bit. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick/oily and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think it's a decent overall brew, I'd drink it again in the future.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottleneck says 3/30/12.

A- Pours a caramel color with a 1/4 inch head that retains a bit before landing at a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly sheet of surface foam. Thin, sticky lacing.

S- Mild hop aroma with a sweet maltiness being the main attraction. The hops that are there are more earthy than citrusy.

T- Good balance of malt to hops with the former ultimately winning the battle. Again, more of a cereal grain/caramel sweetness coming from the malts with bitterness being present but not powerful. Touches of alcohol here and there but mostly mellow.

M- Mild bite from the hops plus medium carbonation and a solid body. Hop oils lay on the tongue in the aftertaste which leads to a slick feel.

O- Very good, although I remember it being a bit hoppier when I first had it. I chalk that up to it not being terribly fresh. Still, quite tasty and very sessionable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber color with mild carbonation and a thin, white head across the top.

S - Caramel malt, sweet citrus, and orange. Mildly fruity. The "fruit factor" reminds me of a Nugget Nectar on a smaller scale. (Dare I say?)

T - Toasted caramel, citrus hops, a mildly juicy palette. One dimensional.

M - Medium body, moderately clean finish.

D - O.K.

I'm a huge fan of IPA's and thids one did absolutely nothing for me. I will try this again at a later date because I will chalk this one up to perhaps a bad keg, unclean tap line, or something else. People seem to really like this beer so I'll give it another o[pportunity.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks to be bottled 12/13/11 so at least 2 months old

A - A clear amber brown, bubbly foam with 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells pretty hoppy with levels of citrus and pineapple hops but not too bitter with a sweet malty base.

T - The caramel biscuit malts are very balanced with the hop profile which is mild but overall tasty.

M - Light to medium a good drinking IPA.

Overall it's a good IPA and I would consider getting it again.

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

Let me start off by saying they quit making this when they were sued for their label so not sure how old this is but it seemed pretty fresh...

Hazy bronze color with a full pillowy beige head, lots of suspended sediment, low carbonation, and decent lace. Good hoppy, light citrus hop aromas .. certainly would think similar flavors ...not. Good balance but more hoppy than malty; a big American IPA but pure bitterness outweighs any citrus character. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a nice long lasting lightly bitter finish.

Per label: "Unfiltered"

Per BOM club: 57 IBU. 6.5% ABV.
Malts: Pale and Caramel (2 varieties).
Hops: Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a one-and-a-half finger head with good retention and a permanent, thick filmy foam covering my beer the entire time. Color was a deep, cloudy browned orange peel. There was a lot of yeast sediment. Which I found a little strange for an IPA.

Smell- Breday with a good balance of muted American hops that gave the aroma a very citrusy/floral nuance.

Taste- Lots o' bitter bread with hints of lilacs in the flavor profile. The American Northwest hops definetly stand, but don't snap with bitterness. This is a good thing. Nontheless, theres is something issing from this IPA that would really thrust it into that category better. I just can't put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel- Bitter, of course, ith some west coast, hippiesh bread notes. Lets not forget soem earthy yeast flavors hitting the center and sides of the tongue.

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Produced some white froth and lace.

(S)- A citrus laden heap (lemon/lime) with bits of pine.

(T)- Plenty of caramel malt with pine and citrus; straightforward.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a decent balance. Good hop profile.

(D)- A run of the mill IPA. Nothing extraordinary, but still good and tasty.

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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 jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft. orange copper in color, a bit hazy. white head. easy drinking IPA, good balance. not too bitter. medium mouthfeel and crabonation level.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Random grab in Philly.

A- This IPA pours into my pint glass with a very slightly hazy dark orange-amber body. A frothy and creamy white head forms to about a finger in size. Head retention is above average. Nice webs of lace all around the glass.

S- A blast of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) hops off the top along with zesty, tropical fruit, pine and floral hints. Some sweet caramel malts also in there give this a bit of a candied apricot/peach feel.

T- The main thing I get from this beer is a fruity overall hop feel and some caramel malts. I like the candied apricot thing because I think the malts and hops form a flavor somewhere in between like this. Hops in this beer give notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, apricot, peach, pine and general floral hints. Clean American Ale yeast it seems.

MF- Body is pretty much right where most other IPAs are. Lighter end body with a creamy, silky overall consistency. Carbonation is foamy and at a high-end level. Clean bitter finish.

Fairly solid IPA with a fruity and citrus overall feel.

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Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold colour with a small white head. Some head retention but nothing amazing.

Quite a mild hop aroma. Slightly subdued pine and orange notes. Fine but very run of the mill.

Very clean with a light malt profile. Lacking a bit in hops, the bitterness is okay but the hop flavour is muted with just a hint of grapefruit and pine.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A run of the mill West Coast IPA. It ticks most of the boxes but it doesn’t excite. Funnily enough this was better in the bottle.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bit of this on tap at the Oldsmar TapHouse in Florida this past February & recalled it fondly, so we picked up a lone bottle when passing through Wisconsin. Here's to some fine memories!

Pours classic IPA with a growling, howling head of white that leaves a bath-ring around the pint glass. Smells nice, another IPA standby, sharp hops & sweet undergarments.

Indica is a touch too balanced for my taste, but good nonethelss. The hops lean towards the soapy end of things, again not in my wheelhouse, with pine tar (forgive me, George Brett) ascendant. The malt comes on a bit strong, interfering with my attempt to mainline some hops into my belly.

Good beer. I don't have any particularly strong reaction in either direction, this is a solid IPA with nothing to sneeze at & nothing to rave about.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head. There's some yeast suspended in the beer. Head slowly recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top, and the lacing is pretty decent.

Smells very good. There's a good amount of citrus, but the bitter smell is even more robust. There's a sweet malt smell that's noticeable, but it pales when compared to the hop fragrances.

Taste is good. Light citrus taste followed by a good deal of bitterness. Much like the smell, the malty taste really doesn't have much of a presence. The bitter taste lingers just a little too long.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit too much and it doesn't go down as smooth as it could. Still pretty good overall though.

Drinkability is good. The tastes aren't extremely well-balanced, but it's still a good-tasting beer.

Overall this is a solid IPA, but it's not spectacular. It's more on the bitter side than a lot of IPA's, so if you're hankering for a little more bitterness check this one out.

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Photo of Rutager
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Cloudy orange-amber with a finger of off white bubbly head.

Smell. Pineapple, caramel malt, a little spicy hops.

Taste. Substatial caramel grainy malt, some apples and sweet citrus, a little bitter citrus hops but not much lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Tasted like an old bottle but there was no way to tell as the date was not marked ...even though the months and years were along the side of the label. Not bad, but not too remarkable ...aside from the kick-ass name and label anyways!!!

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its disinterment from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a lightly hazed amber color with the head piled high on the body, the texture semi-creamy and bright white in color, after its desiccation a nice velum like sheet of lace forms on the glass. Nose is hop floral, backed by sweet malt, citrus crisp and quite a pleasant beer to sniff, start is nicely malted and a bit sweet with the top middling in its feel. Finish is delightfully hopped, and the acidity moderate, quite dry and real treat for lovers of hops.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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 AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Stamped 20 December 2011.

A: Huge head billows over the edges. Clearish golden amber.

S: Big and fruity. Softly bitter.

T/M: Competent and very drinkable. Still, not very flavorful. A bit flat. Pleasant fruit is the main component of the taste, with a touch of hops on the barely dry aftertaste.

O: Slightly above average, I suppose. I'd drink it again, and it's pretty inexpensive.

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

Draught pint at The Swiss, served in a shaker, Indica IPA is brassy orange with a very creamy light sand head, a bit frothy though with a few large bubbles that don't budge, almost soap foam like if not for the color. Huge lace is the result, a great pattern as well as texture.

Smell is pretty aggressive, generic west coast hop profile. Sweeter, with some spicy citrus. Got dry hops?

Taste is on the sweeter, malty side, lots of low to mid color crystal, but a firm bitterness and bread note providing balance. Not as much hop flavor as the nose, mostly citrus, but some pine as well, probably amarillo's.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium body, but the slickness of the hop oils makes it slide down with ease.

Drinkability is good, a solid west coast IPA that I think is under-appreciated, at least here in the PNW. LIke most in the region, however, the bitterness builds and will slow extreme sessions (not to mention the ABV). This is one of the fresher tasting examples I've had (which IIRC have only been bottles), a pleasant surprise at a taphouse heavy on regional brews. I'm really shocked with how I've ended up scoring this serving, it lives up to the cool logo (even though I generally eschew cartoon labels).

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle w/Indian food. Poured by waiter in frosted mug :-(.

Golden pour with fluffy white head. Smell of sweet citrus, hints of honey, and a good bit of floral notes mixed in with that citrus. A light sweet citrus flavor with excellent aromatics mingling with the flavor. Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Solid brew that I really enjoyed before the food arrived.

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Photo of Pencible
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy rusted copper color with off-white head. It smelled like evenly mixed very sugary caramel malt and floral hops. It tasted like sweet caramel malt and honey balanced with a mix of very bitter pine and floral hops, and a hint of apple. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation and had a strong bitter aftertaste. This was a well balanced and drinkable beer with a clean flavor that got right in your face but was a bit shallow. Overall it was very flavorful although not so subtle, resulting in a better than average but not outstanding beer.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking orange colored body with a creamy, but short off-white head that produces some nice strands of lace.

Outstanding citrus scent fills the nose. Orange, grapefruit and mango with some malt sweetness.

Yum. Generously hopped indeed. Again, lots of citrus with a little bit of a pine presence. There is some bitterness, but it is kept in check by some malt sweetness. Very fresh and bright tasting.

Medium bodied, soft and lightly prickly carbonation. Very smooth, with that palate drying hop finish.

A very impressive IPA. I could tip back a few of these on a warm weathered day unlike today. Highly recommend this bad boy.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,235 ratings.
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