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: 1,246
Photo of M_J_Z
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Oblivion Taproom on 4/21/15. It was Randalled with mixed berries. Good stuff! I would have no problem ordering that again. It wasn't very hoppy or bitter and did have a pleasant aroma. I'm hoping to try an un-Randalled version at some point.

Nothing overly exciting to report here, but this beer did have a nice balance and quality. Solid 3.5-3.75 stars, IMO.

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Photo of McD0uche
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle of Indica into pint glass:

A: A medium, orange/yellow color with visible carbonation. A frothy head about one finger thick appears. Moderate retention with limited lacing.

S: Immediate smell of malts. Buttery caramel and citrus fragrances bubble up. Floral notes.

T: Light roasted caramel malts and strong hop flavor. Coffee notes on the side. Bitter aftertaste. There's some bite to this one.

M: Moderate to low carbonation. Good broadcasting of flavor, with a medium body and a pleasantly dry finish.

O: Lost Coast puts out an admirable IPA. I would definitely try this one out again.

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Photo of axisjones
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice off white head on top of a murky copper. There is a suspension of sediment throughout this beer. It is cloudy, but more like pouring some dirt in the glass. Not the prettiest looking beer.

The smell is utterly hoppy. Grapefruit and pine all the way, with more than a hint at the bitterness to come. This has a really strong aroma, I can smell it from about two feet away. Dig it!

On the first sip it pimp slaps you with bitterness. Straight up, in your face, the bitterness hits. It is juicy with definitely grapefruit and pine, just like the smell. The bitterness lingers long after the beer has been set down. Not at the IIPA level, but this is a pumped up IPA. Seriously, this bitterness really lingers a while.

The mouthfeel is a little chewy, a little slick and very smooth. Drinkable to the max, but don't expect your taste buds to notice subtley after a couple of these.

Picked up a sixer after all the Ganesh controversy. There entire line up is pretty good, this is no exception. A decent IPA, but for a northwest IPA, it doesn't meet the extremely stiff competition.

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Photo of deuschbag
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. weird labeled bottle poured into my mug. cloudy red (since it being unfiltered) with orange highlights with a nice white head that stays around for a while with no lacing. i smell some bitter hops along side some vodka and a little pine. the vodka scent really surprised me. the taste is bitter hops and piney. not too bad overall. i'd have another session of this while watching some good ol' hockey.

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Photo of geographie
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a slightly hazy, rich, copper orange. Very frothy white head fluffs itself and slowly caves in on itself.

sweet citrusy aroma with a nice bready body to it.

taste is sweet and sour and then quickly bitter. Notes of chai spices mellow out the sweet, medium sized front. Slights of ginger. Bitterness is wonderful, like a concentrated hop paste spread thinly in back, and roof of mouth (??) Lingers as long as you like. A whisky-like aftertaste.

Carbonation is light, and well appreciated - any more might mask some of these great flavors. Highly drinkable brew. Wish i bought a second!

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 silverevo9
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and apple juice type color. Getting aromas of fruits and melon...very tropical feel to it. Head is very nice. Nicely bitter, could be too much for some. I'm digging this. Pretty well done. Nicely balanced. Love the hopped up feel to this. Nothing really to criticize. Aromas are not overpowering but present. Something different about this IPA. Nothing to compare it too. Has its own nice identity. Gets better as it warms. This is a good deal for 3.99/bomber. Good brew!

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper and cloudy, slightly orange glow. Average head for an IPA, dissipates after about a minute, good lacing however -consistent on all sides of snifter

S- Citrus bonanza. Oranges and grapefruits, maybe a little pineapple

T- Citrus heavy to match the smell, again, grapefruits and oranges finishes with a bitter yet smooth vanilla,

M- Smooth, light in consistency but not in flavor

D- It's right down the middle of the line with this one. I can't really differentiate between this and a lot of other 'main stream' IPA choices. The hops are more fragrantly present than flavorfully, but it definitely has some bitter kick. I dunno, could throw back a few.

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Photo of TonyT
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass...

2 Finger head....laced down as drunk, with aemebic pattern.
Nice floral hop smell.

A hazy, dark gold colour.

The hop balance is nice, just enough to not be in your face. Hops hit in the front.

At first The malt follow-up is good...from middle and trail off quickly in the back.

...But the more I drink it, the more malts I taste, which start to take over the hop balance.

I would be interested to see what this tastes like from a tap.

This is a good beer, don't know if I'd buy a case...but I would definitely have this beer well as recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good beer. Citrusy and piney scent, not a very strong scent, but nice smell. The taste is surprisingly flavorful for not having a very strong scent. Piny, floral taste. Fresh hops taste. Above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation, not too thin, and flavor stays with you.

Overall, I agree with many of the other reviewers- this is a good middle of the pack IPA. Probably not something I would go and seek out to , find another, but I really enjoyed the one that I had and was grateful to have it.

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Photo of basscram
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into half liter mug. color is amber yellowish with a multitude of sediments floating inside the mug. head is very thin which quickly goes away

Smell is very strong grapefruit! Nice and spicy smelling. First sip goes all over the tongue and spices it up for ya! Taste is the same as the smell.
I'm pretty sure if Lost Coast wanted to hide some alcohol in it they could cause its so spicy!
As you sip on the beer, the jolt of hops subsides to a lesser degree but.. is still there so don't worry. Leaves a nice decoration on the side of the mug as you drink it too.
The beer is very drinkable I might add with all the flavors going on.

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Photo of rjochman
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an inch+ of white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. Smell gives you a lot of sweet citrus and malt. Has a balance between caramel malts and the sweet citrus flavors. Has medium body and medium carbonation. This beer is well balanced with the flavors, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Deerin
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle unknown date

Golden, orange. Semi opaque per the unfiltered brew. Soapy minimalist head. Looks good.
Smells like grass but with some kinda weirdness in it? Odd. Detecting some fairly muted typical WC hop notes.
Clean ale backbone with a layer of citrus hops laid over. I am really only detecting citrusy fruit, grapefruit, orange, what have you, fair bittetness. A little grassy?
Biting carbonation, lightish body, a little bit of syrupy thickness. Good

Not bad, a little funky, overall - tasty. It's got your expected West Coast hops charm.

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Photo of brewbasterd
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt golden color with a dirty white head and good lacing. Citrus and pine hops on the nose with a hint of spice and a sweet undertone. Some hints of fresh berry also. Toasted grains upfront with a bready quality, bitter on the back of the tounge but not overly hoppy, definately a little piney. Slighty watery mouthfeel, a little oily. Not a bad beer, one that can be enjoyed and not overwhelm the palate. Refreshing.

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Photo of bobjonesSD
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inidica from Lost Coast:

Pours a middling brown with a rather thin head. The aroma has some nice floral hop character but not so big. Taste leads with a touch of bitterness up front followed by another hint of the floral hops - no skunky or citrus notes to speak of. Overall a pretty standard IPA - could have gone for a bit of a drier style and stronger hops but given the price a good value choice. I would probably take the brown from the same brewery if shopping for value however.

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Photo of roller
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, fizzy reddish amber with a one-finger off-white head. The aroma isn't too strong, but is of sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is a caramel malt backbone with citrus rind bitterness that lingers. Grassy, oily hops in the finish. A hint of alcohol. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. This is a pretty good IPA with a nice hop profile. Would have again.

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Photo of imperialstout27
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A staple in my home - finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured into my Ruination pub glass.

A - Coppery orange color, and thick looking due to lots of yeast in suspension (the recent bottles I've had have fewer floaties - it used to have lots of chunky sediment). 2-finger head, and some foam sticks around until the glass is finished. Plenty of lacing as the glass drains.

S - Big citrus hop character. Grapefruit zest. Hops dominate the nose, with a hint of malt sweetness in there.

T - Great malt backbone with a nice assertive hop bitterness that's strong but not over the top. Give this brew a few minutes out of the fridge to come up to temperature and the malt flavors balance the hops very well. Lightly sweet with grapefruit and orange flavors. Alcohols are present but the hops bite harder.

MF - Comes off to me as a bit thicker than the average IPA, which I appreciate. Good body and well carbonated.

D - I routinely knock a couple of these back in quick succession, so no complaints here. Above average for the style.

Overall I find this brew to be very well balanced with a good level of malt to stand up to the hops.

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Photo of Surefire
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Lots of debris floating around in the beer. I know this is unfiltered beer, but the amount of junk in the beer is IMO out of line.

S: Hoppy, strong.

T: Hops galore. This beer puts hair on ones chest. Heavily focused on bitterness

M: Heavy body

D: Drinkable for its style...

Overall: Most likely a good beer for its style, but to me its way too bitter to be enjoyable. There isn't a lot of balance of flavors...

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella half pint glass

A-pours a light translucent gold with a thick frothy head. Beautiful lacing

S-hoppy, good bitter-sweet nose

T-good balance of roasted barley and caramel to counteract the hoppy bitterness. it opens smooth, the caramel and roast come through the middle and it finishes hoppy

M-has a very big mouthfeel almost like a porter. very chewy and full

D-another nice offering from Lost Coast. i enjoyed it

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Photo of queenboadicea
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok, I'll admit that I'm not the worlds biggest IPA fan. And I love beer. But there are limits to how bitter I like my hops, and the Indica blows right past those limits and into the outfield. It pours a nice rich amber brown with a darker color and larger head than I'm used to on most IPAs. But the first thing that hits your palate is the bitterness of the hops, to the point where I can't discern any other flavors in the beer. Nothin' but uber-bitter hops. After it warmed up a bit I was able to pick out some toast and caramel. But still overriding it all was that darned bitterness. Ahh well. A good beer, but definitely not my cup of tea. I like my IPAs better balanced.

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Photo of fattire513
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty good beer thought that it wasn't so strong as other IPA's I have tried. A lot smoother feel than most as well.
T: below average for an IPA but overall great beer

M: not very hoppy hence the smoother feel

D: I am drinking them as I speak. Definitely a good choice for a night at the house

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Photo of Kelz87
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into pub pint glass

L- hazy dark orange with good quick receding head, decent lacing and a white cap that stays with the beer

S- strong floral, some fruit (possibly stone fruit). I think it's a very great aroma

T- floral, some fruit, and maybe slightly herbal with a mild bitter after taste

M- average mouth feel, not thin, not thick, but average with mild carbonation

O- I think it's an awesome beer, i wish I had tried it sooner but I never heard of the brand so I held off. Today I finally took the leap and I'm glad I did. Awesome beer especially for the <$5 price of a craft brew

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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 kcr357
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at whole foods for 9 bucks a sixxer. Pours a golden copper color, very appealing. Foam is not thick, but finely bubbled and dense. Fades quickly.
Pine and citrus hit the nose immediately, there is an underlying sweet malt smell.
Tastes fantastic for a no name mod. price beer. Grapefruit, pine, and possibly oats. Nice bite, fairly bitter but not overwhelming.
Full bodied, bites the tongue.
Very drinkable for an IPA.
This is a fantastic example of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of missingsense
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/25/09

A: Slightly hazy medium amber, with a moderately sticky offwhite head. Lots of tiny bubbles allow for a good retention, even though I didn't pour as aggressively as usual.

S: Sweet caramel and pine from the hops, as well as raisin bread. Moderate citrus. The bready, biscuity malts balance things out nicely. Very pleasant smell.

T: Smooth, slightly berry-like sweetness upfront. Finishes with an above average hop flavor, but hops are pretty mellow compared with most IPAs.

M: Subtle oiliness and good carbonation. Finishes crisp and refreshing.

D: Quite sessionable for an IPA. Flavorful enough to entice the taste buds, with a sweet malt balance to really smooth things out. I could find myself returning to this pretty often. Well worth the $8 for the 6 pack.

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Indica India Pale Ale from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,246 ratings.
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