Review: Indica, Lost Coast Brewery

Lost Coast Brewery — Eureka, CA

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  6.5%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  None.

Random thoughts:   Indica IPA has been around for almost 10 years, and it's still available.  However, Lost Coast doesn't even feature Indica on its website.  Very unusual.  This is part of my Ode to IPA Day series

The tasting:  Copper in color, hazy, with a frothy white head that dissipated very slowly.  It looks great!  I noticed lots of particles floating in suspension—I don't recall seeing this in an IPA.  Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malt, and light piney hops.  I was surprised that  sweet malt dominated the aroma—usually hops are front and center in this style.  In flavor, the caramel malt and brown sugar again dominate, but are balanced by piney and grapefruit hops.  Indica is medium bodied, but still has a prickly, effervescent mouth feel. It finishes with sweet malt and lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I'd drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Indica is an unusual IPA because it leans toward the malty side and is sweeter than most.  I enjoyed it more at the beginning of the drink, as the sweetness was wearing on me towards the end.  If you're looking for an IPA that isn't overly hopped and leans toward malt, give Indica a try.

Have you tried Indica or any other Lost Coast brews?  What are your favorites?

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