Lost Coast Brewery & Café - Indica IPA
- Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 60
- Serving Temperature: 45-50°F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Pale, C-15, C-75, Dextrin
- Hops: Apollo, Bravo, Chinook, Cascade
Pouring an attractive golden copper color with a large crop of sticky, glass-coating foam, this IPA is certainly a looker. The aroma notes are quite unabashedly West Coast in style with big, bold notes of Pacific Northwest hops. As assertive as they are, to us there’s a certain soft quality to them as well, with the citric notes (think orange, grapefruit, tangerine) and touches of pine joining with floral notes to greet, rather than assault, the nose. Underneath the hops, look for a fairly robust core of light caramel malt which, on the palate, forms a sturdy, mouth-filling stage onto which the hop flavors can take the spotlight. Hopped with the super high alpha acid Apollo and Bravo varietals, Indica weighs in at a very firm 60 IBUs, but the malt core offers a pleasant counter with its caramel tones, hint of toast, and mild residual sweetness. Nevertheless, the hop flavors are front and center; expect dominant floral and candied citric notes along with a touch of a faintly cannabinoid pine-like herbal quality. We found this brew a nice accompaniment to lemon-soaked whitefish. Cheers!
Though Humboldt County in Northern California may be well-known to some people as the primary home of California’s grey-market cash crop, cannabis, it’s also home to a sophisticated beer culture and plays host to a number of fine breweries and brewpubs. Lost Coast Brewery & Café is one such establishment, and is also notable for being a woman-owned brewery – unusual (but refreshing) in the brewing industry, which is often regarded as a man’s world.
Lost Coast’s story begins in 1986 when founders Barbara Groom and Wendy Pound were bit by the brewing bug and set out on the path to own their own brewery. Years of intensive homebrewing and education ensued. Groom formally studied brewing at UC Davis as well as Chicago’s famed Siebel Institute, and the pair traveled to Britain to visit dozens of pubs across England and Wales. After quitting their day jobs (Groom was a pharmacist and Pound a family counselor), in 1989 they purchased an historic building dating from the late 1800s to serve as their brewpub location in Arcata, CA. They spent the remainder of 1989 and the first half of the next year renovating the building, known as Pythian Castle (the former local home of The Fraternal Order of the Knights of Pythias), and installing brewing equipment. Finally, in July 1990, Lost Coast Brewery & Café opened to the public. 1990 proved an excellent time to open a brewery as the American craft brewing renaissance was on the cusp of building up a massive head of steam. Lost Coast grew strong and steady, and by 2000 their brewing operations had outgrown the Pythian Castle location. A larger building was acquired nearby in Eureka, CA to house a larger brewing system.
To learn more about the brewery, their brewpub, or their very solid lineup of beers, visit them at www.lostcoast.com or give ‘em a ring at 707-445-4484. And, if you’ve ever considered a drive along the northern California coast (Route 101), do it. The mixture of gorgeous ocean views and awe-inspiring redwood forests is amazing, and when you reach Eureka you can enjoy the inviting atmosphere, great food, and well-crafted beer of Lost Coast Brewery.
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