Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice

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Reviews: 264
Hads: 849
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-05-2007

At Left Coast Brewing Co. we pride ourselves on being one of the pioneers of Double IPA style craft beer. This hop monster uses Premium American 2– Row and a touch of light crystal malt to create a solid malt foundation. Five different Hop Varieties are used in the Hop Juice. It spends two weeks dry hopping in fermenter contributing to its great hop aroma. Starts out sweet and finishes with the crisp bitterness of a Double IPA. This drinkable blend will have you HOPPING till nights end.
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Reviews: 264 | Hads: 849
Reviews by Brianjames16:
Photo of Brianjames16
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very hazy orange color with a fluffy white one finger head on top. Thin lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

S- Nice big aroma of pines, citrus, bread and alcohol. Very hoppy smell !

T- Nice balance of strong hops, citrus and malts. Bitterness from the hops hangs around for a while. Great IPA for hop lovers.

M- Light/medium body coats the mouth. The beer is smooth and refreshing despite its power.

O- Nice IPA if your strictly looking for a hop bite that has good drinkability. (497 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of ggroller
1.42/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks good in the glass. Plenty of foamy/ rocky head. No hops in the nose. None. Zero. Smell of dirty feet instead. Took a sip and I can't taste any hops either. Maybe it's an old bottle but I don't think so. It's super hot/ boozy. I can hardly get this one down. What a huge disappointment. (291 characters)

Photo of nilesschmidt
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

Drain Pour (10 characters)

Photo of RockyRaku
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice. Poured from bottle to a round glass. Very nice copper color, clear in the light. The nose is bread like and a hint of alcohol. The head was creamy…thick when poured and thinned out with some lacing on the glass. The taste was powerful, but not mind blowing. Hoppy, floral notes...herbs and some spiciness and again a taste of alcohol. Very clean, but long lasting mouth feel with a dry finish. (401 characters)

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of SBarbeerian
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pint 6oz bottle. Clear golden orange color with a tan head. Larger bubbles & decent lacing.
Malts & fruit in the nose; mildly citrussy, some tropical fruit, little grass.
Taste: sweet, malty & fruity. Hops on the mellow side, especially for a double IPA from SD county, kingdom of hoppy beers. Would expect "Hop Juice" to pack more of a punch as far as hops are concerned. Mild by DIPA standards, but a good beer. I'd gladly drink another pint, but would push it aside for most other SD county DIPAs. Cheers mates. (529 characters)

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Beaver13
2.44/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a smallish bubbly white head the goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits and some floral hops and some stinkiness.

The flavor is some sweet malts followed by an almost minty hoppiness that is combined with tropical fruits. The result is kind of strange. It has quite a bit of bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, this was much better when I had it on tap at Falling Rock. On tap it was more of a solid traditional DIPA with no mint and tropical fruits. (623 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Beerswag
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of lionnusmb
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours cloudy dark apricot amber, eggshell head, leaving fine sheeting and lace. Citric and piney hop nose. Respectable hoppy ale. A bit on the dissappointing side, but that likely due to the high anticiation factor that is de riguer for a San Diego area DIPA. Grapefruit, pine, juicy hop notes and lupulin goodness. A bit on the astrigent side as others have complained of. Nothing spectacular, but still a worth trying offering from LCBC. Though I admit, I'd likely go for a differant all star of the style if given the choice. (563 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

Pours a yellowish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus with some pine. This is what a beer like this is supposed to smell like. The flavor is orange citrus hops with a little pine mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (286 characters)

Photo of talbotjf99
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mattster
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Opened 22 fluid ounce bomber bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Pours an interesting "head" that is rather low, yet seems to form bubbles in suspension just under surface of the brew (I've never seen this before). Brew is a hazy amber color.

Smell is of hops - much lighter than other DIPAs that I've tried. Taste improves on hops with slight citrus notes - but beer is no where near as hoppy as name would imply. Finish is OK, but not balanced with the 9.4% ABV (as listed on bottle). It almost taste like someone has poured some vodka in my beer - but I know this has not happened because there is no one else here. I'm not weak - I've had DIPAs (even DFH 120) and never tasted as much alcohol.

Unfortunately, not all beers can be great. (740 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version of Oggi's Hop Juice. Pours hazy orange-gold with a foamy white head. Sticky lacing. Nice, grapefruit-laden aroma with pine and grass. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Rich, resiny flavor up front that is rapidly followed by grapefruit and mango. Very tart and bitter. Caramel malt smoothes it out a little, giving it a slight biscuit flavor. The bitterness never really goes away, nor does the resiny goodness. Almost as good out of the bottle as the tap. (462 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 1” off-white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas include malt, biscuit, grass, grapefruit rind, citrus and earth.
T: It enters the mouth with rich malt, biscuit, fruit, and finishes with an assertive but not harsh bitterness. the flavors grow as the beer warms with anise and raisin emerging. The bitterness has a tonic quality.
F: Medium body and above average carbonation. O: Someone who want a Manhattan but doesn’t want to bother mixing a drink will be happy with this instead. (549 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
2.15/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A clear amber body with a touch of haze throughout the beer. A half inch high head that sticks around, eventually leaving sticky webs of lacing down the glass. Very pretty beer.

Although that's where the fun stops...

This beer has some pleasant floral notes and I also smell some banana peel. The hot alcohol is present in the nose and only becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Whatever is here that is pleasant is overshadowed and dominated by the strong smell of hot alcohol.

This beer is a bitter, bitter beast. While I do love a bitter monster, (Port Hop 15 comes to mind) this one is decidedly unpleasant. Starts highly bitter, and then the beer moves into a very unpleasant place dominated by alcohol harshness and high astringency.

Relatively thick mouthfeel.

I did not enjoy this beer. It's a bitter beast, but tastes and smells of burning alcohol. Unpleasant.

I drank this beer a few years ago and drain-poured it with many similar complaints. I wanted to revisit it again to give it another chance, but the beer has not improved, and after enjoying so many DIPAs since, this one actually seems even worse now than it did then. It's not for me. (1,204 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy copper amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big hop forward aroma of grass, citrus, and pine with some bready malt backing. Rich and juicy hops upfront with herbal and grassy hints along with some pine resin spice. Citrus hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Bready malt sweetness with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, toffee, and yeast. A juicy and wet smell.

Taste: Lives up to the aroma with a sharp and ripe taste of big hops and sweet malt. Big bitter hop taste with earthy notes of grass, pine resin, and citrus fruit. Citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, mango, and lemon. Also some herbal and floral hop notes. Solid sweet bready malt background with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, toffee, and yeast. Very hop forward, lush, and bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very oily, juicy, and bitter. Starts somewhat sweet and finishes dry. A little alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: Pretty decent for a more in your face hoppy brew. One of the more oily IPA's I've had but I like the aggressive hop taste. (1,363 characters)

Photo of boogerisu
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.62/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dangerously drinkable double IPA, strangely not a lot of hop flavor, very malty. (80 characters)

Photo of briandaube
3/5  rDev -15%

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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
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