Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ghenna:
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
Nice gold color with a touch of amber, white head tightly bubbled.
Very sweet citrus hop aroma, definitely more orange than grapefruit. For a non-hop head this is really an enticing smell.
Hop flavor is present in the periphery at first, with lots of lemony/orangy sweetness, though as the taste progresses it moves in to a bitter hop finish. Pretty pleasant for me, until the bitter at the end.
Definitely a beer with a bit of Mouthfeel, but not so much that it is chewy.
Yet another example of why DIPA is one of the most interesting styles being produced. Although there is plenty of hop flavor, it is more interesting for me to drink than regular IPAs. Lots of diversity of flavor in the style, and this one is remarkable because it does an awesome job of combining hop and orange flavor.
02-11-2011 03:57:31 | More by Ghenna
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
01-20-2013 01:36:57 | More by RockyRaku
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
10-25-2010 02:15:28 | More by SBarbeerian
2.45/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
06-19-2010 05:27:22 | More by Beaver13
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
09-07-2009 22:49:04 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
02-19-2010 22:38:39 | More by Mora2000
2.53/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
04-07-2008 11:02:20 | More by mattster
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
12-17-2008 19:49:58 | More by magictrokini
2.13/5 rDev -40.3%
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.
04-03-2011 19:30:21 | More by ehammond1
4.11/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
04-17-2013 06:56:32 | More by MattyG85
4.41/5 rDev +23.5%
A: Cloudy, copper color. Pours with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing, but I'm drinking this out of a plastic cup, so that might be affecting it.
S: Hops. Dominated by earthy, herbal hops, with a bit of sweet malts in there. There's no reason to doubt the bottle's claim that the brew is dry-hopped for two weeks; it smells like it.
T: Complicated. Starts with some darker, dank fruit tastes, but then moves on to mild bready malts, before finishing with the earthy, herbal hops that it smells of. While there's no shortage of hops, they're not as bitter as other IPAs, so don't let them scare you off. It has a bit of a dry, alcohol taste, though it is 9.7% abv.
M: Medium to medium+ body; slightly thicker and oilier like a DIPA should be. Carbonation is very good.
O: Excellent example of what a West Coast DIPA tastes like. Grab one and pretend you're in SoCal.
03-30-2013 23:04:17 | More by rringler
3.69/5 rDev +3.4%
Good dark golden appearance, mild carbonation, head and lacing. Faint hop aroma, not as expected for a big beer.
Good hop flavor, leaning away from balance, but not ridiculous, average bitter factor for a dipa. Smooth, no alcohol really noticeable. Maybe a little thinner than most dipas, not sticky thick hop resin feel. Easy drinking baseball weather beer. Painted bottle makes it great for homebrewing, but I dropped the bottle unloading the vehicle afterwards. Argh.
05-10-2010 16:45:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +12%
Bottle purchased from BevMo in Long Beach, CA.
Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of herbal and citrus hops with solid amounts of pale malts.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined shortly by good amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip herbal and slightly musty hop flavors enter into things. The ending is mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.
Overall this was a solid DIPA but nothing really stood out. Still, it's not a bad choice and is worth a shot.
08-16-2009 04:24:35 | More by glid02
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottle into oversized wine glass.
A: Light rosy, copper.
S: Fresh orange rind.
T: Pretty complex, but balanced. A bit of sweet citrus up front, but can really spread apart and gives you a lot to wrap your head around as it finishes. However, at other times it is a little too much like juice. A bit too sweet, not enough crisp, cleansing bitterness to wipe the pallet.
M: Fine. Nothing really stands out as good nor bad.
O: It's a good beer. Not for me, but certainly a good beer worth a try.
08-17-2012 22:41:43 | More by absolete
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
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