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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%

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:
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(Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-05-2007)
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Photo of reebtaerG


3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft poured into iconic pint glass at Lure's

A-Pours a clear deep golden, slightly amber with white super creamy head with good lacing.

S-Aroma has lots of caramel, plenty of citrus/pine in the hops, but not overpowering.

T-Nice flavor that is a nice balanced mix of caramel malts with plenty of resin/pine/citrus hoppiness.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lingering bitterness, decent balance.

O-This beer was recommended to me by the bartender. Great DIPA if you like sweet and hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 13:41:22 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of Drinkerofales


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back on tap, finally, after years of not having it at Oggis.

Light amber gold, not much head, but it's on tap. What head there is shrank into a ring and decorated my glass generously.

Smells of grapefruit and pine, pungently so. Not much else is detectable, which is fine by me.

Taste is exactly as the smell, piney, grapefruit, pithy citrus. This is what I look for in a DIPA. The bitter is big and delicious.

Texture has that nice hop bite, alcohol is barely noticeable.

For years this has been one of my favorites, and it doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 01:44:25 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of shigg85


4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap as a UK pink at Vivo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. A lovely blood red brew with a strong scent of molasses and berry along with the obvious hop aroma. A bit thin in the mouth for an imperial IPA, but the impact from the 9.7% ABV really packs a punch. Overall, this was as satisfying as a beer can get in that area. However, it could have had a bit more going on. I found it to be more of a strong brew than anything. This is a great beer for getting buzzed, but as for wanting something that should come with the imperial levels of magic that doubles/imperials hold, this is a bit different.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 08:37:30 | More by shigg85
Photo of HopHead84


2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


On tap at Oggi's Carmel Mountain.

A: Hazy dark orange with a big beige head.

S: Sweet caramel with bread and sugar. Blah. Some grapefruit.

T: Sugary caramel with bread, pine, and grapefruit. The beer is malt heavy. Bitterness is at a moderate level.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: Too sweet. Too much malt. Too little hop character. IPAs like this should be exterminated.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 03:54:13 | More by HopHead84
Photo of woemad


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint consumed at the Baby Bar in Spokane for $5. First time I've seen it on-tap, though I saw it in bottles at Huckleberry's earlier in the day.

The beer arrived wearing a hazy, orangey amber color.

Big fruit aroma. Grapefruit, tangerines and pineapple were present. Malt aromas were fairly big as well, but the tropical fruit aroma blast was much more noticeable.

This beer tasted BIG. Lots of flavor. Lots of hops and a nearly over-the-top maltiness meant that I was very content to only drink one. Definitely one of the boozier DIPAs I've had.

Big, creamy mouthfeel, with lots of oily hop resin.

Glad I tried it but don't think I'll have another, this is a DIPA that is not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 20:32:38 | More by woemad
Photo of grittybrews


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber-orange into a pint glass with a finger of off-white head. Juicy grapefruit/tangerine aroma with caramel sweetness and a touch of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet honey and biscuit up front with lots of citrus and a touch of pine bitterness on the finish.

Almost completely hides the higher ABV and strikes a very nice balance between the sweet malt and citrus/bitter hop components. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 14:03:12 | More by grittybrews
Photo of MADhombrewer


2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Golden color with a nice white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is good. 4/5

Smell- Tropical fruit and orange hop aromas. Caramel malts as well. 3.5/5

Taste- Smooth bitterness. Orange flavors abound. There is a lot of malt in this one. The alcohol really comes out a quarter of the way through the pint. There is too much boozyness to it in my opinion. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- This starts out good, but gets slicker and thicker as it warms. 3/5

Overall- Typical, more alcohol =DIPA beer. I know that you have to up the grain bill to make it "double/imperial" but I seems that some of these have a ton of alcohol just to have a ton of alcohol. I would like to see them a little more balanced. 2.5/5

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 16:28:39 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of Slatetank


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a snifter of this at Brewhouse Grille on 3/25/11.

A slightly dark amber bordering on copper with mild haze and 1/2 inch of light cream with tight bead. The retention is good and you can see slow moving bubbles in the ale, lace sticks haphazardly. The smell while good is not very pungent, mainly floral esters and some mild citrus notes which could be construed as grapefruit-like. The feel is decent with strong bitter followed by a gently sugary sweet tinge and moderately high carbonation follows. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overdone, the astringency level gets higher as it warms and the finish is very dry.

The taste is the only area I would say it is lacking - there is some fruity hop and sugary malt flavor but there is also an astringent/medicinal edge created by some of the coarse bitterness and alcohol in the flavor that seems slightly distracting. The taste is bitter as expected, but lacks some hop flavor aside from mild citrus elements. The finish is dry and boozy with some stickiness from residual sugar in the malts. The overall for me is that this is a decent Imperial IPA -it held my interest, but the part you look for the hops mainly the taste it just doesn't deliver -too bitter without any juiciness or hop flavors too satisfy. I think the high alcohol seems to detract from the drinkability slightly -I won't seek this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 13:22:44 | More by Slatetank
Photo of thain709


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This was served with a deeper shade of amber body...it had a slight haze to it...a creamy one finger head turned into a wispy cap...decent lacing

S - The aroma was pretty one dimensional and can summed up in one word...hops...the nose was all about the hops...citrus and pine fighting each other

T - The flavor profile turned out to be just the same...all hops...there wasn't much balance to this beer...the hops were all over the place and just became too bitter...it was hard for me to find any sweetness coming through to save my palate

M - Medium bodied...reisny...overly bitter

D - This beer started off decently with a huge hop nose but it came up short in the flavor because of no balance...combine the lack of balance with the 9.5% ABV and you've got a beer you need to watch yourself with

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 11:04:22 | More by thain709
Photo of vette2006c5r


4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop juice pours a deeper golden color with very little head. Pure and simple this beer smells and taste of hops nothing else. A full tatse but finishes just a bit watery. Not for the lite beer drinker. Overall very enjoyable, not the best of this style, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 23:48:01 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of akorsak


3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A snifter glass served at TJ's Everyday.

A: The DIPA is an amber color, a little brighter than a brown bottle. The color is too intense to be translucent. Surprisingly, no head insuluated this baby.

S: The nose is treacly, heavy on hops and malts. Basically a barleywine dressed up like a DIPA.

T: The taste confirms that suspicions that the nose offers up. Namely that this is an overdone hoppy mess. Hops are citrusy but fast to get lost in the bulk of the malts. Those same caramel malts are heavy and strong, again like a barleywine. The result is an over-hopped, malt bomb that can't really move in any direction. Thanks but no thanks for me.

M: The mouthfeel is full. I won't say rich because it is more overwhelming than not.

D: I didn't finish my snifter, instead moving onto the subtle complexity of a Duvel Green.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 21:11:29 | More by akorsak
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Coast- Hop Juice

A- Deep bright yellowish orange with a thick frothy head.
S- Huge sweet grapefruit, white cane sugar, and pine hops.
T- Huge grapefruit and pineapple with lotsa sugar. Sweet pine hop finish.
M- Cheek hurting sugary sweetness with a thick caramel malt that quickly fades to a sweet pine hops.

Overall- Just too much sugar in this sweet grapefruit bomb. Definitely worthy of a pint.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 00:00:22 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Philabeerphia


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Monks 12/20
A 10oz pour (?) into some sort of fluted stange. Brought to the table with plenty of pep by our server, by the time this puppy arrived it was devoid of any noticeable head, although as I swirl it around some nice sticky lacing leaves its mark for a few seconds.
Its appearance is deep and warm like molasses, crisp and translucent even in the low light of this bar. Nothing particulary outstanding here, and that deep color leaves me wondering if the malt will make too strong of a showing - yes I am actively searching out the unbalanced bombs.

It smells clean, a big nose of just a few notes: Pine, earth & alcohol. Almost no detectable citrus notes. I'm actually surprised at the how big this smells and I can feel my mouth start to water with anticipation.

The taste opens up like a cold dose of medicinal malty sugar water... sounds like something to avoid, but this is pleasing, cooling and quickly peels away to a big core of mentholyptic, eucalyptic spicy earthy hoppiness. finishes soft, with more of the sugary menthol thing going on. I'm surprised to feel my tastebuds slipping away, overcome by the hop juices. It is a bitter hoppy brew, but I can't call this a hop bomb. Its slightly overbalanced (for my tastes today) with sweet malts, coating my throat with the herbal alien tastes. I stare into space for a few minutes trying to figure this out. I'm still staring... and I like it a lot

the MF is simply a little too syrupy to drink much more than the 10oz pour I just finished. It hangs around in a juicy film - it is fair to call this a full bodied DIPA.

One strange brew, glad this made it out to PHL

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2008 01:52:52 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of sholland119


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's.

A-Pours a clear ornage amber with a medium sized white head and very nice lacing.

S-Quite a bit of sweet malt with some grapefruit hops.

T-Quite well balanced, I think. Toffee sweetness in the front blends well with the grapefruit hops and a mildly sweet finish.

M-Crisp, a bit dry, nicely carbonated.

D-Not a hop bomb by any means, I found this to be quite drinkable. When I am in the mood for a low ABV DIPA, I would be happy to reach for this one.


Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 19:47:53 | More by sholland119
Photo of ffejherb


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Quotations, Media, PA on 11/15/08. Served in a goblet.

A - Clear orange/amber body with ruby grapefruit highlights and thin off-white head that yielded decent lacing.

S - Citrus and perfumy hops paired caramel malt and some toffee notes. This brew also emits a pretty substantial fume of alcohol.

T - Quite malty for a DIPA with a predominant burnt caramel character, yet hops are still pretty aggressive and get more assertive as it warmed up. There's quite a bit of heat from the alcohol content.

M - Softly carbonated medium body with a sticky, syrupy texture. Warm and tingly mouthfeel. Finish is sticky, dry and extremely bitter.

D - The high ABV is definitely apparent in this DIPA. This was also not as hoppy as I had anticipated. I reviewed this a few months ago from a bottle, and I thought the hops were quite subdued. While the hops are indeed more prevalent in the tap version, this is still quite a malt-forward DIPA with a thick, syrupy maltiness and caramel sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2008 13:02:28 | More by ffejherb
Photo of tonistruth


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad

A- golden straw with an orange tint, 1 finger frothy white head, good retent, nice clingy white lace

S- citrus, floral, hop oils

T- citrus, grassy, bready, toasted malts, spicy hop and some alcoholic heat at finish, heat through after, plenty of hop oils swimming around

M- starts smooth then the hops kick in and beat your tongue up, also heat from the alcohol does its thing through the finish

D- another west coast 2IPA, nothing special but still tasty, nice after taste

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2007 17:34:40 | More by tonistruth
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent dirty yellow with a decent amount if head.

Smells a bit "grainy" - the malts taking a forefront with some undertones floral in nature.

The taste also is chewy and bready, toffee notes on the sweet end. The alcohol adds a little burn to my taste, and the bitterness doesn't make a strong appearance, but has a pine-wood taste to me. To me this tastes like lightly-bittered wort.

My thoughts on this beer was that it has more malt character than bitterness. It's not overly sweet, but tends that way, and the grains are more involved in the taste than I am used to. I would like a little more hops bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:52:20 | More by cjgiant
Photo of RDBJ

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber- brown-golden pour, dominant piny smell quite bitter with not much malt. The aftertaste is a bit pharmaceutical/chemical I'd buy it again, but it's not a first tier double for me. To b fair, I'd like to try it on tap for the purest assessment.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 20:54:25 | More by RDBJ
Photo of martyl1000


4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a tulip, pours a hazy amber, with very little head, but prodigious lacing.

Remarkably reserved, semisweet aroma. Herbal and earthy hops barely make themselves known. Possibly some Wonder bread in the background, though one must strain to detect any graininess.

It's an interesting sub-piney bitterness. No, wait, I've got it: it's cold sake!! Very bitter, and balance comes from a neutral (not sweet) graininess. Scratch that: as it warms, there's a serious candy sugar sweetness. Deep hop flavors dominate, spurred on by a sharp alcohol tang.

Medium-bodied, almost chewy. Well-carbonated, with a slippery alcohol warmth.

A very good double IPA, though not as malty as I like them. It supplies a nice sweetness, but it's missing something I look for in my favorite IIPA's. Can't quite put my finger on it. Nevertheless, I think I'll be buying one more 4-pk. (though none for the cellar).

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:21:09 | More by martyl1000
Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a dogfish Spiegelau glass.

Has a dark golden amber look upon first poor. Smell is definitely the best thing about this beer. Lots of floral hops and citrus, some pine. Taste is nothing special and lacks plenty. Not impressed at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:03:32 | More by hops202
Photo of rangerman21


3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Gold with a white head

Smell: hoppy, citrus, floral aromas. Smells good.

Taste: Well balanced, hint of booze. Hops at the end don't over power. Complex flavor, that's enjoyable

Mouthfeel: smooth

Overall: Very good IIPA. Nice use of hops without an overpowering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:32:34 | More by rangerman21
Photo of JayQue


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, not great, DIPA. Pours an orange/amber color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Good locking orange/amber color, medium size off white head with good retention and lacing.

Better than average aroma of caramel malt and piney/citrus hops.

Tastes pretty good too. Caramel malt up front and good bitter piney and citrus hoppiness in the finish. Nicely balanced, both flavors are very robust.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style.

Wo9rthwhile DIPA, there are at least 10 that I like better, but still a decent representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:17:41 | More by JayQue
Photo of craftbeerbyob


3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had high expectations from the beginning because the store owner said he liked it more than Hop Slam! I said that was a pretty bold statement but am excited to try now. Well, Hop Slam is definitely better but Hop Juice is still a very good beer. I also got the bomber on sale, so for the price & quality, it was a great buy!

Appearance: Not completely clear. Slight cloudiness with a brown tint and little sustained head.

Smell: I love floral IPAs and this had a piney nose. Still smells like an amazing IPA but not floral, just a preference.

Taste: Love the bitterness (extreme IBUs) and lingering flavors. A little maltier than I would like but not a deal breaker.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth and you can tell you are drinking a double IPA. The beer is a little thicker and takes time to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 04:41:39 | More by craftbeerbyob
Photo of ZachKelly


3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy bronze color. Thick white head, lingers at about 2 centimeters for the entirety of the time it is in the glass. Steady, slow carbonation.

Smells purely like a hop head's dream. A little bit of malt comes through, but not much.

You can tell it is heavily hopped. Malt sweetness balances things out nicely. Sweetness up front, bitters as it lingers in your mouth.

Bitter and lingering, smooth.

Lives up to the name, "Hop Juice".

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:26:21 | More by ZachKelly
Photo of elmore


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Burnt orange color, slightly darker than the average DIPA. Thin, off white head that recedes quickly with a good deal of lacing. Sweet toffee from the malts and piney hops. Taste similar to smell with a strong malty backbone nicely balanced with bitter piney hops. I tend to like a little less sweet DIPA with more grapefruit hops taste, but I am really enjoying this. Some booziness, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is on the viscous side for the style, carbonation is medium. Overall a very good beer. I am rating it higher than most even though I prefer a slightly less malty, hoppier DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 16:34:55 | More by elmore
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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.