Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.
Pours a honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor as well. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.
08-28-2012 01:05:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.8/5 rDev -21.6%
Faintly foggy kumquat with a juicy slice of tangerine along the bottom edge of the glass. An impressively dense cloud of fine yeast reminds me why I prefer the look of unfiltered beer. The pale lemon colored crown looks good as well, especially as it deflates and as it deposits gobs of sticky broken bubbles all over the damn place.
Given the ingredients and the specifics of the brewing process, not to mention the name, Hop Juice's nose is less than spectacular. More than 4.5 lbs of hops per barrel and more than 4 weeks of dry-hopping should have resulted in more than a semi-muted citrusiness riding along on a pale malt base.
Yikes! I'm not sure what's going on, but my first thought when beer and taste buds made contact was *turpentine*. It isn't nearly that nasty, of course, but something out of the ordinary is going on here. For one thing, there's too much raw, unincorporated alcohol.
It's hard to tell if the funkiness is coming from malt (rotten, barely toasted grain) or hops (rotten grapefruits and oranges, fermented spruce sap). My love for hops in general and DIPAs in particular doesn't help in this case because Hop Juice is so far out of kilter that it doesn't even seem like a DIPA. If this was from a brewpub, I'd suspect dirty tap lines.
Several DIPAs use hop extract (this one uses hop pellets and whole hop flowers) and they tasted pretty damn good. Looks like this one might be the result of either a terrible recipe or a brewing mistake somewhere along the line. For what it's worth, the hop bill is killer: Warrior, Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe and Cascade. Too bad they couldn't have been put to better use.
There's nothing much wrong with the body/mouthfeel. It's medium-full and is high on sappy slickability. The next highest score might have been possible if the flavor had been halfway decent. Mouthfeel is hard to divorce from taste (if it's less than good) when it comes time to assign a number.
Left Coast Hop Juice has a great name, spectacular looks, a decent nose and a borderline nasty flavor profile. The brewery claims to have been one of the pioneers of this particular style. If so, then I'm glad that others set out in an entirely different direction.
04-03-2008 22:33:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.58/5 rDev -27.7%
Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color; the inch of head hangs around for a while but doesn't leave that much lacing behind
Smell: Caramel and fusel alcohol buttressed by a waft of piney hops; grassy, overall
Taste: Starts off very aggressively, with a load of sweet candied grapefruit and a lot of fusel aloohol; the bitterness continues to build through mid-palate and after the swallow, but the profile is dominated by this odd combination of sugary sweetness, assertive bitterness and alcohol burn
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: Was excited to try this one on the name alone, but what a disappointment; I just don't think these flavors blend together at all - they fight each other and the loser is my palate
03-24-2011 04:34:58 | More by brentk56
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
I loved the bottle on this one and that what made me get it. The beer poured out as a copper color with a strong white head on top. The lacing was nice and the smell was really strong with hops. The taste of the beer brings you into a bitter sweet hop bomb of flavors. Not much malts here to sleek of. The mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Some decent carbonation, overall the beer is hoppy and that's about all. I had instant cottonmouth after the first few sips and I had plenty more to drink after that. So if you're really into it check it out, if not let it lay.
07-03-2011 02:58:25 | More by Knapp85
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
Not surprisingly, Left Coast's Hop Juice Double IPA is not too unlike their Torrey Pines IPA. Surprisingly, however, it's not that much bigger. Sure it's stronger (the bottle says 9.4% ABV - doesn't taste or feel it), but it seems like there's less maltiness to it, and the mouthfeel seems lighter as well. The hops are similar with the addition of more citrus, but they don't seem any more robust. There's a little more in the aroma, but not that much more in the flavor. And although I can say that I find it more balanced and drinkable than the Torrey Pines, that seems kind of backwards as well... a double IPA should, in my opinion, be more aggressive, and thus less approachable. Odd. Overall, it's not bad by any stretch. And in comparison to a lot of east coast IPA's it's still a hoppy mother. It's drinkable and enjoyable, but it doesn't quite live up to the suggestion of its name.
09-26-2008 23:11:09 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
Acquired via trade from JoeyBeerBelly so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.
T: The taste starts with a very strong hops bitterness that is coupled with a significant alcohol sting. Then there's a citrus and caramel sweetness that comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and doesn't bring the type of balance that you look for in this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer overall however there are several other 2IPA's that I would pick first.
01-17-2010 02:17:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
Picked this up at Plaza Liquors in Tucson
Pours orange/bronze with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Hazes & effervesces at the bottom of the bottle quite a bit. Below average head retention & lacing
S: Intense breadyness with lemony/orange hops up front. Some honey malt once warm
T: Intense pineyness & grapefruit & some grainy notes up front. Intense grapefruit & some honey malt & a bit of booze warmth. Finishes with much pine & grapefruit, barely got a 3.5
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, but not enough malt to balance out the hops blitzkrieg, plus some wateryness
Drinks okay, but too damn hoppy ( especially with the grapefruit!!), Hop heads may disagree, but the score on this one tells me I'm not alone
04-08-2008 03:25:25 | More by russpowell
3.46/5 rDev -3.1%
Left Coast Hop Juice Double India Pale Ale. Alc. 9.7% by Vol. Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente, CA.
Hazed, copper/amber color, slim cream-toned head.
Aroma: Sweet caramel malt notes hit first, chocolate and toffee, too. Hops creep in afterwards, dank, piney, resinous. Sweet malt and bitter hops do battle.
Taste: Blast of sweet heat at first. Massive malt, huge hops. Tasting more like a barley-wine than a double IPA. It's big, and boozy, and has a load of hops, but I, like so many others, like them pale, lean, and piney. I'm wavering between calling this either complex or messy. Not among my favorite double IPAs.
Let's see what they say on the label: "At Left Coast Brewing Co. we pride ourselves in being one of the pioneers of double IPA style craft brew. 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 week dry hopping in the fermenter contributing to it's great hop aroma. Starts out sweet and finishes with the crisp bitterness of a double IPA. This drinkable blend will have you hopping till night's end. It is approximately Alc. 9.7% by Vol. & has massive IBUs."
I don't wish to be mean, but that reads like it was written by an imbecile. What kind of a number is "massive"?
I won't return to this one, with so many better ones out there.
08-12-2013 02:07:40 | More by feloniousmonk
3.28/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
03-26-2011 13:22:44 | More by Slatetank
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
one of those huge bitter but sweet big india pales. this one pours oddly light for what it is, almost looking like a wheat beer, with a delicate white fizzy head. the smell is quite bitter, very high alpha. barely there malt smell and taste, the hops do all the heavy lifting here. it is almost like hops through a juicer now that i think about it, eerily oily. plenty of carbonation, and a body thats only medium because of the weight of the alcohol, which isnt disguised at all. it kind of sticks to my teeth frmo the sweet finish, even though its also painfully bitter. a curious beer, but one that is out of balance in my mind.
10-27-2012 02:41:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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
2.23/5 rDev -37.5%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pour a golden yellow, just a shade or 2 darker than a pils, with a firm, rocky white head with good retention, not a lot of lace, has a standard DIPA look.
S: Smell is promising, get a huge jolt of pine and citrus on opening the bottle, once poured a mint and spice mix comes out.
T: I have a bit of a problem here. Hop flavours are overall tasty, but were definitely muted, compared to what I expect in this style, prosaic compared to what is coming out of San Diego right now. Has good pine notes, but too much peppermint takes over in the end, making the flavour 1-dimensional and boring. Get some bitter lemon zest and medicinal elements in there that I really wasn't in to as well. When it warmed up a bit it was not fun to drink.
M: Mouthfeel is too light for the style, watery, resiny, with a long aftertaste, mild solvent character.
D: Dissapointed about this one since I had heard good things about it in the past. Hate to give a lower review to a local brewer, but in my opinion, this is just not up to par. With all the great DIPA's in CA, I don't think I will revisit this one.
08-31-2008 21:08:24 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +12%
Pours a clear pinkish golden ruby rose color with a two finger foamy yellowish tan head that slowly fades. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.
The aroma is bursting with floral and citrus hop notes. Earthy dank character with hints of pine needle and alcohol. Hints of grapefruit and citrus peel as well as some pale malt and graham cracker.
Chewy full body with a huge bitter hop blast up front with hints of pine which is nicely balanced by citrus sweetness and subtle malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit, mango, lemon and orange peel. The ABV adds some nice warmth yet this beer is still extremely quaffable. Bone dry finish.
12-14-2010 08:25:01 | More by corby112
3.2/5 rDev -10.4%
22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.
Pours a clear golden hue, with a sticky fine head of pure white that leaves tiny fine lace, and legs as it settles down. Carbonation is extremely fine through the body, which is showing every bit of its 9.7% ABV. Looks pretty heavy and quite impressive.
Nose is disappointing to say the least. For a beer called "Hop Juice" there's a devastating lack of hops. Mostly, it lacks aroma altogether. There's some cached sweetness, muted and flat and fairly neutral. This is laced with a slight pine disinfectant character and something like fresh kitty-litter. Really not very good.
Taste is similarly disappointing. In some sort of ironic impressiveness, it tastes very neutral—for a 9.7% beer to taste so weak, there's something unusual and skilled going into its production. Malt character gives a faint nuttiness that works off what little hop bitterness there is, but there's not a lot of that either. Mostly, it just tastes pretty bland.
Feel has a slight spritz to it which works nicely against the thickness that otherwise constitutes it.
Overall, it's definitely a sub-par DIPA. There are positive things about it, no doubt, but it needs a way more aggressive hop character to live up to its name. The aroma is extremely weak, and the hop flavour on the palate is pedestrian at best. The base is good though—I would believe you could make an awesome DIPA out of the same basic structure.
05-04-2014 00:27:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks to a friend for splitting a bomber. This beer has a great, big juicy hops flavor, but where the hell is the bitterness? The hops start up with pineapple juice and are rounded out by grapefruit and touch of earthy herbs. The malts stand out a bit much, with an overly sweet and simple caramel and white bread taste. The hops are pretty nice, and something a bit different from the norm, but the balance is all off.
01-11-2009 05:45:20 | More by tempest
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
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