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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 863
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 128 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (554 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out a with a bit of sweetness from the underlying caramel malts, but this quickly transitions over to piney flavors and a moderate amount of associated hop bitterness. Some notes of alcohol are also perceptible.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are faint bits of heat from the alcohol.
O: This Imperial IPA becomes boozy as it warms up and definitely becomes a sipping beer

Serving type: bottle (772 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (631 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 (748 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (563 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (2,226 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (892 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (948 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,375 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 (732 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,404 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of citrus/pine hops and dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Good complexity of citrus/pine hops with balanced dark malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fairly solid DIPA. Well balanced citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. I felt this was far too malty for the style, but fairly enjoyable overall. (1,392 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark honey to orange in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a mottled surface of thin and thick film covering the majority of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops with a light amount of dankness. There is a light to moderate aroma of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and light flavors of pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while as well as some light to moderate notes of alcohol.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp with light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as hoppy as I expected from a beer called "Hop Juice" but still enjoyable. A touch hot from the alcohol which prevents it from being easy to drink. (1,244 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes 2/11/11. Thanks to forgetfu for this bottle!

A: Love the bottle art!. Poured a clear golden color. Two finger frothy white head formed with nice retention and chunky lacing.

S: Little bit of citric hops, more on the malty side, bit of caramel and some breadiness. Would have liked a bit more hop aroma.

T: Does not taste like an imperial ipa. Much sweeter than expected. Some darker fruit and caramel. Not bitter at all, seems to be missing most of the characteristics I look for in this style.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. I left confused, with a name like Hop Juice, I was expecting an over the top hop explosion, which just was not there. (690 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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 Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Halcyondays
2.35/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (1,112 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very nice looking beer. Orange/amber/golden body topped by a nice, slightly off-colored white head. If it would have chunked up, I'd give it a 5.

Strong hops aroma, citrus and pine. Some resin and alcohol. It smells like this will bite pretty hard. It's not exactly balanced as just a slight whiff of malt is detected.

Alcohol is dominant in the taste and feel. Perhaps this adds to the bite, but not the flavor. Hops are fighting each other in this one, and none come out nicely. It's harsh taste, not terrible, but seems as though no thought went into it. No offense, but it just seems jumbled. Some may like this, I don't and don't think it fits the style.

bomber was too big...too boozy. Drain pour. Hard to drink. (730 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounces courtesy of my co-worked. On to the beer:

This is a dark amber colored beer, topped with a somewhat cream head and okay head retention. Despite its name, Hop Juice is actually on the sweet side with the smell. Now, there is plenty of grapefruit hitting the nose, although these notes of crusted with lots of sugar. Lots of malt here, some booze, a little kiss of wood.

It doesn't taste much like hop juice. Hop Juice is big and sweet, perhaps as much as a barleywine as a Double IPA. There's pineapple, a kis sof grapefruit, and a big slab of caramel. It does have some booze that slaps you around, but despite that, the beer's mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and full bodied.

It's a fine beer, even if some hop lovers will be disappointed by the name. (769 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (420 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Juice

A light orangish brown in color. Aroma of pine, sweet caramel, mango, pineapple and citrus (grapefruit and orange). Tastes decidedly bitter, with a nice tropical pine background. Mango and pineapple mix graciously with pine and earthy bitterness. Carbonation is decent on a slightly syrupy feel. A big, hoppy, bold, west coast style double IPA and I loved it on the beach. (383 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Judging by the other reviews versus my experience, this is one beer that absolutely must be consumed super fresh. I was amazed by the number of reviews that found little to no hoppiness in this beer apart from some grassy notes. My bottle is apparently very fresh, and I find this to be perhaps the hoppiest beer I have ever had- and I've had a lot of them. So much so that my wife was sure there were extra bitters added like Gentian or something. I'm glad to get to experience it like its supposed to be. Pours a hazy golden with a bit of orange to it and a thin head that sticks around as a swirly cap. Smells herbal and bitter with a bit of alcohol burn and very little malt. The taste is an explosion of pine, herbs, and grapefruit pith that crescendos in bitterness until it is almost astringently bitter at the finish. I like this, but my wife, who is a hop head as well, thought it tasted to bitter like an herbal tincture of golden seal. Very little malt in the equation, but the hop explosion is lovely. Relatively thin and watery, but enjoyable. (1,056 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

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. (643 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark amber colored ale bordering on brown with a yellowish white colored head.

Strong hops and a fainter scent of patent malt and ash. Very fragrant with a perfume like scent featuring cedar and pine. Not a lot of nuance here, smells like an antique cedar chest.

Starts out sweet and woody. Sweet and bitter but the sweetness almost wins the fight. Flavor...is simply too sweet here.

Mouthfeel is good from the massive amounts of residual Sugars present.

Overall this doesn't make the grade. Plainly this is just to sweet. (532 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
2.51/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

9/10/2011

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. (438 characters)

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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.