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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 899
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 146 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 amorpork
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't understand the bad reviews. For being almost 10abv, this beer pulls it off with amazing grace. Yes, it's malty but the piney bitter of the hops displaces most and leaves a pleasant afterglow. Very nice! Very drinkable....too drinkable. I'm going to have to hide the rest for the night. Salut!

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Photo of milwaukee512
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty lame attempt at an IIPA. Smells weird, and the taste follows. Oddly malty for a double IPA; certainly not the hop-bomb one expects from the style. Good carbonation; not altogether terrible tasting, but certainly not a beer I will ever get again. Do not mistake Left Coast for North Coast, as I think I may have when choosing this beer.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy deep orange with minimal head. Quite bitter, definitely west coast style DIPA. Good mouthfeel though. The price is right but mediocre overall at best. There are far better options out there.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the tasting room in San Clemente. Nice mix of cut grass, resin and citrus peel smell. Good balance of flavor with a hop forward taste and feel

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - 2FH that lasts, carbonation, light, clear, foamy, lots of lacing, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, citrus, pine.

TASTE - Hops, nutty, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonatin, dry, lingering, astringent.

VALUE - $8 for a 12-oz bottle, OK.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - It was OK, but Left Coast doesn't stamp a brew date. Unprofessional!

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date. Aroma is fairly sweet, with bready, caramel malt undertones and floral, lightly citrusy hop notes.

Flavor is similar, with a fairly bitter, earthy finish that is somewhat harsh as it lingers. A little overly sweet and not enough flavoring hop character.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours hazey burnt orange color with a off white head. Aroma Caramel malty with pine. Flavors much the same with mild bitterness. Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of Shippy
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Cloudy, burnt orange color with a whitish head. Caramel malty aroma with hints of pine. Flavors much the same with mild bitterness. Medium mouth feel. Dryness and bitterness linger briefly on the tongue. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of beernewbie285
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: its a little cloudy but still not overly dark or light just right for the DIPA
smell: great smell the hops are ever present and the aroma is strong but not discouraging
taste: smooth, bitterness isnt too bad
Feel: not sure new to this.
overall: i think a 4 is on point for the nation seeing how its the the best ive ever had but i would drink it again.

Forgive me for i am new to this and still have much to learn but as a lover of IPAs this one is pretty good i will say after researching the hops in this one (theres 5 of them) i can say that ive only had a couple of beers with some of these hops not the exact mixture. But i do enjoy it

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Photo of FFreak
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Ellsworth, ME while on vacation. Poured into a wine glass. Pours a hazy copper color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some lace. Smell is of pineapple, caramel, malt and some citrus. Taste is very malty with some tropical fruitiness, sort of like the taste of the juice from canned pineapple. Average bitterness to balance out the malt. Mouth is fairly full bodied, heavy. Overall, not too bad, but could benefit from more fresh hop flavor and a lighter body.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium amber and clear. Head a few fingers high. Medium-weight, with some bitter shellac left across the tongue. Pine resin is most dominant among the bitter flavors. Mild citrus and pale grains assert shortly thereafter. Malts beneath are like caramel in their sweetness, but blunted by the bitterness that pours from the hops. A little bit of stick, of chew, of tack. Generally lean drinking experience masks the 9.7 abv. Dangerously drinkable? I really dug it.

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Photo of JohnGray
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good balance of hops and malt but still not enough to take away from the warmth of the high abv. A few spicy notes give it a distinct flavor though. Extremely clear

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Photo of JohnyP32
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden-amber with a foamy tan head.

Nice lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, earth, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus juice, citrus zest, tropical fruit, berry, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. Decent level of carbonation with a crisp taste.

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Photo of JimmyCaprese
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hop aroma. Maltiness was not too light or too overbearing. Pours amberish orangey. Nice kick to it. Bitter after taste which does not dissipate for awhile. Very good overall.

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Photo of SteamSka
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very mild and malty for a double IPA. The hop notes are citrus, floral and piney, with a good sweet malt flavor. I honestly appreciate the ocasuonal mild IPA as a change up from the norm, as a double it comes off above average.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy amber. Quickly dissapating head leaves a modest web of lazy. Hoppy aroma, not much floral smell as I would expect. Taste is piney, citrusy, hoppy, subtle on the front of the tongue and bold on the back. Not bad for a double ipa but not the best ive had. Good peoples snake handler kicks this to the curb. Still though very nice not as bitter as I would expect from a dipa. Overall good but mild.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, slight alcohol, citrus hops, piney hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, slight hops, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of earthy malt, and strong citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, and blend.

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Photo of ksimons
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head. Getting some caramel, tropical fruits, light hop bitterness in the aroma. Taste is similar but the alcohol overpowers it. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall not the hoppiest of DIPAs.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pineapple, pine, earthy, a little boozy;

T: follows the nose; a little sweet at the swallow; moderate bitterness kicks in after that;

M: medium bodied - a little syrupy; low to moderate carbonation;

O: definitely a sipper - doesn't hide the 9.7% ABV at all;

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large foamy yellow white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: mostly sweet malt, little fruit, sweet smelling

T: bitter pine resin, middle stays mostly bitter with a bit of caramel malt, finish is mouth turning bitter grapefruit peel and pine needles

M: sticky

O: middle of the road double, good if you like less fruit and more pine

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 6/16/15

A: Somewhere between burnt orange and a medium amber, with lots of caramel - mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, keeps a near solid cap, leaves a wall of lacing

S: Oily citrus, maltier than expected, with booze - juicy, but mostly oily orange and grapefruit - zest, rind, and pith - surprisingly malty for something named "Hop Juice" - malt extract, caramel, with hints of molasses and honey - lightly spicy - loads of booze, to the extent that this could pass for a light barleywine

T: Oily citrus and booze - I would suspect this bottle isn't particularly fresh, but my assessment seems to match other reviews here - orange and grapefruit flesh, oil, zest, and pith - sticky - sticky and oily - some pine and hoppy resin - medium level of bitterness - big malt presence, with malt extract, caramel malts - crystal malt sweetness and straight-up caramel, molasses, and a touch of honey - booze is very obvious and adds its own sweetness- I swear this type of DIPA is its own substyle (oily, sweet, boozy)

M: On the full side of medium, oily, sticky, finishes boozy

O: False. Not hops. Not juice.

Fact: I bought a bottle of this simply because of the name and the bottle art. I was also kind of in a rush. Oh well. Not great, but could be worse.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Amber with a small thin white head.

The smell is very malty, there's some citrus but the malt dominates.

The taste is very sweet malts, the finish is bitter with some bitterness but no hop flavour.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

For a beer called hop juice there isn't much hop flavour, this is super malty and sweet.

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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.