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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 282 | Hads: 899
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of claybeer
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours super clear and more yellow than gold. There was literally no head on this beer. It did have a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. The smell is HOPS! It was like I took a piece of dried hops and rubbed it in my hand then smelled it. The taste has a lot of pine tree. Some citrus showed up after my taste buds got past the pine. This beer lingered longer than any other beer I have ever had. Some bitterness was on the everlasting finish as well. Only the hop heads will find this beer to be very drinkable but a full pint is a interesting experience and worth trying.

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Photo of riored4v
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/6/10

Poured into a tulip with a dense, off-white head. Clear, dark golden colored body.

Smell has some malty sweetness, caramel, and good amounts of citrus with tropical notes. Hints of pine along with a resiny aroma.

Taste had a big hop flavor with a well rounded sweetness. Nice light maltiness with a touch of caramel. Lots of citrusy hop flavor with pine as well. Good amounts of resiny hop bitterness in the back. Medium finishing bitterness. Mild sign of abv in finish as well.

Mouthfeel had a medium body, medium carbonation with a mild stickiness in finish.

Drinkability was good, but not great. Resiny finish that sticks to your tongue makes it less drinkable. Mild signs of abv.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the lifeless side. Lazy and sporadic carbonation. Slightly hazed copper body and a thin swiss coffee head.

Its HOT. Alcohol is up front and personal. Maybe its the combination of the ABV with the uninhibited hop bitterness. Regardless its hot. Fruit and citrus enter as it warms up. Orange peel, Pineapple, and grapefruit rind. This is an interesting brew. Candy corn and caramel creep into it towards the end.

What it lacks in delicacy it makes up for in intricate depth. This changed with every pull and it was worth seeking out.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, rusty-orange color with a white head. The scent is very sweet with no hops. No hops at all, but some citrus scents. The taste is not as hoppy as a DIPA should be, but it still is quite tasty. Very sweet with some alcohol booziness and light citrus notes. Not the best tasting DIPA, but not awful. Mouthfeel is a bit to syruppy and maybe a bit to boozy and unbalanced. Drinkability is not that great.

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Photo of Mancer
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a hazy golden copper with a 1 finger high off-white head. The head dissipated quickly and minimal lacing was observed. The initial smell of the beer was apple juice and hints of alcohol. I know that the hops were the cause for this bizarre smell and the malts were barely detectable. The initial taste of the beer was a burnt caramel with slight malts, additionally it tasted boozy. This brew had a medium to full body and was dry.

This is the worst DIPA that I have ever tried, not sure if anyone read the bottle, but they claim to have invented the first DIPA. Being that the case, you'd think that they could get the style right. I would not recommend anyone to try this beer.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear copper-orange pour with smallish, quickly fading head and decent lacing. Really nice nose with lots of caramel and citrus with a hint of floral and alcohol. Lots of hoppy bitterness in the taste, but it's balanced nicely with some sweet caramel malt. I'm also getting some orange jello. Really nice mouthfeel as it's got a good blend of dryness and stickiness. And I like the bitter aftertaste that's there throughout. The alcohol is definitely there but it's not overpowering and very well hidden. Very drinkable beer. I'm reading all these bad reviews and I just don't get it.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.44/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a bright orange color not a dark orange bright head retention and lace are good

S: for a double ipa this has very little smell

T: taste is rather week for a double ipa just lack luster there is some hops in there but they are old? or what.... not powerful hops

M: med body or maybe even light how can a 9.4 % beer be light?

D: I can drink it easy nothing offensive

overall not a good double ipa I wont buy this again I am sad the beer has such a good bottle with the hop cut in half and its dripping juice! the beer inside is not like that at all.

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Photo of HopJ
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Really disappointed in this. Grabbed from BevMo and I am hoping this is not fresh. Carbonation is light. Bold aromas and flavors that are unpleasant. Like honey with weird sweetness. Hop flavors are so strong but out of balance. The alcohol does not work here. More like boozie hop extract. Just didn't work for me. The bitterness and metallic quality sticks with you for 15 minutes.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ggroller
1.42/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks good in the glass. Plenty of foamy/ rocky head. No hops in the nose. None. Zero. Smell of dirty feet instead. Took a sip and I can't taste any hops either. Maybe it's an old bottle but I don't think so. It's super hot/ boozy. I can hardly get this one down. What a huge disappointment.

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Photo of ccrida
1.35/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance is hazy, dark strawberry blonde with an off-white head with long last, leaving nice lace. Nice color.

Smell is citrus hops and then very dirty, cheap vodka like alcohol.

Taste is similar - very sweet, dry, fusally hoppy beer - like an IPA fortified with cheap vodka. So bad, it's a bit nauseating, which is very disappointing with a tempting name like hop juice from a cali brewery, that I now realize why I've never heard of...

Mouthfeel is dry and slick.

Drinkability is terrible. A very poorly executed beer, in spite of the tempting name and story about being one of the original DIPAs. If this is what it tasted like then, they've really failed to evolve. Total drain pour, I had maybe 3 oz. of this bomber. Probably my lowest rated beer every (I think a Left Hand RIS was similarly plagued by dirty booze).

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Photo of nelson4
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this from a 22 oz bottle that was at refrigeration temp.

A - Color lies right between straw yellow and amber orange. Head is white creamy that holds its own. There is some lacing as the head slowly dissipates.

S - Initial sweet malty smell. Emphasis on the sweet. Maybe a slight citrus hoppy smell but mostly the sweetness.

T - Initial orange honey rolls into a sticky sweet bitterness. This is heavy on the orange or grapefruit bitter flavor. I don't get the alcohol which is supposed to hover around 9%. The malty sweetness sort of lingers. I have had several other DIPA's that focuse more on the hops than the double malt. This seems to be of the latter.

M - Good carbonation but their is a definite heavy feeling when drinking this, probably due to the high gravity and double malt. This is not a beer I would just sit back and have a few of.

D - This was okay but the sweetness make it difficult to have multiple of. I would say that this would be ordered by me only if the menu was scarce. It was interesting to try, but not something I will probably buy again.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from notes on 12/5/09

A - poured clear golden tangerine with a well formed, frothy, off-white head. Very nice lacing adorning the glass. Good retention. 4.5

S - Smells very sweet. Lots of maltiness and a hint of citrus. Not what I expect of something called "Hop Juice". Not much going on here... 2.5

T - Wow very sweet. Lots of honey, malts, and a touch of American barleywine type of fruitiness. The delayed hops come after all of that in the form of pine and bitterness. With that said, the beer is very one-dimensional. Where's the fruit/earthy/grassy/piney/grapefruity hop bomb? Disappointing to say the least. 2.5

M - Relatively light bodied, touch of slickness and well carbonated. Very hot in the finish. Lingering burn of alcohol. 3.0

D - Eh, the taste department can definitely be improved. Not very good. A sipper, if anything. 2.0

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a Smuttynose balloon glass. The beer has pale orange color and a small head of large soap bubbles. It's crystal clear; it's easy to see the little bit of carbonation within the glass. As the beer moves about this high walled glass, it leaves a slight skim of beer and bubbles behind; I can tell this is a viscous and sticky beer. There is a very good sweet, pine hop aroma. There are some notes of citrus and caramel as well. It's not as strong as I expected it to be (considering this is a big west coast DIPA), but this bottle is a little old, so that may be a factor. The flavor hits as soon as the beer touches my tongue. It begins with grassy hops and a touch of sweetness. The hops sort of fade away as I let the beer sit in my mouth and the toffee malts come to the forefront. As I swallow, there is a touch of alcohol, followed by the bitter aftertaste the left coast is known for (that's an intentional use of lower case, I know it's not just Left Coast brewing who is known for their bitter aftertasting beers). There is some mouthcoating with each sip, but not as much I as I expected when I saw that it was a 9.4% ABV brew. It does leave some crystal sugar residue behind. There isn't much in the way of carbonation that I can feel. For I double IPA, I think Hop Juice is very drinkable. Each sip goes down easily, and it feels like you could drink a few bottles of it in an evening. Too bad I have only this bottle, but I'll certainly look out this beer in my future travels.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I new one to me tho my friend says I have had this before. A bit pricey here in NY but this 22oz has an eye catching label and good information about the brewery and the beer on the back.

Great bright orange color with a persistent, clingy white head. Slightly cloudy which shows if hasnt had all its proteins filtered out and good steady carbonation.

Aroma is all citrus at first - then some funky phenols and higher alcohol note blast in and make this not so pretty smelling.

Flavor is terrific for a dbl IPA - a bit harsh maybe for some but strong hop flavors front to back with good malt heft backing it all up. Malt flavors could be more integrated and complex but this just may be one of those double IPA's that ages and balances out nicely with a year or 2 of age.

Finish is not rough like so many DIPA's and the lingering bitterness is not harsh. Alcohol warmth is subtle but there and the mouth feel was just right to me - full but not heavy and full of contrasting sweet and sharp hop flavors.

A very good and near great DIPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: More golden than anything else. not the copper I am looking for. A little bit of white head atop the glass.

S: Quite a tight nose for a DIPA. Not that pleasant a nose really. Falls well short of the style.

T: All bitterness and not much else. A little bit of malt but not enough to balance out the hops. There is a little bit of charcoal as well.

M: Nice sticky body.

D: Just falls short. Good but not great.

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Photo of berebrando
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is a little polarizing, isn't it?

i found hop juice at the highway market in ramona, ca. bottles of hoppy california beers, from alesmith ipa to hop stoopid. not a bad selection, and considering i haven't had hop juice in a while, i grabbed one.

the smell is hoppy, but also very malty, you can smell the malty sweetness balancing the hops. i like it, but it's also not a beer i'd go out of my way to find.

taste is a little disappointing - i'd say its better than some ipas out there, but it's not great - and i love great ipas. it's very malty, hoppy at the same time, but lacks a really surprising flavor, it's devoid of the fruity innuendos i seek.

good ipa for tonight, for tomorrow, i'll look elsewhere...

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Photo of jdklks
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

the appearannce of this one is a little disappointing. it pours a light golden color with a soft white head that dissipates quickly. some amber touches to the edges, but overall resembles a pilsner.

there is a faint hop aroma emanating from the glass. its barely perceptible, however, and is accompanied by small doses of citrus fruitiness and a maltiness that promises to "balance" the beer, though this isn't really desirable.

Wow. not impressed at all. waaay to hot for a DIPA. 9.4% here rivals the alcohol burn of BCS and 120 minute. the alcohol asserts itself as the dominate force over the other flavors, that, though hidden, can be identified as oranges, pineapple, and a bitter hoppiness in the finish that serves as a reminder that you're drinking a beer and not a fruity cocktail made with a double shot. none of the flavors blend and the beer seems to fall apart on the palate. this is a wreck.

as previously stated, the beer is much to hot, and, further, is undercarbonated. drinkability is enough to get me through this bottle, but only because its buzzing me nicely and i want to keep it going. put this on the "do not purchase again" list.

edit: ended up being a drain pour. i've lowered the score accordingly.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber that I had for "a few" months in the back of my fridge, that being said, the bottle is about 5 months old so that is being taken into consideration. (Forgot I had this beauty.)

Pours a hazy yellow/orange in the glass with light, barely detectable head on top, minimal to no carbonation to speak of. Smells of floral hops with a little bit of medicinal malt (which tells me this has most likely peaked already). After a taste, the beer has definitely peaked as the up front malt characteristic is stronger than I remember, the hops seem to be a little overtaken by the hints of malt. Bummer. Picking up the hoppy citrus detected in the smell, slight alcohol warming, a little tart (ever so lightly) - more like a mild tart zing at the end. The finish bitter but I'm not enjoying the malt profile in this and remember it to be much better when it was fresh. (Go figure, huh?)

This is a very drinkable beer and one that I would enjoy keeping on hand more often. I think Left Coast has done a very good job with this beer.

Unfortunately, since the bottle is a little aged, the malts are more prevalent than a fresh one. Although, over all, I really liked this beer when it was fresh so I'm trying to strike a fair review considering that minor drawback. My scores would probably be .5 higher accross the board with a fresh one. Nevertheless, I think it's worth seeking out if your a hop head.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
1.98/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Slightly tarnished yelow gold body. Some haziness. Level two fingers of white tight foam.

Pleasant grapefruit backed by pine aroma. Lacks the fierce assertiveness I was expecting.

Malt doesn't establish a foothole as much as collapses after the first step. The juicy citrus hops immediately take over and have a big bite at the swallow. In the aftertaste though the citrus recedes and the pine goes from pleasant to industrial cleanser.

Decent mouthfeel. Finish absolutely destroys drinkability.

The brief middle isn't worth the start and finish of this beer. This is one DIPA you can pass on.

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