Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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758 Ratings
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 63 | 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:
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(Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-05-2007)
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Photo of tone77
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is minty, piney, lots of hops. Taste is bitter, bold, alcohol, pine, a medicinal aftertaste. Some malts, just kind of a mess, and a tough beer to finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a beer that I cannot recommend.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of atrocity
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of MistyMountainHops
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tgatort
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of penguinboat
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of WCW
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Bitter-ole-man
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of SkinniePost
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Kuges
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Bolivian22
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of AAAceHole
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Mike_Gentry
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of RDBJ
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Jakethesnake503
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jerryt0000
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of hops202
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Wetenkamp
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mediocre_Ninja
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.