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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice

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BA SCORE
81
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271 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 271 | Hads: 863
Photo of Apellonious
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle (could not find any dating) poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a ruby orange with a touch of cloudiness. Thin half finger head.

S - Dense, centered around berries (strawberry), blood orange, some piney hops and a touch of heat.

T - Very malt forward, doughy even, before some back end hops and bitterness peaks through. Once you breathe out you notice the ABV.

M -- Moderate to below moderate carbonation. Sits full in the mouth.

O - I thought it was tasty. Nothing will jump out and blow your mind (which seems to be a needed separator in this space). Its almost like an American and English DIPA blend. (628 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.47/5  rDev -2%

Appearance - 4/5
An extremely clear orange, with minimal head. Looks appetizing

Smell - 3/5
Strong smells of hops, chocolate (yes, that's what I smell), maybe faint smells of citrus.

Taste - 3.25/5
Sweet and smooth, tastes of hops, chocolate, and honey. Nothing special about the taste, besides it being extremely smooth for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body, tastes slightly creamy, which is unique for an IPA. Carbonation is nicely balanced

Overall - 4/5
I don't know quite how to define it, but despite some of my low ratings in the various categories for this beer, I steel feel like I like it. I don't love it. But it is something I would consider getting every once in a while

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (773 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a burnt orange / amber color with not much head to speak of other than wispy clouds that circulate the glass. Good clarity.

S - Citrus zest, floral, honey, caramel, resinous.

T - Citrus hops, some resinous notes, heavy on the sweet side - honey, warming alcohol. Finishes clean with a slight bitter after taste.

O - This is a solid DIPA, but does nothing to knock your socks off. Slightly muted hop explosion for this style which is a bit disappointing. (469 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, and some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of a large amount of hops, light citrus (grapefruit), malt, and a light pine element. The flavor is a bit uneven, especially where the hops are concerned; it gets a little bitter and too hops-forward. Other than this, not bad.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter, somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Hop Juice won't break any new ground in the DIPA style, but is pretty solid. It's slightly inconsistent, but worth a try. (673 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a very thin off-white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet malts and some light citrus.

T - The taste is very malt forward. Lots of sweet malts upfront with a light amount of citrus (orange and grapefruit). There finish has some piney hops and a buttery finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is oily with a boozy finish.

O - This a very average DIPA. Very malt forward and boozy. (462 characters)

Photo of hophugger
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep mango-orange color with a decent head and minimal lacing with this pour. Aroma is citrus rind, some hop resin and a little malt sweetness. Ok, here goes the first sip..............................Awwwwwwwwwwww, the alcohol burn is over the top and definitely takes away from what I thought was going to be an amazing hop flavor considering the five different hops used. Little disappointed as I drink. The alcohol taste completely masks any decent hop juju that may be present. I am sad to say that after anticipating this beer, I have been slightly let down. Don't get me wrong, I like high ABV's, but this is a little over the top as far as the mouthfeel. Wont be able to tell you if the balance or anything else is good because of that, sorry....One more note, don't waste all of those fine hops if they are not going to contribute to a greatly hopped beer. Almost a drain pour, but I am hanging in there !, I can always use it to clean something I am sure.... (976 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/8 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and small wisps of surface foam. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Sweet malt fused with some citrusy hops. Smells decent enough.

T- Taste mirrors the flavor with more sweet malt that's well complemented by the citrusy hops. Yes, I'm repeating myself but that just gives you an indication of how this beer tastes good but just lacks complexity. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is there but not lingering.

M- This is where the beer falls a bit flat literally. When I popped the cap, there was very little psst! to be heard and the mouthfeel reflects that since it's lacking in carbonation. As far as the feel goes, it's oily from the hops and the body leans toward the lighter side.

O- Not as bad as the score would lead you to believe but it just doesn't have much character and my particular bottle was under-carbonated. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Kasabear
4/5  rDev +13%

A . Golden poured into pint glass. Nice head.

S. IPA IPA IPA .

T. Nice hops , mild citrus . Can taste alcohol just a bit .

M. Smooth and drinkable.

O. Very good . 9.7 alcohol is what the bottle says. I think that's is true for sure . (237 characters)

Photo of DoktorEd
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Poured into a standard English Pub Glass. Color was a slightly cloudy dark amber with a thin head about a quarter inch thick, dissipated quickly.

Fragrant, fruity smell. Strong but not overbearing on the hoppiness.

Flavor was nice and balanced, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tastes like it smells, not incredibly bitter but with the typical slight tart that comes with IPA. I found this IPA to be one of the more drinkable that I've had. I'd probably get this one again, as I found it to be very middle-of-the-road; just right. (550 characters)

Photo of KineticKill
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

A- Like a clear, solid gold bar. Color stays consistent throughout, with no sediment in sight. Very appealing and refreshing to look at.

S- Not the strongest smelling double IPA, honestly. Hops are the only thing that I smell. I like hops A LOT, so this isn't a bad thing to me, but judge accordingly.

T- Exactly like it looks and smells. Hops. I taste only hops. No citrus, no pine, no malt. Just hops. Has a lingering bitterness that kind of requires you to keep drinking it to taste good.

M- Very light for a 9% DIPA. Borderline lager mouth-feel. Tastes more carbonated than it looks, which is another anomaly in the DIPA category.

O- Not bad, for a Wednesday night grab at Winco while grocery shopping. This was pretty much what I expected with a name like Hop Juice. I liked it enough, but it is too run-of-the-mill to consider it a favorite in the category of DIPAs. I'd say it has one great strength: if you enjoy hops enough, this one can be very refreshing on a hot summer day. I hope Left Coast is around for a good, long while, but try the Asylum Tripel before the Hop Juice to get a better idea of what they're capable of. (1,141 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 Strix
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden, big initial head that vanishes leaving a hint of lace.

Sweet malt, hint of pine, not really the hop blast I was expecting.

Sweet maltiness, booze (bourbon?), hint of pine, buttery note.

Smooth, slightly viscous, low carbonation.

A really unusual DIPA. Quite boozy and not full of hop flavor really. Missed the mark for me. (340 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of RDBJ
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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). (910 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of rangerman21
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Gold with a white head

Smell: hoppy, citrus, floral aromas. Smells good.

Taste: Well balanced, hint of booze. Hops at the end don't over power. Complex flavor, that's enjoyable

Mouthfeel: smooth

Overall: Very good IIPA. Nice use of hops without an overpowering bitterness. (288 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, not great, DIPA. Pours an orange/amber color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Good locking orange/amber color, medium size off white head with good retention and lacing.

Better than average aroma of caramel malt and piney/citrus hops.

Tastes pretty good too. Caramel malt up front and good bitter piney and citrus hoppiness in the finish. Nicely balanced, both flavors are very robust.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style.

Wo9rthwhile DIPA, there are at least 10 that I like better, but still a decent representative of the style. (559 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft poured into iconic pint glass at Lure's

A-Pours a clear deep golden, slightly amber with white super creamy head with good lacing.

S-Aroma has lots of caramel, plenty of citrus/pine in the hops, but not overpowering.

T-Nice flavor that is a nice balanced mix of caramel malts with plenty of resin/pine/citrus hoppiness.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lingering bitterness, decent balance.

O-This beer was recommended to me by the bartender. Great DIPA if you like sweet and hoppy. (497 characters)

Photo of craftbeerbyob
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had high expectations from the beginning because the store owner said he liked it more than Hop Slam! I said that was a pretty bold statement but am excited to try now. Well, Hop Slam is definitely better but Hop Juice is still a very good beer. I also got the bomber on sale, so for the price & quality, it was a great buy!

Appearance: Not completely clear. Slight cloudiness with a brown tint and little sustained head.

Smell: I love floral IPAs and this had a piney nose. Still smells like an amazing IPA but not floral, just a preference.

Taste: Love the bitterness (extreme IBUs) and lingering flavors. A little maltier than I would like but not a deal breaker.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth and you can tell you are drinking a double IPA. The beer is a little thicker and takes time to drink. (811 characters)

Photo of ZachKelly
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy bronze color. Thick white head, lingers at about 2 centimeters for the entirety of the time it is in the glass. Steady, slow carbonation.

Smells purely like a hop head's dream. A little bit of malt comes through, but not much.

You can tell it is heavily hopped. Malt sweetness balances things out nicely. Sweetness up front, bitters as it lingers in your mouth.

Bitter and lingering, smooth.

Lives up to the name, "Hop Juice". (493 characters)

Photo of elmore
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Burnt orange color, slightly darker than the average DIPA. Thin, off white head that recedes quickly with a good deal of lacing. Sweet toffee from the malts and piney hops. Taste similar to smell with a strong malty backbone nicely balanced with bitter piney hops. I tend to like a little less sweet DIPA with more grapefruit hops taste, but I am really enjoying this. Some booziness, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is on the viscous side for the style, carbonation is medium. Overall a very good beer. I am rating it higher than most even though I prefer a slightly less malty, hoppier DIPA. (634 characters)

Photo of argock
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Burnished light amber with 1-finger light beige colored, tightly bubbled head with decent retention but no appreciable lacing.

S: Pine resin is the strongest aroma with grapefruit rind and orange thrown in. There is an herbal, grassy note too. This all blends with an overly caramel malt component, and the characteristics don't work in concert at all. It turns out to be a citrus and pine tinged honey sweet aroma.

T: The flavor is not really any better with way too much sweet maltiness, with a vegetal edge from both graininess and grassy hops, honey, and then pine resin and grapefruit. While it is not astringent, it is not all that enjoyable and is a victim of being a syrupy sweet DIPA. Alcohol character is medium and there is no yeast contribution.

M: Slick and oily with low carbonation but low-moderate dryness, owing to the oversweet nature.

O: Hop Juice was promising in name but short on execution. I think this is probably an old school (like 1997) DIPA that hasn't been updated with today's tastes in mind. (1,169 characters)

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