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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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Reviews: 277
Hads: 880
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 26.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 136 | 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: 277 | Hads: 880
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass, pretty cloudy. Good balance of malt and hop bitterness. Not what I consider a typical west coast ipa or as citrusy as I like.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Creamy whipped covering over a rustic orange colored body with a sharp clarity. Healthy steady rise of macro-bubbles, moderately paced. Milky cream covering of lace on the spiegelau ipa glass, with a lasting coverage atop.

S: Toasted caramel and citrus for aroma, moderate awareness, a bit disappointed considering the name sake and was expecting a bit more wallop to the nostrils. Lightly dry grapefruit pulp and pine with a dry powdery malt like finish.

T: Toasted dry malt upfront for flavor, resinous pine juice and grapefruit flowery hops. Alcohol is very low key, barely noticeable with some sticky citrus and juicy hops sneaking through the big malted body, but alas, as much with the nose never seems to be enough. Finishes with a bit of grassiness.

M: Nice carbonation, sticky malt and hop resins on the tongue. Some very light alcohol mentions but again no where near what a 9.7% should feel like.

O: Overall while the hop and bitterness level was a bit of let down per name sake, it doesn't mean this was a disappointment. In fact this showed a great balance of malts and hop, with a big, toasty character, while the hops were appreciable. The alcohol content was well hidden, a very good ipa for the masses. If you were expecting a hop bomb or the next great thing, and are overly critical per style, you may say you were mislead, but in the end this remains a beer i would buy frequently for sharing with friends and think this deserves a bit better then advertised for its balance and drinkability.

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mud brown, and so cloudy that light practically doesn't come through. A weak amount of head, slightly tan and while there isn't much of it, there is certainly some staying power.

S: Lighter citrus and floral aromas as well as honey bread. Caramel malt in the background.

T: Good hop flavor, resin, citrus peel, and a nice grapefruit flavor rounding out the finish. Slightly herbal on the end with decent caramel malt balance.

M: Medium light in body, carbonation is lively, and there is a bit of an acid bite in the linger.

O: Overall the flavor is pretty good, but the appearance and smell are lacking. Not necessarily juice of a hop..

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Photo of flyersfan900
4.59/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very malty for an IPA. I can taste the alcohol but it's not overwhelming. The pine-flavored hops come through at the end leading to a sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of InkedinRi
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I mite have gotten a old bottle? I don't know? It was a new offering from my beer store. But this one was not very good at all.. Very malty.. I could not even finish the bottle. I won't buy this again

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber with a small head.
Aroma of resinous hops along with spicy notes, a little booze and a massive clean malt note.
Malty flavours but a load of resinous hops with some pine too. A little soft booze and some herbal hops later on.
Nice moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
2.77/5  rDev -22%
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....

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Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Kasabear
4/5  rDev +12.7%

A . Golden poured into pint glass. Nice head.


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 .

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Photo of DoktorEd
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

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Photo of KineticKill
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Strix
2.77/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of RDBJ
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.13/5  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).

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Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.