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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
good

634 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-05-2007)
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-15-2012 03:57:11 | More by wagenvolks
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-11-2012 03:37:36 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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mikeczech

California

4/5  rDev +12%

12-29-2011 05:59:36 | More by mikeczech
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Vancoubeer

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip and it created a 2 finger white head and it has the burned orange look to it. Very nice looking beer. The way west coast IPA should look. But it has been filtered and it is not bottle conditioned but is not a see through beer. Its pretty cloudy. The smell is average. Not a whole lot going on despite the fact that there are 5 different hop varieties in the beer. However, you get the sense immediately that this is a big ipa. You get a bit of booze in the scent but I can tell why the people that rated this below a 2 were upset. I have smelled beers with lower abv with more hops in the scent. But oh well. The taste was not that bad. There is no way that this is a 9.7% beer. Its hidden that well. There are some here that complain that there is a boozy flavor and there is none at all. This beer is very bitter and so bitter that it proves the IBU theory that eventually a beer's bitterness is not able to be tasted by humans. But its high...very high but it drinks like a hopped up single IPA...this is dangerous. I can drink a lot of these. The mouthfeel is average. Not a lot of acid or that citrusy tang you get in hoppy beers. But its sticky as hell. The lacing on my glass is evident of the stickyness but perhaps the temperature I am drinking at has toned it down. Overall this is a 4, an 80. Its not the best dipa I have had. But its not the worst. Those that rate this low must be looking for something else than I. But this is a solid, easy drinking dipa that is bitter as hell. I would say that there is more east coast than west coast in the flavor but gets that b - score from me. BTW purchased this with a gift certificate so I have no financial loss in this and perhaps it has created a bit of a positive bias in my rating but this one is really not that bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:19:42 | More by Vancoubeer
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Docer

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice lightly cloudy west coast orange and straw brew with a fluffy white head that quickly turns itself into a bubbly spotty mess above the brew and around the inside of the glass. Just the way a west coast IPA should look.

Smell: (3.5)
- Nice bready grainy caramel malt seems to be masking this beers true punch. Little earthy and herbal.. yet some nice grassy and pine-like hops show through. Smooth fruity hop notes as well mellow the smell out.

Taste: (3.5)
- Very rich grainy malt without being overly sweet. Grainy, husky, bitter grassy hops.. very bitter. Not a bad thing. Light bready caramel, and the hops tame any sweetness way down. Super bitter, and has a light citrus and floral finish. Solid and different.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Puckering dry. Yet keeps the mouth watering for more. Chewy as all get out, and is well carbonated and smooth to drink. Medium body with a character being a bit of a meal.

Overall: (3.5)
- Many more hops were used in the early boil in this beer than most other double IPA's I have ever had. The bitterness is intense and quite good. Lovely all grain husky barley bomb. This brewer kind of went big on both ends.. and it turned out to be a true natural double IPA. Worth the try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 02:39:58 | More by Docer
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pwsoldier

Texas

3/5  rDev -16%

12-21-2011 00:19:04 | More by pwsoldier
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moserine

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2%

12-18-2011 05:06:56 | More by moserine
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +12%

12-15-2011 02:10:17 | More by TXhomebrewer
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +12%

12-07-2011 16:33:56 | More by kjkinsey
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PissWarmChango

Texas

5/5  rDev +40.1%

12-05-2011 22:09:47 | More by PissWarmChango
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ThirdEyePA

Texas

3/5  rDev -16%

12-05-2011 03:42:16 | More by ThirdEyePA
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4/5  rDev +12%

12-04-2011 00:55:03 | More by PhatAtUT
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HardTarget

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle looks different, new design I guess. Brown bomber.

Appearance: Very hazy orange amber glass struggles to hold a thin cover with a large bubbled collar. Leaves a few traces of lace.

Smell: Lots of sugary malt showing through for a name like Hop Juice. There is an earthy pine hop leaf smell, just not overwhelming.

Taste: Again, sugary malt starts the party and the hops show up late in the finish. Earthy, peppery, piney, leafy, the base is a bit worty, bit of a train wreck as nothing really shines or fits together. What is impressive is what I'm not tasting, which is the alcohol, which is hidden like the family jewels.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low carbonation, oily texture.

Overall: Yeah, a lot of hops, but not ones that I'm particularly fond of. Seem they put a lot in bittering hops where I like aroma hops, which makes it come across more as an American Strong Ale. Not bad, but not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:48:55 | More by HardTarget
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -16%

11-27-2011 04:01:01 | More by jenray
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honkduh

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16%

11-23-2011 04:00:24 | More by honkduh
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out like an outlaw beer would, it looks mean and unforgiving. Its body is a semi-dark golden color and is very hazy, mildly carbonated and topped off with a nice half-finger thick off white head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of lacing. Hops are very strong in its aroma and as a matter of fact that’s about all I can detect; some spiciness and citrus fruits do come through. This is definitely a thick bodied beer and covers your mouth quite well; it’s got quite a dull feel to it. The hops are present in the flavor but not much else, it’s a bitter beer over all but bad but not awesome either.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 05:01:26 | More by vickersspitfire
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ineva

California

4/5  rDev +12%

11-18-2011 20:26:56 | More by ineva
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hoesweizen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +12%

11-18-2011 19:19:43 | More by hoesweizen
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -16%

11-18-2011 03:31:49 | More by aanth
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randomdanger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 15:21:47 | More by randomdanger
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BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 11:38:34 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 03:09:12 | More by oline73
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop juice starts out of the bottle with an aggressive head that almost doubles the beer level. As things settle and you get past the mountain of tan pillowy suds, you see that the actual beer is a slightly hazed dull golden orange color. A great start despite the head on this beast.

The nose rocks the house! All that foams let's you get huge whiffs of strong hops! A nice bouquet of several different kinds offering the scents of everything from citrus to pine and juicy tropical fruit. I also get a hint of bubble gum reminescent of a Belgian style ale. Hopefully it isn't an off flavor or a weird malt that snuck in. If the taste is anything like this nose then I am in for a real treat.

Not a bad flavor but defenitly a few rungs down from the nose. It starts out with a nice malt sweetness and then moves into hop town. Unfortunately the hop flavor isn't as fat as the scent and all the different hops kind of make it a little confusing. There is a lot going on here and those hops seem to get muddled together. It's good but I want a defined hop bomb not a brew that is struggling with its identity. The previously mentioned Belgian flavor is there but not distracting.

Mouthfeel steps it back up slightly with a hell of a lot of ibu's giving a nice bite to an almost chewy beer. Smooth going down with a pinch lingering in the finish. Very nice. Overall this is a fine beer. It's a little short of the mark from some other great IIPA's but it is a tasty beverage and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:19:59 | More by jbphoto88
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a hazy rust color, frothy, sudsy head white head. decent lacing. as expected, hops dominate the aroma. citrusy.

taste is a little sweet malt mixed with a bunch of hops. not too bitter though. lingering aftertaste. sticky mouthfeel, good level of carbonation.

overall, a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:56:12 | More by jmdrpi
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Klym

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a surly nonic.

I decided tonight was local IPA night and thsi was next in line. Overall, not a very impressive DIPA. I actually found this quite malt dominant for something that calls itself malt juice. Dark fruit lays out the carpet for this and hops come through with an almost candied like character. A small bit of heat hits the back of the throat on the swallow. Drinks more like a barley wine than a DIPA but it was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:23:41 | More by Klym
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.