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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%

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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Photo of depechemode1983


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with orange hues. The head is off white and foamy with decent retention. The lacing is decent and spreads even around the glass. The nose is mostly sweet. You get hints of honey, orange and candy sugar. The bitterness is surprisingly toned down for a DIPA. The taste is very sweet as well. Upfront you get all the tropical fruit and sweet candy flavors with a good balance of piney bitterness. It seems unbalanced at first but the finish is bitter enough to balance it all out in the end. The mouth feel is full bodied. It is also moderately carbonated and smooth. Overall not a bad beer. For a DIPA it is very balanced. I think it is one of the most drinkable DIPA i have tried. PS..The alcohol is very well hidden for 9.7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 08:54:48 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of ThePaleRider


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber/orange color with a thick white head. Head leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Lots of sediment floating around in there.

S - Orange, caramel, and pine. Definitely hops right up front where they belong.

T - Orange peel and bitter hops. I love how bitter this beer is. Not very well balanced with the malts but I'm down with strong hops. Lots of pine in the aftertaste.

M - A little oily with a nice medium body. Very nice carbonation. My M score was pretty much based on how happy I was with the carbonation of this brew.

O - My kind of DIPA with a lot of bite, but maybe not smooth enough for the average joe. Very drinkable and I would definitely pick this brew up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 03:59:37 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor as well. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:05:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a mountain of eggshell head, good retention as well. Expected some hop haze, but don't see much. Nearly a 5 in my books. Big hops in the nose as expected with big citrus (pineapple and orange). Very sweet smelling as well with some floral and pine. Taste follows with big citrus hop and less prominent floral and pine. Puckering bitterness for sure, it's a bitter one, but not as extreme as some DIPAs I've had. Overall a fine DIPA, but not amazing.

I almost wrote about how bland the beer was, but it came through after I downed some water, I guess just being thirsty after biking home can kill the palate as well... lesson learned.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:49:46 | More by IllNate
Photo of absolete


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into oversized wine glass.

A: Light rosy, copper.

S: Fresh orange rind.

T: Pretty complex, but balanced. A bit of sweet citrus up front, but can really spread apart and gives you a lot to wrap your head around as it finishes. However, at other times it is a little too much like juice. A bit too sweet, not enough crisp, cleansing bitterness to wipe the pallet.

M: Fine. Nothing really stands out as good nor bad.

O: It's a good beer. Not for me, but certainly a good beer worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:41:43 | More by absolete
Photo of bmwats


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a blanket of foam and a substantial beer ring. Sparse spider web lacing.

S: Syrupy sweet hop and malt sluice.

T: Hoppy and a little sweet.

M: Hefty but a little shallow. Dry finish.

D: Hop bite dictates a slower drink.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent body with a nice head. Nose is basic but full. Flavor follows suit. Characteristic of the style...hoppy with a slight high alcohol sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 04:53:00 | More by bmwats
Photo of RJLarse


4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Hop Juice in a bottle store. $7.99 Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a deep honey/gold color and slightly cloudy. Creamy one-finger head.

Smell is a strong sweet citrus aroma.

Taste is a bitter cereal flavor up front, with a bitter citrus and pine finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a silky smooth texture.

Overall a drink able DIPA, but too much ABV to be sessionalble.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:07:33 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Philousa


4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper and clear, with one finger head that settles to a decent, even layer atop the drink. Laces like a grandma from Bruges. Somewhat piney but mostly citrus and floral in aroma. Malt is a little spicy. Thought it might have some rye in there, but the aroma is too "clear" to have rye in it. Malt and hops are neck and neck, balancing each other out. Pale, dry malt hits the tongue and takes hold with bitter hop reinforcements following soon after. Very grassy hop flavor yields to a nectary, almost sweet hop oil. Bitterness is serious and stays a while. Balanced feel with a dry finish.

I like that this beer takes the American 2 row and runs with it. Recently, I've had double IPAs that have a very orangeish flavor to it. But this one is lighter in flavor with a good body to back it up. Seems more traditional, even though the DIPA style hasn't been around too long.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 05:02:33 | More by Philousa
Photo of DavidST


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, no bottled date. This pours an amber color with a decent sized off white head which dissipates to a pinky thin line. The smells are of pine, grapefruit, alcohol, some sugar. The feel is medium a little thinner than most iipa. The taste is mostly good, lots of bitter hops, but a very noticeable alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:20:17 | More by DavidST
Photo of PicoPapa


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber translucent color with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet resinous hops with some citrus. Taste is pithy grapefruit and oily, resinous hops. Some pine. Its a bitter Double IPA but there is some malt flavor. A bit of an oily mouthfeel. Not too hot considering the ABV is almost 10. Drinks well even with the bitterness. Overall, its a decent Imperial Ipa that I wouldnt mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 04:40:32 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of diamondc


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy, orange tinted, island of foam with sticky icky lacing.

S: Unusually sweet smelling for a DIPA.. cotton candy, cherry, alcohol, candied dried fruit. Reminds me more of a barleywine than a DIPA. Intriguing.

T: Initial blast of sweetness, pineapple, mandarin orange followed by a good blast of piney resiny hop.

M: The pine bitterness really lingers after each sip. I didn't detect much hotness on the tongue than I did on the nose.

O: I think this one could be labeled a barleywine and probably have a higher rating. I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 05:54:44 | More by diamondc
Photo of Drinkerofales


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back on tap, finally, after years of not having it at Oggis.

Light amber gold, not much head, but it's on tap. What head there is shrank into a ring and decorated my glass generously.

Smells of grapefruit and pine, pungently so. Not much else is detectable, which is fine by me.

Taste is exactly as the smell, piney, grapefruit, pithy citrus. This is what I look for in a DIPA. The bitter is big and delicious.

Texture has that nice hop bite, alcohol is barely noticeable.

For years this has been one of my favorites, and it doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 01:44:25 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of shigg85


4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap as a UK pink at Vivo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. A lovely blood red brew with a strong scent of molasses and berry along with the obvious hop aroma. A bit thin in the mouth for an imperial IPA, but the impact from the 9.7% ABV really packs a punch. Overall, this was as satisfying as a beer can get in that area. However, it could have had a bit more going on. I found it to be more of a strong brew than anything. This is a great beer for getting buzzed, but as for wanting something that should come with the imperial levels of magic that doubles/imperials hold, this is a bit different.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 08:37:30 | More by shigg85
Photo of rmcnealy


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium golden amber that was mostly non-transparent but appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a large, froathy head that can be uncommon in the dIPA range as it approaches the 10% abv mark. The aromas have an ever so slight twang of citrus but they're all on the darker pinier side of the spectrum. Hints of malt. The tastes include those darker hop varieties but lack a bitter bite that a 9.7% dIPA prides itself in. A strong start but an ending that has me wanting more. A stronger conclusion to a great journey, perhaps. Or is the journey more important than the destination? I dunno. Eitherway, a decent IPA and very glad a great west coast BA'er sent it this way!


Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:56:07 | More by rmcnealy
Photo of djbreezy


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - mostly transparent orange, massive off white foamy head, massive retention and lacing

Smell - grassy with some sweet malt

Taste - big bitter grassy pine hops, definitely tastes like hop juice, some malt hidden in there, alcohol is mostly hidden but it's there

Mouthfeel - full body, very dry, warming

Overall - a very piney and grassy hop presence, very intense profile

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:16:09 | More by djbreezy
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was honey. About two fingers of head. Cloudy white lacing that lasted throughout the pour. Nice, healthy white film on the sides.

What a great smell! Nice citrus hops with lemon seemingly leading the way. Maybe some grapefruit in there as well. Sweet floral notes. Altogether, just what I like in an IPA/DIPA smell.

Unfortunately the taste didn’t live up to the smell. Got light citrus hops up front, but then a crescendo of alcohol, giving way to a liquor taste at the end. Slightly bitter finish.

Medium body. Kind of a creamy slick texture. Average carbonation. Astringent finish. Slightly refreshing.

The look and smell started out so well, but the taste and feel just didn’t hack it. I could have easily have knocked the latter duo down a peg or two, but I guess I’m comfortable with the rating.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 06:09:01 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Vancoubeer


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Photo of Docer


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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
Photo of HardTarget


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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
Photo of jbphoto88


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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
Photo of jmdrpi


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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
Photo of Klym


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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
Photo of TheBrewo


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of polished brass. It holds a one and a half finger head of chunky white bubbles varying in size. As it recedes, at a standard pace, nice patterned lacing appears around the glass. There is no real haze or sediment noted, and carbonation appears standard. The aroma opens up with a gorgeous hop profile. They are soft and floral, but have a gritty mineral and earthy quality about them. There is an additional sweetness of lime and citrus, independent of the hops. Malts make for a nice balance, with a slight buttery, caramel warmth. The taste begins with bitter hops, of the grassy and soapy varieties. These dominate all flavors here, not faltering until the middle, where they let the malts step in for a quick balance. The hops also begin to change here, with earthy spice following citric and pine. We conclude on further bitterness of those same earthy hops, faint vanillas, metals, and a bready yeast quality. The aftertaste breathes of aromatic and dry bittering hops, more metallic yeast, and burnt (but not smoky) grain. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium. There is a great cream and smack to each sip, but the feel is slightly watery, and at times appears overly thin. There is no real coating, but the mouth is left cooled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely as a slurper.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the fresh hop aroma. It had a nice variety, and generous inclusions. This made the drinker very excited to taste and consume the product, but failed to deliver on the other points. If this were classified as an “American IPA” it may have been more appropriate, with the muted flavoring and thinner feel, but as a DIPA, it should have bolstered the flavors first and foremost, while adding a satisfying thickness to the feel.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 23:33:54 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Bfarr


3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy Orange amber, off white foamy/fluffy head with good retention and craggy lacing. Earthy sweet citrus, caramel, with a light mustiness. Barley and strong earthy hops balanced nicely at first until the hops come roaring back and stick around for good and linger for a pleasantly long time. Notes of citrus and a layer of mustiness. Sharp biting feel leaving almost nothing else except a watery sensation.

Good flavor and high hop content in this one. Alcohol is well blended but it bites a little hard in the swallow. Aroma is a wonderful blend of hops. There are hints of sweetness that shine between the hops but overall the taste is overshadowed by the hop bittering. It helps to take long breaks in between tastes to get the most out of it making this an excellent sipping beer. In a way it was perfect to drink while I was watching 13 Assassins. It lasted almost the entire movie and the movie would be excellent as long as you haven’t seen 7 Samurai (which elements were “paid homage” to) or any other samurai movies. If you have, well… it’s just very good then.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 21:04:26 | More by Bfarr
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.