Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company
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2.81/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 15:11:33 | More by tone77
3.2/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 00:27:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.