Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Reviews: 264
Hads: 848
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 122 | FT: 1
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Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-05-2007

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

*12 oz. bottle* Ok this has what looks like an anatomy chart of a frog on the label. Kind of disgusting. Any who lets get this sucker into a glass. It poured a nice shade of copper with no head.. Odd I poured pretty aggressively. There were some off white bubbles just floating around. Ok the fumes from this is kind of sickly sweet of huge malts. When you cut through the malt there is a nice hint of hop spice. Ok, I'm devoted time to see the flavor on this. This has hints of floral, spicy and earthy hops with some fruits from the malts. There is some alcohol warmth, but its inviting. There is an off-balanced bitterness that isn't all that appealing. I mean its almost like chewing on a Columbus hop leaf. And it lingers on and on. I don't mind Hop bitterness, but man it could be a bit more well rounded. The body on this beer is the only thing I felt was actually pretty good. It is medium bodied and tight poppy carbonation keeps your mind away from the flavor for a while.

Overall: I don't know the freshness of this beer, so I can only review what I have. For a DIPA this is a little rough around the edges. For a Barley Wine it isn't that bad. It seems the hops have faded. Except the bitterness seems to have held up. This is pretty malt forward for being a California DIPA. I find it drinkable, just not that great of a DIPA. This beer is worth a try. (1,367 characters)

Photo of anon
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the bottle.

I have to say from the start, that if you pick this up expecting something very hoppy, you will be dissapointed; I fail to see how people on here are saying this has a ton of hop flavor to it.

Right away from the smell I was disappointed; much more malt than hop here, and same going for the taste. Definitely NOT a "hop monster" as stated on the label; yes, there is a hop presence; but for a double IPA and from reading the label I was expecting this to be far more hop-forward than the large malt presence.

I tried to put this aside and review it for what it was, and it isn't "bad", per se.But if you're expecting plenty of hops I say take a pass on this; if you're looking to try something different, give it a shot. Sadly, I won't be having this again. (794 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- copper color, very thin head

Smell- piney hops, some malt

Taste- piney hops, some malt, some slight bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would have it again. Overall, I would say it is a bit above average. Not the worst but not the best, still good enough to drink again. (332 characters)

Photo of Walletsworth
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep orange color with a nice head with good lacing. Smells hoppy with a lot of fruit in there as well. Tastes less hoppy than it smells. Not very smooth. Lots of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall looks much better than it tastes. Probably wouldn't try again. (278 characters)

Photo of wetnmst79
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Very pleasing yellow-orange with an immediate head that dissipates in a minute or two, and could have stuck around a bit more. Mild white lacing.

S: For a 9.7% abv, there's not much alcohol in the smell. It's a pretty balanced smell, on the whole. For a beer called "hop juice" it's not especially hoppy.

T: Oh yeah, it's an IPA. But "hop juice" is exaggerating a bit. The beer isn't crazy-bitter...actually, I think my tongue stayed sweet longer than it stayed bitter. Actually, the taste is really great, just not a "hop monster". I prefer a more balanced IPA and honestly hadn't been especially looking forward to popping this bottle. In reality, this beer has a kind of carmel sweetness that isn't usual for an DIPA. If you bought this for the name and you're a real hop-head, you might be disappointed. Personally, I think there's more to beer than making it as hoppy as possible, and this is really great...disregarding the name...

M: Creamier than a lot of IPAs, it stuck...and lingered...on my tongue. About as full-bodied as a hop-centric beer can be and not overwhelm. In my opinion, this is where the beer shines.

O: It's hop-centered, but you can find much more hoppy brews. Disregard the name and you'll find a really great beer with a lot to offer! Toasty, sweet, malty, bitter. There's a lot here. (1,319 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this a bit on the cold side with a small, cream-colored head that quickly settled to a very thin cover and no lace. Color is a clear a amber with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is strongly hop- resin and citrus- plus malt, caramel, a hint of wet cardboard. Flavor's like smell with the strong hopping covering up the underlying sweetness. Body's a little odd as the carbonation is quite fine; however, I think it works well as too much carbonic tang can clash with hop this strong. Finish is like flavor, fairly long and only has a suggestion of the alcohol power. Very good beer. (587 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Left Coast Hop Juice Double India Pale Ale. Alc. 9.7% by Vol. Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente, CA.

Hazed, copper/amber color, slim cream-toned head.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt notes hit first, chocolate and toffee, too. Hops creep in afterwards, dank, piney, resinous. Sweet malt and bitter hops do battle.

Taste: Blast of sweet heat at first. Massive malt, huge hops. Tasting more like a barley-wine than a double IPA. It's big, and boozy, and has a load of hops, but I, like so many others, like them pale, lean, and piney. I'm wavering between calling this either complex or messy. Not among my favorite double IPAs.

Let's see what they say on the label: "At Left Coast Brewing Co. we pride ourselves in being one of the pioneers of double IPA style craft brew. 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 week dry hopping in the fermenter contributing to it's great hop aroma. Starts out sweet and finishes with the crisp bitterness of a double IPA. This drinkable blend will have you hopping till night's end. It is approximately Alc. 9.7% by Vol. & has massive IBUs."

I don't wish to be mean, but that reads like it was written by an imbecile. What kind of a number is "massive"?

I won't return to this one, with so many better ones out there. (1,404 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan of this one. While there is nothing terrible or obviously wrong with it, it just slightly misses in some key areas. First, the smell is not what you would come to expect from a robust DIPA. While the hops and citrus are there, they seem almost muddy and sludgy and you can even smell how syrupy and sweet the beer is going to taste. And it is just that... thick, syrupy, over sweet, unbalanced, bready and malty. Way too heavy duty to drink for only being 9.7%. Dogfish head's 120 minute is more refreshing than this. Now this is not to say it is entirely bad. It is very hoppy, pours a great color, and the alcohol gives it a nice warmth in the stomach. But it is not something I am likely to come back to in the future. (735 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold-amber, good head.

Smell: Citrus, oranges, but not too strong.

Taste: Nice full orange/citrus flavor. Moderate sweetness. A little bitter rind in the finish, but not particularly bitter or dry.

Overall: Picked up one of these in Iowa before finding out they started distributing in MN. A pretty solid DIPA, kind of in the middle as it is not too bitter but not overly malty either. (405 characters)

Photo of Averwo
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Smell of grapefruit is outstanding.
Dark orange and coloring. Two finger head.
Served in IPA goblet.
Taste is very fruity. Strong grapefruit flavor.
Very bitter and dry. Typical of a Double IPA.
Overall very good. Strong but not over bearing bitterness.
My first taste of a beer from Left Coast Brewing. Won't be my last. (325 characters)

Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer had a nice scent to it... Typical IPA scent with one specific hop variant that wasent overpowering but stood out. The taste was similar... One hope def stuck out more than the others and had a nice malty sweet finish. Overall for the name i was expecting something... better. (285 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy brown to amber color. Ample finger plus head diappates to rim and on the top. Chunky to spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Hoppy, pine, caramel aroma.

T: Bitter front through pack - nice piney hops. Well balanced with a malt sweetner towards the end.

M: Creamy brew. Light yet full of body.

O: Great nice balanced brew. (345 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The hop juice by left coast is decent. Typical of most DIPAs where the hops are counter balanced by sweet malt. The beer poured a copper semi hazy color with white head that Did not lace. The scent was subtle hops with sweet biscuity backdrop. The taste is a decent balance between, my guess semcoe hops, and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is full body with decent carbonation. Overall it was good and I'm glad to have tried it. (423 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glowing amber gold body with a few fingers of off-white head which leaves a good amount of lace. Body is completely still.

Some melon and pineapple on the nose... sweet and subtle malts can't seem to mask the alcohol content.

Chalky toffee and vanilla overwhelm the hop profile I had expected. The alcohol content doesn't do us any favors.

Lame. Color me unimpressed. (372 characters)

Photo of gregy55902
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hop Juice Double IPA. No freshness date, but the guy at the store said they JUST had put it on the shelf (so hopefully it's very fresh).

A - Poured into an XL snifter. Very pleasant darkish-orange color; not cloudy but not opaque either. Very minimal head - what was there disappeared within several seconds, and all that was left was a nice ring of bubbles and lacing.

S - Plenty of juicy citrus hops and bready/carmel-ly malts. 5 hop varieties, but it's hard to tell which ones. I am slightly worried that this will be a malt bomb.

T - Hops. Malt. Too much malt.. way too much. The malt overpowers the hops and dominates the taste. A tad disappointing. The hops are there, but just barely.

M - Decent carbonation levels, although more carbonation would liven it up a little.

O - If you tout your beer as a heavy hitter in hops with the name 'hop juice,' then I am expecting the bottle to punch me in the face and force heaps of hops down my throat. I don't know how old this beer is, so the hop characteristics may have faded (but I'm inclined to think the beer is just like this). (1,093 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker amber color with one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Impressive amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Hoppy aroma which is expected. Not that strong of a aroma but has nice citrus elements.

Packs a bitter punch but lacks the hop flavor payoff that many of the better DIPAs have delivered to us. Flavor consists of citrus, a little tropical fruit, and a surprising amount of sweet, caramel malt. Not the malt level and flavor you expect from a west coast brewer. With this malt comes the equally surprising ABV level, and alcohol warmth.

Big body for a pale ale. Has nice smooth carbonation but enough to help with the bitterness and alcohol.

What I want from a DIPA is hop flavor, not just tongue punishing bitterness. What hop flavor you do get is good, just need more of it. (836 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy copper amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big hop forward aroma of grass, citrus, and pine with some bready malt backing. Rich and juicy hops upfront with herbal and grassy hints along with some pine resin spice. Citrus hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Bready malt sweetness with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, grains, toffee, and yeast. A juicy and wet smell.

Taste: Lives up to the aroma with a sharp and ripe taste of big hops and sweet malt. Big bitter hop taste with earthy notes of grass, pine resin, and citrus fruit. Citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, mango, and lemon. Also some herbal and floral hop notes. Solid sweet bready malt background with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, toffee, and yeast. Very hop forward, lush, and bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very oily, juicy, and bitter. Starts somewhat sweet and finishes dry. A little alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: Pretty decent for a more in your face hoppy brew. One of the more oily IPA's I've had but I like the aggressive hop taste. (1,363 characters)

Photo of joshbhs04
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear with an amber hue
S: Bread Malts with very lil hops
T: malt forward IPA, The hops really don’t shine as much as the name states.
M: Sticky mouthfeel, thick and good
O: Not really worth the price of admission. The name suggests a lot more hops but I had to really dig to find them on the palate. Wont buy again. (322 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold pour with a trace of residual foam and modest lace. Smells malty, fruit sweet with herbal and citrus hop. Taste is rather astringent in the pungent sense with moderate bitterness and pith as well as grassy essences adding some flavor. Substantial malt backbone lends fruity sweetness. Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Mild lingering bitterness and fruity sweetness on finish. These are some solid elements but the whole seems unorganized. (458 characters)

Photo of rringler
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, copper color. Pours with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing, but I'm drinking this out of a plastic cup, so that might be affecting it.

S: Hops. Dominated by earthy, herbal hops, with a bit of sweet malts in there. There's no reason to doubt the bottle's claim that the brew is dry-hopped for two weeks; it smells like it.

T: Complicated. Starts with some darker, dank fruit tastes, but then moves on to mild bready malts, before finishing with the earthy, herbal hops that it smells of. While there's no shortage of hops, they're not as bitter as other IPAs, so don't let them scare you off. It has a bit of a dry, alcohol taste, though it is 9.7% abv.

M: Medium to medium+ body; slightly thicker and oilier like a DIPA should be. Carbonation is very good.

O: Excellent example of what a West Coast DIPA tastes like. Grab one and pretend you're in SoCal. (902 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. I can't find a date, but we just started getting these, so age shouldn't be an issue.

A: Dark amber color with a thick tan head. Good retention.

S: Dank, leafy raw hops and a strong dose of caramel.

T: Strong hops along with a strong malt base. The hops aren't of the citrusy kind, but rather of the herbal, raw, leafy kind. Tobacco, marijuana, and other strong herbal hop flavors dominate this brew. The malt base is very strong, as well. It's sweet, but not overly sweet. I guess you could compare this to ST Unearthly. This beer isn't very bitter, but ends on a slightly dry note.

M: A bit of a thick, full mouthfeel. Pretty typical for this kind of DIPA. Pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV.

O: This isn't a bad beer. For the price, you get a very bold, strong herbal DIPA. I would probably buy this over Unearthly, which has a similar taste profile but is quite a bit more expensive. (945 characters)

Photo of popery
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes, 3/6/10. Bottle, home. Surprisingly good DIPA. This beer pours a medium amber with a smallish white head. The aroma is quite good, a mix of a variety of hop flavors - mostly floral and citric. There’s a touch of caramel malt, but this is clearly a hop ride from the outset. The flavor is pretty much all big chewy hops. I guess it’s dry, but it’s hard to taste much beyond the hops. If that’s not your cup of hop tea, then you won’t like this beer much. There was a definite paint thinner note when the beer was colder, but it fades to further hoppiness as it warmed up. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, but them’s the breaks with hop juice. Super hoppy DIPA. (675 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter, nice bottle art

Good copper gold with a finger of foam. Good lacing and retention, very little carbonation. Great looking brew. Smells of strong hoppy citrus with a strong malty base and some alcohol. Taste of fruity hops and malty booze. Alcohol undercuts much of the flavors leaving it a bit bland. Feel is again boozy, but drinkable. Overall while it's not exactly terrible, I'm not impressed with this beer. I don't think I'd get it again (462 characters)

Photo of RockyRaku
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice. Poured from bottle to a round glass. Very nice copper color, clear in the light. The nose is bread like and a hint of alcohol. The head was creamy…thick when poured and thinned out with some lacing on the glass. The taste was powerful, but not mind blowing. Hoppy, floral notes...herbs and some spiciness and again a taste of alcohol. Very clean, but long lasting mouth feel with a dry finish. (401 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a clean amber pour with 2 fingers of foamy head. citrusy sweet smell, pine, caramel, and grass notes. a sweet malty DIPA with a heavy booze kick. tasty bitterness fights the sugary backbone from the malt and confuses the hell out of my palate. the alcohol taste is VERY strong in this one. medium body with a good amount of carbonation, alcohol warmth is very present. a pretty good DIPA but a bit too strong in the booze flavor and weak in the hop department for something called hop juice! (491 characters)

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.