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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 864
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 128 | 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: 271 | Hads: 864
Photo of HoppyBastard
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: cloudy, orange with carbonation on the lighter side, less than 1 finger head with almost no retention and minimal lacing.

SMELL: citrus, flowers, caramel and some pepper.

TASTE: surprisingly, the taste did not follow the nose, brief initially sweet caramel then you get a piney hop blast that lingers, the alcohol (9.7%!) was too perceptible for my taste.

PALATE: creamy, medium body, this beer is not highly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is not my favorite DIPA, too boozy and kind of one dimensional, this was not a particularly complex beer just in your face hops and alcohol. (649 characters)

Photo of shacawgo24
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber-orange. Glossy like honey. Great hue gradation bottom to top. Colors are brightened a tad held to light, no big transformation. Dense, slightly murky solid body. Off-white three 1/2 finger head. Decent notable retention. The lacing is memorable as well. Sticky webs cling to glass. Definitely looks like a DIPA.

S-Honey. Caramel malt. Pine. Dried pineapple. Dry mango. Trail mix with apricot bits. Meets the bar of what a great golden-orange DIPA should smell like. Sweet and pungent.

T-Caramel malt. Very piney. More sweet-malt forward than piney. Some bread. Honey. Woodsy, like a popsicle stick. Bitter. Some citrus hiding under the caramel-honey blanket. Stale orange, lemon, old lime. Citrus isn't rancid, but not tasty either. The sweet corn syrupy flavors save the day, even though the sweets are a bit overdosing on the palate. Wow, gets sweeter in a slightly icky way with more sips. Sadly the pine withers with time. Certain things die too quick, other things become sickly and strong. Balance is needed. The booziness keeps me hooked.

M-Average carbonation. Brew is a medium-medium, leaning towards the heavy full body area. Hop Juice feels more like "Hop Syrup". This is a compliment. Chewy & creamy with enough fluidity to be swig-able. But, finishes watery. Like the full shot of thickness can't be fulfilled and ends halfcocked. A slightly oily finish rescues this "thick-then-watery" misstep. Palate is left dried as well, via hops. Tongue is dry then wrapped with a thin oil coat. Refreshing in a non-conventional way. Alkaline aftertaste. Warms nicely, the watery traits evaporate a bit and it sips more thick bodied.

O-Not as hoppy as advertised. Hop Juice should be called "Malt Juice". The malt was so powerful that if not a DIPA lover, the beer will sip like sweet honey cough syrup. I like it though. The sweets need to be more smooth & rounded, which can be achieved if the citrus tastes more fresh and counteracts aforementioned to become a "sweet-fruitful relationship". Instead the hops taste funky and stale, and are not potent enough for a DIPA. More pine flavor is needed. Hop Juice is hopefully a work in progress, the brewers shouldn't stick to the same literal formula. Tweak it. Hop Juice is the epitome of beers I know aren't great, but like for some reason. Affordability and availability of this Imperial style makes this beer slept on in my opinion. A good gateway to DIPA's. Vets will enjoy if not the totality, then something in particular about the beer. A bomber will make you feel good I promise. Cheers to future improvement. (2,581 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark honey to orange in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a mottled surface of thin and thick film covering the majority of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops with a light amount of dankness. There is a light to moderate aroma of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and light flavors of pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while as well as some light to moderate notes of alcohol.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp with light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as hoppy as I expected from a beer called "Hop Juice" but still enjoyable. A touch hot from the alcohol which prevents it from being easy to drink. (1,244 characters)

Photo of santomark
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy orange, copper color with an off white head, about 1 finger width, fast retention,

S - Very sweet hops, mango, pineapple, apples, oranges, wet grass, mildly piney, mild dank. It's strong point is in the sweetness of the hops.

T - Tastes nothing how it smells at first. Very Very malty up front and even with the finish, nice bitter. The taste is very one dimensional.

M - Medium body, oily, medium carbonation, very boozy at the end.

O - This really was a disappointment. The smell was heavenly, but the taste and aroma are nothing alike. The taste was this very boozy drink. If you like boozy DIPA's, then this is for you. Other than that, this was one dimensional, unbalanced, and for the price, I was expecting more. (769 characters)

Photo of Stir-the-pot-guy
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- Has a nice orange/amber appearance, with a slight cloudiness. Poured it into a glass at a 45 degree angle which resulted in no head…little disappointed with that
S- Has a mild hoppy smell…I get a little bit of a tropical fruit note, a malty sweet note, honey, pineapple, and slight toffee
T-Intially I get that malty sweetness….it finishes with a classic hop bitterness but instead of that opening my palette to experience the tastes that I initially smelled I am left being reminded of the 9.7% ABV.
M-With the 9.7%ABV and the slightly cloudy appearance I was expecting a fuller body mouthfeel but it is actually more of a medium at best.
O- This beer has so much potential but it is very disjointed. A suggestion to the brewer….put a bottle date on your IPA's. I have viewed other reviews of this beer and just like the beer they are disjointed but all have the same complaint…how is anyone able to give a fair review if we don't know when the beer was bottled. Maybe this beer is better but the hoppiness has dissipated because it is past its peak. Be that is it may what really falls flat is taste. What you smell is not what you get…what you do get is an expensive 4 pack with a misleading name that is more boozy than brilliant. (1,249 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color- clear medium honey. Slight head.

Aroma- sweet with somewhat floral hoppiness.

Starts sweet, hoppy, and smooth sort of like a light molasses on grapefruit. Hops present throughout the taste, especially in the mid-body. Finishing with a balance between hops and honey. 82 IBUs. Serve cold. As it warms it gets sickly sweet. (332 characters)

Photo of tanarm
2.19/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours deep amber. OK clarity. Ok head retention.

Smells like hop candy. Sweetness looms behind herbal hops. Boozy alcohol on the nose. Citrusy and piney hops.

Whoa, caramel comes out to play! Prickly alcohol and bitterness, with a long bittersweet finish. Slight metallic finish.

Thick full body. Chewy for sure. Low carbonation.

No date on this bottle so I can't be sure how old it is, but this is tough to drink. Even as an American Barleywine this would be hard to give a good score, but it's closer to that style than anything. (536 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
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 -18.9%
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 +5.9%
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 +5.4%
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 +8.2%
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 +9.9%
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 -2%
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 -12.7%
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 +11.3%
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 +3.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +19.5%
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 +5.6%
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 -11.9%
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 -3.4%
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 +1.1%
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 +15.8%
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 -9.3%
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)

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.