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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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615 Ratings
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of mdaschaf


2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes 2/11/11. Thanks to forgetfu for this bottle!

A: Love the bottle art!. Poured a clear golden color. Two finger frothy white head formed with nice retention and chunky lacing.

S: Little bit of citric hops, more on the malty side, bit of caramel and some breadiness. Would have liked a bit more hop aroma.

T: Does not taste like an imperial ipa. Much sweeter than expected. Some darker fruit and caramel. Not bitter at all, seems to be missing most of the characteristics I look for in this style.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. I left confused, with a name like Hop Juice, I was expecting an over the top hop explosion, which just was not there.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 02:27:54 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of hoplover82


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

Despite the overall score on this beer, I LOVED this beer! Beautiful in every way.

All I can say about this beer is that the aroma and flavor is nothing but candied grapefruit all the way. Hoppy Juicy indeed! The name says it all. They must have used a lot of Chinook hops in this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 22:36:06 | More by hoplover82
Photo of IronLover


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle with no freshness date. Copper orange in color with a nice off-white head with excellent head retention. Foam reducs to a healthy cap that left lots of stick y lacings. Intense citrus hop aromas, orange and grapefriut, with a hint of fresh, wet pine. Medium body and carbonation. with a resinous feel in the middle. Big blast of hop flavor, orange and grapefruit in the beginning transitioning to pine at the finish. Very little malt character. Finished with a bitter pine aftertaste that tended to linger a bit. A pretty good DIPA, but I'd likely try something different in the future if given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 16:18:02 | More by IronLover
Photo of Haybeerman


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with fair retention to a half finger. Lightly decanted with lazily rising bubbles. Laced in wavy rings.

S: Lots of hop character. Citrus and grapefruit with an added herbal note. Grassy in the foundation. Its big for sure, but relatively muted compared to many DIPA's. No malt character.

T: Malt comes through in taste versus none in the nose. Hop character in the middle was very resinous; surprised relative to the nose. Sharply bitter in the finish to give the beer a very clean taste. Disguises the alcohol well.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Balances well. Resiny and dry with sharp bitter for clean finish.

D: Flavorful and way too easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 00:05:41 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Jeffo


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Clear tenne orange in color with almost no carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a wisp and coats the sides of the glass in lacing. By they end, however, no real head remains at all, leaving no lacing down the glass. Starts out great, but looks a little flat by the end.

SMELL: Pale malts and lots of citrus and grapefruit. Some lemon and a touch of honey dew melon and sweet caramel malt in there. Still, more of a grapefruit hop bomb for sure.

TASTE: Much different than the nose. Pale malts and some cantaloupe up front. Definitely wasn't expecting that. Lots of bitter hops and some grapefruit, but mostly lots of plain bitterness after the swallow. Bold and bitter aftertaste with lots of grapefruit and sweet cantaloupe is pretty short lived. A bit of heat at the swallow as well. Decent, but that cantaloupe is a bit of a throw.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Pretty good here.

OVERALL: A unique one to say the least. The nose and taste didn't quite match up, and the cantaloupe flavors threw me for a bit of a loop. It's certainly bitter and very hoppy, which I quite enjoyed, but the malt profile didn't quite do it for me. A little less cantaloupe and a little more melon or pineapple and it'd be more my thing. Still, this is a quality brew worth checking out. Give it a go if you can find a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 13:56:22 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Ghenna


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice gold color with a touch of amber, white head tightly bubbled.

Very sweet citrus hop aroma, definitely more orange than grapefruit. For a non-hop head this is really an enticing smell.

Hop flavor is present in the periphery at first, with lots of lemony/orangy sweetness, though as the taste progresses it moves in to a bitter hop finish. Pretty pleasant for me, until the bitter at the end.

Definitely a beer with a bit of Mouthfeel, but not so much that it is chewy.

Yet another example of why DIPA is one of the most interesting styles being produced. Although there is plenty of hop flavor, it is more interesting for me to drink than regular IPAs. Lots of diversity of flavor in the style, and this one is remarkable because it does an awesome job of combining hop and orange flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:57:31 | More by Ghenna
Photo of HipHop5


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden /light coper color with a good 1/2 inch head that lingers for few moments. Great "seep rows" of lacing that sticks to the glass pretty long time. I love that about a beer. Just put a smile on my face. Some light citrus and pine sap aroma. very discrete up front. Taste very smooth and balanced. After taste is more of pine and hops bitterness. This is a beer that develop as you drink it. Still pretty discrete but very drinkable . I can see myself getting this one in my fridge on a regular basis. Not a potent California DIPA but if you are looking for a more subtle one that is easy to share with your "non hop heads" friends. A good intro to some California heavy weight DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:44:47 | More by HipHop5
Photo of Nugganooch


3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A golden caramel color with amber hues and a nice dense 2-3" off-white head with some slight lacing.

S: Floral and spicey nose with some malty-sweet aromas

T: Starts very sweet with lots of caramel like flavors. Decent floral and spicey hop presence. Alcohol is very evident in this brew. Finishes dry with some bitterness.

M: Good carbonation but a very sweet and sticky brew that is quite warming at 8.5% abv.

D: Low - The combined sweetness and booziness to this brew make it a sipper.

I have had this brew straight off of the tap and have never really been a big fan. Left Coast Brewing Company is the public distribution arm of Oggi's Pizza and Brewing; which dont get me wrong is a fine establishment with many accolades. However I have always felt this brew was just off and too unbalanced. Advertised as a "Hop Monster" the hops actually take a back seat to the heavy malt and alcohol presence. Another "West Coast" style IPA that does not really deliver compared to other SoCal offerings in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 18:43:27 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of hooliganlife


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to beachrez!

pours a light copper with a bit of orange and yellow. fluffy pillow like head. great retention and some lacing.

lots of citrus and pineapple. tons of tangerine and orange. light booze and sweet malt.

very pine and resin up front. lots of earthy flavor. light citrus through out. a sturdy malt backbone through out. bit of grapefruit and black tea in the finish.

moderate body with a moderate carbonation. not overly full bodied. nice and balanced. not as light as a regular IPA, just a tad heavier.

lots of flavor, decent complexity. various hop flavor. decent DIPA, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:51:19 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of mjyoung


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on paper 12/16/10. Split with bbb099

A: Nice golden hue, very solid looking beer with a nice thick head that's got good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of fresh, clean hops with few other flavors to back them up. The standard citrus and grass, but behind that there isn't much and it's not quite as pungent as I was expecting.

T: Very clean taste of floral hops. I couldn't discern the alcohol. There aren't any gustatory revelations brought forth, but it is still tasty. The best I can say is that it tastes very fresh.

M: Nondescript, fairly light but nothing that I wasn't expecting.

D: Because it's so smooth it went down very easily. I'd say it was quite drinkable, but not necessarily incredibly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 00:45:34 | More by mjyoung
Photo of BradLikesBrew


2.23/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly cloudy copper body with a thich, sudsy looking white head.

Citurs and pine sap on the nose. For a DIPA that is supposed to be severely dry hopped, I was hoping for more. I've had Pale Ales with a larger hop scent.

If the aroma was a mild letdown, the flavor is a tragedy. Alcohol is pervasive. There is an astringent character that goes far beyond simple bitterness. Sweet malt is reminiscent of American Barleyine. Hops come and go in flashes, but never land a solid blow. The finish is like cheap whiskey, boozy, but not in that good warming sort of way.

If you have to slam it like you're shooting McCormick Vodka at a frat party to get through a bottle, its not a good beer. I won't be finishing my glass, let alone the bottle.

I don't know what they did wrong with this beer, but it seems like they keep doing it. After reading other reviews, it doesn't sound like my experience was an isolated incident or the result of a bad batch. While plenty of BAs seem to think its decent, it sounds like the shock I currently feel is a rather common reaction to this product.

I hate to be mean. I know someone worked long, hard hours to make this beer and I respect anyone willing to dedicate their life to commercial brewing. It is not any easy thing to do. But this is bad.

Avoid this beer. I won't be carrying it at my store and as it is currently constituted, I would recommend others take a pass as well. You may be able to pass this off on someone with little experience with IPAs and they mat not notice its flaws and simply drink it as a source of alcohol, but I think most experienced beer drinkers will notice right away, there is something wrong with Hop Juice.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 04:59:04 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of sbauer


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: Good lacing.

S: Toffee, mocha, pine. Some fresh hops but overpowered by bread and oak aroma.

T: Coffee and caramel malts overpower the hops. Some of the fresh hops come out on the finish.

M: Medium-full bodied. Moderately carbonated.

D: A decent DIPA but the hops were not prominent enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 06:01:57 | More by sbauer
Photo of bbb099


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with mjyoung.

Appearance - Golden honey color. Good amount of head and lacing.

Smell - The aroma is dominated mostly by citrusy hops.

Taste - Taste was heavy with hops though not as bitter as I was expecting. Leave a grassy, somewhat unpleasant aftertaste however.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body. Nothing exceptional.

Drinkability - Average, I did not exactly crave more after finished my glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 07:08:18 | More by bbb099
Photo of flannelman808


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Different label this year and presumably a different recipe. The alcohol is lower at 8.5%.

A: Bright golden honey color with a large bubbled bone white head. Very sticky lacing but head retention does not hold too well.

S: sweet smelling caramel and sticky pine dominate. Maybe a mild citrus in the background.

T: caramelized orange, pine bitterness, decent stuff but maybe a bit too malt forward for me. This one is green for sure, but not very expressive. It strikes a fair balance between sweet and bitter but I wish Its hop notes were more flavor forward.

M: sticky on the glass and tongue otherwise a bit watery.

D: medium high

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 04:46:49 | More by flannelman808
Photo of corby112


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a clear pinkish golden ruby rose color with a two finger foamy yellowish tan head that slowly fades. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma is bursting with floral and citrus hop notes. Earthy dank character with hints of pine needle and alcohol. Hints of grapefruit and citrus peel as well as some pale malt and graham cracker.

Chewy full body with a huge bitter hop blast up front with hints of pine which is nicely balanced by citrus sweetness and subtle malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit, mango, lemon and orange peel. The ABV adds some nice warmth yet this beer is still extremely quaffable. Bone dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 08:25:01 | More by corby112
Photo of boomer31


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SMason for the extra

A - Pours a clear golden brew with a thick white head. A touch of stick on the glass

S - Mostly malt with some grapefruit and grass

T - Sweet malt takes away from the hops. As is warms you pick up more grapefruit and lemony hop. The alcohol becomes ore apparent as it warms.

M - Pretty full bodied, nice high carb, very sticky but not as dry as I'd like my Imperial IPA.

D - Very easy going down, not overly hoppy or malty. Good balance but I was expecting more hop

Overall an alright Imp IPA. I was hoping for more of a hop presence than malt balance. The alcohol starts to hit me half way thru the bottle. Not bad

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:39:10 | More by boomer31
Photo of imagese


4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint. The bottle has the new frog design and adjusted ABV of 8.5%.

A- poured a slightly hazy golden with 2 finger head on an easy pour. Minus the great head, this beer doesn't look that great.

S- wow! Can I dive in!?!?! A great Spicy citrus nose with a sweet boozy kick. Pellet dry-hopping is very apparent on the nose

T- big citrusy rind hop slam with a piney sweetness in the back end. Damn, there's a lot going on here, but very crisp and distinct.
M- BIG is an understatement. The bitterness just assaults your tongue. The 2 week dry hopping adds a great oily feel without making it too soapy. Beware, if you don't want your mouth to "feel" the beer you're drinking, do not buy this. If you dig the hoppy explosion, buy a case!!!

D- this is a true example of a DIPA. IBU's thru the roof! Great beer to end a night with. Not sure I'd be able to drink several of these, and not many beers out there that could follow this hop bomb...

I got turned on to Left Coast after a visit to Oggi's, and buying a bottle of Torrey Pines. I'm going to have to go deeper into their catalog for sure... I love beers that make you think and are so good that they're almost undrinkable. This is one of those beers!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:31:45 | More by imagese
Photo of Bizz88


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy honey amber with a tan one fingered head with tons of sticky lacing. Aromas of piney hops and grapefruit citrus with a touch of sweet malt. On the palate sweet pine sap and grapefruit much atune to the aromas with a medium body with nice carbonation. If this bad boy was a little less then the labeled ABV's, one could quaff a quite a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 00:58:45 | More by Bizz88
Photo of cdkrenz


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Frothy thick head of over three inches in a cloak of eggshell. The bidy of the brew is a nice transparent light brownish-orange.

S - Citrusy hop aroma but it doesn't overwhelm. It has a smooth easy to consume aroma. Very nice.

T - Wow, that's your big boy! Leafy grass hops to start followed by bitter citrus. The finish is flavorful too with a ripe pine hoppiness. It does however offer a strange leafy hop aftertaste that really takes away from the brew.

M - Thick and soft feel. Goes down well.

~ This is a monster of a DIPA. There's alot going on in this brew. It is certainly not for the meek. Give it a sampling if you so dare.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:57:53 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of DeanMoriarty


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO for $5.99 and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Very clean, light amber colored with a weak head that dissipates quickly, leaving small amounts of lace in my glass.

S: Sweet and hoppy, a lot of malt and yeast, also slightly boozy at the end.

T: Super hoppy bight - fresh cut grass with a ton of sweet malt to balance the heavy hop. There's a little boozy flavor at the end, but overall a pretty solid tasting double IPA.

M: Medium bodied, super sticky and well carbonated.

D: Decent drinkability for the high ABV, and I enjoyed the bottle I tried, but wasn't wishing I had another one when I finished it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 06:58:44 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of SBarbeerian


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pint 6oz bottle. Clear golden orange color with a tan head. Larger bubbles & decent lacing.
Malts & fruit in the nose; mildly citrussy, some tropical fruit, little grass.
Taste: sweet, malty & fruity. Hops on the mellow side, especially for a double IPA from SD county, kingdom of hoppy beers. Would expect "Hop Juice" to pack more of a punch as far as hops are concerned. Mild by DIPA standards, but a good beer. I'd gladly drink another pint, but would push it aside for most other SD county DIPAs. Cheers mates.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:15:28 | More by SBarbeerian
Photo of thain709


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This was served with a deeper shade of amber body...it had a slight haze to it...a creamy one finger head turned into a wispy cap...decent lacing

S - The aroma was pretty one dimensional and can summed up in one word...hops...the nose was all about the hops...citrus and pine fighting each other

T - The flavor profile turned out to be just the same...all hops...there wasn't much balance to this beer...the hops were all over the place and just became too bitter...it was hard for me to find any sweetness coming through to save my palate

M - Medium bodied...reisny...overly bitter

D - This beer started off decently with a huge hop nose but it came up short in the flavor because of no balance...combine the lack of balance with the 9.5% ABV and you've got a beer you need to watch yourself with

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 11:04:22 | More by thain709
Photo of jjh19


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color, a ton of bubbles
Smell: Nothing overpowering with the smells, some citrus notes.
Taste: In the taste I was actually surprised by how muted the hops were. A touch malty for some balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and fairly hot on the alcohol.
Drinkability: Not the most hoppy or distinctive IIPA I've had. Worth a try, but I'll pass on ano

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 05:06:33 | More by jjh19
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop juice pours a deeper golden color with very little head. Pure and simple this beer smells and taste of hops nothing else. A full tatse but finishes just a bit watery. Not for the lite beer drinker. Overall very enjoyable, not the best of this style, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 23:48:01 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of claybeer


3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours super clear and more yellow than gold. There was literally no head on this beer. It did have a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. The smell is HOPS! It was like I took a piece of dried hops and rubbed it in my hand then smelled it. The taste has a lot of pine tree. Some citrus showed up after my taste buds got past the pine. This beer lingered longer than any other beer I have ever had. Some bitterness was on the everlasting finish as well. Only the hop heads will find this beer to be very drinkable but a full pint is a interesting experience and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 15:56:15 | More by claybeer
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.