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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 73 | 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

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Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-05-2007

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Photo of ESPNman
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone IRS tuplip

A - Hazy amber, thick head that dissipates quickly with some decent albeit spotty lacing.

S - Not as heavy on the nose as you'd expect from a beer called "Hop Juice". Sweet, sticky citrus hops dominate.

T - This is where the beer lives up to its billing. Hops, hops, and more hops with a slight bit of sweet malts to round it out on the finish. A sticky grapefruit and floral flavor dominates throughout.

M - Thinner than anticipated, but good. Lingers and leaves a little dryness on the palate.

Overall - Good beer, a lot of the alcohol is masked by the massive hops. Would drink again, but not anytime soon.

Photo of Sky2625
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a standard pint glass (notes from 8/19/11):

A - Poured a dark burnt orange with 1-finger cream/beige foamy head. Strong retention with spotty lacing. Shines yellow-orange when held up to the light, with a moderately dense swirl of very fine sediment.

S - Moderate piney scent at fist, with a strong clovey herb scent. A tiny bit of banana, a little more orange peel, and a hint of smokiness also present. Scent goes toward melon as it warms.

T - Strong piney and orangey hop sweetness that is immediately tempered by strong pine/grapefruit bitterness. A Belgian-style spice mix (80% clove, 20% banana) is present after the initial hop blast and lingers through the bitterness phase. Finishes with a spicy peppery orange hoppiness, that lingers. No booziness present.

M - Medium body, sizzly strong carbonation at front of the tongue. Loose and creamy fluid texture, finishing thin. Heat in the back of the throat lingers.

D - Decent. Intense Belgian floral herbiness isnt something I've run into much in DIPAs. The mild peppery finish and lack of booziness is pleasant though. The bitterness is harsh, but not totally extreme. Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellowish tan with almost no head

S- Extremely hoppy smell, citrus notes. Smells strongly of grapefruit

T- Mouth numbing hops, slight malty finish. Extremely citrusy

M- Goes down quite smooth for such a hoppy beer

O- One of the hoppiest beers I've had to date. Double IPAs are probably my favorite beer style, and this is a good addition to that group.

Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a 22oz mug

Pours beautifully, huge fluffy head that fades into thick curtain lacing, cloudy orange color. I'm unable to see any carbonation, but it might just be too cloudy. Smell is orange blossom and spicy hops.

Taste is a deep fruity orange with a chalky bitter hops aftertaste. Super hoppy, but with a nice solid malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, and a little gritty. Overall, this is a good beer.

Photo of OCBeerBaron
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a bottle of this on my way home from work (usually not a Monday night drinker but the DOW dropped 600 points today!).

A- Pours with a nice head and a dark amber orange tint. Has good carbonation.

S- The hops dominate the smell with a pine aroma that finishes with an almost fruity smell, but not heavy.

T- I expected this beer to be hoppy, even before smelling it... it did not disappoint there. Starts off with a bite of hops then comesnthe alcohol. It wasn't too bad but you can tell it's strong.

M- Ffinishes a little thin but not too bad for such a strong beer.

O- I'd buy this again... (good beer when you want something strong; like when you don't want the wife to think you are 'having too many beers'). It is strong as one would expect from such a high alcohol beer.

Photo of grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber-orange into a pint glass with a finger of off-white head. Juicy grapefruit/tangerine aroma with caramel sweetness and a touch of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet honey and biscuit up front with lots of citrus and a touch of pine bitterness on the finish.

Almost completely hides the higher ABV and strikes a very nice balance between the sweet malt and citrus/bitter hop components. Very nice.

Photo of SkipWeathers
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy orange-yellow; moderate head on the second pour

S - Hops, citrus, vodka

T - pine, oils, grapefruit, hops, maybe some peach

M - oily then gives way to extreme bitterness; really envelops the mouth in a wash of hops

O - The name is very appropriate; it is just what you would think hop juice would taste like. High alcohol is very apparent. I haven't had a hop bomb like this since Hopsickle, so it's on par with that, if it desn't exceed it.

Really like my first Left Coast sampling; will look forward to others.

Photo of atis
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, 8.5% ABV, bought in Riga, Latvia, no freshness date, but must be at least 2-3 months old, as it takes a long time for US beers to get to Europe (I was told it is distributed by Mikkeller).

Pours dark orange with huge foamy head with excellent retention, patchy lacing sticks to glass. Aroma is dominated by strong, but pleasant piney hops.

Taste is sharp bitterness, not too pleasant, in a combination with alcohol, some peppery notes and sweetish finish. Does not seem to be well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate carbonation.

Overall, drinkable, but a bit of disappointment. Not worth its price - 9 USD here.

Photo of BigDub
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on a SoCal Vacation. wasn't off the plane a half hour and we hit the bottle shop.
So here we go :
A: Poured nicely from a 22oz Bomber to pint glass. Nice head with respectable lacing. Good coppery golden color. Looks very nice , lets see how this unfolds.

S: A nice hoppy nose with hints of biscuity pine, and citrus and a little sweet and some wood tones.

T: Hits with a little bit hops, followed by a little dose of the Alcohol , balances off not to bad with a good bitterness. A little on the sweet side

M: Decent carbonation feels a little heavy

O: Not too shabby not a personal fave but respectable just a little sweet for me !

Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark amber colored ale bordering on brown with a yellowish white colored head.

Strong hops and a fainter scent of patent malt and ash. Very fragrant with a perfume like scent featuring cedar and pine. Not a lot of nuance here, smells like an antique cedar chest.

Starts out sweet and woody. Sweet and bitter but the sweetness almost wins the fight. Flavor...is simply too sweet here.

Mouthfeel is good from the massive amounts of residual Sugars present.

Overall this doesn't make the grade. Plainly this is just to sweet.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

ABV 9.7%

Poured into a claret.

Appearance-Burnt orange, lots of haze. One finger soapy off white head with very nice lacing. Lots of bubbles still clinging to the perimeter of the glass.

Smell-Fresh bottle as far as I know, and getting alot of caramel and chocolate malts, not so much hops. I get some grapefruit, lemon and pine in the backround. I thought this beer was dry hopped?

Taste-Damn. Huge unpleasant bitterness. This is just bitter as fuck, no balanced at all. Completely slapped in the face with hops and back of the throat is just burning. So dry, carbonation can't even help this. I guess I'm getting some light grapefruit but something is wrong with this beer.

...Even as this beer warms it gets worse...

Mouthfeel-Prickly, numbing and horrible. Not sure If I can drink much more of this.

Overall-Hands Down the worst IIPA I have EVER had. No balance, just slapped with bitterness, no malt, no fruit little sweetness. I'm going to try and finish the half of bomber that I poured, and will most likely drain pour the rest. The fact that you can get a Hop Stoopid for 4 bucks there is no reason for this beer to ever be purchased. EVER.

Photo of BurnInLA
2.01/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Maybe I don't have an experienced enough palate, but this beer just seems unnecessarily over-hopped. No balance here, just tons of bitterness.

Interestingly, I see several reviews mentioning that the hops are not present enough?

Well, I guess taste is very subjective and relative to a baseline... some see a glass half full and some see...

I won't be buying it again.

Photo of MADhombrewer
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Golden color with a nice white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is good. 4/5

Smell- Tropical fruit and orange hop aromas. Caramel malts as well. 3.5/5

Taste- Smooth bitterness. Orange flavors abound. There is a lot of malt in this one. The alcohol really comes out a quarter of the way through the pint. There is too much boozyness to it in my opinion. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- This starts out good, but gets slicker and thicker as it warms. 3/5

Overall- Typical, more alcohol =DIPA beer. I know that you have to up the grain bill to make it "double/imperial" but I seems that some of these have a ton of alcohol just to have a ton of alcohol. I would like to see them a little more balanced. 2.5/5

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber new to Tx, so it should be relatively fresh but has no visible freshness dating. Pours a considerably hazed, light copper color with a modest cap of tan head. Retention is average and lacing is very nice.

Whoa, thats alot of hops on the nose...approaches obscene! I dont know why, but the first thing to come to mind is pungent cactus or aloe vera plant, some sort of succulent in any case. A shit-ton of caramely and toffee malts try to keep up and the alcohol is a beast. I daresay I am in for a rough ride drinking this bomber by myself.

Hops seem to focus a bit more on bittering in the mouth and let the alcohol flavors wash over the palate first. Lots of dry, tropical fruits forward with a dry, lingering bitterness. The alcohol is all over the place, and frankly; a bit fusel. Sweetness is surely not an issue here, as I was a bit worried about from the smell. Malts range from caramel to slightly burnt toast. This beer is not totally unenjoyable, but it is tough for me to get through a whole bomber, the flavors are not integrated well enough and it has no 'flow' to it. I much preferred the Trestles IPA to this as far as LC offerings are concerned. Extreme hopheads may find this somewhat enjoyable, but it reminds me more of a booze-bomb...somewhere in the nether-realm of a DIPA-Barleywine-HG Malt Liquor. I am calling it a Malt Darleywine. A new style, Im copyrighting this bitch.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy amber into my snifter with about one finger of head that has moderate retention and minimal splotchy lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, grassy hops, pine resin, and lemon citrus. Kind of lacking the more intense hop aroma expected from a DIPA.

T - Hops are more present on the palate then in the aroma, pretty big and piney, nice bitterness that lingers, malt backbone is a little weak, has some peppery notes as well as a noticeable alcohol presence.

M - A little thick and chewy, coats the palate and has a prickly carbonation to it.

O - Well this is a decent DIPA, but nothing to get too excited about in my opinion. My first from Left Coast and curious to see what the others are like.

Photo of Coplains
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So hopped it hurt.
Poured from a bomber into pint glasses. Three fingers of foam that stuck around with good lacing. Smells citrus with strong hop notes. Taste was hop forward, middle and end. Not much in way of balance mostly hops. May buy again but would not seek it out.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a nice foamy head that leaves great lacing.
Smell is of somewhat resinous hops, a bit of tropical fruits as well.
Taste is nice and sweet, but not overly so like many of the Double and Imperial IPA's often do. The IBU's are muted but the bitterness is still present at the back of the tongue. Nice fruity hops make this a great IPA.

Would buy again for the $5.99 price.

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the bottle on this one and that what made me get it. The beer poured out as a copper color with a strong white head on top. The lacing was nice and the smell was really strong with hops. The taste of the beer brings you into a bitter sweet hop bomb of flavors. Not much malts here to sleek of. The mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Some decent carbonation, overall the beer is hoppy and that's about all. I had instant cottonmouth after the first few sips and I had plenty more to drink after that. So if you're really into it check it out, if not let it lay.

Photo of lnashsig
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found at D&Q beer station in Houston, this is something that is apparently new to Houston. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a transparent darkish orange color, some nice head that recedes and leaves nice lacing. decent retention. Smell- citrus hops, but there is a grainy, chalky aroma that seems a little off. borderline chemical flavors. Taste- definite bitterness, but lacks any real malt backbone to make it more balanced. Also, huge alcohol heat that just makes this IIPA seem to be a sloppy, out of balance mess. Nothing really is improving here- they went big on ABV and clearly had the intention of making a big IIPA, but it just doesn't come to together that well. I've definitely had better examples of the style, and I'm sure I've had worse. In order to really pull this off well though, they needed to work on making it a bit more balanced. I don't think I'd seek it out again.

Photo of Amalak
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 25 ounce bottle.
a- gold color, completely opaque, limited bubbly head and some lacing.
S- very strong rye scent and a hint of grape.
T- very intense dark fruit taste. It has a grapey taste, kind of jolly rancherish. There's a hint of rye. Definitely a happy taste.
m- bitter and very intense initial bite.
O- a bit over the top, would be a bit better if aged. But good and interesting.

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note* bottle had Alc. 8.5% by Vol instead of the listed 9.40%

Appearance: Clearer golden-orange color. Had an inch and half frothy head that went down to a thin lacing.

Smell: The hops smell of earthy elements, with some pine/spruce and a sweetness of citrus.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Buttery/Velvet feel with a whole bunch of pine flavor upfront and I mean a BIG flavor. Has some spice/peppery feel that heats up the pallet, mostly near the end. The mouthfeel has a syrupy thickness. Mild aftertaste with the linger effects of the spiced heat.

Overall: My first offering from Left Coast was a very solid one. Looking forward to more in the near future.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Juice

A light orangish brown in color. Aroma of pine, sweet caramel, mango, pineapple and citrus (grapefruit and orange). Tastes decidedly bitter, with a nice tropical pine background. Mango and pineapple mix graciously with pine and earthy bitterness. Carbonation is decent on a slightly syrupy feel. A big, hoppy, bold, west coast style double IPA and I loved it on the beach.

Photo of ehammond1
2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A clear amber body with a touch of haze throughout the beer. A half inch high head that sticks around, eventually leaving sticky webs of lacing down the glass. Very pretty beer.

Although that's where the fun stops...

This beer has some pleasant floral notes and I also smell some banana peel. The hot alcohol is present in the nose and only becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Whatever is here that is pleasant is overshadowed and dominated by the strong smell of hot alcohol.

This beer is a bitter, bitter beast. While I do love a bitter monster, (Port Hop 15 comes to mind) this one is decidedly unpleasant. Starts highly bitter, and then the beer moves into a very unpleasant place dominated by alcohol harshness and high astringency.

Relatively thick mouthfeel.

I did not enjoy this beer. It's a bitter beast, but tastes and smells of burning alcohol. Unpleasant.

I drank this beer a few years ago and drain-poured it with many similar complaints. I wanted to revisit it again to give it another chance, but the beer has not improved, and after enjoying so many DIPAs since, this one actually seems even worse now than it did then. It's not for me.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy, light, bright copper-orange coloring with a thick, foamy, bubbly, off-white head. Nose is of fresh, resinous hops, as well as fresh cut grass and very slight citrus highlights. The beer is spicy and hoppy on the tongue, with peppery end notes. The citrus flavor comes through as a very tart and bitter grapefruit. Dynamic blend of flavors, but very well balanced. The aftertaste is citrusy, with the pepper notes cutting it off at the end. Finish is quick due to the peppery characteristics. The beer has a decent lacing as you drink, and the body is very full. Tasty brew.

Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a snifter of this at Brewhouse Grille on 3/25/11.

A slightly dark amber bordering on copper with mild haze and 1/2 inch of light cream with tight bead. The retention is good and you can see slow moving bubbles in the ale, lace sticks haphazardly. The smell while good is not very pungent, mainly floral esters and some mild citrus notes which could be construed as grapefruit-like. The feel is decent with strong bitter followed by a gently sugary sweet tinge and moderately high carbonation follows. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overdone, the astringency level gets higher as it warms and the finish is very dry.

The taste is the only area I would say it is lacking - there is some fruity hop and sugary malt flavor but there is also an astringent/medicinal edge created by some of the coarse bitterness and alcohol in the flavor that seems slightly distracting. The taste is bitter as expected, but lacks some hop flavor aside from mild citrus elements. The finish is dry and boozy with some stickiness from residual sugar in the malts. The overall for me is that this is a decent Imperial IPA -it held my interest, but the part you look for the hops mainly the taste it just doesn't deliver -too bitter without any juiciness or hop flavors too satisfy. I think the high alcohol seems to detract from the drinkability slightly -I won't seek this out again.

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.