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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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BA SCORE
81
good

696 Ratings
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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 55 | 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 berebrando
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer is a little polarizing, isn't it?

i found hop juice at the highway market in ramona, ca. bottles of hoppy california beers, from alesmith ipa to hop stoopid. not a bad selection, and considering i haven't had hop juice in a while, i grabbed one.

the smell is hoppy, but also very malty, you can smell the malty sweetness balancing the hops. i like it, but it's also not a beer i'd go out of my way to find.

taste is a little disappointing - i'd say its better than some ipas out there, but it's not great - and i love great ipas. it's very malty, hoppy at the same time, but lacks a really surprising flavor, it's devoid of the fruity innuendos i seek.

good ipa for tonight, for tomorrow, i'll look elsewhere...

berebrando, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of jdklks
2.28/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

the appearannce of this one is a little disappointing. it pours a light golden color with a soft white head that dissipates quickly. some amber touches to the edges, but overall resembles a pilsner.

there is a faint hop aroma emanating from the glass. its barely perceptible, however, and is accompanied by small doses of citrus fruitiness and a maltiness that promises to "balance" the beer, though this isn't really desirable.

Wow. not impressed at all. waaay to hot for a DIPA. 9.4% here rivals the alcohol burn of BCS and 120 minute. the alcohol asserts itself as the dominate force over the other flavors, that, though hidden, can be identified as oranges, pineapple, and a bitter hoppiness in the finish that serves as a reminder that you're drinking a beer and not a fruity cocktail made with a double shot. none of the flavors blend and the beer seems to fall apart on the palate. this is a wreck.

as previously stated, the beer is much to hot, and, further, is undercarbonated. drinkability is enough to get me through this bottle, but only because its buzzing me nicely and i want to keep it going. put this on the "do not purchase again" list.

edit: ended up being a drain pour. i've lowered the score accordingly.

jdklks, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber that I had for "a few" months in the back of my fridge, that being said, the bottle is about 5 months old so that is being taken into consideration. (Forgot I had this beauty.)

Pours a hazy yellow/orange in the glass with light, barely detectable head on top, minimal to no carbonation to speak of. Smells of floral hops with a little bit of medicinal malt (which tells me this has most likely peaked already). After a taste, the beer has definitely peaked as the up front malt characteristic is stronger than I remember, the hops seem to be a little overtaken by the hints of malt. Bummer. Picking up the hoppy citrus detected in the smell, slight alcohol warming, a little tart (ever so lightly) - more like a mild tart zing at the end. The finish bitter but I'm not enjoying the malt profile in this and remember it to be much better when it was fresh. (Go figure, huh?)

This is a very drinkable beer and one that I would enjoy keeping on hand more often. I think Left Coast has done a very good job with this beer.

Unfortunately, since the bottle is a little aged, the malts are more prevalent than a fresh one. Although, over all, I really liked this beer when it was fresh so I'm trying to strike a fair review considering that minor drawback. My scores would probably be .5 higher accross the board with a fresh one. Nevertheless, I think it's worth seeking out if your a hop head.

jzeilinger, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
1.85/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Slightly tarnished yelow gold body. Some haziness. Level two fingers of white tight foam.

Pleasant grapefruit backed by pine aroma. Lacks the fierce assertiveness I was expecting.

Malt doesn't establish a foothole as much as collapses after the first step. The juicy citrus hops immediately take over and have a big bite at the swallow. In the aftertaste though the citrus recedes and the pine goes from pleasant to industrial cleanser.

Decent mouthfeel. Finish absolutely destroys drinkability.

The brief middle isn't worth the start and finish of this beer. This is one DIPA you can pass on.

RonfromJersey, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, printed with this description: "This hop monster uses premium American 2-row and a touch of light crystal malt to create a solid malt foundation." Blah blah blah, then "we use hop extract, hop pellets, and hop flowers, hence the name Hop Juice." The hops type is not noted.

The beer is hazy pale golden color with a really thick cake of foam, and a solid wall of lace all around the glass. I'm glad to see that only pale malts were used, I prefer it when the hops can take the stage in this type of beer. The aroma is more floral than citrus, with a hint of honey (not sure if honey is added, but it does smell like it). The beer tastes not quite as good as it smells, it seems too bitter to quite match the floral notes. A little backwards, this seems bitter upfront and tastier in the aftertaste. Thin-to-medium body which belies the 9.4% ABV, dangerous as you could easily pound this before realizing the buzz you're in for.

TurdFurgison, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Left Coast bombers were on sale at my store, and being that Double IPA is my favorite style, I figured I'd give it a shot. I also got their single IPA which I'll review soon. This brewery claims to be one of the pioneers of the Double IPA style so I am pretty excited to try this "Hop Juice"!

A - Why is it that many West Coast brews tend to overflow the bottle once uncapped? Anyway, pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger foamy white head that persists. Decent lacing.

S - Fruity hops AND piney/earthy hops! Usually with an IPA you will get one or the other but you get both here. I smell a strong malty backbone to this one already.

T - Huge malty sweetness upfront that leads to the fruity hops and then the earthy hops. A fairly bitter aftertaste. I am unsure how it smells MUCH hoppier than it tastes. A little weak in the taste to be honest, the smell got me expecting much more. Solid biscuity balance to this. The alcohol taste is fairly present and undesirable. I would have preferred more hops in the taste. Misleading aroma! Pretty strong sweetness and overall HORRIBLY unbalanced. What a letdown.

M - Medium bodied but suffers from undercarbonation in my opinion. Seems a bit flat.

D - This tastes so much like alcohol that I wouldn't have more than a few in a sitting. I wouldn't have anymore than the bomber and that is only because I feel the need to finish it since it is open and undercarbonated and will undoubtedly be flat tomorrow.

Overall, pretty disappointing. For a "pioneer of the style" I expected more. Maybe I will like their IPA, but not if it is a watered down version of this. Great appearance and aroma, but the taste is a huge letdown and it needs to be more carbonated. I have come to expect more from West Coast big IPAs. At least it was only a few dollars on sale, and puts on quite a buzz! Maybe if they used a ridiculous amount of real HOPS instead of extract this would be much better.

BeerPhan86, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of IrieJackalope
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer once before at a bar in San Diego, but could never locate it up in Northern California. I finally got my hands on it and was eager to review:

A- Very inviting. Thick white head that laces quite evenly down the glass. Hop aroma evident from a distance.

S- Floral notes are immediately evident. The hope aroma is strong, but not overwhelming.

T- Very enjoyable. Definitely not as striking as a Pliny the Elder or Racer 5, but a very enjoyable experience.

D- Overall, definitely a good drinking experience. Wouldn't mind picking this one up again.

IrieJackalope, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my standard shaker glass. Appears a hazed apricot color with about two fingers of dense, but quickly fading bone white foam. The head manages to leave a slight lace on the glass. Nose and flavors are of red and white grapefruit, orange, lemon, some pine, caramel, medium toasted bread. Decent body with ample carbonation and a slick bitter finish. The bomber went down easy enough.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of wknight167
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours a golden orange with a slowly dissapating 1 finger head that eventually leaves a thin sheet.

Nose- Not much but grapefruit and pine.

Palate- Dissapointing. Hops are apparent in the same grapefruit/pine notes mentioned earlier, but it seems mush more emphasis was given to bittering than to flavor. The hops come off as astringent and medicinal.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly somewhat watery, too light for the style.

Drinkability- If I had another, I would probably drink it, but I doubt I would buy another.

wknight167, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours cloudy dark apricot amber, eggshell head, leaving fine sheeting and lace. Citric and piney hop nose. Respectable hoppy ale. A bit on the dissappointing side, but that likely due to the high anticiation factor that is de riguer for a San Diego area DIPA. Grapefruit, pine, juicy hop notes and lupulin goodness. A bit on the astrigent side as others have complained of. Nothing spectacular, but still a worth trying offering from LCBC. Though I admit, I'd likely go for a differant all star of the style if given the choice.

Billolick, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of BigMike
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a duvel tulip from a bomber.

According to the bottle its 9.4% and not 7.6%.

A hard pour produced a thick creamy two finger head. White and very lacey.

Smell is bitter. Lots of piney hops and grapefruit. pretty good overall aroma buts that where the positives end with this one.

Taste is very bitter. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Too much opposing flavors going on here. Not balanced at all and just a mess in my opinion. Lots of alcohol warmth.

Heavy mouthfeel and chewy. Coats the tongue with hop oils.

Drinkability is not verygood. Way to bitter. No balance. I LOVE DIPA's but this one is all over the place and needs a little help.

BigMike, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of herbal and citrus hops with solid amounts of pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined shortly by good amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip herbal and slightly musty hop flavors enter into things. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid DIPA but nothing really stood out. Still, it's not a bad choice and is worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of rayjay
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Says 9.6%abv on the bottle. From Ray's Liquor in Paradise.

Deep pale colored beer with a firm head you'd expect from a hoppy beer.

Complex estery aroma. Alcohol is evident. Thick pale malt first runnings are evident. Yeast stress from high alcohol is evident too.

Big unfocused bitterness, with lots of c-hop aroma and a bit of a barleywine-type kick from the high gravity. I'd prefer a more mellow malt body and less evident alcohol. Reminds me of Bigfoot ale without as much carmel malt. Finishes very bitter. A bit soapy.

Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. Good carbonation level. The density of the sugars make it a bit of a challenge.

Drinkability is okay. I was inspired enough to finish a bomber, but prefer more subtlety, even for this style. Cheers!

rayjay, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. I've never had anything from this brewery before but since it's the season for DIPAs why not?

Nice amber color with about 1 inch of off white head. The beer has a nice nose with a citrus bias. Hops, grapefruit and oranges predominate.

This is a malty biased DIPA. The hops are there to be sure but definitely more malty, kind of like Hercules DIPA. Yes, it definitely reminds me of the Hercules but there is a slight metallic aftertaste that's not entirely welcome. The flavor retains its punch all the way through the bottle. The mouthfeel is nice with a moderate carbonation.

The bottle I just finished says the ABV is 9.4% which puts it in the big leagues of the category.

All in all a nice beer that's worth trying and very drinkable.

jsapunor, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by glid02 at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden amber with a small soapy off-white head that recedes quickly to a swirl and leaves almost no lacing.

The smell is mainly citrus hops with lots of juicy mango, oranges and grapefruit. The malts are there, lending a balance to the nose.

The taste is slightly more floral than citrus but the hops don't exactly knock me over. There's plenty of pale malts in the mix as well and the taste is fairly well balanced and certainly isn't the hop bomb I was expecting given the name.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and is slightly sticky with the hop juice mentioned in the name. It's not overly bitter though.

This is a decent DIPA that isn't super bitter but it's not exactly well balanced either. Not too bad.

gford217, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Almost no head formed. Very clear amber color, bubbles are present, maybe it was a bad pour. It did lace the glass though.

S - This beer has a great smell Very good hop notes. Blackberry, grapefruit, pine. A slight malt smell is there. it smells like it could be a good beer.

T - This beer falls flat on its face here. The hoppyness of this beer is all in the smell, the taste is pretty lame. It seems to have a synthetic hop taste. There are fruity notes and the smell is represented well, but the hop extract is ruining the flavor.

M - Carbonation feels low. Still getting the chemical feel.

O - Not the best DIPA Iv had, not the worst.

DwnTwnBwn, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of bbothen
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours out clear light orange amber color with a small 1 finger deep white bubbly head.

Smells of citric & tropical hops. Orange, mango, honey, sugar.

Citric bitterness, sweet maltiness, pine, honey, toasted grain. More bitter than hoppy to me.

Medium bodied, thick, low carbonation, sticky.

Eh, this was okay. Much better examples of the style out there. Especially when advertised as a West Coast Double IPA. Would still have again.

bbothen, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden orange color with a small lasting white head. Big grapefruit juice aroma with pale malt, a little honey, maybe tangerine. Flavor is grapefruity and citric acidic with a boozy hoppy sharpness. Herbal in the finish with a disappointingly moderate bitterness. The alcohol helps evaporate the beer from the palate, leaving an astringent aftertaste. Doesn't really live up to the Hop Juice moniker.

illidurit, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A snifter glass served at TJ's Everyday.

A: The DIPA is an amber color, a little brighter than a brown bottle. The color is too intense to be translucent. Surprisingly, no head insuluated this baby.

S: The nose is treacly, heavy on hops and malts. Basically a barleywine dressed up like a DIPA.

T: The taste confirms that suspicions that the nose offers up. Namely that this is an overdone hoppy mess. Hops are citrusy but fast to get lost in the bulk of the malts. Those same caramel malts are heavy and strong, again like a barleywine. The result is an over-hopped, malt bomb that can't really move in any direction. Thanks but no thanks for me.

M: The mouthfeel is full. I won't say rich because it is more overwhelming than not.

D: I didn't finish my snifter, instead moving onto the subtle complexity of a Duvel Green.

akorsak, May 29, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a tulip pint. No date. The body was medium golden color. The of-white head remained throughout leaving sticky lace.

Smell was pine. Bready malt presence.

Taste was hops oils. Oranges and grapefruit pith bitterness. Pretty well balanced for a beer called hop juice. Whole wheat crust flavor and green bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium and slightly oily.

Cresant, May 14, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color with a very faint white head.

Aromas are of caramel malts, some hard candies, and pineapple hops. Pretty nice nose.

Thick mouthfeel, sweet sugars, and a little syrupy. Not a whole lot of hops, a little bit of aspirin like bitterness on the finish though. Odd Double IPA, kind of misses the style, almost seems more like a hoppy barleywine.

Nice thick mouthfeel, but a little syrupy.

Drinkability is so so. This one just misses the style too much for my liking. It's not a bad beer, but not a real good one either.

flexabull, May 01, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle picked up at Capone's.

Pours a clear coppery amber color with 3 fingers of frothy eggshell head. Nice retention and solid lacing stick. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, light pine, and a touch of caramel. Tastes of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, honey, and a touch of lightly toasted grains with a spicy hop and alcohol finish. Medium in body with OK carbonation. A little unbalanced, good tropical fruits in the beginning, but not much malt sweetness to balance it out, pretty medicinal in the finish. An OK double IPA but there are plenty of other ones I'd prefer drinking over this.

HopDerek, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent Beer.

A - Poured from a bomber into a pilsner. Perfectly clear honey amber. Two inch head with gorgeous lacing and retention.

S - Grapefruit, pine, lots of hop characteristics. Some warmth of malt in there. really really nice.

T - Great bitterness right off the bat. Hoppy pine and citrus with sweetness coming in secondary. Delicious.

M - Wonderful, soft chewy and thick mouthfeel. perfectg carbonation.

D - This is an excellent beer, and an excellent representation of the style.

Beernoisseur, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours a clear gold color with a large white head that dissipates slowly. Lots of sticky lacing.
AROMA:
Citrusy hops and caramel malt. I get a hint of "orange creamsicle". Expected a bit more for a double IPA.
FLAVOR:
A little surprised at the flavor, I expected big huge hops and instead found it to be a smooth well balanced beer that finishes with earthy/grapefruit like bitterness. There is a hint of bourbon flavor at the end.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium bodied beer with slightly syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Goes down super easy especially for an Imperial IPA. I don't even really notice the alcohol and it is 9.4%.
NOTES: BBCSD-0901-Geoff

seanbhudson, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz. bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint glass. Aroma is big on the orange/tangerine citrus hops with a touch pineapple. Clear orange amber color with a small beige head that sticks to the glass well. Initial flavors compete between the citrusy hops, the malt sweetness, toast, and the hop bitterness like a tug-of-war. Big mouthfeel, not surprising due to the 9.4% ABV. Toast and bitterness linger on the palate. A little too sweet and heavy to be really drinkable, but still a nice beer.

Brewsmith, Jan 29, 2009
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.