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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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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 65 | 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 BurnInLA
1.93/5  rDev -45.8%
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
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
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
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +12.4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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
2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-03-24 in Torrance, CA.

A - Mostly clear, straw-orange with short off white head and decent lacing. This bottle was stated 8.5% ABV.

S - Fresh bread covered in orange marmalade.

T - Boozy, caramel, roasted grain, orange and grapefruit juice and zest, some pine. Pretty sweet initially but bitterness lingers as it dries out. Alcohol esters. Good but not great balance.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and moderately resinous.

O - I enjoyed it. Another take on a DIPA. I'd have it again.

Photo of Brianjames16
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very hazy orange color with a fluffy white one finger head on top. Thin lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

S- Nice big aroma of pines, citrus, bread and alcohol. Very hoppy smell !

T- Nice balance of strong hops, citrus and malts. Bitterness from the hops hangs around for a while. Great IPA for hop lovers.

M- Light/medium body coats the mouth. The beer is smooth and refreshing despite its power.

O- Nice IPA if your strictly looking for a hop bite that has good drinkability.

Photo of brentk56
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color; the inch of head hangs around for a while but doesn't leave that much lacing behind

Smell: Caramel and fusel alcohol buttressed by a waft of piney hops; grassy, overall

Taste: Starts off very aggressively, with a load of sweet candied grapefruit and a lot of fusel aloohol; the bitterness continues to build through mid-palate and after the swallow, but the profile is dominated by this odd combination of sugary sweetness, assertive bitterness and alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Was excited to try this one on the name alone, but what a disappointment; I just don't think these flavors blend together at all - they fight each other and the loser is my palate

Photo of LittleDon
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden, slightly amber, with a bit of haze. Off white head with average to below average retention and coarse texture (-1). Fair lacing (-0.5).

Moderately intense pine aroma with floral undertones predominate. Some caramel malt is also present, but very subdued (-0.5)

Dry middle and finish with lots of aromatic and bittering hops, particularly after the finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the middle and, without the sweetness counterbalancing, imparts a distillate like flavor (-1). Lacks balance (-1)

There is a fair amount of carbonation up front (-1). Body is medium, leaning slightly toward the heavy side.

While it's had to have more than one DIPA, this one is particularly challenging due to the balance, noticeable alcohol, and very bitter finish.

Photo of gfthree7
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a chilled glass.

The aroma hits the nose with the mug still several inches away from my face. I've never been able to smell a beer from so far away, but this is a good thing as Hop Juice smells wonderfully and IPA-ishly bitter!

The taste backs up the smell - this isn't a sweet citrus DIPA as it's heavy on hop bitterness. Hopheads will feel like this beer is wonderfullly balanced.

This is in my top 5 DIPAs, and I can't wait to get more.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of hoplover82
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Ghenna
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.