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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: 804
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 98 | 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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Ratings: 804 | Reviews: 266
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3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle looks different, new design I guess. Brown bomber.

Appearance: Very hazy orange amber glass struggles to hold a thin cover with a large bubbled collar. Leaves a few traces of lace.

Smell: Lots of sugary malt showing through for a name like Hop Juice. There is an earthy pine hop leaf smell, just not overwhelming.

Taste: Again, sugary malt starts the party and the hops show up late in the finish. Earthy, peppery, piney, leafy, the base is a bit worty, bit of a train wreck as nothing really shines or fits together. What is impressive is what I'm not tasting, which is the alcohol, which is hidden like the family jewels.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low carbonation, oily texture.

Overall: Yeah, a lot of hops, but not ones that I'm particularly fond of. Seem they put a lot in bittering hops where I like aroma hops, which makes it come across more as an American Strong Ale. Not bad, but not my cup of tea.

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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out like an outlaw beer would, it looks mean and unforgiving. Its body is a semi-dark golden color and is very hazy, mildly carbonated and topped off with a nice half-finger thick off white head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of lacing. Hops are very strong in its aroma and as a matter of fact that’s about all I can detect; some spiciness and citrus fruits do come through. This is definitely a thick bodied beer and covers your mouth quite well; it’s got quite a dull feel to it. The hops are present in the flavor but not much else, it’s a bitter beer over all but bad but not awesome either.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop juice starts out of the bottle with an aggressive head that almost doubles the beer level. As things settle and you get past the mountain of tan pillowy suds, you see that the actual beer is a slightly hazed dull golden orange color. A great start despite the head on this beast.

The nose rocks the house! All that foams let's you get huge whiffs of strong hops! A nice bouquet of several different kinds offering the scents of everything from citrus to pine and juicy tropical fruit. I also get a hint of bubble gum reminescent of a Belgian style ale. Hopefully it isn't an off flavor or a weird malt that snuck in. If the taste is anything like this nose then I am in for a real treat.

Not a bad flavor but defenitly a few rungs down from the nose. It starts out with a nice malt sweetness and then moves into hop town. Unfortunately the hop flavor isn't as fat as the scent and all the different hops kind of make it a little confusing. There is a lot going on here and those hops seem to get muddled together. It's good but I want a defined hop bomb not a brew that is struggling with its identity. The previously mentioned Belgian flavor is there but not distracting.

Mouthfeel steps it back up slightly with a hell of a lot of ibu's giving a nice bite to an almost chewy beer. Smooth going down with a pinch lingering in the finish. Very nice. Overall this is a fine beer. It's a little short of the mark from some other great IIPA's but it is a tasty beverage and worth checking out.

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3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a hazy rust color, frothy, sudsy head white head. decent lacing. as expected, hops dominate the aroma. citrusy.

taste is a little sweet malt mixed with a bunch of hops. not too bitter though. lingering aftertaste. sticky mouthfeel, good level of carbonation.

overall, a nice example of the style.

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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a surly nonic.

I decided tonight was local IPA night and thsi was next in line. Overall, not a very impressive DIPA. I actually found this quite malt dominant for something that calls itself malt juice. Dark fruit lays out the carpet for this and hops come through with an almost candied like character. A small bit of heat hits the back of the throat on the swallow. Drinks more like a barley wine than a DIPA but it was worth a try.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of polished brass. It holds a one and a half finger head of chunky white bubbles varying in size. As it recedes, at a standard pace, nice patterned lacing appears around the glass. There is no real haze or sediment noted, and carbonation appears standard. The aroma opens up with a gorgeous hop profile. They are soft and floral, but have a gritty mineral and earthy quality about them. There is an additional sweetness of lime and citrus, independent of the hops. Malts make for a nice balance, with a slight buttery, caramel warmth. The taste begins with bitter hops, of the grassy and soapy varieties. These dominate all flavors here, not faltering until the middle, where they let the malts step in for a quick balance. The hops also begin to change here, with earthy spice following citric and pine. We conclude on further bitterness of those same earthy hops, faint vanillas, metals, and a bready yeast quality. The aftertaste breathes of aromatic and dry bittering hops, more metallic yeast, and burnt (but not smoky) grain. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium. There is a great cream and smack to each sip, but the feel is slightly watery, and at times appears overly thin. There is no real coating, but the mouth is left cooled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely as a slurper.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the fresh hop aroma. It had a nice variety, and generous inclusions. This made the drinker very excited to taste and consume the product, but failed to deliver on the other points. If this were classified as an “American IPA” it may have been more appropriate, with the muted flavoring and thinner feel, but as a DIPA, it should have bolstered the flavors first and foremost, while adding a satisfying thickness to the feel.

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3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy Orange amber, off white foamy/fluffy head with good retention and craggy lacing. Earthy sweet citrus, caramel, with a light mustiness. Barley and strong earthy hops balanced nicely at first until the hops come roaring back and stick around for good and linger for a pleasantly long time. Notes of citrus and a layer of mustiness. Sharp biting feel leaving almost nothing else except a watery sensation.

Good flavor and high hop content in this one. Alcohol is well blended but it bites a little hard in the swallow. Aroma is a wonderful blend of hops. There are hints of sweetness that shine between the hops but overall the taste is overshadowed by the hop bittering. It helps to take long breaks in between tastes to get the most out of it making this an excellent sipping beer. In a way it was perfect to drink while I was watching 13 Assassins. It lasted almost the entire movie and the movie would be excellent as long as you haven’t seen 7 Samurai (which elements were “paid homage” to) or any other samurai movies. If you have, well… it’s just very good then.

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

Amber pour with unforced 1.5 fingers of tan head. Decent retention and nice sheets of lace, at least on the back of the glass.

Nose is very strong with earthy, resiny hops. Strong malt backbone, too. Lots of alcohol, almost to the point of burn.

Strong, strong malt flavor. Big, bready malt body. Lots of resin and oil from the hops. More substance over style, with hop oil literally bursting in the finish. Peppery, with lots of fire in the finish from the hop resin and abv. More raw then ready.

Body is very substantial. Thick with hop resin and malt. Stands up to the harsh flavors.

Maybe the taste profile is intentional or maybe the bottle isn't fresh. Can't tell since there is no discernible date present. I've had several amber-like IPA's this summer. Maybe it is a new style. Not sure it's for me, though.

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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep amber with nice fluffy two finger head. Citrusy and sweet candy aromas. Taste is lemony hops and oversweet syrupy malt. At 9.7%, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, a bit of an off aftertaste lingers.
Not bad, but not that great either. Overly sweet, this might be good on pancakes.

Photo of robwestcott
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to erikkoppin for this one.

poured cold from the bottle an opaque honey'd caramel to a dogfish head signature glass with a 1/2 finger, long lasting, off white head

aroma of caramel malts and earthy hops.

hmm, caramel candy popcorn, with a citrus bite. a very malty DIPA - a bit like double crooked tree with more bite.

big bodied, medium bitter, medium carbonation.

overall - very interesting - sweet DIPA

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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
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