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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: 791
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 85 | 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 aanth
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BrianTheBrewer30
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Photo of jmdrpi
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.

Photo of Klym
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.

Photo of Bfarr
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.

Photo of beer2day
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.

Photo of coldriver
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

Photo of HopHead84
2.51/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


On tap at Oggi's Carmel Mountain.

A: Hazy dark orange with a big beige head.

S: Sweet caramel with bread and sugar. Blah. Some grapefruit.

T: Sugary caramel with bread, pine, and grapefruit. The beer is malt heavy. Bitterness is at a moderate level.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: Too sweet. Too much malt. Too little hop character. IPAs like this should be exterminated.

Photo of dubinsky
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy orangish amber color. My pour yielded a two finger soapy white head that fell quickly leaving some soapy bubbles and minimal lacing.

S – Hop juice? More like Malt Juice! I know this is a DIPA but its a bit too sweet smelling for my liking. If I didn’t know better i'd think this was a barley wine. Bready and biscuit malts dominate the aroma profile. I’m not really able to pick out any fruits, citrus or pine as others have indicated. Truly a let down in the smell department.

T – Thank god the taste isn’t as bad as the smell. Although its malt forward I’m finally picking up those hops that they promised me. Nice bitterness from the hops with a slightly heavy handed sweetness to follow. Some pine, orange and orange peel flavors are muted by caramel malts.

M – Medium bodied with good, slightly low carbonation, they way I like this style to feel. Its got a really sticky mouth feel. A bit boozy but not too bad

O – Overall I’m really not very impressed with this beer. With a name like hop juice I expect a LOT more. I don’t think I would drink this again given all the great option I can easily find near me.

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

Pint consumed at the Baby Bar in Spokane for $5. First time I've seen it on-tap, though I saw it in bottles at Huckleberry's earlier in the day.

The beer arrived wearing a hazy, orangey amber color.

Big fruit aroma. Grapefruit, tangerines and pineapple were present. Malt aromas were fairly big as well, but the tropical fruit aroma blast was much more noticeable.

This beer tasted BIG. Lots of flavor. Lots of hops and a nearly over-the-top maltiness meant that I was very content to only drink one. Definitely one of the boozier DIPAs I've had.

Big, creamy mouthfeel, with lots of oily hop resin.

Glad I tried it but don't think I'll have another, this is a DIPA that is not really my cup of tea.

Photo of harrymel
2.46/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

A: Pours amber ale with two fingers of faded caramel foam which slowly falls to a quilt of the same. Ringed sheets of lacing. Good looker.

S: Tangerines, pine, a bit of floral character (soapy). Some distantly sweet malts in the back.

T: Hmm, was this done with belgian yeast?! Has a yeasty, coriander like flavor I often associate with tripels. Otherwise, quite bitter with creamy sweetness off the malt/weird flavor. Some peppery sage like flavors. Not really digging this as a DIPA

M: Medium on heavy body for the style. Moderately smooth and lifeless carbonation.

O: Really surprised by this beer, with a name like hop juice, I thought this would be a little more complex. Huh, guess I got sold. Not a very good beer.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deranma for this share.

Pours a rich hazy peach. Maybe a bit copper. Nice single finger creamy head.

Peach, pineapple, mango, citrus fruits. Caramel malt is very profound.

Lots of caramel malts. I am thinking this might be a little past its prime. The hops are not jumping out on this. Faint bitterness across it and in the finish.

Medium-full bodied, nice and resiny, lots of carbonation.

I was a bit let down here. No date on the bottle means I cant tell if it is old or just lacking the expected hop pop I would think from something called Hop Juice.

Photo of youradhere
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright golden amber, no head at all to speak of, just whisps of lacing. Smells of pine, caramel, tangerine, lilac and/or lavender. Taste is citrus with huge floral notes, rich malty backbone followed by a pine bitterness to cut the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is perfect at "med"; slight alcohol burn marinates on the back and sides of the tongue. Overall a pretty good DIPA, nothing to drink mass amounts of, but something that I would not turn my nose up at either.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a sexy orangle color with good carbonation and a nice fluffy white cap

S: Bread, caramel, citrus and pine

T: Starts off with sharp booze, pine, orange peel, other citrus and sharp bite

M: Medium body, tasty, booze is stinging and pungent but not to bad, lots of flavor here

O: This ia big, bold in your face hoptacular IIPA. It's raw, relentless and unforgiving. Despite the rating from previous BA's I will say this is a very good IIPA in my opinion.

Photo of koopa
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes - This was shared by a fellow patron of the Copper Mine Pub on 7/30/11

Appearance: Pours a slightly goldfish like orange with a 1 finger white crown that displays minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Fusel alcohols and moderate herbal hops.

Taste: Same as the nose with a bit of orange.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall: bleh

Photo of Derek
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-bronze with a huge white head, great retention, nice lace.

Pine, tropical fruit, sponge toffee & alcohol.

The alcohol is really forward. Light sponge toffee from the malt, pine, grapefruit rind, pineapple and mango. Restrained bitterness.

Highly attenuated with a drying alcohol finish. I find it a little boozy.

Malt liquor for hop heads?

Photo of ESPNman
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -6.1%
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 +3.4%
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%
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.

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.