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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
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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: 803 | Reviews: 266
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.

Photo of OCBeerBaron
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +17.3%
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 +16.8%
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 -1.4%
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 -2.8%
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 -11.2%
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 -42.5%
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 -43.9%
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 -19.6%
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 -25.1%
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 +3.4%
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 -17.6%
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 +16.8%
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.

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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.