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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: 757
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 62 | 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 hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to beachrez!

pours a light copper with a bit of orange and yellow. fluffy pillow like head. great retention and some lacing.

lots of citrus and pineapple. tons of tangerine and orange. light booze and sweet malt.

very pine and resin up front. lots of earthy flavor. light citrus through out. a sturdy malt backbone through out. bit of grapefruit and black tea in the finish.

moderate body with a moderate carbonation. not overly full bodied. nice and balanced. not as light as a regular IPA, just a tad heavier.

lots of flavor, decent complexity. various hop flavor. decent DIPA, enjoyable.

Photo of mjyoung
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on paper 12/16/10. Split with bbb099

A: Nice golden hue, very solid looking beer with a nice thick head that's got good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of fresh, clean hops with few other flavors to back them up. The standard citrus and grass, but behind that there isn't much and it's not quite as pungent as I was expecting.

T: Very clean taste of floral hops. I couldn't discern the alcohol. There aren't any gustatory revelations brought forth, but it is still tasty. The best I can say is that it tastes very fresh.

M: Nondescript, fairly light but nothing that I wasn't expecting.

D: Because it's so smooth it went down very easily. I'd say it was quite drinkable, but not necessarily incredibly memorable.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly cloudy copper body with a thich, sudsy looking white head.

Citurs and pine sap on the nose. For a DIPA that is supposed to be severely dry hopped, I was hoping for more. I've had Pale Ales with a larger hop scent.

If the aroma was a mild letdown, the flavor is a tragedy. Alcohol is pervasive. There is an astringent character that goes far beyond simple bitterness. Sweet malt is reminiscent of American Barleyine. Hops come and go in flashes, but never land a solid blow. The finish is like cheap whiskey, boozy, but not in that good warming sort of way.

If you have to slam it like you're shooting McCormick Vodka at a frat party to get through a bottle, its not a good beer. I won't be finishing my glass, let alone the bottle.

I don't know what they did wrong with this beer, but it seems like they keep doing it. After reading other reviews, it doesn't sound like my experience was an isolated incident or the result of a bad batch. While plenty of BAs seem to think its decent, it sounds like the shock I currently feel is a rather common reaction to this product.

I hate to be mean. I know someone worked long, hard hours to make this beer and I respect anyone willing to dedicate their life to commercial brewing. It is not any easy thing to do. But this is bad.

Avoid this beer. I won't be carrying it at my store and as it is currently constituted, I would recommend others take a pass as well. You may be able to pass this off on someone with little experience with IPAs and they mat not notice its flaws and simply drink it as a source of alcohol, but I think most experienced beer drinkers will notice right away, there is something wrong with Hop Juice.

Photo of sbauer
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: Good lacing.

S: Toffee, mocha, pine. Some fresh hops but overpowered by bread and oak aroma.

T: Coffee and caramel malts overpower the hops. Some of the fresh hops come out on the finish.

M: Medium-full bodied. Moderately carbonated.

D: A decent DIPA but the hops were not prominent enough.

Photo of bbb099
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with mjyoung.

Appearance - Golden honey color. Good amount of head and lacing.

Smell - The aroma is dominated mostly by citrusy hops.

Taste - Taste was heavy with hops though not as bitter as I was expecting. Leave a grassy, somewhat unpleasant aftertaste however.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body. Nothing exceptional.

Drinkability - Average, I did not exactly crave more after finished my glass.

Photo of flannelman808
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Different label this year and presumably a different recipe. The alcohol is lower at 8.5%.

A: Bright golden honey color with a large bubbled bone white head. Very sticky lacing but head retention does not hold too well.

S: sweet smelling caramel and sticky pine dominate. Maybe a mild citrus in the background.

T: caramelized orange, pine bitterness, decent stuff but maybe a bit too malt forward for me. This one is green for sure, but not very expressive. It strikes a fair balance between sweet and bitter but I wish Its hop notes were more flavor forward.

M: sticky on the glass and tongue otherwise a bit watery.

D: medium high

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a clear pinkish golden ruby rose color with a two finger foamy yellowish tan head that slowly fades. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma is bursting with floral and citrus hop notes. Earthy dank character with hints of pine needle and alcohol. Hints of grapefruit and citrus peel as well as some pale malt and graham cracker.

Chewy full body with a huge bitter hop blast up front with hints of pine which is nicely balanced by citrus sweetness and subtle malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit, mango, lemon and orange peel. The ABV adds some nice warmth yet this beer is still extremely quaffable. Bone dry finish.

Photo of boomer31
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SMason for the extra

A - Pours a clear golden brew with a thick white head. A touch of stick on the glass

S - Mostly malt with some grapefruit and grass

T - Sweet malt takes away from the hops. As is warms you pick up more grapefruit and lemony hop. The alcohol becomes ore apparent as it warms.

M - Pretty full bodied, nice high carb, very sticky but not as dry as I'd like my Imperial IPA.

D - Very easy going down, not overly hoppy or malty. Good balance but I was expecting more hop

Overall an alright Imp IPA. I was hoping for more of a hop presence than malt balance. The alcohol starts to hit me half way thru the bottle. Not bad

Photo of imagese
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint. The bottle has the new frog design and adjusted ABV of 8.5%.

A- poured a slightly hazy golden with 2 finger head on an easy pour. Minus the great head, this beer doesn't look that great.

S- wow! Can I dive in!?!?! A great Spicy citrus nose with a sweet boozy kick. Pellet dry-hopping is very apparent on the nose

T- big citrusy rind hop slam with a piney sweetness in the back end. Damn, there's a lot going on here, but very crisp and distinct.
M- BIG is an understatement. The bitterness just assaults your tongue. The 2 week dry hopping adds a great oily feel without making it too soapy. Beware, if you don't want your mouth to "feel" the beer you're drinking, do not buy this. If you dig the hoppy explosion, buy a case!!!

D- this is a true example of a DIPA. IBU's thru the roof! Great beer to end a night with. Not sure I'd be able to drink several of these, and not many beers out there that could follow this hop bomb...

I got turned on to Left Coast after a visit to Oggi's, and buying a bottle of Torrey Pines. I'm going to have to go deeper into their catalog for sure... I love beers that make you think and are so good that they're almost undrinkable. This is one of those beers!

Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy honey amber with a tan one fingered head with tons of sticky lacing. Aromas of piney hops and grapefruit citrus with a touch of sweet malt. On the palate sweet pine sap and grapefruit much atune to the aromas with a medium body with nice carbonation. If this bad boy was a little less then the labeled ABV's, one could quaff a quite a few.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Frothy thick head of over three inches in a cloak of eggshell. The bidy of the brew is a nice transparent light brownish-orange.

S - Citrusy hop aroma but it doesn't overwhelm. It has a smooth easy to consume aroma. Very nice.

T - Wow, that's your big boy! Leafy grass hops to start followed by bitter citrus. The finish is flavorful too with a ripe pine hoppiness. It does however offer a strange leafy hop aftertaste that really takes away from the brew.

M - Thick and soft feel. Goes down well.

~ This is a monster of a DIPA. There's alot going on in this brew. It is certainly not for the meek. Give it a sampling if you so dare.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO for $5.99 and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Very clean, light amber colored with a weak head that dissipates quickly, leaving small amounts of lace in my glass.

S: Sweet and hoppy, a lot of malt and yeast, also slightly boozy at the end.

T: Super hoppy bight - fresh cut grass with a ton of sweet malt to balance the heavy hop. There's a little boozy flavor at the end, but overall a pretty solid tasting double IPA.

M: Medium bodied, super sticky and well carbonated.

D: Decent drinkability for the high ABV, and I enjoyed the bottle I tried, but wasn't wishing I had another one when I finished it.

Photo of SBarbeerian
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pint 6oz bottle. Clear golden orange color with a tan head. Larger bubbles & decent lacing.
Malts & fruit in the nose; mildly citrussy, some tropical fruit, little grass.
Taste: sweet, malty & fruity. Hops on the mellow side, especially for a double IPA from SD county, kingdom of hoppy beers. Would expect "Hop Juice" to pack more of a punch as far as hops are concerned. Mild by DIPA standards, but a good beer. I'd gladly drink another pint, but would push it aside for most other SD county DIPAs. Cheers mates.

Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This was served with a deeper shade of amber body...it had a slight haze to it...a creamy one finger head turned into a wispy cap...decent lacing

S - The aroma was pretty one dimensional and can summed up in one word...hops...the nose was all about the hops...citrus and pine fighting each other

T - The flavor profile turned out to be just the same...all hops...there wasn't much balance to this beer...the hops were all over the place and just became too bitter...it was hard for me to find any sweetness coming through to save my palate

M - Medium bodied...reisny...overly bitter

D - This beer started off decently with a huge hop nose but it came up short in the flavor because of no balance...combine the lack of balance with the 9.5% ABV and you've got a beer you need to watch yourself with

Photo of jjh19
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color, a ton of bubbles
Smell: Nothing overpowering with the smells, some citrus notes.
Taste: In the taste I was actually surprised by how muted the hops were. A touch malty for some balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and fairly hot on the alcohol.
Drinkability: Not the most hoppy or distinctive IIPA I've had. Worth a try, but I'll pass on ano

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop juice pours a deeper golden color with very little head. Pure and simple this beer smells and taste of hops nothing else. A full tatse but finishes just a bit watery. Not for the lite beer drinker. Overall very enjoyable, not the best of this style, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of claybeer
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours super clear and more yellow than gold. There was literally no head on this beer. It did have a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. The smell is HOPS! It was like I took a piece of dried hops and rubbed it in my hand then smelled it. The taste has a lot of pine tree. Some citrus showed up after my taste buds got past the pine. This beer lingered longer than any other beer I have ever had. Some bitterness was on the everlasting finish as well. Only the hop heads will find this beer to be very drinkable but a full pint is a interesting experience and worth trying.

Photo of riored4v
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/6/10

Poured into a tulip with a dense, off-white head. Clear, dark golden colored body.

Smell has some malty sweetness, caramel, and good amounts of citrus with tropical notes. Hints of pine along with a resiny aroma.

Taste had a big hop flavor with a well rounded sweetness. Nice light maltiness with a touch of caramel. Lots of citrusy hop flavor with pine as well. Good amounts of resiny hop bitterness in the back. Medium finishing bitterness. Mild sign of abv in finish as well.

Mouthfeel had a medium body, medium carbonation with a mild stickiness in finish.

Drinkability was good, but not great. Resiny finish that sticks to your tongue makes it less drinkable. Mild signs of abv.

Photo of DogFood11
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the lifeless side. Lazy and sporadic carbonation. Slightly hazed copper body and a thin swiss coffee head.

Its HOT. Alcohol is up front and personal. Maybe its the combination of the ABV with the uninhibited hop bitterness. Regardless its hot. Fruit and citrus enter as it warms up. Orange peel, Pineapple, and grapefruit rind. This is an interesting brew. Candy corn and caramel creep into it towards the end.

What it lacks in delicacy it makes up for in intricate depth. This changed with every pull and it was worth seeking out.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, rusty-orange color with a white head. The scent is very sweet with no hops. No hops at all, but some citrus scents. The taste is not as hoppy as a DIPA should be, but it still is quite tasty. Very sweet with some alcohol booziness and light citrus notes. Not the best tasting DIPA, but not awful. Mouthfeel is a bit to syruppy and maybe a bit to boozy and unbalanced. Drinkability is not that great.

Photo of Mancer
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a hazy golden copper with a 1 finger high off-white head. The head dissipated quickly and minimal lacing was observed. The initial smell of the beer was apple juice and hints of alcohol. I know that the hops were the cause for this bizarre smell and the malts were barely detectable. The initial taste of the beer was a burnt caramel with slight malts, additionally it tasted boozy. This brew had a medium to full body and was dry.

This is the worst DIPA that I have ever tried, not sure if anyone read the bottle, but they claim to have invented the first DIPA. Being that the case, you'd think that they could get the style right. I would not recommend anyone to try this beer.

Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear copper-orange pour with smallish, quickly fading head and decent lacing. Really nice nose with lots of caramel and citrus with a hint of floral and alcohol. Lots of hoppy bitterness in the taste, but it's balanced nicely with some sweet caramel malt. I'm also getting some orange jello. Really nice mouthfeel as it's got a good blend of dryness and stickiness. And I like the bitter aftertaste that's there throughout. The alcohol is definitely there but it's not overpowering and very well hidden. Very drinkable beer. I'm reading all these bad reviews and I just don't get it.

Photo of Beaver13
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a smallish bubbly white head the goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits and some floral hops and some stinkiness.

The flavor is some sweet malts followed by an almost minty hoppiness that is combined with tropical fruits. The result is kind of strange. It has quite a bit of bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, this was much better when I had it on tap at Falling Rock. On tap it was more of a solid traditional DIPA with no mint and tropical fruits.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very nice looking beer. Orange/amber/golden body topped by a nice, slightly off-colored white head. If it would have chunked up, I'd give it a 5.

Strong hops aroma, citrus and pine. Some resin and alcohol. It smells like this will bite pretty hard. It's not exactly balanced as just a slight whiff of malt is detected.

Alcohol is dominant in the taste and feel. Perhaps this adds to the bite, but not the flavor. Hops are fighting each other in this one, and none come out nicely. It's harsh taste, not terrible, but seems as though no thought went into it. No offense, but it just seems jumbled. Some may like this, I don't and don't think it fits the style.

bomber was too big...too boozy. Drain pour. Hard to drink.

Photo of JamisonM
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: a bright orange color not a dark orange bright head retention and lace are good

S: for a double ipa this has very little smell

T: taste is rather week for a double ipa just lack luster there is some hops in there but they are old? or what.... not powerful hops

M: med body or maybe even light how can a 9.4 % beer be light?

D: I can drink it easy nothing offensive

overall not a good double ipa I wont buy this again I am sad the beer has such a good bottle with the hop cut in half and its dripping juice! the beer inside is not like that at all.

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.