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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of ehammond1
2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
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
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
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
3.39/5  rDev -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
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
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
2.89/5  rDev -19%
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
4.32/5  rDev +21%
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
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +6.4%
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.

Photo of HipHop5
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden /light coper color with a good 1/2 inch head that lingers for few moments. Great "seep rows" of lacing that sticks to the glass pretty long time. I love that about a beer. Just put a smile on my face. Some light citrus and pine sap aroma. very discrete up front. Taste very smooth and balanced. After taste is more of pine and hops bitterness. This is a beer that develop as you drink it. Still pretty discrete but very drinkable . I can see myself getting this one in my fridge on a regular basis. Not a potent California DIPA but if you are looking for a more subtle one that is easy to share with your "non hop heads" friends. A good intro to some California heavy weight DIPA.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A golden caramel color with amber hues and a nice dense 2-3" off-white head with some slight lacing.

S: Floral and spicey nose with some malty-sweet aromas

T: Starts very sweet with lots of caramel like flavors. Decent floral and spicey hop presence. Alcohol is very evident in this brew. Finishes dry with some bitterness.

M: Good carbonation but a very sweet and sticky brew that is quite warming at 8.5% abv.

D: Low - The combined sweetness and booziness to this brew make it a sipper.

I have had this brew straight off of the tap and have never really been a big fan. Left Coast Brewing Company is the public distribution arm of Oggi's Pizza and Brewing; which dont get me wrong is a fine establishment with many accolades. However I have always felt this brew was just off and too unbalanced. Advertised as a "Hop Monster" the hops actually take a back seat to the heavy malt and alcohol presence. Another "West Coast" style IPA that does not really deliver compared to other SoCal offerings in my opinion.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +4.5%
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
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
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 +0.3%
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
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +24.1%
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!

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.