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Left Coast Hop Juice - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 55 | 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 Brewsmith
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz. bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint glass. Aroma is big on the orange/tangerine citrus hops with a touch pineapple. Clear orange amber color with a small beige head that sticks to the glass well. Initial flavors compete between the citrusy hops, the malt sweetness, toast, and the hop bitterness like a tug-of-war. Big mouthfeel, not surprising due to the 9.4% ABV. Toast and bitterness linger on the palate. A little too sweet and heavy to be really drinkable, but still a nice beer.

Brewsmith, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick off white head. Aroma of grassy hops and nice cracker malt. Flavor is nice and malty with grassy hops. An alright IIPA, would have liked more citrus. The hop profile wasn't my favorite, but this was a decent beer.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought a bottle home from San Diego last Fall and it poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a medium fuzzy white head plenty of lacing. The aroma is a nice nutty malt with little or no hint of hops. Sort of a herbal candy smell. The taste is very odd and hits you as very grassy herbal theme. Doesn't seem very hoppy despite the advertisement but you come to appreciate that there is a lot of bitterness in the back of the mouth which is somewhat masked by a less than loveable soapy cardboard quality. It has the advertized bitter hop abundance but there is no balance and it has a disagreeable edge. Fair bodied and questionable drinkability depending upon how the taste hits you.

Durge, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a friend for splitting a bomber. This beer has a great, big juicy hops flavor, but where the hell is the bitterness? The hops start up with pineapple juice and are rounded out by grapefruit and touch of earthy herbs. The malts stand out a bit much, with an overly sweet and simple caramel and white bread taste. The hops are pretty nice, and something a bit different from the norm, but the balance is all off.

tempest, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Coast- Hop Juice

A- Deep bright yellowish orange with a thick frothy head.
S- Huge sweet grapefruit, white cane sugar, and pine hops.
T- Huge grapefruit and pineapple with lotsa sugar. Sweet pine hop finish.
M- Cheek hurting sugary sweetness with a thick caramel malt that quickly fades to a sweet pine hops.

Overall- Just too much sugar in this sweet grapefruit bomb. Definitely worthy of a pint.

NJpadreFan, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Monks 12/20
A 10oz pour (?) into some sort of fluted stange. Brought to the table with plenty of pep by our server, by the time this puppy arrived it was devoid of any noticeable head, although as I swirl it around some nice sticky lacing leaves its mark for a few seconds.
Its appearance is deep and warm like molasses, crisp and translucent even in the low light of this bar. Nothing particulary outstanding here, and that deep color leaves me wondering if the malt will make too strong of a showing - yes I am actively searching out the unbalanced bombs.

It smells clean, a big nose of just a few notes: Pine, earth & alcohol. Almost no detectable citrus notes. I'm actually surprised at the how big this smells and I can feel my mouth start to water with anticipation.

The taste opens up like a cold dose of medicinal malty sugar water... sounds like something to avoid, but this is pleasing, cooling and quickly peels away to a big core of mentholyptic, eucalyptic spicy earthy hoppiness. finishes soft, with more of the sugary menthol thing going on. I'm surprised to feel my tastebuds slipping away, overcome by the hop juices. It is a bitter hoppy brew, but I can't call this a hop bomb. Its slightly overbalanced (for my tastes today) with sweet malts, coating my throat with the herbal alien tastes. I stare into space for a few minutes trying to figure this out. I'm still staring... and I like it a lot

the MF is simply a little too syrupy to drink much more than the 10oz pour I just finished. It hangs around in a juicy film - it is fair to call this a full bodied DIPA.

One strange brew, glad this made it out to PHL

Philabeerphia, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled version of Oggi's Hop Juice. Pours hazy orange-gold with a foamy white head. Sticky lacing. Nice, grapefruit-laden aroma with pine and grass. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Rich, resiny flavor up front that is rapidly followed by grapefruit and mango. Very tart and bitter. Caramel malt smoothes it out a little, giving it a slight biscuit flavor. The bitterness never really goes away, nor does the resiny goodness. Almost as good out of the bottle as the tap.

magictrokini, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9/9/08: Left Coast Brewing Co. "Hop Juice" DIPA 22 oz. Bomber, 9.4% abv.

Very interesting nose
Heavy hop flavor to say the least
Vigorous pour left a 2.5 finger head
Fabulous looking beer with a nice head, and a nice deep coin color
Well balanced for a beer with that name and ABV. It's one of the easiest drinking DIPA's I've had. Don't get me wrong, it's a heavy brew, but very drinkable.

Grabbin2nd, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Is a clear, honey/amber color with a short head falling to a cover with bits of spotty lacing.
S-Is, from a distance-pineapple, then closer it's not as easy to discern, maybe grassiness plus some malt. Not a lot there.
T-Is not an apparent IIPA. There is some bitterness and malt sweetness but not much in the way of hops.
M-Is medium thick & a little oily.
D-Is, actually, pretty good. The 9% would limit me to one bottle.

While I enjoyed drinking this beer, I don't feel it should be called a IIPA. Maybe the hops have faded in this bottle. As it is, it's quite tasty but doesn't taste to style.

meatyard, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm, there's so many versions of this beer, I hope this is in the right place. The bottle does list 9.4% ABV as opposed to the 7.6% listed here.

A: When poured into my Duvel glass, this beer is crystal clear amber with a solid off-white head with good retention and a ton of lacing. The clarity is brilliant.

S: Wonderfully sharp pine needles up front with a definite fruity slant with a good deal of grapefruit, peaches, raw mango and a mild hay-like aroma. Mildly spicy with black pepper and cumin. Quite complex.

T: On the palate, this is an explosion of pine and grapefruit hops with some of the fruitiness replicated on the palate, especially the peachy notes. The spiciness is replicated as well with the finish having an herbal, almost minty component. In that way, it reminds me of the first batch of the Kalamazoo Hopsolution. Malt sweetness is moderate and is unobtrusive.

M: Close to medium in body , this beer has soft carbonation and a pleasing, unique finish that's moderately dry.

D: You really can't tell this one has 9.4% ABV, it's quite easy to drink

DefenCorps, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's.

A-Pours a clear ornage amber with a medium sized white head and very nice lacing.

S-Quite a bit of sweet malt with some grapefruit hops.

T-Quite well balanced, I think. Toffee sweetness in the front blends well with the grapefruit hops and a mildly sweet finish.

M-Crisp, a bit dry, nicely carbonated.

D-Not a hop bomb by any means, I found this to be quite drinkable. When I am in the mood for a low ABV DIPA, I would be happy to reach for this one.


sholland119, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Quotations, Media, PA on 11/15/08. Served in a goblet.

A - Clear orange/amber body with ruby grapefruit highlights and thin off-white head that yielded decent lacing.

S - Citrus and perfumy hops paired caramel malt and some toffee notes. This brew also emits a pretty substantial fume of alcohol.

T - Quite malty for a DIPA with a predominant burnt caramel character, yet hops are still pretty aggressive and get more assertive as it warmed up. There's quite a bit of heat from the alcohol content.

M - Softly carbonated medium body with a sticky, syrupy texture. Warm and tingly mouthfeel. Finish is sticky, dry and extremely bitter.

D - The high ABV is definitely apparent in this DIPA. This was also not as hoppy as I had anticipated. I reviewed this a few months ago from a bottle, and I thought the hops were quite subdued. While the hops are indeed more prevalent in the tap version, this is still quite a malt-forward DIPA with a thick, syrupy maltiness and caramel sweetness.

ffejherb, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with excellent retention and a cloudy orange color.

The smell is very unique. Smells like candy/grapefruit while maintaining a floral aroma. As the beer warms, other citrus comes out such as orange.

This beer is intensely bittering and rape my tongue. It's unique. I didn't know what to make of it. There is this candy grapefruit sweetness, with a huge amount of bitterness to follow. The malts are playing in the backround to hold up the intense hoppiness and do a decent job of doing so.

There is an intense amount of hop oils in this one, but it maintains an adequate crispness that is nice for the style.

The hopping on this one was unique to me. I haven't had anything like it. However, I liked it. It seems like I might be one of the few!

jasonjlewis, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Judging by the other reviews versus my experience, this is one beer that absolutely must be consumed super fresh. I was amazed by the number of reviews that found little to no hoppiness in this beer apart from some grassy notes. My bottle is apparently very fresh, and I find this to be perhaps the hoppiest beer I have ever had- and I've had a lot of them. So much so that my wife was sure there were extra bitters added like Gentian or something. I'm glad to get to experience it like its supposed to be. Pours a hazy golden with a bit of orange to it and a thin head that sticks around as a swirly cap. Smells herbal and bitter with a bit of alcohol burn and very little malt. The taste is an explosion of pine, herbs, and grapefruit pith that crescendos in bitterness until it is almost astringently bitter at the finish. I like this, but my wife, who is a hop head as well, thought it tasted to bitter like an herbal tincture of golden seal. Very little malt in the equation, but the hop explosion is lovely. Relatively thin and watery, but enjoyable.

Georgiabeer, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Squeeze me? Pours a mostly hazy off, light orange color with some tan notes through out. With a prominent white head that took a while to settle down. Good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose has a strong hop nose and more of a West Coast appeal. A nice big piney aroma with some light citrus, mostly grapefruity, backing it up. Feint malt notes with some biscuit and bready notes. A light touch of honey. Some noticeable yeast notes, alcohol mostly.

The taste is dominated by the hops as well. A big piney and grapefruit note comes out strong. Balanced more on the bittering side, there is a strong bite that continues thoughout the taste and into the finish. Some nice piney notes but somewhat hidden. The malt comes out on the backend mostly with a sweet bready flavor. Also somewhat hidden by the bitterness. Big alcohol notes with a hot taste, but no real off yeast notes beyond that glaring off note.

The body is moderate. The biggest off note of course is astringency. Carbonation is a bit high which doesn't help. Overall, some good notes but could use a huge difference if this beer was more in balance between the hops. Also the alcohol heat is a big deterrent.

Oxymoron, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not surprisingly, Left Coast's Hop Juice Double IPA is not too unlike their Torrey Pines IPA. Surprisingly, however, it's not that much bigger. Sure it's stronger (the bottle says 9.4% ABV - doesn't taste or feel it), but it seems like there's less maltiness to it, and the mouthfeel seems lighter as well. The hops are similar with the addition of more citrus, but they don't seem any more robust. There's a little more in the aroma, but not that much more in the flavor. And although I can say that I find it more balanced and drinkable than the Torrey Pines, that seems kind of backwards as well... a double IPA should, in my opinion, be more aggressive, and thus less approachable. Odd. Overall, it's not bad by any stretch. And in comparison to a lot of east coast IPA's it's still a hoppy mother. It's drinkable and enjoyable, but it doesn't quite live up to the suggestion of its name.

NeroFiddled, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pour a golden yellow, just a shade or 2 darker than a pils, with a firm, rocky white head with good retention, not a lot of lace, has a standard DIPA look.

S: Smell is promising, get a huge jolt of pine and citrus on opening the bottle, once poured a mint and spice mix comes out.

T: I have a bit of a problem here. Hop flavours are overall tasty, but were definitely muted, compared to what I expect in this style, prosaic compared to what is coming out of San Diego right now. Has good pine notes, but too much peppermint takes over in the end, making the flavour 1-dimensional and boring. Get some bitter lemon zest and medicinal elements in there that I really wasn't in to as well. When it warmed up a bit it was not fun to drink.

M: Mouthfeel is too light for the style, watery, resiny, with a long aftertaste, mild solvent character.

D: Dissapointed about this one since I had heard good things about it in the past. Hate to give a lower review to a local brewer, but in my opinion, this is just not up to par. With all the great DIPA's in CA, I don't think I will revisit this one.

Halcyondays, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

THanks for the bottle Randy! Poured from the bottle into a Sam perfect pint. I wanted a hop bomb tonite an dI got one!
Nice Fairly clear orange color with a thin white head. Spotty lacing. For a DIPA I get a ton of bready malt in the nose. Some citrus hop aroma, but not much.
Taste is bitter! Slight taste of citrus, but mostly bitter alcohol flavor. I dont get much balance in this beer. Warms as it goes down- must be from the abundant alcohol I taste. Bitterness sits on the sides of my tongue for a while. Not very drinkable- I wish I shared this bomber.

DrDogbeer, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed orange/amber color with an off-white head that leaves sporadic lacing.

S- The aroma features some malt and a lot of citrus notes from the hops.

T- I feel the could have benefited from the malt being amped up just a tad. The hops are definitely evident in the finish, with a large citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is not hidden very well and is pretty evident in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- My bottle lists the ABV at 9.4%, differing from the listing on BA. You can definitely taste and feel every bit of the 9.4% with each sip. The alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

Overall, Left Coast Hop Juice is a decent brew that is worth a shot, but nothing that I would purchase again. There are far too many better DIPAs out there.

cjgator3, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at BevMo! in Brea on 8/24/2008.

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer pours a hazy yellowish-orange color with a moderate white head that settles to a patchy layer. Each sip yields a few sheets of lacing.

S- Not what I was expecting at all. The aroma is chemically-sweet and sugary with very little presence of citrusy or piney hops. There are faint notes of pineapple, but I'm mainly getting a strong malt presence backed by a good dose of alcohol. There is a somewhat artificial quality to the smell of this beer.

T- The taste is only a slight upgrade from the aroma. The sweet malt backing has a strange aspartame-like quality that dominates the flavor before a lasting hop bitterness kicks in. The alcohol provides a substantial warming sensation on the finish, which is dry and very bitter tasting on the palate. As the beer warms, the alcohol really starts to punch through in the taste.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation bubbles.

D- The 9.4% ABV is not well-hidden. Plus, the smell and the flavor of this beer are chemical-like and medicinal, making this a chore to drink.

This one was a miss for me.

Tdizzle, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A never ceasing level of peach hued head. The body is clear but the colour is too dense to allow clarity as an option. The shade is a copper-caramel-orange blend, and believe it or not, will actually activate the saliva glands.

The aroma will continue to pry open those saliva glands and furthermore, prepare the tongue for an upcoming bitter impact. The label has a hop comb split in half exposing a citric fruit insides. Not sure if it's meant to be a grapefruit or a tangerine, but either will do; this smells evenly, and plentiful, of both.

The flavour of acidic, citric fruit is striking. Grapefruit pith, melon rind and plump orange slice sheet tangy caramel malt. There is a nice roast biscuit profile but the flavour is always citric: the initial taste being dry (piths and rinds) while the aftertaste is sweet (juicy, fresh slices). Oh, and I should mention a truck size portion of pine.

It only grows more and more acidic, and more and more juicy, and more and more tangy. The bitterness is whopping but the citric hop flavour seems to rectify that. I found the lingering tang to extinguish any residual bitterness on the palate. It took me some time to notice but the beer is terribly boozy. But I can't help but feel that lots of lime acidity, dry pithy tang and herbal crushed mint accompany it nicely.

This is really good, but it desperately lacks balance and really shows its strength. The best of the style will mask their alcohol, restrain their bitterness, and balance the whole thing so each sip doesn't cut through you like a dentist drill, which this one kind of did.

That said, with a style like double IPA, sometimes I feel it may be ok to throw balance out the window. If you're going binge, you might have to purge. If Left Coast had to give up balance and subtlety for 4.5 lbs of hops per barrel and more than 4 weeks of dry-hopping than so be it. Like the label says: "hop heads step up to the plate".

biegaman, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of grub
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bennetj17 hooked me up with this at dark lord day. he wandered into our room with a few beers in hand and said that he didn't have room to take them all home so we should have them. i gave him one back in return, but i still got the good end of the deal. big thanks bennet!

22oz bottle. sampled august 4/08.

pours deep reddish copper colour with a small dense cream-coloured head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. big biscuit and white bread. bit of cracker. orange and tangerine. bit of resiny pine. alcohol. nice floral and almost perfumey character. bit herbal.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. lots of alcohol - more than i'd expect from 9.4%abv. resiny grapefruit and pine. orange and tangerine. slightly herbal. floral. caramel. bread and biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium-large body. fairly drying finish.

drinkability is nice. alcohol is a bit hot, especially at first. the bracing bitterness quickly numbs you to most everything else, with the warmth being the main thing that continues to come through. i can see the potential here though.

grub, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if this was grubs or biegamans bottle, but thanks!

Pours a cloudy orange, thin off white head forms, settles to a thin ring, drops some lace spots, looks a bit murky. Smell is nice, oranges, tangerine, lots of floral, resin, caramel, fruit, malt takes a back seat, you can smell the bitterness. Taste is grapefruit, orange/tangerine, bread, caramel, tart lemons, cherries, quite earthy, bitter orange peel finish, a bit spicy, alcohol is there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down, very bitter finish. Unapologetic DIPA, kicks you in the face with its hop attack! Thanks Russ or Jan.

Viggo, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly clear medium orange/amber with a nice white head.

Smells bready/yeasty. Hints of grapefruit, and alcohol spice. From all the dry hopping I would exprect "more".

Taste is a very classic pine resin for a dipa. Very oily and slick. Lots of alcoholic spice and hop bite. Stays very long in the aftertaste. Many lower reviews than mine, but I think this one is "over the top" in a good way.
Lots and lots of sweet malts through all the bitterness to balcance nicely.

MOutfeel is good, nice and slick.

To me this beer just works. In your face, in all departments. To shock and awe when you need a hop juice fix!

Trueant1, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of DrunkenMaster
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hop Juice is the complete opposite of Hopsickle. While I get beautiful floral, citrus and pine aroma and flavor from Hopsickle I get some kind of nutty, stale hops and other nasty smelling things in Hop Juice that I dont think should be there in a DIPA. I started to taste the alcohol after just a few sips. In the land of DIPAs I'm not wasting time on this thing. Drain pour.

DrunkenMaster, Jul 03, 2008
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.