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Hop Juice Double IPA - Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

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Hop Juice Double IPAHop Juice Double IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
aka Left Coast Hop Juice

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Carmel Country Road. This batch was 7.99% listed. Orange with minimal lace. Strong with heavy malt, good mouthfeel. Every hop they can find and put together here, cascade, warrior, amerillo, etc. etc. And dry-hopping. Oily. Better than average example of this style which I believe are overated.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep cloudy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a sweet malt base with loads of grassy hops with a dominant bitterness. Taste is an unbalance mix between some grassy and extremely bitter hops with a malt base that I just too sweet for my liking. Body is full with some great carbonation and no alcohol could ever be perceptible over this much hops and malt. I am not sure if my expectation where too high or what, but I didn't enjoy this as much as expected - the balance between the sweet malt and the bitter and grassy hops is hard to digest...

Phyl21ca, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old notes.

A: Pours a copper color with a big head, about two (or more) fingers tall and white in color.

S: Smells like a pine tree all the way. Intensely piney, resinous, and oily with some moderate citrus tones to it. Very green and very intense. A bit of tropical fruits in there too.

T: Amazingly bitter and just as heavy on the pine as the nose was. Quite a bit of grapefruit and perhaps some pineapple and apricot. No real room for malt flavor on this one.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

O: I could easily see this being "too much" for somebody but I really enjoyed it.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses. Thanks go to HopDerek for sharing this one.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a couple fingers of foamy eggshell white head. Thin yet creamy retention leaves some thickish lacing back. The aroma is super rich smelling with tropcial fruits...and not much else. Maybe some floral hops and spice, a touch of sticky caramel but this is really uneven towards the citrus.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, being very unbalanced towards the sweeter side of things. There is a ton of citrus and caramel and a good bit of hops as well, which come off as a bit more herbal and resinous, but this is definitley all about the fruits and malts. Finishes with a good bit of leftover tang and light bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a generally creamy feel but there is also a good bit of beef to it as well. A bit too much warmth actually, mixing with the bitterness, herbal qualities, and sweetness, to give this a medicial feel.

Unbalanced and warm aren't qualties that I look for in DIPA, so this was fairly disappointing. I'm not sure how old this bottle was, so I guess that some hop fade could have attributed to the unbalanced nature of this. I'd give this a try on draft sometime, to see how it compares.

Kegatron, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely crimson/peach coloring, transparent, pleasing to the eye, with a flush head, thick, proud, and creamy, very inviting, I'm going in...
ahhh, big, fresh citric hops...WOW! Melon, and grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, a bit of mango and even guava, what the hey! Mmmm, this is nice!
Ahhh...very delicious.
On the palate, in the mouth, it's a melange of bitterness, juicyness, extravagant hoppitude...I'll take it slow for more quiet consideration...Big bitter hoppiness, but well matched by luscious, thick, sweet malt. This is a well-put-together product, and other opinions I've scanned regarding any lack of balance are without merit, by my eye. You want a really hoppy, really juicy, spicy IPA, but with sufficient malt to back it up, further aiding the flavor? This is that! Hey, it even reminds me of Masala Mama, and that's saying something!
This is very nice, and gets better with every sip and swallow, has a bright, coppery feel, replete with fruity, hoppiness that pleases my tongue to no end!

feloniousmonk, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a super hoppy, pine scented aroma. I also get some notes of citrus in the nose. The taste is almost harsh and astringent because of the hopping levels. This is green and like chewing on raw vegetative matter, there are perhaps a bit too many hops in this one. This is just intensely hoppy, and needs either more age, or more of a malt back bone to smooth this beast out.

Gueuzedude, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Via tap at the Toronado in September, 2004. Had this last week when I was here and had to have it again before I wrote a review. I'm new to Double IPA's and this beer is what has made me try other ones to base them off of. Pours with a decent head that stays for longer than I expected. Smells like a blast of citrus in your face. Lace which stays forever and a taste that just blows me away. Huge amounts of hops that never end. The aftertaste lingers in your mouth. But it's a good aftertaste. I wish they sold this in bottles and had it in NorCal. I'll be sorry when the Toronado runs out. Guess I'll head back there in a few days to get my fix.

Had Hop Juice again in October, but from the cask conditioned tap this time. It was still very good, but I guess the subtraction of most the carbonation and the warmth of the beer didn't do it for me as much as straight from the tap. The aftertaste stays with you forever also. Once again, not a bad thing. You can literally taste hop juice in your mouth 12 hours later. I'd always take the tap as my first choice.

GClarkage, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed amber colored beer the color of apple cider. Normal sized off-white head.

Strong citrus hop aroma, both grapefruit and oranges. Malt and toffee with a strange chocolate cake scent. Strong caramel aroma is under the hops if you manage to pick it apart.

Starts out strong and bitter, something like a hop cough syrup. Strongly hopped but tastes more herbal than citrus. Savory flavor, heavy on wood and pineapple with some mango. Little bit of melon flavor, shares some aspects of a Barleywine, this one straddles two beer styles.

Mouthfeel is good.

Little bit of a disappointment, I had hoped for more of a citrus hop bomb and actually got something closer to a Barleywine. This is good just not quite what I had expected.

Zorro, May 27, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TDR in Exton

A- Bright copper with some orange hints beneath and a flimsy off white cap with no lacing.

S- Smell is on the piney side with some residual sugar and some alcohol, bordering on nail polish in the minimal

T- An interesting DIPA, it's a very bitter one also, the pine overshadows the glimmers of pineapple and grapefruit that is underneath. Reminds me of a extremely light version of devil dancer with the teeth enamel taking off capabilities.

M- medium in build, slightly carbed alcohol on the mouth but not extremely hot. Bitter on the tounge that does not quit.

D- I am glad I tried it on tap no less but I don't think I will be going for it again. The alcohol is a bit high for my liking.

BARFLYB, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Mebuzzard, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BillRoth, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Quotations last night. It's been a LONGGG time since I've made the acquaintance of this bad boy.

The beer pours a rich, honey orange color with decent head retention and impressive sticky lacing. This looks like a serious (DIPA), which of course it is. On the nose this beer is just wild, exoctic stuff. I get a huge blast of apricot, coupled with pine and underlying hoppy citrus. There was so much apricot I had my friend smell the beer as well, as I was concerned something might be wrong with my sense of smell. However, she confirmed the aroma of apricot and honey. On the palate, this is one impressive beer. There is an interesting sweet malt base to the beer, which is not something I ususally enjoy in a DIPA. However, it's so beautifully blended with the hop profile, that it really gives this beer some intriguing flavors. There is apricot, cherry and honey, but it's buoyed by some nice hoppy citrus. The citrus flavors blend nicely with the malt, which I think is why there is such a smorgasbord of fruit flavors. The beer is medium bodied, and while you can tell the abv. is up there (the beer list indicated a 9.4% abv., which I confess seems more consistent with what I was drinking), it's not obtrusive or overbearing.

This was a delicious, rich DIPA, quite unlike most DIPA's out there. It is extremely well crafted, with the panoply of flavors showing the capability of a particularly skilled brewer. Very impressive.

John_M, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ O’Brien’s San Diego
The beer resides in the glass a golden amber color, the head big and white, the texture creamy with the lace a tight sheet upon the glass. “Whoa Nellie”, hops floral to the max, sweet and a treat for the old schnozzle, start is sweet and nicely malted with the top middling in it’s feel to the palate. Finish is delectable in it’s a acidity, the hops potent and pleasing to us hop heads, the aftertaste dry and long lasting, and a remarkable companion to O’Brien’s Garlic Fries, raw Garlic and ton’s of hops “Yummy”! Lol

Gusler, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pellucid copper-gold with a creamy looking off-white vanilla head that has good stability and excellent staying power. Lovely soft carbonation which rolls and pitches with the tip of the glass. Fresh conditioning and clean looking.

Nose: Fresh and green, sappy hops with a lot of pine cones and hop oils. Bitter and Earthy with some soil in the back end.

Taste: Bitter start with some hop oils which pick up in strength. Whilst the hops take centre-stage the nice crisp biscuit malts trace the backstage behind the curtains. The encore is a rasping raw fresh bitterness which lends tasty kick in the nuts right at the death.

Mouthfeel: Hardwearing and rugged with a solid resinous hoppy presence and a bold malty backbone. Lasting hop oils thrash on the tongue, green feeling with some grass stains. Big enough for a Double-IPA but far from OTT.

Drinkability: Very simple to imbibe, had a Pint early on, on its own it just goes down so easily, but with a very spicy Curried Fish platter which I just demolished, it goes extremely well, and now I am close to the bottom of my Growler which I only filled yesterday. Solid enough yet balanced to be a stand alone beer as well as a great accompaniment to hot spicy food, always the mark of a great IPA for me.

Overall: Whilst it is not one of my top 5 favorite home grown Cali IPA’s, which is by no means a detrimental statement given the extremely high level of competition here, it is nevertheless a very solid IPA which I have enjoyed on several occasions. I hate style tags….but be it a West Coast, Double, Triple, American, or whatever IPA tag you stick on this one, it is a damn fine IPA nevertheless. I’m ashamed to say that I have never been to any of the Oggi’s outlets yet, I will have to correct that sooner rather than later. Damn good stuff, it would be nice to see this one in bottles and give it some time in the dark cupboard.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Surprisingly good DIPA. This beer pours a medium amber with a smallish white head. The aroma is quite good, a mix of a variety of hop flavors - mostly floral and citric. There's a touch of caramel malt, but this is clearly a hop ride from the outset. The flavor is pretty much all big chewy hops. I guess it's dry, but it's hard to taste much beyond the hops. If that's not your cup of hop tea, then you won't like this beer much. There was a definite paint thinner note when the beer was colder, but it fades to further hoppiness as it warmed up. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, but them's the breaks with hop juice. Super hoppy DIPA.

popery, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours a very hazy golden yellow liquid with a thin bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lace on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively big and brings a very strong aroma of pine resign along with a fair amount of malt in the form of brown sugar and a touch of caramel.

T/M-this is extremely thick and syrupy. almost too syrupy. the taste is a mix of burnt sugar, pine resign, caramel, and a bitter hop finish. very different.

D-it is too syrupy to really enjoy which makes it almost like a resignous blast of sugar and pine like it came straight from the tree.

cpetrone84, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Floydster
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint from Oggi's in Corona tonight when girlfriend and I went out for some pizza

Color was a medium orange with a very silky 1/2 inch head, which looked more like it belonged to a stout rather than a double IPA, settled down fairly quickly but left lots of lacing in the process

Smell was nice and full of pine and citrus, definitely got some grassy scents followed by small amounts of lemon accents, prediction was that sweetness would be more heavy than hoppy flavor because of the presence of malt in the aroma

Taste was nicely balanced, more hops than malt, so the opposite of what I originally thought, still a little sweet but amazing, one of the better types of this style of beer I have tasted, and I did not seem to think I would be finding it at this place in the middle of nowhere off of the 15 freeway, dryness turns into an orange-like taste with a little tart followed by a piney finish, taste lasted long and kept biting away at my taste buds, could definitely use some bottles of this, tasted a lot like Pliny the Elder from Russian River and Maharaja by Avery to me, very smooth and crisp with a nice citrus complexity for an IPA of this kind

Could drink a couple pints of this and then the nine percent alcohol would start making me pay for it, strong beer and the alcohol is hidden well in the drink and it is pretty light on the stomach, went great with my pizza

Highly recommended, especially if you are going to this place, Oggi's best beer hands down, only seasonal though unfortunately, will be having this again when I make back out there

Floydster, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good lord, what a palate blaster.

Pours a syrupy, orangey color with a two inch white foam head. Smelled like pine, citrus, and grapefruit.

The flavor is as much barleywine as DIPA, but it's pretty scorching with citrus, grapefruit, pine, and even a bit of balancing malt. Incredibly juicy with citrus. Basically, I couldn't drink anything after this as my tastebuds were apparently warped for a few hours.

Nice sticky mouthfeel.

Overlord, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this west coat imperial but was disappointed with the blatant imbalance between malts and hops... over done on the malts with a lingering bitterness on the tongue... Alcohol was noticeable and pungent...
This beer was overdone in my opinion... The overall flavor profile would benefit from more hops and less malts...

dsa7783, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light Gold. Wonderfully fruity and fresh hop aroma (cantaloupe, resin, peach, grapefruit, resin and pine). Hop flavors continue on in the flavor profile, mainly pine and citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit) but this Double IPA actually had some malt flavor and body to back it up. This is what it says it is...Hop Juice.

Crosling, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

2beerdogs, May 30, 2014
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Oggi's Orange, CA while hanging with the Bum.

Deep burnished, polished copper penny firey vitreous orange hue topped with a lace coating the glass beige dense head cap.

Nose erupts with an exquisite balance of copious hops mixed with a husky and even a floral malt backing. A kiss of awl-kee-hawl booziness sends up a red flag that this one will knock you on yer azz if you go the distance. Cornicopia of fruits here...cherries, pears and canteloupe.

First swigs: Sizzle of huge hop front. Orange peel, fresh orange slices, tangerine, lemon zesty peel, bright citrus fruit. Tang juice with a solid middle of the road balance of Starburst candy.

Feel is a thick full bodied 2IPA. Sugary and syrupy with plenty of punch to go 'round. Zippy crisp carbonation leaving a linger of hop acidity.

Last swigs: Starburt fruit chews 2IPA that reminds me an awful lot of Yulesmith Summer. An Excellent 2IPA that should be a topped ranked contender. $14 is a bargain. EXCELLENT!

Beer is goo. Happy big beering!

blitheringidiot, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy orangey-amber (closer to orange) with a 2-finger whitish head with good retention.

S: Very nice -- fresh-squeezed grapefruit and oranges. Some pine.

T: Resiny hops. Citrus: oranges, candied oranges and grapefruit. Some sweeter caramel malt underneath. Heat and a bit of peppery spice at the back end of the sip. It's especially noted with the first sip. Palate is coated with bitterness that lasts and lasts. . . .

M: Resiny and somewhat oily.

D: OK. I've had better DIPAs in the taste and feel department, though this one is a winner to this nose.

Kendo, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of DogFood11
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the hand pump/cask at Naja's on a lazy saturday afternoon. This brew served as a day capper.

Not a whole lot of head or lacing to speak of, the color was typical DIPA off orange.

This DIPA surprised me in its sweetness. The hop profile was welcomed and indeed it was stiff but this brew had a significant sweet, almost candied type backbone. Maybe this was due to the conditioning but it was somewhat bothersome.

Notes: Its a tough style to rank low because the hop profile can disguise any flaw in a beer. I really liked the attempt at balance for this style but I found myself wanting the hop bomb I was expecting...I could be spoiled by the saturation of DIPA's in Southern California.

DogFood11, Nov 06, 2005
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Hop Juice Double IPA from Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.