Hop Juice Double IPA - Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
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3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
Pours a golden orange with a small head which disspates to a spotty coating quickly. There is some lacing but minimal. Nose is orange and pine most strongly with some backside of flowery sweet hops. Taste starts sweet enough (orange, pineapple grapefruit and caramel) but quickly moves to bitter and a strong alcohol burn which isn't pleasant. Mouthfeel is chewy, syrupy and cloying with some edge due to the carbonation. While not awful, I coud not drink more than one of these and, with so many great IPA's out there, will pass on buying it again.
06-25-2010 19:50:45 | More by regspeir
2.4/5 rDev -36.8%
Appearance: Clear, orange with an ivory head.
Smell: some hop aroma, but I'm surprised there isn't more given the 4# of hops/barrel. I can smell the alcohol, which lowers the score for me.
Taste: surprisingly dry and much more malty than I expected given the label says base malt with a touch of caramel. Also tastes hot.
Mouthfeel: light and clean.
Drinkability: too hot for my tastes. Also tastes more like a very fresh bigfoot than a double IPA.
05-26-2010 23:42:38 | More by joebrewer
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
I pulled this one off the shelf because it's another DIPA I haven't had a chance to try yet. Reading back through the reviews on Beer Advocate, it's sounding like two distinctly different beers are being reviewed. I did notice that when I popped the cap on this that it wasn't sealed as well as most beers, but could this have caused problems for some of the reviewers?
Appareance -- a finger's worth of tiny bubble head, not the perfect DIPA orange color, but slightly darker.
Smell -- Great! Piney, a bit of citrus.
Taste -- I like a strong tasting beer and this is fine with me -- the alcohol is not masked, you know you're drinking a strong beer.
Mouthfeel -- slightly oily, heavy like a lot of DIPAs.
Drinkability -- I'm perfectly satisfied with this bomber. I'm happy I have 22 ounces -- though I'm nursing it.
03-30-2010 05:26:59 | More by ellswrth
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
Picked this one up at South Bay Drugs in San Diego. Been wanting to give this one a go for a while. Bomber served up in a standard pint glass.
A: Pours out a dark yellow to orange body. Held to the light, this one is pretty golden yellow with a clear body. There is a good amount of carbonation activity in here. A harsh and vigorous pour yielded a very thin, loose bubbly head that only rises to a quarter finger at best and has little to no retention. The lightest and most minute lace ends up on the glass but it is barely worth mentioning.
S: Getting a fair amount of tropical fruit in the nose. Good amount of pineapple and grapefruit mostly. There is a very little amount of pine resin here in the nose as well. Other than that, there is nothing really more in nose here. A bit disappointing.
T: Taste is a little like the nose. This does have the most pronounced amount of pineapple flavor I have had in a beer. Behind that I am getting a little bit of grapefruit meat and orange skin. There is yet again a little bit of pine resin coming out as well. Touch of brown sugar and caramel make an appearance. Tasty.
M: Medium bodied but I am getting very little carbonation here. Carbonation is very low and leaves this a little more creamy than I was expecting. ABV brings a little bit of warmth on the throat but otherwise is not noticed. Slightly drying on the finish. Aftertaste is pineapple and grapefruit.
D: Hmmm, maybe I had a bad bottle with these carbonation issues. The weird part is that I can see the carbonation in the glass but otherwise it isn't noticeable. The flavors and aroma suffers here and they are all pretty muted. This isn't what I was expecting or led to expect. Shit happens I suppose, still an easy drinking beer, its just under carbed and more sweet than bitter.
03-25-2010 05:04:49 | More by everetends
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-18-2010 19:08:16 | More by Kendo
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
Left Coast Hop Juice is a golden ale that's cloudy to the point of being opaque. I can see a fair amount of bubbles floating up; enough to keep the head from collapsing. It's a frothy, bubbly, yellowish off white head that leaves lacing that's going to be a challenge to wash off the glass. It has a nice, big, hoppy aroma. It smells a little sweet. It seems citrusy, floral and grassy. Yum, sweet hop syrup! It's pretty full bodied and very smooth. The finish is just a bit sticky. The sweetness from the aroma is much more subdued in the flavor. There is a major black pepper flavor going on to help remind me of the ABV. Yeah, it's quite bitter but it's balanced out. The event sequence of the taste is unexpected. The alcohol taste comes up front and then the sweetness follows right along with the bitterness. Overall, the hop flavor comes off as more floral than citrusy. That's not to say that the image on the bottle of the hop sliced open to reveal citrus segments isn't clever. There is a slight hint of diacetyl but I have to think about it to detect it. There's nothing subtle here. A bunch of booze and a bunch of hops and it's hard to go wrong. This seems like what Ithaca Flower Power wants to be when it grows up.
03-16-2010 09:49:37 | More by yesyouam
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-14-2010 08:10:19 | More by popery
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured bomber into snifter. 1st off the ABV is 9.4%, not 7.6%.
A - Pours a nice 2 finger head that dissipates to a covering that leaves amazing lacing down the glass. Color is a hazy (unfiltered) bright orange.
S - I get apples, peaches and pears with possibly a hint of smokiness.
T - Carmel malts up front, probably due to the thick feeling on the palate. Then holy bitterness... Definite smoky aftertaste. Can't get much fruit as a DIPA usually produces.
M - Heavy, heavy, heavy. Leaves a coating around the entire mouth (tongue, cheeks, teeth included).
D - Not very drinkable for a DIPA, probably a 1 and done. I might even want to split this bottle if I ever get one again being in New England this one was brought back from a coworker on a business trip.
03-12-2010 23:35:38 | More by HopNuggets
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
pours a golden/apple juice hue with a one finger head. very crisp, fresh aroma. like smelling the great outdoors! This baby tasted great. It's not called hop juice for nothing! great dry, bitter flavors backed by very little malt (not much you can taste at least), yet contains surprisingly great body. Also some citrus notes floating around that seem to balance out the drier hop aspects. it's thick (not to mention the low carbonation) and makes the hoppiness easier to consume. They say you should drink hoppy beers at the freshest, this tasted damn fresh, or just really hoppy. While I think there are a few better DIPAs out there, this is definitely entering my list of good ones. Its intention is to give you a hoppy beer, nothing else. It's not out of control, but very focussed for how much hops are in here. I'm really enjoying this first bottle. I'm definitely getting more.
03-08-2010 03:14:09 | More by 100floods
2.83/5 rDev -25.5%
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.
02-01-2010 00:54:22 | More by cpetrone84
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
Brought over fresh from Cali by a friend of mine.
Pours a glowing orange straw color with a 1 finger white head that can't hold itself up more than a minute or two, leaving a paper-thin bubbly frothy coating. The aroma is seriously unique - very sweet, it smells like I cut into a fresh juicy orange. Alcohol is up front and a little solventy - almost like cheap vodka. The thick sweet orange flavors round out the major components of the taste. Pine and strong herbal aromas and flavors come out as it warms. Mouthfeel is resinous and viscous. Shit...I have a whole bomber of this to drink solo. This really might be something good with a year in the cellar, but now....not quite. This is one messy beer.
01-19-2010 23:30:13 | More by NCBeernut
2.83/5 rDev -25.5%
What comes out of this bottle isn't so much beer as it is...well...hop juice. When I'm in the mood I like a good hop bomb as much as the next guy...next time I'll reach for a Arrogant Bastard or a Furious. Those beers exemplify the fresh citrus/pine bite, pleasant bitterness, and heavy malt background that are the hallmarks of the style. Hop Juice has a little of that citrus/pine on the nose but on the palate it's drowned by bitter syrup which I'm guessing is the hop extract they say they use. It tastes like an extract homebrewer's attempt at a double IPA. Maybe that's too harsh...a good extract homebrewer's attempt at a double IPA.
Recommended Music Pairing: The Who - Who's Next
01-16-2010 03:58:10 | More by Buttermaker
4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
I'm not sure what people are complaining about. Eat a hop pellet. Chew on it and memorize its flavor. That's what this beer tastes like. And that's what it advertises. It's very hoppy and a nice diversion from the rest of the stuff you can get. Malty? Not really, but they obviously had to start with a lot of malt to get the ABV where it is.
01-01-2010 06:58:25 | More by BrandonAbell
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
22 from Total Wine Roseville.
A - Pours orange with 2 fingers of orange-white head, which dissipates slow and leaves beautiful lacing. Very nice!
S - Wafts of grapefruit, honey, caramel, and breadiness, and some light pine fill my nasal cavities.
T - The grapefruit has mostly subsided leaving a very resiny pine hoppiness. Malt flavors of caramel, bread, and honey with a backing of bitter hops finish the taste. Their is also a light alcohol feel.
M - Very light bodied for a DIPA. It is hop dominated, finsihes dry, smooth, and with a small dose of alcohol.
D - Good overall. A little too light-bodied and the alcohol presence is more than desired though.
11-20-2009 19:05:09 | More by MisterClean
3/5 rDev -21.1%
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...
11-17-2009 21:56:00 | More by dsa7783
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Appearance - Pours a nice, dark red color with two fingers of great looking head which recedes to leave minimal lacing.
Smell - A faint hint of hops, citrus, bread, caramel, etc. Nothing that is that "impressive".
Taste - Very bitter and hot. I was expecting more of a citrus rush but all I really got was bitter pine followed by pretty intense sickly sweetness and then ends with it going back to a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, oily on the tongue, decent carbonation.
Drinkability - I personally did not think this was highly drinkable. There are many other DIPA's out there with the same or higher ABV and the alcohol was well hidden. Here, it was hot and you could clearly taste the alcohol. Not very balanced overall. Will not seek out again.
11-06-2009 18:12:13 | More by SpdKilz
3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
Hmmm, me thinks this is an older bottle...
A: Rather nice amber color with a good amount of head but no lacing.
S: Bread, no hops at all, just bread and caramel.
T: More bread and caramel with a hint of lime citrus and pine. again, probably due to an older bottle. I do like the lime, but really it is not enough to sustain.
M: Creamy and full bodied. Nothing harsh about it
D: Meh. I think that pretty much says it all
10-22-2009 00:02:45 | More by mikey711
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
Had this out of a bottle last night during our IPA night and now that I come to look at the page, the bottle we had was 9.4%, but it says it's from the San Clemente brewery, so this is the one. My review doesn't match up at all with anyone elses, and I don't have any clue how anyone could refer to this beer I had last night as anything even remotely approaching balanced.
Appearance: About what DIPAs tend to look like: Orange-ish golden body with about an inch of head that dissapates pretty quickly and settles into itself. Laces decently as well.
Smell: Hops. And quite a bit of them. Some were fruitier than others, with some pine and citrus as well, but mainly a floral and sweet hop nature to it. Malts peak through just slightly, and that's when I'm looking for them.
Taste: Well, it's interesting. It's hoppy, yes, with a huge upfront slap-to-the-face sweet hoppiness, which isn't necessarily a good thing, as it tastes almost candy-like and resinous. It's pretty chewy, and reminded me of bubble gum in a way. I can't say I was all that happy with it as it was just too sweet on the whole for me, and could use a little more backbone malt to cut down on that. Some of the sweetness could be from the malts, but still, there needs to be something here to fight off the powerful sweetness. I know this is a gimmicky beer, designed to be "too hoppy," but I've had some hoppier beers than this that are much, much better due to having a solid backbone. Still, it's hoppy, and that's what it's designed to be.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated amply and very, very resinous and chewy, but the biggest surprise here was the nearly instantaneous evaporation of any aftertaste after the sweetness fades. Really, it's just there and it's gone.
Drinkability: I've gotta ding this here as it's just too sweet to be all that enjoyed. I had about 6 ounces and that was almost a challenge to get through. With so many other out-of-this-world IPAs in the San Diego realm for the same or a similar price, I don't know why you'd want to settle on this, really.
08-23-2009 01:59:21 | More by nomomentwasted
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Clear copper/orange, almost no head at head all.
S: First off, this has a completely appropriate name, the nose on this beer suggests I have tropical fruit juice in my glass. Lots of citrus coming through; Orange and Grapefruit.
T: Sweet malt and citrusy hops. More of the Orange and Grapefruit juice flavor. Very mellow hop bitterness.
MF/D: Easy drinking for the strength, actually kind of refreshing.
08-04-2009 10:28:45 | More by SRossman
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured into my Bodum pint glass. Pours a very light amber. One finger of white head fades into suds quickly, but leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Great clarity, visible carbonation. I smell red and yellow fruit, some resins. Pretty one-sided aroma but I've seen that before in DIPAs.
A surprising, almost creamy texture, medium-bodied, with sweet caramel malts and lots of bitter resins. Bitterness lingers, and there's the right amount of fruit and sweetness for one of those gut-punch hop bomb IPAs.
I'm fairly fond of the style, and got what the bottle advertised, which was what I wanted. The aroma was a little underwhelming, and the hop profile could've been more complicated, but overall I was pretty satisfied with it.
The nearest comparison I could make to this is the Stone IPA, though I prefer the latter.
08-02-2009 03:38:40 | More by aristeros
1.13/5 rDev -70.3%
This is not a good DIPA. While drinking it I read on the back of the bottle they use hop extract. Duh you can taste it. Tastes like how cat piss would probably taste. Id rather refrigerate some of that and drink it before wasting 5 bucks on one of these. Similar flavor to the hop stoopid. The hop extract just ruins it.
It is just pure laziness of the brewers to use hop extract. I would not ruin beer I brewed with extract. Not even worth running throught the whole 9 yards with a detailed review. I reccoment you look elsewhere if you want a good crisp DIPA with a real hoppy flavor. This is not a quality DIPA. I have had just about every DIPA on the market. This is at the bottom with the hop stoopid.
06-22-2009 18:00:24 | More by HOPOLOGIST
2.95/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
06-22-2009 12:21:09 | More by Kegatron
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours golden brown with a white creamy head. Thick head laces the glass extremely well.
Smell: Sweet canned pineapple and strong crips hops really stand out in the nose. In your face, and doesn't let up. There are also hints of sweet citrus fruits, sweet honey, and a little bit of pine.
Taste: Starts sweet with a surprising touch of malt. The sweet citrus flavors definitely come out strong. Definitely has a huge hop character that is well blended with the other flavors. Good amount of bitterness starts coming out in the finish. Alcohol notes also peek out a bit in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Sweet and sticky. Medium to full bodied. Carbonation complements this beer extremely well.
Drinkability: Not too drinkable, but not bad for a DIPA. Slightly too sweet for my palette, but overall pretty good.
06-20-2009 06:46:08 | More by WaXHeLL
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
This beer pours a slightly cloudy yellowish orange color. It boasts a thick, fluffy off white head with a yellow tint to it. The head fades very slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.
This peer has a strong piney aroma. Some citrusy grapefruit is present. I can detect a surprising malty sweet aroma as well. Some fusel alcohol aroma as well.
This beer tastes like it smells. More malt than I would expect. It has a citrusy and piney hop flavor, with a slight alcohol flavor.
This beer is full bodied. It leaves a sweet piney aftertaste. The alcohol warms as it goes down. Carbonation is good for the style.
This beer wouldnt be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol. The bottle says 9.4% ABV. Also, the aggressive alcohol flavors would become cloying. One is good enough.
Overall: This is a decent beer. I dont think I will go out of my way to try it again. I think I was just caught up in the name. Hop Juice sounds so cool!
06-20-2009 04:32:01 | More by OStrungT
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
Canned pineapple and candied oranges.
Very fruity malt up front, with lots of sweetness. A bit cloying.
Not quite enough hops to balance the overpowering sweetness.
I enjoyed the beer but found it to be a little bit one dimensional in its malt, with the fruitiness taking over most of the palette. The hops do provide some foil but also had their own fruitiness to the beer.
Might be a great beer to pair with dessert or maybe a really spicy dish even, but not very drinkable on its own.
06-15-2009 19:09:07 | More by LibraryTom
Hop Juice Double IPA from Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.