The Big Office
Left Coast Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #3,977
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,858
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 18.18%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
11
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Left Coast Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
86
Very Good
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly full of malts. Taste is malt forward, citrus in the background, mild bitterness, no alcohol is present. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall it's not the flavor profile I expected, but it's a solid beer.

Apr 28, 2019
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R_i_P from California

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a few precious winter months in 2017 and 2018, Costco in So. California communities offered Left Coast Brewing's "Hop Juice" triple IPA in sixer cans for $10.99. I bought many cases of this very good TIPA. As of June 2018, Costco replaced "Hop Juice" TIPA with "The Big Office" DIPA. The price of "The Big Office" is identical to "Hop Juice" -- $10.99 for six 1-pint cans -- a terrific price.

I wish I could say that "The Big Office" DIPA is as good as "Hop Juice" TIPA, but it's not. Not even close.

The Big Office pours an orange color with moderate carbonation. 1 finger of white foam. 8.0% ABV. 52.2 IBUs. Smell is resinous pine and tropical fruit -- a very good smell. Unfortunately, the taste is a letdown -- rather bland and indistinct for a DIPA. The bitterness is there -- somewhat -- but taste is lacking, even in cans.

Left Coast's Big Office is mediocre, but not great. Left Coast's Hop Juice is much, much better.

Jul 01, 2018
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Ricarrdo from Virginia

1.55/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Very surprised - Left Coast touts this as a hop monster but any hop profile, at least for me, was totally overwhelmed by the malt bill. Very strong malt profile - so much so that it almost has a stout or red ale quality. I got little hop presence - on the nose, there was a bit of pine, but it didn't follow through on the taste/palate. This is a malt, with all the malt and nothing but the malt. Now, I admit, I'm a malt wimp and can taste any brew with the slightest malt presence, but this just seemed to be overdone. I would almost call it a "Northwest" style amber instead of an IPA. No offense to Left Coast - they're great brewers and make good beer, but this just wasn't my personal preference.

Jul 15, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with pine needle, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and earth qualities from the hops used in this one.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 16, 2015
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Nugganooch from California

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle to my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken 01/14/2014

A: Light golden straw body with some light cloudy haze noticeable. Smallish topper of ivory cream comes to rest for a few moments. Very faint swaths of lace left behind along with some dotting work.

S: Hops open the show with some resinous pine, catty herbals, and a blend of citrus notes like grapefruit with tangerines. Has a sweeter malt presence that reminds me of a whipped caramel candy. Dash of graininess to the malt as well. Not super but pleasantly nice for Left Coast with some solid hop aromatics.

T: The caramel malt sweetness expresses more here in the flavor however rescued by a nice drying finish. Picking up some grainy whole wheat cracker and light biscuit presence. Somewhat abrasive on the bitterness with notes of pine, leafy tea like herbals, lemon zest, orange peel and pink grapefruit. A little alcohol asserting on the back side but otherwise this is fairly well balanced. While I think this could be better it’s really not that bad at all.

M: The body seems to have a lower carbonation factor. Not nearly flat but sits somewhat filling on the palate. Moderate amounts of bitterness help constrict and dry out the finish. Some warming alcohol and slightly resinous but not much lasting linger to it.

D: A decent drinking DIPA with some overall nice hop flavors and balance in the drinkability. Won’t be throwing up any high scores around here but quite easy to obtain and nicely satisfying for a quick hop fix.

May 19, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber with plenty of foam. Tangy with a malty substance and a nice spritz in the mouth. A nose full of aromatic hop flowery notes, honeysuckle, and orange peel.

Friendly citrus and orange blossom honey flavor. Lots of malt, but not really sweet. There is a cereal, shredded wheat biscuit taste that is quite pleasant. Hops are the big attraction with rich fruit all over the spectrum. Bitterness is quite modest, though the aftertaste is plenty bitter with citrus rind.

There is something really likeable about this stuff. It's light, sudsy, and malty, and totally drinkable, even though the ABV is 8%. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the wild and crazy Mega Liquor in Hemet, Calif.

Feb 17, 2015
The Big Office from Left Coast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 11 ratings