Left Coast Hop Juice | Left Coast Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice
BA SCORE
3.59/5
Good
983 Ratings
Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States
leftcoastbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
At Left Coast Brewing Co. we pride ourselves on being one of the pioneers of Double IPA style craft beer. This hop monster uses Premium American 2– Row and a touch of light crystal malt to create a solid malt foundation. Five different Hop Varieties are used in the Hop Juice. It spends two weeks dry hopping in fermenter contributing to its great hop aroma. Starts out sweet and finishes with the crisp bitterness of a Double IPA. This drinkable blend will have you HOPPING till nights end.

Added by tonistruth on 09-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,967
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
983
pDev:
14.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
189
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 983 |  Reviews: 302
Reviews by Bushwacker393:
Photo of Bushwacker393
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of ggroller
1.42/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks good in the glass. Plenty of foamy/ rocky head. No hops in the nose. None. Zero. Smell of dirty feet instead. Took a sip and I can't taste any hops either. Maybe it's an old bottle but I don't think so. It's super hot/ boozy. I can hardly get this one down. What a huge disappointment.

 291 characters

Photo of Sourbatch18
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Horrible. At Least for an attempt at an IPA and a double IPA at that. Huge caramel malt at the front of the tongue and you just don't recover from it. Horrible.

 160 characters

Photo of R_i_P
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Costco in several Southern California communities now carries this TIPA in sixer cans for $10.99 plus tax. Each can is 1 pint (16 oz.) -- much larger than the average 12 oz. can. What a deal! Forget buying bombers. Buy the cans instead -- the flavor and freshness of this beer in cans are superbly preserved compared to bombers. Night and day difference between the cans and bottles. Left Coast Brewing Co. hails from San Clemente, CA.

This TIPA pours a clear orange with moderate carbonation. 1 finger of white foam. Good lacing and retention. The smell is citrus (orange), resinous pine and hops. Very good smell. The taste is identical to the smell -- citrus, resinous pine and bitter hops, all supported by a moderate malt backbone. A very well-balanced TIPA -- not too bitter (or harsh) and not overly sweet.

Excellent TIPA for an excellent price. Kudos to Left Coast Brewing. I'll bet hard cash that every reviewer who tried Hop Juice and gave it a bad review, tried it from a bomber bottle instead of a can. Try the can and you'll understand the difference. Otherwise, it's entirely possible that Left Coast Brewing perfected it brewing recipe for this TIPA within the past year. Regardless, this is currently an excellent TIPA and well worth drinking.

 1,278 characters

Photo of neckbeardnation22
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Drain Pour

10 characters

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely clear golden color with a fluffy white head that laces well. Smells of piney and citrus goodness with hints of tropical fruit. Taste is similar with the emphasis on the pine and citrus, and some alcohol flavor comes through. Feel is medium bodied, good carbonation, bitter, and plenty of alcohol warmth. Overall, this is a decent TIPA and one that got me into them long ago. Nice to revisit this beer, but might not again for a while. First run on the canning line, hopefully they'll dial it in a bit more. Cheers!

 536 characters

Photo of Marklaker
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RockyRaku
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice. Poured from bottle to a round glass. Very nice copper color, clear in the light. The nose is bread like and a hint of alcohol. The head was creamy…thick when poured and thinned out with some lacing on the glass. The taste was powerful, but not mind blowing. Hoppy, floral notes...herbs and some spiciness and again a taste of alcohol. Very clean, but long lasting mouth feel with a dry finish.

 401 characters

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of SBarbeerian
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pint 6oz bottle. Clear golden orange color with a tan head. Larger bubbles & decent lacing.
Malts & fruit in the nose; mildly citrussy, some tropical fruit, little grass.
Taste: sweet, malty & fruity. Hops on the mellow side, especially for a double IPA from SD county, kingdom of hoppy beers. Would expect "Hop Juice" to pack more of a punch as far as hops are concerned. Mild by DIPA standards, but a good beer. I'd gladly drink another pint, but would push it aside for most other SD county DIPAs. Cheers mates.

 529 characters

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Beaver13
2.44/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a smallish bubbly white head the goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits and some floral hops and some stinkiness.

The flavor is some sweet malts followed by an almost minty hoppiness that is combined with tropical fruits. The result is kind of strange. It has quite a bit of bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, this was much better when I had it on tap at Falling Rock. On tap it was more of a solid traditional DIPA with no mint and tropical fruits.

 623 characters

Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Beerswag
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of lionnusmb
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours cloudy dark apricot amber, eggshell head, leaving fine sheeting and lace. Citric and piney hop nose. Respectable hoppy ale. A bit on the dissappointing side, but that likely due to the high anticiation factor that is de riguer for a San Diego area DIPA. Grapefruit, pine, juicy hop notes and lupulin goodness. A bit on the astrigent side as others have complained of. Nothing spectacular, but still a worth trying offering from LCBC. Though I admit, I'd likely go for a differant all star of the style if given the choice.

 563 characters

Photo of aquazr1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

Pours a yellowish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus with some pine. This is what a beer like this is supposed to smell like. The flavor is orange citrus hops with a little pine mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

 286 characters

Photo of talbotjf99
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: half-finger-width head over murky, peach colored body
S: subdued malty, hoppy aroma
T: initial watery taste quickly unfolds into bouquet of zesty hops and malts. For a 10% IPA, it’s surprisingly light tasting
M: medium-bodied with lingering tang on the palate
O: a drinkable, piney IPA that’s surpsingingly strong

 323 characters

Photo of mattster
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Opened 22 fluid ounce bomber bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Pours an interesting "head" that is rather low, yet seems to form bubbles in suspension just under surface of the brew (I've never seen this before). Brew is a hazy amber color.

Smell is of hops - much lighter than other DIPAs that I've tried. Taste improves on hops with slight citrus notes - but beer is no where near as hoppy as name would imply. Finish is OK, but not balanced with the 9.4% ABV (as listed on bottle). It almost taste like someone has poured some vodka in my beer - but I know this has not happened because there is no one else here. I'm not weak - I've had DIPAs (even DFH 120) and never tasted as much alcohol.

Unfortunately, not all beers can be great.

 740 characters

Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Clear amber pour, with a fine-grained white head. Honey, green hops, alcohol spiciness, grapefruit and a fair amount of tropical hops. Medium to full bodied, soft and oily.

 180 characters

Photo of magictrokini
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

 462 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 983 ratings