Left Coast Hop Juice | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice

Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Photo of dalion037
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice example of a California Double India Pale Ale. It pours out like a golden stream of the nectar of the Gods. You can definately smell the hops in this one and the taste has a nice bitter bite. I wish the alcohol was a bit higher but even with the lower level this is a nice beer. For the price you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.68/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent Beer.

A - Poured from a bomber into a pilsner. Perfectly clear honey amber. Two inch head with gorgeous lacing and retention.

S - Grapefruit, pine, lots of hop characteristics. Some warmth of malt in there. really really nice.

T - Great bitterness right off the bat. Hoppy pine and citrus with sweetness coming in secondary. Delicious.

M - Wonderful, soft chewy and thick mouthfeel. perfectg carbonation.

D - This is an excellent beer, and an excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of IrieJackalope
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer once before at a bar in San Diego, but could never locate it up in Northern California. I finally got my hands on it and was eager to review:

A- Very inviting. Thick white head that laces quite evenly down the glass. Hop aroma evident from a distance.

S- Floral notes are immediately evident. The hope aroma is strong, but not overwhelming.

T- Very enjoyable. Definitely not as striking as a Pliny the Elder or Racer 5, but a very enjoyable experience.

D- Overall, definitely a good drinking experience. Wouldn't mind picking this one up again.

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Photo of flyersfan900
4.59/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very malty for an IPA. I can taste the alcohol but it's not overwhelming. The pine-flavored hops come through at the end leading to a sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a sexy orangle color with good carbonation and a nice fluffy white cap

S: Bread, caramel, citrus and pine

T: Starts off with sharp booze, pine, orange peel, other citrus and sharp bite

M: Medium body, tasty, booze is stinging and pungent but not to bad, lots of flavor here

O: This ia big, bold in your face hoptacular IIPA. It's raw, relentless and unforgiving. Despite the rating from previous BA's I will say this is a very good IIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of rringler
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, copper color. Pours with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing, but I'm drinking this out of a plastic cup, so that might be affecting it.

S: Hops. Dominated by earthy, herbal hops, with a bit of sweet malts in there. There's no reason to doubt the bottle's claim that the brew is dry-hopped for two weeks; it smells like it.

T: Complicated. Starts with some darker, dank fruit tastes, but then moves on to mild bready malts, before finishing with the earthy, herbal hops that it smells of. While there's no shortage of hops, they're not as bitter as other IPAs, so don't let them scare you off. It has a bit of a dry, alcohol taste, though it is 9.7% abv.

M: Medium to medium+ body; slightly thicker and oilier like a DIPA should be. Carbonation is very good.

O: Excellent example of what a West Coast DIPA tastes like. Grab one and pretend you're in SoCal.

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Photo of imagese
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint. The bottle has the new frog design and adjusted ABV of 8.5%.

A- poured a slightly hazy golden with 2 finger head on an easy pour. Minus the great head, this beer doesn't look that great.

S- wow! Can I dive in!?!?! A great Spicy citrus nose with a sweet boozy kick. Pellet dry-hopping is very apparent on the nose

T- big citrusy rind hop slam with a piney sweetness in the back end. Damn, there's a lot going on here, but very crisp and distinct.
M- BIG is an understatement. The bitterness just assaults your tongue. The 2 week dry hopping adds a great oily feel without making it too soapy. Beware, if you don't want your mouth to "feel" the beer you're drinking, do not buy this. If you dig the hoppy explosion, buy a case!!!

D- this is a true example of a DIPA. IBU's thru the roof! Great beer to end a night with. Not sure I'd be able to drink several of these, and not many beers out there that could follow this hop bomb...

I got turned on to Left Coast after a visit to Oggi's, and buying a bottle of Torrey Pines. I'm going to have to go deeper into their catalog for sure... I love beers that make you think and are so good that they're almost undrinkable. This is one of those beers!

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Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, fresh bottle from South Bay. Pours a clear slightly peachy amber color with a nice 1 finger white head that settles to some decent lacing. Smell is of pure grapefruit. Nice. Loving the hops already.

Taste is also nicely hoppy - very citrusy, especially leaning toward the grapefruit. Just enough caramel malt back there to support it, but this one's about the hops. Finishes with a wonderful biting bitterness. Excellent hoppy beer. With that said, don't expect this to out-hop the Maharaja or Hopsickle - but it is a good, solid, hoppy DIPA.

Mouthfeel is refreshing with a moderate level of carbonation. Drinkability is quite good on this one.

Recommended. Am excellent San Diego Pale Ale.

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Photo of arizcards
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late August for $4.59. ABV is 9.4%.

Beer poured an orange color with a small sticky head. Nose is quite nice, very pungent of citrusy hops and malts. Taste is very nicely balanced. There is a very strong malt backbone that glides nicely into the blast of citrus hop heaven. I am surprised there is not a residual hop oil on the palate. Mouthfeel is quite chewy and fairly smooth. Overall drinkability is very good as the abv is well masked but beware as it is sneaking up on me quite fast. This is a very nice representation of the style and for the price it is a bargain!

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber-orange. Glossy like honey. Great hue gradation bottom to top. Colors are brightened a tad held to light, no big transformation. Dense, slightly murky solid body. Off-white three 1/2 finger head. Decent notable retention. The lacing is memorable as well. Sticky webs cling to glass. Definitely looks like a DIPA.

S-Honey. Caramel malt. Pine. Dried pineapple. Dry mango. Trail mix with apricot bits. Meets the bar of what a great golden-orange DIPA should smell like. Sweet and pungent.

T-Caramel malt. Very piney. More sweet-malt forward than piney. Some bread. Honey. Woodsy, like a popsicle stick. Bitter. Some citrus hiding under the caramel-honey blanket. Stale orange, lemon, old lime. Citrus isn't rancid, but not tasty either. The sweet corn syrupy flavors save the day, even though the sweets are a bit overdosing on the palate. Wow, gets sweeter in a slightly icky way with more sips. Sadly the pine withers with time. Certain things die too quick, other things become sickly and strong. Balance is needed. The booziness keeps me hooked.

M-Average carbonation. Brew is a medium-medium, leaning towards the heavy full body area. Hop Juice feels more like "Hop Syrup". This is a compliment. Chewy & creamy with enough fluidity to be swig-able. But, finishes watery. Like the full shot of thickness can't be fulfilled and ends halfcocked. A slightly oily finish rescues this "thick-then-watery" misstep. Palate is left dried as well, via hops. Tongue is dry then wrapped with a thin oil coat. Refreshing in a non-conventional way. Alkaline aftertaste. Warms nicely, the watery traits evaporate a bit and it sips more thick bodied.

O-Not as hoppy as advertised. Hop Juice should be called "Malt Juice". The malt was so powerful that if not a DIPA lover, the beer will sip like sweet honey cough syrup. I like it though. The sweets need to be more smooth & rounded, which can be achieved if the citrus tastes more fresh and counteracts aforementioned to become a "sweet-fruitful relationship". Instead the hops taste funky and stale, and are not potent enough for a DIPA. More pine flavor is needed. Hop Juice is hopefully a work in progress, the brewers shouldn't stick to the same literal formula. Tweak it. Hop Juice is the epitome of beers I know aren't great, but like for some reason. Affordability and availability of this Imperial style makes this beer slept on in my opinion. A good gateway to DIPA's. Vets will enjoy if not the totality, then something in particular about the beer. A bomber will make you feel good I promise. Cheers to future improvement.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says 9.4 ABV

A - Light copper, murky, .5 inch head leave quicklyk, sticky lacing persists.

S- Mostly a DEEP malt smell, married with citrus, esp orange. Stickiness is almost implied in the smell. I like this smell.

T - The deep malt is first, very sweet and filling, very capably muted by the extreme hop. I think there are more hops than I would normally perceive, but the big malt balances the extreme hops.

M - Fully coating, good carbonation

D - I would be proud to make something like this one. Good stuff!

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back on tap, finally, after years of not having it at Oggis.

Light amber gold, not much head, but it's on tap. What head there is shrank into a ring and decorated my glass generously.

Smells of grapefruit and pine, pungently so. Not much else is detectable, which is fine by me.

Taste is exactly as the smell, piney, grapefruit, pithy citrus. This is what I look for in a DIPA. The bitter is big and delicious.

Texture has that nice hop bite, alcohol is barely noticeable.

For years this has been one of my favorites, and it doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the overall score on this beer, I LOVED this beer! Beautiful in every way.

All I can say about this beer is that the aroma and flavor is nothing but candied grapefruit all the way. Hoppy Juicy indeed! The name says it all. They must have used a lot of Chinook hops in this one.

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Photo of youradhere
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright golden amber, no head at all to speak of, just whisps of lacing. Smells of pine, caramel, tangerine, lilac and/or lavender. Taste is citrus with huge floral notes, rich malty backbone followed by a pine bitterness to cut the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is perfect at "med"; slight alcohol burn marinates on the back and sides of the tongue. Overall a pretty good DIPA, nothing to drink mass amounts of, but something that I would not turn my nose up at either.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a Smuttynose balloon glass. The beer has pale orange color and a small head of large soap bubbles. It's crystal clear; it's easy to see the little bit of carbonation within the glass. As the beer moves about this high walled glass, it leaves a slight skim of beer and bubbles behind; I can tell this is a viscous and sticky beer. There is a very good sweet, pine hop aroma. There are some notes of citrus and caramel as well. It's not as strong as I expected it to be (considering this is a big west coast DIPA), but this bottle is a little old, so that may be a factor. The flavor hits as soon as the beer touches my tongue. It begins with grassy hops and a touch of sweetness. The hops sort of fade away as I let the beer sit in my mouth and the toffee malts come to the forefront. As I swallow, there is a touch of alcohol, followed by the bitter aftertaste the left coast is known for (that's an intentional use of lower case, I know it's not just Left Coast brewing who is known for their bitter aftertasting beers). There is some mouthcoating with each sip, but not as much I as I expected when I saw that it was a 9.4% ABV brew. It does leave some crystal sugar residue behind. There isn't much in the way of carbonation that I can feel. For I double IPA, I think Hop Juice is very drinkable. Each sip goes down easily, and it feels like you could drink a few bottles of it in an evening. Too bad I have only this bottle, but I'll certainly look out this beer in my future travels.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle I had listed the ABV as ~9.3 so this beer entry needs an update. The beer itself was classic DIPA material. Golden orange color, great head, and a nice piney citrus aroma. The taste was chewy, resinous, and had great citrus-orange flavors. This was probably the best DIPA I brought back from San Diego and it completely surprised me. If you see this awesome beer, buy it!

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Photo of DoktorEd
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured into a standard English Pub Glass. Color was a slightly cloudy dark amber with a thin head about a quarter inch thick, dissipated quickly.

Fragrant, fruity smell. Strong but not overbearing on the hoppiness.

Flavor was nice and balanced, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tastes like it smells, not incredibly bitter but with the typical slight tart that comes with IPA. I found this IPA to be one of the more drinkable that I've had. I'd probably get this one again, as I found it to be very middle-of-the-road; just right.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium amber and clear. Head a few fingers high. Medium-weight, with some bitter shellac left across the tongue. Pine resin is most dominant among the bitter flavors. Mild citrus and pale grains assert shortly thereafter. Malts beneath are like caramel in their sweetness, but blunted by the bitterness that pours from the hops. A little bit of stick, of chew, of tack. Generally lean drinking experience masks the 9.7 abv. Dangerously drinkable? I really dug it.

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Photo of gfthree7
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a chilled glass.

The aroma hits the nose with the mug still several inches away from my face. I've never been able to smell a beer from so far away, but this is a good thing as Hop Juice smells wonderfully and IPA-ishly bitter!

The taste backs up the smell - this isn't a sweet citrus DIPA as it's heavy on hop bitterness. Hopheads will feel like this beer is wonderfullly balanced.

This is in my top 5 DIPAs, and I can't wait to get more.

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Photo of JohnyP32
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden-amber with a foamy tan head.

Nice lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, earth, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus juice, citrus zest, tropical fruit, berry, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. Decent level of carbonation with a crisp taste.

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Photo of snoopy5023
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A real great balance of malts and hop, with a toasty flavor. The hops presence was well flavored. The alcohol content was there but not overpowering. A very good ipa for everyone. If you are a hop hound and like hoppiness, then you will be critical of it. I would buy this again to share or just to have for myself

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Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy brown to amber color. Ample finger plus head diappates to rim and on the top. Chunky to spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Hoppy, pine, caramel aroma.

T: Bitter front through pack - nice piney hops. Well balanced with a malt sweetner towards the end.

M: Creamy brew. Light yet full of body.

O: Great nice balanced brew.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop juice pours a deeper golden color with very little head. Pure and simple this beer smells and taste of hops nothing else. A full tatse but finishes just a bit watery. Not for the lite beer drinker. Overall very enjoyable, not the best of this style, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

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