Left Coast Hop Juice | Left Coast Brewing Company

Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice
BA SCORE
44.7%
Liked This Beer
3.59 w/ 949 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:
#37,148
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
949
Liked:
424
Avg:
3.59/5
pDev:
14.48%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
176
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 949 |  Reviews: 291
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor as well. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one of those huge bitter but sweet big india pales. this one pours oddly light for what it is, almost looking like a wheat beer, with a delicate white fizzy head. the smell is quite bitter, very high alpha. barely there malt smell and taste, the hops do all the heavy lifting here. it is almost like hops through a juicer now that i think about it, eerily oily. plenty of carbonation, and a body thats only medium because of the weight of the alcohol, which isnt disguised at all. it kind of sticks to my teeth frmo the sweet finish, even though its also painfully bitter. a curious beer, but one that is out of balance in my mind.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the bottle on this one and that what made me get it. The beer poured out as a copper color with a strong white head on top. The lacing was nice and the smell was really strong with hops. The taste of the beer brings you into a bitter sweet hop bomb of flavors. Not much malts here to sleek of. The mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Some decent carbonation, overall the beer is hoppy and that's about all. I had instant cottonmouth after the first few sips and I had plenty more to drink after that. So if you're really into it check it out, if not let it lay.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out a with a bit of sweetness from the underlying caramel malts, but this quickly transitions over to piney flavors and a moderate amount of associated hop bitterness. Some notes of alcohol are also perceptible.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are faint bits of heat from the alcohol.
O: This Imperial IPA becomes boozy as it warms up and definitely becomes a sipping beer

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color; good retention and lacing action

Smell: Caramel buttressed by a waft of grapefruity hops

Taste: Starts off very aggressively, with a load of sweet candied grapefruit with a big caramel malt backbone underneath; the bitterness continues to build through mid-palate and after the swallow, but the profile is dominated by this odd combination of sugary sweetness, assertive bitterness and some alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: Much better in 2016 when compared to my previous experience; still, it's one of those aggressive DIPAs I might have liked a lot better a few years ago; now, I prefer the juicy IPAs, not the hop bombs or a malt/hop bomb like this one

Thanks, kevindp9, for the chance to revisit

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of citrus/pine hops and dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, honey, bread, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Good complexity of citrus/pine hops with balanced dark malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fairly solid DIPA. Well balanced citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. I felt this was far too malty for the style, but fairly enjoyable overall.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not surprisingly, Left Coast's Hop Juice Double IPA is not too unlike their Torrey Pines IPA. Surprisingly, however, it's not that much bigger. Sure it's stronger (the bottle says 9.4% ABV - doesn't taste or feel it), but it seems like there's less maltiness to it, and the mouthfeel seems lighter as well. The hops are similar with the addition of more citrus, but they don't seem any more robust. There's a little more in the aroma, but not that much more in the flavor. And although I can say that I find it more balanced and drinkable than the Torrey Pines, that seems kind of backwards as well... a double IPA should, in my opinion, be more aggressive, and thus less approachable. Odd. Overall, it's not bad by any stretch. And in comparison to a lot of east coast IPA's it's still a hoppy mother. It's drinkable and enjoyable, but it doesn't quite live up to the suggestion of its name.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark honey to orange in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a mottled surface of thin and thick film covering the majority of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops with a light amount of dankness. There is a light to moderate aroma of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and light flavors of pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while as well as some light to moderate notes of alcohol.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp with light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as hoppy as I expected from a beer called "Hop Juice" but still enjoyable. A touch hot from the alcohol which prevents it from being easy to drink.

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from JoeyBeerBelly so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a very strong hops bitterness that is coupled with a significant alcohol sting. Then there's a citrus and caramel sweetness that comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and doesn't bring the type of balance that you look for in this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer overall however there are several other 2IPA's that I would pick first.

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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 44.7% out of 100 with 949 ratings
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