Left Coast Hop Juice | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice

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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 ksimons
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head. Getting some caramel, tropical fruits, light hop bitterness in the aroma. Taste is similar but the alcohol overpowers it. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall not the hoppiest of DIPAs.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pineapple, pine, earthy, a little boozy;

T: follows the nose; a little sweet at the swallow; moderate bitterness kicks in after that;

M: medium bodied - a little syrupy; low to moderate carbonation;

O: definitely a sipper - doesn't hide the 9.7% ABV at all;

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounces courtesy of my co-worked. On to the beer:

This is a dark amber colored beer, topped with a somewhat cream head and okay head retention. Despite its name, Hop Juice is actually on the sweet side with the smell. Now, there is plenty of grapefruit hitting the nose, although these notes of crusted with lots of sugar. Lots of malt here, some booze, a little kiss of wood.

It doesn't taste much like hop juice. Hop Juice is big and sweet, perhaps as much as a barleywine as a Double IPA. There's pineapple, a kis sof grapefruit, and a big slab of caramel. It does have some booze that slaps you around, but despite that, the beer's mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and full bodied.

It's a fine beer, even if some hop lovers will be disappointed by the name.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a large foamy yellow white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: mostly sweet malt, little fruit, sweet smelling

T: bitter pine resin, middle stays mostly bitter with a bit of caramel malt, finish is mouth turning bitter grapefruit peel and pine needles

M: sticky

O: middle of the road double, good if you like less fruit and more pine

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 6/16/15

A: Somewhere between burnt orange and a medium amber, with lots of caramel - mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, keeps a near solid cap, leaves a wall of lacing

S: Oily citrus, maltier than expected, with booze - juicy, but mostly oily orange and grapefruit - zest, rind, and pith - surprisingly malty for something named "Hop Juice" - malt extract, caramel, with hints of molasses and honey - lightly spicy - loads of booze, to the extent that this could pass for a light barleywine

T: Oily citrus and booze - I would suspect this bottle isn't particularly fresh, but my assessment seems to match other reviews here - orange and grapefruit flesh, oil, zest, and pith - sticky - sticky and oily - some pine and hoppy resin - medium level of bitterness - big malt presence, with malt extract, caramel malts - crystal malt sweetness and straight-up caramel, molasses, and a touch of honey - booze is very obvious and adds its own sweetness- I swear this type of DIPA is its own substyle (oily, sweet, boozy)

M: On the full side of medium, oily, sticky, finishes boozy

O: False. Not hops. Not juice.

Fact: I bought a bottle of this simply because of the name and the bottle art. I was also kind of in a rush. Oh well. Not great, but could be worse.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 1” off-white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas include malt, biscuit, grass, grapefruit rind, citrus and earth.
T: It enters the mouth with rich malt, biscuit, fruit, and finishes with an assertive but not harsh bitterness. the flavors grow as the beer warms with anise and raisin emerging. The bitterness has a tonic quality.
F: Medium body and above average carbonation. O: Someone who want a Manhattan but doesn’t want to bother mixing a drink will be happy with this instead.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Amber with a small thin white head.

The smell is very malty, there's some citrus but the malt dominates.

The taste is very sweet malts, the finish is bitter with some bitterness but no hop flavour.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

For a beer called hop juice there isn't much hop flavour, this is super malty and sweet.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From cherries to hops, Belgium to America I go traipsing the beer fantastic to my next review Left Coast Hop Juice. I haven’t tried any Left Coast beers yet, so as is my time honoured tradition with American brewers I go straight for their hoppiest brew, the beer-world version of the jugular vein, and when you name your beer “Hop Juice” you had better bring the hops Left Coast. That said I am confident that a west coast brewer wouldn’t dilly-dally in naming their beer after the delightful flower that is the hop. I’m hoping my tastebuds are up to the challenge [note to self: they are*].

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Presents a cloudy orange with a thin white lace instead of a head. Looks like a glass of OJ, and we all know that IPAs that look like OJ are the hoppiest brews around, this is promising. 8/10.

S: A tad boring here with a big biscuit malt base that dominates far too much for a beer that should be hoptacular. There are hints of grapefruit/piney hop notes in the background but they really should be trashing my nose with hop goodness right now. 6/10.

T: Big malty taste which soon leads to the hops that one would expect. The hops have an odd herbal/vegetal character to them... not sure what they used here. Finish is a medium bitterness, and distracted by a huge buttery Diacetyl character which would rule this beer out of any competition. Aftertaste is dirty and cloying sweet with a toasty note. 5/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation, and it cloys like a MOFO. 6/10.

D: Verdict: Hop Juice really needs more hops in it, and a larger variety of hops for it to come close to challenging the established champions: Deschutes, Founders and Sierra Nevada. To boot the overall flavours are distracting and for the first time ever I had to use the tongue scraper on the back of my toothbrush to de-cloy my tongue. I am really not a fan of this beer at all, and also - false advertising Left Coast, you bastards! [that was my Kyle Broflovski impression BTW]. 6/10.

Food match: Some sharp cheeses might help de-cloy your tongue, but you’ll also likely end up with acid reflux... decisions, decisions.

*2nd note to self: don’t forget to pick up milk, bread, mustard and pickles - remember that pie you were going to bake? Good.

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Photo of Zach136
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date, poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear tea color, thin collar ok lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Medium light intensity dank and tropical hop aroma. More of the same on the palate with a touch of caramel and toast. Perceived bitterness is light.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body dissipating finish.

Nothing bad, just not super intense.

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Photo of gopens44
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So this thing was an odd duck immediately upon pour. Hazy as a nice hefeweizen but a touch more brown. Stark in contrast, the white quickly dissipating white head left behind just a gentle remnant of lacing. Nose, well, that's where we begin the derail. If beer had a black box, the NTSB would have heard "We have an overwhelming presence of malt and are losing hop lift" at this point. If you age a barley wine that was intended to be very hop forward, than this is what the nose and taste both were like. In reality, I aged a 90 minute once just to see what would happen and save for the heat, this beer right here - this is what happened. On the finish, there was bitterness a plenty but it seemed very contrived since there was not really a lot of other hop taste characteristics other than resiny. Not a jaw dropping DIPA by any measure.

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Photo of UKBluejay
1.68/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I'll be straight forward. The taste is all that matters to me. So keep that in mind when reading my reviews. I simply did not care for the particulate floating around. And much like a kiddo drinking OJ with pulp, my hate for the floating bits did not subside. Rather, my dislike for a beer that not only had nasty bits to the point of almost chewing, it also did not have a flavor which sparked with my Porter loving palate. Maybe I can enjoy IPAs but perhaps double IPAs are too much for me.

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Photo of snoopy5023
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
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 AndrewMichael
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass, pretty cloudy. Good balance of malt and hop bitterness. Not what I consider a typical west coast ipa or as citrusy as I like.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Creamy whipped covering over a rustic orange colored body with a sharp clarity. Healthy steady rise of macro-bubbles, moderately paced. Milky cream covering of lace on the spiegelau ipa glass, with a lasting coverage atop.

S: Toasted caramel and citrus for aroma, moderate awareness, a bit disappointed considering the name sake and was expecting a bit more wallop to the nostrils. Lightly dry grapefruit pulp and pine with a dry powdery malt like finish.

T: Toasted dry malt upfront for flavor, resinous pine juice and grapefruit flowery hops. Alcohol is very low key, barely noticeable with some sticky citrus and juicy hops sneaking through the big malted body, but alas, as much with the nose never seems to be enough. Finishes with a bit of grassiness.

M: Nice carbonation, sticky malt and hop resins on the tongue. Some very light alcohol mentions but again no where near what a 9.7% should feel like.

O: Overall while the hop and bitterness level was a bit of let down per name sake, it doesn't mean this was a disappointment. In fact this showed a great balance of malts and hop, with a big, toasty character, while the hops were appreciable. The alcohol content was well hidden, a very good ipa for the masses. If you were expecting a hop bomb or the next great thing, and are overly critical per style, you may say you were mislead, but in the end this remains a beer i would buy frequently for sharing with friends and think this deserves a bit better then advertised for its balance and drinkability.

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mud brown, and so cloudy that light practically doesn't come through. A weak amount of head, slightly tan and while there isn't much of it, there is certainly some staying power.

S: Lighter citrus and floral aromas as well as honey bread. Caramel malt in the background.

T: Good hop flavor, resin, citrus peel, and a nice grapefruit flavor rounding out the finish. Slightly herbal on the end with decent caramel malt balance.

M: Medium light in body, carbonation is lively, and there is a bit of an acid bite in the linger.

O: Overall the flavor is pretty good, but the appearance and smell are lacking. Not necessarily juice of a hop..

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Photo of flyersfan900
4.59/5  rDev +28.6%
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 InkedinRi
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I mite have gotten a old bottle? I don't know? It was a new offering from my beer store. But this one was not very good at all.. Very malty.. I could not even finish the bottle. I won't buy this again

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber with a small head.
Aroma of resinous hops along with spicy notes, a little booze and a massive clean malt note.
Malty flavours but a load of resinous hops with some pine too. A little soft booze and some herbal hops later on.
Nice moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle (could not find any dating) poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a ruby orange with a touch of cloudiness. Thin half finger head.

S - Dense, centered around berries (strawberry), blood orange, some piney hops and a touch of heat.

T - Very malt forward, doughy even, before some back end hops and bitterness peaks through. Once you breathe out you notice the ABV.

M -- Moderate to below moderate carbonation. Sits full in the mouth.

O - I thought it was tasty. Nothing will jump out and blow your mind (which seems to be a needed separator in this space). Its almost like an American and English DIPA blend.

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Photo of mchegash
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
An extremely clear orange, with minimal head. Looks appetizing

Smell - 3/5
Strong smells of hops, chocolate (yes, that's what I smell), maybe faint smells of citrus.

Taste - 3.25/5
Sweet and smooth, tastes of hops, chocolate, and honey. Nothing special about the taste, besides it being extremely smooth for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body, tastes slightly creamy, which is unique for an IPA. Carbonation is nicely balanced

Overall - 4/5
I don't know quite how to define it, but despite some of my low ratings in the various categories for this beer, I steel feel like I like it. I don't love it. But it is something I would consider getting every once in a while

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a burnt orange / amber color with not much head to speak of other than wispy clouds that circulate the glass. Good clarity.

S - Citrus zest, floral, honey, caramel, resinous.

T - Citrus hops, some resinous notes, heavy on the sweet side - honey, warming alcohol. Finishes clean with a slight bitter after taste.

O - This is a solid DIPA, but does nothing to knock your socks off. Slightly muted hop explosion for this style which is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, and some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of a large amount of hops, light citrus (grapefruit), malt, and a light pine element. The flavor is a bit uneven, especially where the hops are concerned; it gets a little bitter and too hops-forward. Other than this, not bad.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter, somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Hop Juice won't break any new ground in the DIPA style, but is pretty solid. It's slightly inconsistent, but worth a try.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a very thin off-white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet malts and some light citrus.

T - The taste is very malt forward. Lots of sweet malts upfront with a light amount of citrus (orange and grapefruit). There finish has some piney hops and a buttery finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is oily with a boozy finish.

O - This a very average DIPA. Very malt forward and boozy.

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Photo of hophugger
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep mango-orange color with a decent head and minimal lacing with this pour. Aroma is citrus rind, some hop resin and a little malt sweetness. Ok, here goes the first sip..............................Awwwwwwwwwwww, the alcohol burn is over the top and definitely takes away from what I thought was going to be an amazing hop flavor considering the five different hops used. Little disappointed as I drink. The alcohol taste completely masks any decent hop juju that may be present. I am sad to say that after anticipating this beer, I have been slightly let down. Don't get me wrong, I like high ABV's, but this is a little over the top as far as the mouthfeel. Wont be able to tell you if the balance or anything else is good because of that, sorry....One more note, don't waste all of those fine hops if they are not going to contribute to a greatly hopped beer. Almost a drain pour, but I am hanging in there !, I can always use it to clean something I am sure....

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Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/8 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and small wisps of surface foam. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Sweet malt fused with some citrusy hops. Smells decent enough.

T- Taste mirrors the flavor with more sweet malt that's well complemented by the citrusy hops. Yes, I'm repeating myself but that just gives you an indication of how this beer tastes good but just lacks complexity. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is there but not lingering.

M- This is where the beer falls a bit flat literally. When I popped the cap, there was very little psst! to be heard and the mouthfeel reflects that since it's lacking in carbonation. As far as the feel goes, it's oily from the hops and the body leans toward the lighter side.

O- Not as bad as the score would lead you to believe but it just doesn't have much character and my particular bottle was under-carbonated.

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