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.

Added by tonistruth on 09-05-2007

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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft poured into iconic pint glass at Lure's

A-Pours a clear deep golden, slightly amber with white super creamy head with good lacing.

S-Aroma has lots of caramel, plenty of citrus/pine in the hops, but not overpowering.

T-Nice flavor that is a nice balanced mix of caramel malts with plenty of resin/pine/citrus hoppiness.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lingering bitterness, decent balance.

O-This beer was recommended to me by the bartender. Great DIPA if you like sweet and hoppy.

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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had high expectations from the beginning because the store owner said he liked it more than Hop Slam! I said that was a pretty bold statement but am excited to try now. Well, Hop Slam is definitely better but Hop Juice is still a very good beer. I also got the bomber on sale, so for the price & quality, it was a great buy!

Appearance: Not completely clear. Slight cloudiness with a brown tint and little sustained head.

Smell: I love floral IPAs and this had a piney nose. Still smells like an amazing IPA but not floral, just a preference.

Taste: Love the bitterness (extreme IBUs) and lingering flavors. A little maltier than I would like but not a deal breaker.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth and you can tell you are drinking a double IPA. The beer is a little thicker and takes time to drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy bronze color. Thick white head, lingers at about 2 centimeters for the entirety of the time it is in the glass. Steady, slow carbonation.

Smells purely like a hop head's dream. A little bit of malt comes through, but not much.

You can tell it is heavily hopped. Malt sweetness balances things out nicely. Sweetness up front, bitters as it lingers in your mouth.

Bitter and lingering, smooth.

Lives up to the name, "Hop Juice".

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Burnt orange color, slightly darker than the average DIPA. Thin, off white head that recedes quickly with a good deal of lacing. Sweet toffee from the malts and piney hops. Taste similar to smell with a strong malty backbone nicely balanced with bitter piney hops. I tend to like a little less sweet DIPA with more grapefruit hops taste, but I am really enjoying this. Some booziness, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is on the viscous side for the style, carbonation is medium. Overall a very good beer. I am rating it higher than most even though I prefer a slightly less malty, hoppier DIPA.

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3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Burnished light amber with 1-finger light beige colored, tightly bubbled head with decent retention but no appreciable lacing.

S: Pine resin is the strongest aroma with grapefruit rind and orange thrown in. There is an herbal, grassy note too. This all blends with an overly caramel malt component, and the characteristics don't work in concert at all. It turns out to be a citrus and pine tinged honey sweet aroma.

T: The flavor is not really any better with way too much sweet maltiness, with a vegetal edge from both graininess and grassy hops, honey, and then pine resin and grapefruit. While it is not astringent, it is not all that enjoyable and is a victim of being a syrupy sweet DIPA. Alcohol character is medium and there is no yeast contribution.

M: Slick and oily with low carbonation but low-moderate dryness, owing to the oversweet nature.

O: Hop Juice was promising in name but short on execution. I think this is probably an old school (like 1997) DIPA that hasn't been updated with today's tastes in mind.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: cloudy, orange with carbonation on the lighter side, less than 1 finger head with almost no retention and minimal lacing.

SMELL: citrus, flowers, caramel and some pepper.

TASTE: surprisingly, the taste did not follow the nose, brief initially sweet caramel then you get a piney hop blast that lingers, the alcohol (9.7%!) was too perceptible for my taste.

PALATE: creamy, medium body, this beer is not highly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is not my favorite DIPA, too boozy and kind of one dimensional, this was not a particularly complex beer just in your face hops and alcohol.

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4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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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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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Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 948 ratings.
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