Left Coast Hop Juice | Left Coast Brewing Company

Left Coast Hop JuiceLeft Coast Hop Juice
949 Ratings
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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Ratings: 949 |  Reviews: 291
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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Photo of DrChadly
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Santosizer
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy orange, copper color with an off white head, about 1 finger width, fast retention,

S - Very sweet hops, mango, pineapple, apples, oranges, wet grass, mildly piney, mild dank. It's strong point is in the sweetness of the hops.

T - Tastes nothing how it smells at first. Very Very malty up front and even with the finish, nice bitter. The taste is very one dimensional.

M - Medium body, oily, medium carbonation, very boozy at the end.

O - This really was a disappointment. The smell was heavenly, but the taste and aroma are nothing alike. The taste was this very boozy drink. If you like boozy DIPA's, then this is for you. Other than that, this was one dimensional, unbalanced, and for the price, I was expecting more.

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Photo of Camjmorton
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Stir-the-pot-guy
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- Has a nice orange/amber appearance, with a slight cloudiness. Poured it into a glass at a 45 degree angle which resulted in no head…little disappointed with that
S- Has a mild hoppy smell…I get a little bit of a tropical fruit note, a malty sweet note, honey, pineapple, and slight toffee
T-Intially I get that malty sweetness….it finishes with a classic hop bitterness but instead of that opening my palette to experience the tastes that I initially smelled I am left being reminded of the 9.7% ABV.
M-With the 9.7%ABV and the slightly cloudy appearance I was expecting a fuller body mouthfeel but it is actually more of a medium at best.
O- This beer has so much potential but it is very disjointed. A suggestion to the brewer….put a bottle date on your IPA's. I have viewed other reviews of this beer and just like the beer they are disjointed but all have the same complaint…how is anyone able to give a fair review if we don't know when the beer was bottled. Maybe this beer is better but the hoppiness has dissipated because it is past its peak. Be that is it may what really falls flat is taste. What you smell is not what you get…what you do get is an expensive 4 pack with a misleading name that is more boozy than brilliant.

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Photo of clm9
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of utfiero
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color- clear medium honey. Slight head.

Aroma- sweet with somewhat floral hoppiness.

Starts sweet, hoppy, and smooth sort of like a light molasses on grapefruit. Hops present throughout the taste, especially in the mid-body. Finishing with a balance between hops and honey. 82 IBUs. Serve cold. As it warms it gets sickly sweet.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Left Coast Hop Juice from Left Coast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 949 ratings
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