Hop Juice Double IPA | Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

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Hop Juice Double IPAHop Juice Double IPA

Brewed by:
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
aka Left Coast Hop Juice

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2004

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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of SDtastentune
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange golden clear with slight head & lacing.

S - Lightly juice like, but definitely hops and alcohol, maybe sage, maybe not?

T - Taste is medium/heavy of hops and citrus, not long after tste, alcohol'ish but I like that.

M - Not too carbonated, but has a good medium of drink-ability, slightly "hot" alcoholish.

D - good drink-ability, but might be little "hot" and over the top for some, but still the after taste is not much, very light aftertaste. Pretty good brew, I can tell its got a high alcohol content (9.4).

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A= It poured a very nice Golden Orange with some golden coloring. Very nice head on this beer some lacing.

S= To me the smell was Hoppie to me a little bit of citrus with a hint of pine.

T= To me the tasted was deffently one of a strong beer which is fine with me they really didn't try to hide it. Left a little after taste.

M= Was a Heavy mouthful kind of coated my mouth.

D= To me it was really drinkable didn't have any problems would try it again. It was on the strong side but still a good choice would try it again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TDR in Exton

A- Bright copper with some orange hints beneath and a flimsy off white cap with no lacing.

S- Smell is on the piney side with some residual sugar and some alcohol, bordering on nail polish in the minimal

T- An interesting DIPA, it's a very bitter one also, the pine overshadows the glimmers of pineapple and grapefruit that is underneath. Reminds me of a extremely light version of devil dancer with the teeth enamel taking off capabilities.

M- medium in build, slightly carbed alcohol on the mouth but not extremely hot. Bitter on the tounge that does not quit.

D- I am glad I tried it on tap no less but I don't think I will be going for it again. The alcohol is a bit high for my liking.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I really don't know what to make of this beer. It kind of grows on you, but tares the enamel off them and isn't overly drinkable. to wit!:
A: pours a nice golden. some carbonation. little bit oh head, that dies pretty quickly
S: clean quick pine and citrus
T: Sharp astringent citrus. and hints of mint. little hints of alcohol but damned is it astringent. not utterly mouth destroying.
M: sharp not really clean, and not really heavy
D: one at tops for me

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Photo of regspeir
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a small head which disspates to a spotty coating quickly. There is some lacing but minimal. Nose is orange and pine most strongly with some backside of flowery sweet hops. Taste starts sweet enough (orange, pineapple grapefruit and caramel) but quickly moves to bitter and a strong alcohol burn which isn't pleasant. Mouthfeel is chewy, syrupy and cloying with some edge due to the carbonation. While not awful, I coud not drink more than one of these and, with so many great IPA's out there, will pass on buying it again.

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Photo of joebrewer
2.44/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, orange with an ivory head.

Smell: some hop aroma, but I'm surprised there isn't more given the 4# of hops/barrel. I can smell the alcohol, which lowers the score for me.

Taste: surprisingly dry and much more malty than I expected given the label says base malt with a touch of caramel. Also tastes hot.

Mouthfeel: light and clean.

Drinkability: too hot for my tastes. Also tastes more like a very fresh bigfoot than a double IPA.

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Photo of ellswrth
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pulled this one off the shelf because it's another DIPA I haven't had a chance to try yet. Reading back through the reviews on Beer Advocate, it's sounding like two distinctly different beers are being reviewed. I did notice that when I popped the cap on this that it wasn't sealed as well as most beers, but could this have caused problems for some of the reviewers?

Appareance -- a finger's worth of tiny bubble head, not the perfect DIPA orange color, but slightly darker.

Smell -- Great! Piney, a bit of citrus.

Taste -- I like a strong tasting beer and this is fine with me -- the alcohol is not masked, you know you're drinking a strong beer.

Mouthfeel -- slightly oily, heavy like a lot of DIPAs.

Drinkability -- I'm perfectly satisfied with this bomber. I'm happy I have 22 ounces -- though I'm nursing it.

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Photo of everetends
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at South Bay Drugs in San Diego. Been wanting to give this one a go for a while. Bomber served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours out a dark yellow to orange body. Held to the light, this one is pretty golden yellow with a clear body. There is a good amount of carbonation activity in here. A harsh and vigorous pour yielded a very thin, loose bubbly head that only rises to a quarter finger at best and has little to no retention. The lightest and most minute lace ends up on the glass but it is barely worth mentioning.

S: Getting a fair amount of tropical fruit in the nose. Good amount of pineapple and grapefruit mostly. There is a very little amount of pine resin here in the nose as well. Other than that, there is nothing really more in nose here. A bit disappointing.

T: Taste is a little like the nose. This does have the most pronounced amount of pineapple flavor I have had in a beer. Behind that I am getting a little bit of grapefruit meat and orange skin. There is yet again a little bit of pine resin coming out as well. Touch of brown sugar and caramel make an appearance. Tasty.

M: Medium bodied but I am getting very little carbonation here. Carbonation is very low and leaves this a little more creamy than I was expecting. ABV brings a little bit of warmth on the throat but otherwise is not noticed. Slightly drying on the finish. Aftertaste is pineapple and grapefruit.

D: Hmmm, maybe I had a bad bottle with these carbonation issues. The weird part is that I can see the carbonation in the glass but otherwise it isn't noticeable. The flavors and aroma suffers here and they are all pretty muted. This isn't what I was expecting or led to expect. Shit happens I suppose, still an easy drinking beer, its just under carbed and more sweet than bitter.

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Photo of Kendo
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy orangey-amber (closer to orange) with a 2-finger whitish head with good retention.

S: Very nice -- fresh-squeezed grapefruit and oranges. Some pine.

T: Resiny hops. Citrus: oranges, candied oranges and grapefruit. Some sweeter caramel malt underneath. Heat and a bit of peppery spice at the back end of the sip. It's especially noted with the first sip. Palate is coated with bitterness that lasts and lasts. . . .

M: Resiny and somewhat oily.

D: OK. I've had better DIPAs in the taste and feel department, though this one is a winner to this nose.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Coast Hop Juice is a golden ale that's cloudy to the point of being opaque. I can see a fair amount of bubbles floating up; enough to keep the head from collapsing. It's a frothy, bubbly, yellowish off white head that leaves lacing that's going to be a challenge to wash off the glass. It has a nice, big, hoppy aroma. It smells a little sweet. It seems citrusy, floral and grassy. Yum, sweet hop syrup! It's pretty full bodied and very smooth. The finish is just a bit sticky. The sweetness from the aroma is much more subdued in the flavor. There is a major black pepper flavor going on to help remind me of the ABV. Yeah, it's quite bitter but it's balanced out. The event sequence of the taste is unexpected. The alcohol taste comes up front and then the sweetness follows right along with the bitterness. Overall, the hop flavor comes off as more floral than citrusy. That's not to say that the image on the bottle of the hop sliced open to reveal citrus segments isn't clever. There is a slight hint of diacetyl but I have to think about it to detect it. There's nothing subtle here. A bunch of booze and a bunch of hops and it's hard to go wrong. This seems like what Ithaca Flower Power wants to be when it grows up.

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Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Surprisingly good DIPA. This beer pours a medium amber with a smallish white head. The aroma is quite good, a mix of a variety of hop flavors - mostly floral and citric. There's a touch of caramel malt, but this is clearly a hop ride from the outset. The flavor is pretty much all big chewy hops. I guess it's dry, but it's hard to taste much beyond the hops. If that's not your cup of hop tea, then you won't like this beer much. There was a definite paint thinner note when the beer was colder, but it fades to further hoppiness as it warmed up. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, but them's the breaks with hop juice. Super hoppy DIPA.

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Photo of HopNuggets
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into snifter. 1st off the ABV is 9.4%, not 7.6%.

A - Pours a nice 2 finger head that dissipates to a covering that leaves amazing lacing down the glass. Color is a hazy (unfiltered) bright orange.

S - I get apples, peaches and pears with possibly a hint of smokiness.

T - Carmel malts up front, probably due to the thick feeling on the palate. Then holy bitterness... Definite smoky aftertaste. Can't get much fruit as a DIPA usually produces.

M - Heavy, heavy, heavy. Leaves a coating around the entire mouth (tongue, cheeks, teeth included).

D - Not very drinkable for a DIPA, probably a 1 and done. I might even want to split this bottle if I ever get one again being in New England this one was brought back from a coworker on a business trip.

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Photo of 100floods
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden/apple juice hue with a one finger head. very crisp, fresh aroma. like smelling the great outdoors! This baby tasted great. It's not called hop juice for nothing! great dry, bitter flavors backed by very little malt (not much you can taste at least), yet contains surprisingly great body. Also some citrus notes floating around that seem to balance out the drier hop aspects. it's thick (not to mention the low carbonation) and makes the hoppiness easier to consume. They say you should drink hoppy beers at the freshest, this tasted damn fresh, or just really hoppy. While I think there are a few better DIPAs out there, this is definitely entering my list of good ones. Its intention is to give you a hoppy beer, nothing else. It's not out of control, but very focussed for how much hops are in here. I'm really enjoying this first bottle. I'm definitely getting more.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours a very hazy golden yellow liquid with a thin bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lace on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively big and brings a very strong aroma of pine resign along with a fair amount of malt in the form of brown sugar and a touch of caramel.

T/M-this is extremely thick and syrupy. almost too syrupy. the taste is a mix of burnt sugar, pine resign, caramel, and a bitter hop finish. very different.

D-it is too syrupy to really enjoy which makes it almost like a resignous blast of sugar and pine like it came straight from the tree.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Brought over fresh from Cali by a friend of mine.

Pours a glowing orange straw color with a 1 finger white head that can't hold itself up more than a minute or two, leaving a paper-thin bubbly frothy coating. The aroma is seriously unique - very sweet, it smells like I cut into a fresh juicy orange. Alcohol is up front and a little solventy - almost like cheap vodka. The thick sweet orange flavors round out the major components of the taste. Pine and strong herbal aromas and flavors come out as it warms. Mouthfeel is resinous and viscous. Shit...I have a whole bomber of this to drink solo. This really might be something good with a year in the cellar, but now....not quite. This is one messy beer.

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Photo of Buttermaker
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What comes out of this bottle isn't so much beer as it is...well...hop juice. When I'm in the mood I like a good hop bomb as much as the next guy...next time I'll reach for a Arrogant Bastard or a Furious. Those beers exemplify the fresh citrus/pine bite, pleasant bitterness, and heavy malt background that are the hallmarks of the style. Hop Juice has a little of that citrus/pine on the nose but on the palate it's drowned by bitter syrup which I'm guessing is the hop extract they say they use. It tastes like an extract homebrewer's attempt at a double IPA. Maybe that's too harsh...a good extract homebrewer's attempt at a double IPA.

Recommended Music Pairing: The Who - Who's Next

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Photo of BrandonAbell
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what people are complaining about. Eat a hop pellet. Chew on it and memorize its flavor. That's what this beer tastes like. And that's what it advertises. It's very hoppy and a nice diversion from the rest of the stuff you can get. Malty? Not really, but they obviously had to start with a lot of malt to get the ABV where it is.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 from Total Wine Roseville.

A - Pours orange with 2 fingers of orange-white head, which dissipates slow and leaves beautiful lacing. Very nice!

S - Wafts of grapefruit, honey, caramel, and breadiness, and some light pine fill my nasal cavities.

T - The grapefruit has mostly subsided leaving a very resiny pine hoppiness. Malt flavors of caramel, bread, and honey with a backing of bitter hops finish the taste. Their is also a light alcohol feel.

M - Very light bodied for a DIPA. It is hop dominated, finsihes dry, smooth, and with a small dose of alcohol.

D - Good overall. A little too light-bodied and the alcohol presence is more than desired though.

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Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this west coat imperial but was disappointed with the blatant imbalance between malts and hops... over done on the malts with a lingering bitterness on the tongue... Alcohol was noticeable and pungent...
This beer was overdone in my opinion... The overall flavor profile would benefit from more hops and less malts...

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a nice, dark red color with two fingers of great looking head which recedes to leave minimal lacing.

Smell - A faint hint of hops, citrus, bread, caramel, etc. Nothing that is that "impressive".

Taste - Very bitter and hot. I was expecting more of a citrus rush but all I really got was bitter pine followed by pretty intense sickly sweetness and then ends with it going back to a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, oily on the tongue, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - I personally did not think this was highly drinkable. There are many other DIPA's out there with the same or higher ABV and the alcohol was well hidden. Here, it was hot and you could clearly taste the alcohol. Not very balanced overall. Will not seek out again.

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Photo of mikey711
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmmm, me thinks this is an older bottle...

A: Rather nice amber color with a good amount of head but no lacing.

S: Bread, no hops at all, just bread and caramel.

T: More bread and caramel with a hint of lime citrus and pine. again, probably due to an older bottle. I do like the lime, but really it is not enough to sustain.

M: Creamy and full bodied. Nothing harsh about it

D: Meh. I think that pretty much says it all

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Photo of nomomentwasted
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this out of a bottle last night during our IPA night and now that I come to look at the page, the bottle we had was 9.4%, but it says it's from the San Clemente brewery, so this is the one. My review doesn't match up at all with anyone elses, and I don't have any clue how anyone could refer to this beer I had last night as anything even remotely approaching balanced.

Appearance: About what DIPAs tend to look like: Orange-ish golden body with about an inch of head that dissapates pretty quickly and settles into itself. Laces decently as well.

Smell: Hops. And quite a bit of them. Some were fruitier than others, with some pine and citrus as well, but mainly a floral and sweet hop nature to it. Malts peak through just slightly, and that's when I'm looking for them.

Taste: Well, it's interesting. It's hoppy, yes, with a huge upfront slap-to-the-face sweet hoppiness, which isn't necessarily a good thing, as it tastes almost candy-like and resinous. It's pretty chewy, and reminded me of bubble gum in a way. I can't say I was all that happy with it as it was just too sweet on the whole for me, and could use a little more backbone malt to cut down on that. Some of the sweetness could be from the malts, but still, there needs to be something here to fight off the powerful sweetness. I know this is a gimmicky beer, designed to be "too hoppy," but I've had some hoppier beers than this that are much, much better due to having a solid backbone. Still, it's hoppy, and that's what it's designed to be.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated amply and very, very resinous and chewy, but the biggest surprise here was the nearly instantaneous evaporation of any aftertaste after the sweetness fades. Really, it's just there and it's gone.

Drinkability: I've gotta ding this here as it's just too sweet to be all that enjoyed. I had about 6 ounces and that was almost a challenge to get through. With so many other out-of-this-world IPAs in the San Diego realm for the same or a similar price, I don't know why you'd want to settle on this, really.

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Photo of SRossman
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper/orange, almost no head at head all.

S: First off, this has a completely appropriate name, the nose on this beer suggests I have tropical fruit juice in my glass. Lots of citrus coming through; Orange and Grapefruit.

T: Sweet malt and citrusy hops. More of the Orange and Grapefruit juice flavor. Very mellow hop bitterness.

MF/D: Easy drinking for the strength, actually kind of refreshing.

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Photo of aristeros
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bodum pint glass. Pours a very light amber. One finger of white head fades into suds quickly, but leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Great clarity, visible carbonation. I smell red and yellow fruit, some resins. Pretty one-sided aroma but I've seen that before in DIPAs.

A surprising, almost creamy texture, medium-bodied, with sweet caramel malts and lots of bitter resins. Bitterness lingers, and there's the right amount of fruit and sweetness for one of those gut-punch hop bomb IPAs.

I'm fairly fond of the style, and got what the bottle advertised, which was what I wanted. The aroma was a little underwhelming, and the hop profile could've been more complicated, but overall I was pretty satisfied with it.

The nearest comparison I could make to this is the Stone IPA, though I prefer the latter.

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1.14/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is not a good DIPA. While drinking it I read on the back of the bottle they use hop extract. Duh you can taste it. Tastes like how cat piss would probably taste. Id rather refrigerate some of that and drink it before wasting 5 bucks on one of these. Similar flavor to the hop stoopid. The hop extract just ruins it.

It is just pure laziness of the brewers to use hop extract. I would not ruin beer I brewed with extract. Not even worth running throught the whole 9 yards with a detailed review. I reccoment you look elsewhere if you want a good crisp DIPA with a real hoppy flavor. This is not a quality DIPA. I have had just about every DIPA on the market. This is at the bottom with the hop stoopid.

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Hop Juice Double IPA from Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 105 ratings