5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Amber in color, large foamy off-white head, good retention, nice lacing, light carbonation.   Citrus, pine, and hop
oriented nose.   Smells quite nice.   Does smell a little rough, or green tho.   In other words, very zesty.   Aside from the
strong hop/citrus rind presense, I am getting spikes of earth and grains.   Lingering citrus rind.   A little puckering, to which I
would say this could use more malt backing.   A little lopsided as far as I am concerned.   Fairly full bodied, mouthfeel is
moderate.   I am pretty peculiar about my IIPAs, and this one does need a touch more sweetness, and a bit more malt.   Just not
syrupy enough for my tastes.   While it hits the mark on bitterness, its a bit raw and rough without a touch of sweetness and a good malt
backing.   Enjoyable, but too one sided.   Thanks Larry for the bottle!
pepsican (1395) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a murky amber, thin white head. Nose is heavy malts and fruits. Orange and grapefruit up front in the flavor, hops...malts..caramel sweets. Finishes creamy, little carbonation and...hmmm. This is weird, I was thinking a hop bomb, got a malt bomb with a decent hop backbone. This is all backwards for an IIPA but I enjoy . Fresh bottle as far as I know.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from BevMo, Encinitas. Hazy medium amber color with medium off-white head. Aroma is a lot of fresh orange, very dominant, pine hops, caramel and other malt sweetness. Flavor is all that fresh orange, it seems that someone cut open a fresh orange and squeezed it into this beer, medium bitter pine presence, sweet malt. Medium to full creamy body. Very nice.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Bevmo Carmel Mountain. This big, bold IPA from Left Coast poured a deep slightly hazy amber color. A medium, creamy, off white head. Nose of piny hops citrus fruits, and some malts were present as well. I canít wait to try more brews from Left Coast/Oggieís!
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from BuckNaked. Hazy amber body with a medium-sized off white head. The nose is moderately sweet with caramel, tangerine, grapefruit and acetaldehyde. The flavor is sweet with lots of caramel, cotton candy, tangerine, grapefruit and alcohol. Full body is sticky and filtered with moderate carbonation.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear burned orange/apricot with minimal soapy off white head. Smells of piney hops, bready and a sweet malt. Tastes of bittering hops with a sweet balancing malt profile then a bready/tea like bitter lingering finish. Medium and refreshing in the mouth with good carbonation. Big beer but very drinkable. A west coast DIPA for sure.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Recieved this bottle for Christmas from my Secret Santa, thanks Taynor, another "wants" casualty. Left Coastís Hop Juice pours a rather dirty copper with a slight haze. Not a lot of carbonation rising to the surface but what was there was tiny. After a particularly hard pour I coaxed up a half finger soapy white head that quickly fell to a swirling. Did leave some decent lace on its way down the glass.
Aroma sports a unique hoppiness and a spicy alcohol that compliments the hops. There is a solid husky graininess but the hop profile takes precedence but unfortunately I cannít put my finger on it. The booziness really seems to open up my sense of smell but Iím getting some crazy fruits in there strawberry, apricot, some citrus and some pine. I really canít put my finger directly on anything.
This is one of those beers where the flavor is completely different from the aroma. Iím on the fence here. Do I enjoy it or is it too different for my liking? Let me see what we have.
Husky graininess gives way to a sharp biting buzzsaw of earthy hops and booze mid-palate. While this beer is somewhat offensive mid-palate it relaxes and becomes more enjoyable on the finish. Leaving a touch of the fruitiness that was in the aroma but also some dirty hoppiness. It turns out Iím on the wrong side of the fence for this one.
The mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this brew. Silky smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to keep things moving at just the right pace.
Although this beer looks decent, smells and feels good the harsh hoppiness and boozyness is a turn off in the flavor department. Iím going to finish this bomber but that will be all I could or would want to drink in a sitting.
I really though this beer was going to be better than it was. I donít know why I thought that but I did. Unfortunatly it was a let down. Way too boozy and the hop profile is way off.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Craig. Thick, dirty orange/amber color with no head. Tha aroma was straight fruity hops with sweet malts mixed in. the taste was the same with lip smackiní finish.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
220z bottle from FlacoAlto. Fairly oily orange/amber pour with a thin but very creamy white head. Pine resin, grapefruit and alcohol on the nose. Creamy palate. The light alcohol presence on the nose really cuts through on the tongue. The pine, vanilla and maple canít distract from the fusel alcohol notes. Really boozy for only being 8%. Disappointing. I had high hopes for this one.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, citrus, and a touch of maple syrup. Flavor of hops (pine, citrus, floral, resiny) and caramel with a hint if cocoa with a dry finish.