yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Left Coast Hop Juice is a golden ale thatís cloudy to the point of being opaque. I can see a fair amount of bubbles floating up; enough to keep the head from collapsing. Itís a frothy, bubbly, yellowish off white head that leaves lacing thatís 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! Itís 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, itís quite bitter but itís 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. Thatís not to say that the image on the bottle of the hop sliced open to reveal citrus segments isnít clever. There is a slight hint of diacetyl but I have to think about it to detect it. Thereís nothing subtle here. A bunch of booze and a bunch of hops and itís hard to go wrong. This seems like what Ithaca Flower Power wants to be when it grows up.
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from City Beer. Surprised to have found this, actually. Fruity hop aroma that smells like orange juice and grapefruit juice. Just an insane grapefruit citrus hop aroma. The name hop juice is well-justified. Copper color with a fluffy head that fades away rather quickly. Malt sweetness provides some balance, but heavily weighted towards the hop profile. Very resinous. Nice citrus/grapefruit hop flavor. Very nice bittering hop that provides a lasting citrus hop taste. Smooth and creamy resinous texture. The beer is a little "hot" i.e. it provides a somewhat assertive alcohol warmth. Something is not completely right here. I am getting this annoying malt flavor that is fucking with the harmony of the beer. I canít exactly pinpoint whatís the matter with the malt flavor, but something is not to my liking. Still, this beer is quite delicious; those hops are stunning.
popery (1976) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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. Thereís 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 itís dry, but itís hard to taste much beyond the hops. If thatís not your cup of hop tea, then you wonít 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 themís the breaks with hop juice. Super hoppy DIPA.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a 1/4 inch layer of white foamy head.
Aroma: Big grapefruit and orange up front, with a subtle whiff of pine.
Taste: Pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, orange, spicy and sweet malt holding all those hops together.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, juicy and medium bodied.
Overall: Excellent. A remarkable Double IPA with a big nose and big bitterness.
mar (5240) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to @danwho. deep gold with a cream head. nose is ridiculously hoppy, citrus, florals and, great esters. great on the palate, the thickness is very nice. smooth citrusy hops and a resiny aftertaste.
thirdeye11 (6044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle thanks to mar) Pours clear medium yellow with oily bubbles on the edges. Nose of biscuit, pineapple, and sweet oranges. Taste of grapefruit, bitter oranges, with a nice sweet balance. Medium body that finishes bitter in a good way. This is an excellent DIPA!
ilovedarkbeer (2702) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mar. Pours and orange yellow color. Nose is pine, pine apple, and spruce. Taste is sunflower, citrus, and dark karo. Nice.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to mar. Golden orange pour. Aroma is slightly light struck, but tons of citrus and caramel. Flavor is orange, spicy mint, orange rind, grapefruit and an excellent bitterness. Yum!
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is strong, a deep, yet sweet molasses. Akin to Tower 10 Iíd say. Color is copper all the way, slightly cloudy. Getting a lot of caramel and booze. The hops are apparent as well, but the bitterness is almost masked by the strength of the syrupy alcohol. Not getting much by way of florals or citrus, rather Iím smelling and tasting resin and sugar. For me, the Imperial mold has been broken by Pliny the Younger. If Russian River can make 11% abv taste so damn good, Left Coast could have made this brew a bit more enjoyable.
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pint bottle from city liquor downtown.. pours a courageous, muddy, veiled orange/copper with a light head that disappears quickly.. the aroma is very inviting with floral notes dominating immediately and then followed by a pine crusted hop scent.. great aroma. initial hit to the palate is a punch of hops but then quickly followed by a sweet, caramel almost toasty barage of malty goodness .. Very well constructed for a double... the hops even out and play fair and with ever sip I am reminded that just because he has a beard it doesnt mean his skin isnt smooth.. This double IPAís rough exterior is overshadowed by its smooth demeanor.. Very well constructed from start to finish with the floral aroma and finishing hops settling in and allowing the malts to join the team allowing the rest of the double to take form, a simple sweetness that pulls me back for more.. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Billy D HOP JUICE has left the building and taken the ladies panties with him...Damn, thats a good double...