beerbastard (744) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Bottle, labeled Hop Juice Left Coast. Also it listed the alcohol as 9.4% ABV. Very complex beer, alot going on. Citrus and toffee nose. Chocolate roasted malt, with pine and grapefruit flavors. Even a green apple taste with alcohol coming thru. A long dry after taste. A little bit different Double IPA.
Stine (1641) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 22 oz. Thick, bright and bold orange appearance. Burly aroma of blonde brownies, weed, pine; nectarine, pastry and dirty toffee. Altogether quite pungent with catty and urinal tones, dirty and awkward; though it’s hard to define just what the flaws are in this case, their basic presence is glaringly apparent. Syrupy, sweet flavor; burnt grahams, oily hops, dirt, apple peels. Dark sugars, orange, and kiwi, with gritty minerals and iron in earthy coating. Slick and abrasive palate; offensively rough around the edges. Predictably difficult, reckless, and unpleasant. Thanks for sharing, Ryan!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a murky, orangish-amber color; off-white head with patchy lacing. The nose on this is a bit funky, showing kitty litter / biscuity notes and minimal discernable hops; muddled at best. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: sticky hops, very earthy, but the dominant character here is a funky, catty, vegetal bitterness that just really doesn’t appeal to me at all; some sugar and graham cracker comes through, but nothing is enough to compensate for the appallingly catty hop character; sticky, messy double ipa. Unpleasant, citrus and boozy and catty finish; I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this bottle; the hop character just doesn’t work for me in the slightest.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from hellbelly (thanks!). Bottle says Left Coast Hop juice. Pours a semi-clear amber with an average size beige head. Nose is floral and earthy hops. Taste is pine, grapefruit, orangpeal, and pine. This one is ALL about the hops, with th emphasis on bittering pine. The metallic aftertaste is quite dominant. Body is a bit on the light-side, finish is quite dry, carbonation is moderate. I think if the hops were weighted just a bit more toward later in the boil that this would be a winner.
Ibrew2or3 (7201) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Rating Number 1000
I love this beer. I wonder if I could marry it?
On tap @ Oggis Santee. Pours a clear gold with off white head and white foam lacing. The aroma is both sweet caramelized malts and freshly picked citrus hops. Wow, I mean wow! The taste starts off sweet and chewy to almost sticky malt goodness before the hops enter with a smooth blend of grapefruit hop bitterness, hints of floral hops and pine hop bitterness. Then I get a nice late addition hop sweet orange juice flavor mixing wonderfully with the malts. The malts also bring forth mild caramel candy goodness and toffee. This beer is big hops backed up by wonderfully rich and varied maltiness. The late addition hops and hop complexity really work for me. The flavor is near perfect. There is a slightly buttery – breadiness that adds an extra level of flavor that really complements the experience. A bit bigger aroma and this would be my number one beer. Why can’t this beer be something I can quaff just down the street like the way the San Diego crew has it? I should move.
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2006 Big c-hop (Columbus?) aroma; orange, lemon, mild pine. Taste is wildflower honey, bitter earthy and piney flavors and a full bitterness. This is a honest to God SoCal DIPA and I like it! Did I mention it is bitter?! Hop extract used.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Courtesy boboski. Clear yellow with a dense billowy white head. Heavily resinous aroma - lots of pine, pineapple, and some alcohol, but all combines well. Aggressive hop and alcohol upon first taste, but a nice lemon-citrus hop character emerges. Long aggressive finish. Well done.
Second sample (courtesy SoLan) proved to be quite a bit solventy and abrasive. Knocked it down a point on flavor and aroma.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Jason. Aroma is resinous hops amd some malt peeking through. Some apricot type aromas do come through, along with an odd wood like quality. Flavor is aggresive, and forward. That roasted aroma comes through on the palate. Very nice.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma of typical grapefruit hops. The flavor is quite bitter (piney), and there is very little malt to balance. The hops are somewhat metallic and harsh, and could be better.
notalush (5121) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from footy (thanks!) - hazy copper beer - strong resinous hop aroma - fairly sweet taste, that the hops, naturally, add a citrus aspect to - there isn’t much to say - lots of sweet citrus and stong, almost metallic hop bitterness - not offensive or anything, just not that great (of course, my notes were pretty much scribblings by this point in the tasting).