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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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 2Ė 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2006
From draught. Golden honey amber pour with a thin wisp of white head. Citrusy aromas of ruby red grapefruit zest, orange pith, and a bit of sprucy hop resins. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a mild carbonation. Loads of high alpha citrusy hops bring plenty of bitterness to the palate. Lots of pithy citrus rinds and white grapefruit pulp along with a smidgen of caramel malt characters. Very nice and well crafted, but doesnít have any unique traits to truly set it apart from its imperial IPA peers. Still, an overall tasty example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3164) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 26, 2006
On tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. Inadvertantly my 700th. Musky aroma of Columbus or Cascade, with hop resins and musky lemon tones domianting. Burnished copper pour, orange and gold. Flavor is a sweet, sticky honey-lucious. Astringent and heavily bitter, I find the hop character in this beer somewhat one dimensional and resin driven. There isnít an interplay between floral and biting. Yet, flavorful and full of cascade orange qualities. There are pears and tannic pear skins, that play with a more grapefruit level. Palate edges sweet and sticky, but a long continually morphing hop character build creative play.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2006
On tap at Scottsdale, AZ location. Good citrus hop aroma. Copper colored body with off white head and good amount of lacing. Dry citrus flavor alond with a strong dose of hop bitterness. Medium bodied for this style I guess. Dry palate will need a water after this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BEER1SGOOD (7) - USA - NOV 5, 2006 does not count
From the tap@Oggis in Corona, CA. Orangy yellow with a thin to med white head. Wow losts of hop, grapefruit, oranges. Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Really Good!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glimmung (2) - Buena Park, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006 does not count
On tap at my house. This one is Big! My mouth just felt like it was stuffed with hops straight from the bush while having an apricot squeezed into my nostrils.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Draft @ Hamiltonís - Orangey copper, thin creamy white head. Insane fresh hop nose of pine, grass, grapfruit, earth, and florals. Just destroys the nasal cavity. And guess what, it delivers in similar fashion with flavors of all the above. Razor sharp bitterness throughout with only a tiny hint of malt. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, drying bitter finish. Hop bomb without a doubt, but a really good one at that...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
GABF í06: Quite the hop bomb. Tasty caramel-malt base actually had some gusto, but the hops stole the show. And what a show. They were big, bold and rich. Fresh and very green, with blasts of pine, grass, flowers and a decent bitterness. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 6, 2006
On tap @ Hamiltonís. Delicious. Didnít make the Left Coast connection immediately, but that doesnít matter at all. This is a fine DIPA that openly hopped out upon hittng the mouth and like silk going down. The kind of stuff that defines the SD beer scene.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Bomber. Apricot body, hazy, topped with a small, off-white head that coats the glass in sheets and rings of lacework. Palate is medium-full, with a light little zip of soft, foamy carbonation and a dryish finish. The aroma is a nondescript amalgamation of hops that is unmistakably "a lot of hops," resin, lightly floral, pizza dough, honey. Hops, hops, hops! Starts out with a blast of pine and hop oil, pungent, almost burnt or overcooked--something, subdued notes of grapefruit rind, honeyed malts, long, strong and pleasant hop finish (pleasant because it mellows out to reveal some nice floral and citrus notes). Hell of a lot of hops. Not the best beer, but plenty hoppy. I miss PP@SC. 8/23/2006 On tap @ pizza port SC. Small white head topping a honey colored, clear body. Sheets of lace fade into delicate lacework. She smells like flowers and honey, with a touch of citrus. It must have been the esters. Mouth was beautiful: medium with lots of foamy carbonation--done well, mind you--and a very dry finish. Starts with a touch of honey and then slaps you with a firm hand full of piny hops, wood tones and some light hints of alcohol as she warms up. I appreciated this beer. Enjoyed. Slightly astringent. Well designed. "Hop Juice" indeed! Better like it bitter with an emphasis on pine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Tap from Oggiís in Orange. Very refreshing and well balanced. I could feel a slight buzz on one beer, which is rare for me. Really crisp hop, has the slight citrus/orange thing happening. I may have to pick up a growler of this to enjoy when I donít have to drive home! Good beer! Original review was Aug of 2006 and I had this at a 3.9. Iím lowering it to a 3.3. Either my taste/palate has grown or this beer has become worse. I just had a bomber and it tasted like beginner homebrew. Maybe it was old. There was something bad about it and Iím wondering if that is what people call "astryngint" (sp?) .


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