pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bomber....pourad a hazy orange brown with a thin level of slightly off-white head.....assertive aromas of citrus fruits, primarily orange/tangerine marching side by side good level of caramel malt. little to no pine in the nose....that changes however in the flavor as the pine and bitter astrigency take hold to the point that it becomes overbearing. those who enjoy their dipas bitter may take favor to this but it made it difficult to go down for me.....
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Labeled as Left Coast Hop Juice. Great burnt orange color with a big off white head. Aroma is a nice blend of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Big thick mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. The taste follows the aroma and has a good balance--but is definitely hop forward. Great bitter hop kick in the finish.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to cbkschubert for this one. Pours turbid orangy coppery with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma is bready caramel malt, tangerine, pineapple, mango, black pepper, some spicy funky. It tastes somewhat dry, very sticky, with bready caramel malt, tons of hops, tangerine, pineapple, some spicy notes, and some ending flowery notes. Very good.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, no date. My label also claims 9.4% ABV. Clear medium orange with a one finger slightly yellow orange white head, somewhat creamy but didnít stick around terribly long. The first whiffs bring about pineapple juice (I donít think Iíve ever gotten pineapple juice in a beer before) and some grainy caramel malts. A bit of nondescript citrus is also present. Flavor is dirty, herbal, with some abrasive ethanol. There are still some citrus hops, but those first things take over and crap out the flavor. Herbal is usually not bad, but here it doesnít fly--maybe itís more green weeds than an herbal character. Bitterness peaks at a 6. Low carbonation with a full body. Not a fan.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle labelled as Left Coast Hop Juice Double IPA. The ABV is listed as 9.4% on the bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold with a moderate yellow/white head that lasted until about mid-glass. Very nice hoppy citrus aroma of lemons and grapefruit with some pine notes as well. The flavor was dominated more by the pine than the citrus with some caramel malt lingering in the background. Dry and bitter at the finish - a bit excessive for my tastes.
Pailhead (5397) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: Big citrusy hopped aroma with light caramel, alcohol, and a hint of pineapple. Itís a transparent amber with a small white head that lasts a minute before fading to a film that leaves behind thin webbing for lacing. Strong citrus hop flavor right from the start. Mild caramel and fruit in the background. Light alcohol in the finish. Medium-full bodied with a slight syrupy texture with mild carbonation.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, pours a clear golden with a foamy tan head that drifts down to a whispy covering, minimal lacing. Aroma is a big hop blend - pine, floral, citrus, grapefruit, with only the slightest caramel presence. Flavor is a bitter hops bite, that borderlines on being an overbearing tounge scraper. Only a minimal caramel corn sweetness comes out in the middle, and some warming on the finish. Not bad, but prefer DIPAís to have some more balance than this one...
beerbastard (761) - 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 (1644) - 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 itís 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 doesnít 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 donít think thereís anything wrong with this bottle; the hop character just doesnít work for me in the slightest.