thetmaxx (836) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the 22. Aroma is typical ipa, as is flavor. I accidentally left the second half out all night, damn. But it was still great the next day. So, nothing special, but pretty good.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for Hopfest, pours a clear pale yellow with white lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, herbal and piney. Flavour is piney, with citrus hops, pot, funk, with very light malt backing. Bitter, with average balance.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a medium -dark amber with a thin head. Big sticky hop nose, with lots of pine and grapefruit. Front is dominated by grapefruit, then the sticky and nice bitter finish comes in to play. More grapefruit flavor than I prefer, but a good solid double.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2011 22 oz. brown bottle. I went to my local bottle shop on a Friday and was stoked to see the distributor wheeling in cases of a new brewery in TX. I bought all 4 beers that they brought in. I was the first one to buy Left Coast beers as they just arrived at the store right out of the box. Drank this one that night 7/15/11. It poured a cloudy burnt orange with a half inch foamy head. The aroma was intensely sweet, lots of caramel, and if I really tried maybe a touch of citrus. Relly smelled like an overly sweet barleywine that lacked any hops. The taste again was overly sweet, tea, caramel and no hops to speak, nothing. WTF where did all the hops go. I bought this the day it landed for the first time in San Antonio. It tasted like a cloying badly made barleywine with brisk bitterness in the end. I cannot believe this is called Hop Juice(great name and turtle label BTW) because there is no hop taste whatsoever, completely gone. Either this sat in a warehouse waiting for label approval or Left Coast sent some serious old product to TX.
beerbastard (819) - 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.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden color, thin/no head, sticky sweet hop nose but no freshness or overpowering hop zest or zip, very bitter with a lot of residual sweetness, sticky and thick, tasty and bitter but really needs some cleaning up and some balancing, it seems sort of like they just made a huge strong ale and then threw a mess of hops into it without a whole lot of care, Im wondering also what sort of hops they did use because it doesnt really have any of those fruity citrus flavors centennial, cascade, or amarillo, so I have to wonder why theyre calling it hop juice... tastes more like citrus rind, maybe I didnt get a fresh bottle or something, but this just wasnt as crazy hop fruity as i had guessed
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a very small head, undercarbed. Aroma of citrus and spicy hop goodness. A little malt backbone also. Nice balanced flavor and palate.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Pizza Port 8th Strong Ale Festival 04. Clear gold, certainly smells like pure hops juice. Dominated by grapefruit, herbal floral piney hops, though does have some malt backbone. The finish is quite bitter and will... finish you off. I’m done.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Boogaloo Cafe in Hermosa Beach. Gold-orange in color with a short thick head. Big fruity hop aroma, nectarines and tropical fruits. Syrupy and slick mouthfeel. One of the sweetest flavors I’ve had in this style and it’s all about the hops. Fruity and sweet flavor, peach syrup comes to mind. Scattered lacing inside the glass. Overall a delicious brew in which its name suits its well.
Nik925 (779) - USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice head, but it runs away quickly. There is something special about the hop flavor on this one. Layers of hop flavor over two or three layers of bitterness. There might be a little bit of malt in there somewhere. Crazy bitter. Amazing lack of malt flavor. Even the ABV gets lost behind this wall of bitterness and hop flavor. Way, way, way out of balance, no really, this is like hop juice, ohhhh yeah. Awesome for what it is, a little bit wild for a great score. And a wonderful lupilin hit. Mmm, lupilin!