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RATINGS: 689   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 2– 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2006
(on-tap at Cato’s) pint is a very pretty, clear amber with a thin white head that holds well and leaves good lace. very full nose is a combination of sticky-sweet maltiness and citrus-zest hops. smells a bit like a bigfoot. tastes a bit like a bigfoot, too. lots of sweet sweet malt flavor shoved up against a lot of tart, citric hoppiness, and a big IBU finish. this beer kind of fell apart for me. I felt like I was drinking a much bigger, heavier beer. (is that 8% right?). kind of like the anti-Pliny the Elder, which is a biggish beer that drinks smaller than it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Draught at "THE Pizza Place" aka Newport Pizza in Ocean Beach. They rotate their taps there so often, you never know what might be offered on tap from one day to the next. But the Hop Juice seems to be in a more frequent rotation schedule than a lot of the other beers. At any rate, this is the only location where I have tried it, and it is not bad at all. Lighter in appearance than expected. with a dark yellow pour, totally cloudy as all that. Head and lacing not memorable. Smells pretty strong on the hops, not much malt in the nose at all, but not overtly piney ar simcoe-grapefruit or anything, just sort of a generic blend of hops. The downtake is a bit harsh. A bit too sweet, even if the citrus and banana flavors are trying to balance the malt. Weird clash of flavors that is not particularly good as a result. Post drinking burping is dominated by banana tastes, but the lingering alcohol burn goes beyond pleasurable and borders upon the just-a-touch-too-strong, particularly for an IIPA that is only 8% Give this IIPA fan an Expo Hoppiness or a Pliny The Younger any time, and every time, over this.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2006
On tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad poured a clear copper with a lasting off white head. Aromas of carmel, pine and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of carmel, pine and orange with a clean lightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle: Deep orange copper topped by an off white consistent head. Nose is full of perfumy hops, sweet caramel/slightly oxidized malt and oily hop extract. Very resiny flavor. Not much character, in terms of fruitiness or rich hop depth. Just a piney harshness and an inky finish. Seems like lots of extracts were used.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
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).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 GABF 2009 and again at Oggi’s Point Loma. Pours clear light yellow with a small, fizzy white head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, hay, straw, cereal), heavy hop (flowers, grass, pine, resin), average yeast (sweat) with notes of pear, peach, honey, and apricot. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. This beer is a bit boozy.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle… Clear, deep yellow ale with a small, fat-bubbled, creamy, white head. Good retention. The nose is a fruity swirl of grapefruit, apricot, peach, guava and a sprig of pine. Full-bodied and creamy with spent carbonation. The flavor offers nice malts – honey and toffee. The hops seem more aromatic than bitter. Finishes bittersweet and nearly balanced – a little more sweet than bitter. Bottle courtesy of mashmaster!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6511) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Sampled at the January ’10 Metro Detroit tasting. Thanks to whoever brought this! Poured a clear light orange with a yellow tint and minimal head. Aroma was full of hops, both pine and citrus notes present. Flavor began with citrus hops, then transitioned in to a nice pine finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Aroma is strong, a deep, yet sweet molasses. Akin to Tower 10 I’d 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 I’m 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle-man, this was not one of the best DIPA’s i have had for sure-pours deep copper hue with a small slightly off-white soapy head with some lacing. somewhat oxidized citrus nose-sweet tangerine dominates with some aged malt. piney and sweet malt flavors dominate with a little pine but long sweet finish. not the most complex of this style for sure. really nothing special, but glad i got to try it-this beer had huge hype about 5 yrs ago but this shows that it was nothing. apple flavors in the finish show that this maybe infected.


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