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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2004
This beer has a super hoppy, pine scented aroma. I also get some notes of citrus in the nose. The taste is almost harsh and astringent because of the hopping levels. This is green and like chewing on raw vegetative matter, there are perhaps a bit too many hops in this one. This is just intensely hoppy, and needs either more age, or more of a malt back bone to smooth this beast out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 On tap at Lucky Baldwinís IPA Festival í07. Light orange-gold with a thin head. Fruit and flowers in the aroma with light malt notes. Medium-light malt profile in the flavor with subtle vegetal and flowery hops flavors. Light and easy-going body without much distinctiveness.

   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 Catoís) 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10192) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4992) - 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 isnít 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
220z bottle from FlacoAlto. Fairly oily orange/amber pour with a thin but very creamy white head. Pine resin, grapefruit and alcohol on the nose. Creamy palate. The light alcohol presence on the nose really cuts through on the tongue. The pine, vanilla and maple canít distract from the fusel alcohol notes. Really boozy for only being 8%. Disappointing. I had high hopes for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2008
22 oz bottle, via kmweaver. Pours a clear copper to orange body under a nice frothy off-white head that receded to a creamy film leaving heavy lace as it receded. The nose is not as bright as I hoped for, itís actually pretty well balanced, not what springs to mind for a true West Coast IIPA. Floral and lightly piney hops with a hefty sweet caramel malt base. The flavor again was alot more heavy on the sweet malt than expected. The focus of this really seems to be the malt. The hops are there for sure, piney and citrusy up front with a slight resiny stickiness on the finish. Only moderately bitter. Iím getting a bit much iced tea crystal-maltiness on the finish as well for my tastes. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slightly syrupy texture and moderate fine fizzy carbonation. Overall, a decent enough beer in and of itself, but a letdown from what I had pictured in my mind coming from Oggis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
(bottle from Tís liquors): Pours a semi-cloudy orange body, small white head, quickly diminishing. Piney hoppy aroma. Some malts, dry. Dry taste, hops, acidic. Bitter. Warming up, not as bitter, but still dry & constricting.

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