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RATINGS: 767   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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2008
22 oz bomber from PHX last fall. Pours a pretty orange/shiny copper with a persistent thin head that laces the glass nicely. Good carbonation brings forth its sweet resiny perfume. Flavor has a nice balance of hops and bready malt, probably more malt than I’ve had recently in a double IPA. Some alcohol warmth is noticable but not objectionable. <P> The missing link for me was the expected hoppiness in flavor and aroma; there is plenty of hop bitterness. There is some nondescript hop flavor present, but not what I would expect given the name. Ruination is far better according to my taste buds. Still, this is a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
Bottle shared with Jerc, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Mabel, courtesy of Jerc. Mild hop aroma - soapy. Some fruit and malt. Dark yellow, small white head. Huge hop taste - there better be with a name like Hop juice! - tons more in finish. A good DIPA, one dimensional but I really didn’t care - I was in the mood for hops and this delivered.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Aggressive...thick, syrupy brew that generates a 1/2 inch eggshell head that quickly turns into a ring floating atop the brew. Golden brew with hints of crimson at its deepest depths. The aroma is pungent hops...citrus and honey. Tastes somewhat like you would expect...grapefruit, sweet malt, and resin. Everything is to the n’th degree...but misses the balance needed to take it to the next level.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Draft. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Grapefruit aroma with caramel and some pine. Rich caramel flavor with grapefruit and somoe resin. Lingering caramel and citrus. Lots of malt, needs a bit more bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 7/27/2005 Total Score: 3.7
Draft. Rich dark amber beer with a nice off-white head. Hoppy aroma (grapefruit/pine) with a lot of sweet malt. Flavor has tons of caramel to back up lots of citrus/pine hops. Velvety/creamy/rich mouthfeel very good. My only complaint was there was too much caramel malt in the flavor - I wish it was toned down a little to let the hops ompletely overpower.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2008
Very floral aroma, Lots of citrus in the flavor, slightly sticky, Grapefruit, Grassy, A very easy drinking brew, Abit subdued in the flavor, but a good drinker none the less, a classic Cali Brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Pours a clear copper color with orange hues. Aroma of hops and citrus.Taste matches the nose with a bit of pine. Drinkable. Not too powerful for a Double IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (830) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Draft: pour was amber with frothy white head, aroma of hops, citrus, taste was mostly hops with some citrus, solid but no real balance...probably was their intent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (928) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 22 oz. bottle. Poured hazy orange with mild carbonation. Some lacing present. Lots of light citrus fruits and grassy notes dominate the flavor. Oranges, tangerine, lemons, and pineapple all noticeable. Overwhelmingly, almost sickengly sweet. Could use better balance with some added malt.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Pours a nice reddish-gold with respectable foamy head. Aroma is all over the place pungent hops. Being a bit hod sensitive, it almost makes me nervous to drink. Light, piney taste initially, followed by the mellow finish. Bitterness is everpresent, but doesn’t make it hard it drink. It’s decent, but I wouldn’t skip other beers to get to it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
22oz bottle thanks to illidurit. Orange with a lasting white head. The aroma was a bit lacking for a DIPA, with some pine, light spice, and earthy, oniony hops. The flavor is hoppy with a bitter piney finish, sweet grainy malts, and light spice. Medium bodied. Lasting bitterness in the finish. While the bitter/malt balance is good, the hop aroma and flavor seemed a bit odd and weren’t really my thing.


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