MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to cbkschubert for the bomber. Hazy orange color with a small to medium head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops with a definite caramel malt signature. Taste is pretty much telling me the same; this is not your standard íwest coast balancedí ale. Big malt backbone. Finished with a citrusy bitterness that bordered on astringence.
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Really good - malty but not too much so. You can smell this beer accross a room when you open it. The flavors are dank pine and roasted malt. Pours a copper with very little head at fridge temp, much more head at cellar temp.
SECOND ANALYSIS: This definitely has more of a funky, barleywine taste. To the point where it has become distracting.
THIRD ANALYSIS: Definitely does not hide the alcohol - almost sickening...
joergen (18815) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber coloured with a small off white ehad.
Fruity aroma of spices and yeast with notes of citrus.
Sweet flavour of fruits, caramel, yeast, hops and pine needles with notes of cardemomme.
Hoppy and spicy finish.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught; apparently from Oggis San Clemente. Marks for Appearance are an average, as beer was sampled in weak artificial light after dark. Orange marmalade hops in a rather astringent nose. Hopcake (another!), very bitter, quinine-like, vegetable bitterness. Nearly puckeringly dry, medium bodied. Talk about "over the top"...
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - APR 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
One dimensional hop precence... needs some variety or pairing with some fruity flavors. More hops than malts, nice hazy orange color with beige lasting head. A tad watery for its kind, very astringent and bitter... needs a bit of a sweet kick to balance out. But it does what its names says "hop juice" thats about it.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A orange/amber beer with a off-white head. The aroma and taste is dusty and of caramel malt, fruits, peach. Medium body with a dry dusty, light alcoholic finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy juiceisloose. Pours a very lightly hazy, glowing orange amber color. A foamy, off-white head settles quickly, leaving sudsy micro-spot lacing behind. Aromas include a buttery toffee malt base, with bitter orange and grapefruit hops showing alongside a strange, lightly soapy note. Flavors again showcased citrus hops up front, with the toffee intensifying in sweetness on the back end. Medium, slightly sticky body. Pretty straightforward and simple, but lacking in integration. Decent beer.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extra thick and hazy amber pour, small head. Big citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange, with a musty caramel and alcohol. Quite bitter and alcoholic. Decent hop flavor, again with some orange, and a multi vitamin note. Not bad but my bottle lacks brightness of flavor and is too hot and bitter.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, citrus, and a touch of maple syrup. Flavor of hops (pine, citrus, floral, resiny) and caramel with a hint if cocoa with a dry finish.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Recieved this bottle for Christmas from my Secret Santa, thanks Taynor, another "wants" casualty. Left Coastís Hop Juice pours a rather dirty copper with a slight haze. Not a lot of carbonation rising to the surface but what was there was tiny. After a particularly hard pour I coaxed up a half finger soapy white head that quickly fell to a swirling. Did leave some decent lace on its way down the glass.
Aroma sports a unique hoppiness and a spicy alcohol that compliments the hops. There is a solid husky graininess but the hop profile takes precedence but unfortunately I cannít put my finger on it. The booziness really seems to open up my sense of smell but Iím getting some crazy fruits in there strawberry, apricot, some citrus and some pine. I really canít put my finger directly on anything.
This is one of those beers where the flavor is completely different from the aroma. Iím on the fence here. Do I enjoy it or is it too different for my liking? Let me see what we have.
Husky graininess gives way to a sharp biting buzzsaw of earthy hops and booze mid-palate. While this beer is somewhat offensive mid-palate it relaxes and becomes more enjoyable on the finish. Leaving a touch of the fruitiness that was in the aroma but also some dirty hoppiness. It turns out Iím on the wrong side of the fence for this one.
The mouthfeel is one of the better aspects of this brew. Silky smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to keep things moving at just the right pace.
Although this beer looks decent, smells and feels good the harsh hoppiness and boozyness is a turn off in the flavor department. Iím going to finish this bomber but that will be all I could or would want to drink in a sitting.
I really though this beer was going to be better than it was. I donít know why I thought that but I did. Unfortunatly it was a let down. Way too boozy and the hop profile is way off.