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Left Coast Brewing Company
 
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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
54 2 7 10 3 5 2010
22oz Bomber

9.4%abv

Recieved this bottle for Christmas from my Secret Santa, thanks Taynor, another "wants" casualty. Left Coast's 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 cann't put my finger on it. The booziness really seems to open up my sense of smell but I'm getting some crazy fruits in there strawberry, apricot, some citrus and some pine. I really can't put my finger directly on anything.

This is one of those beers where the flavor is completely different from the aroma. I'm 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 I'm 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. I'm 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 don't know why I thought that but I did. Unfortunatly it was a let down. Way too boozy and the hop profile is way off.

Reviewed: 12/15/07

Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 03/25/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 8 11 3 7 0
Picked this one up at South Bay Drugs in San Diego. Been wanting to give this one a go for a while. Bomber served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours out a dark yellow to orange body. Held to the light, this one is pretty golden yellow with a clear body. There is a good amount of carbonation activity in here. A harsh and vigorous pour yielded a very thin, loose bubbly head that only rises to a quarter finger at best and has little to no retention. The lightest and most minute lace ends up on the glass but it is barely worth mentioning.

S: Getting a fair amount of tropical fruit in the nose. Good amount of pineapple and grapefruit mostly. There is a very little amount of pine resin here in the nose as well. Other than that, there is nothing really more in nose here. A bit disappointing.

T: Taste is a little like the nose. This does have the most pronounced amount of pineapple flavor I have had in a beer. Behind that I am getting a little bit of grapefruit meat and orange skin. There is yet again a little bit of pine resin coming out as well. Touch of brown sugar and caramel make an appearance. Tasty.

M: Medium bodied but I am getting very little carbonation here. Carbonation is very low and leaves this a little more creamy than I was expecting. ABV brings a little bit of warmth on the throat but otherwise is not noticed. Slightly drying on the finish. Aftertaste is pineapple and grapefruit.

D: Hmmm, maybe I had a bad bottle with these carbonation issues. The weird part is that I can see the carbonation in the glass but otherwise it isn't noticeable. The flavors and aroma suffers here and they are all pretty muted. This isn't what I was expecting or led to expect. Shit happens I suppose, still an easy drinking beer, its just under carbed and more sweet than bitter.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 01/06/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 9 15 3 7 2008
Color was a dark copper/orange. Smell was actually fairly slight given it's a DIPA. Agree with TT that I got more malts than I expected in the smell. Taste was stronger than the smell, but the hops were still a bit hidden for a beer labeled the "other" Hop Juice (my original Hop Juice will always be the Two Brothers version). This one did have more sweetness and a bit of resin or pine taste than normal. Hop bitterness follows most notably on the aftertaste. I also got a decent hint of alcohol on the aftertaste. Feel was medium, but the carbonation was notable.

Overall, I was left lacking a bit by this one. Hops were almost buried here, and for a beer that is labeled "Hop Juice" that wasn't at all what I expected. As previosuly mentioned, not what you would generally consider a West Coast Double IPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 14 3 7 0
A - Pours an orange/apricot body with a slight haze to it. Butter colored head is about an inch thick and made up of varying sized bubbles. Good retention with some sticky web-like lacing.

S - Strange, I smell big roasty malts here. Then I get some very resiny, herbal hops. Very rich. Burnt caramel.

T - Much the same as the smell. This is not your ordinary DIPA. Starts out with a big burnt toast flavor, which quickly works into burnt brown sugar. Some herbal hops follow and sort of slowly fade giving way to more burnt sweetness. Aftertaste sort of creeps up on you and actually increases into a nice hop bitterness.

M - Medium full bodied. Sticky and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is a bit biting.

D - This just isn't what I am looking for in a DIPA and surprising for a West Coast DIPA. The hops aren't as pronounced until the aftertaste and the malt almost dominates the hops.

Served In: Pint Glass

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