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24th October 2011

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Left Coast Brewing Hop Juice

Grade: A-

So I stumbled on to this by chance when I stopped by Chuck’s on 85th Saturday looking to fill my growler full of something besides an IPA. I tasted a few beers on tap, including this one, but settled on Sound Brewing’s Belgian Style IPA (it was okay, but not worth reviewing). The little taste of Hop Juice sparked my taste buds and led me back to Chuck’s the next day. A half a growler later and I’m not overly impressed. This IPA is similar to just about every other CA Double IPA, except for Pliny which is in a league of it’s own. It’s full of hops and and malt. Unlike some others, the malt isn’t too overwhelming. It’s starts off bold and in your face with floral goodness. Then finishes with sweet malty nectar. Unlike some other IPAs heavy on the malt, this one doesn’t linger or cling to your tongue. It actually finishes quite crisp. It pours a deep golden color with little to no haze. It has a cool crispness that other “west coast IPAs” are missing. It’s not the king, but it’s a solid choice, full of flavor.

Tasting notes: citrus, dandelion, pine, Light Grenades

Left Coast Brewing Hop Juice

Grade: A-

So I stumbled on to this by chance when I stopped by Chuck’s on 85th Saturday looking to fill my growler full of something besides an IPA. I tasted a few beers on tap, including this one, but settled on Sound Brewing’s Belgian Style IPA (it was okay, but not worth reviewing). The little taste of Hop Juice sparked my taste buds and led me back to Chuck’s the next day. A half a growler later and I’m not overly impressed. This IPA is similar to just about every other CA Double IPA, except for Pliny which is in a league of it’s own. It’s full of hops and and malt. Unlike some others, the malt isn’t too overwhelming. It’s starts off bold and in your face with floral goodness. Then finishes with sweet malty nectar. Unlike some other IPAs heavy on the malt, this one doesn’t linger or cling to your tongue. It actually finishes quite crisp. It pours a deep golden color with little to no haze. It has a cool crispness that other “west coast IPAs” are missing. It’s not the king, but it’s a solid choice, full of flavor.

Tasting notes: citrus, dandelion, pine, Light Grenades

Tagged: Double IPALeft Coast BrewingHop JuiceIncubusLight Grenades

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