Last year was the first time trying Left Coast’s beers and needless to say, I am a huge fan of what this brewery offers. Coincidentally, I happened to try their beer for the first ever while I was visiting out in Los Angeles. A year later, I finally got my hands on a bomber of their Hop Juice.
Hop Juice – they couldn’t have picked a better name for the sweet nectar of an IPA. This Double IPA is far from average, as it kicks your ass while leaving you with a shit grin. Hop Juice pours a light gold color, with little to no head. After the first taste, you notice this DIPA is far from bitter, as it brightens your day up. Sweet, citrus, honey and piney hop flavors – Hop Juice has a distinct flavor for a DIPA. My favorite part about this brew, is that you will hardly notice the 9.7% ABV . This one will become a regular in our rotation, and we recommend giving it a try.
From my understanding, Sierra Nevada has never really been known for darker beers. After grabbing Sierra Nevada’s newly released Snow Pack, we found a new lost love for their Coffee Stout, thus catapulting our belief that they can make a wide range of brews.
Sierra Nevada’s Coffee Stout pours as expected, as dark as a dungeon. I honestly do know how many coffee stouts that I have tasted that are as well balanced as this one. Dark, thick, creamy, yet packed with malty espresso/coffee bean flavor, all mixed with a dash of hops. Wow…Once again, Sierra Nevada you continue to make consistently great beers. Cheers, and ignore the Chiefs glass.