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HopShock IPA - SanTan Brewing Co.

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HopShock IPAHopShock IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

374 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 20
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PhxHorn on 01-24-2008

Warm copper amber in color, SanTan brewers have re-defined this classic English Ale. An intense bitterness derived from the distinct citrus/pine flavor of Pacific Northwest Hops. A dry, crisp malt character & aggressive alcohol dominate our I.P.A. and make this bitter beer a hop-head’s passion!

85 IBU
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Ratings: 374 | Reviews: 88
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Crystal-clear, brassy amber color with a head and lacing every other beer is jealous of. Hops hit the nose hard with mint, evergreen and citric rind, and the malt and alcohol are secondary in the aroma. Such a creamy beer. Wet biscuity malt flashes some caramel. Hops push all this down with a more-than-balancing bitterness and an even bigger flavor. Leafy, citric rind; piney, and tobacco. The alcohol is laidback, with a very slow warmth, some barley and a trace of esters--very clean. Hops done well here. A can of kickass American IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good amber looking beer, cool can. Aroma, equal mix of grapefruit and pine, pine delves lower with each reference.

Taste, leans more to the grapefruit hopping and bitterness, pine degrades with each drink. Stays crisp, never heavy on the palate. Another good canned beer effort, any slight perceived metallic bitterness is the type that would go well with an ipa that walks the line between the citrus flavors and woody feel. The hopshock is prolly because the malt body is so very light, and very lightly roasted. Not massive hops, but they are paired in a way that allows them to have a bold prominence.

Had another can of it yesterday, doesn't fall apart with age, I upped my grade slightly.

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper amber color with a medium sized light tan head that slowly settles into a nice lacing.

Caramel malts balanced with citrus and floral hops in the aroma of this IPA.

A pretty decent citrus to floral hops taste with a slight soapiness sneaking in there to undermine a really good hops presence.

The slight soapiness of the taste is magnified in the aftertaste and begins to undermine an otherwise pretty good hops taste on this medium bodied beer.

The initial aroma and taste of this beer was quite impressive but there seemed to be a slight soapiness for lack of a better way to describe it took the greatness out of this beer.

Photo of aval89
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange almost copper color with a one finger fluffy head..

S: mainly citrus fruits & mild pine notes...with a malt bill to back it up.. mostly toasty malts.. Faint sweetness with minor booze presence. Caramel aroma to mellow it all out..

T: hop bitterness all the way.. lemon zest bitterness with orange peel & grapefruit adding to the bitterness.. Slight toasty malt in there.. But hop bitterness dominates the finish, especially the orange peel flavor..

MF: light medium body with good carbonation for the flavor/style.. some what thin & maybe a bit watery/thin.. Lacks a little body in my opinion.. Somewhat dry finish that leaves a bit of puckering...

D: pretty easy drinker.. Nice local brew (for me).. Surprisingly a lot of hop in this one, which I don't mind...

Edit: leaves a super nice lacing on the glass... Had to bump up the grade just a bit..

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at AJ's. It poured a hazy orange with a white head and lacing as I drink it down. The aroma has a mix of citrus melon and light floral hops with a very slight earthy note. The flavor is balanced by dry toffee malts that provide a quiet backbone to the biting citrus rind flavor and dry finish. The bitterness could be bigger and the hops could be deeper, but it's a solid IPA. Certainly a good canned option.

Photo of AZnative89
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour with finger width, off white head. Aroma is citrus and malt. Taste is same as smell but pretty hoppy. Very well balanced. I wasn't a fan of this brew the first time I had it, but it has grown on me a lot. This is an easy session beer. Nice beer!

Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of toasted, caramel malts with some piny hop presence.

Tastes of a bigger hop presence that lies on top of a good malt base. Hops have floral, pine, and tropical fruit notes. Moderate bitterness. Malt base offers some caramel sweetness with toasted bread notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA that was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of MrJolly
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured this from a can into my trusty old Bandersnatch pint glass (long-time Tempe residents might remember).

Appearance: against the green bandersnatch logo, the beer is a warm copper, darker than most IPAs. The head is uneven, chunky, and eggshell white, but it dissipates over a few minutes.

Smell: The beer smells like lavendar and citrus. It smells like the lemon trees blooming into petrol. This is a good thing.

Taste: bitter but not puckeringly-so. Much grapefruit. The perfume comes through here a bit, again the lavendar. The aftertase is saharan at the back edges of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Not sharp (despite the carbonation) but slick. Not thin but slippery. I wish for a little more weight in it, but it's still pleasant.

Overall: There are a few good Arizona IPAs (including Four Peaks Hop Knot, and Lumberyard's Flagstaff IPA), but this is my favorite. Yum.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stephenhawking for the can.

Pours a somewhat hazy copper orange with a finger of white head. Very sticky and lacing all the way down the glass. Looks fantastic.

Aroma is mostly pine with a bit of citrus and spice. Some malt backbone as well.

Starts off a little earthy and piney. A bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes with piney and spicy bitterness and very dry.

Good carb and mouthfeel.

Fairly solid IPA. I don't love the combination of hops, but still a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of garylite
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper bronze color and citrus smell. Looks and smell can deceive. Big hop profile west coast style. Decent malt and grapefruit rind. Much More pronounced resin and pine. 7abv good balance session beer with a kick. Funny a bit of a hop bomb but not a palate wrecker.

Photo of kwc017
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Newcastle imperial pint glass. Nice couple finger foam. Decent lace, doesn't stay as long as I would like.

A - Dark amber color, almost copper. Much darker than I expected.

S - Nice balance between hop and malt with a little more emphasis on the hops, makes sense with the name and all.

T - Nice balance between the hops and malt. Not overly hoppy but a nice hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very nice. Hop resin. Malt. Nice.

O - Nice example of an American IPA. Great balance of hop and a little malt. Hoppy wonderfulness!!

Photo of rrski198
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slight cream colored head with a nice dark amber color. Darker than otehr regular ipas.

S: Pine and citrus. Classic american IPA. Slight caramel sweetness comes through.

T: Bitterness and spiciness right up front. Mild sweetness on teh back end but the bitterenss really sticks around. The fresh pince dominates.

M: Spicy, which i like, full bitterness. Quite nice. Bittterness is very predominate.

O: Nice offering. Nothing amazing, above average, but a well rounded ipa. I would buy again if in AZ

Photo of brurevu
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to Texas, late for me to reveiw. The beer poured a deep copper amber with a significant off white head. The aroma kicked in immediately with a strong essence of grapefruit rind and some floral notes with a slight sweet malt underneath. The taste hit me with more bitter grapefruit rind and bits of tropical fruit that was wrapped around the malty sweetness. It all ended with a palate soaking piney bitterness that was right up my IPA alley. The Hop Shock doesn’t pull its bitter punches and socked me into hop heaven. A decent IPA and proper introduction to SanTan Brewing.

Photo of gbontrag
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Jus' got into Tucson, and picked up a couple local sixers. This is my first...
Pours a beautiful burnished copper; great froth that elevates and holds and holds. I like the color: Dried orange peel, and aromas of grapefruit and pine. All-American IPA and proud of it. Heaps of malty goodness to come are spoonfed up my nose, and a fare amount of diacetyl?! Oops. Not appropriate here, but I don't mind a little...?
Nice plump malt; malty malt, or, i can say cookie dough with butterscotch chips. Grapefruit and pine, indeed, and "thank you for balancing this out." We'll, it's balanced and actually finishes on the dry side. Too bad about the diacetyl, but it's not spoiled; still a good beer in there.

Photo of Dwkasper
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Good beer. Piney and malty upfront with a strong hop bitterness at the end.

Photo of BeerAvenger
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

by far one of the best IPA's in the metro area! very well balanced with just enough hop aroma to let you know your drinking a IPA. the bitter is there, complex in its self. better as it warms a little. easy enough on the tong that you can have another.

if in the restaurant, try a pint with the SAN TANANIMAL, that ='s heaven

Photo of AEArider
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange/copper with a tightly knit white head that lasted. . . great lacing as well. Very pleasing to the eyes. And the other senses aren't disappointed either: Smell is fresh and citrusy with notes of the piney hop profile that becomes more apparent once sipped. Taste is obviously well composed of hop bitterness, but a very much present bready malt appears as well. Also noted is the full bodied and wet mouthfeel. VIVAN LAS CERVEZAS DE ARIZONA!

Photo of ronniebruner
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow! If you are an IPA guy like I am, guarantee this is a beer you will like. The aroma is sweet and of fruit and soft notes of spice. The beers pours a unique orange color which is very inviting. The beer is sweet and earthy and tastes of pine. The beer pours beautifully and leaves a welcomed aftertaste that is very pleasant. San Tan have really stepped up their game as of late and are by a mile the best brewery in Arizona!

Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My thanks (and that of The CANQuest (TM)) to bennetj17 for some more CANs to keep the madness moving right along.

From the CAN: "Craft Beer For Beer Drinking".

Yes, IPA in a CAN! The Crack & Glug could not happen quickly enough, producing two rocky fingers of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was heavenly, if your idea of heaven is a pine forest. Luckily, that sort of thing does it for my olfactory senses. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very minty evergreen taste on the tongue initially giving way to a caramel-malt taste briefly, just to keep things balanced. Finish remained very minty, breathtaking, really. Holy Hops, Batman! This would go into my cooler at any time, shoving some of those marginal CANs out of the way to make room. If JenRay has not tried this yet, send the poor woman some so that she will not feel left out.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer I get to sample courtesy of Sidswipe-- thanks John!

Served in a tulip pint.

Pours a rough orange color with a sticky nearly white head of 2 fingers. Great lacing, average retention.

Smells of citrusy and floral hops mainly. Dry toasty malt profile.

The taste is just as expected but adds a healthy dose of dry bitterness at the finish.

Feels medium bodied and well-carbonated with a big oily slickness to it.

Overall-- not bad Arizona. Not bad at all. This would make a great canned option for the boat or the golf course-- and if this were available locally I'm sure I'd pick it up at least occasionally.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Total Wine purchase – what a magnificent store!

12oz can to pint

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a good three fingers of bone-white foamy peaks. Displays good hang time with some sticky tracks of lace.

S: Smells of sweet pale malts with some light citrus fruits and pine notes lingering in the background. Seems rather lacking in the hop aroma though.

T: Taste is of sweet pale malts reminiscent of honeyed cracker with a touch of fruity hops. Mostly herb and pine flavors with a predominant peppery spice character. Overall rather light on the hops at a medium level of bitterness. Malt is nice and smooth caramels but still has me searching for that hop shock…Alcohol well hidden at 7%ABV. Flavors do seem to drop out rather quickly however. Has a slight vegetal aftertaste.

M: Light and creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sticky coating on the palate. Finish is wetter than I actually prefer in my IPA’s.

D: This was an okay IPA but too many other great hoppy offerings out there to make me want to come back to this one.
Canned drinkability yes but I was just not shocked at all.

Photo of KaaosMachine
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As always, poured into an ice cold, pint glass from my freezer..

Hop Shock is an absolutely incredible IPA. This is most likely the truest to form, real British (American made) IPA, that you can get here in the Southwest, USA! Do some homework about the original IPA's, they were England's pale ales created with extra hops, which is an earthy preservative, for the long trip to India, which had British colonies & troops, who wanted English pale ales.

I'm a modern fellow from Arizona, I love different beers & so far this is my favorite canned beer of all time. It's dry, but has so much flavor as you're consuming it, it's simply delicious! This is hops without fruity notes, incredible beer!

Photo of culver501
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-light copper colored, 1 inch off white creamy head. Fair retention

S-citrus hops, grapefruit

T-really nice strong piney hop bitterness. Nice caramel backbone but definitely overpowered by the IBU's

M-thinner than expected for this level of bitterness. Still has a little sticky resin to it that coats

D-solid. They recently started canning this one so I'm excited to try that too

Photo of PhxHorn
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/27/10 Tried the canned version. I'm getting used to the not-very-hoppy flavor combined with an amber-like malt taste, and I'm liking it more and more. Great bitter aftertaste.

8/10/09 Had two of these on tap tonight with some friends. The color is a medium red with a two fingers of fluffly white head. It's a beautiful beer and I'm upgrading the appearance. The flavor hasn't changed, though. Nothing all that special, though the bartender was friendly.
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A dark yellow color with a moderate amount of foam, it smelled mildly of grapefruit and other citrus. Taste was not quite what the name implied; the flavors were pretty mild compared to other west coast IPA. Moderate carbonation, but I didn't feel like I wanted more than one. Just not as intense as most IPAs from this region of the country.

Photo of tayner
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ipas are not my thing, but i wanted to try it anyway.

Orange/yellow color with a large white foamy head.

smells of hops, but not overwhelming.

Taste was good for an IPA. it wasnt a "shock" as the name implies, but you know there are hops in there.

Light and carbonated mouthfeel.

I could see someone drinking alot of these in the arizona summers, but IPAs are just not my thing.

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HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.