HopShock IPA - SanTan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

341 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 22
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: PhxHorn on 01-24-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by ronniebruner:
Photo of ronniebruner
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of josemo73
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of FMetzger
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of westcott
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mkrass
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of cnagle28
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Jeffwildcat
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ksi4077
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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 ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of RDW
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of hsus0225
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of aval89
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +1.8%
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 PhaseID
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.