HopShock IPA - SanTan Brewing Co.
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4.79/5 rDev +23.5%
Pours dark amber with a very thick foamy head. Head retention is good, and there is excellent lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is citrus hops. Very strong and pronounced. There is a malty taste up front - more of a citrus taste, quickly followed by a strong citrus, grassy, hoppy taste. There is an excellent bitter aftertaste at the end. Overall a great beer. To me, the malts and hops blend together very well.
07-01-2014 01:13:21 | More by jngrizzaffi
4.68/5 rDev +20.6%
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.
05-03-2012 02:23:04 | More by MrJolly
4.55/5 rDev +17.3%
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!
05-27-2012 19:36:00 | More by KaaosMachine
4.53/5 rDev +16.8%
Hopshock pours a pleasing orange/amber color with a finger of white head that falls to a cap and laces well.
The smell is west coast all the way - citrus, pine, a hint of malt.
Taste has the hops out front as you might expect from the name and the style. There is a nice malt backbone there to support the hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice hop tinge at the front and a pleasant aftertaste.
Wow this one goes down smoothly. My in-laws brought a six pack back after visiting their son in the Phoenix area. Next time I'm going to ask for a case! This is a standout IPA.
03-13-2011 17:00:09 | More by slyke
4.46/5 rDev +14.9%
During a trip to northern Arizona i was hoping to find an IPA that smelled of the juniper berries i encountered during hikes in the AZ wilderness. This is it! Very piney & grapefruity. The 7.1 is quite hidden...for now. Some floral notes...very hoppy.
03-15-2014 03:36:22 | More by THE-DUDE
HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.