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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

251 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | 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)
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MTBeerTraveler

Montana

5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-15-2011 17:18:40 | More by MTBeerTraveler
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Teenzeus


5/5  rDev +29.5%

07-10-2014 02:50:25 | More by Teenzeus
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: can

07-01-2014 01:13:21 | More by jngrizzaffi
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grubefresh

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

01-16-2012 02:32:15 | More by grubefresh
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MrJolly

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2012 02:23:04 | More by MrJolly
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KaaosMachine

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 19:36:00 | More by KaaosMachine
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slyke

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

03-13-2011 17:00:09 | More by slyke
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RDW

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-04-2012 04:03:24 | More by RDW
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Carena


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-27-2012 06:21:55 | More by Carena
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Geuzedad

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-18-2014 04:02:24 | More by Geuzedad
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Hterrell

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-26-2013 23:21:30 | More by Hterrell
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thereal_adam

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-13-2014 03:15:41 | More by thereal_adam
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-03-2014 22:09:24 | More by GClarkage
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BDavis_03

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-07-2012 02:46:58 | More by BDavis_03
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Garrett

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-20-2013 04:14:59 | More by Garrett
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edk218

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-22-2013 23:31:30 | More by edk218
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-23-2013 22:39:07 | More by DRTBrewster
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Andkr3w

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-17-2014 01:49:33 | More by Andkr3w
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searsclone

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-06-2013 19:43:21 | More by searsclone
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Mordhaus

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-11-2014 23:54:21 | More by Mordhaus
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THE-DUDE

Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 03:36:22 | More by THE-DUDE
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AEArider

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 01:14:00 | More by AEArider
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allengarvin

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a little hazy copper colored beer with a small, white fluffy head. The aroma, though, is amazing. It filled the room seconds after I popped open the cap. A minute and half later, with the beer seated 2 feet away, I can smell it. That kind of overpowering hoppy aroma is rare. It's full of resinous, evergreen, holly notes. I very rarely give a 5 on aroma--maybe once or twice on BA ever--but I'm going to on this one. It is a delight to smell.

The taste is very good, but not the transcendental aroma experience. I love the emphasis of flavor over mere bitterness, always a mark of a good IPA. It's got some sweet malt too, but of course the emphasis is the peppery piney hops. Good body, but not too heavy.

Very distinctive IPA from a brewery I've never heard of before. Really, the smell is just amazing. I'm going to pour another glass now and just swirl it around under my nose.

Serving type: can

07-09-2014 02:08:22 | More by allengarvin
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Lucklys

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The HopShock may now be my second favorite from SanTan thanks to all the hops it holds. It glows a clear dark amber-red, and I can't say much about the head as by the time I got it back to my table, it had pretty much melted into the beer with minimal retention and a faint lacing. The smell was heavenly. The end. My nose fell in love thanks to the early faintly sweet caramelized orange peel leading the way for the obvious grapefruit juice/tart lemon hops bursting from the cup. There were some super subdued malts hovering in there somewhere, too, but I only got a few whiffs of them before they were drowned out by the bitter. Soon after my nose found its soul mate, my tongue was introduced to its new best friend. Hops. Everywhere. This beer was shockingly bitter (see what I did there?) but managed to stay suave and smooth even with a spicy carbonation blasting my taste buds to smithereens. Holding a decent medium mouthfeel, it was filled with the grapefruit juice/lemon zest hops and pine hops - bitter to the max. There were some very, very faintly sweet caramel malts again right on the tip of my tongue, but they were hardly noticeable after the onslaught of hops and deliciousness.

Serving type: can

12-01-2010 17:47:10 | More by Lucklys
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a Santan pint glass. Nice glass. May have to see if I can score one of those. Nice two finger fluffy white head. Darker than expected clear dark amber body.

Great sharp hoppy aroma. A few grassy, piney notes with a sweet finish.

Excellent flavor that follows the aroma. Great bitter hoppiness, with a caramel, malty backbone. Very nice.

I really loved this beer. Would gladly drink many more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 22:34:46 | More by FanofHefe
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HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.