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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

261 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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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Coconuts

Arizona

1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

06-15-2014 17:56:29 | More by Coconuts
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Rampage1

Arizona

2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have tried all their canned beers from san tan and although they have some good draft beers at the brewery, the canned beer across the board is no good especially when you factor in 9.99 a 6 pack.

Appearence: This has a copper color to it unlike most west coast styled ipa's which leads me to think right away this will be a malt bomb.

Smell: The only real smell I am getting is carmel malt with a slight hint of pine hops in the background. This is coming from a brewer that used to work at Four Peaks-- I don't get it.

Taste: Once again without a doubt all malt with just a little bit of hops coming into play here.Some bitterness but mostly just malt. I am not sure what the recipe of this beer is but in the end they need to lighten up the malts and throw some Amarillo or Citra hops at this beer to take it to a whole new level.

Mouthfeel: Has the normal amount of carbonation to it but it falls flat pretty quick.

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer but in the end was really let down. I have been to the brewery a few times and thought the draft beers were good. The canned beers are over priced, average beers. My favorite local IPA is Four Peaks Hop Knot which is night and day better than this. Two completely different beers. I think Santan Brewing needs to redo there recipe in a big way.

Serving type: can

05-17-2011 20:31:45 | More by Rampage1
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TommyLiam

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

09-08-2013 23:47:07 | More by TommyLiam
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Another6Pack

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-22-2011 00:57:18 | More by Another6Pack
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Aclucari

Arizona

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-07-2012 16:40:17 | More by Aclucari
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julchak


3/5  rDev -22.5%

06-23-2014 21:23:25 | More by julchak
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rspauldi

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.5%

06-22-2014 20:09:47 | More by rspauldi
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.5%

12-10-2011 02:41:03 | More by jenray
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Smarty_Pints

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

06-18-2014 03:13:02 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to aandreson for this extra. 12 oz can poured into Sam Adams Perfect pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. Dark copper semi hazy body.Leaves a offwhite 3 finger head that fades quickly.Decent lacing sticks to the glass.Good carbonation.

S. Piney hops and citrus come first as I smell again I pick up some bready/grainy notes.Detect a little sweetness.

T. Bitter hops up front,citrus,lemon not over the top bitter. In the back I get the breadyness. Pretty balenced IPA.

M. Medium mouthfeel good for an IPA. Pretty good carbonation helps to clean the pallet.

Overall not bad,An easy drinking IPA not over the top nothing special,which in my opinion makes it easier to drink alot of them, reason being not extremely hoppy It doesnt burn you out.

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 14:51:19 | More by Marty30
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice appearance with hazy orangey colors and immensely thick head. Probably best feature of this beer. Nose has a juicy fruity appetizing quality that makes me think of sweet fruit candies. Some pine tickle on the nose too. On the palate I detect a malt sweetness that reminds me of my days of homebrewing with extracts (some caramel that isn't necessarily welcome) and then it is rounded out with firm hop flavors & bitterness but not as assertive as many American India Pale Ales. Finish has more pronounced malty caramel flavors that event suggest a bit of cardboardyness.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 00:19:19 | More by yemenmocha
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a one finger light tan head. Decent retention and some streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrusy and floral.

T - Sweet citrus and malty.

D - Good carbonation and a bit chewy.

O - Pretty mild flavors, not much to get excited about.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 04:25:09 | More by HuskyinPDX
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mkrass

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-19-2014 02:55:44 | More by mkrass
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16%

07-14-2014 12:58:51 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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JohnBender

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-22-2014 22:05:18 | More by JohnBender
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crobinso

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-03-2013 00:16:44 | More by crobinso
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nealbert

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

07-03-2014 15:30:23 | More by nealbert
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mkh895

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-20-2013 22:13:04 | More by mkh895
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cfitterer

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-14-2013 20:53:40 | More by cfitterer
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mmilyko

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-13-2013 05:04:52 | More by mmilyko
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camelgar

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-15-2013 06:26:03 | More by camelgar
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-01-2013 04:14:18 | More by t0rin0
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-21-2013 13:41:16 | More by FrankHammer
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gbontrag

Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-07-2013 21:08:34 | More by gbontrag
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crafted on 4/16/14. Batch # 084 019747.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, herbal hop, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the metallic taste is not that pleasant.

Serving type: can

05-08-2014 03:44:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HopShock IPA from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.